So this has been up since last night, but I was too tired to write the news post about it. And then I forgot! But it's there, it's real and it's spectacular! Vote here to see it!
I've been sending a lot of packages out lately - almost done with my Kickstarter catch up! - and I'm so glad I have self-sealing bookfold mailers. They cost more than I should spend, considering my income level doesn't give me much wiggle room, but me versus packing tape is just sad. (On the plus side, it may be my dispenser, as others who've tried to use it have met Shii Ann-style fates.)
This Copper Road is a combo of the last two unused ideas in my idea file - that aren't the complex things I'm saving until I get the script *just* right. I'm sure funny-stupid things will start happening around me again, and the ideas will flow once more, but the point is I forgot February was short and I got lucky I had something ready to go!
Last month's Copper Road can now be found in the Copper Road archive. Sorry you only got one for the month, but the Kickstarter-fueled extra updates have expired and we're back on "as I can do them" grounds. I'm sure you'll get an opportunity to unlock more Copper Roads soon, as lord knows recent brutal medical bills will require fundraising of some sort. I'm still unsure about the direction to go with this. A patron system with minor rewards, and boring tiers like "I have health care!" or "paying for utilities!" is one option. I already have my book 3s on sale. (Because I forgot to undo the sale at the end of January. Heh.) Hey, the next person to order a book 3 will get an artist edition with two sketches, because I read someone's request wrong and had to start over. (If you order a book 3 after the first person, I apologize, as you only get an EXTREMELY AWESOME BOOK that's on sale anyway.) I also have discounted original comics for sale in a grab bag format, set up as a fundraising option. And then there's the extra charms sitting around from a misprint, which are now "collector's items" to be used as a donation incentive? Man, I am bad at this marketing thing, but maybe I'll figure it out soon enough to, y'know, stay alive.
On the plus side, I've been doing a lot of work recently, so it's not like I've been slacking off. (For another 10 hours, I have a three-week comic buffer!) I'm still pretty darn broken, but I'm generally improving, and using any healthy window to maximum potential. It's been six months of hell, since the fall that caused the flare-up, and I continue to climb out of the pit.
Recently, I have been having a real rough time with my health, and I've been very limited in how much work I can get done. When I get like this, I need something to take my mind off the pain and frustration, so I pick up a video game. This time, my mission was to finally complete my Pokedex in Pokemon Alpha Sapphire. It took far less time than expected, thanks to me having so many past games to steal from - and it meant running two games at the same time. Aww yeah! Rather that wallow in shame, I made a comic!
And there are geeky ulterior motives here. I'm still not doing well, so I'll be Pokemonning a little bit longer. Now that I'm active on two units, I realized I messed up my Friend Safaris. My 3DS' safari was already pretty weak, thanks to so many who never got online when I was (probably because those were Animal Crossing players), and now my games with that safari are banished to the 2DS, which has almost NO FRIENDS. Pokemon players, I call upon you to fix that!
Get on your DS, add my friend codes, and then drop your codes into my Tumblr Ask Box so I can have them in the same place for easy access. I'll add you, then leave my games sitting online in hopes that you're doing the same. If you're a Pokemon Master and we're online together, that means our Friend Safaris get the special third resident - and hidden abilities start appearing! (Especially if you have Smeargle, Pancham, Ninetails, Magneton or Sneasel!)
My 3DS friend code: 4596-9566-6514 (Safari bonus: Braixen! It's a Pingo clone generator!)
My 2DS friend code: 2337-4877-7383 (Safari bonus: Heracross!)
Since it's in the archive, above is a handy link to the bonus comic for the current class picture day story! Click it to go the archive page.
Six years ago, the first Precocious update went live. I had no idea what I was doing, but I was happy to do it! Today, I... well, that hasn't really changed. (The comics are better drawn now, though!) Thanks to all of you for keeping me going! Shall we aim for seven years? More???
To celebrate six years, I've done a little update with the Precocious store! As long as I'm feeling festive, copies of book 3, and the book combo pack, are on sale for $5 less that usual! (For those just starting out, or looking to indoctrinate others, the colorful book 3 is meant to be an ideal starting point.)
I'm also testing the idea of an original comic art grab bag. For a reduced price, you can get random piece original comic art from my "these are special" pile.
(All other store updates will wait until the end of the Kickstarter fulfillment, likely at the end of the month. For the backers who are still waiting, make sure you've been checking the campaign updates. I'll need some feedback from the art burst orders soon!)
Since this is the first of the month, there's a new Copper Road too! Vote here to see it! (Even if TWC seems to have failed to reset, you get your comic on time.) One of the positives of me being fully unable to move through live without bumbling even the most basic things is that my constant failures often translate well into Copper Road scripts! I wrote this script a couple months back, but it gets the new year's duty because I managed to do the spice move again this week. Man, I'm glad 2014 is dead. It was mean to me. I spit on its grave!
As it's a new month as well as a new year, that means last month's Copper Roads are now in the Copper Road archive! Enjoy them again, folks! If you're looking for the Cylon sub bonus strips, all you need to do is scroll down the front page to see them.
So where *is* that 7th copy, anyway? I set up the scene to add a little mystery... Was there one covering the exit? Are these Ms. Timid's sisters, letting her stay home and safe? Did Quincy kidnap one? I suppose this is as good an answer as any! Vote here to see it!
By the way, can you figure out which copy is which? Also, a Tiffany hunt is a great way to thin out the herd! ("The six Vengeneers assumed it would be a simple mission... None survived.") Nah, I'm not that dark. Unless Carl draws that one comic he keeps threatening to draw. Then it's ON.
EDIT: I'm putting the deleted scenes from this story here in this post, since it's already on the front page with a snazzy picture! These three bonuses are all *maybe* canon, so they're here for fun jokes, even if they don't get immortalized as official plot points.
2106, part two:
2115, part two:
2122, with bonus ending:
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