Defenders: Blog Post!

THANK YOU!!!Sluggy Freelance turned 19 this week! Normally I’d have a story in the news below about what to expect in the coming year, but we’ve been talking about that a lot lately. Normally I’d try to have a new book in the store, or a shirt! But life events made it impossible to get projects done by deadline.  Normally I’d do more everything, but the muscle spasm that took my arm out for a week meant I was barely on top of the next day’s comic. The only thing I did do was promote Defenders memberships, and you guys did the rest. More of you donated, renewed and joined the Defenders program in the last few weeks than the rest of 2016. Thank you so much! This anniversary you did it for me. I’m going to proudly take it easy and rest up.  And then on to Book 16 and more!

Comic for 08/26/16

What will SLUGGY 20+ be?

Oasis and Katie 2016Hey everybody! I've been advised by friends and family alike to stop using the term 'retirement'.

I think they're just jealous! But they do have a point. As I've said before, the term is misleading and inaccurate. Because one year is not enough time for me to wrap all the storylines in Sluggy Freelance, there will be more story coming, just not in the daily webcomic format.

But what would this "Sluggy 20+" format be?

I still love the characters, the writing, the drawing. I still love you guys. And thanks to all the recent Defenders of the Nifty support I've received, I'm highly considering continuing the comic online, but not on a schedule. I could put up comics at a less strenuous more "elbow-roomy" pace. From a quality point of view, "Sluggy 20+" maybe the best thing to happen to Sluggy Freelance!

A new "Sluggy 20+" membership program might even be in order, but if that happens, and if it starts before your Defenders membership ends, you'll be grandfathered in so don't fear renewing! Besides, no matter what I'm doing (or how slowly I do it) you Defenders will be able to read my blog and keep up-to-date with me!

It's a year off, but that's the current plan! Thanks to all of you for your support these last 19 years-or-so!

-Pete

Guess Who's Having a Birthday!

As of August 4th: It's my birthday! Let's Celebrate!
Happy b-day Pete!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME GIMMIE PESENTS! I've already gotten a bunch of defenders to sign up and renew since updating the "sign-up" page, but I want as many Defenders as possible as we roll through the last year with Sluggy as a daily webcomic! So you could consider this the start of a Defenders Drive, but actually it's just my birthday and I want a present! If you've already renewed and you'd like to donate as well, use the link below!

Torg's B-Day!Hey, It's Torg's birthday too! Did you know that? Probably not because I just decided it! Torg wants you to become a Defender too! Reward Torg for all of his hard work, being a hero and dating way out of his league! Don't make him cry! His eyes are so damn big his tears may drown us all! Become a Defender!


Hey, It's Kiki's birthday too... , Oh, wait, no it's not.. I'll stop now. become a defender. Kiki b-day?

AN UPDATE ON ALL THINGS!

Update on Me: I'm sick! Just got a nasty sore throat over the weekend, about as painful as I've ever had. I had no sleep for 24 hours as every time I'd swallow saliva build-up in my mouth it felt like a knife stabbing into the side of my neck! This is going to slow me down this week! Forewarned is forewarned and all that!

Update on the Site: Behind the scenes we had to get the Sluggy site up and running on a Next Gen Server or things might have gone south! Yikes! Believe me, I was looking at having to do something drastic. But thanks to the timely help from Rob Balder and Team Erfworld we've managed to do more than that! Finally we have decent ads on the site! We got that old Copyright at the bottom of the screen updated. We'll be upgrading the forums and bringing them on the same server soon. And I can finally update static pages on the site! Like the Defenders Sign-up Page that has been outdated forever! That means I can mention an....

Update on Defenders Memberships: As you know my plan is to "retire" on the strip's 20th anniversary. That means to get a full year's Defender of the Nifty Membership service you have to sign up in the next 30 days! More on this next Monday but you can check out the shiny new sign-up page here!

Update on Retirement: I've mentioned the fact that I'm going to retire in August 2017, and it's probably a poor usage of the term. To clarify here's what I know at this point. Sluggy will stop being a daily webcomic sometime on or after August 25th, 2017. The wiggle room on the date is because maybe I'll be in the middle of a story that needs finishing on that date. maybe not. The other thing I know is I won't be able to wrap up all the loose ends in the Sluggyverse. So that means there will be some outlet for future Sluggy Freelance adventures. I was kinda leaning towards a graphic-novel-from-now-on approach. But I might shift to a greatly reduced update schedule. We'll see how it goes but now you know the two most assured things about my "retirement"! The "why" of it is I just can't keep on top of the pile anymore. Speaking of me failing at projects like books...

Update on Book 16: This is the bad part. I've already missed the deadline to have the book ready by Sluggy's 19th Anniversary. And with everything else going on it looks like I'll miss having it for Intervention7 also. There's still hope but it's fading fast.  Speaking of Intervention7...

Update on Intervention7: They just added professor and musician Thomas Dolby to the guest list! Seriously!  Gigi Edgley, René Auberjonois, Juliet Landau, Dwight Schultz, Rob Balder, so many more! WOW! This is not a paid endorsement, I'm just REALLY looking forward to being there!


7/29 UPDATE: Arthur Darvill is going to be there too! AWESOME!!!
Rory!
Here's a handy link of available books

Megatome 1 (books 1-3)
Born of Nifty

available at
The Sluggy Store!

Megatome 2 (books 4-6)
Little Evils

available at
The Sluggy Store!

Book 7
A Very Big Bang

available at
IndyPlanet!

Book 8
Fire and Rain

available at
IndyPlanet!

Book 9
Dangerous Days

available at
The Sluggy Store!

Book 10
Ghosts in the Gastank

available at
IndyPlanet!

Book 11
The Holiday Wars
available at
IndyPlanet!

Book 12
Vampires & Demons

available at
IndyPlanet!

Book 13
Redemption
available at
IndyPlanet!

Book 14
Skullduggery
available at
IndyPlanet!

Book 15
Timeless
available at
IndyPlanet!


Years of Yarncraft
Comic Book

available at
IndyPlanet!
Handy Donations and Defenders Link:
It'll take me ages to incorporate these buttons into the site design, but due to Defenders being the biggest thing supporting the comic, I've gotta keep these things handy!

Become a Defender! Help Support the Strip
This page has all the details but I also wanted to mention “The Sampire” Defenders-Only Comic Book! 37 Pages of Sampire!

Being a Defender isn't only about bonus content, it’s also about saying thanks for the years of entertainment this strip has provided you. And it gives me the gift of continuing to provide it for at least a few more years to come, for everyone!
Just fill out the registration form, and you’ll be taken to a page where you can pay via Credit Card (link on the bottom left) or via Paypal. Your account should be activated almost immediately!*


Checks and Money Orders can be sent to:
Sluggy Freelance, LLC
PO Box 453,
Denville, NJ 07834
Please include a valid contact email with the check, and please allow 3 weeks* for account activation! (I can’t get out to my PO Box every day and personal checks take time to clear.)
Donate! When I started my last “New Defenders Drive” I was surprised how many people simply wanted to donate completely separate from Defenders Membership so I set one up! If you do go this route please donate at least $5 otherwise I' won't see much of the money due to processing fees.

*IMPORTANT: Once you’ve paid, (and waited the three weeks if paying by check or money order) if you can’t access Defenders content or log in for any reason contact me at defendersfix@sluggy.com and we’ll take care of you! We’ve noticed sometimes the Paypal payments and automatic membership activation don’t synch up, and I don’t want anybody left out!