I thought it would be fun to start up a poll! For now, I think I’m going to leave it ongoing. So if you’re brand new or come here often, feel free to answer!
Hey! I hope you’re having a fantastic weekend!
I’ve been fiddling with the site- so if you’re on it and randomness is happening, that’s just me!
You’ll notice a few minor things here and there but mostly I wanted to share a neat little feature I discovered. We now have a “bookmark” feature. I know we have a LOT of comic pages and I’ll admit, it can take a while to binge these. If you happen to be a comic creator and use comicpress this is the Comicpress Bookmark widget feature.
Ok so, you look above the comic you’ll notice a tag option, this will (should) save your place, allowing you to pick up where you left off. I tested it and it worked on my end, so feel free to try it out!
And finally the most obvious thing is this blog now displays on the home page (and only on this page, the comic itself won’t have it) I usually don’t post too often, but when I do it will display here.
That’s all for now, peace!
We’ve opened up character polls so you can vote on who you would like to see on the header of this site:
You can choose multiple answers if you like, which may result in multiple people on the banner.
If you don’t see one you like, feel free to add it in!
Ok I’m going to have to get used to writing 2017, last year went way too fast not sure I’m ready to move on yet yikes!
So what’s going on this week…
Well first off page 298 will be out on Friday! Yay! so excited to be rolling into this and posting weekly once again.
I also thought it would be a good idea to pay some attention to our comic ranking on Top web comics- so I’m back to voting for us daily- if you would like to vote for us and raise our comic rank here is the link: VOTE!
It’s a new year so it’s out with the old and in with the new- I’m going to be doing some new banners and having your input would be fun, so there are going to be some polls on Tuesday. The polls will be here on Acryden.com, Twitter and Facebook respectively as I’m doing a banner for each and you can vote on which characters you would like to see this time around.
See you soon with another post!
With New Year’s knocking at the door so comes the time where you want to make changes and better choices.
We’ve been very quiet as of late and we want this coming year to be a busy one when it comes to the comic. So, there will be some big changes around here very shortly and without further delay here are some things you can expect to see:
WE WILL BE POSTING PAGES EVERY FRIDAY
Yes, that’s right! In an effort to get ourselves out there more, we’ve decided that a change in scheduling is in order. So, from today on we will be posting pages EVERY FRIDAY to start.
I think we will also be posting weekly updates sharing some thoughts and ideas about what’s coming up, and if I can suck it up I may even do video posts.
We thought our first contest went over well so more of those in the near future is in order- we’ll be sitting down to brainstorm on some fun things we can do.
We are open to outside ideas so if you have a contest or any other idea you would like to share, feel free to comment on this post or shoot me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
That about sums it up for today.
Thanks for reading!
Happy New Year!
I’ve been doing a lot of reflection on how far our story has come over the past few years and we certainly wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for our amazing supporters and fans.
I was reading through every single blog comment ever posted here and certainly found more than a few gems. So without further delay:
Top 10 Acryden Blog Comments Of All Time
#10- Yes Brett, cockpit. The pit where you… Never mind. By Laurie Kellogg on PAGE 108
#9- You know, maybe if the natives asked them to leave nicely… By Bucc-I on PAGE 91
#8- Well… isn’t that a bunch of Suck heading their way. By Iron Cat on PAGE 183
#7- Time to use the Super-Herbicide-Attack, plants need to know their place on the food chain. By Jamming on PAGE 178
#6- It seems as though they’ve gotten themselves into a “sticky” situation. XD By Bizkit on PAGE 284
#5- No, but they’ll do nice garden decorations for the next week… By Dralou on PAGE 62
#4 – Yeah you did it all right step in a giant pile of horse … apples. By Comichero on PAGE 22
#3- Just found this Webcomic today and caught up in the last few minutes; I’m loving the story so far, and I DO hope the color stays! Keep up the awesome work! By Ogre on PAGE 61
#2- Calmness under pressure is (part of) what makes him a General. By Stig Hemmer PAGE 75
#1- This is why Common sense >> Dramatic Gestures. By Paul Rose on PAGE 8
Thanks to everyone who has commented on our blog over the years, we love and enjoy reading each and every one of them! I always keep our comments open so even if it’s an old post- feel free to leave a comment!
No pain no gain, no results without work- I know all too well about working for what you want, however. I find Kickstarter exhausting. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE Kickstarter it’s an amazing platform that has help so many creators bring their projects to life.
