Not a lot going on on this page, but no worries: there’s another update coming tomorrow!
In news this week, I’m trying to promote the forums at the request of several fans. As I mentioned in my previous post, the forums have never quite built back up to what they used to be before the comic site was hacked a few years ago, so I’m working on that. I’ve added a new section that’s only available to registered members where I plan on adding sketches, page previews, and other “behind the scenes” extras. As we speak, I’m preparing sketches for chapter seven to upload this week, as well as one-panel-previews for upcoming pages. Come join in! 🙂
There’s a new vote incentive up this week, the second in a series of new coloring styles I’ve been trying out for work on Chapter Seven. I’m also willing to take ideas or requests for future vote incentive drawings, so if you have any characters or ideas in mind, leave a comment or post on the forum!
After looking through the script I’ve got going, and some of the pages I’ve got together, it looks like I’m running short on materials for working on Chapter Seven – specifically, Chio-colored markers. I’ve been using the same set of markers for the past six years, and they’re finally burning out on me. I work as a freelance designer, and business has been slow this past month, plus I’m getting ready to move to a new house which has an assortment of related costs. To try and alleviate the cost of picking up the new colors I need, I’ve added a special donation wallpaper to the sidebar. If you donate any amount, you can download a copy in your choice of two large sizes. Picking up a copy of the book would also help out (there’s a coupon code once again this month, use GREATBOOK when checking out from lulu.com to get 10% off your order. I also have an extra copy on hand that I’m willing to let go for $12 + shipping which I’ll sign and draw in just for you!) and I’m also planning on putting some of my original drawings up for sale, since all they do is sit around and take up space in my drawer, anyway.
I’ve been thinking about doing a little side story thing in addition to the regular comic, just for fun. I’ve drawn so far ahead that I literally feel like I have nothing to do other than a little write up for the new pages as they go up. Being prepared is almost boring!
That’s all for now!
Vote if you get a chance!
Really, Nekos? Looks like Nekos sort of became the leader of his own little revolution. Oops.
I would like to take a second to thank Philip of Frumph.net and Webcomicplanet.com for both pointing out (and subsequently helping me fix) several glaring errors I’ve been making using ComicPress. I never even realized I was doing it wrong in the first place since it looked like it was working! But now everything runs so much slicker. It is fantastic. Thank you!
I thought it might be worthwhile to mention that I have one extra copy of the new chapter one book floating around that I would like to get rid of, if anyone is interested in having their very own copy. I can sell it to you for $12 (+$3 shipping anywhere in the US/Canada) and I will even sign it and sketch the character of your choice in it before I mail it off. It’s a bit cheaper than buying it from lulu, so if you’re interested, drop me an email at bug [at] messenger-comic.com!
In other news this week, I have a couple of links to put up:
Messenger at TVTropes: This is a really neat site that’s just fun to dig through, so I shamelessly stole the idea from Chu and added Messenger to it. Anyone is welcome to change and add to it.
I’ve been doing a lot of outlining and scripting for upcoming storylines in the comic, and so I’ve been spending a lot of time using Tiddlywiki, which is basically a little wiki notebook thing you can run on your local machine. It’s great for keeping track of all kinds of things going on at once, and it’s free, which is awesome. I used to use this to take notes in in college, since it was easy to cross-reference ideas from entry to entry. It is super handy for comic-writing, anyway.
I’ve added a couple of link exchanges to my links page, hooray! It also occurred to me that I made a tumblr account for art/comic related stuff quite some time ago and never bothered using it. There is also a plurk page now, too, which kind of seems like a twitter ripoff, so I’m not sure how long that will last. I did a whole research thing on social networking in college, but I never much had a reason to play around with it. The comic is now my excuse. I just find it interesting. 😀
That’s all I’ve got for now!
If you didn’t catch the note up top, this is a three-page update! Click here to go to the first of the new pages so you don’t miss anything!
First off, I’d like to say welcome to the new readers! I know there are a few, since I’ve heard from some of you and traffic in general has been up. I’ve been advertising like crazy lately thanks to Project Wonderful and cheap cheap ads. ♥
In other bits, I’ve been making various tweaks to the site. I’ve updated the RSS feed to actually include images. All along I thought that WordPress was so great because it does all this stuff automatically, but apparently it doesn’t include images. I installed a new plugin, and now it appears to be working correctly, but if you’re an RSS-er and it doesn’t, let me know! It should be all set for now.
I’ve been doing a lot of writing for upcoming chapters of the comic lately, which has been a lot of fun. I have a notebook where I keep track of everything that’s going on so I don’t get confused (yay continuity) and sometimes you have to work backwards, and go back to things that have already happened. In between all this, I decided to draw up a map of locations where events in the comic have taken place so far. There’s a lot of running away and moving around, so it seemed like it would help put things in more order. You can find that page here. As the comic goes on, I plan to add to it and keep it up to date with the story.
For the rest of October, Lulu is running a discount code good for 10% off the [messenger] book. You just have to type in “FALLBOOK” at the checkout screen. Not too bad.
I’ve been debating doing another live video stream/chat session, would anyone be interested? Here are the days and times I’m thinking about:
And, as usual, please vote if you get the chance! Thanks!