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12th Jan 2012, 1:00 AM
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Crashing the party.
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Author Notes:
Magravan edit delete
Magravan
Hey everyone! Hope you had a great week and are looking forward to a great weekend!

This'll probably be a short note that I add to later, since I am updating this at the wire. Unfortunately, I think that going too far beyond the typical four panel layout that we have is something that breaks the saving process.

Oops.

Sooo, much like on 150, I spent a lot of time trying to figure out workarounds. This time, I opted to just save it as a 72 dpi file for now. So if it looks weird, that's probably why... But I've been told that 72 dpi is the best that computer screens show anyway, so I'm hoping that it doesn't affect anyone's perception too much.

That being said, we've come to the end of another chapter of the story... I'm guessing that the direction that the next will be taking is hinted at... On the plus side, I know exactly how I want book 4 to end right now, I know the major plot points that I have to address beforehand and everything...

This upcoming book is definitely going to be focusing more on getting under the hood and looking at the guts of things... I think that ultimately, this book is going to slow down the pace a little more, because everyone isn't going to be so frantic to do this or that...

Which will, ideally, give me the time to allow them to explore things a little more.

I guess beyond that, all I want to say is that I hope you guys are still enjoying the story, ideally that people aren't wanting to stop reading as much as they did after book 2 ended, and thanks for reading.

As much stress as this comic can be sometimes, you guys make it worthwhile. Thanks for your support, and your time. It's been a pleasure.

Have a great weekend, everyone! We'll see you on Monday :D

(Turns out I had enough time to write a long message after all!)
User comments:
Blue62 (Guest) edit delete reply
XD go Beth!
fingerwitch edit delete reply
fingerwitch
YES! B to the E to the T to the H!
Onecanofsprite edit delete reply
Onecanofsprite
BETH SMASH!
CABINET DRIVE
Cpc (Guest) edit delete reply
Well that was unexpected. Also, on the 2nd speech bubble of the 5th panel, "to" needs to be switched around with "get", so it will say "You don't get to threaten us anymore." And once again, great page today!
just_idd (Guest) edit delete reply
Figures that a Limb Replacement Tech would know how to Remove Limbs from any Patients. If they have boxes of parts the attachment must be standardized. I like how her magic fingers turned off the green goo before detaching the parts. That is something Chad didn't know how to do before twisting off that guards head, of course Chad might have just been going for splat-tacular effects. This is more disturbing and is probably how Chekov got his Guns. Imagine RZ with Chad's arms, arm wrestling Chekov.
just_idd (Guest) edit delete reply
The thought just occurred to me that I almost wish Beth beat him with his own arms.
Vellikat edit delete reply
Vellikat
I'm surprised- nobody's made a joke about how he's "'armless" now.
Sooty (Guest) edit delete reply
@just_idd. Beth didn't turn the green stuff off, we jst can't see the green stuff because John isn't near by (since he is the only one who can actually see it). Anyhow looking forward to the next book guys :D you're doing a great job.
Z3TSU91 (Guest) edit delete reply
@Velocit Ee
Or "un-armed"
sp4depir4te (Guest) edit delete reply
one zombie child unharmed, and one big bully unarmed
PhilC edit delete reply
PhilC
Holy shit! Love it, Beth's reluctant display of a surprising amount of power, disarming Chad, Katie's awe, John being taken to Robert (ooh), Phantom and Sylene's belated rescue, and RZ getting in his licks! Only now does Chad fully understand the power of Beth! Epic!
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
What is that thing she's dropped on Chad? It looks like a heating duct (the one Katie came through?) And how the hell does she have the strength to move it, never mind to remove Chad's arms (guessing that's a LimbTech trick)?
PhilC edit delete reply
PhilC
Yes, she definitely brought that thing down from the ceiling! And I think Chad is locked up, like what Robert does. Is Robert telekinetic? Maybe Beth is an 8.
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@Blue62 - She sure is going ;D

@fingerwitch - Hopefully this satisfies your bloodlust ;D

@Onecanofsprite - I have no idea what Cabinet Drive means ;)

@Cpc - Yes, you're right! Thank you for pointing that out. And I'm glad that it wasn't completely obvious...

@just_idd - Yeah... Tearing them off. Turns out that it's less a limb tech thing and more a juiced out Beth thing ;) And someone below already mentioned, the only one who sees the Green Stuff is John ;)

And beating him down with his own arms was certainly one of the things we considered.

