There will be updates each Monday with how things are progressing behind the scenes during my "vacation." Previous Monday updates are the news section below!

WE ARE IN M/W/F MODE (Summer Hours!)
New comics every Monday, Wednesday and Friday! Details in the news below!
INTERVENTION6 SOON! (Re)Generation Who2 Next!

Comic for 07/31/15

Digbot links Monday!

Chapter 67: Full House - The Gamblers

Monday Updates

I decided to file all the M/W/F Monday Updates here!

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7/27/15 Monday Check-In: Slowdown?
Hit a bit of a slow-down this week. I had managed to start M/W/F mode with a bit of a lead allowing me to charge in with the bonus story. But the lead lessened and I found myself having to do a LOT of archive trolling and leg-work for last week's strips! Simultaneously I'm trying to get the store in shape and complete the bonus story for book 15 and maybe another surprise or two.

So whereas I haven't moved the ball far in any one area, I'm moving on all fronts at once! And there are exiting things in every category. ;)
Hope to have something to show next Monday!

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7/20/15 Monday Check-In: Cœur d'Alène
I'm up to page 8 on the bonus story, and have a while to go. I don't want to spoil too much about what goes on in the bonus story but I can tell you it feels oh-so-Oceans-Unmoving its nostalgic! It even includes a torturous Dr. Viennason video! And the title? "Cœur d'Alène"
And work on the store is underway too! w00t!

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7/13/15 Monday Check-In: A SHIP!
This one has to be short and sweet (it was a very busy week and weekend), and last week I promised I’d show you something from the bonus story. Behold, the Triomphe, a heavily armed and very rare Teknokon Dreadnaught:

Triomphe

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7/6/15: Monday Check in- Oceans Unmoving 3?
When I mentioned that the bonus story of Book 15 was more of an opening (or prequel) for Oceans Unmoving 3 it created some buzz. I figure I’d chat about that.

It’s tricky to chat about though, because I don’t want to create any incidental spoilers.  Oceans Unmoving plays a role in the future of Sluggy Freelance. And/or the past.  And/or the present.  And these connections will have to be addressed. The question was, would this be in the form of Oceans Unmoving 3? Or would the connections be addressed from a completely different angle?

That’s why I thought for the longest time there wouldn’t be an Oceans Unmoving 3, based on its unpopularity at the time, and because, for me, Oceans Unmoving 2 ended well.  Now I’m leaning towards an Oceans Unmoving 3. One way or another, with or without it, the connections will be addressed. And that’s all I’m going to say on the matter.

Oh and the first 5 pages of the bonus story are DONE*!  (* done meaning I just have to do some dialogue editing and spell checking, I’ll save that for the end). I’m thinking this one’s going to run 20 pages! Eep! Maybe I should edit it down a tad...

Next Monday I’ll show you something!

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6/29/15: Hey everybody! Here’s a Monday Check-in!

At some point I should do a long detailed Defenders Post about how the bonus story for Book 15 TIMELESS has been a thorn in my side since the start of the year. That stereotype of the struggling writer with the wastebasket full of crumpled up paper? That was me for the LONGEST time.  But thanks to M/W/F mode and stars aligning I finally cracked it!

The bonus story I have for Book 15 is everything it should be and everything it NEEDS to be. And it seems less of a book bonus story and more of an opening for Oceans Unmoving 3! (Except instead of eating up 6 months of daily comic space it’s just a story at the back of the book. And you’re gonna love it!).

Now size is an issue. I haven’t sussed out whether or not this is the largest bonus story I have ever done.  But in this case I have two things speeding me up!  Since this bonus story is in Timeless Space it CAN’T be full color. Timeless space has its own color laws. Secondly Leah is ‘interning’ for me over the summer and she is processing the bonus story pages like nobody’s business.

Thanks for understanding me going 3 days a week, it’s ALREADY paying off!

It's June! Happy Summer Vacation Time!

The comic is going to be doing "Summer Hours" soon! That means comics 3 days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, just like last year! This will start some time this month (probably the 15th or the 22nd) and end before the August 25th anniversary strip!

You guys tend to be understanding about this but in case your asking "But why, Pete? WHYYYYY," I'll tell you!
By going to 3 days a week I can get ahead for summer vacation weeks without resorting to lame filler or stressing me out to produce said lame filler (its amazing how much work lame filler can be sometimes). AND I might be able to get Book 15 done in time for August 25th. AND I might be able to get those shipping issues fixed with the store (currently the API overcharges shipping, sometimes by a lot. I manually refund shipping overcharges when they're more than a couple of bucks but I'd rather not have to). AND there are 100 other things I'd like to accomplish for the strip besides the strip itself. Who knows what I'll actually be able to accomplish, but I know this. When I'm at 'three days a week' I always feel like I've got elbow room. Less stress + elbow room = Just what I need to craft what needs crafting! YAY SUMMER!

New Comics Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays!
Wrath of Kings and Pulp City!

So a couple of Kickstarters I promoted have delivered, and I thought I'd give a little report on how they turned out!

