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Erin Ptah
8 days ago
Still not the "books are here" update
A few days after I made that last "almost ready to order the books" post...a construction project started on the front of my building. The reason this is relevant to you folks ...
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Erin Ptah
22 days ago
First look at the Volume 6 print proof
The promised update about the real-world proof copy of Leif & Thorn Volume 6! As usual, the printer doesn't do all the extra setup to bind these. They just send me a big sheaf ...
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Erin Ptah
about 2 months ago
Ebook edits, paperback & mini-print progress
Short updates: 1) Thanks and kudos to Hela for catching an error in the ebook file -- Final Rest 2/20 was missing! Not only that, it's a full-page comic, which means I had to c...
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Erin Ptah
about 2 months ago
Download the Volume 6 ebook now
The Volume 6: Forget Me Not ebook has hit the digital shelves! Backers who got the ebook, look out for an email from BackerKit with your discount coupon for 100% off. If you sp...
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Erin Ptah
about 2 months ago
Locking orders + First reward downloads
Earlier today, I sent the final "you have 48 hours to edit your answers" email to the Leif & Thorn Volume 6 surveys. After that, you'll only be able to update your shipping addr...
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Erin Ptah
3 months ago
Status check-ins + Survey deadline is December 31
1) Mini-print proof is here! Very shiny, very warm, looks great all around. 2) All Early Bird sketches are finished. If you got one, here's how to see it. (If your link is br...
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PROJECT UPDATE
Erin Ptah
CREATOR
8 days ago

Project Update: Still not the "books are here" update

A few days after I made that last "almost ready to order the books" post...a construction project started on the front of my building.

The reason this is relevant to you folks is, they're blocking the mail! Obviously I'm not going to have several thousand dollars' worth of Leif & Thorn books shipped to a building that isn't getting most deliveries.

At first I figured this would only hold us up by a few days. Now we're a week and a half later, and the construction crew is still working, and I figured y'all deserved a status report about that.

Leif & Thorn Volume 6 will be ordered once I'm getting mail again. Hopefully the next post you see will be the "books are here!" update.

In the meantime, enjoy this photo of my Executive Assistant hard at work:

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PROJECT UPDATE
Erin Ptah
CREATOR
22 days ago

Project Update: First look at the Volume 6 print proof

The promised update about the real-world proof copy of Leif & Thorn Volume 6!

As usual, the printer doesn't do all the extra setup to bind these. They just send me a big sheaf of paper, mostly so I can make sure the colors look right:



Which they do!

I'm planning to tweak the cover art, just a little, and send the printer an updated file for that. No need to change the interior, it all looks great.



In particular, a certain print-specific effect came out really well. Noticeable, but soft and subtle:



If all goes well, the next update will be to show you the stack of Volume 6 boxes in my living room. Stick around.

- Erin Ptah
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Erin Ptah
CREATOR
about 2 months ago

Project Update: Ebook edits, paperback & mini-print progress

Short updates:

1) Thanks and kudos to Hela for catching an error in the ebook file -- Final Rest 2/20 was missing! Not only that, it's a full-page comic, which means I had to cut a whole page somewhere else.

Good news, there are lots of Sunday one-shots that are easy to move around. So I dropped one of the standalone bonuses about the Neineikuras, and you'll see that reappear in a later volume.

After I get the paperback proof, I'll see if I need to make any more edits based on that, then make the new ebook PDF and re-upload it for you.



2) The mini-prints have arrived! Still wrapped in plastic, to protect them from dangers like "the cat sneezing on them" before it's time to start shipping. (Pictured: the prints + the sneezer.)

3) The paperback files are ready for the printer. Next update will probably be the "here's the proof copy, check it out" post.

In the meantime, I jumped ahead to make the fresh new InDesign document for Volume 7, and to start adding high-res strips.

...and it's basically full? Including a buffer for some planned-but-not-finished comic images, it's currently 184 pages. A couple weeks from now, what I post will have to become the first strips of Volume 8.

We might eventually get a Leif & Thorn book where I don't have all the strips finished months before I start the crowdfunding campaign! But it's definitely not a risk with Volume 7.

- Erin
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Erin Ptah
CREATOR
about 2 months ago

Project Update: Download the Volume 6 ebook now

The Volume 6: Forget Me Not ebook has hit the digital shelves!

Backers who got the ebook, look out for an email from BackerKit with your discount coupon for 100% off.

If you spot any typos, duplicate strips, or other issues in Volume 6, please let me know! The high-resolution files have not been sent to the printer yet -- there's still time to fix any issues before the paperbacks happen.

If you got multiple ebooks, all your coupons will be bundled together in the same email. Any issues with those, just let me know.

You might notice that I uploaded new versions of the ebooks for Leif & Thorn 1-5. The latest files have some typos fixed, and include the remastered "Magical Thorn" strips. The original ebook files are still there, in case you're a completist -- but it's not like I deleted anything inside them, so you can just download the most recent version, you won't be missing out.