@Velocit Ee - Well there's always someone who gets the ball rolling, this time, it was you ;)

@Sooty - Thanks! And I'm glad that you mentioned that. It's always great when the readers bring this stuff up, because it means that I wasn't toooo obscure, even if it isn't always spelled out.

@Z3TSU91 - That's certainly one way to do it ;)

@sp4depir4te - Mostly unharmed ;) It's going to be rough for R.Z. for a while though.

@PhilC - I definitely wanted to convey that Beth is not happy about having to do this. She gave him plenty of chances...

@aok666 - I didn't think I was going to get this one by you ;) I thought that another reader was going to give the game away several strips back, but I guess it was buried too far in the comments section :D

I'm actually not sure what she dropped on Chad, I'll have to ask June.

@PhilC - Nah, Chad was stunned, but not locked up... He certainly wasn't expecting Beth to be able to do that to him.
Kristy edit delete reply
Kristy
Woooh, Beth! About time Chad got a good butt-kicking.

Haha, RZ~ You show 'im. D:<
model S (Guest) edit delete reply
Well hot damn. I know i made the joke about the super arms... Guess i was right. Beth beating Chad senseless is sexy. of course anyone beating Chad senseless would be sexy... But yea late sylene is late.

Oh just so you know the text is a bit hard to read on an Android phone.
T.Gatto edit delete reply
T.Gatto
The entire strip rocked, but RZ kicking Chad in the head was the Icing on the cake! :)
PixieSingsBass edit delete reply
PixieSingsBass
Go RZ! Kick 'im in the head! Good for you! Now I have to know just what Chad has against his own kid that makes him hate so damned much.
model S (Guest) edit delete reply
Check the last few strips pixie. He believes the brains that made R.Z. a 2 were deserved by him, that R.Z. is only a 2 because Beth stole brains from him and gave them to R.Z. nothing more.
Onikage (Guest) edit delete reply
First time commenter, medium-time lurker.
Gotta say, love the comic. A fresh take on the zombie apocalypse with art that started decent and has only improved.
Now, for this strip: Daaayyyumm Beth!
You could say that she's really...
[puts on sunglasses]
Disarming.
Yeeeeeeaaaaahhhhh!
Seriously, though. I kinda though this, or something like it would happen, what with Her Royal Babeness being a Limb Replacement Tech. Still laughed my ass off, though! :)
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
What are the broken mirror things? And how DID she manage to rip his arms off?
Muchacho NL edit delete reply
Muchacho NL
Ok, I LOVE BETH!
Seriously.. being that calm and rip someone's arms off.. even Chuck Norris would be affraid of her.
Looks like she drops a refridgerator on him, ya know where they keep the spare parts?

But when you think about it... all this time Beth could've pwn'd Chad... but she chose not to.

@Magravan, are you planning on making printed versions of TOGM?
If so, I wanna buy.
Jandalman (Guest) edit delete reply
I am now officially in love with Beth. Great job Magravan and Skrael for this very satisfying page. I too agree that RZ's kick to Chad's head was the icing on the cake.
model S edit delete reply
model S
@onikage: WELCOME TO THE HORDE!!!

@everyone claiming love for beth: MINE!! -pulls out shotgun- MINE I SAY!!!

@june: wonderful art ^^
Silver Streak edit delete reply
Silver Streak
I'm probably SOOOO late to this party....but I just looked at Topwebcomics...

Congratulations! 19th! I voted for you and will be sure to go back and vote whenever I remember :) Well done and well deserved guys!
Guest (Guest) edit delete reply
i do like how you take the time to respond to our comments and am i coreect in saying that the green stuff is able to be seen by all humans but since john is the only one around hes the only one able to see it except for maybe Robert since hes incharge and all
neon5162 edit delete reply
srry the above comment is mine i forot to log in
Onecanofsprite edit delete reply
Onecanofsprite
@Magravan: Well, if you 'drive' something through somebody it's the same as slamming it down on them and making them fall to the floor.

So technically, it's a cabinet drive.
Skrael (I'm the artist)
It's the petri dish cupboard :D that's a refridgeration vent at the bottom there ,.... somehow ;)
Condettori (Guest) edit delete reply
Note to self... don't make Beth angry..... You wouldn't like her when she's angry.....
Lord Siwoc (Guest) edit delete reply
" You DO NOT GET TO hurt us anymore" Typo.
Thanks for making a great comic! I love him kicking Chad`s head in the last panel!!!
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@Kristy - I definitely ramped up Chad's jerkiness to make this butt kicking more enjoyable ;)

@model S - I think it was Sheela who asked if Beth had made herself some arms, and was she going to go postal :)

@T.Gatto - I forgot that I had written that in, I thought June just added it in :D

@PixieSingsBass - It basically boils down to the idea that Chad's angry that Beth 'wasted' brains on him. He feels that their lives from the past are no longer valid, and it's everyone for themselves. The fact that he carried Beth, and Beth gave what brains she did acquire to RZ just makes him angry...

