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Notes/Announcements

Issue 3 release note – digital only

 

Hello dear readers!

As many of you might be experiencing, my state (among many others) is basically on lockdown to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Which means that non-essential businesses have been temporarily closed until further notice.

Which means that my printer is currently closed too.

Which means no print copies of issue 3 until they open back up.

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So.

Issue 3 will still release on schedule, just digitally for now on my Etsy. It will also be available complimentary for all my patrons, no matter what pledge level, so don’t forget to sign up there for that and for many other bonuses (including World Building Wednesday and WIP shots on each new page)!

As I’ve said before, bonuses and page progress will continue as usual in the face of everything that’s going on too. I hope you’re all staying as safe and sane as possible, and no matter what, may we all keep creating as best we can ❤

Thanks, always always, for reading and for your support!

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Patreon ~ Etsy ~ Ko-fi

 


Promo – World Building Wednesday 72, AND an announcement!

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Time for another patrons-only world building post, dear readers!

This week, we’re looking at the flip side of an already established fact. Fae that are closer to the Heart of Faerie are non-detectable by non-magical beings – if that is so, what do they look like when non-magical beings do see them?

Click here for the full post, with more bonus art!

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ALSO!! Fun announcement time – due to popular demand, “Tock the Gnome” is now available on Webtoon!

Since the format for Webtoon is notably different from how I usually structure pages, I’ll be gradually uploading the existing comic content there, with a small update every Tuesday until I’m caught up to the current pages.

Click here to check it out!  

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Patreon ~ Etsy ~ Ko-fi


Where things are, lately

Good morning, dear readers 💚✨
Just wanted to share a bit about where things are, progress-wise.
Page 94 is actually done, as of 6am this morning! I am very busy with commissions this week, but hope to have it posted in the next couple of days, as well as proper scans of all the Orcish Tent Correction redraws.
My plan, as I move forward, is to post the redraw scans on Patreon as they are, and get them put in place on the existing pages as soon as possible – that isn’t going to be an immediate update (I need help with my Photoshop skills, so my amazing Wife will be stepping in to paste them into the old pages, and that will take some time). So I will be keeping the old pages up, for now, with a note about the upcoming edit and apology for the issue, and then replace them asap.
This also means the story will continue to move forward, from here, anyway! Production on page 95 will start tomorrow. I am so relieved to be getting back to new page creation and can’t wait for you all to see what’s next.
I am also hoping, this year, to create pages more regularly – I haven’t figured out exactly how to make that work, but scrambling to find only minutes each day to work on new pages is no longer okay with me. I need to make a change. More on that as I figure it out (or honestly, you might just see it working by more regular updates!). I also hope to get posted somewhere like Webtoon, for better exposure. Not to invoke the dreaded e-word, but platforms like that are growing rapidly, and it would be foolish of me not to give it a shot. I’ve been asked at pretty much every comic-related event I tabled at last year if I’m on there. So maybe it’s time to listen.
I’ll still be on here, of course, and all other sites I use to broaden the reach of Tock’s tale!
And don’t forget, you can always help me get to more regular updates by pledging on Patreon! Every pledge helps, no matter how small. The more I make here ➡ the less I have to be at my day job ➡ the more time I have for furthering this project! And of course, each pledge comes with some lovely benefits. More information on my main page.
Thanks for sticking with me, everyone. Hope the new year has been kind to you so far, and that you’re looking forward to the next steps in this journey we’re taking together!

Rachelillustrates and Tock the Gnome at Wizarding Weekend!

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I am delighted to announce that I’ll be at Ithaca NY’s Wizarding Weekend this coming Saturday, courtesy of Comics for Collectors!

Look for me at their new location, 124 West State Street, from 12-5pm 10/26!! I’ll have prints and issues of “Tock the Gnome” available, of course, AND I’ll be doing free sketches like I did for Free Comic Book Day 😀

Hope to see you there!!

(Also, this newly-finished old sketch stands for Sunday Gnomedays 10-20-19 and Orctober the 21st! See below for the stand-in Orctober and Sunday Gnomedays I posted last minue on Instagram yesterday for the 20th.)

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Patreon ~ Etsy ~ Ko-fi


WIP preview – the Orcish tent correction, page 74

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So this has been going on ❤

I’ve talked a lot more about these edits (and shown more WIP shots) on Patreon, but even though I haven’t said much here, I assure you that progress has been happening. It doesn’t feel right, to me, to push forward on new pages until I’ve corrected the existing ones. So rest assured that even though it may seem like we’ve stalled out on Tock’s story, we are indeed still moving forward – and I absolutely haven’t given up yet!

See more WIP on this page here!

See more WIP on these edits in general here!

Thank you for your patience, dear readers 🎩

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Patreon ~ Etsy ~ Ko-fi


Bonus sketch – Illegal (and progress update!)

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Something bonusey for extra Sunday Gnomedays (drawn last night, but busy weekend means late posting!). My Wife and I are rewatching Veronica Mars in preparation for the new series, and as usual, Veronica and Wallace are giving me major Tock and Bumble feels.

(Don’t worry Bumble, I don’t think Tock would actually do that well in jail either 😅🎩💕)

As for current progress!

The Orcish tent redesign is going very well, slowly but surely. This week’s World Building Wednesday will feature the Chief’s-tent redesign and how/why that differs from their usual homes. The week after that, if all goes to plan, will feature the Great Hall’s redesign, and then I’m on to making page adjustments! Thank you for your patience, dear readers. I promise we will be back to forward story progress as soon as possible.

In the meantime, my daily “Tock Time” has gone to making progress on this month’s Ranger level bonus drawing (which will be a finished ink and subtle color piece this month instead of just a pencil illustration). WIPs on that are available for all Rogue level patrons, too, in lieu of the page progress WIPs I would usually be posting more regularly. Click here to check those out, too!

Thank you all, very much, for your patience again and for your enjoyment of Tock’s story always!

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Patreon ~ Etsy ~ Ko-fi


Page 94 production paused due to unintentional cultural appropriation

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Page production is on hold until further notice, and I have an apology to make.

When I first designed the Orcs of Tock’s world, I chose to have them live in yurts because I simply and ignorantly thought yurts are lovely and wanted to draw them. I did not consider their history and cultural context at all, and in doing so have paid a striking disrespect to the cultures they come from.

It doesn’t matter that Tock’s story takes place in a Faerie setting away from that context – human inspiration still needs to be taken responsibly, and I wasn’t thinking or acting responsibly at the time. I did not intend to appropriate anything, but I have, and I am truly sorry, especially to anyone who may have been offended by what has been depicted in the comic.

I intend to correct every page that features the yurts, which will take some design adjustment and redrawing. More information on my timeline for that asap. In the meantime, bonus art and weekly bonus worldbuilding will be up as scheduled on Patreon.

Thanks very much to all of my readers for your patience while I correct this issue 💗

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Patreon ~ Etsy ~ Ko-fi