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I’ve made about 10 new polls, and all the active ones are in rotation

I’ve made about 10 new polls, and all the active ones are in rotation published on 5 Comments on I’ve made about 10 new polls, and all the active ones are in rotation

…below the comments section of every strip. Refreshing and/or clicking to another page will get you a new one, in no particular order. Collect ’em all!

I’ll put them up in a more systematic way later, but for now I’m just having fun with it.

Speaking of polls, here’s the now-closed Favorite Character Poll results! (To be used for the scaling of some kind of full-cast portrait…eventually.)

I’m so proud of Tiernan for being more popular than any of the main characters. Weird how nobody came in 3rd place, though. Must be a bug in the code…

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That ol’ newspaper Sunday rhythm

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Comics history nerd interlude ahead.

There’s a thing newspaper comics do for the Sunday paper, where they’re designed to be modular. Every individual paper’s layout artist can crop and rearrange them in various ways.

The lowest-effort way to do it is to have an optional row that’s just the logo — it can be the same logo panel every week, even — followed by two rows of comic. Like this Foxtrot:

Foxtrot
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Guess who has a proof copy in hand…?

Guess who has a proof copy in hand…? published on No Comments on Guess who has a proof copy in hand…?

That’s right, the next step of Book Progress has been made.

To save time and money, this company ships their proofs unbound. Which means it’s less “a book” and more “a stack of loose paper.” But gosh, it’s some good-looking paper.

(Any blurriness in these photos is a failure of my photography skills, not the printer!)

After all that stress, I’m really happy with how the cover came out.

Colors are vivid, artwork is at a pleasant scale, finish is shiny but not too shiny.

And all the work I put into the fine details of layout and placement has paid off — the interior pages look great. Nice clean spacing, margins that don’t look amateurish. That bonus art came out pretty snazzy too.

I’m going to sit with this for a few more days before pulling the trigger on full production, just to be sure I don’t miss anything.

(One change I’m dithering over: brightening some of the colors. I was a little worried the nighttime strips would print so dark they’d be hard to read — turns out they’re not! But maybe it’s worth brightening them anyway, just for the aesthetic? Choices, choices.)

And then, at long last, your books will go into Actual Print!

“Help, I want to move my Tumblr webcomic to an independent host using WordPress, how do I start??”

“Help, I want to move my Tumblr webcomic to an independent host using WordPress, how do I start??” published on 6 Comments on “Help, I want to move my Tumblr webcomic to an independent host using WordPress, how do I start??”

A handy guide for anyone who can use it, from someone who’s been doing this for a while.

If you don’t need all the step-by-step explanations or nitty-gritty details, here, I’ll put the takeaway right at the top:

1) Sign up with SiteGround (prices vary)
2) Install WordPress (free)
3) Add the Webcomic 5 plugin and the Inkblot theme (free)
4) Upload your comics!

If you do want a detailed explanation of each step, though, keep reading.

This is mostly directed at people who are familiar with the Tumblr blogging system, but the same process will work for anyone. I’m gonna try to make it as dead-simple 101-level as possible, so feel free to skip the sections you already know.

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How to make an ebook out of your webcomic, using Adobe InDesign

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Had to work out a ton of stuff to make the ebook for Leif & Thorn Volume 1…so I figured it was worth writing it up and sharing.

Related: there is an ebook for Leif & Thorn Volume 1!

Volume 1 PDF

Not only that: now through Christmas, buy it using this link, or enter the code “roses” at checkout, for 20% off!Continue reading How to make an ebook out of your webcomic, using Adobe InDesign

Webcomic site stats polls (plus the Kale predictions!)

Webcomic site stats polls (plus the Kale predictions!) published on 1 Comment on Webcomic site stats polls (plus the Kale predictions!)

There’s a new poll under the comments section, and it’s not in rotation with any of the previous ones — so I figured I’d better put those in a post where you can see the results.

First, some general statistics about reading habits:

The webcomics you read are hosted on (choose all that apply)...
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How do you mostly read your webcomics?
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Next, a poll about pins, which I just might come back to once Volume 1 is printed:

Which Leif & Thorn character(s) would you want on a pin?
  • Add your answer
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Finally, the Kale poll!

This is closed as of November 7, so nobody gets to change their vote based on the current storyline. Maybe I’ll run a new version in a couple months to see if things have changed….

