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DOWNLOAD NOW: "How the Paladin Got His Scar"

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Scar Issue

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Hey guys, I'm going to keep this brief and to the point so everyone can get reading right away. The most important thing is that a few minutes after this update, I'll be sending a second private update that will have the download link for the O-Chul prequel story, "How the Paladin Got His Scar." It's fairly large—95 pages, 62 MB—so take that into account when downloading it.

The O-Chul story is the only thing I finished, so that's all that's lit up on the Workometer. My main goal going forward over the summer is to get back to the regular free comic on the website as much as possible. My top Kickstarter priority will be crayon drawings, at least for the foreseeable future.

Picking an exact date to try to update didn't work out at all this time, so I'm not going to do that again. I hope to do another Kickstarter update in early August.

Thanks, as always, and I hope you enjoy the story. Have a nice summer, unless you live in the Southern Hemisphere, in which case have a nice winter.

--Rich

Titles Are Hard, Too

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I said I was going to update on February 22nd, and I think there's a pretty good chance that it might still be Wednesday somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean somewhere, right? Yes? No? I'm not going to Google that because I don't want to be wrong. Anyway, here's a wallpaper.

I must have been in a more contemplative mood when I came up with this idea, rather than the usual action scene, but I think it came out well. As always, you can download it from the Wallpapers page on the main website.

Of course, you've probably already figured out that the fact that you're getting a wallpaper means that the O-Chul story isn't done. I'm closer than before—incredibly close, in that way where I would normally not update until it was done and then something else would come up and then suddenly it's been six months. So, I'm updating as promised, knowing that I may finish the story next week. Or not, I can't tell; even when I'm done the art, I have to go over everything and check for errors and make sure everything works together. That's a luxury I don't get on the main comic, where I have to post every page as I write it and hope I didn't make any mistakes that I'll need to explain later, so I'm going to take full advantage of it. 

Obviously, I didn't get anything else finished in the last few weeks, either, so here's the Workometer:

What I'm going to do is once again tell you when I am going to update, with the understanding that I may choose to update sooner than that if I get the story done. The next update will be on April 24th, 2017.

I'm going to cut this short now because I've been awake for 26 hours trying to get that wallpaper done and words are hard right now. As always, thanks for whatever level of patience and support you're still giving me after all this, and I will see you again in a little over 8 weeks (if not sooner). Thanks!

--Rich

P.S. None of you need to worry about the Haleo & Julelan story that I just put on sale to the public, it's the pretty much the same one you got back in 2013, just with updated lettering. But if you don't have Blood Runs in the Family yet, the PDF version is on sale now, if you care.

DOWNLOAD NOW: A Monster for Every Season Vol. 3 (Autumn)

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Maybe They're Early for the Southern Hemisphere

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No wallpaper today, because there's a PDF download coming. It's the third installment of A Monster for Every Season, specifically the Autumn 2016 edition. Yes, I'm aware that it is neither autumn nor 2016, but I only missed it by 12 and 2 days, respectively, which is positively punctual for me. Plus, this is the set that I had more than 50% completed in late November when I realized that life had gotten in the way of my plan to get the O-Chul story finished in time for the end of the year, so it was easier to keep going with it rather than switch to drawing the Winter set.

This set of monster miniatures is the biggest one yet, and I still didn't have room for every last demon, devil, or undead I wanted to include. There are a lot of those, it turns out. Also, a lot of flying head monsters. I drew five for this set. Five different official variations on, "Look out, it's a flying head!" and I'm pretty sure there are more that I missed. D&D is weird sometimes. Anyway, a second (backer-only) update will be along in a few minutes with download links to the miniature sets, so stare at your email client relentlessly until it arrives.

Let's look at the Workometer:

 

O-Chul is so...close...and yet still a lot of drawing left. I'm hoping to pare back what I have to work on to just O-Chul and the regular comic for the next two months, though.

Which brings me to the subject of updates. I said a few posts ago that I would update more, even if I had nothing to report, and it...hasn't really worked out that way. It's very difficult for me to not think that if I just work one more week before making a post, I'll have something to deliver. I want to believe in my own productivity despite ample evidence to the contrary. So we're going to try something else—I'm going to tell you now when the next update will be. The next update will be on February 22, 2017, the five-year anniversary of the end of the drive. I'll make a post that day even if I haven't finished O-Chul or a wallpaper or anything. I'm hoping the existence of a set date will compel me to actually make an update. Actually, I'm hoping that a deadline will help me finish O-Chul, but I can at least commit to making a post about it if I don't.

That's it for this update. Happy New Year, and I hope everyone enjoys their new 400-something monsters to play with. I'll see you all back here on February 22.

--Rich