poster image9/25/22 UPDATE: I managed to get past my "writers block" so we should be back to a steady 2 comics a week. I keep wanting to push for 3 comics a week but until I'm on top of the store orders, catch up on the Pawnz and Bookmarks, and get Book 22 off to the printer, I think two a week (with the occasional 1) is where we are at. Anything more just weighs on my brain too much for now. My intention is to keep the Sluggy Store open until Book 22 is in production, then we'll close down in anticipation of reopening for it's release.

On signed posters: I wanted to point out that the shipping tubes I bought and have been using seem REALLY tight! Be careful prying them open. I mail the posters rolled with craft tissue paper so they should be able to remove from the mailing tube without damaging the poster but here's a trick if the posters have unwound enough to make them hard to remove. Twisting the poster inward is spot-on if you're having trouble. My guess is most of you wont need the video but it explains it better than I could if you do!

So anywho we should be back to two comics a week and they should land Tuesday/Wednesday and then Thursday/Friday!

10/3/22 UPDATE: Next comic should be Wednesday (5th) and then hopefully Friday.

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  • [] TWENTY FIVE YEARS OF SLUGGY FREELANCE!!!

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    Victory Lap! I can't tell you how jaw-dropping it is to realize I've been lucky enough to do this for 25 years. This milestone is worthy of celebration.

    Shirt Guy TomLeah!And it almost didn't happen. I've been so busy, tired and stressed, I didn't think I'd have time to do anything celebratory beyond some kind of animated strip. But with the help of my family, we came-up with a design that turned everything around. Big thanks to my daughter Leah for helping me design, render, and then animate the 25th anniversary "statue" art. We're using it as the main-page-parallax, in the comic itself, and hopefully you'll be able to purchase it as a poster in the store! One of the many reasons for the store's delayed opening was I wanted to proof the quality of the poster and also have the product in hand before taking orders.

    Joe SundayThanks to Shirt Guy Tom, Joe Sunday, and my daughter Leah for throwing together last minute artist-trading-cards to help me celebrate the day. There are so many people I could have and should have reached out to, to join in, but as I said, this was very last minute. Maybe I can do something bigger for the 30th Sluggy Freelance Anniversary (assuming I haven't wrapped everything up by then and the amazing Defenders are still supporting the comic)!

    Speaking of, five years ago I was almost done because the comic was not financially viable. I didn't know how I was going to complete the story, but it wouldn't be as a webcomic. You New 20+ Defenders changed everything. And that support kept Sluggy Freelance afloat through events like the pandemic.

    Unfortunately, times are getting more difficult and thanks to my old brain, my creative output is a little slower.  I still have so much more to do, but I need your help! Please consider becoming a Defender if you're not already. You pay per strip I make, at a maximum of 12 strips per month. At the lowest tier that's only $6 a month max. That's the cost of a single fast food value-meal for a month of Sluggy goodness. It really makes a difference! Thank you very much for your consideration!

    Anywho, after my victory lap around my house (causing the neighbors to stop and stare), I'm back to the drawing board, literally! ;)


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    One last thing. Everyone's getting a free digital bookmark! Just log into sluggy.com and you'll notice it is already added to your collection. Cheers, my friends! It's a good day.

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  • [] The Missing Pawnz of 2022

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    I'm finally, finally, FINALLY making headway on Pawnz and Bookmarks! Below are all the Pawnz and Bookmarks I have so far for this year.

    January22-August22
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    REMINDER ON PAWNZ AND BOOKMARKS: If you become a Defender by July 15th, at level 2 or higher, you'll get the digital a Pawn and Bookmark of July's Demon Kiki! At level 3 or higher you'll also get a print-version mailed mailed to you free! You'll also get each monthly release thereafter.*

    *I say this with the caveat that I haven't sent out any physical rewards in over a year. Half the issue involved a... discussion with the printer, and that discussion took many months to resolve. The rest is me slowing down. But I am determined to get everyone everything I owe, and most of you are long time readers enough that I often fall behind on things but always catch-up, eventually.

    In my hands I have everything needed to send all defenders what I owe them through October 2021. I just have to organize and force my loved ones to stuff envelopes! Then I have to get November 2021 to August 2022 printed, and then get that sent out. Doable!

    As far as the digital versions go, I've released everything up to November 2021. You should see the rest released in the next week.

    I hate that everything is taking so long, but I love that it's finally getting done! Thanks again for all you defenders and your years of support. I keep saying it, and I keep meaning it. You Defenders are awesome.

