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18th Apr 2011, 12:00 AM
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Author Notes:
Magravan edit delete
Magravan
Okay, no matter what the time above says, this comic was up on time. I think that Kyo, our resident admin, is not the best with telling time :P

Soooo! We're almost to the end of Book 2! The next two strips will have things bouncing back and forth between scenes, and you may have noticed that we've been switching between one scene and the next each strip for the past few... I'm trying something that Brandon Sanderson does in the Mistborn books to try to increase the pacing a little bit before the end. I'm not sure if it'll work, because obviously he's a talented writer and I'm just a guy who happened to be lucky enough to marry a nerdy artist :)

So I guess the car didn't make it all the way, and he's basically had to walk part of the way to the Phantom's lair... And clearly he's not in a great mood about it.. I doubt he's going to be in a much better mood when he meets his new friend either :)

Oh, what do you guys think of what June did visually here? We tried to show an establishing scene in the first panel, and there is a conspicuous shadow by the door.. WONDER WHO THAT IS? :D

I personally was pretty impressed with it :D

And while I think you might be tired of hearing about my Last Night On Earth stuff, I wanted to mention that I got to play with a couple friends and our elder son this past week.. I'm still really enjoying it, and hope to convince more people to play it with me :D

Soooo, that's that :D If there's no comic on Thursday, it's because Portal 2 came out and we sold you guys out to hear the new JoCo song :D (Just kidding, we'll definitely be here Thursday, barring catastrophe... Meeting our deadline is important to us :D)

If you missed the long author's note last time, here's one! If you hate long author's notes, you didn't read it anyway, so who cares? :)
User comments:
bbedlam edit delete reply
bbedlam
Oooh, look... drama! Hopefully he'll look behind him before that one gets a chunk of brraainnnnsss... brrainnnssss....
D_Man (Guest) edit delete reply
As long as he remebers to save the other half for RZ.
greengirl77 (Guest) edit delete reply
Oh a little fanservice for us lady fans? A little bit more of shirtless Johnny boy there ty. :)
But...omg the one!
@ Magravan, your writing is pacing fine. Stop being hard on yourself! Idk what it is with us artsy types and having such low confidence in our work, I know how you feel...but...you two are great. Keep up the good work! /end really long message. <3
Kristy edit delete reply
Kristy
John is rather attractive in these panels. ...:D
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@bbedlam - Wouldn't that be an embarrassing way to go after all this time?

@D_Man - For some reason, I don't think that One would be inclined to share, and I don't think that John would have much say in it :)

@greengirl77 - Speaking of Fan Service for the girls, I really need to put that Guest Art up ... :D

I think that people are naturally concerned about the quality of work that they put out for people to see, whether it is art or writing... The usual advantage that a writer in the published world has is an editor who isn't going to sugar coat things, you're either good enough for them to risk their money on, or you're not.

Not having that, I get nervous ;) I also read a lot growing up, so I tend to compare my writing to people who are giants in the writing field... Which is something like comparing one's body to a photoshopped model... It's stupid, but I do it anyway, and it never ends well for me :)

@Kristy - Good to know our characters are eye candy for everyone :)
DerrickMichael5 edit delete reply
DerrickMichael5
Your guys' update schedule is inhuman
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
That's what I think about people who do 5 days a week and still maintain decent quality... HOW DO THEY DO IT?!
jordanch68 edit delete reply
jordanch68
I wonder if killing this One is going to set of any alarms? :)
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
It all depends on whether or not the Phantom has found him and disabled it...
model S (Guest) edit delete reply
john: that damn two is so getting a stern talking to. from beth. after i bang her.
one: raaaw-john punches it in the face-
john: stupid sexy beth.
Bekah (Guest) edit delete reply
First time commenting, but I've been wondering... Is RZ pronounced the correct Canadian way (Arr Zed) or the weird American way (Arr Zee)?

This has been bugging me.

Great comic BTW
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@model S - Well, Beth would have to do the talking if John banged her, since Brains.. Brains? Brains... Brains! BRAINS! isn't going to be much of a conversation :P

@Bekah - We pronounce it Arr Zed ourselves... We will do so at any point that anyone discusses it with us in real life. However, if someone chooses to say Arr Zee to themselves, that's their perogative :P

And thank you :) I'm hoping you still think so after we finish book 2 :)
snoog (Guest) edit delete reply
Johs seems quite hostile.
I mean we know he's stressed but calling R.Z. a stupid two. It doesn't sound like the John we know, perhaps Thomas's personality is resurfacing?
model S (Guest) edit delete reply
he'd use a condom. obviously. -rolls eyes- he's a scientist not an idiot. wait. nevermind. i was really going for a "stupid sexy flanders" joke there. guess it didn't work as well as i had hoped.
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@Snoog - It's been a long walk out in the blazing sun :D Who knows where John's head is at the moment :)

@model S - Didn't sexy Beth get John in trouble with a zombie already?
the_brigand (Guest) edit delete reply
Eddie Izzard (if you're a fan) recently did a stand-up in New York were we have a toll-paying gadget called the EZpass. Of course the bloke's from England and he kept driving around wondering what this infernal E-Zed pass was all about and why anybody would call it that...then he realized where he was.
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
It doesn't quite work as well during the Alphabet song either, but it sounds a lot more like Zod, so I'm cool with that :D

KNEEL BEFORE ZED!