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March 7th, 2017, 5:22 am
“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s about learning how to dance in the rain!” --Vivian Greene
Luchette has experienced a storm or two, but she doesn't slow down! To get your copy of this April themed postcard, pledge on Patreon
before the end of this month!
March 2nd, 2017, 4:53 am
Greetings friends! I have excellent news! This month we reached a new funding milestone! As a result, there will be a bonus story update tomorrow! Be sure to check back!
For every month that we meet or beat our new funding level and there's a new chapter during that month, there will be an extra story update for everyone! (Limit one extra update per chapter.) This makes me happy, because it means more content for my awesome readers and it will help move the story along!
Note: this bonus update is happening right at the end of the current chapter. As a result, the Q&A page will be released on Tuesday, and the next normal page (the beginning of a new chapter!) will be up on Friday. After that, we'll be back to our normal update schedule. As always, if you like getting extra updates and would like to help keep it that way while unlocking some extra goodies along the way, check out Aww, Feathers! on Patreon! For as little as $1 per month, you can help make it happen!
Finally, unrelated, but a few have expressed confusion and even sadness at my recent adoption of Lark as my new avatar. I think I could have done a better job at explaining him, so allow me to quickly clarify.
Yes, I've used Ine as a character to represent myself online in the past, especially among family and friends. Honestly, I don't really anticipate that changing. Lark's primary role will be to represent me as the author of the comic. This is to help reduce confusion between myself, and Ine the comic character. Again, if you know me as Ine, don't worry, I'll still answer to it. Ine's not going away.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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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