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September 3rd, 2019, 9:29 am

Hey all! For years now I've prided myself on posting an update to Aww, Feathers! every week, even on days when I haven't been able to finish a complete comic page and would try to at least provide a small doodle or mini-comic. I've finally come to the conclusion that it's probably better for you, my readers, and also for me personally to just take the time off when things come up and use the time I would have spent on mini-comics and the like on actually finishing the next page! As I mentioned before, after this chapter is finished I plan to release future chapters only after they have been finished so there won't be any unexpected breaks in the middle of the chapter.

I am also putting together an email newsletter to update those who are interested whenever a new comic page comes out, as well as to share other projects I'm working on. If you'd like to be one of the first to join the newsletter when it's ready, you can let me know on this form.

Thanks as always for reading!

AWU Prep and Guest Comics!

July 1st, 2019, 8:43 pm

TL/DR: The current chapter will be put on pause until August, I'm changing the way I schedule chapter updates for improved consistency, and guest comic submissions are now open. For more info, read on!

I've been finding myself a little stretched lately between travel, comic work, and convention prep. I want to make sure I do a good job with the panels I'm hosting at AWU this year. For that reason, I've decided to pause story updates for this month. There will still be some mini-comics in the interim, and the main story will be back starting the first week of August. As always, I thank you always being so understanding.

On the subject of the comic release schedule, however, I wanted to let you know about a significant upcoming change. In order to make the release of story updates more consistent, I've decided to delay posting each new chapter until said chapter has been completely finished. This means three things:
1. Once a new chapter is ready to start, each page in the chapter will be scheduled to release without any unplanned interruptions; it always bothers me to break up the story flow, and I think it will be a more positive reading experience for you as well.
2. The gap between chapters will likely be longer than usual since any delays in comic work will affect the creation of the following chapter rather than the current one; basically, any story delays (which are, sadly, inevitable) will be condensed to the times between chapters rather than being sprinkled throughout the chapter.
3. Finally, and most presently, that means I will need to complete the chapter following the current one before it begins posting. Because I, unfortunately, don't have anything else in the buffer at the moment, there will be a significant delay between this chapter and the next one while I work on it. It will likely last 2-3 months, which to my knowledge is the longest delay there has been between main comic pages to date. After that though, the delays between chapters will not be nearly so long. And I've got a few things planned to fill the gap. Which brings me to my next point:

Submissions for Aww, Feathers! guest comics are once again open! If you've ever had a fun idea for a comic featuring any of the Aww, Feathers! cast, now's your chance to bring it to life! All styles and skill levels are welcome! By the way, this is just a suggestion, but it would be great to see more of the lady cast members of Aww, Feathers! since many of the previous entries have centered around the guys. But whoever you'd like to include is fine as long as there's at least one character from the comic. Click here to see previous guest comic entries, and click here for official submission rules.

Thanks for reading! Enjoy your July!

Special Gift for New and Existing Patrons!

May 14th, 2019, 10:31 am

I'm excited to announce a new, special gift just for Aww, Feathers! Patreon subscribers! From now until the end of the month, all new and existing patrons at the $5 level or higher will get a digital copy of the "Aww, Feathers! Patron Sketchbook" as a DRM-free EPUB and PDF!

This gift will only be available to Patreon subscribers at the $5 level or higher, and only through the end of this month!

What if I'm not a patron yet?
Then now's your opportunity to not only gain access to exclusive patron-only perks and bonus Aww, Feathers! material, but to also take advantage of this special offer! Click here and choose the $5 level or higher before the end of May to be eligible to receive this special gift!

What if I'm already a $5+ subscriber?
Then you're good to go! There's nothing else you need to do other than keep your subscription current through the end of the month!

What if I'm currently a $2 subscriber?
In order to be eligible for this special offer, you'll need to switch to the $5 tier or higher. Click here to change your subscription level (you will be charged the difference between whatever you've already pledged this month and the amount of your newly chosen tier). Once you do, you will immediately gain access to additional perks, including the exclusive Inked Feathers drawing collection, and you'll also receive this special offer after the end of the month!

What do I need to do once I subscribe?
Nothing! As long as you are a $5+ subscriber by the end of the month, you will qualify and I will send you a link to download your ebook!

Click here now to join and get your special gift!

If there are any other questions, let me know! Have a great day!

- Lark

Announcement and Art Stream Tomorrow!

