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Author Notes:
Magravan edit delete
Magravan
As you may have guessed, June's affliction has taken it's toll on TOGM... Unfortunately, with her being under the weather, this is the best that we could manage for the day.

Will it be fixed later? Yes. Is it what we'd like to put up? Absolutely not. Is it the best we can manage right now? Yep.

So it is what it is. I apologize for it, but June's health doesn't allow for anything else. I'm still not sure if she'll be in good enough shape to do anything better for next week.

And to top it all off, the dialogue kind of sucks too. I wrote this portion of dialogue while waiting in the hospital, since I had just given June the scenes to draw...

So yeah, just not a very good update at all.

Anyway, hope you guys are having a better week than we are, hope to see you next week... If you're new, this isn't typical TOGM level quality. But chances are if you're new, you didn't even read this far.
Skrael (I'm the artist) edit delete
Skrael (I'm the artist)
I am so ashamed. :(
Magravan edit delete
Magravan
You're sick, Love.. I'm grateful that you were able to even ink it <3
User comments:
Sarge edit delete reply
Sarge
:(
I hope that June gets better soon!
What is with everyone? My girlfriend's ill & having... other problems, my grandmother's in the hospital, and now June is sick? Give her my best wishes & tell her to get better soon!
Onmiddellijk Getroffen
that last panel, is the shirt a reference to jonathan coultan?
ranger_brianna_new edit delete reply
ranger_brianna_new
Actually, I think it kinda fits, considering the flashback nature... :P
(Even the title, Work In Progress! :P)
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@Sarge - I don't know, but I guess when it rains, it pours :( Lots of people getting sick around me too... A lot of my co-workers dealing with family members being really sick... :/

@Onmiddellijk Getroffen - Indeed it is! It's specifically a reference to the shirt that we put on him in the poster that we took (and got signed!) to the JoCo concert :)

@ranger_brian_new - Yeah, the best part about this comic is the title, I think ;) It applies to a bunch of different things ;)
Onmiddellijk Getroffen
i fucking love joco!!!
Akuji (Guest) edit delete reply
There is NO reason to be ashamed. if anything we should be the ones ashamed, since apparently we've convinced you that the comic is more important than your health! Get better soon. We're rooting for you.
Xenrin edit delete reply
Xenrin
Well, at least you didn't totally forget to update today like some of us healthy people did. >.<
MatthewJA edit delete reply
MatthewJA
It looks all dramatic, like it's s'posed to be like that.
MatthewJA edit delete reply
MatthewJA
Also, this is awesome!
It does look like it's supposed to be there.
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@Onmiddellijk Getroffen - Us too!! He was great at his concert, and if we get the chance, we'll likely go see him again... Which would make him 2/3rds of our concert going together in the past ... 10 years or so :) The Tea Party just before they broke up was the first band we saw in concert ;)

@Akuji - No need to feel ashamed. If anything, she did it because I asked her if she could give me anything to put up, just so that we would have an update. It isn't perfect, but we do our best to show the readers that they are important enough to us that we make it a priority to update.

@MarshmallowGherkin - Our update schedule is a big deal to us... It's a trust between us and the readers to say that unless we say so beforehand, there will be a comic up every Monday and Thursday... I mean, we've sort of made it clear that each update now is a 'maybe' until June's feeling better, but in general, we're very dedicated to maintaining the update schedule.

@MatthewJA - This is ... uhh.. our special "Colouring Book" TOGM... *cough cough* :P
greengirl77 (Guest) edit delete reply
Line drawing is win! Honestly, get better we will be patient, while you are a patient. (sorry idk what has come over me) I would have just plastered up a sketch if it were me. You did a great job, June! <3 the <3!
Kevin edit delete reply
Kevin
Feel better!
Sarge edit delete reply
Sarge
Listen, skrael. you have no room to be ashamed. If anyone should be ashamed, it should be me... Check out what I did for the past hour on a laptop's trackpad. I'd like to think I helped in some way ;D
ranger_brianna_new edit delete reply
ranger_brianna_new
Is that...MatthewJA on the screen? :P
Jrade edit delete reply
Jrade
This is pretty awesome.

