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Follower just wrapped up Chapter Seven this week, and Chapter Eight will begin on February 9! In the meantime, early pages and work-in-progress will be available for Chio Club members.

There are also a couple of new rewards for joining the Chio Club! You can Create a Chio that will appear in Chapter Eight, or you can Ask a Chio Anything!

Join the Chio Club at the $5 (or more) level between January 23 and February 5 to get a guaranteed Ask a Chio Answer! What’s Ask a Chio? It’s an old blog where folks could ask questions of the Chio cast of Messenger and Follower, and sometimes they’d get answers. Right now, this is the only way to ask a Chio and get an answer!

When you join the Chio Club at the $50 ore more level, you’ll get your very own custom-designed Chio who will appear in Chapter Eight! The base price for a cameo Chio is $50 for a single-page appearance, but for $150 your character will appear on at least 3 pages with the possibility of a speaking part. (Speaking parts are limited.) These commissions will close near the end of February to ensure there is time to design the character and get them into the comic!

For more details and terms, check out the commissions page on our Ko-Fi!

When you become a Vloxen geneticist, you’ll also get special access to the Cottontail Base section of our Discord so you can discuss your upcoming cameo Chios in secret! You can also hang out in the regular parts of our Discord over here!

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No matter where you join the Chio Club, your support helps keep the comics online and updating. (And it keeps the creators alive!

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Chio Club: New Chapter 3 Pages

New chapter 3 pages? Didn’t chapter 3 happen years ago? Well, technically, yeah, but last year I breezed through the chapter and made some improvements to the artwork for both print and PDF books! A lot of the work was color adjustments, but the pages have also been re-lettered and generally given better consistency.

View the new pages now on:

Right now, Chio Club members are getting new batches of these pages every Friday! They’ll eventually make their way to the regular site sometime in 2022, but they’re a major example of the kinds of work we’d like to accomplish on fixing up the website and pages via our latest Chio Club goal! If we can get to $100/month in Chio Club memberships, I can start doing this work for ALL of the Follower archive. We’re a third of the way there already!

As an example of what’s changed, take a look at this before and after:

To get more pages like this, and to help us reach our goal, become a member of the Chio Club!

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Follower Chapter Seven is Finished! (here’s how to read it early)

Chapter Seven is now complete! You can read it early by becoming a member of the Chio Club. All you have to do is pledge the amount of your choice through one of the sites linked on our Support page (including Patreon, Ko-Fi, or Gumroad) and you’ll get instant early access to the next 6 pages of the comic. You’ll also get early access to Chapter Eight as we work on it! Chapter Eight will begin in early 2022. Follower will remain on a bi-weekly schedule for the remainder of Chapter Seven, with Sketch Wednesday happening in between. Anyone can vote for the next Sketch Wednesday art! 

As another option to read the ending of Chapter Seven early, you can also buy or rent access to the entire chapter through Dillyhub! This is a new option we are testing, and to help it succeed if you join our Discord this weekend (7/29-7/31) and are one of the first three people to ask nicely, I’ll send you a code worth 10 Dillyhub coins, or in other words, enough coins to access all of Chapter Seven!

Thank you for continuing to read and support our work. The past few months (and year, let’s be honest) have been exceptionally hard so I am extra proud to have finished this chapter. I hope you enjoy it, and all that’s to come!

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Follower page 7.14 is now up


Work in Progress

Work in Progress #1: Follower 6.26

Now that we’re a few more pages into the newest Follower updates, I think I can show off some of the process that goes into making a page. Folks who support us on Patreon get early looks at much more of this kind of material, so if you like what you see, please chip in a buck or two to help us keep the comics flowing and get rewards like this!

Let’s take a peek at what an early version of page 26 of chapter six looked like!

This is what the very beginnings of a page look like. As you can see here, each page starts out with a very rough “pencil” sketch. (I work digitally, so not a true pencil, but who’s counting?) 

You’ll note that I’ve added in the dialogue text even though there’s no bubble for it to sit in just yet. That step is up next, but in the meantime it helps me make sure that nothing important will be blocked by the text. 

After the pencil sketch is done (and this one is just barely a sketch – it’s just enough to lay out where things need to go) then I’ll go in with an inking brush and make refined outlines.

You might also notice some colored guidelines around the edges of the page. These are removed in the end, but these lines let me know where things will be trimmed off when the comic is eventually printed. I designed Follower from the beginning with the intent of printing books, so I use this template for every new page! I’ll talk about making books in a future post. 

Parts of the background are left in as pencil sketches due to the method I’ve been using lately. I like being a little more “painterly” and vague sometimes, especially if the stuff is in the distance or is otherwise not part of the main focus. It lets the primary parts of the image pop out clearly – like Leah and her mom in the top panel. 

There are a few steps between this initial ink stage and the completed page, but that’ll be a future Work in Progress post. Or, you can join us on Patreon and take a peek at some pages that haven’t even been posted yet!

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Streams this week! (Nov. 9, 2020)

I’m streaming three times this week! Join me on Twitch, Picarto, or Patreon while I get to work on some reference drawings for Follower, or thumbnails for the upcoming chapter on Patreon!

Full schedule on the Streaming page!


Tolio Wallpaper Download

All current Patreon supporters can grab a copy of the wallpaper-sized art from this week’s Twitch streams! It features Dr. Tolio hard at work on his comedy, er, career. (A reference to Joke Night With Tolio, the terrible shorts in between Follower chapters!)

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Follower returns!

Follower will be returning from hiatus on October 28, 2020! It will resume its regular weekly update schedule on Wednesdays.

If you want to read the rest of the chapter right nowPatreon supporters at all pledge levels can read pages 25-32 in their entirety. For as little as $1, you can quell your suspense and find out what’s up in the camp before everyone else. (And help support the comic while you’re at it!)

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October Streaming Schedule

I’m planning to do a bunch of art livestreams this month! This post will have the most up-to-date information on dates and times. You can join in on Twitch or Picarto. Patreon-only streams will happen on alternate Wednesdays on Patreon. Hope to see you there!

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Join the Chio Club, get free stuff

We’ve started a new monthly version of our Chio Club Newsletter that includes all the latest bits and bites in the Messenger/Follower/Radio Chio universe! To make things even more exciting, we’re including more freebies and discounts each month. 

If you join the Chio Club before October 1, you’ll receive a download code for an exclusive Follower-themed wallpaper. You can only get it by being a Patreon patron (and if you sign up, you can get the wallpaper and tons of other stuff right away), or by getting the newsletter! Future newsletters will include other goodies, but this wallpaper is October 2020 only. 

Click the button below to join the Chio Club!