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February 16th, 2017, 5:58 am
In the near future I'll be doing an Author Q&A page, so I want to hear what questions you have. Unlike previous Q&A pages however, these aren't questions about the world or the characters of Aww, Feathers! but for me specifically! What do you want to know about me? ("What do you do for fun?" "What's your favorite book/movie/game genre?" "If you could have one superpower, what would it be?" etc.) These could also be questions about the creative process I use to create the comic. ("What tools do you use?" "What's the easiest/most difficult part of the process?" etc.) So open up! Don't be shy! Ask me as many questions as you want, and I'll pick as many as I can fit on a page or two.
Feel free to leave your questions as a comment here or on social media, or if you prefer you can email them to me at email@example.com. Please note that unless otherwise specified, your screenname may be included with your question. So please let me know if you'd prefer to remain anonymous or to use a specific name.
Thanks, and ask away!
February 14th, 2017, 12:26 am
It seems Kraal has been hard at work!
We got any nerds who celebrate Pi Day among us? Don't be bashful, raise those paws high! You can get a copy of this postcard by pledging $5 or more over on Patreon
! And if there are any tau purists out there, I say let's put our differences aside. We can all have our tau and eat our pi too!
February 10th, 2017, 6:16 am
For several years now, Ine Coatl has been the character that I've used to represent myself. I invented him my sophomore year of college I think, not long after I learned about the furry fandom. I knew for a while, even before I created Ine, that I wanted to write a few comic strips, just for fun. After Ine was born, it felt natural that I would use him instead of trying (badly) to depict myself in cartoon form. I never got around to making these comic strips, but I collected ideas for a while. Then, some time after getting married, I began developing the idea of writing comics about personal experiences from my life. I very quickly had several chapters written, and Aww, Feathers! came to be.
Ine has sort of been the "main character," and I've tried very hard not to make him a Mary Sue! (Or would it be Gary Stu…?) Over time though, I've noticed two things: (1) Ine has started to take on a life of his own to some degree. The stories I write him in have never been 100% true to life (even ignoring the fact that all the characters are anthro), but even so, more and more I find myself writing new experiences for him instead of drawing from real life. And (2) it's been odd trying to decide how to represent myself outside of the comic. For example, when I use Ine as my avatar online, do people think I'm speaking as myself? Or do they think I'm speaking as Ine, the character? Hence, I decided it was time to give Ine a bit more freedom to be "himself."
Still, having an animal-based character to represent myself has been a lot of fun! In the furry fandom, this is known as a "fursona." I guess it would be a "scalesona" in Ine's case? Though the play on words doesn't work quite as well... So anyway, I've designed a character to represent myself, and only myself, without the potential ambiguity. With no further blah blah, allow me to introduce Jay Lark! (Or just "Lark" for short.)
Lark here is part secretary bird, part blue jay, part monitor lizard. What can I say? I'm a big fan of unique hybrids. ;-) Wait, so does that make him my... "feathersona?" *shrug* He doesn't really have a backstory, or a bio, or anything like that because, once again, he just represents me. He won't be appearing in Aww, Feathers! as a character, though I may host a future Author's Q&A page as him. So the next time you see Lark somewhere on the site, just remember that's me!
Oh, and a big thanks to Nova Nocturne who I commissioned to make the reference image to the left.
So what does this mean for Ine? It doesn't mean I'm never going to draw from real life experiences again. After all, it is one of my favorite sources of material! But it does mean I'll be giving him more room to make his own story as well, which could be quite different from my own.
January 31st, 2017, 6:17 am
I believe I've mentioned before a podcast that I listen to called Pause Screen. It's hosted by a friend of mind from school, Kaz (who, you might recall, has made a number of guest appearances in this comic). Pause Screen is a video game podcast in which Kaz and a couple of her other friends talk about games they've been playing, bring up what's new in the world of gaming, hold occasional in-depth discussions about recent game news, and finally have a series of rotating segments where they'll give a "Top Five" list or a "Savepoint," in which one of the hosts will talk about a game they've played in the past.
It's a fun show to listen to. Pretty casual, nothing too fancy, but I kind of like it like that. It feels just like a few friends chatting about video games, making jokes, sharing memories, etc. I've been listening ever since they released their first episode, and have been an enthusiastic fan! And I knew very early that I'd love to be a part of it…
Which brings me to last week, when I made a guest appearance! It was neat! I got to come on towards the end of the episode to talk a bit about one of my favorite games from my childhood: Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure! And I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Kyle, one of the other hosts, was also familiar with the game. I won't spoil what we talked about here; you'll just have to listen to find out! The whole episode is worth a listen, but if you're short on time or only interested in my segment, it begins right around 50:30.
Anyhoo, hope you enjoy! If you like the show, you can listen to previous episodes, or subscribe to them to get future episodes! You can find the episode I appear in by clicking here!
January 24th, 2017, 8:09 am
January 7th, 2017, 12:57 am
EDIT: The contest is now over and winners have been selected and contacted! If you are one of the winners listed below, be sure to check your inbox for instructions on how to claim your prize!
Thanks to all who entered! Keep an eye out; we may do this again!
2017 is the Year of the Pancock! What's a pancock you ask? It's a panther-peacock hybrid! And who better to help bring in the new year than our very own blue-banded pancock, Diliwar! Help him celebrate, and you can get a free print of the above postcard!
I've seen giveaways like this one before. They seem fun, so I thought I'd give it a try. If it works out, I may do it again in the future!
AF January Postcard Giveaway
December 30th, 2016, 9:58 am
Have any plans for New Years Eve? I'm going to be working on some Aww, Feathers! artwork tomorrow and invite you all to stop by the Aww, Feathers! Art Stream and say hi! I play to go at least from about 8:30-11:30pm. I might start a bit earlier than that, and might go a bit later. But I'll probably call it a night before midnight, so if you want to watch the ball drop, you should still have time to do so.
Hope to see some of you there! Again, it will be at https://picarto.tv/AwwFeathers.
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November 17th, 2016, 8:25 am
I've added a new page to the website: A Product Recommendations page. I'm sometimes asked what software and tools I use to create Aww, Feathers! and what books I recommend. So I've gathered some of my top recommendations and put them on a page for you to see. You'll notice that they're displayed in the form of amazon links. If you purchase any of the items by clicking the links provided, I get a percentage of the sale (and in some cases, even if you click the link and then buy a different item, I'll still get a commission). So if you have any interested in the items listed, whether for yourself or a gift for someone else, please use the links provided, as it's an easy way to help support Aww, Feathers! without any extra from you! To be clear, even though I'm compensated for any resulting sales, they are all sincere recommendations of the items that have helped me the most to create my webcomic and other projects.
Click here to visit the page, or you can find it in the menu above under the "Extras" heading.