I'm a software designer in Boston,MA who enjoys wargaming, painting, good food and better beer.
March 11th, 2018
Chapter 3 Fin!
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I distinctly remember wondering if I would ever make it to this point of the comic nearly a hundred pages ago.
Between now and then over 3 years and 1,600 hours of work has passed (and that's not including Dave, Richard, Sio, and Jon's time writing, or Moses's editing!) That's 66 days of straight drawing, nuts! Imagine if I'd put that into something more productive, like working on my non-existent ice sculpture or piano skills.
A lot has changed since then, in terms of writing, style, and the lives of everyone involved in this comic. Two of us have become parents, careers have changed, and from this point on things are going to change quick in the comic too. We're just at the end of the first arch, and trapped between a hammer and anvil our party will have the option to crack or harden. I'm exciting to dig into the next chapter, but that will have to come after Adepticon. Which brings me to my next point!
Headed to Adepticon???
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We'll be there too! Come say hi, or have your models or costumes repaired at our medic booth. Richard and I will be volunteering our time to help anyone in need of a fix-up with glue, paint, brushes, epoxy, zipties and more. We'd love to see you there! Also, join us Saturday when we help judge the cosplay contest!
But that's not all
this week we're doing an
ama on reddit!
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Join David, Richard, and I with any questions you have! Be it about plot stuff, making a comic, or even how to make the best damn pie you've ever had, (Richard is a master baker,) we're looking forward to sharing our misadventures and questionable wealths of knowledge with the internet.
Finally, and most importantly
We've been gifted with additional fine works of art from two of some of my very favorite people.
has graced us again this week with one of my favorite characters, miss Aetta Holt! (God I love this. I'm glad I'm finally to a point where I genuinely appreciate it when people draw my characters better than I can. She's just perfect.)
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And my very own girlfriend Emika was kind enough to surprise me with my favorite old man this week as well. A welcome treat in the middle of a tricky work week from a very sweet and compassionate person. I'm lucky to know you.
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Stay tune for next week when I add in Wrath and Glory's How to Play pages! The next season will be off to a rocky start as I sort out some life stuff next month, but bare with me, we'll be on our way to forging the next arch very shortly.
March 6th, 2018
@Osrek: Hey, I wish I could post more too, but I don't ask you guys for money so I've gotta do other work to pay the bills. Patience please!
March 5th, 2018
@Reset: Not to any specific plot centric point, they're just some photos of his brothers and sisters he keeps for luck. :)
March 4th, 2018
Wrath and Glory!
Hey guys! It's been a heck of a month, hasn't it? EO may have been quiet, but I was keeping busy helping out the Ulisses crew with their upcoming RPG, Wrath and Glory, through the form of a quick
How to Play guide
, check it out!
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Quick aside: When I was a bitty college student, I'd heard of 40k through my friends, (and having been introduced through Orks and early Noise Marines, knew I'd like it) but had never the time or money to find a foothold in what seemed like an impenetrable wall of lore. It wasn't until about 7 years ago when a friend visited and walked me through character creation in the Dark Heresy 1st Ed manual that I finally got a grasp on it, and it was through the eyes of my little voidborn psyker that I got introduced to the universe and came to adore it through my first campaign of Dark Heresy.
Wrath and Glory is headed by Ross Watson, the same Lead Developer as DH, Rogue Trader, and Deathwatch, and he even had his hand in Black Crusade. As such, I can't help but hold it as some spiritual successor to the 40k RPG franchise. So you can imagine how thrilled, humbled, and utterly terrified I was to get to lend my hand in some small way to the project. During the 5 weeks I was working on this little teaser for them, I also managed to catch both the cold, and the flu. Sometimes you just can't catch a break, for all other times, there's
In any case, I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed drawing it. We've got
one more page of this chapter coming next week
(It's almost done, even!) and then I'll be posting the intro comic up here during the 'break', and doing something else special. Perhaps opening up some Q&A, maybe doing Q&A for a specific character.
As for the 'break', the pages are less regimented these days due to work so there may be only a week of break, or several depending on life/work. I'm hoping that may change soon, but it may get a bit worse before it gets better. That said, I still love working on this so just hold tight. Things will even out.
Finally, I want to give a couple thank yous, to
, who surprised me with this adorable Talon one of the weeks I was sick as a dog. Thank you for brightening my spirits when I was struggling. <3
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And to my buddy
, who sent along this amazing post card right around the same time! I'm glad to say I got mucus on neither of them, and both are currently hanging on my wall. You guys are amazing <3
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And that's it for the mega-text-update. More on Adepticon next week when the last page of the chapter goes up. See you then!
February 23rd, 2018
@Savayan: Right now, both, and a full-time job! ;_;
I keep telling myself I'll update next week *every week* because I desperately want to. I mean the next page is up on photoshop almost every other night because I'll get my work done, flip over, realize it's well past midnight and turn in.
All I can say is I'm still super invested and I 100% plan to keep working on this, but my commission schedule is nutty, and will be for the short term.
January 14th, 2018
While visiting DC with Richard, he was kind enough to take some of the thumbnails I'd done for this page and anoint them with his own special touch.
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December 31st, 2017
When I get home things will be just as insane as they've been, but it won't stop us from sneaking our passions in between the margins as we always have. Stay tuned!
December 31st, 2017
Happy New Year!
KAISER: Hey guys! I hope you've all had a great new year! Ringing it in with a new strip after a long, work-filled hiatus. My first vacation in a while comes paired with the update I've drummed up in my free time between visiting Halifax and DC to visit my buddies.
RICHARD: I played 40k and Necromunda for the past three days. My 2018 resolution is to do that 365 days next year.
