We finally see Africa again after thirteen pages and like five months of cub goodness.
The wild dogs are the best characters I swear, lol
Also! I will leave an announcement later, but
I WILL ATTEND MY FIRST COMIC CON ON SEPT 8-9!
I will be in Novara, Italy, attending Fumettopolis 2018, and I WILL PRESENT AFRICA for the first time!
You will find the comics, original artworks and lots of merch! (button pins, stickers, posters & more!)
If you happen to be close-by, come say hello!
Con info: fumettopolis.wordpress.com/
Once the con is over, I will finally put my Africa comics up for sale online! Get ready!
Click the Purchase button on the right for the high-res, unwatermarked version!
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Haha, papa Wema is such a great teddy bear! I like how his design is more soft and ragged compared to Maua, who is all sharp lines and angles. And the third panel is pure gold! If all African wild dogs are as military-oriented as this family, it’s no wonder that they are such successful hunters.
So, Binti didn’t run very far from Africa and the lions, which is both good and bad… I also love how Anput looks more amused than anything in 5th panel while Africa is so furious and angry.
eta- I have no problem with the updates at all, I just consider them to be a rerun to refresh my memory before the next episode.
I understand why you update pages and hell, you're updating them, not spamming reuploads or anything. I also greatly appreciate an update, so I can be refreshed on what just happened (As I'm a busy adult and sometimes things slip my mind). You keep doing you Arven, if people want to unfollow or be ungrateful towards all the hard work you put into YOUR comic, let them! I hope the proverbial door hits them on the way out. You're a true inspiration to me and many, many other artists.
You don't need to deal with pointless and silly drama, you keep doing you. And once I can afford to, you bet your sweet ass I'll be pledging to your patreon with either the $25/month or $50/month pledge. You'll always have my full support!
I completely understand if this method doesn't resonate with you, and I'm actually very grateful for the tip you gave me regarding the "Update: new link for patrons" text. I will definitely use that, so as to make things even clearer. That was very helpful thank you!
I will make sure to look for new and better ways to advertise my page. This method works fairly well for now, but I simply hate to make people upset, so if the situation requires it, I will look for ways to change it.
Updating a page is also not a form of attention seeking or bumping so I'm not seeing everyone's problem here. When you follow someone you can go to their page and unmark certain checkboxes for what you will and won't see from the artist in your notifications list, instead of attacking the artist you can simply uncheck seeing these specific things and instead keep the last page you read bookmarked, and just check back every two weeks to see when a new page has been added. I mean I've always done that with comics because more than half the time I'm not interested in every little thing an artist does, which is fine... and if I am subscribed to see everything if there's a stack of things uploaded I won't normally look through them so I delete the whole stack and I may never see the recent page that came out (like this time I hadn't seen it until just now) so it's really nice to have these updates sometimes, and it's nice to have these pages just bookmarked instead of having to wait for the notifications and rely on those alone ^^ We have to do our own work and our own time on things to make it fit to OUR schedule, not force someone else who has their own to accommodate to ours so instead of complaining and calling out this wonderful artist look for alternatives you can use first before lashing out at someone over what they do... especially when you don't understand why they do it to begin with or not even care why to begin with. Sites like Patreon can be a hassle... it's not always easy to get the link you need, when you need it so we have to face that sometimes these things just happen and there's nothing you can do about it.
How did we even get here.
I think I owe everyone an explanation, a thank you and an apology.
First off, I am terribly sorry for having caused all of this mayhem. I make sure to always steer clear of drama, and I never would have expected something so minuscule to cause so much upset.
Secondly, thank you to everyone who understood my situation and saw through my actions. I always strive to be as transparent as possible, and I'm really grateful to the readers who understood that I do things with the best of intentions.
Now for the explanation. Once again, I never would have thought I'd have to justify myself for updating a post. I've been on this website for ten years and this is a first for me.
I'm gonna take it nice and slow and analyze my reasoning step by step, so as to clarify any confusion.
For starters, when I update a post, I update a post. I don't just repost it as it is with the intention of bumping it, hoping it would get more attention, faves and views.
When I update Africa pages, I leave the link to the newest page in the description. A link that wasn't there before, hence the word "update".
