[—] Pawnz and Bookmarks through May2020
Posted (Permalink)I've finally caught up with Pawnz and Bookmark Design (hurray!). We need to clean up a couple of details before we release February and March digitally to eligible Defenders 20+. The physical mailings are on hold right now. Never fear you will get them if you're owed them, as always, but I may wait until June to mail things out. I'm thinking (hoping) the world will look a little better then.
Side-note: My original plan was to do NOM-infected Bun-bun for April. But I decided, for no particular reason, to NOT go with a digital-zombie-virus-infected character, and choose a couple of doctors instead. :)
[+] This One's Difficult.
3/23/2020:This is a hard thing for me to write about, but it's time to let you all know one of the reasons I've fallen behind on everything but the strip itself lately. My father-in-law, Jules, passed away last week due to congestive heart failure and lung cancer. This has been especially hard on us due to the daily shifting restrictions put in place due to the pandemic, effecting the hospital, and then hospice, and then the funeral.
Jules, who lived with chronic pain, always showed amazing strength and had a great sense of humor. He had a dry wit, loved british humor and was a big fan of Sluggy Freelance from the beginning. He especially adored Bun-bun, Kiki, and Aylee. He promoted Sluggy Freelance to everyone he could every chance he got. I will miss watching old movies with him and hearing his stories.I will need time to heal with my family but will do my best to continue to bring a little bit of joy and distraction which is so needed now. Be kind to each other.
[+] February 9th Update
Posted Comments (2) (Permalink)I moved this headline down here for now. Flu sucks.
2/9/20 UPDATE: We'll have a comic Tuesday this week. I hope to have a second comic this week, but I'm still wrestling with scripts, and I need every damn duck in a row before I can 'do stuff'. Like my official writers lingo? I do! And I'm finally catching up on Pawnz and Bookmarks!
Level 2 and Higher Defenders: Bookmarks and Pawnz of the Month Update:
- October (4U City Green) & November (4U City Blue) Bookmarks and Pawnz have been released digitally and are in the mail!
- December (4U City Red) & January (4U Harbinger) Bookmarks and Pawnz will go out early March (only a little late!)
- February 2020 Pawnz Announced: Referee Zoë!
- March 2020 Pawnz Announced: Mime Riff! (Not sure if I can include his Anima yet, might bump this one)
- April 2020 Pawnz Announced: NOM Bun-bun!
I'll let you guys see the Pawnz and Bookmarks as I finish creating them. FOR NOW scripts come first!!!
[+] Happy Holidays 2019!
Posted Comments (1) (Permalink)Here's me and my family sincerely wishing you all a cheerful and healthy holiday season and a very safe and happy new year. BIG thanks to the Defenders 20+ who have allowed me to continue my dedication to this story I've been weaving for over twenty years now. It is exhilarating and humbling at the same time. As the Anima story grows towards a close I look forward to 2020 being a big year for events in the Sluggy Freelance universe. Stay tuned! And, really, be nifty to each other.
[+] Sluggy Store is Closed for the Holidays
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Hey guys! The store is closed for the holiday! Thanks for the exhausting outpouring of orders, and it was a joy to send all the free book 20's out to the level-4-and-higher Defenders. As you may remember I have Book 21 pretty much laid out. I look to early 2020 to create the bonus content (the 4u City Amber story), and when that is under control i should be able to let you know when the store will reopen. Until then, I hope you have a safe and happy holiday season and be nifty to each other.
[+] The Sluggy Store will open Monday at noon, Eastern Time!
The Sluggy Store will open Monday at noon, Eastern Time! Here's what you need to know. The store will carry the usual beanie Bun-buns (which have NEVER stopped being awesome), an eclectic size-selection of shirts, AND ALL OF THE SLUGGY BOOKS!
SOLD OUT (as of 8pm 12/4) BUT AT INDYPLANET SOON: SLUGGY FREELANCE BOOK 20 "4U GREEN - 4U BLUE": At a whopping 272 pages, this is the largest Sluggy Freelance book ever! (Megatomes count as multiple books).
MEGATOME 2 "LITTLE EVILS": Still sold out. But I'm offering some "Scratch and Dent" versions. Readable, but cover-damaged, and much cheaper than the upcoming re-release of "Little Evils".
