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Help us reprint the out-of-print The Order of the Stick books to reach new readers (and let existing fans complete their collections).
Created by

Rich Burlew

14,952 backers pledged $1,254,120 to help bring this project to life.

Important Announcement; Please Read (Sorry this isn't the Belkar PDF yet)

Hi Everyone,

This is Mrs. Giant writing (AKA Rich's WIfe). He wanted me to let you guys know some stuff that's been going on. Rich had an accident earlier this week; he injured his right hand pretty badly on broken glass and was rushed in to have emergency surgery. They repaired some severed tendons in his thumb and he's home now and recovering. But he won't be able to draw for at least six weeks (maybe longer, depending on how quickly the nerves in his thumb heal). And he didn't want to keep you guys in the dark for all that time.

He is planning on writing a more detailed post himself once he's able to sit at the computer and type with his left hand, but right now he's on some pretty strong painkillers. When he feels up to it, he'll be able to let you know when to expect the comic strip to return, as well as the timeframes for getting out the remaining autographed packages and crayon drawings from the Kickstarter Drive. I'll be helping him answer the backlog of emails from that next week sometime, but I don't really know his address-change system yet so it might take a little longer than normal while I learn it. The last few remaining packages that are set to ship from Ookoodook won't be affected by this, so they'll keep going out at the same rate.

Don't worry, OOTS will definitely return; the doctor is really confident that this is going to heal well, we just don't know yet how long it will take. 

You guys have been so supportive and patient all year and Rich is really frustrated that he's letting you down by making you wait even longer for the stories he's been trying to bring to you. Just know that he is as eager to get back to creating the strip as you are to reading it. Thanks in advance for understanding, and hopefully you'll be hearing directly from Rich really soon.

Until then, think healing thoughts :)

~Mrs. Giant

Comments

    1. Creator David Rawlins on October 6, 2012

      Just wanted to wish you well and a full recovery! Love your work, but take time and get better!

    2. Creator t209 on October 4, 2012

      How did you cut your hand? Just asking.

    3. Creator Matthias Holzinger on October 1, 2012

      Get Well! Don't hurry and let it heal out! We can reread the old strips while waiting ;)

    4. Creator FULONGAMER aka Johannes Bowers on September 30, 2012

      Get well soon Rich. Hey, looks like a good time to poke your peers for a few "guest artist" strips or something. W00tz the OOTS!

    5. Creator Graham Wood on September 26, 2012

      Tell Rich to forget about OOTS - yes we all miss it, yes we all want updates, but that's completely irrelevant compared to "real life issues".

      Good luck to both of you, hope it fixes soon, and we'll get stuff when we get it :)

    6. Creator Petkus on September 26, 2012

      Mrs. Giant thank you for the message.
      Giant, you mean a lot to all of us! Get well soon!
      We'll hold down the fort while you're out.

    7. Creator Sally Burr on September 26, 2012

      Yes. Make sure you've recovered before you restart the strip and the kickstarter drawings. It will be worth it.

    8. Creator Valerio Biagini on September 25, 2012

      Get well soon!
      Best wishes from Italy :D

    9. Creator Jan on September 25, 2012

      Get well soon!

    10. Creator Eric Franklin on September 24, 2012

      Despite the accident and injury, we still received our shipment of stuff today! Thank you very much!

      Please rest up. Take it easy. And don't start drawing again until you're fully healed.

    11. Creator MartectX on September 24, 2012

      Have some Keoghtum's Ointment, Giant! Get well soon! :-)

    12. Creator Leopold Hutchinson on September 24, 2012

      Get well soon Rich!!!! Please don't worry about us the story you created have enriched the lives of everyone here and i am pretty sure we would rather you rest and recuperate back to full strength.

    13. Creator JU on September 23, 2012

      Sorry to hear about your accident, sounds really nasty (one of those things I tend to think of as the result if I'd be a movie-hero and throw myself through a window). I hope everything heals up well and that you don't feel too much pressure from the Kickstarter crowd during the healing.

