It is my distinct honor to congratulate Dex and his wife, Arlene, on the birth of their second daughter, Akeila “Twinkle” Wee!
She was born May 16th, healthy and happy, at 4:20AM.
All the best to Dex, Arlene, sister Bubbles, and every joy to the newborn! Woo!
So I have been working all week talking to people wise with the CSS and WordPress to find a way to make the four page thing work in typical fashion, and of course, it has not. The page is just smaller than it should be, come what may.
I even ended up turning to the awesome Frumph, the nice gent behind the interface you’re enjoying, who clued me in to the lightbox option, which is our best hope here.
Ergo, when the giant page arrives, on the 9th, you will have to click the page, and then it will appear in a new page, and you can see it in full glory. This will require using the navigation buttons for one page, if you’re a page clicker to get to the next, for which I apologize, but it’s the only option aside from detailed instructions on how to right click.
I am confident everyone will figure it out. The page is worth it, I think, as you will see.
Thanks for your patience!
So, in a few weeks, we are going to be hitting a Cura first. A four page splash.
Why do I say this ahead of time? Well, so that you’re not surprised when there’s a bit of time between pages! Unfortunately, we don’t know how long it will be or the constraints of yet, because we’ve never done this before, but rest assured, we’ll get to the next page as soon as we can depending on complexity and Dex not collapsing into a quivering heap because I’m making him do a four page splash.
It’s gonna be NUTS. And we hope you’ll enjoy it. It’ll be pages 704-708.
ALSO, we’re halfway to losing the ads on our Patreon! There’s also over 100 posts, all accessible for just three bucks a month, along with pages in advance, including this new spread as soon as it’s finished! Please help us keep the lights on and go check it out!
EDIT (1-29): The page will go live here on February 9th, since folks were asking.
First off, thanks to everyone who contributed to our recent successful Kickstarter, and thank you to everyone else for your patience with the break in between posts and pages. There were several reasons for the longer break than is typical, one of which was rebuilding a buffer so that we can launch our Patreon! It will feature pages a full week ahead of time, so we had to make extra sure we were ready before resuming our extra-sized final year of pages.
B-B-B-But… we just did a Kickstarter! Yes, I know. I posted about this a while back, but some of you may have missed it. Essentially, what it comes down to is that there are two fronts involved in creating this comic. There’s the printing of books, which is one expense, and the cost of the art, which is another expense. Dex doesn’t work for free, nor should he, and I have been paying him out of my own debt-laden pockets since day one. How much, I am uncomfortable saying, because it is bad form to reveal the page rate of a working artist (they need and should have the leverage of privacy in that regard), but I can say safely that the amount is greater than fifteen thousand dollars, at a minimum, even with the slight overage from all three Kickstarters.
That’s a lotta cheddah. It’s worth every penny, don’t get me wrong, but it’s also time for me to hold out a hand and ask if any of you are willing to help offset that cost. If so, groovy! We will give you THINGS!
What are those things? Well, they are detailed in full on the Patreon itself, but the long and the short of it is that if you give a buck, you get access to thumbnails and pencils as the pages are published. For two bucks, you get access to Dex’s sketch blog, for three bucks you get pages a week ahead of time, and for five bucks, you get to choose what Dex sketches from a rotating pool! So if that pool is small, you could be choosing what Dex draws quite a bit!
We’re also offering the removal of ads, and, if things get really nuts, I’ll write some short stories.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Well, that’s the easy part, thankfully. You sign up for Patreon, you pledge (as you would with a Kickstarter), and once a month (for our Patreon, anyway), on the first, the amount you pledge is deducted.
IE, say you pledged a buck today, the 29th of September, in two days it would deduct a buck from your bank account and send it our way. OR, if you pledged on the second, in a month we’d get a buck. Either are fantastic, and either will get you in on the new pages.
Irrespective of all of this, however, pages resume on THIS THURSDAY, so buckle up! (I told Dex the 2nd for the promo, my error on the date, you get a page one day early. Surprise!) The end is nigh, there are many things to be resolved, and it’s time to give Charlie, Charlene, the Nerd, Leo, Squirt, Pavlov, Andrus, and even the Dark Everett their proper send-off! I’m so excited to bring it your way. Thank you for sticking with us this far!
So I’m not sure why, but I have gotten a few comments wondering why I ended the comic here, with so many unresolved questions. To be clear, I haven’t. There’s still a full year of story to go, we are simply on hiatus for the Kickstarter, it’s all planned.
I usually post telling folks the approximate time of the break (which I didn’t this time, apologies), and I’m guessing that may be part of it. To be clear, we will be starting again soon, on the last year. At the end of that year, yes, the comic will end. But there will be other comics.
There are many things yet to cover in the story, and I would never end this story on such a down note. Promise.
We are very focussed right now on our Kickstarter, but I promise, there’s a lot more story to tell in a longer, extra-sized final year that will wrap up all the loose ends, give closure to our heroes, and offer what I think is a rather happy ending, and I hope you’ll agree.
In the meanwhile, if you could tell a friend about our Kickstarter, we have about 14 days to raise another $1,200, and every little bit helps this book come to pass!