"Autumn Pingo vs The World"

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News from Chrispy! Listen up!

Hey, folks! Apparently TopWebComics is still glitching on me, so my new incentive isn't actually appearing yet. Still, I'm going to post this and ask you try voting anyway.  (Vote here to MAYBE see the new comic.) Every time the site has glitched on me, the incentive did eventually appear. I'm curious about WHEN it actually shows up. (Is it only after a certain time zone passes over to midnight?) If you vote and see the comic, post a comment under today's comic to let me know!  ("It's still not there!" comments are only useful once an hour.)

For the record, I uploaded the new Copper Road at 8pm eastern US time. It works from my TWC incentive control panel, so I know it's there. Somewhere the code isn't making a connection correctly. I've sent another email to TWC about the issue, and I'm hoping this time I'll get a reply more helpful than, "Tech support says nothing is wrong." Because all the complaints are just us having a mass hallucinations? (It's hard to be optimistic about a support staff when sending messages to their email address returns an automated error message.)

I guess a tech support nightmare is a proper way to end my little "nightmares turned reality" series of Copper Roads.  I hope you've had fun watching lives be ruined!  (By the way, my wake-up jolt this morning was a wasp flying into my face... in my bathroom. That's a good summary of my 2014, the year when my nightmares became my everyday reality!)

Now that TWC has de-glitched and is displaying the bonus, I can make this post! And you can vote here to see me being silly!

So here's a brief recap of the origin of the Gingers: Cartoonists put little in-jokes into their work all the time, and in this case Carl from Ginger's Bread and I ended up with some sort of character trade thing, with him taking Autumn. They are not meant as direct ports from one universe to the other, as those universes aren't connected. We each have control over our borrowed character and do whatever we want with them. (Within reason, and it's always proper to run it by the other first.)

I sent Carl and email previewing the story when I made the joke that became this bonus comic. Proper Ginger has a last name that makes things awkward, as it's MINE TOO.  I sidestepped it, with extra-cleverness, for this Precocious story - but I wanted to make a quick nod to the name thing anyway. And thus a bonus comic was born!

Back to the character trade thing: Carl went and wrote a story for Autumn and put her into continuity. As for me?  Meh. I started by being reckless and threw Ginger's iconic hair in as filler on whims - and so the myth of multi-Ginger began.  Is it all coming together now?

First off, a plug for the guest star in today's comic. The *original* Mat (and Precocious guest strip artist) is rebooting his comic, Badly Drawn Kitties, starting today. Bookmark the site and enjoy the fresh introduction! (By the way, BDK can deal with adult themes, so you've been warned.)

And now for the main event: The living nightmare that is my comic continues! Vote here to see the latest deep dark fears of my cast made manifest!

UPDATE: The Copper Road archive now has last month's comics in it! Go and enjoy them again, or catch up if you're a monster who didn't vote enough.

Finally, another one! A lot of roadblocks were thrown in my way, but I'm continuing with my Copper Road story-ish thing! Let the nightmares fly! I've got two more comics in this series coming up. While my Kickstarter obligations demand I draw and post them both in the next 24 hours, I'm going to have to bank that owed work and instead focus my weekend on... other Kickstarter stuff. (I'm pushing when I can, everyone.)

I really hate to admit it, but my health problems have taken a huge toll on me the past few months. I've hit a lot of rough setbacks recently, and it's pretty scary, but I will keep working when I can. As someone whose reputation is largely based on reliability, it kills me that the fall in August, and resulting complications that included re-triggering another condition, has wrecked that part of me. I assure you, I'm drawing hard every day I'm able, and I REFUSE to let Precocious miss an update. Things may be very uncertain now, but I'm incredibly stubborn when it comes to my work. You can slow me down, but you can't stop me.  (Tomorrow marks the 2-year anniversary of the initial botched surgery that started this cavalcade of medical nightmares, by the way. Do you hold a party for such an event?)  As long as I'm hung up on old work, I can't take on new work - and considering my income is entirely based on the amount of work I do, this is not good at all. I'm very motivated to put the bad stuff of this year behind me and return to glory, but it will take time and a little luck.
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