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Messenger Returns July 2!

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After what’s been an extended, unplanned break from Messenger, we’re planning to be back on July 2!

I’ve started work on the next chapter a couple of times over, and just haven’t been happy with the script. So Delade and I are currently working through it to improve it. I’d rather take the time to do it right than deliver a comic I’m not happy with, so I hope you’ll understand the minor delay.

We’ve also been hard at work with a number of other updates, including the new site design you’re looking at right now! Hopefully it feels more unified with Follower and the rest of the Radio Chio galaxy. We’ve also built a new and improved store page, where you can find all of our comic works and other stuff for sale, no matter where it is online.

Just this week, we released a new digital comic, which includes both of the minicomic extras from the first print issue of Messenger. Since I’m not entirely certain if I’m going to print Messenger in stand-alone issues again in the future, I decided it’s time to make these available to everyone! The comic is a downloadable PDF with 20 pages of comics that have never been seen outside of print. Download “Defend the Hill” from Gumroad for $1.50 (or more, if you think it’s worth it!) Although Messenger might not see individual print issues again, I’m currently investigating compiling chapters 1-10 into a “volume 1” of some kind, if it can be done economically. Maybe through a print on demand service, I’m not sure yet!

Thanks for reading and your continued support, and we’ll see you back here on July 2!

Updates, Video Streams, etc.

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Woo, hooray for having pages done somewhat ahead of time! That means I can write my posts up a day in advance and spend the rest of the day lazing around!

Over the past few days I’ve been doing a live stream of work on pages for one of the minicomics I’m making for book 2. This is easier than streaming work on regular comic pages, because I’m doing it entirely digitally! I’ve usually been doing about one stream a day with at least one complete page, sometimes more, so if you tune in to watch you can see some of the print-exclusive stuff! You’ll have to pick up a copy of the book to see the whole thing, but I thought it could be fun to let you guys in on things as they happen. You can view streams live at Radio Chio on Ustream, and you can follow @Radio_Chio for updates on when they’re happening! They’re generally pretty spontaneous as far as schedule goes, but I’ve been doing them in the afternoons and late nights EST. Hopefully I’ll see you there!

I’m also planning on posting previews and other bits from the book as I work on it, and have already started a thread here on the forum. The one caveat is that you have to be a registered member to view it! Registering is quick and easy, and will allow you to view other extra content as well!

The book is falling together pretty nicely, although it’s taking me longer to complete than I had originally planned. At this rate, I’ll probably finish sometime around mid-July and submit it for print shortly after. I’m not sure how long it will take for the printers to do their thing, so I’d guess mid to late August. I’ve submitted the reformat of book 1 to the printer as well, and haven’t heard back yet, so I guess we’ll see how it goes. I’ve also added a poll to the right-hand sidebar looking for input on preorders! Once book 2 is closer to completion, I am considering doing a preorder deal where you order a copy in advance from me, and I’ll sign it and draw something for you, as well as include some extra goodies. :3 But first, I need to gauge the interest level, so if you could spare me two seconds with your opinion, I’d really appreciate it!

As a rough estimate, I’d guess that the preorder bundle would be about $20 including shipping in the US, possibly a tiny bit more or less. (And a bit more for international shipping.) I plan to include both books with custom sketches in the front, two stickers, and possibly a bookmark or something similar. This could change at any time, but this is what the numbers are telling me at the moment. :v

That’s about all for now. The vote incentive updates on Tuesday with the final page of Gears, so stay tuned!

new vote incentive, livestream schedule

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I am going to do a live video stream/Q&A session on Saturday, May 1 from 7-9 PM EST (-05:00 UTC). (Possibly longer if things are going well, or shorter if no one shows up!)

During this session, for the first hour I plan on working on some of the refreshed pages I’m doing for Chapter Two which will be part of the Chapter Two book I’m planning on releasing this summer, like the first book I did last year. During the second hour (and longer, if it goes that way) I’m going to take reader questions live in the chat and via Twitter. If you can’t make the live session, you can also ask questions now through comments here or on Formspring and I’ll answer them during the stream session! I am planning on recording the whole session so it can be watched later, so you’ll still get to see an answer to your question. 🙂

There’s a new forum thread available if you want to ask comic questions or have other questions/chat about the stream session. You might also want to try visiting Messenger’s ustream.tv channel in advance to see if it works on your computer. Chances are, if you can watch Youtube videos, you’ll be able to tune in for the stream session. Try it out!

**Edit! As an aside, you shouldn’t NEED a ustream.tv account to participate in the chat/stream session, but it might be a good thing as you’ll have a unique username. You can also participate by commenting @radio_chio on Twitter!

There’s also a new vote incentive up tonight! The third installment of Terrible Minicomic Theatre! You can catch up on the past two episodes by registering on the forums. There’s only one left to go!

Hope everyone’s having a great week, and I hope to see you on the first! 😀

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