Many many thanks to everyone who has donated so far! If you donated at a Cameo Level I have sent out emails. If you DID NOT get an email outreach from me for any reason please email scott(at)exiern.com so I can get your photos for the cameo!
We’ve brought in nearly 40% of what I need for Shipeng. If anyone else has it in them for a cameo a few more will really help settle things!
For those curious, once Shipeng is paid and the funds we’d normally have by now come in we will be setting up an emergency fund to insure against this problem in the future. All of you have already been so generous with Patreon and the old eStore purchases that it pains me to ask this now, and I want to make sure we are never in this situation again.
So many thanks,
Because of an unforeseen financial emergency EXIERN is in need of urgent help. In order to guarantee that Shipeng can be paid in a timely manner for this month’s pages we’re in need of donations. You know I wouldn’t be asking if this wasn’t urgent and an extenuating circumstance.
You may notice a new Donation button alongside the comic. If you just want to donate some funds to help us through this temporary emergency that is the best way to do it.
However, we are also offering up cameos!
Cameos will happen in the order we receive the donation, and are limited to a total of 15 – we need to sell 11 of them to make sure Shipeng is taken care of. I guarantee that you will appear prominently in at least one page of the comic. You COULD also have a speaking roll and/or interact with one of the cast members or even show up over multiple pages, but that will be determined by how the cameo roll is needed. But you WILL appear at least once and receive digital full-sized DPI copies of the page(s) you appear in. Files exchanges and details on the cameo will be done via email.
There are three different $100 Cameo purchase options; you can appear in EXIERN or NEESE (whichever needs a cameo first), EXIERN only, or NEESE only.
Oh, are you asking yourself; What is NEESE?
NEESE is EXIERN‘s new spin-off comic, written by me and illustrated by Shipeng, that will be premiering soon. It is a MURDER MYSTERY set in the town of Neese. We’ve already met three interesting characters in Neese, and they will play important parts in the story. I’m very excited to be posting the first pages of NEESE sometime soon (I had intended it to be a surprise, but we don’t always get what we want…).
Before anyone asks, DARK REFLECTIONS has not been forgotten and its return is being timed to something else.
So, to wrap up, if there is anything anyone can do to help get us through this unexpected complication we would be very grateful! If there are any questions about the cameos or donations please let us know in the comments below!
Thanks so much,
P.S. If you want to donate $100, but don’t want a cameo, we can also arrange to have a one-sheet done for you with the characters of your choice.
Well, the first page of my arc starts tomorrow. I just want to say once more how thankful I am for the rich characters, story, and world that I have inherited from Drowemos and Chemiclord.
I wanted to put forward a little information about myself so everyone can better understand what might be coming down the pipe from me.
Regarding my past, I’ve dabbled in many types of stories, but comedy is my core. In college (La Salle University) I was a member of Improv 101 and co-created/wrote/starred in the comedy program THIS IS IT on La Salle 56. I am a founding (and former) member of the Philadelphia-based sketch comedy group Animosity Pierre. Since then I’ve worked on a variety of projects, some of which I may link to when the time is right.
Regarding Exiern, I’ve been a reader for a long time (although not from the very beginning) and really love the comic – so much so that I knew I wasn’t the best author for it when Drowemos retired and turned operations over to me. I helped select Chemiclord as the new author and really enjoyed his story arc. Now I feel I am at a place where I can correctly carry on the characters of Exiern.
So, you can expect that I won’t be retconning out anything we’ve learned of so far – but some items will be further addressed, and I promise it won’t be at the expense of character development. Tiffany and Peonie have come a long way, and while I do expect to increase the funny in each page it won’t roll back the progress made so far.
While I do read every comment on every post, I don’t expect to be very vocal – unless something I’ve posted is horrifically misunderstood. I’m a much bigger fan of letting readers discuss and theorize and then reveal things through the course of the story. So, if I’m not active in the comments, it doesn’t mean I’m not paying attention – I just think it’s more fun if I’m not swooping in and affirming Right/Wrong opinions pages before the reveal in the story.
Alright, I’ve already had to pull this entry back from the edge of rambly more than once, so I’m gonna stop here. If people have questions please feel free to post them and I’ll answer what I can – unless I feel it reveals too much about what is to come.
Thanks for reading,
Scott T. Hicken (STH)
And with this, my last page as the writer for Exiern has been published, and Scott takes over starting this Tuesday.
Unlike Osir, I never hated my role, but we both find ourselves missing it now that the road has finally reached its conclusion. But two and a half years is a good run. I’ve learned a lot of what works, and what doesn’t, in the world of comics, and the differences you need to take in approaching it as opposed to the prose I was used to.
But it was a good learning experience, I think. I believe I’m a better storyteller and writer for this experience, and hopefully those lessons will show themselves as my future projects come into being.
Now I become another reader again, and I’m looking forward to what Scott has planned for us. He’s kept fairly mum on his ideas, so I will no doubt be just as surprised as all of you. But I’ll still be around, back to my previous role of barely saying anything (yes, believe it or not, I’m not particularly chatty by nature).
But don’t let that keep you away. This duck doesn’t particularly mind being touched.
See ya all Tuesday.