Once again, though, Skrael, I'm a little intimidated... While ill to the point of inactivity, you manage better artwork than I can currently manage at the best of times.

However, I'll take this as a goal to be achieved - one day, I shall have artwork this good. The devil will award me with his car, given that the snow will make it difficult for him to drive...

@ Sarge - Damn! You beat me to it!
Curator edit delete reply
that is sweet sarge,lol... beat me to it too...If I was skrael, id print it out and put it on my fridge,lol..
ranger_brianna_new edit delete reply
ranger_brianna_new
Jrade, I received this advice a while ago:
If you want to improve, hang out around people who're better than you. :P
(It works!) ;)
MatthewJA edit delete reply
MatthewJA
@Sarge
I was also going to do that!
@RBN
Yeah, I thought that too lol. I'm going to go ahead and say yes, John was reading GSICD. That would make me happy XD
Jrade edit delete reply
Jrade
@ ranger_brian_new - Why do you think I'm always here? And outside your house, too, but you don't know about that...

Oh, wait.
MatthewJA edit delete reply
MatthewJA
@Jrade
It's no secret, I have it on fil- um, no, I heard it from someone.
huntsecker edit delete reply
oddly enough, currently everyone i know is sick with something...... hmmm, may be the beginnings of something terrible
ranger_brianna_new edit delete reply
ranger_brianna_new
Jrade, you obviously haven't seen my art, or else, you wouldn't think I'm stalker-worthy. :P
(More seriously, my best art is still not even close to most artists on this site, and I live in a heavily forested area twenty minutes from the nearest town, so stalking me is a bit impractical. :P)
Danny (Guest) edit delete reply
Get well soon! Thanks for giving us the latest adventures of Thomas the ADHD survivor.
hedgehogboy5 edit delete reply
hedgehogboy5
Hey don't worry guys I wasn't even expecting any sort of comic and this was a good surprise. I hope Skrael gets well soon.
hedgehogboy5 edit delete reply
hedgehogboy5
Hey don't worry guys I wasn't even expecting any sort of comic and this was a good surprise. I hope Skrael gets well soon.
hedgehogboy5 edit delete reply
hedgehogboy5
Hey don't worry guys I wasn't even expecting any sort of comic and this was a good surprise. I hope Skrael gets well soon.
ranger_brianna_new edit delete reply
ranger_brianna_new
Hedge: Triple Posts are annoying.
ranger_brianna_new edit delete reply
ranger_brianna_new
Hedge: Triple Posts are annoying. >_<
ranger_brianna_new edit delete reply
ranger_brianna_new
Hedge: Triple Posts are annoying. :P
Akuji (Guest) edit delete reply
@ Magravan: well either way it's astonishing to see an update all things considered. The fact that it's more than a sketch is even more-so. . and I don't even know what to say about there being dialogue with it. You guys have really impressed me.
Butt Hunter edit delete reply
Butt Hunter
Get well soon! :)
Skrael (I'm the artist)
Thank you again for all of the well wishes :) Today is day 11 with no food.. :/

Sarge, your smiley face on the computer screen made me laugh :)
the_brigand (Guest) edit delete reply
I wish you'd taken at least a bit of time to color the first and last panel (maybe another time), the B/W would work as a 'flash-back' just fine.

Feel better Skrael.
ranger_brianna_new edit delete reply
ranger_brianna_new
Yeah. If you *do* decide you want to color this page, leave the middle panels untouched; they look perfect as is. :P
idd (Guest) edit delete reply
I was thinking that exact thing as I was reading down the comic list. If you feel it needs more for some reason, the most you should consider is shades of grey...If we lived in a halftone world, that would be black and white anyway.
illyria (Guest) edit delete reply
i don't get it.
how can john/thomas/johmas(mix between JOHn and thoMAS) see without glasses? was he wearing lenzes since comic 1? would explain why beth said he has great contacts
JimiRaffety edit delete reply
JimiRaffety
I agree that the ink alone for the middle panels works pretty damn well. The line art is fantastic all around though, of course :)

Skrael, sorry you are feeling bad, get better :( Don't feel too bad about not being able to do a full update, I'm sure that everyone understands!
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@greengirl77 - We appreciate your patients.. err patience ;)

@Kevin - Thanks ;)

@Sarge - That's beautiful! In fact, we might have to replace the current image with that.. :P

@ranger_brian_new - Certainly seems that way!

