If you're a frequenter in the Patreon section of the Discord server, you're probably already aware of all of this. If not, here's what's up.
After this chapter is complete, I'm going to stop updating the comic regularly.
That's the big bad news drop. But the important thing is I'm not stopping work on Galebound.
There's some reasons behind why I'm doing this, mainly due to health. The stress of the comic deadlines have taken a toll on my health and I need to make changes to get healthier.
Additionally, the end goal of this project has always been to tell this story, and at this point I would prefer to tell the story in novel form. This will allow me to finish telling the story much faster (months instead of years), and dropping the comic work will give me the time to actually work on the novel. Writing a novel is one of those Life Goal things.
With this plan in place, I'm tentatively setting the completion date for the novel's complete first draft as May 15th, 2020. Frankly that's a very forgiving deadline and I'm hoping to have it done months before that, but I'm trying to be kinder to myself and set smaller daily work goals.
For this month and October, Patreon is on pause so you won't get charged (unless you're a brand new Patron). But starting in November, I'll start it back up as we shift into novel-writing mode. If you were here only for the comic and want to back out, I totally understand. If you wanna stick around, that's awesome and I hope you have fun following Conan to his doom.
With that said, here's the plan going forward for Patreon, the novel, and the comic:
As you can see, I've updated the tiers here on Patreon to account for the new format. On Wednesday, I'm going to go ahead and upload the first five chapters of the novel draft here, which will be caught up with the comic story. On Oct 1, I'll upload chapter six here. Chapters two and on will be Patreon-exclusive until the book is complete. Chapter one will be open to the public as a teaser.
Going forward, I'll release more chapters here, exclusive to Patrons, as they're complete (hopefully at a relatively even pace). When Galebound is complete, I'm planning on maintaining this tier for future projects as well (such as Galebound's sequel and...triquel? and other stories I have planned).
Patrons will also have access to WIPs and full-resolution illustrations! Depending on time, I'm considering illustrating the novel, and Patrons will have access to any illustrations I do for it long before anyone else.
Once the novel is complete, I'm planning on running a Kickstarter to help pay for the big things that'll push the book to publishing e.g. professional editing and printing. I've got ideas for making things sweeter for long-term Patrons (special edition, perhaps~?) when the novel is published.
Possibly against my better judgement, I'm not planning on stopping the comic entirely. However, I need to be smarter with the time I spend on it and not sacrifice my heath. Once the novel is done, I'm planning on slooooooooowly putting out comic updates, completed only as time allows.
For the rest of this chapter, I had originally planned on maintaining my current pace, but my health just won't permit that. Basically, the stress of the update pace has become a trigger for a diagnosed eating disorder and a contributor to lack of sleep. But I do really, really want to finish this chapter because of the thing so I'm not planning on stopping yet. But for the rest of this chapter, pages aren't going to come at a regular update schedule. I want to get them done by the end of this year still, but less regularly.
tl;dr: Comic updates will continue to the end of this chapter, just not regularly. Pages will be posted at noon the day after completion.
For the rest of this chapter, please refrain from leaving comments regarding the art or character design. I realize that my art has been slipping, mostly due to the aforementioned health issues. Unfortunately, but to the small amount of time I can spend drawing each week, I haven't been able to make designs more ornate, nor have I been able to spend time improving my skillset. This is a huge frustration to me, and I'm aware that while I've grown as an artist, I've hit a limit due to time constraints. So for the rest of the chapter, the art is what it is.
That's the gist of what's goin' on. Thank you all for supporting me and hope you stick around for the novel! If you can, please also check out the Discord server! It's been excellent in there, and several people have expanded the Galebound universe with their own original stories and it's wonderful~ <3