  • [] Retcon Time!

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    So I missed some parts of continuity in the last strip or three. It happens, especially Immortal King: Roomies & Roomies 2, that covers… all of my 20+ years of archives…, and it gets under my skin when it does. So I have a personal need to do a fair bit of retconning (retroactive continuity) in the last few strips, even though it has no bearing on the main thrust of the story.

    This will effectively be a couple of rows attached to existing strips as well as some alterations. No additional strips. I’ll let you all know when they’re live. My schedule is strangle-tight so to do this I’m going to postpone the original art auctions by two weeks, as well as taking longer to catch up with Pawnz and Bookmarks.

    I’m determined to keep the story moving forward now that we’re finally out of the ‘Farahn & Bug Show’ so my priority is to have no slowdown in new comic output.

    Onward and Sideways!

    UPDATE 3/22/22: Retconning DONE! Adjustments and extra content for comics of February 16th, February 23rd, March 2nd, and March 4th. Not required reading but represents missed connection points between the current story and comics of the past!

  • [] What I did in February

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    What did I do in February? Why I almost got on top of the pile!!!

    AUCTIONS (Updated 3/8): The big "catch-up" original art auction will start March 25th with an Anima Set, followed by an Immortal King set March 31st. Then we should be back to normal auctions, a couple a year.

    PAWNZ POSTCARD AND BOOKMARKS: Worked out things with the printer and now have all needed printed Pawnz and Bookmarks in my possession! I hope to start shipping them out soon, but don't have a date yet. I hope to have new Pawnz and Bookmarks announced by the end of next week!

    IMMORTAL KING:
    "Roomies Part 2" should wrap next week, followed by one more slight detour before we get back to the gang and everything coming together.

    MEGATOME 02 REPRINT: Ready to go!
    It has the same content of the old Megatome 02, but with a matching spine to the other books and has been reformatted to be handled by my book printer Ka-Blam Printing. I hope to contact them soon to see about a turn-around time.

    SLUGGY FREELANCE BOOK 22 (R&D WARS): Mostly laid out!
    All comics and sketch art is in! The real difficulties lie in the bonus story (and sometimes the cover) so its still a while before it can go to press, but overcoming the initial layout is a big win for me.

    All in all, taking February to book-focus (and other things too) has worked out really well. Thanks to you guys for your patience!

    -Pete

  • [] Pete's February 2022 Check In!

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    Hey all! Most of you long time readers have probably noticed two (or more) themes with me.
        1) I'm always falling behind on everything besides the comic (and sometimes the comic itself)...
        2) I always assume a story is going to move faster than it does.
    In both cases I "get there" eventually. So what do these two factors have to do with February 2022?

    1) Behind on things:
    AUCTIONS: The big "catch-up" original art auction I planed for early January has been bumped to mid February. That's easy enough. the second one is harder.
    PAWNZ POSTCARD AND BOOKMARKS: The printer I've used from the beginning for all the printed Pawnz Postcards and bookmarks have failed to complete the big order I placed in November. Uncharacteristically they are pretending it didn't happen. I have hope I can get them to finish the job because they've been aces up until this point. I may need to find a new printer. In any case this situation is costing me time and putting me further behind. Nevertheless but I will mail out every one of these postcards and bookmarks out no matter how many of them stack up. BTW the Pawnz for January is Farahn himself, and February will be the Wizard Yffi. At least I have the art for Farahn ready to show!

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    2) "The Immortal King" story is not moving fast enough for me:
    I've mentioned it before, but I feel like I've been spending too much time with Farahn. I thought it'd be easy to move the 'Roomies Part Two' story quickly by now, focusing on the few intersection points with Gwynn and the gang. The good news (at least for me) is I just need a few strips more. But that's still going to take most of February, because of the February Book-Focus!

    February Book-Focus!
    See the previous news story for details but basically February I'm only going to run one comic a week so I can spend the rest of the time getting the next Sluggy Freelance book under control, and getting the reprint of Megatome 02 ready! Also hopefully the big original art auction I mentioned.

    The Future: Once 'Roomies Part Two' wraps (in February I hope!) I have one more little side flashback story to tell, and then it's on with the gang and the main event. What form that will take I can't even suggest, because this is a big story, maybe the biggest, and I've gotta "check my notes" big-time at every step!

    As always I appreciate you all sticking with me even when I fall behind and/or the narrative slows down. As always I'll do my best! Here's to Book 22 getting back underway!

