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!

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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Bug’s Got Car Problems

An update! As of 11:15 PM July 27. We made the goal, and I’m incredibly humbled, and I’m going to be able to get places. I’m leaving my stuff on sale for a while if anyone still wants to grab anything, I’m just gonna go. Fall down. 😲

So, as you probably know by now, I’ve been dealing with a newly-diagnosed connective tissue disorder as well as a heart condition which are basically ruining my life and making it hard to make comics or do anything pleasant in life, really. I have an amazing team of doctors who are making huge improvements to my life, but the big problem is that they are all about an hour (one way) from where I live, and to add insult to injury, my car needs an oil change I can’t afford and I realized the registration expired a while ago and I can’t afford to re-register, or pay the ticket for driving illegally. 😬

So, as a last ditch attempt to try and mitigate some of this, I put all my digital comics on sale on itch and ko-fi. All I need is 9 people to buy a bundle on itch and I can fix these issues.

If you’ve ever wanted to pick up some of the Follower bonus stories and single issues, this is the best opportunity for you and me!

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!

FOLLOWER: Precipice 8.13

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

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