There is a new printable flyer on the site you can download and hang up to help spread the word about Messenger. Simply download, print, cut the tabs, and hang it up somewhere for people to see.
Download: (hi-res JPG) (PDF)
Since I’ve started posting pages twice a week I’ve really been trying to get the word out about my comic and build up readership, and one of the best ways to do this is by word of mouth, so if you enjoy Messenger please tell your friends! Voting also helps get the word out! You can vote at TopWebComics
, or at a slew of other toplists shown at the very bottom of every page of the site.
Thanks for reading, and your support is appreciated! ♥
I have really got to get better at coming up with blog titles.
We are mere pages away from the end of this chapter, and I’m realizing that my supplies have been kind of beat to hell. I’ve been using the exact same set of markers since I started the comic in 2004 with only a couple of replacements here and there, and they’re finally reaching the point of no return. I’m trying to put together Book 2 and it’s hit me that some of my materials just aren’t going to make it through another round of abuse. (Still, I’m kind of impressed at how long I’ve been able to stretch some of this stuff. :O ) I need to find a way to replace at least some of the most worn out colors if I can, so I’ve decided to reinstate the extra page drive indefinitely; every time $25 is raised in donations or shop purchases, I’ll add another page on top of the regular weekly update, with up to 2 extra pages per week. There’s now a donation bar coded right into the sidebar that updates automatically on donations, and I’ll add stuff from the shop to the count manually. If you donate or buy from the shop, you’ll also be redirected to a shiny new wallpaper download featuring Eldora and Icy as a bonus.
Still working like a fiend on Book 2. Got half of Chapter Two pencilled and inked. Coming up with new covers. Making progress. This is going to be a fantastic portfolio piece when it’s done. :B
Other minor news bits:
New article: About the Messengers – A brief FAQ kind of thing about the Messengers. I plan on updating it more as the story goes along, but for now it is what it is.
Shop updates: I’ve updated the Shop to be more organized and to include some new stuff, like Brave Chio shirts and Icy charms! I’ve also recoded some things so that international shipping is now a built-in part of the store rather than a by-request thing. Trying to make things simpler. :v
That’s all I’ve got for now. Have an awesome week, guys! 🙂
Poor Chio kids, seems like nothing ever goes their way. At least they have each other, right?
The February Page Drive ended last night, and I just want to send out my thanks to everyone who contributed. Together you gained one extra page in February, which is pretty great considering how small Messenger is. You all have my gratitude. ♥
That said, I have a new scheme for extra pages this month that anybody with a little time to spare can get in on! Instead of donations this month, I’m going to be counting transcriptions. I want to make Messenger more searchable and better indexed by Google, since it makes it easier for readers to find a particular page and it also helps new readers find the comic, but there are 172 pages of Messenger to date, and only one me. Most of Chapter One is complete, but there five other completed chapters with no transcriptions at all. So here’s my plan: For every chapter that gets a complete set of transcriptions, I’ll post an extra page. That means there’s an opportunity for six extra pages this month! That’s practically double the regular number of pages!
So, GROUP EFFORT TIME! 😀 The first thing you need to do if you want to help is register on the forum. Making an account and logging in will allow you to access the transcription editor on each page of the comic. (To read more about how this works, visit this forum thread!) The whole process is really, really simple, and you’ll really be helping me out by adding transcriptions.
Other new stuff for this week:
Updated the links list with a couple of new exchanges.
Cast page overhaul!The old one was cluttered and hard to follow, so a fix was in order.
There’s also a new vote incentive for this week! Voting will give you a quick tutorial on how I draw Eldora!
That’s pretty much all for now. 😀