Aikonia has reached yet another huge milestone! Chapter Five has come to an end and as we finish preparations for Chapter Six, we want to share some really exciting changes we’ve made to the comic and the Aikonia team.
Our first announcement is a big one: Timothy Ian Hely will no longer be writing the scripts for Aikonia. Tim’s been with us since the comic first began back in August of 2010 and we are very sorry to see him go. We look forward to seeing more things from Tim in the future and we wish him the best of luck.
Replacing Tim in the role of writer will be Corina Dransutavicius. Corina has been working with MADSOFT Games as a writer since 2011 on projects such as Project: Velyria, Me and My Dinosaur, and Marill’s Journal Entries. You can follow Corina’s personal Twitter account here.
On the art side of things, we are making a few changes. Ira Gladkova will be shifting their role slightly, focusing on the comic’s lineart and panelling. The style of comic will also be changed to better reflect Ira’s preferred style. You can check out Ira’s tumblr and twitter accounts here.
We’re also very happy to announce that Karina Weber will joining the team as our new colourist. She has previously worked with MADSOFT Games as an illustrator for Project: Velyria, Avillum, and Marill’s Journal Entries. You can follow Karina’s personal art blog here.
We want to emphasize that the changes to the art team were not made in reaction to the recent spate of criticisms in the Aikonia comic comments section. These changes were proposed way, way back at the start of Chapter Five as a way to alleviate the stress of churning out a complete comic page week after week. We want to be clear: We stand by Ira and their work and will continue to do so.
Finally, Marill’s Journal Entries ended last week. We would like to hear your feedback on the project. Would you like to see more journal entries focusing on different characters? Or would you like to see something different altogether posted on Thursdays?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and stay tuned for the first page of Chapter Six due out on June 29th.
2015 is upon us and the changing dynamics of Aikonia's readership means changing the way we run the website. As such, we have a couple of updates we'd like to bring to your attention.
In order to help cover the growing costs of producing Aikonia week after week, we're launching a new donation campaign to ring in the New Year.
We've added a donation meter to the homepage of Aikonia outlining major donation milestones we hope to achieve this year. As each milestone marker is reached, a new high resolution print will be unlocked. The prints will be made available for everyone to download in both PNG and PDF formats and will feature artwork from Aikonia's illustrator as well as several guest artists. At the end of the year, we will be selling all the year's prints in a limited edition bundle, including prints that may not have been unlocked by donation. If this little experiment proves successful, we will launch into 2016 with a new donation campaign with brand new prints and goodies to unlock.
We've updated the comic comments section on the Aikonia website to include a field for commenters' email addresses.
This will allow you to receive email notifications when someone replies to your comment or to a comment thread you've previously commented on. Emails you receive will have an option to unsubscribe to the thread should you so desire. We do not and will not sell, spam, share, or use your email address for anything beside comment reply notifications. Emails will be kept confidential and will not be public available to view with your comments.
We will also be experimenting with the ad service Project Wonderful in our left sidebar ad space. We might cycle between other MADSOFT Games projects (such as Project: Velyria) and ads provided by Project Wonderful. We hope that this will help with the downturn in revenue we experienced this year during our hiatus.
We have been contemplating running another Kickstarter campaign in 2015 to print volumes 2 and 3 of Aikonia. We understand that some people may be hesitant to back us on a print project again, due in part to the slow delivery associated with the first Kickstarter campaign. We want to assure you that we have learned a lot since our campaign in 2011.
Kickstarter was a brand new platform at the time and the changes that the site has made since our successful campaign have helped deal with the majority of the issues creators were facing. The cost of shipping was our white whale, but we think we've managed to harpoon the issue as we've been planning for this upcoming Kickstarter campaign. At the request of many previous backers, we'll be upgrading the binding technique on volumes 2 and 3 (and future reprints of volume 1) in addition to moving to a new printing service. We're also being careful in planning additional physical rewards for backers as we had issues with added costs in the past. Before we move forwards with a second Kickstarter, we really want to gauge interest in the project. We don't want to repeat our mistakes.
We think these changes will help Aikonia as we continue to grow and we hope you agree. Please let us know what you think about the changes in the comments below!
Wishing you all the best in 2015,
The Aikonia team