After much thought and self-debate, I've decided to make a Patreon page. Since I do work a full time job, my concern is not income to cover my day-to-day expenses, but to cover the cost of using Adobe Illustrator to make the comics and associated artwork, hosting fees, art supplies, and advertising, and maybe printing fees and convention booth space (if I ever get around to that...)
What is Patreon?
In simple terms, it's a form of donation. The folks at Patreon do a heck of a better job explaining how it works than I ever will.
Until I have an image link ready, you can go directly to the donation page here.
For those of you into the convention scene, I will be at BLFC in Reno, NV this weekend. I won't have a table, or anything (What would I sell?) but I'd be more than happy to have a chat and make a sketch or two. Perhaps with a pint of beer in hand!
I really didn't want to do this, but due to circumstances beyond my control (A.K.A. work related) and until further notice, Forest Hill will update weekly on Tuesdays until I can rebuild the comic buffer sufficiently to provide twice-weekly updates again. I'm not sure how long that will take, but it may take a few months.
I have removed the Halloween filler comics, but they can still be viewed on my FA, DA, and Weasyl accounts.
Since I will be migrating to a new computer this week, there will be no updates next week (10/6), and possibly the week after (10/13). I'll still be around.d on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, though!
It's been a busy two months for me with conventions left, right, and center, but that doesn't mean that I've been ignoring the comic this whole time, oh no! I've been working on strips to get the strip restarted this whole time. I've also been working on my art, and you can see samples of this on my twitter feed, as well as my Deviantart profile.
As for the comic itself, sadly, I'm dropping scheduled Sunday strips until further notice, but I might drop one in to bridge a story arc (however, since they are double strips, they will be the only post that week.) Also,
since my last comic was on a Tuesday, the comic will thus restart this upcoming Friday (9/6).
Thanks for reading!
I don't really want do this, but after next Friday's update, Forest Hill will be on hiatus until at least September 1st. Due to my work schedule taking a lot of my available time off to work on the comic, I simply haven't been able to keep much of a buffer. Now, with convention season in full swing, I will not have the time to keep up the production rate I need to maintain the schedule or maintain a buffer.
When Forest Hill resumes, I may drop the posting rate, and I may drop the Sunday editions altogether---except for occasional special edition, but I think, though, that I can meet you readers halfway by posting all future comics in full color.
Regardless, it pains me to go on hiatus, but I have tried to my best to keep this from occurring. Aside from conventions, I am going to take this time to rebuild a slight buffer so that I shouldn't have to do this again until next year, but we'll see.
Also, I'll try to post a few filler items during the time away, just to provide a little something for your continued patronage.
Thanks for reading!
Greetings, dear readers!
First off, I'd like to express my gratitude for your comments, concerns, and criticisms as I continue along into the latest chapter of the story. As before, I'm still focused on art and story improvement, and have also looked into ways to improve reader interaction. Still, there is a long way to go as the story moves along and the community builds.
As an aside, I have been milling about with an idea to make a full-size comic book to possibly poperly introduce a couple characters that, as of now, have only been extras in a comic. I feel that they have great potential as characters, but it would be at least a few months before they can be properly introduced into the comic proper. Also, while I'm not one for merchendising, I have been thinking about perhaps making a few T-shirt designs.
I'd like to express a concern I have, though. This isn't bad news per se, as I will still be producing the comic. Due to an increase of workload and odd shifts at work, it has become increasingly difficult to process the comics that I have already drawn out and turn them into a final product. Thus, I am giving forewarning that while I will still be producing the comics, there may be some times where an update will be missed. I don't wish to go on hiatus at all, but if push comes to shove, I may have to do that as well, but only to build up the strip buffer again.
Until next time!