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Collecting the first five chapters of the Lady Sabre steampunk-adventure webcomic by Greg Rucka and Rick Burchett.
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The Hey It's September Update!

Posted by Greg Rucka (Creator)

I was going to call this the "Hey It's September Enough with the Grief Already Update," but I thought that might be too tacky. So I'm doing it here, which is probably just as tacky, but if you can't use humor to see yourself through darkness, you gotta figure you'll be in the dark a long time, right?

What's Going On?

As many of you know, my father passed away at the end of July, following a long illness. As it relates to the Kickstarter, it pretty much shut us down entirely on all fronts for the summer. Now we're at the edge of Autumn, and discovering the new normal, so to speak.

Shipping is resuming this week. We're still a two-person (mostly one-person) operation, and Jen's getting back up to speed while balancing all the other things she must do. We'll be recruiting some more assistance next week, and if all goes well (and let me tell you, the way our luck has run, I'm hesitant to even use that phrase...) we should be putting most, if not all, of the remaining fulfillment items in the post by the end of the month. 

That is not a guarantee. If I've learned anything from the Kickstarter experience it's that Kickstarter Campaigns make plans and God laughs.

Lady Sabre

We'd gone on hiatus at the webcomic in an attempt to focus our efforts on fulfillment. Then life trampled us and the comic suffered.

We have resumed posting as of today. You can find the newest screen here.


So many of you reached out with kind words of support, sympathy, empathy, and condolences over the past six weeks. You have no idea how much it means to myself and my family. Your support, your patience, and your words have genuinely made a very difficult time for all of us here a little bit easier to bear.

So thank you. Sincerely, and from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Hold fast,


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    1. Paul Justis on

      Those we love will remain with us in every little whisper of the wind.
      In the soft rain that falls from Heaven above.
      In each sunrise.
      In every single star that lights the evening sky and every single memory we hold within our hearts.
      -Kathleen O'Hanlon-Daniels


      I wish you and your family well.

      Warm wishes,


    2. Brad Barnes on

      My condolences to your family, may there be brighter days ahead! On the lighter side, I came across a doppelgänger for Jen by the name of Jennie Van Meter (!), a writer who heads the alumni department at California University of San Diego. I advised Jennie to follow Jen on Twitter, but doppelanger's never listen to me! :D

    3. Ken Schmidt on

      Greg, my deepest condolences on the passing of your father. My thoughts go out to you and your family.


    4. Vigilance Press on

      Greg, this is the first I've heard of your father's passing (I suppose that makes me a terrible fan). Please accept my condolences on your loss.

      I'm very happy with the service I've received on this Kickstarter, I think you've done an admirable job, both with the comic itself and the fulfillment of the Kickstarter campaign.

      I would certainly be there for a second Kickstarter when you're getting ready to put out volume 2.


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      John Surdu on

      I love the book! So does my daughter. When will you begin work on volume 2?

    6. John Zmrotchek

      "Shared pain is lessened; shared joy, increased — thus do we refute entropy."
      -Spider Robinson

      Been there, done that, but without having a Kickstarter hanging over my head, and that was brutal enough. My profound condolences, and take the time you need to get yourself back on track, it's not a linear process, and nor is it an easy one. A little longer waiting for the book to show up isn't going to end the world.

    7. Ronnie M on

      @Greg - I can't even imagine how you must feel. We laugh so that we don't cry. I think Heinlein's assessment in Stranger in a Strange Land is correct, all humor is based in pain. I know that your life is never the same after changes like these. I wish you and your family a pleasant trip on the road to finding your new normal.

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      Pete Tano on

      My sincere condolences on your loss, and my heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. If it eases the burden on Jen in any way, I'll be attending the Rose City Comic Con, and would be more than happy to pick up my copy there, assuming that it doesn't ship beforehand.