Hey folks! Just wanted to write a new journal to let you all know how I'm doing these days, what's coming next, and update information on where to find me.
The Slightly Damned Kickstarter to print a new and improved version of Book 2 was a smashing success! I just finished drawing nearly all the bonus material for it, and before you know it, it'll be off to the printers.
2020 was a pretty tough year, as I'm sure all of you know. It got even tougher when a friend of mine suddenly passed away in fall. A week later, one of our cats became ill and we had to put him down. I still did my best to hold things together, work on the Kickstarter campaign and work on the book while also keeping up with my normal obligations. And, well, now I'm really tired and I need a break!!
Slightly Damned is fast approaching its 1000th page. Quite a milestone. I have decided that once we reach it, I am going on a short sabbatical. There will be no new pages from the 1000th page's debut on January 2 until the comic's 17th anniversary on March 14. I love working on Slightly Damned and I'm still excited for its future! But I'm burnt out and my arm feels like it's about to fall off. I need to rest.
I'm not sure how I'll spend those two and a half months yet, but I'm keeping my options open. I've got some ideas: giving the Slightly Damned website some much-needed TLC, drawing fanart and gifts for friends, commissions, experimenting with animation in Clip Studio Paint, maybe even Junk Hyenas? I'm not going to promise much since my main priority will be rest. I'll still be around, though-- not like there's anywhere to go, anyway!
Lastly, I just started streaming on Twitch! You can find me at http://twitch.tv/hyenachu I stream art on weekdays and video games on Sundays. I've also revived my old Youtube account to use an archive for my video game streams and speedpaints for my art: http://youtube.com/c/raizap
Your support means a lot to me, so I want to make sure I can keep going for a long time. An important part of that is taking breaks when necessary. Thanks so much for understanding and being patient!
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The long-awaited Kickstarter campaign to fund Book Two has finally launched!! I've made a ton of new goodies like prints and bookmarks that you can get when you pledge!
Book Two is a HUGE full-color volume that covers the events of Slightly Damned from the trio's time in Riverside City to Buwaro and Kieri's first kiss. Plus it contains a bunch of bonus material that I made exclusively for the book. Please check it out, pledge if you can, and even if you can't, spreading the word would be immensely helpful!
Hi folks! First of all, I want to give a big THANK YOU to everyone who gave me a tip, bought something from my store, got a commission from me, and told me some kind words. Summer is always a bad time for me, and summer of 2020 has been one of the roughest. But your generosity helped me buy groceries and pet food, and your encouragement kept my spirits up. I'm still very fortunate in that my living situation is stable, but every little bit helps from the gaping hole that all the canceled conventions left in my life-- and bank account.
Now onto some good news: one of the things I've been working hard on behind the scenes is the preparations for the next Slightly Damned Kickstarter! This time, our goal is to print the new, improved, full-of-new-bonus-material second edition of Slightly Damned: Book Two. (In short, the first edition was long-discontinued years ago because it was made via print-on-demand, with weak binding and a prohibitively expensive price.) This new Kickstarter is very similar to the previous one, so some of you will know what to expect from the tiers: the chance to write gag comics, nominate redrawn pages, and nab original pencils! There are also new goodies, like prints and stickers. As for stretch goals, there is only one: printing Book Three as well.
The campaign will run from October 1st through October 30th, just before Halloween. I'll be trying to promote it as much as I can on my social media and art sites by drawing a bunch of art. It's my dream to someday collect the whole comic into printed books, so this is an important step towards that goal! Once the project launches, I'll make a new post with the link.
Finally, a word about commissions: I was thinking of opening for more in the middle of October, but in order to focus on the Kickstarter campaign, I think I'll open for more at the beginning of November instead.
Hello, everyone! I hope you all are doing as well as you can be in these harrowing times. As you are already aware, pretty much all conventions have been cancelled or postponed until at least 2021 due to covid-19. That means I've lost anywhere from one third to one half of my total income for the year, if not longer. Thankfully I am lucky to be in a stable living situation with my close friends, so I'm currently in no danger of starving or being evicted. Still, losing that much money is a huge bummer, and it means keeping up with bills is a bit harder than usual. Plus, with how inconsiderate my fellow Americans are being about staying away from crowds and wearing masks, who knows how long this mess will last?
Although I'm not in an emergency situation, I would appreciate your help if you like my work. Patreon (http://patreon.com/raizap) is my primary source of income, and even a small amount each month helps out a lot! Even just $2/month can help me with transaction fees and taxes. There are lots of exclusive goodies that you can unlock by being a patron, from being able to suggest ideas for and download exclusive wallpapers, to seeing comic pages a week in advance!
If a subscription isn't your style, then please consider buying some merchandise from me. You can get Slightly Damned books and prints from my Hivemill store (https://hivemill.com/collections/slightly-damned)! I also sell Slightly Damned plushies and lots of cute animal-themed t-shirts, stickers, lanyards, enamel pins, and more on my Storenvy (http://chu.storenvy.com)!
And if you don't care for subscriptions, and aren't interested in buying any wares at the moment, I do occasionally open up for commissions. Openings are announced through my art sites and social media, so keep an eye out! And, hey, if you would just like to give me money, I wouldn't say no to a tip or two at this crucial time: https://www.paypal.me/sdamned
By the way, I am currently making preparations to launch a Kickstarter for the reprinting of Slightly Damned: Book Two! It will be very similar to the 2018 campaign to reprint Book One. I don't have a concrete launch date for it yet, as I am a bit behind on my work, but I am hoping it will happen sometime around late summer to early fall.
If money is tight right now, like it is for millions of people, but you'd still like to support me, don't underestimate the power of word of mouth! I'm just one small creator doing their best to work on their passion project. It's easy for me to be overlooked in an endless sea of entertainment and social media fighting for people's attention. Even if all you do is tell one friend that Slightly Damned's archive is worth reading, that can be a huge help! And not just because I get ad revenue from readers visiting the site... it's also because I've put a lot of time and effort into making this story, and it means a lot to me. That one suggestion might ripple out across friend circles to make a big change in someone's life. Besides, who couldn't use a bit of escapism into a fantasy world about animes--I mean Angels-- and furries--I mean Demons-- these days?
I am fortunate enough to be able to keep doing what I'm doing thanks only to the support I receive through the people who enjoy my art. Comic updates and artwork for me will continue as long as my life and mental health remain stable enough.
Remember: Black Lives Matter, Trans Rights are Human Rights, wash your hands, stay at home if you can, and wear a mask if you can't. I wish you all the best, and I hope that we can all get through this together!