    14. Creator itamar on September 23, 2012

      Get well, Rich. We can wait. :)

    15. Creator Mc Baran on September 23, 2012

      Rich, just take your time and dont worry. Everyone in OOTS fanclub understands your condition. So take a one huge rest. My mum always says that, this kind of injuries are coming when so one needs a rest. SO rest. You have been working for so long on this and i think that this was the only way to take some rest.
      Ive been reading oots for 6 years and a few weeks/ months are meaning less.
      And now your wife have to crossclass to cleric to help you with healing.
      Have a nice recovery holidays. :-)

    16. Creator Graeme Sharpe on September 22, 2012

      Dude, let this be a lesson...Exploding Runes cast on an ipad can only end badly
      Best wishes and heal fast.

    17. Creator Richard on September 22, 2012

      Rich, I think you'll have to look into insuring your hands =P
      Get well soon, but take all the time you need to recover fully!

    18. Creator Pete on September 22, 2012

      Listen to your doctor, take care of yourself, be well, sir. We can wait.

      Well wishes indeed!

    19. Creator Monica Caples on September 22, 2012

      Interwebs well wishes headed your way. I hope you get better soon!

    20. Creator NorthernDruid on September 21, 2012

      Ouch! That must utterly suck.

      Glad to hear it'll heal well.

      Speedy recovery!

    21. Creator AndyB on September 21, 2012

      Well, damn - that's awful. Please heal properly Giant - no shortcuts or impatience now! That thumb is important to us all you know... :)

      Thanks for letting us know Mrs Giant, and you have our full support in your supporting of your very talented husband while he recuperates.

      I hope one or both of you read this because I've been reading the books with my 8 year old daughter (skipping a few of the more colourful words of course) and she made a bookmark at the start of the school term. She decided to draw the order of the stick on hers! Hope that makes you smile, just as it did me.

    22. Creator Childodoom on September 21, 2012

      Get well soon Richard! I'm sorry to hear you're hurt, but I'm very glad that the doctors think you're gonna heal back up to 100%! :D

    23. Creator Sarah on September 21, 2012

      I'm so sorry! How stressful and painful!
      Take whatever time you need to heal properly and take care!!!

    24. Creator Daniel Hesse on September 21, 2012

      Thinking healing thoughts (I'm participating!)

    25. Creator natasqi on September 21, 2012

      Hi Rich,
      As a doctoR who has done rotations in Plastic and Hand Surgery... DONT USE YOUR TENDONS TOO EARLY! They need time to heal.
      USE YOUR SPLINT AS DIRECTED!!!
      REST REST REST.

    26. Creator K. Mayer on September 21, 2012

      Ouch. I had an employer do something similar to her hand once. Deep sympathy to both the Giant and to Mrs. Giant. Also healing thoughts towards the former, and supportive thoughts to the latter.

      To re-iterate the hundreds of people who posted above me - Rich, you aren't letting us down. We'll probably all have a bit of a letdown when the drive is actually over, but that's different. We aren't here just for the swag. There're loads of intangibles - community, camaraderie, gleeful anticipation - that you managed to tap into with this drive. The longer it runs, the more of those we get! It's not a setback, it's a lovely bonus package of Anticipation! For backers only!

      Also we're here for the swag. Which we know we will get as fast as you can give it.

      Most of all, we're here to support you and your art. So right now, TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND THAT HAND. That is your first responsibility towards us. (I'm sure your family will also appreciate it).

    27. Creator justin bordes on September 21, 2012

      Cure serious wounds, CURE SERIOUS WOUNDS!!!!!!!!!!

    28. Creator David on September 21, 2012

      Likewise, much as I really love Rich's work this kind of injury is not something to take lightly and I trust he will complete all necessary physiotherapy and similar before even thinking about trying to get back to drawing...

    29. Creator Sam Atkins on September 21, 2012

      It must be so frustrating to lose the use of a hand. I hope you have a smooth recovery, and you don't try to push yourself too much!

    30. Creator David Snell on September 21, 2012

      Your health comes first so please take care and get better. We can all wait as long as needed for you to be comfortable not just "I can do it (gritting teeth)" better.

    31. Creator Caitlin Conaghan on September 21, 2012

      Wow, you poor guy. Get well soon Rich!