May 13th, 2019, 9:28 am

The 5th anniversary of Aww, Feathers! is coming up! To help celebrate, I’ve got a special announcement planned for tomorrow morning at 8 am MT! You won’t want to miss it! Catch the livestream at twitch.tv/awwfeathers!

Books Shipping Soon!

December 12th, 2018, 9:47 am

If you ordered a copy of Aww, Feathers! Book 1 or 2 this year, I have great news! I've received the printed books and am preparing to send them out! Please make sure that the address you gave me is correct, and also that you filled out the book signing survey as soon as possible! I'll begin sending them out as early as tomorrow! The PDF versions will be sent out soon after the physical copies are in the mail.

Updated Update Schedule

November 8th, 2018, 4:50 pm

Man, I can't tell you how good it feels to be working on the main story again! I've really missed it, and I'm glad to be getting back into updating it more-or-less consistently. In order to better stay on top of not only the comic but my other real-life responsibilities, however, there will be some changes to how comic updates are released. I wanted to make sure all readers--especially long-time readers--are aware of these changes:

First, you may have noticed that the past few pages have been released in sections instead of the entire page at once. This pattern will continue moving forward, though it will largely depend on how well the story is served by an update of a particular size. Sometimes it will make sense for a page to be split into two equal halves, and release the first half one week, and then the second half the following. Sometimes it will make sense to divide the page differently; say, into 1/4 and 3/4 sections, or 1/3 and 2/3 sections, etc. Or, occasionally it may not make sense to divide the page at all, and on those weeks you'll get the full page. The main takeaway is, I'll be focusing on story updates rather than page updates. So if a page is divided into two parts, each of those parts will stand on their own as a single comic update (no cutting off in the middle of someone's sentence, for example). When it comes time to put them together into a digital or physical book, however, all the pieces will be put back together into full pages.

Second, in order to not burn out, I'm going to put a limit on how many hours per week I work on comics. As long as I'm able to finish each page in the time I've allotted, comic updates will continue to happen regularly. However, if there's a string of pages that all take longer than usual to complete, there may occasionally be weeks where a comic update doesn't occur. When that happens, I'll usually share a quick sketch or mini-comic to fill the gap.

Third, to further help with my workload, I'll be releasing "mini-stories" in between each main chapter. While a typical chapter usually contains between 10-20 individual updates, these mini-stories will only be between 4-6 updates or so. They might just be black and white and/or use a simpler art style. They might feature the main cast, or it might be a short story about me and Maiara. Or that space might even be filled with guest comics. (Speaking of, if you're ever interested in submitting a guest comic, even if no official guest comic event has been announced, feel free to reach out to me about it.)

Finally, while Books 1 and 2 are still available to preorder, there probably won't be a physical Book 3 for a while. As awesome as it is to see the books in physical form, they take a lot of work to put together. So, unfortunately, further physical books will be put on hold. There still may be digital versions made available, however, as well as other physical merchandise that's easier to put together. And as readership increases and another physical book becomes more viable, I'll definitely revisit the option.

All of these represent a decrease in overall output from me. However, those who've been following the website for the past year or so will probably note that output has already been lower than usual due to circumstances outside my control. It's my hope that by deliberately scaling back, I'll be better able to roll with the punches life deals me and keep story updates more or less consistent.

That said, you have the ability to help the main story update more frequently. The more financial support Aww, Feathers! receives, the more time I'll be able to dedicate to creating new story updates. That can take the form of subscribing to Aww, Feathers! on Patreon, leaving a one-time donation, or making a purchase at the Aww, Feathers! Store. And if you're unable to contribute financially at this time, simply sharing the webcomic with friends and family is a great way to help that doesn't cost a nickel!

Thank you all! I hope you enjoy the autumn weather, as well as the resuming story!

What I've been up to...

October 15th, 2018, 11:02 pm

Clear back in May I let you all know I was leaving my job as a software developer to give self-employment a try. I gave you a bit of a status report last month. Consider this a follow up.

Big Plans: Aww, Feathers! Book 2 is in its final review stages. Just making sure every i, t, p, q, and all the letters in between are dotted, crossed, and minded! As before, you can reserve your copy of Book 1 or Book 2 (or both!) by heading over to AwwFeathersBook.com!

