Chio Chronicles – September 2023 Edition

What’s Up?

It’s September yet again and fall is in the air! Well, sort of. We just had another weekend of 90° F days here, so I’m not sure what season it is at the moment, really. Regardless: here’s what’s new this month from us!

What’s New?

Follower Update Status

As I’ve written about now on both Radio Chio and on the Follower site, I’ve been dealing with a number of complicated health issues over the past few months. Although I never declared a proper hiatus for Follower, it’s essentially been in that state all this time. At the moment, I do not have an exact date for its return to updates because my condition is really a day-to-day issue that I’m learning to deal with as I go. I have some upcoming appointments which should help provide more help and direction, and hopefully I can get back to drawing. The best place to watch for updates is, of course, here on the newsletter or on I’ll post an update when I know more! In the meantime, thanks for your patience and support!

Other News

What’s Next?

Although I’m not able to work on comics at my regular pace, I am still working on what I can. I’m planning to do some more things like more Tiny Art Vlogs as I’m doing what I’m able to, just to keep everyone aware that I’m still alive, ha. 

I’m also planning on doing more posts like my Books for Comic Artists blog post. Are there any art topics you’d like to see me write about? Or even any topics in general? Drop a comment on one of my posts and let me know!

I’ve been doing research for a more long-term project that kind of straddles the line between writing and comics. I’m not totally sure what the end product is going to look like yet. But it is a sort of graphic memoir/autobio thing based on a lot of what I’ve been through during the pandemic. My life has basically been flipped upside down during the past few years, and there’s a lot of story to tell. Once I have a little more of this put together I’ll probably put it up for Chio Club members first.

Community News

The Discord rambles on! Come join us for friendly conversation about comics, art, and whatever you want. I may have even successfully fixed the Question of the Day bot, which seems to spark the most conversation around these quiet parts.

Thanks for Reading!

That’s all I’ve got for this month! Thanks as usual for reading about what we’ve been up to and sticking with us despite the fact that I’ve been the world’s slowest artist lately. Hopefully this will change soon!

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VIDEO: Chapter 7 Cover Timelapse

Here’s a little bit of an older video that never got made public until now! I spent quite a while figuring out the design for this cover at the time, because there’s just so much that goes on it was difficult to find a particular focus. Instead, I decided to go with something that helped frame this part of the story as a whole. I think it worked!

Teepublic Sale!

Hey, my Teepublic shop is on sale for like 8 or 9 more hours from the time of posting this! I’ve got licensed Star Trek and Cartoon Network designs and original stuff like animals and characters from my webcomic!

You can get cool stickers and shirts and stuff and I can afford to pay my phone bill next month, maybe!

Here’s a new design I just released based on the project patch for Project Cottontail from Follower!

Chio Chronicles – August 2023 Edition

What’s Up?

Hey folks! It’s definitely been a minute since I’ve made a proper newsletter, let alone a news post. It’s been a rough summer so far for me — I thought I was dealing pretty well with the health issues I’ve been having, but a series of coincidental problems coupled with the summer heat have really knocked me flat. I summoned the energy to make a goofy little doodle comic about it, which you can check out here if you like. It might turn into an ongoing series, because sometimes all I can do is laugh at the situation.

I am (as usual) doing my best to get back on track with things like Follower updates, but it’s been difficult. A major part of my problem is joint issues, which can vary wildly from day to day, so sometimes drawing is rough. I’ve been trying to at least put my creative energy into other projects when I can’t draw, like some Tiny Art Vlogs from time to time. You can view those on my Youtube channel here!

Mostly, I am trying to figure out how to work with a body that’s kind of unreliable, when I’m trying to do something that requires a certain amount of regularity, like posting a comic update every week. I haven’t figured it out just yet, but I’m doing my best. I may need to eventually move to a monthly update of a few pages at a time rather than work under the pressure of weekly updates, but I haven’t decided that for sure just yet. 

Anyway, on to the news!

What’s New?

What’s Next?

Here’s what I’ve got on the table for upcoming projects, roughly in order of priority:

  • Follower updates! I can’t believe it’s been as long as it has since my last update. I’ve been slowly working at the next pages while doing my best not to overdo it with my hands. It’s a difficult balance.
  • Follower Volume 1: I’ve made it into edits for chapter 2, and I’m finishing off the last few drawn revisions for chapter one. Those’ll get posted for Chio Club folks first. Once I get through chapter 2, things will move a lot faster on this project.

Community News

There hasn’t been much new lately in the community, but the Discord is always open and new folks are always welcome! It’s a slow-paced, quiet chat, but we keep it friendly. Click here to join!

Thanks For Reading!

Thanks so much for checking out the latest news from us this month! Here’s hoping the next one will be more comic-heavy. 🤞

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Cutting my losses, planting new patches

It certainly has been the summer of social media, and not necessarily in the best way. This post is basically about how I’m planning to address social posting from here on out, because we’ve descended into utter chaos and it’s wild out there.