For the first week, the new Africa page is only available on Patreon. The link I posted will send you to a page where you are invited to join the website in order to read it.
In case you are not familiar, Patreon is a website where you can support your favorite creators with monthly donations, and get cool rewards in return.
The reward I offer for pledging a small amount on Patreon is posting pages one week in advance for supporters to read.
The link I post here on DeviantART is not meant to remind Patrons that a new page is up for them. As someone else said in the comments, they get an e-mail notification for that.
The link I post here on DeviantART is not meant to tease, or belittle, or frustrate readers who don't wish to support. I fully understand that not everyone has the means or interest to support me economically, and I still enormously appreciate that they read the comic. As a matter of fact, I still upload one Africa page every two weeks, like it's always been for the past five years now. You don't lose anything from not supporting, and you still get to enjoy the comic for free. Always.
The link I post here on DeviantART serves the purpose to attract new potential Patrons who might be interested in supporting me.
So, does this whole thing count as advertising? Yes, it most probably does.
...How is that a bad thing? I have no clue.
I am a full time artist. This means that I draw for a living. I draw 8-10 hours a day, get some (very little) sleep, then get up, rinse and repeat.
I left my job as a pharmacist in order to focus 100% on art, because that's how much I love drawing, and that's what I really want to do for the rest of my life.
It's a very risky path, and I am fully aware of the issues that may arise. With that said, I'm doing fairly ok at the moment, thanks to commissions, selling the comic and Patreon donations.
Patreon makes up a large portion of my income, therefore it's crucial for me to share that link when it's available.
What has been defined as an act of bumping or attention seeking, is in fact something that helps me pay the bills.
Also, I only update Africa pages with this link every other Wednesday, while the rest of the month you actually get new, never-before-seen pages, as well as tons of other art on the side.
That's twice a month I update pages, once every two weeks. And it saddens me that this one thing is what upsets people to the point they wish to unwatch me (which by all means, feel free to if you need).
I strive to post bigger, better artworks on an almost daily basis, and that's all fine and dandy, but God forbid I try to advertise for something that helps me create even more, I get called an attention seeker.
Here you go!
I hope this wall of text helps clarify my reasoning.
Now please, no more drama in the comments. We all have better things to do, and awesome art to show to the world.
Thank you for reading, and have a great day!
Sorry you have to deal with that drama though D:
...How is that a bad thing? I have no clue"
I fully agree--no idea why wanting to attract potential Patrons is a "bad thing".... though I'm gonna chalk it up to the oh-so-confusing "creative work is valuable enough for me to demand but not valuable enough for the owner to earn money for" sort of attitude that some people have. (Because for such people it is no longer about whether they pay for anything, but about whether anyone pays you for your work, or they would have no reason to complain about the link.)
But as far as complaining about the update goes, I didn't even pay attention to whether it was listed as an update in my alerts and just assumed I'd never removed the original posting from there. But that's me and my own lack of observational skills; if you hadn't posted this here comment I would never have realized this was an update....
Clearly other people took a different approach, or you would never have felt the need to provide that explanation.
And I don't mind seeing a page updated. In fact, before I knew what this post was about, I was wondering "Hang on... If there's a link to the previous page, but not the next one, doesn't that mean she updates the pages every two weeks? Hm. Never noticed that." Though, I for one tend to re-read the whole comic just for fun every once in a while.
I am weird like that^^
Unfortunately, there are no words that can fully express how grateful I am, so a simple Thank You will have to suffice.
So thank you ever so much, and I wish you all the best on your artist's path!
I’m probably gonna get a lot of hate for saying this, but somebody had to. Anyways, love the page Arven!
Makes me just miserable to see what people have said when I didn't mean anything bad.
As she said, she does this for a living. It isn’t easy. Plus she has to deal with the haters who just be jerks for no reason and don’t hold anything back. I went to Riverspirits art a few weeks back, and somebody was calling her work ‘s___.’ Being an artist is hard. You don’t make a whole lot, and you don’t exactly get a life of luxury. But they do it because they LIKE to draw. They don’t do it to deal with complainers.
Im sorry if you feel insulted by this, it’s just me saying what I believe and know. Again, it’s alright you made a mistake.