    -Pete

  • [] End of 2021, Beginning of 2022!

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    Happy Zoe2021: Well this year was definitely better than the last for my household. I am still having a lot of trouble keeping on top of my tasks. I’ve felt like I’ve been getting less work done with more effort. But you know what? I keep trying different things and I’m silly enough to believe I can crack the code and get back to 12 comics a month (not including February, reason listed below) while managing monthly Pawnz and bookmarks and keeping new books coming. Anywho I think I’m heading in the right direction now.

    Early 2022: The Catch-up Auctions! Some time in January I hope to put up some art from the last two years of stories. This should be great for collectors who pick up a thing or two every auction or so. But also I’ll probably be releasing a lot at once, it should be very affordable for everyone who wants to participate.

    Early 2022: February Book-Focus: It really bothered me to not get any books out in 2021. To help rectify this in 2022 I’m going to spend February mostly focused on Book 22 (the Research and Development Wars) and setting up for the re-releasing Megatome 02 Little Evils through IndyPlanet. I’m going to probably only run one comic a week in February to facilitate this. I’ve done this sort of thing in recent years and it works!

    Defenders: The Defenders 20+ members keep this comic going. At 50 cents a strip, that's a maximum of $6 a month (IF I manage 12 strips in a month, I've been averaging 7 to 9 the last few years). Without the support I've gotten the last 4-ish years through Defenders 20+, I do not think this comic would still exist. Plus the ad-free archive-dives probably pay for themselves in joy! Join today for joy! (heh) OK end minor promotion. If you are a defender? Thank you!!! Also there's a new Defender Blog with more insight on Immortal King and the future!

    Immortal King: I know it probably feels like we’ve been spending too much time in the past and not enough with Gwynn and the gang. At least I feel that way. And I loathe writing for Farahn even more than the Bug (he’s a creep). I’m moving through it as fast as I can narratively allow and still show everything that needs showing before we return to the gang and their fight. Hopefully soon!

    Whelp, that's about all I got! I'm happy to having a little time between work to really spend quality time with family. I hope you all get what you need out of this holiday season. Please be kind to each other. It's not hard to do!
    -Pete

    GWYNN AND COMPANY WILL RETURN!
    (And hopefully Kiki will find some food or something.)

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  • [+] Art Auctions and Time RetCon

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  • [+] Finally Making Headway!

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  • [+] August 2021 things are OK!

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  • [+] Pawnz & Bookmarks 05/21-08/21 Announced!

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  • [+] Story Confusion, Ref Links, and The Recap!

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  • [+] Pawnz and Bookmarks for 2021, January through April!

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  • [+] 2020 Comes to a Close

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  • [+] Catching up on Pawnz at the end of 2020!

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  • [] BOOK 21 HAS ARRIVED! The "Mailing of Things" is to resume next week!

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    I HAVE BOOK 21 IN HAND! I'm positively thrilled with the nearly 300 page epic Sluggy Freelance book that needs to be in your collection! Huge thanks to the staff at Ka-Blam for taking care of me through some Himalayan-sized bumps in the road!

    IMPORTANT: If you are a Defender 20+ level 4 or higher (and been so for three months or more) you're getting a Book 21 sent to you free! We will begin sending these books on Monday September 28th so make sure your mailing address is accurate!
    Photo of Book 21

    So WHAT'S NEXT?

    For the next few weeks we will be getting the free copies out to the eligible Defenders. Once that is under control we'll announce a Store Opening date. Probably early to mid October. And a short time after that we'll make it available at Indy Planet.

    Also I'll be sending out the Pawnz and Bookmarks I've owed some of you Defenders since February. If you're getting a free book too, I'll just throw the bookmarks and pawz-postcards in the same envelope. If for any reason you've 'opted out' of mailed swag in the past, you'll STILL receive the book. AND IN ALL CASES THANKS SO MUCH FOR BEING A DEFENDER 20+!

    August and September Pawnz will be sent in October.
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    International Mailings: If you're outside the United Sates I'm not sure how dependable international mail is moving at the moment. It might be fine, but I need to do some legwork first. I may email you directly if I suspect an issue or to give you a tracking number. I do not want to send you things that never reach you. Because logic. ;)

  • [+] Comics are BACK

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  • [+] Pawnz & Bookmarks & Opting Out of Receiving Pawnz & Bookmarks!

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  • [+] Stupid Light Switch

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  • [+] The Light Switch!

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