@Jrade - She could do better in a coma than I can ;)

@Curator - That would be pretty funny :D

@ranger_brian_new - It's good advice, so long as you're in the right frame of mind. I, on the other hand, have slept beside her for years, and still have no talent whatsoever ;)

@MatthewJA - That certainly would explain a lot ;)

@Jrade - Don't you hate when you accidentally give away the fact that you're stalking someone? And then they look out their window and you have to duck behind their bushes?

@MatthewJA - Oooh, anti-stalker? Curses!

@huntsecker - Nah, just a trick of the mind. If you looked at it objectively, you'd realize that not every single person you know is sick ;)

@ranger_brian_new - He's stalking you for your logic skills! And a heavily forested area is a GREAT asset to stalking... or so I would assume... >_>

@Danny - Thank you ;) And I wouldn't consider him ADHD .. Maybe ADD at best :)

@Hedgehogboy5 - Thank you so much! We can tell you REALLY mean it ;)

@ranger_brian_new - If not for the faces, it would have been lame, but it works. Well done, I applaud you, sir :)

@Akuji - Well, dialogue is easy mode. Usually it's written before the thing... But in this case, the dialogue, bubbles and so on is my side of the comic, so it's not really affected. Thankfully, it doesn't take much time, even though this was a little rushed... I'll probably fix it when June fixes the art.

@Jacob Gristwood - I'm actually doing fine, thanks... oh.. you meant June... Okay then... But yeah... I'm doing good... thanks for asking... :P

@Skrael - We should buy you some of that flavoured water at least ;)

@the_brigand - She almost didn't have the strength to finish inking the last panel... That was the extent of her ability to do it... I'm grateful for what she managed, considering she's gotten few to no calories in her diet for quite a few days now...

@ranger_brian_new - It might be 'coloured' with black and white, but I'm guessing that something will be done more than just the lineart...

@idd - Well, I'll leave it up to Skrael to decide how to do it. That's her domain for sure ;)

@illyria - Maybe Thomas just wore non-prescription lenses to look smart? I guess we'll see!

@JimiRaffety - I think everyone understands, which is most appreciated... At least the vocal readers are understanding, which really helps in situations like these ;)
Hagelander (Guest) edit delete reply
how about a week or 2 with updates send in by the readers?
there will still be updates and skrael can rest without having to worry about her fans

anyone who would disaprove of no updates isn't awsome enough to be allowed to read this comic anyway ;)
MatthewJA edit delete reply
MatthewJA
HOLY CRAP GUEST UPDATES
THIS IDEA SOUNDS BRILLIANT
If you... were, say, to pursue this idea, you simply must let me help :D
Now, to figure out how to draw Sylene as a stickfigure...
model S (Guest) edit delete reply
praying for you june, take all the time you need! -hug- you'll be much better soon gallstones suck, but you'll get better quickly after they get that pesky gall bladder out.
Miss. (Guest) edit delete reply
Yeah, you could email the dialog or put it out there and have a cut off time. Pick the one you like best to put up and honarably (sp?) mention the others. Then later if you make a book you can re-do the pages and keep these as alt. Feel better, this comic is good.
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@Hagelander - We'll see how June's feeling... She got something today to help eating, so she was able to eat some stuff... As for after the surgery, we'll have to see :) If you guys want to submit guest comics, we might need them. The caveat being that if June's able to keep making them, I'd rather keep updating the storyline :)

@MatthewJA - Beth's more suited to a stick figure ;P

@model S - She's doing a little better now that she was able to eat something ;)

