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Thanks to our loyal fans, we reprinted the entire back catalog of The Order of the Stick—and funded a bunch of new stories, too!
Thanks to our loyal fans, we reprinted the entire back catalog of The Order of the Stick—and funded a bunch of new stories, too!
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More Stick Shakespeare Than You Can Shake a Stick Spear At

Let's get the important stuff out of the way first: The Haleo and Julelan story, spoofing Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, is done. Finally. It ended up a lot longer than expected, clocking in at 25 pages (compared to Greenhilt, Prince of Denmark's 17 pages in SSADT). The download link will be posted in a second backer-only update, so look for that in the next few minutes.

I also worked more on the digital portraits. Now, if you pledged at the Stick It to You level, your portrait is done and should be waiting in your email inbox (the one you pledged with). If it isn't, that's probably because you're one of the 11 backers who purchased a digital portrait but have not sent me photos of you or your family. Without photos, I can't draw anything. In the interest of public shame, here are those 11 backers:

  • David Pinkus
  • grapeson
  • gscshoyru
  • kiircat
  • LeAnn
  • Link3711
  • Mickey Jensen
  • Peter Standley
  • Sarah Rosenberg
  • tabrizia
  • Xentropy

If your name is on this list, email me at with reference photos of you and/or your family by September 1st, or your portrait will be pushed back until I've finished all the crayon drawings and all Patience packages (and who knows how long that will take). If you're a Stick It to Your Family backer and you don't have your portrait but your name is not on that list, then everything's fine, you're just still on my to-do list.


Not as much progress as I would have liked. I ended up focusing on updating the regular  OOTS strip on the main website these last few weeks, which means lots of new story but not as much PDF work. Going forward, I plan on catching up on mailing more signed packages and working on...something. Not sure yet. Probably the Summer A Monster for Every Season, but I may switch back and forth between that and a PDF story to-be-determined.

Now, I already plugged this on the main site's News page, so you can skip this if you already read it there. The last two members of the Order have been released in miniature form, as seen above. And that's cool and all, but you really need to see this:

That's Xykon flying on his zombie dragon in the same scale as the rest of the miniatures, making it something like two feet across. It's crazy. Morland Miniatures made a single casting run of these guys and they are also on sale now. Unlike the smaller minis, when these are gone, they're gone. So, you know. Oh, and if you're at GenCon right now, all the minis (new and old) are on sale in booth #1449.

OK, that's it. Next time I update, you're almost certainly getting a wallpaper unless I get some herculean burst of productivity and get another story finished. (Expect the wallpaper, though.)



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      Sanne Berg on

      I can't get into the zip file. It keeps saying I have the wrong password, but I am copy and pasting the password from the e-mail.

    2. Jeff Whaley on

      Saw the Xykon & Dragon "mini" at Gen Con. It is frickin' huge.

    3. Taymon on

      Can "Les Stickerables" eventually become an actual story? Pretty please?

    4. axiomus on

      gotta love old-song-referencing-tarquin. made my night more fun checking those out on net.

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      William B on

      Great story, Rich! But it looks like you forgot to label Act 2, Scene 2.

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      Bj haeck on

      I really enjoyed this. Funny, funny stuff that brought me back to the old OOTS days. Especially loved seeing Fruit Pie Sorcerer make a comeback as well as other cameos. I was always partial to the one off jokes. Thanks, Giant.

    7. Gordon Stangler on

      What an amazing story Mr. Burlew. I laughed, I cried, I was in awe, and I enjoyed every moment of it. Thank you.

    8. Nate West on

      Fantastic story! Comedy and drama all rolled up with characters we love!

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      James Quelch on

      Very entertaining. Thanks Giant!

      Really enjoyed the cameos, the large crowd scenes and the jokes.

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      Gaerzi on

      @Merneith: It was update #57, dated Feb 21, 2013.

    11. Merneith on

      The Belkar pdf was released? I guess I missed it. Which update was that, please?

    12. Eric Munson on

      Brilliantly smashing bit of comedy!

      However, I do believe that "reign death" should be "rain death", unless I failed my Knowledge: Puns check.

    13. Remy Monsen on

      Loved the Haleo and Julelan story. It was a hugely entertaining read.

    14. Shari Bromley on

      AWESOME!!! You, Sir Rich, are the BEST! I loved how almost everyone was in the comic in one place or another. Great ending, too.

      Did I mention that you were the Best?!

      Thanks XD

    15. Peter S on

      PS, I blame the IMP...the true power behind everything...

    16. Peter S on

      Bummer, it has not been for lack of sending the pictures for the portraits of Master of OOTS. I have done that twice (last year and again this past spring), but somehow between hither and yon, the pixels doth migrated to neverneverland it has seemed. Shall attempt once again... I have been enjoying the relative flurry of new OOTS comics in any case...

    17. Steven Schopmeyer

      Well done, sir.

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      crux on

      Didn't expect this. It seemed like you were focusing on the online comic rather than Kickstarter rewards right now, and I was totally fine with that. Nice to see one of the backer PDFs finished though!

      And the best thing...? It's *absolutely brilliant*!

    19. Céline .S. Sauvé on

      @Giant Ah, right. Panel 6 has Elan noting there's some sort of thing going on. (Don't mind me, I overthink most things;)

    20. Rich Burlew Creator on

      @Nigel: They're coming, probably in the Fall.
      @Céline S. Sauvé: Yes. Strip #720, Panel 7. Also, don't expect too much from the framing scene, it's just there to tie it all together. There may well be inconsistencies.

    21. Céline .S. Sauvé on

      Poor Elan's self-esteem seems to be mighty low if that's how he talks about himself in the story. |:(

      Meanwhile... He knew his father has slaves before the dinner?

      Act 2, Scene 5 is the bestest scene ever! ;D

      Otherwise, that was great! Heehee.

    22. Nigel Phillips

      I'd love to see a standing Xykon and Redcloak: a big dragon is beyond me, especially after acquiring Reaper bones Kaladrax
      I'm sure I will get the rest of the OOTS figures though ( and an extra Élan for conversion). Free accent thanks to iphone

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      Kieran Elliott on

      What excellent timing - Just 30 minutes ago I finished up a vast OOTS reread. Splendid stuff.

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      Gaerzi on

      Another typo: "reign death" should be "rain death" on page 21.

    25. Céline .S. Sauvé on

      Gah! Not fair! That dragon is $170! And the Full Order is $77.70 USD. That's $2347.70 before shipping.

      I so don't have to money... But I so want that 2-foot-wingspan!
      Maybe, somehow, I'll find a job right out of College and they'll still be some left by then?

    26. Mark on

      Woot! That was fun and well written.

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      Gaerzi on

      Typo: naïveté is spelled navieté on page 4.

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      Lauren on

      WOW. Incredible updates to the main comic and a PDF short story. Thanks :D

    29. Artem Safarov on

      Rich, thank you for finding time to update the regular comic with such frequency while working on these goals. For me (and likely for other backers too) the main story is the first priority and the amazing run you had recently is really appreciated!

    30. Joe Nelson on

      Ahhh its the "Snips Snails and Dragon Tales" book. Sorry for misunderstanding, my girlfriend confiscated all the books I ordered and is cruelly drip feeding them to me as christmas/birthday presents

    31. Joe Nelson on

      Greenhilt, Prince of Denmark's 17 pages in SSADT? Unseen OOTS content?? aiiiieee where where where? Why do you taunt us so? (PS hope your thumb is getting better)