Hey readers! I’m making some changes to the comic update schedule, and to our Patreon.
As I’ve written about in the past, I deal with wrist pain problems from time to time but they’ve definitely flared up more than normal lately. This has been a problem for making comics, since I need my wrists for the entire process.
In order to (hopefully) give myself more of a resting break, I’m moving to a looser update schedule. Instead of trying to keep up with weekly pages, I’m going to release multiple pages every few months. This way I won’t always be working on next week’s page, and can spread the work out more, with better breaks between.
This also means a few changes to the Patreon. I’m going to be cutting down the number and type of pledge tiers and moving to more of a tip jar format. $2+ pledges will get access to the wallpaper archive, but moving forward the majority of patron-only posts will be pages in progress and behind the scenes material.
All of these changes will take place starting in March, so if you’re a current patron and want to change your pledge, you’ve got a bit of time to do so.
This month’s wallpaper is up for all $2+ Patreon supporters! This year’s wallpaper images will focus on characters that don’t usually get the main focus, starting with Kate from Messenger. Main characters will make appearances, of course, but there’s going to be a lot more variety!
I wanted to make a post as a follow-up to my last news bit about taking a short break from comics for a few weeks. There’s been a lot going on in my life recently, like a death in the family, a new job, ten million winter holidays, and then getting sick. I’ve not been feeling well on and off since November, and finally went to a doctor last week and found out I have pneumonia. Oops. I’ve been dealing with that and am starting to feel much better, but just incredibly drained all the time. I had been planning to start posting both Messenger and Follower again this week, but the most I’ve been able to accomplish is sleeping and looking at my DS occasionally and doing other exciting sick activities. It’s really, really frustrating to want to get all these things done and just not have the energy to do them.
So all of that aside, if there is anyone who would like to contribute any kind of guest art/fiction/etc to the site, I would certainly love to share it up on the front page as filler for another week or two while I kick this bug out of my lungs. I will provide credit and links to your own comic/DA/whatever, of course, and will also put your art up on the as-yet-unmade Follower Fan Stuff page for everyone to see for the rest of forever after. You can e-mail anything you’d like to share to me at bug [at] messenger-comic.com, submit it to DA and note me a link, or post it on the forums.
If not, hey, at least here’s an update about what’s going on with the comic! Here’s to a (hopefully) much better and healthier 2014. Thank you for all these years of continued support; just knowing there are readers out there enjoying what I do makes it worthwhile.