But for me personally, I feel there is a better way. I’ve done three so far and there is so much hype about building up the project, making everything perfect, reaching out months or even longer to build an audience- by the time launch day finally comes I am so wiped out all I can do is share it over social media. (But you don’t want to seem spammy so even that is limited)
When I consider what our future holds (40+ volumes) even if we do a Kickstarter for every other book or heck even every three or four books that’s over 10 Kickstarters. (Mind explodes!) And I know there are people out there that have done way more Kickstarters than that but the thought fills me with dread rather than hope and excitement. And I want to feel excited about the project!
The main aspect is that our story is immense and promises storyline for years to come. While there is almost zero chance people will find you on Patreon by themselves, the idea of allowing the page to grow with you without crazy deadlines is much more appealing.
Kickstarter is better used for big projects that are ok with getting one-time funding- not ongoing ones. That’s not fair for the creators or the donors. If we do something big and special or a One Shot book- then you’ll see us back on Kickstarter- until then here’s what our future holds!
So What’s Next?
I’m laying it all out on the table, I’m an independent contractor (driver), that means I basically make my own schedule. (This also means I can take a day off to work and not get fired!) Now I would much rather be working on our comics and bringing you awesome content as opposed to doing my other job. Being successful at Patreon will allow me to do just that! This isn’t us asking for donations like on Kickstarter this is us working for you and bringing more content.
Ok so! Here is our Patreon Page Breakdown
Think of Patreon as our paid member’s page. While we post comics for free on Acryden.com, there are so much more things we can bring to the table on Patreon. And it will free up more time to be able to do more content.
Here is what we have for our Membership levels.
$2 a month tier
This is the tier that gets you inside access and you get to read more of the story- lots more! While here we’ve started posting comic pages every other Friday. On Patreon we post every single Wednesday and Friday. That’s 8 pages a month instead of 2. Plus, that grants access to any members only post that we make.
$5 a month tier
You get all of the above. We’re also going to be posting side comics. (Comics not found in the books or in the regular story archive) These could be one pagers or we may do a short holiday comic special – Halloween, Christmas, etc. This tier gets you access to these special comics.
$10 a month tier
You get all of the above. Plus, we’re going to add your name to the special side comics as a patron, this also carries over if we ever make print copies of the side story. You’ll also get one NSFW Digital Female Print + One NSFW Digital Male Print delivered to your email. These are print quality images. You can also choose to have them safe for work- just send us a message.
$20 a month tier
You get all of the above. Plus, I will draw a special 8.5 x 11 original drawing sign it and physically mail it to you!
$40 a month tier
You get all of the above.
One NSFW Female Print + One NSFW Male Print (or choose to have it safe for work) signed and mailed to you!
For this tier we’ll also sign and mail you the actual books as we publish them. Or any other print books that we make (We do about 3 to 4 books a year) Art is also brainstorming on an art book!
$60 a month tier
You get all of the above
PLUS, we will draw you into the comic as a background character! Could be a demon, alien, human or who knows! If you have a preference feel free to let us know! You will also receive an 8″.5 x 11″ signed print of your character mailed to you.
So that’s our page in nut shell and why we’re choosing Patreon over Kickstarter.
We would love for you to hop on over to our Patreon Page and take a look even if you don’t pledge, that would still be awesome!
I’m so happy to be doing book three. Angel’s Gate. This was always a great part of the story to tell, it’s the first volume in which the story is set almost solely in one world without any real world hopping.
Here is a little bit about what you can expect from the new volume without really any spoilers.
First of all, what excites me the most is in this book we actually get to dive right into the setting. The entire story is inspired by Spain. The characters that live in the world of Angel’s Gate are designed to be a mix of Japanese and Latin cultures. We do these crossover cultures a lot, it allows us to be unique and it’s something you can just have a lot of fun with.
In this book we’ve really taken the quality if the artwork and the storyline up a few notches. As I mentioned in our Kickstarter video, we’ve really never produced this quality before, everything is just so above what we normally do. And I’m just really excited to get it all out there.
A little on the new Characters:
The main character that we get to encounter is Lady Hoshina Castillo. Hoshina is the Head Knight of Angel’s Gate. She basically the equivalent of Sir Regalas of Ardonia only I can tell you that she’s much easier to get along Check out the clip to see my very first speed art recording ever!