    32. Creator Andre DeJesus on September 21, 2012

      Its more important that you recover. We can wait and meanwhile this gives you more time to fine tune ideas and work on scripts and such. With the amount of dedication you've shown to the comic and fans it seems likely that you'll still work on the comics in some way despite the injury. Just take it easy, have fun with whatever free time you allow yourself, and know that your fans care more about your well being than arbitrary deadlines and gifts with no expiration dates.

    33. Creator Anders Håkon Gaut on September 21, 2012

      Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Just let it heal properly so you avoid long lasting problems. We fans can wait :-)

    34. Creator Uli Troyo on September 21, 2012

      Wowza, please get better soon, Rich! I'm glad you're otherwise ok.

    35. Creator sduppleganger on September 21, 2012

      Best of luck with the healing. I'll send good thoughts in his direction. Just got the books I ordered, and they're a real masterpiece, espeically with his thoughts and explanations of the rationale behind each section. It's basically a guide to aspiring writers.
      Thank you, Rich, for all the amazing work you've done and gave to us, and I'm sure more will come out!

    36. Creator Mark van Esch on September 21, 2012

      Clearly the only solution is to create a kickstarted to build and install a robo-hand for Rich.

    37. Creator James Vacca on September 20, 2012

      Tons of good thoughts to Rich! We need those hands back in action!

    38. Creator Euodiachloris on September 20, 2012

      Yeah, Corey... we're so going to mark you down for spelling, mate. ;P Nah - I do the same silly self-correcting when there's really no need, so I'm one to talk... :D

    39. Creator Corey Cole on September 20, 2012

      Oops, "to hear".

    40. Creator Corey Cole on September 20, 2012

      Oh, that's very sad to here - I hope Rich recovers completely... in however much time it takes. I think I'm typical of many of the OotS Kickstarter supporters - I pledged more because I wanted to thank Rich for the pleasure his work has given me for many years than because I cared about the premiums. Of course I want to see more new OotS comics, but that can wait until Rich is 100% healthy again.

    41. Creator Ross Thompson on September 20, 2012

      I hope I don't need to say that your recovery is far more important than any silly comics.

      Get well soon!

    42. Creator Rebecca Saldivar on September 20, 2012

      That's awful to hear! Severed tendons and nerves - that's definitely serious. But your health and well-being must come first! We're just lots of strangers on the internet. ^_^ Please take care of yourself first, and we don't mind waiting at all for updates on the Kickstarter or the comic. (Well...maybe we mind a little! But you have a very good reason!)

      Thinking of you while you recover - take all the time you need!

      <3

    43. Creator Daniel Taylor on September 20, 2012

      So sorry to hear it. I had a similar accident myself earlier back in March; it was painful and frustrating (and the rehab is a pain, literally), but it did recover, and I picked my paintbrush up again a couple of months ago. I hope Rich recovers as well, and my best wishes to you both.

      (And don't start feeling guilty! Rich is *not* 'letting me down' by waiting to recover properly, he's helping me by making sure his work is as awesome in the future as it has been in the past. Take as long as it takes to be properly healed. Impatience isn't fatal, despite what teenagers will tell us.)

    44. Creator Paul Wayper on September 20, 2012

      Get well soon, Rich! Take all the time you want to recover - we're patient :-)

    45. Creator JustinH on September 20, 2012

      Best wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery.

    46. Creator Chooi on September 20, 2012

      Get well soon Rich. That is a nasty injury, never mind even worse for a great artist like Rich but I am sure he will recover & can take all the time he needs. Best wishes. Thanks for update Mrs. G.

    47. Creator Becky on September 20, 2012

      So sorry to hear about the accident Rich. No worries on the rewards for me. I am in no rush to get them. I have been enjoying the updates and community comments so much, I already almost feel like I got my money's worth! Take the time you need to heal up. Healing thoughts and warmest wishes to you and Mrs. Giant. :)

    48. Creator INCyr on September 20, 2012

      Yes, by all means, take care of yourself and get the rest and recovery you need! The comic and our purchases definitely take second place to your well being! We've stuck around for years, we'll be happy to stick around for a few more until you're better!

    49. Creator branden on September 20, 2012

      Very sorry to hear about Rich's injury. Rest and heal bud! We'll all be here when you feel better.