• [] August 2021 things are OK!

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    A State of the Comic Message: August 2021 is looking to be OK! Well, the comics themselves are OK. But some things are not going to go 'as usual'.

    The Comic: The two-comics-a-week is looking steady (although I may skip a week for much needed family vacation), and I'm slightly ahead on scripts for a change (YAYYY!), but as usual for covid, I'm behind on EVERYTHING else.

    Everything Else: Normally I reopen the store in August, but I'm just not going to be able to do it until probably October. I also wanted to have Megatome02 back in print by now, still hoping to have it for the October store reopening. And I'm hoping to have Book 22 ready to ship in time for the December holidays. I'm behind on sending out Pawnz & Bookmarks, sending out emails, cleaning up some parts of the site... heck we haven't had an original art auction in over a year (maybe two?).

    Hope: Here's my light at the end of the tunnel. September. This September my kids should be back in school and my wife in the office so I'll have my normal seclusion needed for focus. I'm hoping, unless there's some variant triggering a massive lockdown, that I'll be able to get on top of the pile like I haven't done since 2019.

    I also was created with a ridiculous amount of hope baked-in, against all evidence to the contrary. Hope, try, possibly fail, rinse&repeat. That's my coat-of-arms. I'm OK with this, been doing 'dumb-hope' for over twenty years! ;)

    In Conclusion: So not a lot of fanfare for my August birthday or the comic's anniversary, as in years past, but I'm ready to push myself hard in September, with results in October. The comics themselves are great, and I'm happy with the results so far with the most complicated story I've ever told. Thanks for reading! And you D20+ Defenders ROCK!

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

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    Pawnz&Bookmarks 05-08 2021

    The next few Pawnz & Bookmarks, like the last few, are all tied to the upcoming Sluggy Freelance Book 22, The Research and Development Wars! Lab-coat Schlock, Dr. Newguy, Plot Twist Teresa, and a character I enjoyed quite a bit despite not seeing much 'screen time', Weasel Gothka! Thanks to all Defenders level 2 and higher who will receive the digital copies and level 3 and higher who receive the physical copies, mailed for free. To all of you defenders, of any level, I can't thank you enough for showing love and support through the uncertain times we've been experiencing. You are all nifty.

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

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    Hey all! Last comic's Reactions Forum thread reminded me of something I lose sight of from time to time, and that is just how complicated my stories are. Immortal King suffers from this perhaps more than any other. Big thanks to GUIGUI for clarifications in that thread.

    In most stories the reference links beneath a strip are there to put the subject in a larger context and let you dive deeper if you wish. Everything you need to know should be contained in the story, and if I notice otherwise I'll directly recap what's needed to know in the strip.

    This one feels trickier. Like there is SO MUCH referenced material, it feels needed to understand whats going on. But any attempts to recap on such a massive scale would be a huge endevour, and an annoying word dump (which I never do :P )

    In my mind the Liberliganus subsections were a self-contained story of a family surrounding the creation and evolution of the Book of E-ville. Did you need to know who Quint's moon goddess was in the bigger context of the Sluggyverse? No. But I think it's cooler if you do. Simularly, 'Roomies' will be the story of a couple of irredeemably despicable jackasses trapped together for way-too-long, but with the reflinks you will see where these comics intersect with the Sluggy Freelance timeline, and will be given additional timeline information. All the questions, like "Why rip pages from the book instead of using the spelll of binding/inbinding" "who is Ozzid?" and "why was there two versions of Kozoaku (big version and lil' bug version) at the same time in the ref links?" These will all be answered in upcoing comics. If you do deep reference dives you should be able to work out the last made-up question, but all should be answered in time without the need of a ref-link dive.

    Having said all that, I feel your pain. I will try to make things clearer and simpler as I go forward in Roomies, while simultaniouly underwstanding it won't be enough for everyone.

    Please remember the Reactions Forums can be used to express confusion and ask questions about the current strip that don't involve speculaton.  And I'll remember I need to do my job better. :) Onward and Sideways!

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

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    Hey all! For January and February of 2021 we have the Research and Development versions of (Slaw)Teresa and Monicruel! Research and Development Wars is the current theme as I get to work on Sluggy Freelance book 22!
    Promo 2021 01

    Following that theme, Tadius and 'Kaka' (glares at Torg) will also be showing up in book 22!
    Promo 2021 01

  • [+] 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.
    August Pawnz
    September Pawnz
    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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  • [+] Pawnz and Bookmarks through May2020

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  • [+] This One's Difficult.

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  • [+] February 9th Update

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  • [+] Happy Holidays 2019!

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  • [+] Sluggy Store is Closed for the Holidays

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  • [+] The Sluggy Store will open Monday at noon, Eastern Time!

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  • [+] Book 20, the Store and YOU!

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  • [+] Pawnz and Bookmarks through January 2020, and it's all 4U City!

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  • [+] State of the 2019 August Sluggy!

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