Comic done! Now to begin day 7 of 7 consecutive work days. And on the eighth day, he rested.
Sorry for last week. I did make a post, but I don’t think anybody saw it under the comic there.
We are glossing over the events of Simmons’ boating holiday. To be honest it was a throwaway joke that we had every intention of reverting to status quo on. But much to our surprise, everybody wanted to actually know what happened. One day we may tell the story of the horror that took place on that river. One day.
Point is, Schaefer’s fine.
He’s not actually shown up since 2011, I guess? Weird.
Bah, dropped the ball this week, din’t I. Got scheduled for some extra weekend shifts, thrown me all out of whack. Also, some tricky panels. Also, life is imitating art a little: see Virus line panel 2. Uurrh.
OKAY I WAS PLAYING WITH MY NEW PHONE THE WHOLE TIME SHEESH
(well I sure had plenty of time on the can to do so)
I could maybe finish the new strip tonight or tomorrow. But it’ll only mean next week’s is late again. Why not let’s run this one at the weekend, then I can get a head start for the next. Because I’m working seven days in a row next week, so I’d be buggered if I was still playing catch up.
Let me rummage around for some content at all, here…
That is all.
Ho ho, good thing we’re following East and Loth as the A-Story, and not staying home with these losers, eh?
Part 1 of some.
My webmaster tells me that our hosting provider tells him that we got switched over to some new server hardware. Should hopefully solve the intermittent outages we’ve had in the recent weeks/months. We’re going to need it, what with all that sweet Guardian traffic we’re pullin down!
Hello, new visitors from the Guardian! Welcome to our comic, where we are currently featuring a bunch of rarely occurring side characters instead of our main cast. Whoops. Next week starts a new storyline! But for now, here’s some context.
Some prior storylines you might like to peruse:
“Graveyard Shift” – Get a crash-course in Mortish theology, as the guys encounter angels of the Death God in a cemetary late one night. A group of occultists have disturbed the peace of the dead, and the gang must descend into the catacombs to investigate.
“Shades of Black and White” – A plot to assassinate Inquisitor Lord Schaefer leads the crew on a race against time to rescue covert agent ‘Elusive Camel’ from ritual sacrifice at the hands of a powerful cult leader – an old face from Eastwood’s past. A face with distinctive striped markings.
“Big Trouble in Little Taika” – When Rogue’s beam sword (signature weapon of the Daemon Hunters) becomes depleted, the crew must travel to his home village to have it restored. There they find a culture in flux, and the rustic community’s changing relationship with technology makes it a target for a fanatic of the Dark Machine God.
“The Cesspool” – A routine interrogation gets weird, as the accused turns out to be a close ally from Lothar’s chequered past. The inquisitors are let into the secret underbelly of organised mercenary rings. Then Rogue and Lothar kick the shit out out each other.
“The Bookend of Unimaginable Power” – Eastwood’s new objet d’art starts more than conversation when our heroes’ home is invaded by elite assassins. A dangerous chessmaster wants the artefact for the dark power it contains. Eastwood wants it for holding up his books.
As for today’s comic:
Inquisitors Jonson and Blackwing head up the handsome and successful “B-Team” seen in the final panel. Other sightings:
“On the Other Side”/“Not a Bad Day’s Work”
“Technical Difficulties”/“Alas Poor Romantic Subplot”
And most recently “Lights, Camaraderie, Action”
This is the first speaking appearance for Inquisitor Deket and the “C-Team”. But they caused some havoc in “Meanwhile, In Heavensedge”. Their new recruit is Wildfire, whom we previously met in the twin arcs “Team Scramble” and “Voiding the Warranty” which start here.
(Paleontology pedantry: Yes, I know, dromeosaurids were feathered. But hey! Fantasy comic! Nobody ever accused us of zoological accuracy in our funny cartoon animals. So Seb remains a scaly Jurassic Park flavour of raptor (or deinonychus. I prefer deinonychus).)
Big big thanks to Dean for the article, and I hope some of you stick around and enjoy.
Silversword and I wrote a whole load of text in my kitchen last month.
- from an earlier draft
I know, I am as shocked as you are that I remembered that that was a thing there.
Calgary Expo was a lot of fun. Thanks to the fans who came out to see us, and to any new eyes who may be reading this after taking a flyer.
Shout outs to friendly neighbours Vince Price, Outlaw Heart, and Something Like That, and the ever supportive Pixelated Toaster. Ash encouraged me to dip my toe into on-site commissions, and I hope to be doing more of that sort of thing in future.
Good times, and will see you all at the next one.