ALL THE OTHER BOOKS TOO!: We'll have the usual Megatome 1 "Born of Nifty", and Book 9 "Dangerous Days". On top of that we'll also have a very limited supply of books 8-7, and 10-19.
You may miss out if you don't order ASAP!
The store opens Monday, December 2nd. The International Deadline, if you want your Sluggy stuff by Christmas, is Thursday, December 5th. Not much time. Also limited supplies mean, even though the Domestic deadline is much later than Thursday, books may become sold out quickly. Even Book 20. No matter where you live, if it's important to you, please order ASAP!
[+] Book 20, the Store and YOU!
Sluggy Freelance Book 20, "4U Green - 4U Blue" is off to the printers as we speak! It comes in at a whopping 272 pages, and the 14 page bonus story happens at the end of the book, between "4U City Blue" and "4U City Red", entitled oddly enough, "4U City Indigo".
It is pretty cool, and connects to the upcoming bonus story in Book 21 entitled "4U City Amber!" I somehow sense a theme. But I digress.
As soon as I get the printed books in my hands I'll start putting together signed copies for Defenders who meet the requirements to get a free book sent to them (which I believe is maintaining a Defenders membership for 4 months at tier 4 or higher). The rest of the books will go in the store, and the store will open.
The Sluggy Store will finally reopen when I have Book 20s ready to sell. I also got a small quantity of all the books from Ka-Blam (Books 7-8, and 10-19). I get the feeling these might go fast so please order as soon as the store opens!
When will the store open? I will give you as much of a head's up as I can when I'm going to open the store. I might not have books in my hand until the end of November! Worst case I think will be December 2nd. Important thing to note here is the international orders cut off day (Priority Mail International, Arriving by Christmas) is Dec 7th! that means I'll need all international orders in by December 5th. That's less than a week from the end of November, so PLEASE order ASAP when the store opens! Hey, if I didn't cut every deadline so close you'd wonder who I was and what I did with the REAL Pete!
I'll reiterate: I will give you guys as much of a head's up as I can on the store opening date!
A note on signed books: I've been mentioning for years now that I am discontinuing the option for signed books. After careful consideration I've decided to allow it for Megatomes 01 and 02. I hope that I'm not letting too many of you down. Signed books are available as an upper tier Defenders reward, and believe me you Defenders have more than earned it! You guys saved the comic! 'Defended', ya might say!
SLUGGY FREELANCE MEGATOME 02 (Books 4-6):
I have not yet reordered Megatome 02, so the only store options for now will be Hardcover Megatome 02s and maybe some 'ding-n-dent' softcover ones if I can dig some up! Hopefully I'll have a shiny new Megatome 02 in the next few months! And maybe a Book 21 since it's mostly done now! We'll see how it goes!
ORIGINAL ART AUCTIONS:
It's been a looooong time since my last original art auction. This is the only one I'll be running in all of 2019 so I'm making it an extensive one. It'll start November 18th.
And that's what I've got for Books, Store, and Auctions.
[+] Pawnz and Bookmarks through January 2020, and it's all 4U City!
Here's the upcoming releases:
Become (or remain) a Defender20+ tier 2 or higher from October 14th to the end of October to be eligible for a digital copy of 4U City Green Torg and the 4U City Green Bookmark. Tier 3 or higher to have them physically mailed to you! Keep defending through the end of January 2020 to get all four 4U City Sets! Earn a pawnz and bookmark set each and every month, they get digital released and physically mailed bi-monthly! Thanks for keeping Sluggy Freelance going into the future! You guys are amazing!
[+] State of the 2019 August Sluggy!
Hey all! It's August and, as usual in August, I'm behind on EVERYTHING! It's always a busy month and you'd think I wouldn't be caught off guard EVERY TIME but here I am again. THIS time, instead of stressing, I'm just going to keep truckin' and persevere, as long as it takes. I'm behind on PAWNZ and STORE and BOOKS! Let's tackle them.
Behind on Pawnz: As per last news story, the Drake and Tyler Pawnz and Bookmarks should be in the mail to qualifying Defenders. These will go out in September, or maybe even October, to allow me to focus on the books. We've been doing the new system for almost two years now. I know you know I'll get you your stuff even if it takes a bit. Having said that, here's the pawnz for August and September! I'm going for a summer theme. Crushestro and Monicruel, trapped on Shankraft island, holding on to summer like we all wish we could.
