Happy 2021! Contrary to popular belief, Messenger isn’t dead. (Well, I mean technically, that’s what they are in the comic, but Messenger the comic is still around.) Here are my plans for the coming year!
I’m planning to have the last bit of chapter 14 ready to go by early spring of this year. Life has derailed my progress on this comic so many times, and 2020 was probably the worst of it. But it’s 2021 now, so we’re going to get past that and finish. This. Chapter. Ugh. I’m going to post new pages to Patreon first (as usual) and I’m also planning to stream some of the work on them, so if you’d like to get an early look or just help the comic keep going, support Messenger on Patreon!
In other comic-related news, we’re running our first-ever Kickstarter this month! As part of Kickstarter’s Make 100, we’re making a batch of 100 enamel pins of Dia from Follower! If you need more Chio in your life, make sure to grab a pin. There are other rewards, too, like comic downloads and holographic stickers, so there’s something for everybody. If this Kickstarter goes well, it’ll help us figure out other Messenger-related projects for the future (Icy plush, anyone?) so give it a look or a share!
Hey comic readers! I hope my American readers had a great Thanksgiving, and that everyone else had a great weekend in general. I baked a pie and ate way too much, so mine was pretty good.
Today is the last day the November wallpaper will be available! If you’ve thought about downloading it, now’s your last chance! You can donate any amount to the comic via Paypal to receive it. Like always, it’s available as a high-resolution file in widescreen and standard formats. Remember that every donation goes toward an extra weekly comic page! The December wallpaper will be going up tomorrow.
Using the new artwork I created for the wallpaper, I also put together an ornament that’s available from Cafepress. I’ll probably be taking it down after the holidays are over (sometime in January?) so if you’d like one, now’s a great time to jump on it because Cafepress is running all kinds of holiday coupon codes all the time.
So up next to the comic page you can see there’s a blue vote button for TopWebComics, which is a website that lists and ranks webcomics by vote. It’s a pretty cool idea, and actually brings in a few visitors to the comic now and again even though my rank isn’t so high. One of the people operating TWC sent out an email recently sharing the story of an independent writer who recently had a book published after being available for free online for several years, and asked to spread the word. I’m pasting some information and a link here to help pass this along even though I haven’t read the story or listened to the audiobook (yet) because I’m a huge fan of the way the internet helps people to make their creative work available to the masses. I did a lot of research on things like this (and wrote about it a lot, ugh) in college, so it’s always great to see social media in action. As someone who is doing somewhat the same, I feel it’s only fair to help someone out for all the times my site’s been linked or passed along to friends. The internet is cool like that.
Here’s some information from said e-mail, and some links to go along with it!
“The president of the United States is dead. He was murdered in the morning sunlight by a four-year-old boy…”
Welcome to J.C. Hutchins’ SF thriller 7th Son: Descent, a novel set in present day featuring human cloning, dangerous technologies, and “beyond Top Secret” government conspiracies. I’m letting everyone know about an exciting publication that started as an online podcast, and now is being sold in stores everywhere. And whats more amazing than a fellow internet creator bringing his works from the free digital format to the printed page, is that he’s still publishing everything for free online. If you want to check this out, listen to the book for free, read it for free, or even buy the book, check out his site over here: JCHutchins.net You could even join the ranks of his online army by participating in Warvember just like I am.