Rejiggering Rewards

For a while now I’ve been quietly dissatisfied with how I had my Patreon rewards structured. I had originally set it to early access to pages and sketch pages to higher backers but that doesn’t feel great on my end and it just ended up making me post sketches less often which isn’t fair to you guys.

And to make things worse when I started Bridgedflickered I ended up posting it outside of the early access structure because it wasn’t my “real comic” but clearly it’s become one of the main things I do so something has to change.

To that end I have today changed all reward tiers to what I think will be a more beneficial situation for everyone. I am of course open to feed back on this so if you have any thoughts feel free to let me know!

The new rewards are as follows:

First, all tiers gain access to my Discord! I haven’t 100% decided how best to utilise it, but I’m sure we can work something out in there.

At the $1 tier you get my thanks, updates on what’s going on around here and access to Other Tales pages as I draw them. At the end of each chapter I will upload the entire chapter at once here on the coalpoweredpress site.

At the $3 tier you are invited into the inner circle! You can vote on polls to decide elements of future comics, character designs, which story I should draw next, plot twists and anything else I feel like asking you good people.

At the $5 tier you get access to #thehaulershoard on discord where you can find high res, textless copy of each Other Tales page as I upload them and a large textless version of interesting Bridgedflickerd panels. I will also try to give you a preview of the next chapter of Other Tales before I start posting pages anywhere.

And any other bonus stuff I work on, sketches, colour illustrations, etc, will be available as public posts for everyone (with any relevant high res stuff going to my hoardhauler peeps).

Other than that I have removed higher tiers for now because honestly I don’t know what to offer for them. If you have any suggestions or comments please be sure to let me know and if you want to support either comic, please head over to Patreon and consider pledging.


– Lee


An unfortunate side effect of drawing my comics traditionally is that I can only really do the bulk of the work at home where I have a decent size desk set up with all the accroutements  needed to pull one of these pages together.

For a while now I’ve been looking for something I can work on when I’m out of the apartment since I almost always have a tablet on me capable of kicking out digital work fairly easily. But I didn’t want to switch Other Tales to digital and I din’t want to take away from its writing time either.

Enter Dwarf Fortress. If you’re not familiar with Dwarf Fortress, it’s a surprisingly detailed simulation game that models a world according to some loose parameters you set. Fills that world with dwarves, elves, goblins and nightmarish forgotten beasts. Then it tracks a truly mind boggling amount of information about most everything you could ever want to know. It somehow manages to tell you everything about everything while also being vague and abstract enough that all that information is completely open to interpretation.

Basically it’s a very complicated story generator.

After a few hours of playing a game that is more or less just staring at text, you can’t help but construct a narrative that strings it all together nicely. And so that is what I decided to do.

So I have started a second comic called Bridgedflickerd (the auto-generated name of my fortress in game) about my attempt to build a functional fortress. It will be a yonkoma style comic with each strip focusing on something I found funny or interesting in the game. You can find it in the comics section along side the Other Tales chapters. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did drawing it.

– Lee

Hello again, welcome to the new and slightly improved coal powered press site.

I’ve updated the look a little, but far more importantly I’ve set it up to be the a home for the comics to live. New pages will be going up here as quickly as I edit them into English until I’m caught up, at which point they will go up here seven days after my Patrons get a look at them.

I’m also planning on using this site a lot more in general for any blogworthing things that occur to me as well as the main place for my comic related news. so expect to hear more from me here from now on.

– Lee


It’s that time again and I’m gearing up for COMITIA7, this year I will be at the table alone and I’ll be over at C15.

This time around I’m trying to put together an artbook around the seasons in Otherworld. It will be about 20 full colour pages and printed a little larger than the usual books. I’m currently posting the illustrations as I finish them up on my patreon page so give that a look if you’d like.


COMITIA5 postscript

The weekend is over and as is the launch of Other Tales and my first experience exhibiting at a Japanese comic market. COMITIA went well. Far better than I was anticipating to be honest, managed to sell out of our first print run about an hour before the end of the event. The feeling of sticking that sold out sign up on our banner was exactly as satisfying as it looked on all them animes I watched.

We will definitely be back for COMITIA6 next June with a reprint of this book plus a new, considerably longer issue. In the mean time progress on the story and behind the scenes sketches and illustrations will be going up on my Patreon page regularly.

COMITIA5 and other news

Now that it’s a little further along, here is an update on the aforementioned comic.

It is an collection of short stories called “Other Tales” or at least it will be once I do the English translations for now it’s called 他物語 (hokamonogatari). The first issue is finished and will be debuting at a small comic market in Sapporo this Sunday.


The first issue has two stories; “Joust” a somewhat cutesy fantasy story about a boy and his dog and “Lamplight” a slightly darker folklorish tale about a will-o-wisp. I will be finding a place for these online at some point but for now they will be available in print or on my Patreon page

New projects, old media


Since I’m now living in Japan and have access to a whole world of wonderful manga supplies basically everywhere I turn, I have begun working on a new comic. The first traditional media comic intended for print publication I’ve attempted in… 6 years I think.


However unlike “A Rindice Fairy-tale” which fizzled out in the first issue, I already have the first three chapters of this comic in various stages of completion (from fully written to finished inking).

Chapter 1. Joust
(a selection of pages form Chapter 1. Joust)


I am also in the process of putting these stories together into a print book to take to some doujinshi events around Japan so I’ll be posting more on that as it develops.