Bun-bun overlooks his growing Pulp City Army! OF BUN-BUNS
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2Look at all the Grimm Bun-buns! I've got plans for these guys, oh yes I do! PULP CITY is the premier Super Hero miniatures skirmish game and I love the way the game mechanics work! I've only played a few games of it (thanks to my day job) via proxy models and then at Templecon, but now that I finally have the starter sets painted and finished up I'm READY TO PLAY FOR REAL! The miniatures are fantastic, brilliantly three dimensional in game-abilities, and a lot of fun to paint. Currently the international Pulp City team are wrapping up shipping on the kickstarter. I'm not sure how quickly they'll be available for retail in the new Supreme Edition version,  but I'll keep you posted.  The tiny Grimm Bun-bun model sits on a pile of nerd-skulls! Can't wait to show you guys a finished painted version when I get the chance. I've included a close up of three of the starter set models I've painted (Tekkna and Wildman from the Heroes Starter and Aurelius from the Villains Starter) so you can check out my paint-skills! PULP CITY LINKS: Official Website. Facebook group.

Wrath of Kings... SO many figures! SO many fantastic figures!  Check out the Vamps and Werewolves! (ya-ya i know zeti and skorza)
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4OK so I've had my Wrath of Kings miniatures for a while but now that these figures are actually available for sale, I wanted to give them another shout-out. Whereas Pulp City I have targeted for quick small skirmish games, Wrath of Kings is when I want to throw a ton of models on the battlefield  and still have a game that plays fast and smooth so I can focus on strategy and tactics over rules-minutia. The proxy games I've played have delivered that, but now I want to play with the actual minis. So I've been building and building where I can (dang day job). Unlike the metal and resin Pulp City models (wonderfully old school) the Wrath of Kings models are plastic. Compared to some OTHER plastic models I've dealt with, the Wrath of Kings models have all been easy to prep and assemble. I was expecting some degradation in detail but I'm just not seeing it. And the design of these minis are amazing! (hat tip Edouard Guiton). I have no illusion of finding time to paint all the minis ( I have literally hundreds (and I literally know what literally means)), but I'll be happy to assemble enough for some cool epic wars. By the way, everything you need to proxy some games to see if it's your cup of tea is available on the site, from rules to model cards, all free. Check the "Downloads" dropdown at the top of the main WoK page. Miniature Basing Sidenote: Here's my trick for the cobblestone I'm using for the Zeti and one of my Blood Engines.  I cut little rectangular "bricks" out of a k-cup box and glued them down to another piece of the box, then took a mold of it with "Instant Mold". I use it to press the cobblestone pattern into greenstuff I apply to the base of the mini. The template is big enough to do an 80mm base and provides a variety of options for smaller bases. WRATH OF KINGS LINKS: Official Website. Facebook group.

A Couple of Shout-outs!

Here's a couple of shout-outs! (Re)Generation Who was a total blast for me and my family and we're looking forward to the next one! One of the things I got to do was spend a couple of hours with my daughter Leah watching an official representation of the Rifftrax version of "Dr. Who: Daleks - Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D."! It cracked us up and reminded me to throw those Riffrax guys a link! Like the convention, they are also a family favorite! Be sure to catch them when they do live theater simulcasts, watching with a crowd makes it even better!

Elbow Room vs. Writers Block

So the short of the story is this. Spring Break has killed my week for scripting.
Here’s the long version: Family-family everywhere has killed my week for scripting! There are other things to throw in like the Monday I spent zombified coming down off of the amazing (Re)Generation Who convention and tonight where the Malifaux league that I’m involved in ran hours later than I thought.
 
So I promise you I wasted no time and tried to get my work done but the few windows of opportunity I had, the scripts weren’t coming. Here I find myself after Midnight with no comic and no script and an unsure plan…. And no focus or energy. I supposed I could have cancelled the Malifaux game but I had already cancelled the last one (elbow room for ealier-in-the-week scripts)and someone volunteered to meet me tonight for a make-up game so I felt kinda locked in. Rightly so.

You guys might remember when I suffered that massive bout of Artist block and Writers block, like, a month ago. This is different. This is the thing I refer to as having ‘elbow room’. I’ve been fighting for ‘elbow room’ all week and it has not been coming. The good news is it means next week should be better. The bad news is me not being sure what to do about today’s comic (April 3rd).

Currently I have two plans:
Plan 1: Wrap this Chapter in one comic and run it sometime late tomorrow (like tomorrow afternoon probably) assuming Good Friday with a full house again gives me the ‘elbow room to script’.
Plan 2: If I determine I need more than one strip to wrap what little I need to wrap in this Chapter I might opt for holiday filler of some kind and hope to get more ‘elbow room’ over the weekend.

In either case it involves me getting some good rest now and seeing what tomorrow brings.

THIS MEANS THERE WILL BE A FRIDAY COMIC BUT IT WILL NOT SHOW UP UNTIL FRIDAY AFTERNOON! AND IT MIGHT BE LAME FILLER, BUT I HOPE NOT!
In any case happy holidays and don’t trust rabbits!

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
Coming Soon!


Years of Yarncraft
Comic Book

available at
The Sluggy Store
or IndyPlanet!
You Don't Need Paypal at the Sluggy Store!

Hey everybody! Since this has come up a couple of times, and it's unclear as you checkout, you do not need a Paypal account to checkout! There is a link to pay via credit card after you submit your information!

Credit Card at Checkout
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!