Hello Gentles and Froods,
Well, it has been a whirlwind few months. I don't think I've ever worked so hard or so ceaselessly in my entire life.
I now have 3 jobs
(and an interview next week for a fourth) in the efforts to raise enough money to keep my house in the pending aftermath of my divorce. This means I'm still working full time at the warehouse, also doing cleaning services, and teaching workshops for the local community centres (on the topics of Cosplay, Writing Fiction and Making Comics).
Behind the scenes, and in between all of this, I have been struggling my way through the third print volume of Weaponry
. I had a record number of errors, corrupted files, rejected proofs and typos. But I didn't want to just slap something together that wasn't quality, so I took the extra time and money to iron out all of the kinks, and I'm happy to report the order of books is en route and should arrive mid next week. In the meantime, I've been working on the incentives for everyone's contributions to the fundraiser. Some things are finished (such as the PDFs, the Shrapnel Medallions, the Art prints and bookmarks), and other things are far from (such as the wallpaper, the paper doll and the plushies). So rather than trying to wait until everything is finished, I'm going to start sending out the finished incentives piece meal. This means (hopefully) you'll be pleasantly surprised by a series of rewards over the coming months. Again, my heartfelt apologies that this is taking so much longer than previous fundraiser turnaround and the depths of all my gratitude at how AMAZING and supportive and patient everyone has been. I am so immensely grateful at what a wonderful community has grown up around this project and I hope I haven't alienated too many of you in all this waiting and drama. I know it will take some effort to draw people back into the swing of things, and even longer to attract new readers, but to those of you reading this - thank you so very much for sticking with me! I literally could not do this without you.
On that note - Chapter 4: Dog Days
is now updating on all the usual haunts - here (where SFW pages allow), on Smackjeeves (having issues with resolution there, so pages are a little smaller than they used to be), and on the parent site: www.otherworldscomics.com
Hey - notice that? the /OWC/ ending is gone again! Part of the funds from this fundraiser went towards moving the website to a hoster better capable of supporting the format. This means that I should be able to correct the navigation errors and archive problems that some of you brought to my attention and hopefully make it easier to modify and upkeep going forward. I'm working with the new techie to overhaul the crappier graphics and spruce up the site a little. The other things, like the forums and shop are still the same too.
And speaking of the shop, due to multiple requests, I'm going to start offering pdf packages
of the chapters for purchase. These will be lumped packages of 3 chapter increments to make it worthwhile. They should be going up on the site later tonight.
In other news - Soulforge's radio play project Aether Beacon
is getting its classy start at the end of this month at the Opulent Bazaar! Some of you may have seen the steampunk poster I did and posted here - this is the event in question. If you're in the Victoria area, I highly recommend you come out to the event. Tickets are going fast and your ticket price gets you into the venue where all manner of artisans will have their booths set up, and then beautiful and talented ladies will shimmy, titillate and strip for your enthralled amusement whilst you sample three types of Absinthe. What's not to like? To top it all off, myself and the handsome Adam Holroyd will be hosting the event in character as Professor Skylar Raynes and Master Locke Huxley for the Aether Beacon! Get this sneak peak at the show complete with costumes, props and music by Hetoreyn!
If you have any questions, like how you can enrol for one of my workshops, or where you can get tickets to the Opulent Bazaar, or what else have you been working on behind the scenes -- please feel free to ask!