The second Character that appears throughout the book is our mysterious female assassin character.
The basic plot is that, our new comer Merik get called by Hoshina to come to Angel’s Gate and help her in a matter that concerns the Queen. I really don’t want to get into it much further without having spoilers.
Ok so Angel’s Gate- really exciting really happy to be working on it. I usually don’t type up blog posts that often I was thinking in the near future that I may start doing video updates as opposed to these written posts, please leave your comments below if you think you may like me to do that instead. If you want you can visit our Kickstarter and get a look at me in our pitch video. I didn’t think it was a total train wreck.
We’ll see you soon with another update!
This entire month has been unbelievably crazy. Not only did we attend our very first ever comic convention (which we are now addicted to by the way) but today we launch our 2016 Kickstarter for volume 3! http://kck.st/1X8Ekkj
Originally we wanted to incorporate this Kickstarter event with Momocon but at the very last minute Art decided against it-I am grateful for his words of wisdom he always reels me back in when I take on too many tasks- and this would have done me in!
I am so excited to get this Kickstarter campaign underway- we had a failed Kickstarter last year but we took it in stride and learned what we could from the experience.
If you like charts, below is our brand spanking new Kicktrack mini chart, needless to say I’m eager to see it grow!
Later this week I’m going to go into some Book #3 detail
When I drew the very first Acryden character nearly 15 years ago I never thought that we would actually be presenting it in front of thousands of people at a comic convention. We’ve been on the internet for almost 5 years now and for the past 3 we’ve been trying to get in to MomoCon- an awesome 4-day convention held in Atlanta, Georgia. I received the confirmation in January that our application got accepted this year. Holy Crap we actually did it!
It’s kind of like that dream where you’re naked in front of everyone. I never realized just how much planning goes into a tradeshow. Not to mention your very first one. Needless to say, we have been working nonstop getting ready.
We’ve ordered banners! Now I’m used to seeing my art in print but blown up to 2 feet- and the not to mention the giant 8×8 banner- is a nightmare! Of course everything was drawn carefully and especially for these large formats. They’re on their way from the printer and I can’t wait to show them to you!
Here is the banner that will be on the front of our table! Of course as our official poster child- Mezuki has to represent!
We have a ton of other things and I will be keeping you posted as we get ready!
So I guess it’s official:
Join us May 26 – 29 for the 2016 MomoCon convention in Atlanta Georgia!
We will be listed under Bound Time Media
We will be presenting The Acryden for the first time in the comic section of Artist’s Alley.
After staying up late and preparing I got up early and finished our Kickstarter Video- well our new Kickstarter video.
There is nothing like seeing yourself on camera to realize how scary you can look without caffeine. To be honest, I couldn’t get through my own video so how could I expect all you fine people to stick around to the end?
Sometimes shorter is sweeter that being said here is the new( shorter) video.
Thanks for viewing!
Remember we need all the help we can get by September 11th. We have lots of links on our site so just click on one and have fun!
And even if you can’t pledge anything, link to us! Share on twitter and facebook or anywhere!
See you Friday!
Welcome back everyone!
256: New York Streets
Really starting to get familiar with the new equipment we are using. I actually love the way these scenes went but kept trying to decide how big to make the rat at the bottom. I was originally thinking something big and dramatic but went with small instead, maybe next time.
Ok our Kickstarter is off to a pretty good start I think. It’s a little longer this time around. I added the handy Kickstarter widget to the left side bar to track our progress. So here’s to keeping our fingers crossed, the next month is going to be nail biting!
Many have asked and now here we are!
The 2015 Kickstarter campaign is now live, active, and ready to go!
We’ve put together some really nice pledge packages and what’s better is that we’re doing it to print Volumes 2 and 3!
That’s right, it’s time to stop dragging out butts and get this story going.
Plus you get to see me on video! Yikes!
It’s Bigger, Bolder, and…Busty-er? Yes!
Here is sample of one of our pledge packages, click on it to see our Kickstarter page!
Happy Friday everyone!
So what’s going on today…new comic page of course, click the image to check it out
I couldn’t wait to get to this page. I keep getting new favorites as we explore with some new awesome color effects. Mezuki looks fine in that lighting!
Got some news.
Art and I have made some more decisions about Kickstarter. Everyone get ready because we will be launching a new Kickstarter at the end of this month…EXCITING!
