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A Wallpaper and Not Much Else

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This is almost not even a full update, but, first thing's first: There is a new wallpaper, but I am not attaching the picture of it to this update because it's based on a panel from OOTS #1000, which came out last night. If, for some reason, you haven't yet read OOTS #1000, go over to Giant in the Playground and do that right now. When you're done, you can head to the Wallpaper page there and check out the new wallpaper.

In other news:  OOTS #1000! I hope everyone enjoys it and everything that's going on in the comic these days. I will be the first to admit that I didn't get very much Kickstarter work done in the last month or so, as I was focused on getting the main strip up to this point without too many delays—so the Workometer is going to be a bit anemic. Sorry about that.

I wouldn't even normally do an update at this stage except that I was able to dovetail the wallpaper and regular comic so nicely. And hey, everyone tells me that they want regular communications even if I haven't finished anything new, so...here you go!

There's one other announcement that you probably already saw on the site—and won't affect most of you because you already bought the paper books during the Kickstarter. But there was a small contingent of backers among you who wanted only digital material, rejecting even the refrigerator magnet to which they were entitled with a $10 pledge. To those people, I would like to mention that, after many requests from readers, I have begun releasing the existing OOTS books as PDF files (at that link) starting with Dungeon Crawlin' Fools and On the Origin of PCs. If you're a digital ascetic who eschews physical objects, you can now finally enjoy these previously paper-only products.

OK, that's it for this semi-update. See you next time!

--Rich

Where No Stick Has Gone Before

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Your new wallpaper can be seen below, and downloaded here. I came up with the idea as a tribute to Leonard Nemoy when he passed away, but as always with me, it took a while to actually get it done. I hope it being late doesn't diminish the thought, but at least it gives me a chance to send you all to the For the Love of Spock Kickstarter, where Adam Nimoy is working to create the definitive documentary about his father's famous character.

Turning back to this Kickstarter, though: I am thrilled to announce that after way too long, I have begun actually drawing the O-Chul prequel story, How the Paladin Got His Scar. Before you start refreshing your inbox for the link to show up, though, I should tell you that it's clocking in well over 50 pages at this point, with potential to grow as I draw action scenes. So it's still going to take quite a while.

I did also manage to get another major reward fulfilled since the last update, as you probably know if your read the News section of my website. The elven favored soul Veldrina—who recently appeared in the regular comic with her pet tiger Little Whiskers—is the walk-on cameo character that was purchased during the pledge drive. And actually, she's getting a bit more than a walk-on, since it was easier to swap her into a role that I already had planned than it was to fit her in separately. I added the cameo to the Workometer below so I would have something to check off, because it's really unsatisfying to accomplish something and not get to fill in a colored box.

There are a few other changes to the Workometer, too—beyond the fact that I swapped out my old stick portrait with my current one in order to show you all the grim toll webcomics take on the human body. I added the Mystery Box that one backer snagged so I can mark that off when the time comes, as well as the secret-until-it's-done Mystery Prize #9. I also adjusted the number of wallpapers completed to reflect the number I've actually released, to avoid confusion. And I have another stack of crayon drawings done that I haven't packed up and mailed, as represented by the half-lit box. I didn't want to delay making an update any longer, though, so there you go.

Also, I'd point out that I am now completely done with digital portraits—the Stick It to You and Stick It to Your Family artwork has all been sent out. If you ordered one and you aren't currently basking in your family's stick figure likeness, either a.) you are one of the 11 backers who still hasn't sent me photographs of you or your family and thus I couldn't draw anything, or b.) the email with download links to the artwork got caught in your spam filter or some other related goof-up. In either case, send an email to kickstarter@giantitp.com and let us know that you don't have it yet and I'll get right on it.

And that's it for this update. See you all back here at an indeterminate point in the future when I will have an unspecified amount more work completed!

--Rich

DOWNLOAD NOW: Therkla in "Spoiler Alert"

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Ninja Update Strike Force!

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The second of the Backer's Choice PDFs is now complete: Therkla the half-orc ninja in "Spoiler Alert." (That's the name of the story, not an actual spoiler alert.) It's sixteen pages long, which is about what I've come to expect when I set out to write an eight page story. Backers, you'll be getting a second (private) update shortly after this one with a download link to a .zip file with the story, so keep an eye out for that.

It's also greyscale, not blue as I had previously envisioned it. Turns out the all-blue look didn't work as well as I would've liked, leaving the pages muddy and hard to read, so I scrapped it. I may try again when I start on the art for O-Chul; I think it might look better if I start with it blue instead of drawing it grey and then trying to convert it at the end. Or it might not, who knows?

In other news, a whole pile of crayon drawings have gone out the door at this point and I will keep working on them as I am able. That's just about all that's been finished; the back half of 2014 got a bit swallowed up by the new OOTS book, Blood Runs in the Family. I needed to get that out to store shelves on so that I could keep paying my regular bills. But rest assured that everyone is getting what they've paid for, regardless of how long it takes me to finish it. My next goal is to start drawing the O-Chul story itself, which will be a lot longer than the Therkla story I just finished. So it will take a while, but I intend to keep trickling out crayon drawings on the side as I go.

One more thing: If you have one of the D&D party drawings, I expect that there's a strong chance that your gaming group has changed since I first collected descriptions. Maybe you've switched campaigns or even genres by now. Maybe those characters got eaten by a grue. If you want to update your requests, feel free to drop me an email at updateddescriptions.kickstarter@giantitp.com with new information. The same goes if you have one of the last remaining Stick It to My Family packages; I know children can change a lot in this amount of time, so feel free to send me updated photos to that email if you haven't already done so.

That's it for this update. Thanks again for your patience and I hope you enjoy the story when it lands in your inbox in a few minutes. 

--Rich

Random Encounter with 1d4-1 Updates

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I think I already talked about the spiral where I put off updating because I haven't done enough, which increases the amount of stuff I feel I need to do before updating, so I put it off, etc. The gist is, I am bad at accomplishing things, and even worse at expressing how bad I am at accomplishing things. But here's a pretty wallpaper:

This is obviously an homage to David Trampier's famous cover illustration for the AD&D Player's Handbook from 1978, one of the most famous pieces of D&D artwork. Since we have a new Player's Handbook coming out this month, it seemed appropriate. As always, you can get a variety of sizes at the wallpaper page on the main website.

You'll notice that two boxes for crayon drawings are half-shaded. The reason for this is that there is a pile of about 20 finished crayon drawings on my desk that I haven't mailed out yet. There are a whole bunch of reasons for that, but right now the only one still standing in my way is my Kickstarter inbox, which has 374 messages that I haven't looked at. Since some of those are almost certainly address changes—and since the artwork is one-of-a-kind—I need to dig through that before I can mail the drawings, or else they might get lost in Mail Service Oblivion. That's one of my tasks for this week, and when it's done, those drawings can get packed up and mailed. And then I can move on to doing more of them. (I mention this less as an excuse and more to assure you that if you've messaged me and not heard back, that response may yet still be coming.)

Other than that, it had been my goal to finish one of the digital stories during my hiatus from the main comic strip back in March. As it turned out, I didn't even get to start one. All the Real Life stuff I had been putting off overwhelmed me and it took all my effort just to get back to the regular strip on time. I've since been able to get some work done on the Therkla backer-requested story in the last three weeks, so hopefully that will be done by the next update.

Anyway, I think that's everything. I haven't done as much as I would have liked, and I hope to do better going forward—both with the work and the updates. Thanks for whatever patience you have left.

--Rich