XTIN: Reincarrion

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Next up is a two page spread, which might go quickly. Then three more to wrap up issue one. I'm considering doing a Kickstarter to fund issue 2, or to bring new readers in. I've been told creators are getting new readers through their Kickstarter campaigns now. I'm going to look into it. I feel like it's a big longshot but, it could work? I'd feel much better if I had thousands of readers, but, I'm up to five Patrons now. That's five more than zero. I've got a little more free time now than before so I'm going to finish this issue as quick as I can and see if anything can be done with Kickstarter. I've got a small freelance job I don't plan on giving up, but it wouldn't take much to get me to where I could spend the rest of the week on XTIN. We'd all rather that happened than not happened, right? Any tips, comments, or suggestions are helpful and appreciated.

About this page - this is the inverse of what I drew, with a few tweaks to make it almost work. On it's own, the other version was better, but it didn't fit with page 16. Hmmm.

Storywise it's meant to be a little mysterious. In the first take on REINCARRION, the guru explains that the dragons manifest the ships. I haven't done that yet in the rewrite. I should know better by now, but I still think it's o.k. to throw out something cool and let it simmer away in the reader's mind for awhile.

If you read the first take on REINCARRION you recognize the silver dragon type (bottom). The other is the first appearance of the green dragon type. Silvers make the Nawa ships, Greens make the Tyrannophainen ships. I put some notes and sketches about the green types on my Patreon, at the $5 donation level, which you can sign up for here - https://www.patreon.com/user?u=512425 Remember, another angel gets its wings everytime a new Patron signs up. Every dog gets an extra year of life too. Spring comes a month earlier and the solar system gains a new planet, so what are you waiting for?
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Watch my sweet promotional trailer on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUS9POhoHGY
Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/user?u=512425

Watch my sweet promotional trailer on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUS9POhoHGY

This one will be for the first of March, or maybe there will be another one. I've been getting my paid pages done faster than they can be written, so I've got to find something to do with my free time. Or take on another paid job. It would great if I would magically get enough patrons to fill up the empty spaces. I've been making a ton of progress writing the story in the last few days. For a while I was worried it wouldn't come together in the middle, but in the last few days the major points have kind of popped out. I'm eager to get it fleshed out and illustrated, but I've got to do what it takes to pay the bills and keep the show running. If I live long enough REINCARRION will get done. At this rate it will take years, but, I'm fairly confidant that the story's in good shape.

The easter egg that started on pg 14 is now complete. If it isn't obvious, don't worry about it.
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This is either a bonus second page for February or an early March page. I had a bunch of extra time tonight but I spent most of it writing monologue. It is a reference which does not contribute anything to the story, and if you don't get it don't worry because not knowing is likely for the best. Also the rest of it is on the next page. It took a while to rework parts of another character's transformation call outs to fit within XTIN and not be too obvious. It wasn't a good use of time but I found it amusing.


I'm still spending most of my time on paid comic work, but nothing has been released yet. I'm looking forward to seeing how it does and if it drives any traffic to my comic or not. I think it probably will and I'm looking forward to being less unknown.
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Watch my sweet promotional trailer on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUS9POhoHGY
Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/user?u=512425

Watch my sweet promotional trailer on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUS9POhoHGY

Here's an extra page for this month. I've got another one ready for the first of next month. I'm not sure if I'll be able to regularly do additional pages or not. I've got enough paid comic work to keep me busy until the middle/end of February. I'm not sure what will happen after that but maybe it will keep rolling in. The client seems to like what I'm doing and it looks like they have more projects planned for the future. I'm tentatively hopeful that I'm on the right track and after some amount of time I'll have enough of a following to make XTIN full time again.
Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/user?u=512425

Watch my sweet promotional trailer on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUS9POhoHGY
Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/user?u=512425

Watch my sweet promotional trailer on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUS9POhoHGY
Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/user?u=512425

Watch my sweet promotional trailer on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUS9POhoHGY
Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/user?u=512425

Watch my sweet promotional trailer on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUS9POhoHGY
Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/user?u=512425

Watch my sweet promotional trailer on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUS9POhoHGY
Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/user?u=512425

Watch my sweet promotional trailer on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUS9POhoHGY
Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/user?u=512425

Watch my sweet promotional trailer on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUS9POhoHGY
Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/user?u=512425

Watch my sweet promotional trailer on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUS9POhoHGY
@Celim: Everything helps, I'm really not sure what to do.

What was your email address (pm it or just send another email)? I don't recall seeing Celim before.
I don't know if I can help a lot, but I am always open for discussions with you, feedback etc. So count me in. I can also give you my email-adress (actually I have written you some times already); that way I will always react in a timely manner.
Greets
Celim
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Thoughts thoughts thoughts -

Who is actively interested in XTIN?

