“The Plan”

Hello Shifters fans. I think I’ve made you wait long enough with a nebulous idea of when or even if Shifters will return. Its been hard, and its been long, and I’ve even actually bled (and have scars) to make things right so this could continue. And now, I reward your patience. I reveal to you “The Plan”.

First, I’m ready to give you all a solid date when things will resume.

June 6, 2011

There will be some new splash art and a site design refresh forthcoming as we head towards the faithful day for the return to the world of Shade City. I’m currently only planning for a once a week schedule as I will be still updating Brymstone at the same time and its pretty friggen hard to do two comics at once. But I’ve got a lot of other things swishing about in my head too in terms of goodies and awesomeness, so there’s lots to look forward to. I’m also hopefully going to get some IRL and online help.

Here’s where you guys all come in.

Over the years, I’ve taken a lot of flack and abuse for Shifters. I need your help to erase all the bad energy/feelings out and replace it with positive enthusiasm. When you guys are excited, I get excited. When I get excited, I produce more art, which of course translates into more stuff like comic pages and wallpapers. Right now I need a bit of a cheering squad and a group of fans who can help me stay on track. People who I can bounce ideas around with, give me some good feedback when I need it, who are going to be as dedicated to getting Shifters back as I am, not just for themselves, but for everyone who’s ever loved Shifters for the last decade.

And in exchange for YOUR efforts keeping my ass motivated, I’m going to give you something very special. Not only personal access to me, but also early access to the new site and the new material. You’ll get a chance to see stuff before anyone else, because I want your feedback, I NEED your feedback. I don’t want just “Yes men” either, I want people who LOVE shifters, but who can also be objective. This is going to be a very exclusive group, but I think is going to be WELL worth it. If you can bring some skills to me as well, that also gives you an edge. If you can offer something to help me out (say programing/web skills, promotional skills, merchandising/business skills, art skills, etc) Even better, because the more I can focus and help I can get, the quicker and better things will be.

So here’s how this is going to work.

Much like in the Comic, I’m going to create a ‘Circle’. There are 12 seats on the circle. So there will be twelve people selected from the contest I’m about to announce here.

To be eligible to participate, you must do the following:

1) You must be registered on the site AND the forums. Please make sure you register with the same username. I haven’t yet figured out how to join them, so you have to register for both.

2) You must post an introduction to yourself on the forums.

3) Post in the contest forum, in the correct thread a post detailing the following:

  • How you found Shifters and how long you’ve been a fan
  • What Shifters means to you and how much you love it
  • Why you want to help bring it back
  • What you would do to help me stay on track
  • What you would do to help the community at large
  • Why would you make the best choice for  a seat at the Circle

I will read through the entries, and select members for the Circle who will be contacted via the forum and email. Further instructions will be given at that time.

If you win I will need to get an AIM account from you, so please make sure you have one, or are willing to get one. Also please make sure you register with a legitimate email address so I can get a hold of you if you win.

The contest will only run until MARCH 11! So make sure you get your entry done!

Further details are available in the contest thread in the forums.

7 thoughts on ““The Plan”

  1. So I got here just in time then. I actually used to read the original Shifters but thought it long dead years ago. I was just poking around for it on Google out of a wistful, and I thought vain, hope that maybe it had updated in my absence. If not, I might still get a chance to read through the archives right? Anyway, my Google search pulled up this lovely surprise instead. Yay! I look forward to the relaunch and wait with baited breath.

  2. This is awesome news! I started reading the original Shifters a long time ago (whenever Kat the cat was covered in ribbons for Christmas) and also read Redux when you still worked on it, so hearing that Shifters is coming back makes me so excited! This was one of the first web comics I ever read and is also the one that had the most impact on my writing. Finding out that the original stopped and then finding out Redux stopped as well had no effect on me checking back for a new page.

    The Circle contest is extremely tempting, but it feels weird to register on your forum after all these years just to try to win a contest. This may change, but if not, I expect the members to do a good job motivating you and keeping your spirits up. Regardless, I’m really looking forward to June. Thank you so much for not giving up on Shifters! <3

  3. haray the shifters is back in action i knew you’d be back soon even though i was acting a little impatient. any way i think a good storyline is what makes a comic or manga thats my input 🙂

  4. Oh so good to hear from you I’m going to to be posting my stuff for the circle soon enough

  5. im one of those ppl that has always been checkin this website out, at least twice a week lol sometimes i re-read the comic over or i just read over the lair blogs 🙂

  6. I’m liking June 6th of this year VERY much so…

    Shifters and my SR22 goes away =D. Can’t wait till things come back SM!

  7. It’s great to see that you’re coming back with Shifters, and as much as I’d like to help, I’m not very coding-savvy, the most I’d be able to do is support Shifters via forums. So support it I will =p

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