I will be posting more details as they arise but I do update to twitter the most, so if you haven’t already, click on the pretty grey kitty to the right and join us on Twitter.
Welcome back to the Acryden everyone!
It’s Friday and of course that means a new page.
I’m pretty excited to post this page,well the pages from here on out, actually. This is when I started using one of my tablets for coloring and I’m just blown away with the results.
So here we have the our party flying through space, in their vehicles. I used the dashboard lights of Krylan’s car to set the tone and mood for these next pages.
Fun fact, In my senior year of High School, I had a purple Hyundai Accent with after-market blue neon dashboard lights. My little tricked out ride was my inspiration for the color on this flight to earth.
Hey guys it’s Friday, welcome back!
Just a couple of things today. I just finished a brand new incentive picture for June, so if you haven’t done so yet, head on over to Top Web Comics and vote!
Today’s page is up, we now know what kind of guy mezuki likes, but I think that was pretty obvious!
Here is Friday’s page for all you early birds (or night owls , however you want to look at it)
I wanted to take a minute and thank everyone for all of you votes! We are in the 100’s on TWC and getting better each and every month!
So if you want to vote for us and haven’t done so yet, just click on the pretty kitty to the left and vote away!
I’m thinking a new incentive picture for June is in order…something summer themed perhaps? We can break out the bikinis, we’d love to hear some ideas!
So I did something Tuesday I never thought I’d do…
I went out and bought a drawing tablet!
What? You guys were probably thinking of something kinkier, like donning latex and jumping into a pool of pudding…
That sounds like something Mezuki would do. And she would look a whole lot better doing it!
So anyway, I just bought the new Microsoft Surface 3 – not the Pro- couldn’t bring myself to spend that much.
Now, the rest of this Volume is already sketched out, so I haven’t really tested it out with line drawing…yet. But coloring the pages is like a dream.
It runs Photoshop fully, without glitching or lagging. And Best Buy would have even let me bring it back if it did not run Photoshop for me- which was awesome.
So from here on the pages are colored using the tablet as opposed to the mouse, there is definitely a difference. So if anyone is on the fence about using this, take it from this stubborn chick , it’s awesome.
It gets a great review from me.
And now, on to today’s page. 244: Noticed
Happy Friday everyone, welcome back to The Acryden.
There are two pages this week if you haven’t noticed. We’ve just started chapter eight so we have a chapter cover page, it’s not colored. We have done this in the past where the chapter page was left blank of course when we go to print in a few months all of these will be added into the print books just like last time.
So of course I have uploaded the next actual page as well, page 240.
I certainly didn’t want anyone to feel ripped off with just a blank page for today’s post.
I hope everyone enjoys!
Happy Easter everyone!
Thought I do an Easter picture. Brett is the one that came to mind so I hope everyone likes it.
Also if you haven’t checked out the new page for Friday, here it is.
Don’t forget to vote on TWC.
Everyone have a great Holiday weekend!
Happy Friday everyone and welcome back to our website!
A few new things this week, if you haven’t been back since last Friday you’ll notice that we gave our site a face lift! I don’t know, it’s now spring and I’ve been in spring cleaning mode, so I thought I would spruce things up around here a bit. Still a lot to do now that I’m getting into it.
We have some new cute Nikura and Lana buttons for our Twitter and Facebook pages, it would be absolutely awesome if you guys could follow, I’ve been posting a lot to twitter lately, including some works in progress.
Link to today’s page:
Hey happy Friday everyone!
The new page is up, and we’re getting ready for spring and St. Patrick’s day next week.
Check out the new Myrada picture in the previous blog post if you haven’t already.
I’m thinking a new incentive for St. Patrick’s day next week, on Tuesday. I have a few ideas so I’ll have some fun with it.
Have a great weekend everyone!
I know it’s not Friday, but I was taking a break from drawing pages and thought I would do something fun. So I did this spring time picture of Myrada, after all spring is just around the corner. If you like it share it etc. we’ll see everyone Friday!
Happy Friday everyone!
Here is the new page for today page 234.
I hope everyone had a great week, we’ve been very busy working on pages and some other fun stuff. It’s funny that I can’t think of anything to say, all week Art and I ( mostly Art) have been planning out this summer’s Kickstarter rewards.
As for the comic, we have now moved into sketching volume 3 there is so much work involved. If anyone was apart of our previous Kickstarter campaign we talked about our bookshelf full of volumes.
