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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!

End of the Year Update!

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Hey there! It’s almost the end of the year already, somehow! Just in case you missed it, we (and Follower) are taking a break until the start of 2021. We need a bit more time to get the next chapter ready to go and take a little break after pushing through the last few months. If you’d like to see the first bits of the next chapter early, please support us on Patreon! You’ll get access to new pages as they’re completed, as well as patron-only livestreams other behind the scenes stuff. You’ll also help us continue to survive the pandemic! It’s been a rough year for everyone, and we’re starting to feel it. Between my surgery back at the start of the pandemic, and our cat’s surprise visit to the emergency vet a few weeks ago, things are a little tight around here. Your support is always appreciated to help us keep going and making more comics.

For other ways to help support Follower, you can always make a one-time contribution to our Ko-Fi (and get a wallpaper download in return) or just give us a vote on TopWebComics to help us find more new readers!

In other news, the shop has been updated! You can now get physical copies of Follower chapters one and two, as well as a couple of zines I created artwork for. There are also the usual stickers and shirts, but why not check it out? 

Thanks for reading Follower for another year, and we look forward to continuing the story in January!

Summer Schedule Madness

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It’s been sort of an unpredictable summer for us so far, so I thought it would be time for a minor schedule update. Follower is postponed-ish for this week, as I’m currently going between some extra freelance work and a bunch of comics-related, but not Follower comics-related projects with upcoming deadlines. Thankfully, all of that will be out of the way within the next few weeks. Follower will return on its regular day next week, and I’m planning to make up the missing page as soon as possible.

That said, Patreon backers will get the first look at new Follower material as it’s made. Our Patreon has converted to immediate charge, so you can pay immediately and gain access to our back catalog of rewards like wallpapers and other extras. $1 goes a long way to helping us keep making comics and is always appreciated if you like what we do!

Starting in August, I’m also going to be posting weekly #ThrowbackThursday wallpapers featuring Chios and Messenger characters. These wallpapers were originally PayPal donation rewards circa 2010, and there are at least a few that I know no one downloaded at the time, so that’s a bonus! I’ve already queued these up, and they run from the first week of August to the first week of November, and unlike regular monthly wallpapers, these will be available to all patrons pledging at least $1!

August is always a tight month for us because web hosting for the year is due, so if you enjoy Follower, Messenger, or our other comics, please consider chipping in via Patreon or Ko-Fi, or purchasing something from our shop.

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