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Radio Chio Spring Sale!

Starting April 3, our itch.io shop prices are going to start melting like snow; everything is 50% off to celebrate the Great Thaw that’s (hopefully?) happening just outside your own door! If you’re looking to pick up some digital copies of Follower or Messenger, this is the time to do it! Hurry: this sale ends 4/16! 

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Follower featured on Canvas Support Squad!

Follower is being featured this week by Canvas Support Squad on Twitter! Canvas Support Squad is a group of Webtoon Canvas creators helping each other grow and get more engagement and support! Follower updates on Webtoon Canvas in addition to over on its main site, and we are thrilled to have their support this week!

https://twitter.com/canvas_squad/status/1505589992134914048?s=20
https://twitter.com/canvas_squad/status/1505605092552105991?s=20

Check out Canvas Support Squad on Twitter to get notified about cool new comics you might not otherwise see!

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How I Color Comics

I made a video about how I color comics! Someone asked about this a while ago, and while I lost the original question, I did take the time to record some clips while I worked on the latest Follower page.

Here’s the transcript of this video:

Hey, I’m Bug and I’ve been making webcomics since 2004! Let me share my knowledge with you!

When I’m coloring a comic, my goal is to work as quickly and efficiently as possible, so I’ve found a lot of useful tricks to speed up the process. This is a basic version of how I color.

I color in Clip Studio Paint, but most of these tricks will work in any drawing software. 

First, I take my lineart and set it as a reference layer using the little lighthouse button in the layers panel. That means I can color under it, and the fill bucket will act like the lines are on the same layer. 

Under the fill bucket’s tool properties window, make sure that “refer multiple” is also checked and set to the lighthouse icon. Play around with the other settings to get a fill style that you like, but here’s what my settings look like.

Now I can use the custom color palette I made for my comic and quickly zip around to fill everything in the panel. Flat colors: done!

Next, I make a new layer above my flat colors. Set this to multiply. Click the icon on the far left of the layers tab that looks like two squares. This will make the multiply layer “clip” to the layer below, so you can only paint where there’s already color. 

This is going to be my shading layer. It’s kind of cheating, but I usually pick a shadow color that’s opposite my light color on the color wheel. If that doesn’t look right, I cheat some more and pick something that looks “right.” I use the lasso tool to quickly fill big sections of shadow. The lasso works in combination with the ink layer, so it won’t fill past the lines! Then I use a pen to color in smaller detailed areas of shadow.

Next, make a new layer the same way you made the multiply layer, but instead set the blending mode to overlay, screen, or glow dodge, depending on the effect you want. Pick the color of your light and paint in your highlights.

You can keep adding more layers this way to refine your highlights and shadows, but that’s the simplest version of what I do!

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Ask a Chio: Is a chio more flexible than a human, or vise versa?

Humans and Chios are probably about equal in terms of physical flexibility! A Chio might be able to endure more pain to stretch a bit further, but not by much.

Chios are from Messenger and Follower!

Ever wanted to create your own Chio? Join the Create a Chio project and commission your very own Chio who will cameo in the upcoming chapter eight of Follower!

Or, Ask a Chio anything! Today is the last day to join! For Chio Club members pledged at the $5 or above level by the end of February 5, 2022, Ask a Chio questions will be open for a limited time! Find out more in this post on Follower’s blog.

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Nominate Follower for Best Graphic Story!

Nominations are open for the next six days for the Ursa Major Awards. Follower is eligible for nomination in the Best Graphic Story category. If you’ve read and enjoyed Follower in the past year, please consider submitting our comic for nomination! 2021 was awful for a lot of people, but it was truly the worst year of both our lives. We took that fury and pain and channeled it into what I believe is the best chapter of the comic to date, and it will only get better from here. Anyone can register to nominate media, and choose up to five nominees per category. You can help our chances at a nomination by sharing Follower and the nomination link with your friends! You can even point them to the New Readers page to help them see if they’re into the story.

It would be an honor just to be nominated after pouring our hearts and souls into this comic during this awful year. Thank you for your consideration! Nominations will close on 12 February 2022. 

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Hourly Comic Day 2022

Yesterday was Hourly Comic Day once again! Even though it wasn’t a terribly exciting day, I did like the rest of Twitter and documented my day hour by hour.

And that’s another Hourly Comic Day in the books! Thanks for reading about my very tedious day.

If you enjoyed this comic, please check out my other comic work, which is decidedly less autobiographical and much more wild sci-fi: Follower! The next chapter begins next week, so it’s a great time to catch up on the story!

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Ask a Chio: Is a chio’s skull very thick? (Can they headbutt things hard?)

Not any harder than a human can.

Chios are from the comics Messenger and Follower!

Ever wanted to create your own Chio? Join the Create a Chio project and commission your very own Chio who will cameo in the upcoming chapter eight of Follower!

Or, Ask a Chio anything! For Chio Club members pledged at the $5 or above level by February 5, 2022, Ask a Chio questions will be open for a limited time! Find out more in this post on Follower’s blog.

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Ask a Chio: What if you were a chio?

I would not be a very good Chio. 

Chios are from Messenger and Follower. I, however, am a human.

But, if you want to be a Chio, you can be! Join the Create a Chio project and commission your very own Chio who will cameo in the upcoming chapter eight of Follower!

Or, Ask a Chio will be reopening today for Chio Club members on a limited time basis! Pledge at the $5 or above level by February 5, 2022 and you’ll get to ask your very own Chio question! Find out more in this post on Follower’s blog.

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Ask a Chio Returns!

This week’s update ends Follower Chapter Seven! Thank you for reading all this way with us! Before we start Chapter Eight, we’ll be taking a short two-week break to make sure everything is ready for the next chapter. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be anything here to see!

Before we begin the new chapter, we wanted to try something different… To fill in the gap between chapters, we’re offering a limited round of Ask a Chio Q&A spots! Whether you’re supporting us via Patreon, Ko-Fi, or Gumroad, all Chio Club members who are pledging $5 or more as of January 23 will be eligible to Ask a Chio anything, and get a guaranteed answer! 

What’s Ask a Chio? It used to be an ask blog I ran on Tumblr for a couple of years, before it became challenging to balance with regular comic work. But I think it would be fun to try and bring it back on a limited basis. I’ve slowly been adding Ask a Chio answers to Radiochio.com for fun, and it would be great to have some new answers to add to the classic ones. 

What can you ask a Chio? Nearly anything, so long as it’s SFW. Just bear in mind that Chios’ knowledge of the world is limited to certain areas, so you might get interesting answers… You can direct a question to a particular Chio, or you can just ask a general question and see who shows up to answer it. 

Again, thank you for continuing to read and support our comic! Hopefully we’ll see what kinds of things the Chios get asked!

Check out the old Ask a Chio blog here

Check out Ask a Chio on Radiochio.com

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Ask a Chio: Are chios kangaroo people?

Surprisingly, no! Chios are a genetically engineered species of creatures built from combined human and animal DNA.

Although, if you ask some of the Chios themselves, they might relate their creation myth to you instead.

What we do know for sure, is that they’re kind of cute.

ited time basis! Pledge at the $5 or above level by February 5, 2022 and you’ll get to ask your very own Chio question! Find out more in this post on Follower’s blog.