KAISER: Also Richard is here and we're both several margaritas and glasses of scotch in. I beat him at necromunda btw, totally wiped the floor with him. Back to the train of thought; 2017 has been a weird, screwed up, intense, merciful and unrelentingly cruel year. I've been busier than I've ever been in my life in a good way as all the filler and hobbies I've carefully cultivated have been slowly replaced by responsibilities, which have been as fun and thrilling as they have been consuming. I've gotten to do some work for the community team as a freelancer -- which is honestly a childhood dream -- so that's pretty cool. It's been a unique connection to a hobby I adore, and I feel very lucky for having had the chance.
It's also bitter sweet, because it leaves less time for this comic, which I still love and daydream about working on daily. I've got a massive buffer played out in the margins of my work notes, napkins, the sides of paper cups and what have you. I just got back from spending my Christmas with one of our fans-turned-best-friends and his family, and sat in the corner writing this update, there's two people on the couch beside me all the way from Ohio who would have never met us if it weren't for this comic. I would have never met my girlfriend and the most amazing girl I've ever met without the connections I made through the comic. (Thanks Baz.) It's safe to say it's had a massive positive impact in the lives of both Richard and I purely in terms of the people we've been lucky enough to meet and share our hobbies, hopes, and commiserations with.
RICHARD: I'm especially proud of the awesome roleplaying group that has built up on the forums. We have an oustandin group f people there and its been a pleasure to play with them all. We're going to try for even more RP opportunity in 2018 and I'm so excited to do that with the awesome group we hvae.
KAISER: What he said! Now I need to go catch up to his drinks. Goodnight everyone, and make the most of 2018!
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October 29th, 2017
Hello again! Happy to get to post another comic this week, though if you were keeping your eye on the exciting
you may have seen my work pop up in the
! For a bigger version of those images without the borders, I uploaded them to
just this past week. Hope you guys enjoy them!
Out of everything that's been released this past year, Necromunda's what I'm most excited about. Klovis the Redeemer is what helped get me into 40k, and I'm dying to bash together an undercover inquisitorial squad. My local friends and I already have Plans. Space Gang Plans.
Also, have a full-size version of that page so you don't have to squint at Holt's tight script.
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October 19th, 2017
@Gonfrask: Talon might not be too eager to agree!
October 16th, 2017
@CMET : delivered!
October 13th, 2017
@Montagnard: Dan Abnett apparently describes how to make it thusly:
Brew a pot of tea
Empty the water out of your coffee maker
Dump the tea in the coffee maker reservoir
Brew coffee, using tea instead of water
Enjoy your recaff.
The end result of this is that you end up with a super-caffeinated beverage, combining the two limbs of the evolutionary tree that both produce caffeine. Recaf ends up tasting somehow like both, and yet neither at the same time. Regardless of which one you think, it will still unfortunately make all coffee you make from now on taste suspiciously like tea.
October 9th, 2017
Oh, and shout-out to
for letting me steal her bab for another quick cameo, and to
for the same.<3
October 9th, 2017
I could use a caff-priest at the moment too
Hey guys, ya'll have probably noticed I haven't been updating like usual. Pardon my lack of activity, I've been pulling 70-80 hours weeks between day job and night job. 90% of the work done on this strip was done by dragging myself out of bed earlier than usual to go work at it at the coffee shop so I wouldn't feel guilty not plugging away on client work.
On the other hand, you might have noticed some of my work on the new Shadespire site, so that's super cool! With any luck you'll be seeing some more of my stuff here and there, and comic updates. The next while's going to be a little rough for me, so expect me to be a little infrequent- but that said, Richard only just came up for a visit to properly flesh out the next chapter, and we're both really excited to get it out there. When is the only question.
To those reading this, thanks for sticking around! It's always the highlight of my week whenever I get time to work on this project. I do miss this particular weekly toil.
August 17th, 2017
@Kaliphon: I've removed your comments as per what I stated above, and I welcome you to contact me at email@example.com if you'd like to discuss further. Trying to keep comments 40k related.
August 15th, 2017
Hey Angel, Metal Commander, I've removed your posts for the reasons mentioned above. I'm totally taking responsibility for starting it considering I mentioned the protest, but as I mentioned just above, I don't want this to turn into a place of heated debate. Not that I agree or disagree with you.
As always, you're free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 14th, 2017
@Dave: Hey guys! I appreciate the dialogue. While I don't agree with Matt's assessment of me he's entitled to his opinion. But I don't want the comic page to become a discussion on politics. I only meant to state where I, personally, was going to be. I welcome you to email me at email@example.com if you want to continue, but I'm going to cut it off here out of respect for having a last bastion of escapism and the rest of the folks on my team who I can't represent.
August 14th, 2017
Lord Inquisitor Fleischmann
: Holt is an old word for township, so you're going to find lots of pictures of rural cow milking activities.
That said we certainly couldn't help ourselves either.
August 14th, 2017
@Hatfylld Människa: I make exceptions for fish.
Orks however... now there's some boyz who know how have a good time.
August 13th, 2017
We saved you the trouble
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I mean, there's repressed, and then there's just unhealthy. (This is actually in the results, we looked.)
Some other news: While our comic may be a safe bastion from the chaos going on in the world around us, things are less tidy here in Boston. I'll be amidst the counter protesters showing up at the commons this coming Saturday to remind our visitors hate isn't welcome here. So wish me luck.
In other news, things may be rocky on the update schedule until mid October. Things are still in the air, but if you guys saw the diagram at the front of the
Warhammer Community published the other week (
out by the way,) it's a bit like that again. So wish me luck AND sanity.
But on the bright side, holy shit! New warhammer RPG coming out!!! YES!!! With the same cool dudes who made the last ones fantastic too! We can't wait!
In any case, I look forward to getting to finish the rest of the chapter. Things just had to slow down when I got to my favorite part :c
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