Now all those things are fixed! We scoured the text for typos and grammatically "ehn" moments, debated and pondered out loud about stupid things, went back and forth over niggly detail decisions, and then we both finally said "Good enough!" and now I'm about halfway done putting the pages into queues for publication on its various platforms. So far the comic pages are ready to launch from the homepage, Patreon (lacking write-ups, but I'll get that done shortly), DeviantArt, and Tumblr. I'll get the links up in Twitter and Facebook via Buffer tomorrow, and then I just have to get the pencils and inks posts up here on Patreon, which is just another couple of hours of file-editing and posting and little write-ups. Then it's done and I'll have a ten week buffer completed that should serve my sanity well as long as I keep on top of it. Bonus, I should have at least a couple of days to recover before the deadline too. :) Maybe just Sunday. Whatever. It'll be good.
For those who stood by me, cheered me on, and sent me little comments, messages (and even a couple of texts from close buddies) of encouragement through this fracas, thank you! I got through it because you guys believe in me. For those who've been just patiently (or, sometimes, impatiently) waiting for me to get off of my bullshit and get back to being a human being, I'm sorry, I'm coming, I'm coming, I promise, I swear. XD
But no, honestly, I'm excited for you guys to see. I think they look really good and I'm feeling awesome about the whole shebang, though. One thing I found out by accident is that the oil paint marker I picked up a while ago makes some fantastic highlights overtop of my watercolors for Jahrd's story. I'll give you folks in the behind-the-scenes a peek at a sample of that. The rest of you will see it this next weekend if you're in the $1 tier, or else next week when it all goes public again.
I've made a sort of decision to have this last month's suggest-a-sketch carry over to next month because I honestly didn't have even five seconds to think about drawing anything else and only just got this whole project wrangled with like... two days to the end of the month? If you want to add more to it for next month, feel free! I'll actually make some then for sure.
After all, I can see the light at the end of this tunnel again. So glorious. So good. I'm gonna make it this time. ;;
But for now, I'm really tired. Sleep now.
At this tier, I'll also happily dole out discount codes for newly minted merchandise on the likes of Redbubble, offer first dibs at much cheaper prices of new handmade things for Storenvy, and surprise you with occasional digitally crafted gifts like desktop wallpapers.
This is also the tier where I'll occassionally open slots for exclusively priced mini commissions: digital sketches for $25 and custom critter designs for $50 (a significant savings over my usual rates!).
A Look Inside My Head
You get everything in the $1 Tier, plus:
At this tier you get to see behind-the-scenes materials for Prophecy of the Circle like process sketches, inks, and what the pages look like without all of those word bubbles on them. Some are exclusive and will not appear elsewhere. Some are early access.
You also get doodles: exclusive warm-up sketches that I do before drawing comics or larger projects and the things I scribble onto post-it-notes when I'm bored. Some of these are also exclusive and will not appear elsewhere. Some are early access.
Watch Me Work
You get to see into the world building process for all of my various stories. Here is where I post character designs, environment studies, weapons, cultural elements and the like. There might be story drabbles and Meet-The-Character write-ups as I sort things out before and during writing novels, etc.
As always, I'd aim to keep major spoilers out of this but you'd get a pretty good view of story premises and a lot of material to speculate from before anyone else. This is almost guaranteed to be exclusive outside of artbooks (and there's no guarantee that I'll ever be able to afford to publish one of those, so it might be truly exclusive).
At this level there will also be a monthly Suggest-A-Sketch post at the end of every month, where you guys have the opportunity to give me ideas to draw from for both this tier and for the $3 tier for the following month. There's no guarantee that I can sketch all of what's suggested, but I'd sure as heck try. :)
They'll be slow to appear, but after several rounds of editing, my fiction will also periodically appear in this tier. If you want to read things at a more rapid pace, take a look at the $10 tier.
This is where you get to read what I write as I write it, from all of my works, be they short stories or longer novels. It guarantees to be a pretty busy reward tier during NaNoWriMo season! These are all just rough drafts and will definitely go through changes both major and minor before anything is deemed finished and publishable, but it's a good place to be if you like to read early works and offer feedback.