Bonus tip: If you've been following Leif & Thorn since the beginning, you might not bother reading the "Previously On..." recap pages at the start of every book. This time? Don't skip the Previously On.

- Erin
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Erin Ptah
CREATOR
about 2 months ago

Project Update: Locking orders + First reward downloads

Earlier today, I sent the final "you have 48 hours to edit your answers" email to the Leif & Thorn Volume 6 surveys. After that, you'll only be able to update your shipping address!

After the orders are locked, I'll start charging credit cards. And you'll start getting download links for whatever ebook(s) you ordered.

In the meantime! BackerKit has a feature where you can make part of a post backer-exclusive, instead of "all of the post, or none of it." So I'm going to go ahead and share the Backer-Exclusive Wallpaper Download Links below, and we'll see how this feature works in action.
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Erin Ptah
CREATOR
3 months ago

Project Update: Status check-ins + Survey deadline is December 31



1) Mini-print proof is here! Very shiny, very warm, looks great all around.

2) All Early Bird sketches are finished. If you got one, here's how to see it. (If your link is broken somehow, comment and let me know.)

3) Survey deadline is December 31. Same as it was for Volume 5. If you fill it out later, you can still get most of the rewards -- you just won't be in time to get your name in the thank-you page/post.

At this rate, I should have your Volume 6 ebooks ready for download in early January. (Maybe earlier, if the last few backers answer sooner! But if that's you, no rush -- I still have the "Previously On..." page to finish.)
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Erin Ptah
CREATOR
3 months ago

Project Update: Early Bird sketch delivery + Print effects preview

1) Backer surveys are 75% in -- and I'm almost caught up on drawing Early Bird sketches!

If you got one, and you filled out the survey before Sunday afternoon, open it again and check your confirmation page. You should see the art link added to the "Special Notes" section:



These notes are specific to your survey, so until the ebook comes out, you're the only person who gets to see the link. (Unless you want to show it to someone else, of course!)

There's still half a dozen of you who haven't sent in your prompts yet. And, uh...no rush. I still have to finish up other things about the book (such as the "Previously On" and the character profiles), so giving me extra time for that is totally fine.

2) Speaking of other things about the book:

I posted on the Leif & Thorn website about the transparency effects in the time-loop arc, and different ways I could translate that into print.

If you're all caught up on the strip, give it a look!

(If not -- tread carefully, the post has serious spoilers.)

- Erin
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Erin Ptah
CREATOR
3 months ago

Project Update: Shipping cost details + Mini-print preview

The proof version of the Volume 6 mini-print is on its way! Here's how the art will look:



And I went ahead and got it on the shimmery card stock, because I've done that the past few years and really liked how it looks.

Shipping costs update:

Turns out, BackerKit's "charge the backers exactly what you pay to ship their packages, and delay it all the way until the day you put them in the mail" feature is still in beta! And I've already experimented with enough new features in this campaign, I don't want to pile on one more.

So, we're just putting shipping charges in the surveys. 

Nothing fancy, nothing complicated. Those estimated costs I mentioned on the campaign page, based on country and pledge level? That's what we're charging.

One more admin check to make sure I set all that up right, then you'll start getting the surveys in your inboxes. (Hopefully on Wednesday! ...More likely on Thursday.)

Also -- everyone whose pledge includes physical books, I threw in a little bonus for you. Stay tuned.

- Erin
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Erin Ptah
CREATOR
3 months ago

Project Update: Leif & Thorn Volume 6 backer surveys are out

...And more than half of you have already sent yours back. Amazing.

For the rest: If you can't find the email, or need a new copy, use the "Lost my survey?" button on this page.

If you have other questions, BackerKit has a whole FAQ already written up. And if your answer isn't there, the project's official Contact Support page is the best way to reach out.

With that, I'm off to work on the first batch of Early Bird sketches!

- Erin
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Erin Ptah
CREATOR
3 months ago

Project Update: Preview of the original Volume 6 cover art

The campaign funds have all arrived safely at my bank, and your backer surveys are under review!

...granted, I requested the review right before the staff goes on Thanksgiving holiday break. But since most of my backers are from the US, you're probably going on break too, and wouldn't exactly have time to fill them out between the turkey and the pie.

Like I did last year with Volume 5, I'll be making the Volume 6 cover art available during the survey. The trick is that I drew the figures on two pages. Instead of trying to coordinate giving them away separately, I'll just offer them as a set:



It'll be your big chance to get the firsthand look at which parts were inked by hand, and which ones got digitally composited in. Tempting, right?

Keep an eye out for the survey emails soon! And in the meantime, enjoy the pie.

Best,
Erin


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Erin Ptah
CREATOR
4 months ago

Project Update: Post-campaign progress update

A quick roundup on Volume 6's post-campaign progress!

Funding collection: Still ongoing until November 17.

Most of your pledges have been collected already! But for anyone whose payment method bounced, you have a week left to sort it out.

Early Bird sketch rewards: If you got one of these, I haven't contacted you yet...because I'll be making this an official question in the Backer Survey!