I think the comic is great, and also as popular as it's ever going to be. The views I've been getting on DrawCrowd are staggering. XTIN:TDDW pg 15 is over 56,000 views. However, all of this goodness is not resulting in audience growth. Why? The best guess I've been able to come up with is that the genre doesn't match the existing audience for the medium. The scifi/fantasy/horror/action audiences exist, but are being better served in other mediums. Webcomics get the people who aren't being served elsewhere - boy lovers and furries being the primary examples. That's the best theory I've been able to come up with.

So to stick with XTIN, which is what I want to do, I have to turn to other mediums to find growth. I don't want to stop the comic. It's the only thing that gives me any audience at all. But I have to reach into other mediums too, at the same time. Of course this is very hard to do. I've tried animation in the past, but I either tried it with a story that had no existing fan base, or I set the goal too high. With Project Tinfoil I was able to produce a good cartoon, with it's own style. Tinfoil initially had a fanbase when MegaTokyo's art forum was a thing, but the idea hasn't been received well since,and it didn't build an audience. But I was able to make a cool cartoon, twelve minutes of it, all the same.

XTIN won't work in that style, or any simple style. It will take more than I can do myself, but I may be able to build up to it. What I could do quickly, which would be somewhat interesting, is animation tests for the Nawa ships. The surface environments where they fight should be a strange labyrinthine place, forming and reforming in different ways as the dream changes. I'm going to take a small break of a few days from the comic to see how feasible that is. I've done loads of 3D animation in the past and I know this is well within my reach.

What I really need, for a start, is to organize a group of comic fans who will at least talk to me. Surprisingly, this is difficult, even among fans who are Patrons or donors. Over the next week I need to see how many are following XTIN enough to respond. I suspect it's less than a dozen. Then we'll see where we go from there.
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Thoughts thoughts thoughts -

I wonder if I'm drawing enough skulls for this comic.

This page is a little late because I ended up doing six new pages for Spider Princess Haki instead of one. Individually none are terribly difficult. One is a blank page. But they add up. The transition between the intro and the main story was too abrupt, and it needed to be dealt with before rewards are released again. I tend to come down on the side of making things right instead of being on time with something that should be better, and that's what happened. The finished result is worth it.

I'm considering making a few changes to the business side. Gumroad charges a monthly fee regardless of sales, and I'm not seeing enough sales to support it. I'm going to shut down the Gumroad account after the next REINCARRION update, or within 2-3 days. Since I just did six SPH pages, my next page is going to be a REINCARRION page to make up for it.

I regret having to make this decision. Gumroad's analytics have been interesting and will be missed.

In the immediate future XTIN:TDDW will only be available on Patreon, and probably soon on DrawCrowd.

I'm also very close to deciding to suspend Spider Princess Haki. At this point in time there is not enough support to make a sidecomic worthwhile. I think I'm better off putting the time into REINCARRION. I suspect the patrons I do have aren't concerned with having an exclusive sidecomic. I don't think anyone has downloaded any of the rewards yet. My best guess is that the patrons are using Patreon as a donation system. If you're a Patron and you want to see SPH continue as an exclusive sidecomic, let me know. Otherwise I guess it will be the non-exclusive sequel to REINCARRION when REINCARRION finishes.

DrawCrowd continues to be both the most productive and least productive site (well, after Comic Fury) for me. I've had three or four pieces break into the daily ranking, and one of the TDDW pages has had over 43,000 views. I'm sure that's more than the total views of all my pages on Deviant Art. Maybe more than all the views of everything everywhere. SmackJeeves is showing less than two thousand, and SJ has by far the most activity of all the comic hosting sites.

I've been putting a link back to SmackJeeves in the comment section of my comic pages (on DrawCrowd), thinking it would drive traffic to SJ where there is a comic navigation system. I'm also doing this on Deviant Art. I don't believe I've received any traffic on SJ from DrawCrowd or DeviantArt. I thought I would see massive traffic spikes from both sites, especially DrawCrowd, but SJ's traffic has remained steady at it's normal low rate.

From this I draw the conclusion that people either don't follow links, or don't read the comments at all. Maybe that's why I see artists not commenting on their works.

I've seen a few hits on Gumroad from DrawCrowd, which means DrawCrowd is at least creating some interest. It's possible I'll see sales through Creator Studio. It would be great if that would happen, because I could drop several other sites where I'm getting little traffic and which are doing nothing to promote me. But so far the promising views on DrawCrowd have produced little interest in the comic, or any sales.

I've joined a couple voting rings and gotten XTIN into the upper 400's on TWC. It's entirely artificial, but someone who is interested in reading comics might be able to find XTIN now.
@fallopiancrusader: Fish eye. I'm trying to make it look less static than my stuff usually does.
Panel 1 looks epic! Is she standing on a convex surface, or is that a fish-eye perspective?