On a scale of 1 to 7, how sympathetic do you predict Kale is going to be after his full backstory is revealed?
  • 5 46%, 46 votes
    46 votes 46%
    46 votes - 46% of all votes
  • 4 (average amount of sympathy, equally valid arguments on both sides) 25%, 25 votes
    25 votes 25%
    25 votes - 25% of all votes
  • 6 16%, 16 votes
    16 votes 16%
    16 votes - 16% of all votes
  • 3 7%, 7 votes
    7 votes 7%
    7 votes - 7% of all votes
  • 2 3%, 3 votes
    3 votes 3%
    3 votes - 3% of all votes
  • 7 (all the sympathy, pure innocent cinnamon roll, did nothing wrong) 2%, 2 votes
    2 votes 2%
    2 votes - 2% of all votes
  • 1 (no sympathy, irredeemable, lock him up and throw away the key) 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
Total Votes: 99
24 September, 2018 - 11 November, 2018
Voting is closed
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Thanks to all the Kickstarter backers!

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This is the post where I credit people who backed Leif & Thorn Volume 1! Browse the list, click some links, shower them with appreciation.

Vampire Royalty

Only backer at this level was…my parents! They’re half a vampire each, I guess.


Embassy Diplomats

Chimervera
gladdecease
Barbara
Grandpa L
Dan Michael Fielding
Lindsey Hampton


Secret Order of Monster Hunters

Flyboy254
H
Kendall PB
yamiangie
Paul y cod asyn Jarman
Fir McGrevy-Gilmore
Dorothea
Thomas B.
Izzy Hall


Knights of Ceannis

Makenzie C-J
Liz the Lucky
Rachel
paralianBlue
Meghan McCusker
Judith Owens
Lenora Rose Patrick
Lori & Maurice Forrester
Eva S
Jay Cristata
Shard
Steph Haeg
Qui
John Albinsson
j9 vaughn
Noxsora
Sydney Savoy
Hannah M
Joce K.
TM
Julie Spradley
David Toccafondi
Zaza D
Rebecca Rodgers
El Gilday
MsM
Sailor-Cresselia
Crystal Thurber
Nikki
Olivia M.
Clara Danao
Tracy!


Knightly Trainees

Kat Ware
Naomi Butcher
John Robinson IV
Poetry
Gement
Derien
Simone Spinozzi
Tessa Silberbauer
Michael “Chaostraveler” Cencarik
Lauren Hoffman
Susanna
AnnaDaEllie
Erin Subramanian


Embassy Gardener

Big Tim Stiles

Omnibus 1 Campaign Finale

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ETA: Campaign is over! And we gave 110%! I mean literally, the final take is 110% of the goal.

There will be a generic “reserve a copy of the book” button around here soonish, for people who missed the Kickstarter but want the paperback. Watch this space.


Look at this beautiful book. Who wouldn’t want to get their hands on that?

I’m too tired to come up with a witty closing statement here. I just promise it’s gonna be a fun, funny, pretty book, and you will enjoy having it on your shelves.

All the webcomic fandoms in #Yuletide 2018!

All the webcomic fandoms in #Yuletide 2018! published on No Comments on All the webcomic fandoms in #Yuletide 2018!

The tag set for this year’s Yuletide, the small-fandom fic exchange, is out!

Signups open October 10. (Here’s the full schedule, and here’s how signups work.)

To help you start planning your requests ahead of time, I’ve compiled all the options for webcomics and their characters. Pick from your long-time favorites, or take the opportunity to fall in love with something new!Continue reading All the webcomic fandoms in #Yuletide 2018!

Guest Strip Week 2018 open for submissions

Guest Strip Week 2018 open for submissions published on 2 Comments on Guest Strip Week 2018 open for submissions

Good news: Leif & Thorn is accepting guest strips again!

I didn’t get enough to fill a week in March, but I did get a few…and those will definitely be posted at the end of October. It’ll be a nice breather after the ends of the Volume I Kickstarter and the six-month (!!) Leachtric storyline.

I’d love to stretch out that break by adding a few more strips to the ones I’ve been saving. So if you have a great Leif & Thorn bonus idea, now’s the time!

Submissions will be open until September 30.

You can use any AU, explore any era, include any headcanons.

When you submit the strip, include whatever name you want to be credited by. And, if you like, a link to your gallery/blog/fanfiction account/webcomic/Etsy store.

Format: PNG, GIF, or JPG
Size: up to 825×825 pixels
Rating: up to PG-13 (basically, match the tone of the strip)
Characters: whoever you want!

Safest way to get the strips to me is by email (sailorptah at gmail dot com). You can also PM me on Deviantart, or submit them via Tumblr.

Happy stripping!