Patreon is Now Live!

Finally, after what’s felt like ages of pondering how I could go about such an endeavour, I’ve taken the leap into the modern age. Prophecy of the Circle now proudly has its own ongoing Patreon campaign!

Through Prophecy of the Circle’s Patreon page, you can pledge to provide a monthly donation – as little as $1, and trust me, even that little bit helps a ton – to help make both my existence and the story’s a little rosier. The more donations are gathered, the better the comic gets. In the future there could be fewer ads on the site, actual physical books as a feasible reality, more updates per week, more extras and goodies. The possibilities are a bit on the endless side, which is kind of exciting. I really want to be able to make this the best it can be, and I think we can do that.

In the meanwhile, until we get to those big milestones, there’s an assortment of little rewards available to backers of the story. Goodies for you guys! As a preview, some of the options I have up for grabs:

* $2 or more per month: you get to see the newest comic pages a few days early, on Saturdays instead of Mondays. All weekend long you can cackle villainously at your newfound knowledge of the future.

* $5 or more: early comic pages, a look at progress scans of each page after it’s live, including raw pencils and inks, and you also get a look at my world-building sketchbook. I think an awful lot about how the world around our heroes works and looks, and not all of it makes it into the comic. Some of the things that have appeared or will appear go through a few revisions before they see completion. There are character designs, location planning doodles, sketches of objects and critters… All sorts. All sorts. I like to provide these without names or context attached to avoid major spoilers.

*$10 or more: all of the above, and access to the rough drafts of the short stories I’ve been writing on the side. There are a lot of stories that I just can’t tell in the main plot of Prophecy of the Circle without derailing the story entirely, but I’ve always wanted to tell them anyway. The ultimate goal I’ve settled on is to make a book or two of illustrated short stories, and to support that creation by offering to let you guys read what I’m writing as it gets done. Secrets!

And those are just a few of the options. There are more available, and I’ll likely add new options in the future as it all progresses.

Endless Art Sale Part Three

About time I got that post about being sick off of the top of the list here, isn’t it?

I was aiming for a slightly more grandiose posting here this week but due to some unforeseen (and yet happy this time!) events in the last week, a couple of my plans got a bit delayed.

In the meanwhile, I have the third wave of the Endless Art Sale to announce! It’s a small one this time, with only two new original art pieces up for grabs, but there’s larger potential, too. Instead of posting the sales in phases, I’ve been making a backlog of sketched out ideas, and I’m going to aim to just keep on adding new art more or less regularly so that there’s more variety to look at in the long run. Soon I’m going to get a little advertisement rolling somewhere so that if there’s something new, there’ll be a visual cue for all of you here on the home page and you don’t have to keep checking the Storenvy page to know for sure. :)

I’m going to try and offer a bit more variety in terms of the art itself, too. Some might be much cheaper little doodles, and others will be full color complete art pieces, like the two that are up there now. I’m trying to branch out a bit. :) Hopefully that serves everyone a bit better.

There are more interesting new developments to come in June, so keep checking back here! It should be a really cool month for this site.

Sick Day

I did that stupid thing where I kept working during a busy week at my day job even though I was coming down with a cold, and I ended up developing bronchitis. Whoops. I’m dumb. :< And so close to the end of chapter two, too.

I’ve posted these sketches on my Tumblr before, but I’ve never shown them here, so… here. Silly ideas I had when I was first fascinated with the ISS and rockets last year. I dreamed up a Canadian tikedi astronaut chick and never named her, but had some fun with the idle idea. I probably had the most fun with the press conference sketch and the one of her sleeping with limbs all floating.

I did get the majority of this week’s comic done before I got sick, so next week there should be something, at least. But sorry guys. D:

The Endless Art Sale at Storenvy: Round 2!

There’s some new artwork up for sale (and Balta and Shanka still hanging out from the last round; their time will come =P ) in my Storenvy shop! If you’ve been watching my Tumblr, it’s mostly art that you’ve seen pop up on Tumblr in the last little bit.

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Commence: Round 2 of the endless art sale! FIGHT!

Prophecy of the Circle Wiki

Another quick news post here. Once upon a time this site was home to an encyclopedia, but I ended up getting rid of it because I couldn’t take care of it well enough. I’m happy to report that there’s a new one now, maintained by the readers, for the readers, over at this link here: http://prophecyofthecircle.wikia.com/wiki/Prophecy_of_the_Circle_Wiki

It’s very much in progress, but it’s already off to a promising start. :) Again, I’ve got to thank you guys for being fabulous and always so helpful and supportive. In this case, especially thanks to J. N. Squire, who’s also the translator and administrator for the French version of Prophecy of the Circle, for starting the new wiki and putting so much work into it already.

I have to craft a little logo for the sidebar so that there’ll always be a permanent link to it, and I’ll aim to have that up by the end of the week. It’s a great project, and I’m super thankful for it. =D

Happy New Year!

A few days late, but I really wanted to clear that hiatus message off of the top spot here. We made it! Another year ahead. I hope 2015 treats all of you extremely well. :)

Yesterday, January 4th, was also a rather nice anniversary for Prophecy of the Circle. It’s officially been five years since I started publishing this story online. I try to mention this wherever it’ll fit, but I’m definitely going to say it again: its been a fabulous ride so far and that’s all thanks to you guys. I will never stop being amazed at what a caring, engaging, wonderful group of people you are. You’re all so constructive and enthusiastic and although I’ve never met the vast majority of you, I know if I ever did, you’d all feel like great friends. You all need to feel wonderful about yourselves, because you are, and you make me feel wonderful.

When I started this five years ago, I had zero confidence in my abilities as a writer and artist. I was as self-conscious as self-conscious can be with a lot to learn. I still have a lot to learn, but I’m not nearly so afraid of the journey because I know all of you just want to see success along with me. You’re so helpful. Hooray. :)

So here’s to at least five more years of great adventure (very likely more!). I’m looking forward to it. All of you make it so worthwhile. =D

P.S. And for extra bonus fun: today is also the birthday of my big brother Liam, also known as the original creator of good ole Stiggs and Aurorin. :) All the good anniversaries all at once. Best.

Short Hiatus

I hate doing this, but I’m only halfway through painting next week’s comic and I know I won’t have the ability to finish it. There’s been a lot going on in my personal life and it’s beginning to affect me very negatively, so I need some time just to handle it.

I don’t really know what else to say, except that if I’m quiet, it’s because my energy levels are low at the best of times, and when they’re not… I just don’t know how to explain all of this.

It’ll get better. I’ll be back. Things are just kind of bad right now for creativity.

I’ll try and post a doodle for Monday at least, but I don’t think I can guarantee even that bit.