@Miss. - Honourably in British English, honorably in American ;) It is an option, but I'm not sure how comfortable I am with the idea of Canon based updates with a different artist... We can mull it over and see what June thinks...
ranger_brianna_new edit delete reply
ranger_brianna_new
I'd just go with fanart. Though technically, you can't do Matt's without the frontal nudity... :P
Hagelander (Guest) edit delete reply
I did mean fanart, the storyline has to be done by June, we can't let us ruin it :p

also, love the new avatar Magrav!
Skrael (I'm the artist)
Update : just to let you all know, the Dr prescribed some Buscopan yesterday, and I'm able to eat a little bit without having any pain, so I am quite happy about that. I'm slowly regaining my strength with new-found calories and nutrients. My surgery is next Friday.
Mr. Huscarl (Guest) edit delete reply
Well would you look at that, "Bob" the mad scientist.

I'm calling that this "Bob" is Robert, and his idea was somehow zombie related.
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@ranger_brian_new - lol... Stick people totally do it for me too :)

@Hagelander - Thanks! It was done by Kristy who does Wake the Sleepers (in the links page) for Werewolf X on the CF forums :) She did really great shots for everyone... Mine has me attempting to protect June with a sword with two werewolves looming in the foreground ;)

@Skrael - Yay!

@Mr. Huscarl - Actually, his FIRST idea was a "laser" on the moon that he liked to call "Operation Deathstar" :)
Jrade edit delete reply
Jrade
That's no moon...
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
Oh wait, it kind of is... ;)
MatthewJA edit delete reply
MatthewJA
I cannot think of any fan-art for TOGM that is zombie-related.
Gaaah
Have you done a joke about John worrying that a zombie is going to eat his brains then he says "No brains here!" and Beth says "Ha, that'd be right"?
Jrade edit delete reply
Jrade
I've actually been working on a fan strip for a while now...this is incentive for me to hurry the hell up and get it done. Which I shall do, soon.
CVB (Guest) edit delete reply
If you're sick, I think most of us won't mind you taking a day off or a week. Health comes first.
ranger_brianna_new edit delete reply
ranger_brianna_new
Matt, I'd do that. I think there has been him saying something like "No brains here", and Beth probably doesn't have a very high opinion of his brains. :P
MatthewJA edit delete reply
MatthewJA
Nah, I had to give up on that. It was too cliche. Instead I opted for a feature:
"A day in the life of Magravan and Skrael".
Hagelander (Guest) edit delete reply
=>Zombies are intrested in brains
=>brains are what humans think with
=>zombies are after the thing that humans think with
=>John thinks with his crotch
=>Beth wants a bite of that

it finaly makes sense!!

also, swords are cool! (am I becoming Fighter from 8bit? same intelligence and I love swords)
Fake Crowley (Guest) edit delete reply
Skrael, kindly take a break from all of this. I understand that you feel you have an obligation to us fans (We fans? We the fans? Damn Grammar...) , but you're /sick./ We can go without TOGM for a while if it means you get the rest you need. We /want/ you to get the rest you need. You've given us 111 beautiful, hilarious comics, and it's time you took a vacation. I can't speak for everyone, of course, but I--at the very least--feel very guilty for making you draw this whilst you're sick.

In summary: Rest, you deserve it.
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@MatthewJA - The one you sent was very cute ;)

@Jrade - That would be awesome, thank you :)

@CVB - We will see how things go :)

@ranger_brian_new - If only she knew.. ;)

@Hagelander - You'd be amazed how many guys became Eunuchs during the Enlightenment :)

@Fake Crowley - Thank you for understanding ;)
Hagelander the Swordfreak (Guest) edit delete reply
what Fake Crowley said +1
MatthewJA edit delete reply
MatthewJA
@Magravan
Heh, thanks. Glad you liked it. On the bright side, I didn't have to try to draw anyone from TOGM as a stickman. 'cept you two.
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@Hagelander - Thanks :)

@MatthewJA - Oh, I thought you were just showing I was skinny :P
Onyx Tanuki (Guest) edit delete reply
I hope you don't mind me coloring this in. I kinda need the practice. :P I'm a little less than half done now. I'll post the results once I'm done. ^_^
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
Sounds good :) We had a few people post their efforts :) At least one on the forum, I believe ;)
bbedlam edit delete reply
bbedlam
Hope June feels better.

