BEEP BONK BOINK. Everyone knows better than the guy with the controller. When's the last time you had a backseat-gaming experience?
This week's Prelude update: http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com/Prelude.php?pg=432
Fully pose-able can make a lot of fun photos. The challenge was to bring Vi's designer costume to life. This is the first time I've made her 'kick-ass' costume, and we're really happy with how this commissioned plush Vi turned out. Her white pleather coat is removable and flexible spine runs all the way through her three foot tail, equaling about ten feet of bones throughout her body. Purple eye shadow was decided upon to represent the comic's color choices.
to see and read more!
12 Years of Anthrocon: VAULTED.
It’s been a legendary run.
Liz and I have been dealing at Anthrocon since 2006, and we love meeting our readers there! The convention has come to feel like home, and helped launch Dreamkeepers from a single issue comic into a multiple-awrd-winning graphic novel series, webcomic, novel, tabletop game, app, plush line, with a full orchestral soundtrack to boot- a feat unmatched by any creator-owned series in the history of the furry genre.
And we’re just getting started.
However, this year the dealer’s room is curated by AC staff, and their interests lie elsewhere.
Curating a popular convention is undeniably a challenge, so please extend appreciation to staff for their efforts.
If you’re attending Anthrocon, we’ll miss you- but you don’t have to miss Dreamkeepers.
In fact, Anthrocon will play host to Vivid’s entirely new convention-enhancing game:
A coded chest conceals all-new Vivid loot for any readers who participate in our on-site contest.
What lurks in- THE VAULT?
Who will you meet at Anthrocon to help you unlock- THE VAULT?
And what challenges must you face together?
Anthrocon’s about to get more fun! Stay tuned for details, we’re happy to bring you something new.
-Dave & Liz
Reward drawing for a Kickstarter supporter awhile back. Posted to Patreon previously, now popping into the public!
It's a good sandwich.
The Plush Poll Has Spoken There shall be Namah, so much Namah. Vanth's pieces are also being collected. And possibly a few other cameos if I have the time - we'll check back when there's more progress. Thank you to everyone who voted in our poll for the Volume 5 Kickstarter!
@SSandrent's sassy CCA special-forces trooper kicking the weekend off right. The Troika no longer has a monopoly on strippers! Commission set in the Dreamkeepers universe, posted awhile back to Patreon. #Furry
Enticing direction for a Dreamkeepers commission- young Ravat. Done on Patreon a few months back.
Commission raffle happening for anyone who backs Dreamkeepers via Dark Market during January!
Whether through Zerostrings, crypto, or Subscribestar, it all enters you into the raffle.
Update week for Prelude- It's not quite flying, but close! http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com/Prelude.php?pg=430 Also, we'll be missing you Anthrocon 2019. The dealer's room is now curated, and this year the staff's interests lie elsewhere. But we plan to launch a contest for readers attending the convention, so stay tuned as we formulate the prizes and details. Fun cannot be stopped!
Final page! Volume 4 is now fully hosted- share with a good friend:
Volume 4 high-res downloads and books (including bonus lore notations and production notes) are available now from Vivid Publishing. http://www.vividpub.com/Dreamkeepers.php?pg=Dreamkeepers
Thanks to everyone for reading with us- thrilled you're enjoying the series, we're working hard to make Volume 5 a book for the ages.
Subscribestar Backers- good news!
Subscribestar administration just informed me that they are back in business. WOO! So we'll continue posting content here like normal.
Once our first month of payments clears, we'll add Subscribestar as a platform on our Dark Market profile, so hopefully more users will join you.
Thanks for bearing with us through all the ups and downs the past couple months.
Alright, Subscribestar backers- this is the end of the line, for now.
Subscribestar still cannot process payments.
But we have a new alternative for you!
Vivid Publishing is launching our own Patreon alternative, today.
If you’re unfamiliar with the #PatreonPurge, plenty of other content creators are covering the circumstances that led to commentators and cartoonists being banned from the platform.
But Dreamkeepers isn’t banned- they love us over there, so why are we launching a Patreon alternative? Because readers were asking for one. A good number of people wanted to support us, but through a different outlet- and my answer was yes!
So we joined Makersupport.
It was shut down by the cartel of payment processors.
So we joined Subscribestar.
It was shut down by the cartel of payment processors.
Hatreon, Freestartr, Gab, everyone who tried to build their own platform to date has been shut down by the ruling cartel of Silicon Valley companies and their payment processors.
The damn cash register is deciding what you are and are not allowed to buy!
But the internet doesn’t like hearing ‘no,’ and now EVERYBODY is talking about building alternative platforms. But nobody’s delivered yet, so Vivid Publishing has stepped up.
Welcome to the Dark Market.
In the Dark Market, you can find creative content you love, support it, and get rewards. The Silicon Cartel can’t stop you, because we accept Bitcoin, and we use a newly founded, independent credit card processing service- Zero Strings.
If you’re new to Bitcoin, there are links in Dark Market to introduce you to the basics. Getting started is about as hard as setting up a Paypal Account, except Paypal can freeze your funds, and Bitcoin you can spend and accept with total freedom. I don’t know anything about investing, all I know is Bitcoin is an unstoppable way to conduct transactions. People are calling it “free speech money.”
Any Dreamkeepers customers who use Dark Market here in January, I’m going to raffle off a free single-character lineart commission. Payment options, instructions, and rewards are listed right there on the page.
Launching with us in the Dark Market is Boneitis, Corvus Publishing, DireWolf Media, Darkspeeds, and possibly more creators coming soon- so check in with them, they might have some launch specials planned as well.