Have not tried this before, but BackerKit offers enough options that I should be able to set it up. And the result will more organized and easy-to-manage than my previous strategy of "sending individual DMs to each of you."

About those surveys: They'll go out...some time after November 17.

In the meantime, I'm setting up all the items, and writing out the "pick which option you want" multiple-choice questions. So hopefully it won't be long after November 17.

Preview of some of the survey add-ons:



Your exclusive mini-print: The poll results are in, and Anniversary With Cookies is the clear winner! Everyone who got the book, look forward to having a copy of this inside:



That's all the news for now. Stick around until next-week-ish for those surveys.

- Erin
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Erin Ptah
CREATOR
4 months ago

Project Update: Unlocking a new stretch goal as we head into the endgame



Good news: You're all getting the longer version of Leif & Thorn Volume 6! The campaign just swept by its first stretch goal.

In these last few days, we have one more to reach for: a new pin design. If we can hit $5,410 -- beating Volume 5's funding record -- it'll be unlocked, and you can start adding it to your preorders.

And in the meantime...

Microsoft has been really pushing their new "AI Image Creator" feature. Since these art bots have trained on every drawing I've ever posted on the internet, I took a stab at getting something back.

Here's what the bot did with the prompt "celebratory image for Leif & Thorn Volume 6 campaign successfully funding":



Credit where it's due: this is more coherent than the bot-generated character designs I posted earlier this year!

Just, uh, don't count the arms. Don't look at how the foreground guy is holding his guitar up. Don't look too close at the background figures...at all, really.

And definitely don't linger on how the bot defaults to central M/F couples, and to light-skinned, straight-haired humans in general. (Sometimes it does that even if you explicitly tell it to branch out a little.)

Just join me in celebrating that we get to print some copies of...uh...LEIE & THFORN VELLAM VOLU6.
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Erin Ptah
CREATOR
4 months ago
If we outperform the last Leif & Thorn campaign, everyone can get a new pin!
Goal: $3,836 / $5,401
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We need $1,565 more to reach this goal.
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Erin Ptah
CREATOR
4 months ago

Project Update: Options for your Leif & Thorn mini-print/ebook add-ons



There's just over a week left in the campaign -- and, good lord, Volume 6 smashed through its goal while I was typing this post.

Guess I should hurry up and show off the Extra Add-On Of Your Choice designs while you still have a chance to buy them, huh?

What are my options for extra mini-prints?

All the classics, plus the new ones introduced last year, are still in stock!



Leif & Thorn:
  • Gone Floating (6x5")
  • Goth Pride (6x5")
  •  Two Braceleted Hands (6x5") 

But I'm A Cat Person:
  • Rainbow Beings (5x3")
  • Parade Wear (9x6")

This is separate from the exclusive Volume 6 campaign mini-print -- everyone who orders the paperback will get that automatically. It'll be whatever design wins this poll

(Right now, Anniversary with Cookies is leading by a mile...but Little White-Haired Girl, which I was afraid nobody would vote for, is coming in second!)

What are my options for extra ebooks?

Any of the regular Leif & Thorn ebooks, the BICP Master's Edition ebook set, and a couple bonuses for each series:


How about pins, or extra print books?

There are only two enamel pin options, so they each get their own separate listing! Choose from Tiernan or Patrick (or both).

Most of the different books are also listed separately! Pick up the BICP Master's Edition box set, hardcover or paperback...or that one novelty BICP misprint, I can't set the price to "free", but your $1 is basically just the cost of shipping...or extra copies of Leif & Thorn Volume 6.

For Volumes 1-5, I have an "Extra paperback Leif & Thorn volume of choice" add-on. Like with the ebooks and the mini-prints, just enter the total quantity here. 

Do you need copies of the whole backlist? Make it 5. Just need the paperback from that year you missed the campaign? Stick to 1. I'll ask you which one you need in the post-campaign survey.


And how do I get all these extras?


A helpful "Add additional items to your pledge" menu shows up when you back this project.

If you backed already, here's how to re-open it: click "Manage your pledge" on the right-hand side of the campaign page, then "Edit your pledge", then "Edit Add-Ons."



As with the main tiers, US shipping costs are built into the price. Shipping for everyone outside the US will be calculated when I'm actually packing your boxes. If you're getting extra books, please keep that in mind!

On the plus side: the pins are only a couple ounces each, and the mini-prints are even lighter. In all my experience, unless you start ordering those by the dozen, they won't add enough weight to bump up your postage costs.

- Erin

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Erin Ptah
CREATOR
5 months ago

Project Update: The Volume 6 mini-print poll



We're almost 75% funded! And this campaign is a little shorter than usual -- so it's already poll time!

Every year, if you preorder the newest Leif & Thorn paperback, it comes with a backer-exclusive mini-print. Instead of just picking out the art myself, I grab a few different pieces and let you folks vote.

BackerKit has a built-in poll function...but I don't want to be testing too many new things at once, so the usual poll is up on the Leif & Thorn website!

Check out the 6 images, cast your votes, and comment here or there to root for your faves.

- Erin
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