So I have been working all week talking to people wise with the CSS and WordPress to find a way to make the four page thing work in typical fashion, and of course, it has not. The page is just smaller than it should be, come what may.
I even ended up turning to the awesome Frumph, the nice gent behind the interface you’re enjoying, who clued me in to the lightbox option, which is our best hope here.
Ergo, when the giant page arrives, on the 9th, you will have to click the page, and then it will appear in a new page, and you can see it in full glory. This will require using the navigation buttons for one page, if you’re a page clicker to get to the next, for which I apologize, but it’s the only option aside from detailed instructions on how to right click.
I am confident everyone will figure it out. The page is worth it, I think, as you will see.
Thanks for your patience!
So, in a few weeks, we are going to be hitting a Cura first. A four page splash.
Why do I say this ahead of time? Well, so that you’re not surprised when there’s a bit of time between pages! Unfortunately, we don’t know how long it will be or the constraints of yet, because we’ve never done this before, but rest assured, we’ll get to the next page as soon as we can depending on complexity and Dex not collapsing into a quivering heap because I’m making him do a four page splash.
It’s gonna be NUTS. And we hope you’ll enjoy it. It’ll be pages 704-708.
ALSO, we’re halfway to losing the ads on our Patreon! There’s also over 100 posts, all accessible for just three bucks a month, along with pages in advance, including this new spread as soon as it’s finished! Please help us keep the lights on and go check it out!
EDIT (1-29): The page will go live here on February 9th, since folks were asking.
First off, thanks to everyone who contributed to our recent successful Kickstarter, and thank you to everyone else for your patience with the break in between posts and pages. There were several reasons for the longer break than is typical, one of which was rebuilding a buffer so that we can launch our Patreon! It will feature pages a full week ahead of time, so we had to make extra sure we were ready before resuming our extra-sized final year of pages.
B-B-B-But… we just did a Kickstarter! Yes, I know. I posted about this a while back, but some of you may have missed it. Essentially, what it comes down to is that there are two fronts involved in creating this comic. There’s the printing of books, which is one expense, and the cost of the art, which is another expense. Dex doesn’t work for free, nor should he, and I have been paying him out of my own debt-laden pockets since day one. How much, I am uncomfortable saying, because it is bad form to reveal the page rate of a working artist (they need and should have the leverage of privacy in that regard), but I can say safely that the amount is greater than fifteen thousand dollars, at a minimum, even with the slight overage from all three Kickstarters.
That’s a lotta cheddah. It’s worth every penny, don’t get me wrong, but it’s also time for me to hold out a hand and ask if any of you are willing to help offset that cost. If so, groovy! We will give you THINGS!
What are those things? Well, they are detailed in full on the Patreon itself, but the long and the short of it is that if you give a buck, you get access to thumbnails and pencils as the pages are published. For two bucks, you get access to Dex’s sketch blog, for three bucks you get pages a week ahead of time, and for five bucks, you get to choose what Dex sketches from a rotating pool! So if that pool is small, you could be choosing what Dex draws quite a bit!
We’re also offering the removal of ads, and, if things get really nuts, I’ll write some short stories.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Well, that’s the easy part, thankfully. You sign up for Patreon, you pledge (as you would with a Kickstarter), and once a month (for our Patreon, anyway), on the first, the amount you pledge is deducted.
IE, say you pledged a buck today, the 29th of September, in two days it would deduct a buck from your bank account and send it our way. OR, if you pledged on the second, in a month we’d get a buck. Either are fantastic, and either will get you in on the new pages.
Irrespective of all of this, however, pages resume on THIS THURSDAY, so buckle up! (I told Dex the 2nd for the promo, my error on the date, you get a page one day early. Surprise!) The end is nigh, there are many things to be resolved, and it’s time to give Charlie, Charlene, the Nerd, Leo, Squirt, Pavlov, Andrus, and even the Dark Everett their proper send-off! I’m so excited to bring it your way. Thank you for sticking with us this far!
So I’m not sure why, but I have gotten a few comments wondering why I ended the comic here, with so many unresolved questions. To be clear, I haven’t. There’s still a full year of story to go, we are simply on hiatus for the Kickstarter, it’s all planned.
I usually post telling folks the approximate time of the break (which I didn’t this time, apologies), and I’m guessing that may be part of it. To be clear, we will be starting again soon, on the last year. At the end of that year, yes, the comic will end. But there will be other comics.
There are many things yet to cover in the story, and I would never end this story on such a down note. Promise.
We are very focussed right now on our Kickstarter, but I promise, there’s a lot more story to tell in a longer, extra-sized final year that will wrap up all the loose ends, give closure to our heroes, and offer what I think is a rather happy ending, and I hope you’ll agree.
In the meanwhile, if you could tell a friend about our Kickstarter, we have about 14 days to raise another $1,200, and every little bit helps this book come to pass!
On Monday, I got the first test books from Ingram Spark, and put them up next to the original Cura books. The only thing that gave me pause was the cover, but that’s because I had accidentally gotten the matte cover instead of the gloss. Even so, it looks to be an improvement. This is good news. I have a gloss test coming in two days, and if it is close enough to a match for the original covers to satisfy my standards, we are good to go. A few pics:
Pages don’t have printer cuts, and are matte instead of gloss. Looks cleaner in many respects, and easier on the eyes in sunlight.
(The one with the visible cuts are the old printer.)
The pages are matte, as opposed to gloss, which was the original plan for the Year Two trade that fell through. It was a cost-cutting measure, but we canned it when we learned that it would only save one to two dollars a book. In this case, it’ll save four times that, and now that I’ve seen the matte pages in the trade, it actually improves readability for me. With that in mind, and what I’ve examined thusfar in the process, I sat down and made a pro/con list for moving to the new printer, to share with you all my process here:
Trades cost 1/3 what they did before, same/better readability.
Faster order fulfillment.
ISBN (We can get in stores once the Kick is done.)
Fits on the shelf with the other Cura books.
Updated gutters for better splashes and readability on Year 1-3.
Matte over gloss for interiors.
Previous printer was a really, really awesome group of people.
I think that pretty much settles it for me. As always, I’d love your input. There are also an existing number of original trades, the first editions, which we will sell at cons and through the store until the end of the Kickstarter, if you still want to purchase them.
The hardcovers will go through the old printer, and be gloss in the interiors, with a matching cover, limited to fifty, matching recurring purchaser’s numbers, etc. The basic trades, however, will get new editions to match with the Year Four trade, and after an extended period of time after the Kickstarter (assuming it is successful) we will release the books to stores, giving you guys the exclusive first whack at it.
Given this information, and that Cura will reach the end of Year Four on August 20, we will launch the Kickstarter on August 19th, with more details forthcoming soon!