Yeah, so all of these are old… very old, and have to be redrawn for the most part and we are on volume 3… In a way, I look forward to diving into these. we certainly didn’t have as many resources available to us when the earlier volumes were drawn. Plus we have some awesome characters coming in that I just can’t wait to get to.
It’s certainly going to be fun!
Ok well that just about wraps up my rambling for today.
Everyone have a great weekend, enjoy the new comic, don’t forget to vote for us on Top web comics, and we’ll be back Friday!
Art and I would like to thank everyone for all your support. As most of you know, we have been on Hiatus for the past year but at long last we are pleased to announce that The Acryden is back and we will be surging into the storyline. We have been working diligently on the remainder of volume 2 and there are a lot of exciting things ahead. We welcome back all of our loyal readers and we expect a lot of newcomers to our site!
New comic Pages every FRIDAY
Here is the link to the new page PAGE: 233
If you need to read the comic from the beginning CLICK HERE
Things to expect this year:
Regular Pages- This goes without saying but we finally have a backlog of pages and they will be posted regularly, every FRIDAY. They are prescheduled so this should eliminate any delays, unless something technical happens to the site (crosses fingers).
Top Web Comics- We are back active on Top Web Comics and it would be most awesome if everyone could vote for us!
2015 Acryden Kickstarter- As many of you know our last Kickstarter was a great success. We have certainly learned a lot from our experience and received some awesome feedback and optimism. We have been getting a lot of emails and messages about when we plan to do another Kickstarter, so we have decided that we will indeed be going forward with a new campaign, and will post details as soon as we get closer to the date. Store- Art and I have been discussing the idea of possibly opening a store later on this year. Of course the books will be available there and we are open to suggestions if anyone would like to post them.
Thank you so much for reading and we hope that you all continue to enjoy our comic!
We hope that you all are doing alright this holiday season. We’ve been pretty swamped over here, with finishing up all Kickstarter rewards and getting ready for the holiday there hasn’t been anytime to post comic updates.
But there is good news!
Our holiday/ kickstarter rush is finally over- well just about. So what’s going to happen now is Art and I are going to take the holiday to relax with our son and I hope everyone else will do the same with their families and/or friends.
THERE WILL BE A NEW COMIC PAGE ON FRIDAY THE 27!
Yes! to please return on Friday the 27 to read the next page in the story. I will be working on it leisurely throughout the week. Everything will be back on schedule after that including the comic every Friday.
Please everyone have a save and happy Holiday!
I can breathe a sigh of relief because the website is updated!
So whats going on?
First off I want to apologize for the comic not updating recently- we had a lot of things going on but I assure you we will be back on schedule bright and early Friday!
Now for the rest-
Ok, a lot of things have happened over the last 2 months, and here is a recap.
In July we launched our very first Kickstarter printing drive that was successfully funded on August 25! Thank you everyone! With the funds we received we were able to do a LOT of stuff.
First of all we are excited to announce that Bound Time Media is now an official legit publishing company, with ISBN’s, Distributions partners, etc. and of course our first order of business was to officially publish Vol.1 of the Acryden. Yes that’s right! it is an official book backed with the power if Ingram distribution. So find it on amazon, find it on Barnes and Noble, and lots of other places. You can also order it directly from the publisher (that’s us).
I’m so thrown off that I forgot to open that bottle of wine and do my happy dance.
So whats next?
Well besides promoting our new book, it’s back to the drawing table to continue with the story- but all of this buzz has my creativity in over drive and I’m raring to pick up my pencil.
We also have some extra books on the way so I’m thinking some sort of a web contest might be in order?
I’m almost finished updating the website, as you can see it looks a lot different.
The comic will not be available today.
While I was updating I kept switching back to the previous look so the comic was still available. But now that I have gotten closer to finishing I’ve kind of passed the point of no return and do not want to loose my progress.
The comic will be available tomorrow.
I’m not sure what time but it shouldn’t take me too long to finish migrating the comic pages over. Will keep everyone updated!
Things have been pretty crazy lately, I will be posting the new comic pages soon hopefully this coming week.
In the meantime please excuse us as we update our website- We are switching to a mobile friendly theme. If you visit you might see a few big changes (like the comic is missing for a few minutes) but I will let everyone know when I am finished.
Thank you so much!