At least that's the part of it that he's admitting to ;)

@model S - Yeah, exactly :)

@Onikage - That's the ideal situation, really. If people think that something like this could happen, it means that it's not entirely coming out of left field. But the fact that it is surprising to some people means that it's not completely obvious either ;)

@aok666 - Broken glass from the Cabinet ;) She managed to rip his arms off with her CRAZY STRENGTH.

@Muchacho NL - I really wanted to capture Beth's disappointment, both in Chad and in what she's doing.

Her ability to pwn Chad has not always been there :)

And ... I think I do plan on making print copies one day. There was a time where I just thought that's what webcomics did eventually, so I was more inclined to try it at that point... Now, I'm more pragmatic about it, I think. Just because I wanted print copies to be a step on our path doesn't mean that it is...

@Jandalman - I'm glad that a lot of people feel satisfied with this (though some would have preferred more violence and mayhem). I really felt that it was important for Chad to get utterly beaten, and left as broken and mangled as he had made the Security Guard...

@model S - I think you just brought a gun to a BOMB FIGHT!

@Silver Streak - Yes, we've got some spectacularly supportive readers, and we'll be giving away a T-shirt this month, it seems :)

@neon5162 - If you're going to take the time out to write a comment instead of just lurking and reading, I'm going to do my best to respond to it... I appreciate everyone's comments, and taking some time out of my day to respond to them is both a pleasure and a sign of my appreciation.

And I will say .... maybe about the Green stuff, just because it's more fun that way :)

@Onecanofsprite - That makes sense, I guess... I don't think I've ever heard it phrased that way before, with cabinet or really anything else... Cattle drive, maybe? :)

@Skrael - It makes sense that it has that vent.

@Condettori - She was actually angry before she lashed out at Chad... She didn't really go after him until he was presenting a real threat to RZ.

@Lord Siwoc - Yes, you are correct about the typo. I'm usually pretty attentive to errors like that, I'm not sure how I missed it...

And it's my pleasure to work on the comic, I'm glad you enjoyed it :D
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
@Skrael: What on earth do zombies need Petri dishes for if they have replacements? Petri dishes are for growing cells or microorganisms!
@Magravan: nobody's squashed Chad's head yet though, need to do that to get really even. So DID Beth make herself some strong arms ready to escape?
armandoB edit delete reply
armandoB
whoa cool
SmilingAhab (Guest) edit delete reply
Yeah, I'm gonna have to go back and reread that whole undead but not undead thing you did. I'm still confused. I'll admit, I come for the ginger but stay for the intrigue. No pun intended.

Here's to life not kicking you in the ass for at least six months, since a year is a bit too much to ask for.
model S (Guest) edit delete reply
It's a shotgun that fires acid rockets, and regenerates ammo.
EnterTheNameHere edit delete reply
@aok666:

Well I think those replacements are still made from something, like we saw the skin is knitted (I hope that's the right word), then what are the "threads" made of? Also the other grey meat could be grown from human/pig cells...
BHurricane69 (Guest) edit delete reply
KICK 'EM IN THE HEAD AGAIN RZ!!!(you wanna borrow my steel-toed boots?) Awesome job on this week's strip guys! It's good to finally see Chad get a little of what's coming to him!
armandoB edit delete reply
armandoB
nice art!
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
You're kicking the wrong end, R.Z.!
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@aok666 - Squishing Chad's head would be killing him... It's against Robert's code, which still affects them to some degree... I don't think that anyone is going to casually break it (Except John, of course..) just because it is a part of their culture...

@armandoB - Haha, thanks :D

@SmilingAhab - We try to sprinkle hints throughout the story leading up to pages like this one... I hope that it makes sense when you look back on it ;)

@model S - So they come prepared with lots of water :D

@EnterTheNameHere - That certainly could be the case :D

@BHurricane69 - Thanks! I think a lot of people were really looking forward to this one ;)

@armandoB - June put a lot of time into this one, so we're glad you enjoyed the art :)

@aok666 - That's ... pretty much the only thing left for him to kick :D
BHurricane69 edit delete reply
I've been looking forward to it since the first time I saw him on the banner. Always thought he looked kind of d-bag-ish
Beta Maxis (Guest) edit delete reply
Well bull my weevil.