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Chio Club Update: New Goals!

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Hey there! This is a post for everyone to talk about what we’re hoping to achieve with some new Chio Club goals. If you enjoy Follower, please take a peek at this post to see some of what we’ve got in store! If you don’t know what the Chio Club is, you can find out more about it on this page.

What we want to do

Basically: we want to improve the websites that Messenger and Follower live on. They’ve been the same for quite a few years, and could use some upgrades both visually and functionally. In addition to this, most of the earlier chapters’ pages were posted at a lower resolution and smaller size. We want to modernize the sites, and add bigger, clearer, higher-resolution pages for your reading enjoyment.

Just an example of how much bigger we’ll be able to make the new pages with these changes! The rest of the site will get a facelift, too.

So what’s the goal change?

The change is, that in addition to our previous goal of just updating the websites, it seems feasible to do some other small art tweaks to the comic pages while we’re in the process of re-exporting them at a bigger, better size. Most of these changes will include re-lettering, so that everything is cohesive through the whole comic. Some artwork might get tweaked a little to make it look nicer, especially on old pages. Small adjustments here and there throughout.

Why?

Well, why not? Time-wise, it seems reasonable to accomplish all of these things together, and it also puts us just a little closer to another long-term goal of ours: collecting Follower into a Volume 1 book, complete with side stories and other extras.

How do we get there?

I’ve set the bar at $100/month in total Chio Club pledges to be able to start this project, and we’re already about a third of the way there. You can follow the progress of this goal at the top of the Follower site, on the Chio Club page, our Patreon page, or our Ko-Fi page. (Gumroad doesn’t have a way to display this easily.)

All you have to do is pledge an amount of your choosing via one of the Chio Club sites – Patreon, Ko-Fi, or Gumroad. In return, you’ll get advance access to new comic pages, works in progress as they’re made, and depending on your pledge level, things like comic PDFs and other rewards.

It’s really high time to bring the Messenger and Follower sites into the current century, and make everything a little more accessible and readable. You can make it happen just by joining the Chio Club!

Off-week Updates

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It’s a non-update week this week, so I just thought I’d post a reminder so no one thinks we’ve given up on Follower! Dia wouldn’t allow it. Anyway. Follower will update next week on June 9th, and you can get early access to upcoming pages by becoming a Chio Club member through Patreon or Gumroad! Your support helps keep the comic going, especially right now when we are in a crunch to find a new place to live.

If you’d like a quicker way to get comic updates, you can have them delivered directly to your email when you sign up for our newsletter, and if you join the Radio Chio Newsletter you’ll also get bonus freebies each month! This month’s is a cute wallpaper download featuring Dia.

That’s all we’ve got for now. Thanks for reading!

Announcing: The Chio Club!

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In case you missed it – I announced a few days ago that we’re now using Flattr – a new way for creators like us to get support for their work. You can find out more about that here!

In addition to adding Flattr support to our comics, we’re also pleased to announce something new – The Chio Club!

The Chio Club is a new way to support Messenger, Follower, and our other creative projects through a monthly subscription membership. You’ll get early access to comics and other works in progress, discounted commissions, and membership to our private supporters-only Discord group. You can pick and choose what kinds of rewards you’d like and “pledge” the amount of your choice in monthly or yearly increments.

Yes, this news does come on the heels of Patreon’s new fee changes. We polled our existing patron base and got mixed feedback – some people didn’t mind the change, and some were ready to move on from Patreon – so rather than make a drastic change all at once we’ve decided to simply offer more ways to support us, so you can still get access to the same rewards at the same price, just using a different method.

The Chio Club is still a bit of a work in progress, and we are planning to offer more rewards in time, so keep an eye on our shiny new Support page or subscribe to our newsletter to keep up with the latest!

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