Just in time for our long-awaited 100th Facebook like (one of many milestones we are achieving before our first year is up), I have started a collection of gravatars (the icons by your name) for the comment section of the comic. Right now their assignment is random and for anyone not displaying their own personal gravatar but I’m figuring out how to assign them to people because I’m sure to get requests. Isn’t there a way for people to select ones they want? I can also make them all available to put on your own computers for your own gravatar collections if ya like! In the meantime, I hope you enjoy them and feel free to let me know what you think.
Hey, all! Just wanted to say we really appreciate the response we’ve gotten so far in our request for donations. I know times are tough so even seeing a few bucks trickle in is appreciated greatly. You know who you are! I’d name names but I dunno if you wanted to be singled out for being so supportive of our efforts. We just wanted to say a great thanks again and anything you can do to help is always welcome. Like spreading the word about this strip! We need readers! It’s taken nearly a year to get so close to 100 Facebook likes. Heck, I have almost twice that many friends on FB! I know. It’s lame that they don’t all “like” the comic on FB. I say shame to those who haven’t read us yet. Shame!
We hope to have a flier or at least a person or two in a t-shirt to help advertise Shards at San Diego Comicon. The tees will be made special for some of my friends who were lucky enough to get their admissions early. We can’t go:( I have been talking to one of the board members in charge of allowing publicity and they say they have a flier table. I’ve submitted one already. Still awaiting word if our site is PG enough for them LOL. I took out all the wangs, I swear!
The incentives are moved to Friday updates now. Today’s was a bit late as TB reconfigured my computer to accept our scanner so I could ink and color this week’s incentive. It is a sneak peek so check it out! Miss Muffet in a new dress design. TB thought she needed a little makeover. I might try a few designs and use them as incentives until that strip comes out revealing her new look. Feel free to tell us what you think of them as well! We’re also curious if people even LIKE the voting incentives. I received no feedback on them so far:( Bummer. Cuz I L-O-V-E hearing from you all!
Also with a donation received in the mail, we got a great letter from a fan. Our first ever! It was touching:) And it also cemented what we’re gonna do about our donation button. You asked for it, you got it! Soon to come will be a rotation of the Quadrate (Lion, Tin, Scarecrow, and Conglomerate Dorothy) beggin’ you all for spare change;P And check out the Gallery called Concept Art. Two new pieces in there so far!
Check ya later!
Wow, this posted to the comic instead of the blog. Oops! It’s fixed now! Comic now visible on the main page again!
Thanks for the comments on the new logo. Glad you guys like it, and even noticed! :)
I think I’ll be moving the voting incentives to Fridays. Hope that’s okay! I’m kinda testing if it helps our numbers or not. We got 52 people viewing the site yesterday. Well, we have 96 Facebook likes. I know some of you read the comic in bulk bits and that’s fine but I wonder if those low numbers on a new-strip day means we’re losing some readership…
It is renewal time for our web host. If you’ve ever considered donating to our little cause, now’s the time. We’re all strapped for funds, I know, but I just wanted to remind everyone that we have a donate button over there on the right: Humpty wavin’ his dislodged arm. Hey, if you don’t care for Humpty, the next person to donate gets to pick who’s the next charity case! That’s right! Whoever is next to donate some kinda cashola amount to support Shards can tell ME who should be wavin’ the charity sign:) Hey, it’s new art!
Check out the new logo! I got some new fonts with my new computer and one I found online for free was more Shards-like than the previous “Bloodcrow” font I’d used. The old logo was all hand-drawn and I wanted a more finished/actual font look. Well, meet “GlazKrak”, our new Shards logo font! What’s hidden behind the letters is the head of a character seen in Shards. Some haven’t been revealed yet but when they are, I might hold a contest to see who can guess/deduce who’s behind the logo:)
While I don’t have Adobe CS4 OR CS5 on this computer yet, the art is definitely easier for the strips and I hope it shows. My old computer just got so buggy! Things should be smoother now and I might even get ahead a bit!
Just as we are coming to a close on the Candy Man story arc, I get my new computer:) I’ll spend the next few days getting it set up with big helps from TB. Don’t forget there’s a new voting incentive! I’ll let you all know when I get my fresh copy of Adobe Photoshop from CS5!