Behind on Store: As you may have noticed the Sluggy store is closed more often than it is not. It's become a drag on my schedule so i tend to open it when i have elbow room in general, or when I've something new to show, like the books I'm currently working on. I truly apologize for this, it WILL open again, probably when there's a Sluggy Freelance Book 20 to sell! Maybe a Book 21 too!
Behind on Books: The books are laid out (Book 20 completely, book 21 mostly) but I'm stuck on the bonus story extra content for each book. I LOVE providing a lite extra story set in the time frame of that Sluggy book. It's important to me, and I think it's important to you. Here's another reason for delays. Sluggy books used to be around 128 pages. The last awesome compilation, Book 19, was 200 pages. Between books 20 and 21 I've laid out, combined, over 500 pages!!! And thats pre-extras! Pre bonus stories! This is where I finally make leaps ahead and start catching up my decade behind on books.
And for the record, 4U City is one of my proudest literary achievement. The Minion Master bits were superb, and the Safe house hamster-nom parts were a blast to compose. But 4U City is beyond compare. Sluggy Freelance Book 20 and Book 21. Over 500 pages. Stay Tuned!
[+] Books and Bookmarks 2019
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HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY! Remember, understand, appreciate, then have a burger.
Here's the next round of Sluggy Freelance Defenders20+ Exclusive Pawnz and Bookmarks of the Month(s)! This is a 'Personal Favorites' collection because I've always loved the concept of Zomblebees (Not enough zombie-themed restaurants in my life), and Drake and Tyler's story arc was a joy to write! Reminder: I'm distributing them digitally and physically bi-monthly so April (bROKEN oasis from last news story) and May collectibles will go out mid-June. June and July collectibles will go out mid-August. NIFTY!
BOOK 20 AND 21 ARE BEING CREATED IN TANDEM! They should both be bigger than previous non-megatome books and encompass all of the Minion Master and 4U City chapters. What always slows down book production is the all-important (to me at least) bonus content. So I'm not sure if I'll get one out for the August anniversary and the other for Christmas, but I'm assuming even with my slow record I'll get one of these epics out. But how amazing if I could get both out? I'd FINALLY be catching up with the old books by strides! SO NIFTY!
Anywho the rest of the year Defenders Pawnz and Bookmarks will involve 4U City for sure. I'm eyeballing this art as is for three of the bookmarks!
Damn! Not bad!
[+] Book 19 is Here!
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BOOK 19 IS HERE!
I HAVE BOOK 19 IN MY HANDS, ALL 218 PAGES OF IT! I've already begun sending books to eligible Level 4, 5, and 6 Defenders20+. As soon as they're all taken care of I'll reopen the store with supplies I have left. Gimme a week or two? Still moving through molasses these days. Also, at that time, we'll start selling them at IndyPlanet too, as usual.
"As usual". That's the last thing I'd use to describe Book 19. Sluggy Freelance Book 19 BROKEN is one of my favorite books yet. It's as dark as anything I've ever written. No, it is the darkest thing I've ever written. But it's beautiful. The colors, the layouts, everything.
The silly unassuming nine page bonus story that occurs early in the book "Revelation of the Scyllakracken" hides a deeper understanding and foreshadowing of later events in the book. It was the hardest task in putting this book together, finding a bonus story that 'fit' the tone of the book overall. Achievement Unlocked!
I'm very proud of every aspect of this book. I hope you will get this in your hand, find a cozy corner, and immerse yourself once again in the pain and darkness. Also the Bun-bun vs. Oasis knife-fight.
HEY ELIGIBLE LEVEL 4, 5, & 6 DEFENDERS20+, NOW WOULD BE A GREAT TIME TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE YOUR CORRECT MAILING ADDRESS (Click on 'Subscription' in you Profile.)
Check this out! Here's the next round of Sluggy Freelance Defenders20+ Exclusive Pawnz and Bookmarks of the Month(s)! All Book 19 themed! Reminder: I'm distributing them digitally and physically bi-monthly so February and March collectibles will go out mid-April. NIFTY!
[+] Some Closing 2018 Thoughts
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The new Defenders20+ system has literally saved Sluggy Freelance, and I know what literally means. Almost a year and a half ago, I was going to retire because I couldn’t keep up with the stress and workload. My site had become stagnant and I lacked the capability to make the most mundane changes. I simply couldn’t do things the way I had been doing them anymore, period. The end.
