Friend of Exiern, Lana is a sexy superspy with everything it takes to be the next James Bond, but alas, not everyone can work for MI-6. Lana is employed instead by a dubious secret agency (so secret that no one even knows its name) and finds herself taking on one ridiculous and boneheaded mission after another. Risking her life and dignity to save the free world from things that it probably doesn’t need saved from, Lana always answers the often garbled call of duty! And so we may all rest easier knowing that wherever silly and sexy spy antics are needed, Lana will be there!
You can read Spying With Lana‘s first adventure here: http://spyingwithlana.com/comic/mxcover/
Best WebComics! has a little feature about Exiern, and today posted an interview. Go check it out if you want to see how I shoehorned a reference to ALF into one of my responses.
[A version of this was previously posted to the Patreon page.]
I am immensely proud of Exiern.
That said, I know it isn’t perfect. I read all the comments and I know readers have pointed out some of its shortcomings. They’ve also missed some that I’m very conscious of. I suppose that this is the point where I could try and excuse them for reasons, but I’d much rather learn from them.
For as long as I have been writing Exiern, the process has changed very little. Each month I write a couple pages to send off to illustration (usually between 6 and 8), and these script pages have been written based on two things; 1) what has happened so far? and 2) what needs to happen to keep things moving towards the events I see in my mental outline?
I then approve the lines, and then the colors, and then a few days before the page goes up I put in all the dialogue and fix any art issues I didn’t notice before. There’s usually a few weeks between when I wrote the page and when I put the dialogue down, and this time lets me stew on the character interaction, and the differences between the art I have and the emotions I wrote.
Many pages have been improved by this. I have really enjoyed that process. It has produced some great work that I am very proud of.
But it is time to change it up.
I won’t go into too many details just yet, but part of the planned changes will be to start writing Exiern in page batches of 20. This will allow me to better plan things out, focus on the underlying themes of Exiern, and get more jokes back onto the page. This will also allow me to open up a new income stream for Exiern, republishing the material in small collected editions to things like Comixology – but the pages will always be posted to Exiern.com first. A new income stream may be enough to increase our page production on Exiern.com.
This will require some changes.
Some of these changes have been slowly worked on behind the scenes for some time. I’m very excited about them. Others are still in the process of being hammered out and may be unpredictable in their result.
Something that is certainly changing is how often Exiern will be updating through the end of the Execution storyline. Starting this week we will begin Tuesday-only updates. I wanted to make sure I didn’t drag out what Typhan-Knee was going to do to Coriander and his men, but the remaining resolution may only play out on a weekly page basis. I was hoping to avoid this and was less certain in my original post in Patreon, but this is definitely happening now. I hope to resume more updates once all the new gears are turning.
What is NOT changing are the Patreon bonuses. Neese and Dark Reflections will continue to update as they have. Panel Preview will return/continue. I don’t think there is any alternate art coming at this time.
Now, something else I’ll need to look at changing are the Patreon Milestone Goals. It has been pointed out to me a few times that these goals no longer reflect what is going on with Exiern. They especially won’t after these changes, so I’ll be updating them to reflect it.
But, what I’d really like to ask – as I did similarly with the current Patreon donors – is what would non-donors like to see?
I’ll say upfront that I am NOT doing something like Early Page Access. In my opinion “Exiern Is For Everyone”, and I won’t risk destroying what I think is an incredible Comments Community. I mean, why on Earth would I want to potentially disrupt the community that argued for over 50 comments over whether or not I should have included “shish” in the title of a comic page? Exiern’s community is amazing and I will do everything I can to protect it. I love all of my readers, donor or no, and you are all important to what makes Exiern special.
So, aside from that, what would you like to see done in and for Patreon? Am I missing something that would be more encouraging?
Either way, and as always, thanks for your readership and support,
In the spirit of reaching out and forging new alliances with other like-minded webcomics creators out there, please enjoy this.
So what is Puck? In the words of the creator Electric Gecko in an interview with Best Webcomics…
“Puck is sort of like a demented Archie, if Archie were a girl. With pointy ears. And a baby. So really, it’s nothing like Archie, but they’re both comics about weird gingers, so there’s a certain resonance. Honestly, Puck is basically a wacky slice-of-life comedy about a non-standard family living in the slums. The fact that this non-standard family consists of a fairy, a she-devil, a dog girl, a half-fairy baby and a token human is, to be honest, totally irrelevant. All the fantasy-type beings live mundane, everyday lives. They go to university, get pregnant, commit fraud, punch people, visit amusement parks – everyday sort of stuff, really.”
So despite appearances to the contrary, no Tyler Durden Project Mayhem level hijinx.
Well, not yet.
As some of you may have noticed we have some different looking ads this month, which is because we have switched ad providers! Project Wonderful is now our ad service. I hope this will also mean more interesting and appropriate ads will appear.
Since PW doesn’t have quite the same Machiavellian desires as our previous service I have already switched those earlier three pages with the art I always intended to post publicly. As I have time I will also be going back through the archive and removing any poorly implemented censorship which was hastily done because “implied nudity” was insanely considered a service-cancelling offense.
No one should ever feel like they are getting the short stick just because they can’t afford to donate, or don’t want to see full nudity. Exiern is for everyone, and I will always do what I can to sustain that.
The only up side to the old service was that the earnings were really predictable to within about $15 each month, so I’m going to have to watch PW’s earnings very carefully as things shake out so I can figure out what the next steps are to expanding Exiern.
As always, thanks for reading!