Now, we will continue posting on Patreon. I might not like everything they do, but then again, I don’t like everything the government does, and I still use roads. But all Dreamkeepers Patreon content from here on out will be available through Dark Market- including some things that may be too spicy for Patreon’s TOS.
If you want to know more, go to www.DarkMarketCrypto.com, and join the underground.
We have cartoons.
SUBSCRIBESTAR BACKERS: http://www.darkmarketcrypto.com/
We'll need to move you over to Dark Market Crypto, my own platform, in a few days. Subscribestar still cannot process payments, so looks like we'll need to use Bitcoin if you want to support us and receive backer rewards.
You can set up a Bitcoin wallet here: www.uphold.com
Probably easier than setting up a Paypal account, and once you have it, nobody can stop us from doing business together.
http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com/GNSaga.php?pg=435 The ultimate assassin returns. If you were summoning the Mokoi- presuming you were that kind of person, of course! Who would you send it after?
Posted to Patreon awhile back- pants are a privilege, not a right! Quick swatch for Anise and Sage, characters from the Dreamkeepers graphic novel series and Prelude webcomic. dreamkeeperscomic.com
We'll post to Subscribestar until we launch our new alternative- check the newsletter link below! But until then-
Prelude time. http://dreamkeeperscomic.com/Prelude.php?pg=429 In a genuine predicament, where everyone else is talking and doing nothing, Vanth decides to hop her way towards a solution.
On a totally. absolutely 100% unrelated note, check out our latest newsletter: https://preview.mailerlite.com/o0p5w1
ATTENTION SUBSCRIBESTAR BACKERS:
If you don't have one already, it may be time to set up a crypto wallet: https://uphold.com
We love the format of Subscribestar, but Paypal and Stripe killed their ability to process payments, and Subscribestar hasn't recovered yet. We may have to sunset it.
So we're unveiling new options in the coming weeks- stay tuned here or to our newsletter for the announcement.
Posting an old commission to usher in the New Year. Our 2018 recap and 2019 plans are here- spoiler, Vivid Publishing will be unlocking crypto: https://vividstuff.blogspot.com/2018/12/waging-art-in-cryptic-new-year.html
Ravat summons heavy-hitting trouble while Scuttles plays armchair minion in the latest Volume 4 update from Vivid Publishing. http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com/GNSaga.php?pg=434 Read free at dreamkeeperscomic.com, or use the free Android app.
Waging Art in a Cryptic New Year
What a year.
The war to control crowdfunding is upon us. Thought you could choose your entertainment, and simply support who you like? Well strap in.
But let’s recap before looking ahead.
Skirmish delivered. Our deluxe boxed tabletop game, complete with foil stamping and black-core linen-textured cards, along with the first expansion deck. “Ruthless”. The guys at EPF games outdid themselves, and Dreamkeepers has successfully claimed another medium with flying colors.
Simultaneously, the Dreamkeepers spinoff novel “Wayward Astronomer” won multiple Ursa Major Awards, as did the Dreamkeepers comic series itself.
And congratulating fellow winner Dogpatch Press, we discovered the most curious thing. A secret blacklist! (Not the only secret in the furry community, as it would later turn out.) They weren’t permitted to even retweet our congratulations. So I wrote a nice article for them about how to prevent Nazis, and our Patreon boomed.
Backer support has unleashed more art than ever before. It’s backlogged, I have too much to post! Vivid has hired a social media manager to help us keep up.
Aside from a cascade of art from crowdfunding, Vivid published & delivered Mike Rosen’s Firebrat book just in time for Christmas, and the Dreamkeepers Volume 5 soundtrack was successfully crowdfunded by composer Nikolas Albrecht on Kickstarter.
The Dreamkeepers theme, as recorded by a live orchestra in Budapest, will make your hair stand on end when you hear it.
We also licensed Furrysculptures.com to create 3-D printed Dreamkeepers figurines, and launched a unique Dreamkeepers roleplay system in Discord.
And that’s about when Patreon decided to start violating their own terms of service to ban creators for wrongthink.
If you’re out of the loop, check out Timcast or any of the legion of youtubers covering the debacle.
Creators flocked to an alternative platform, Subscribestar- which was immediately crushed by Paypal and Stripe, the same way they killed other Patreon competitors like Makersupport. Some concerned citizens, like YoutuberLaw, are filing FTC complaints. But everyone is talking about new alternatives.
Starting in 2019, Vivid Publishing will unlock the door to crypto.
In fact, you can try it right now.
Advanced players in our new cyberpunk dystopia, send BTC to:
A comprehensive announcement with more currency options, and rewards for crypto donations, is coming next month.
So, 2019 ought to be interesting!
New platforms, new opportunities, and more content than ever for you to enjoy.
Vivid will navigate the changing marketplace to give you the best possible options, while I work my tail off to create the best possible content.
2017-2018 saw the successful expansion of Dreamkeepers, but 2019 I’ll be focusing exclusively on Volume 5. I can’t wait to show you what we have in store.
Meanwhile, look forward to the next Vivid book release, “False Start” by the unstoppable madman Boneitis.
If you trust the social media company algorithms, then just sit back and do nothing. But if you want to take control, secure a position in our newsletter: http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com/EmailNewsletter.htm
Thank you to the readers for making all this possible- through ups and downs, corporate censorship and community drama nonsense, it’s your willpower and commitment to your own taste that keeps things vivid.
Keep reading, and we’ll keep drawing.
Gratitude- thank you! Every contribution matters.
Can you feel that? Twice the gratitude.
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