I figured things were in black and white because it's a flashback (for the most part)
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
Well, not the case, but we're happy to have such understanding readers :)
MatthewJA edit delete reply
MatthewJA
Perhaps you are insanely skinny :P
I have no idea.
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
Well, there is that one picture of us meeting JoCo wandering around :)
Skrael (I'm the artist)
Don't look, it's a horrible picture of me :)
MatthewJA edit delete reply
MatthewJA
I wouldn't have a clue what you mean, thus, don't worry as I shan't look.
model S (Guest) edit delete reply
hey, sorry i haven't had time to reply, fake crowley has it right, you take this week off june, you've earned a few missed updates, megatokyo didn't even make it to 100 before DPD and SGD episodes, infact i think the first DPD was number 45 or so. ((dpd is a "missed" update, just a sketch to put something up)) and you deserve the rest. so just put up a "june is is the hospital" with a little chibi june in a hospital bed and i'm 99% sure the fans will be happy.
ArtistXXY edit delete reply
ArtistXXY
Really... well I thought it was somewhat on purpose since it is a flashback(?)so it had effect in contrast to the colored comics
luvlyjubblies (Guest) edit delete reply
Its got this cool grainy flashback feel to it, almost like he is dimly remembering how it happened, a little sketchy..if you get where im coming from? I wouldnt change it at all, i would keep it like this, it works.

hope you gets well
luvlyjubblies (Guest) edit delete reply
oh yeah, also agreeing with fake crowley too. The comic becomes a part of everyday life, but dont let it be your life.

Get better. take as long as you need. if anything, it will build up the anticipation for the next installment:)

once again, get well. and fantastic work, i really have enjoyed whats happened so far. one of my favorite comics. its actually one of only 4 that i have ever bookmarked.
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@MatthewJA - It's in the Photos thread or something on the CF forum :)

@model S - Well, we're going to try to do another update for Thursday because she is feeling a little better, then use guest comics (if any more come in!) after her surgery..

@ArtistXXY - Well, the middle 2 panels are flashback-y, so even if she left those two untouched (not my preference, but I'm flexible), the top and bottom should be coloured... Obviously not right away, but eventually.

@luvlyjubblies - Except he's not recalling it ;) He's just picturing it from the journal :D

And thank you for bookmarking us! Which are the other 3, if you don't mind me asking?
luvlyjubblies edit delete reply
luvlyjubblies
no worries, good point too with the not recalling. i still love this page as is, ill not be budging on that one:)

my other 3 bookmarks, in no particular order, are LICD (love the art, love the one liners, and they used an idea of mine once heh), bear and tiger (i cant help but love that strip, tiger is probably my favorite little cartoon tiger ever) and the zombie hunters (just love where that story is going)

i like a lot more, but you 4 are my only book marks. Also subscribed, so this is my second ever web comic subscription behind the gutters (the-gutters.com, same team as licd and looking for group, another great comic)
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
Yeah, we're big fans of Lar ;) We met him at a JoCo concert and it was kind of funny... Sort of a "Hey.... I think that's Lar... *gasp*" and then everyone started talking to him ;) He's also super helpful and a really nice guy (or at least he plays one on tv!) I'd love to hang out with him for a while sometime ;)

I too love this page as it is! ... heh heh heh... :) I changed the page out from under you! BWAHAHAHHAHA! ... Seriously though, doesn't that look better than the original?

She's using art to take her mind off the stress, so I'm putting various projects in front of her... Better that she gets ahead now if she wants to draw, so she has more time later on without having to worry about it :)
the_brigand (Guest) edit delete reply
fantastic update to add the finishing touches. it's perfect June.
MatthewJA edit delete reply
MatthewJA
OHHHHHHH
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