First up: I’m not abandoning Twitter per se, (no, I will not be referring to it by the new name. I was here first and it’s Twitter.) but I’m not thrilled by some policy enforcement decisions that have come down during the past week. The decisions made do nothing to protect users, do nothing to properly punish or remove sensitive media, and I simply don’t want to be part of that in any way. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, that’s probably a good thing, but if you must know, here’s an article explaining what went down. There are a lot of technical nuances about how these types of events should be handled by a website’s trust & safety team, but since those folks were all fired… Sourcing my information from a professional in the field, this was just blunder after blunder, and gives me serious concern about the safety of. Well. Everyone on the platform, including me. (Source is, however, you’ll need a bluesky account to view.)

So, moving on from here, I’ll essentially just be sending outgoing comic and news update posts to Twitter for those who’ve stuck around, at least as long as I’m able to do that through Buffer. I want to keep my username alive, because I don’t want someone else to grab it for inactivity and do something nefarious with it. So unless you hear otherwise here, it’s still me posting there.

Ultimately, I’ve decided that although Twitter is my oldest audience (but not the biggest anymore!) and I would love to bring every one of you with me on my new adventures, it is more worth my time to set up shop in a place that’s stable, with reasonable moderation, a variety of users (not just artists, not just comic readers), where I can actually grow and have a chance. Twitter’s been stagnant for me for a while, even before the changeover, so it feels like time to cut my losses and accept that this cost is, indeed, sunk.

On to the new and shiny!

This is a complicated moment, and I think art social posting can be really fickle. One site becomes the new hot thing for a minute, and then everyone’s moved on to the next thing. I am hesitant to put all my effort into something new, only to have it evaporate due to popularity. Things are wild right now: we’ve got Threads, we’ve got Blue Sky, Mastodon is holding strong. Even Tumblr’s kind of making a comeback, believe it or not.

For the moment, I’m not restricting myself to any given platform. I want to really try them out and see what sticks. Though I haven’t been feeling my best lately, I’ve been trying to spend some time understanding the unique culture and algorithms going on in each place. I’m having a lot of fun with Threads and Blue Sky; they have the feeling of early Twitter, with more minimal features and users who are thrilled to be finding people to follow, old and new. It feels exciting and enjoyable and I’ve gotten so much more interaction with people than I have on Twitter in years. Except that one time last summer when I accidentally made the CEO of a website named after a street that’s made of a sticky, chewable substance upset, and then my phone blew up for a whole day. Even then, people were less there for me than they were to agree with my sentiment, which is fine! But also not what I was there for, really. (I can’t think of a nice way to say “I was here looking for attention for my art and my comics and I’m glad you all agree with me but likes aren’t dollars,” so I’m just going to say that instead.)

I want to find out where my audience really lives, which is probably going to be a more long-term project than a few weeks exploring the wilds of a couple of new social media platforms. But that’s ok. I’m planning to treat things pretty loosely and sometimes duplicate content across platforms, but probably mostly not. (At least until Postybirb supports some of these sites!) I want to find out what I make that other people want to see. If I have to plant some seeds of fan art and comic updates, then that’s what we do. But the garden is expanding, and there are some nice sunny patches all over the place.

But wherever I am, I’m still just Bug, so come hang out with me in some of these new and interesting places. I’ll be playing around for a while until I figure out what works best for me and the people interested in my work. Maybe at that point I’ll settle down to just one primary place for blabs and posts, or maybe the sun will collapse and none of it will matter anyway.

I have yet again updated the Quick Links page on this website, so you can find all the places I am experimenting with throwing metaphorical pasta at the walls to see what sticks. Metaphorically. I would never waste good pasta that way.

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!

VIDEO: Editing Follower book pages

This is a short one, but I think I’m going to start making little art vlogs while I work on things sometimes. I’ve gotten back to work on updating and editing Follower pages for the eventual Volume One we have planned. This past year has been super difficult for me with my ongoing health issues, but I really want to make this book, so I’m doing what I can to get there!

You can also help support me while I’m working on the book by joining the Chio Club via Patreon or Ko-Fi. There are even special tiers where you can be in the comic by creating a custom Chio character or receive a copy of the book on completion!

Bug is Broke Sale!

Ha, you read that right! 🥲

Things have been a bit rough with my hands being unreliable for the past few months, and we’ve got bills and a cat vet appointment coming up, so it seems like as good a time as any to put our comics on sale for the next week! You get cheap comics, we get to survive a little bit, so everyone wins!

All of our comics (and CSP brush pack!) downloads are automatically 50% off in our shop. You can also download everything as a giant bundle for just $15! That’s a lot of comics!

You can also use the code ‘BUGISBROKE‘ in our Ko-Fi shop and get 50% off everything there, too!

Thanks so much for reading this post, and share with your friends if you think they’d be into our work!

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