COMIC: How I’ve Been Lately

I finally had it in me to actually draw something today. It’s been weeks. So I decided to make something that is both comic and blog post, about how things have been lately, because it certainly has been a wild and nonstop ride.

I’ve recently been diagnosed with POTS, which is a thing where your body can’t push your blood where it needs to be, so you get really dizzy standing up, have a hard time standing for a long time, and other “fun” and “exciting” things like being intolerant of heat. It makes your heart rate spike really, really high which can be terrifying, although mostly harmless. It makes it really hard to function! I have moments where I need to sit down, or I’m gonna fall down. This is depicted mostly in the last couple of panels. Still, I’ve got some things I’m working on with my doctors, which are already paying dividends in this department. It’s just one of those things where sometimes even if you do everything right, you’ll still get knocked flat. With the summer heat, that’s been happening a lot, unfortunately.

I’m also mid-diagnostic-process for finding out whether I’ve got Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, which is a lot more complex, but is looking more and more likely. This is a disorder where the collagen in your connective tissue doesn’t work quite right, so it’s very easy to hyperextend a joint (painful!) and easy to get injured, and I find myself dealing with a lot of hand pain because my fingers flex a lot more than a normal person’s and get sore very fast. My knees also hyperextend backwards, which is the purpose behind the knee braces *ahem* robot legs in the first panel. There are 13 different types of EDS that affect the body in different ways, and I’ll be working with a geneticist in the near future (after waiting an entire year) to find out the specifics of my particular case.

In any case, I just want to say thanks for reading and keeping up with my work. It’s been really difficult, physically, to make anything in the past year. I’m not sure how I’m going to handle problems like this in the future, because I absolutely do not want to quit making comics and art. But I have to find a way to balance it with my incredibly unreliable body, which is something I haven’t figured out just yet.

If you want to find out more about POTS and EDS, I recommend these links, and thank you for reading them! A lot of people don’t know much about these conditions, even doctors, so if I can teach even one person a little more about them, I feel like I’ve done some good.

Dysautonomia International: Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome

VIDEO: Comic-editing tip – make a checklist spreadsheet!

I’m still working away on getting my webcomic put together for a print edition of volume one! Collecting everything together into a graphic novel is a lot of work, and can be complicated if you don’t stay organized. So that’s why I’m sharing one of my favorite organizational tips here – making a checklist spreadsheet! I’ve made a file with columns for each major fix I know needs doing from page to page, along with one for specific notes that don’t need to be changed on every page. I used conditional highlighting in Numbers on my Mac to make it easier to visualize how much work I’ve done versus what I have left, and even though I don’t use Excel or Google Sheets, I’m pretty sure you can do that with those apps, too.

Youtube has changed their guidelines for monetization, and it would help us immensely if you subscribed to our channel for free! We just need to reach 500 subscribers to be eligible, which would help provide monetary support for the continued creation of Follower and our other comics!

You can also help support the creation of our comics by joining the Chio Club, where you’ll also get rewards like previews of new pages and other behind the scenes sneak peeks!

FOLLOWER: Precipice 8.13

Follower updated! We’re going back to the scene of the crime!

🧬 New page:

👨🏼‍🔬 From the Start:

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You can also read the comic on these sites (a page behind the main site!)

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FOLLOWER: Page 8.10

Follower updated! This guy is just the worst.

🧬 New page:

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Check out some of the process of this page in the making! You can get early looks at content like this when you join the Chio Club! Members got to see this clip months ahead of now.

Create a Chio Returns!

It’s that time again! I’ve been working on a batch of new Follower pages, and I need a whole cast of background Chios! If you’ve ever dreamed of having your very own custom Chio character drawn by me, with their own cameo in Follower, now’s your chance!

I’ll work with you to create a canon Chio character who will appear on at least one page of Follower! For a slightly higher price, your character can appear on at least 3 pages, with the possibility of a speaking part.

All levels will get a fully customized character sheet illustration of your Chio, and will appear with your name as credit on the Follower cast page.

Here are the details:

  • $50 base level: Your custom Chio will have a background cameo on one page in Chapter 8 of Follower. You’ll get a custom character sheet image, and your character will appear on the Follower cast page.
    • +$100: Your character will appear on at least 3 pages of Chapter 8 of Follower, with the potential for a line of dialogue. (This level is $150 total.)

If this sounds good to you, hop on over to my Ko-Fi commissions page and select the “Create a Chio with comic cameo” option! Please be sure to check out my terms and conditions, which can also be viewed below.

Standard Commission Terms and Conditions

I. Timeline and scope of work

  • The artist will submit a sketch before proceeding with the final commissioned piece.
  • Once the sketch has been approved, major changes to the design will not be allowed.
  • The final commissioned piece will be accomplished within the agreed upon timeframe.

II. Payment

  • The artist requires 100% payment before starting work.
  • Refunds for commissioned pieces will not be granted.

III. Revisions

  • Only three (3) minor revisions to the commissioned piece will be allowed.
  • Succeeding revisions will not be entertained.
  • Revisions after the final commissioned piece has been submitted will not be entertained.

IV. Copyright and Reproduction

The artist reserves the right to:

  • Include the commissioned work in portfolios, online profiles/pages, commission sheets, etc.
  • Modify, edit, and repurpose the commissioned piece.
  • Claim the commissioned piece as their own work.

The commissioner and other parties may NOT:

  • Reproduce the artwork for merchandise such as prints, t-shirts etc. without an agreement or contract.
  • Modify, edit, and repurpose the commissioned piece.
  • Mint the artwork as an NFT, or non fungible token.
  • Claim the commissioned piece as their own work.
  • Post the commissioned piece online WITHOUT proper credits and links to the artist. (Bugbyte/Radiochio,

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