Hey, guys, it's a good thing I got that post about the Skullgirls fundraiser out before this happened, because there's no longer any way I can be objective about the game anymore.
It started with someone asking who the kawaiis were voting for in the DLC character poll. As a result of that comic, the Skullgirls staff found the comic, and boy, they sure seem to like it.
@kawaiikochans ARIGATOU FOR ANSWER COMICS! IM BIKKURI THAT YOU NO WANT RIRISHII CHARA! DEMO DO YOU SUKI CLOCKWORK NEKO? 75000 YENCOINS LEFT!— Skullgirls (@Skullgirls) March 27, 2013
So, as they say, "it's become like this." Not long after that SG went and offered us a background spot. They had sold this as an Indiegogo reward already, and everybody bought the spots instantly. I am as broke now as ever, so I definitely couldn't buy one. Still, I had been personally asked and had a spot created for me and everything. I had to try. So I put out the call for a no-notice mini-crowdfund of my own, feeling sort of embarrassed to be asking my fans for money and not really expecting enough money to possibly turn up. Also, it was the final day of the Skullgirls drive, with only about ten hours left to donate at all.
@kawaiikochans CONGRATULATIONS GOZAIMASU! WELCOME TO THE BG CHARA NO SEKAI! FAN-TACHI TOTALLY DEKIMASHITA!— Skullgirls (@Skullgirls) March 28, 2013
We got it done in four hours. Thank you all so much: the gang at Lab Zero, the friends who helped (I owe Jeff from Colony Drop a couple drinks), and especially the total strangers who pitched in big with no notice. I'm honestly shocked and overcome by people's generosity for a silly little thing like this. Also, the whole spectacle's been the biggest bump I ever had, even if we hadn't made it into the game: readership has skyrocketed, Tumblr followers have doubled, it's lit a fire under my ass and boy am I happy about that.
I said before that having a fanbase has ensured that I can never get bored of doing this and forget about it. Well, that goes double now, or maybe quadruple. I was watching the Salty Cupcakes stream last night and when Cristina Vee came in saying "SUCH A THING, SUCH A THING", I knew that things were gonna be alright. May the comic become even more of such a thing. I'll be working at it.
TENTATIVELY: My personal goal is to at least have a self-published book ready by Otakon. Something small. Probably not a collection, because the first year would be 200 pages, Kawaiikochan obviously has to be in color, and the cost to print that is steep. Right now the thing in my head is a somewhat expanded version of the game magazine gag I submitted for that Crunchyroll contest. Don't hold me to any of this!!