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!

VIDEO: Twitch Anniversary Stream!

Apparently I’ve been a Twitch affiliate for an entire year now. Huh. Interesting. Anyway, this past weekend I did an anniversary stream for fun playing Colossal Cave 3D on my Switch. I played the original text version back when I was a kid, and it’s fun to see the game reinterpreted visually!

If you subscribe to my Youtube and/or Twitch channels it will really help me out! I’m aiming for 500 Youtube subs so I can monetize my channel to help keep making new content, and any live views or subscriptions on Twitch also help in the same way! I may have been a Twitch affiliate for a year, but I have yet to see a payout. Grumble grumble. 😑

Anyway, I hope you’ll check out some of my video content, or hang out during one of my streams live in the future!

Other recent video content

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!

VIDEO: if i were a fish

I’ve been in love with  @hicorook ’s song “if I were a fish” since I heard it a few weeks ago and I’ve been chipping away at this since then. Geedey and Dia are definitely each other’s fish, so it just seemed fitting to animate them this way. But I’m not going any further than this, it took forever to make this much. 😆

Also, please go listen to “if I were a fish” and sub to corook’s channel!! It’s such a heartwarming song and the rest of their music is awesome too!

You can also subscribe to my channel where I put up stuff like this on a regular basis. I’m trying to work my way up to 1000 subscribers, and I’m about to hit 150!

VIDEO: Storytime – That Time My Job Got Raided By A SWAT Team

This video was meant to go up as a small celebration of getting to 100 subscribers on YouTube! 🎉 It took a little longer than I planned to record and edit it, but here it is.

So, this is a story about a weird thing that happened a long time ago at a job I have thankfully left far behind. I hope it makes you laugh, because it makes me laugh.

If you want to see more stuff like this, plus stream archives, art videos, and more, you should join the Chio Crew on YouTube! Subscribe here! 💖

March 2023 News & Updates

I’ve been in physical therapy for around two months now, and I’ve been slowly working myself back into drawing. Bluntly, physical therapy kicks my butt and I tend to feel sore and awful for around a day afterwards, and doing this multiple times a week is a bit of a rollercoaster. We’ve moved on to working on my shoulders lately, which are a literal sore point, and that’s been rough going. But things are improving overall. 

I am still working on comic pages, and have been posting progress for the Chio Club as usual. It’s been a bit more of a mountain climb to get anything to completion than I expected, but I’m doing my best. I most recently posted a batch of rough sketches of ideas for the Chio Club sticker tier (discussed further down this post) including a bunch that weren’t shown during the stream where I started working on them!

Among some of the other less drawing-heavy projects I’ve been working on, I’ve also been dabbling with some fiction outside of the Messenger/Follower-verse. I’m not sure if anyone would be interested in checking out drafts of that story in process, but it might be a future Chio Club feature if there’s interest.

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What’s new?

I posted my first ever storytime video on our Youtube channel this month, to pretty good reception! Not so coincidentally, it talks a bit about some of the problems I’ve been having with my hands, so if you want to watch me draw a little bit and listen to me talk, check out my video!

It would also be really helpful to us if you subscribe to our Youtube channel! Like every other webcomic artist out there, we’re always looking for another trickle of revenue to make this whole thing possible, and we can’t even get paid for ads until we reach 1,000 subscribers. We’re pretty close to approaching 100, and while that’s only a tenth of the way, once the snowball starts rolling it gets easier and easier to reach new viewers. It also helps us to have more watch hours, so if you’re interested in our comics, I highly recommend checking out one of the art stream playlists we have and letting it run!

After sleuthing for some opinions and data, I’m tentatively going ahead with the idea of a physical sticker tier for the Chio Club. Whether you join via Patreon or Ko-Fi, I’m planning to introduce a tier where you can get a monthly sticker. You can get all the details in this blog post:

Our Teepublic store will be up to 35% off
March 8-11 and March 23-26.*

*Sale dates are not final and therefore subject to change.

Our Redbubble sticker shop will be up to 20% off
March 1-6*

*Sale dates are not final and therefore subject to change.

Community News

I’ve been attempting to get back into regular streaming, but I’ve been thwarted twice so far: once by weather, and once by health, so I’m shaking my fist at the universe and insisting I’m going to continue anyway. My next stream date will most likely be during the week of March 6th. Keep an eye on my Twitch schedule page for changes!

As usual, some caveats apply: I have to go by how my health and joints are doing that day, even if something is scheduled. I try to move things by a day or two, but sometimes I have to cancel outright. It is what it is, unfortunately. The best places to find out when I’m streaming are on my Twitch page and on the Discord.

I’m also planning on dual streaming to Twitch and Youtube whenever possible, since my YT audience has been growing a bit!

And, as usual, our Discord is always open and welcoming new folks! It’s a little slow and quiet, but that’s not always a bad thing. Pop on in for comic updates, general chat, and potentially some new community events in the coming year!

Thanks For Reading!

Once again, thank you so much for reading about our newest stuff, even if things are still a bit slow.

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