Hello readers! This is a quick update to let you know about some changes to Messenger’s update schedule.
For the past few months, I’ve been dealing on and off with some wrist pain in my drawing hand that’s made completing pages on time pretty difficult. You have probably noticed this in the number of delayed and missed updates for the comic. I’ve attempted to continue drawing despite this issue but it’s becoming clear that I need to get better at giving my wrist a break, and the best way I can see to do that is to alter our update schedule a bit.
For the next 3-6 months, depending on how manageable my wrist pain is, Messenger/Follower will update on a sporadic schedule. I am undecided yet whether this means bi-weekly updates instead of weekly ones, or whether it’ll be a batch of new pages each month. Regardless, there will still be new pages – just fewer of them, temporarily.
This isn’t a change I’m making lightly, but for me it’s become a question of getting some comics done versus none at all. I’m planning to slowly work my way back up to a weekly schedule over time, and will come back better and stronger for it.
Thanks for your continued readership and support!
Hi there! Due to some unexpected real-life goings-on, Follower & Messenger have gotten a little off track! I sat down with my planning notes and a list of everything I need to finish for various upcoming deadlines and made a plan.
The short of it is, Messenger will resume regular updates on August 6, 2016.
The long version is, I have a host of deadlines for small (but exciting!) anthology projects coming up quickly, and I want to knock those out of the way so I can focus on regular comics again. Patreon reward art is a priority of course, and Patreon backers will also continue to get in-progress comic updates as I work through all this stuff.
In the meantime, if you’d like to contribute any kind of fan art or fiction in this unplanned break, I’d love to show it off here on the site. Link me to wherever you’ve posted it, or send me a note at: bug at messenger-comic dot com.
Thank you very much for your patience while I sort through all this stuff, and we’ll be back and better than ever in just a couple of weeks!
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!