Over the past couple of months, I've been looking into some freelance programming work. I have very strong programming skills, particularly in front-end game and app development. I created JayLarkStudios.com as a sort of blog/digital portfolio to showcase some of the work I've done, both in programming and digital art. I've also created a profile on upwork and been submitting proposals to all the jobs I can find that match my skills and that I think I'd be a good fit for. Unfortunately, attracting clients has been difficult. I don't know if I'm just not very good at marketing myself, or if it's just not feasible for me to work as a freelancer right now. But if possible, I would really like it to work out. A successful freelance business would give me the flexibility to scale up the amount of time I dedicate to Aww, Feathers! as it becomes more profitable; something that's harder to do with a full-time job I've found (not for lack of trying!)

We can last a little longer before we need to shelve the whole self-employment idea for the time being. There's something you, my wonderful readers, may be able to do to help though. Something I've never asked of you before but thinking about it now, I kinda wish I had. Ah well, hindsight and all that. Anyway, it's simply this: if you or anyone you know are in the market for a freelance programmer or game/app developer, please give me your consideration! I've set up the following URLs for convenience:

  • upwork.jaylarkstudios.com - My upwork profile contains a comprehensive list of my skills and qualifications as a software developer.

  • resume.jaylarkstudios.com - If a traditional resume is more your style, you can see mine, online and up-to-date, here.

  • hire.jaylarkstudios.com - This page contains links to a wider range of the services I offer, including programming and art related jobs.

If you would share any of the above links with anyone you know of who's looking for a skilled programmer, I'd be most appreciative!

Oh, and one final thing. I haven't been sitting on my hands while waiting for clients to roll in. In order to demonstrate to potential clients that I have the skills they're looking for, I've been working on a simple mobile game! It's nearing completion. I'm just ironing out a few more details. I'll definitely share more with you as it nears release time. So stay tuned!

Thanks all. Be well, and I'll do my best to do the same!

September Updates

September 1st, 2018, 3:22 pm

Hey all. Whew, boy!

These past few months have certainly been a trip! We've funded the second Aww, Feathers! book, which is currently in the proofing stage (and still available for preorder at AwwFeathersBook.com). I also attended Anthro Weekend Utah (AWU) which was amaze-beans! As fun as it's been though, preparing and running both my book campaign and dealer's table for AWU took a lot more out of me than I was expecting. I've been feeling rather drained lately. Excited for what the future will bring, to be sure. But a little low on energy.

On top of that, as I mentioned in a previous post, I'm currently not working full-time. I'm pleased with the success of the book campaign and convention. However, it doesn't provide enough to take care of myself and my family. I'm grateful that I was able to take a few months to focus so much time and energy on my book and webcomic. But now I need to shift focus for a while. Providing for my family needs to be my top priority. That doesn't mean this comic is going away! Just that I'll be taking a break. And if you've been following along for a while, you know by now that when I take "breaks" from the comic, I still leave you all with a little something to at least keep you entertained.

So here's my plan. The current chapter will be placed on hold for a while. During the month of September, there will be a mini autobio chapter that I think you'll find amusing. It'll update on Tuesdays, just like before. During that time I'll be shipping out everyone's book orders, and also focusing on getting a stable source of income that will take care of our needs while also allowing me some time to work on projects that are important to me, including Aww, Feathers! Depending on how that goes, come October I may be ready to finish the current chapter and continue with the main storyline, or there may need to be another intermediate mini chapter while I search further. As always though, I'll keep you all informed.

There are those who have asked, "How are you doing?" and "How can I help?" First of all, thank you so much for caring about my family and me! We're doing okay for now. We're not in dire straits just yet. The reason I'm buckling down down now is to prevent us from getting to that point in the first place. As for how you can help, first off just keep sticking around. It may not seem like much, but the fact that people keep reading and commenting and sharing means a lot to me. If you'd like to support the comic financially, you can do so by subscribing on Patreon to unlock bonus content, checking out the Aww, Feathers! Store for books, prints, original artwork, and other merch, or even leaving a one-time donation through ko-fi. I am also open for commissions during this time, but be aware that they'll be pricier than normal right now in order to justify taking time away from my job search. If you're willing to pay it though, I'm happy to take it on.

Thanks again for all your support and your patience! I know it seems like I've been taking a lot of breaks over this past year. I take that as a sign that I, and this comic, are growing. And sometimes growing means re-calibrating in order to make sure things continue to run smoothly. So thank you, and stay tuned!

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