Just this guy, you know.

I say things on twitter as @whoisshieldsmck and I draw things and put them up at http://mariushjels.deviantart.com/.
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@GroovyKinda: Thanks, brother. I can't waot for you to see the new site. It's looking good. The big switch, and the next page should be out monday.
@Xylas_Incarnum: I'm making an effort to make the transition as smooth as possible. You will be able to find the new main site by coming to october20comic.com. And the SJ site will keep updating, though probably a page behind.
@Delta-v: Getting in suggests that I'm not a drunk monkey flinging random lines on pieces of paper.

It suggests that I'm a drunk monkey who managed to stumble upon a compelling story people want to see through to the end. I'll take it!
You've probably noticed the lack of activity the recent weeks. This stems from a couple of circumstances, none of which are bad. But I should let on what's actually going on with the comic, going forward. A little while ago, October 20 got accepted into the Spiderforest collective. For those of you wondering, Spiderforest is a webcomic host and community, that accepts new members through a bi-annual voting process, and we got accepted in our second attempt.

What this means means, is change. But in this case, good change. It means we're moving to a new website at a new host, and no thanks to me, the new website will look fantastic. It does mean a delay in updates for a little while, while we get everything in order. It could be days, it could be a week or two, but when we got everything in order, we'll have a new home. For those of you coming through the october20comic.com domain, nothing will change. It will still be the adress for the main page. For those of you coming through smackjeeves, I will still update this page, but it will be found at a different adress. I'll come back to that later.

So that's it. Good things are afoot, but it does involve a bit of a delay. To apoogize, here are the first of a couple of pin up cards I'm doing. If figured it was most fitting to start with the two sexiest characters in the Oct20 universe.

You're welcome.
Today's page takes the fight to it's natural next phase. Bet you weren't expecting the curse to be an annual battle of jenga?

On this day, you should maybe check out M9 Girls. Our friends from over there supplied us with today's page. It made me grin when I saw it.

Normal service resumes this monday.
@hipopotamo: I doubt they are in any serious danger.
@Wurzel: No resemblance what so ever.
@GroovyKinda: For Rai to come blasting by was the original intention. I came down on a different idea, though. If you look closely on the last panel, you'll see a silent shadow moving across the roof tops.
@Delta-v: I worry some times that I go too far with the inside jokes. But once I got this idea, I didn't want to let it go.
I'd take some time to apologize for the delay of this page. Alot is happening around the comic, and big changes are afoot. What those changes are, will become clear soon. Don't worry. It's all good. And... there is another reason for my tardiness, but let's not dwell on that. Let's instead look to the HORIZON.

This is important. The three distinguished gentlemen around the table on this page should in no legal way be confused for Charlie Wise, creator of Groovy, Kinda, Andy Purviance, creator of I, Mummy, and my brother, creator of many beatings throughout my childhood. You have no evidence that I in any way stole their likenesses for this page. Absolutely ZERO.

From this moment forward, the rest of the chapter though, belongs to Rai, and his fight to reach midnight. Will he ever again see DAWN?

Lastly, for those interested, the following is the english translation of the german text on this page:

-Have you read the latest by Ishikawa?

-It really captures the fear of the unreliability of memory in a post-industrial world.

-I've heard good things, dear friend.

-But unfortunately, I don't read anything written after 1830. I find it all both harsh and vulgar.

-You should come by my bookstore some time. Our 1830's section was just refurbished.

-My friends, a toast to high culture!


@Delta-v: Shields is ever the pragmatist, and he's planning for the future. He might be overestimating how willing Cat is to move on, though.
@jessie: Ayup.
@melaredblu: Now that you mention it... He does seem to suggest that Mbali might be his daughter, but he doesn't come out and say it. Curious.

At some point, alot more of Cat's recovery in the clinic was shown. I'm a huge fan of the Avatar shows, Legend of Aang/Korra, and I'll admit to changing the rhythm of Cat's story in the second chapter based on the 4th season of Korra, where she suffers a life changing injury, we get a few glimpses of her treatment, and the rest is her coming to terms with what has happened to her, physically and mentally.

It's like Shields said earlier. Cat will never be 100% again. She will always carry this with her. How far she can go will depend on many factors, not the least of which is recovering spiritually. Come chapter 3 we'll see the most serious damage might be done to her psyche.
@RedClause: The idea is to update around midnight monday morning my local time. Which would make it somewhere in the afternoon in US time zones. That's the idea, anyway. I have zero buffer, so I don't always hit it.

According to Shields and his rules, which is all we have to go on, if Rai can survive until midnight icelandic time (ZULU) he'll be safe for another year. The curse will still be on him, and the only two ways of getting rid of it entirely, is either kill the last other survivor, or go back to the cave where it all began, and remove their names from the wall.

Shields has hinted the he doesn't hold Rai in very high regard. What his plan is regarding Rai, should he survive, we'll just have to wait and see.
@melaredblu: Nah, she just wanted a head to bite off, didn't she? She can't seem to be able to avoid walking right into Shields' traps, can she?
@GroovyKinda: I like to keep it authentic, so I did extensive research. :)
@GroovyKinda: She did come prepared, didn't she. She seems to have every angle covered, whatever she wants with him.
@GroovyKinda: Well, I'm sure he's aware of the effect is can have on people, so if you'll notice, he's kept his arms covered since the reveal.
@hipopotamo: Rai's gabmling everything he has on being able to outrun it. We'll have to wait and see.