The D20+ system changed everything! I know it may have been a hard transition for you all going from a new strip every day (even if many of them were rushed, filler or vacation weeks) to around 12 solid strips a month, but it’s made such a positive difference in my life.
When tragedy struck my family I was able to travel where I needed to be at a moment’s notice and stay as long as was required WITHOUT the stressful unforgiving relentless drive that had me doing daily comics for twenty years. Peace to grieve. Peace to connect. That is some rock-solid benefits the new system has made for me and my family.
SO A HEARTFELT THANKYOU DEFENDERS20+ FROM MY WHOLE FAMILY!!!
Here’s where I'll spend a moment to keep this free comic safe, because we honestly need new Defenders to have this continue working. If you’ve been reading this strip for a few years and haven’t supported much in the past, would you consider becoming a Defender 20+?
50 cents a strip, 12 strips max a month, $6 a month! The price of one fast-food lunch for a MONTH of comics! JOIN NOW and KEEP SLUGGY STRONG THROUGH 2019 AND BEYOND! Just consider it for a moment and you get a thumbs-up from me for time well spent.
The End of Hereti-Corp is rather significant to me and worth sharing. As “The Heavens and the Earth” chapter draw to a close it marks a significant moment in Sluggy Freelance history. I know I’ve mentioned this in convention-talks, not sure if I posted it here, but just about every story and event in the history of the comic has fallen along one of two roads. The end of the current chapter marks the “end of the line” for one of those roads. Thanks for taking the journey past this milestone with me! I look forward to the next story being a little smaller in scope! I bet you do too. That was a long day! Might be one for the record books if there is such a webcomics thing!
Have a great holiday season and enjoy ringing in the new year with loved ones, I know I will! And I’ll see you all in January. One last thing. Be kind to each other. This is not a catch-phrase. “Kindness” is a great meaningful word. We tend to judge others by a spectrum of criteria that don’t matter as much as whether something or someone is coming from a place of kindness or cruelty. Be that kind person, and look for the kindness in others. You’ll see, it’s be like being fluxed to a better world. CHEERS!
[+] Here's whats coming up!
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Hey all! I've been stuck under Book 19 for a while, trying to solve an puzzle that at times seemed unsolvable! Now that I've pinned it down, the rest of the schedule falls into place!
BOOK 19 WILL BE PERFECT, AND WILL BE OFF TO THE PRINTER BY JANUARY!
Book 19, "BROKEN", is a very important book for me to do right. And because of the tone of the book, and the dark ending, creating a fitting bonus story of a proper tone proved almost insurmountable. But I found it at last! The bonus story will appear mid-book, between archive chapters 58 and 59 respectively. On the surface it's a fun little stand-alone story. But its also going to be doing so much heavy lifting on a whole other level. If I do this right it might be my favorite Sluggy book bonus story of all time!
Its a great euphoric feeling, looking past a wastepaper basket filed with crumpled up concepts, to find the one concept that's not just passable, but perfect! Yeah, I almost danced.
This bonus story is going to be between nine and 14 pages, and that's all that's left to do for the book to be off to the printers. Since I know the workload, I can tell the book may not get to the printer until January. But again, this is the rightest of right courses. And, as luck would have it, Leah will be back from college for much of December, maybe I'll make her color it. (Yep, guys, Leah's all college-like now!)
To keep me book-focused, I'm going to limit myself to a maximum of two comics a week, or less, until Book 19 is off to the printers!
THE SLUGGY STORE WILL OPEN BLACK FRIDAY!
Now that I know Book 19 won't be sold in 2018, there's no reason to keep the store closed until it comes out. We'll open back up on November 23rd. We're not really going to have anything newer than Book 18. If I can, I'll also do an early December Original Art Auction. Original Sluggy Freelance Art is always new, unique, and a perfect gift. Hey, that's actually a great idea. *ahem*
SLUGGY ORIGINAL ART AUCTIONS IN EARLY DECEMBER
OK that was easier than I thought!
PAWNZ AND BOOKMARKS FOR DECEMBER AND JANUARY
I haven't designed the bookmarks yet, but I've got pawnz and themes! Fittingly we're capping off 2018 with the man of the hour. Farewell, Dr. Schlock! And I've been meaning to do a Pawnz of Aylee's near-human current form, so that's what I chose to open 2019 with!
And that's all I got! I'm back to work on that bonus story, dancing on the inside! ;)