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Comics - Christmas in the Far Out There Universe - page 25 - December 25th, 2016, 6:09 am

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Blitzkrieg1701, December 25th, 2016, 6:34 am

...and there we have it! Another successfully executed twenty-five days of Christmas Comics! Hope you all enjoyed this festive little detour into Far Out There's various side characters and backstories as much as I enjoyed doing it... and now I've got, what? 48 hours before I have to actually start resolving all the stuff left hanging in November? Wheee...

Anyway, I'd HOPED to have this last page finished and up at midnight, but I think I might have literally the most criticism-proof excuse for a late page every: I was up all Christmas Eve night and straight into Christmas Morning printing out a coloring book for my two-year-old nephew. Cool Uncle achievement unlocked.

Oh, and speaking of presents, I was actually scrambling to finish ANOTHER project for today on top of the official Christmas stuff. Remember Becky & Gilb? That old deviantArt comic I left hanging years ago but keep making little references too every so often around here? Well, I FINALLY made a new chapter! It goes up on Patreon today! ...eventually. Yeah, as I write this post, none of it is actually on Patreon YET. I mean, it's all drawn and ready, I just kind of need to get a LITTLE rest before trying to put that many pages, with that many commentaries and links, all up at once. And make no mistake, it's a LOT. This bad boy is a whopping SEVENTEEN PAGES. That's the most material I've EVER tried to put up on Patreon at once, so you can understand why I kind of want to have a more clear head before trying. But it should all be up by tonight, and it'll all be available to ALL Patrons, even if they're just donating a single dollar a month. So, you know, if you want to throw a buck or two my way and see it all for yourself, it'd be a very Merry Christmas indeed!

But hey, Merry Christmas either way!

12/17 EDIT: To the surprise of absolutely no one, posting all the Becky & Bilp comics took longer than expected, and now I'm running behind on new Far Out There stuff. There WILL be a new page at some point today, though, so just bear with me. There IS a fresh Voting Incentive already up, though!

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Seros Senric (Guest), December 25th, 2016, 4:30 pm

Merry Christmas!

Ed8, December 25th, 2016, 8:31 pm

Merry Christmas! Hope the Interplanetary Santa Claus Corporation got you everything you asked for!*
*within the bounds of their extensive legal liability disclaimer documentation, of course

So the 25 Days of Christmas is officially over...Just think of all that additional backstory you're going to have to remember not to contradict now ;)

Most importantly: IT'S BECKY AND GILB!!!! :o You're actually going to force me to sell a kidney to do the Patreon thing now. Oh, sure, in theory I could just wait until it's on the old-patreon-stuff public page, but what if I get hit by a truck tomorrow without seeing the continuation of Becky & Gilb?! That would be completely unacceptable!! Now, if only we could find out whatever became of that poor bug kid from Point Me At The Sky....


Blitzkrieg1701, December 25th, 2016, 9:05 pm

In my own defense, I'm trying to keep the Patreon price structure as poor-person-friendly as possible. I've seen a lot where the the first one or two donation levels are just "you get to feel good for supporting me!" and it's not until you start paying at LEAST $5 a month that you actually start to get any rewards. Screw that noise. I'D never be able to afford spending that much on webcomics, so there's no way I'm asking other people to do so. But $1 a month? That's slightly conceivable, so that's what I've based the whole deal around. The overwhelming majority of content is available at the $1 level, everything above that is just treats and perks. I know people argue that removing the incentive to donate more is undervaluing your own work... but that only works if people actually HAVE the extra money to spend and are just choosing not to. If people really only HAVE $1 but I demand $5, well, then I'm just gonna get nothing because people can't pay what they don't have.

HOWEVER, if one were to pledge one EXTRA dollar and gain access to the exclusive blog posts I occasionally do, I actually WAS planning on doing something about Point Me At The Sky in the near future. Just throwin' that out there!

EDIT: OH! I nearly forgot! In all fairness, I should warn you that while the new Becky & Gilb comics WILL eventually be made public, it'll probably take a while. The plan is to re-draw the previous instalments in standard comic-page-format and post them on a new SmackJeeves page... which will probably take some time. ANd the Patreon comic won't go public until AFTER those re-drawn comics are finished. So, if you're super eager to read the new stuff, donating is probably the best move (and that totally has nothing to do with me trying to squeeze a few bucks out of my readers. No sir)

Ed8, December 25th, 2016, 10:01 pm

OK, I may have slightly exaggerated the burden of a few bucks a month, it really only requires the occasional blood-plasma sale. Selling a kidney is only needed for the Make-Blitz-Do-Crazy-Stuff level. ;)
I was actually surprised that you ever make the patreon stuff public at all, that's awfully generous. So, really, you're only squeezing a few bucks out of your highly impatient readers. (Fortunately, in our modern fast-everything society, that's pretty much 99.99% of people.)

Seros Senric (Guest), December 25th, 2016, 10:31 pm

Also, readers that want to support him and have a little bit of money spare in order to actually do so.

Blitzkrieg1701, December 25th, 2016, 10:58 pm

Well, it's not THAT generous, since the whole reason I make the older stuff public is so people will see it and (hopefully) want the newer stuff.

Plus, in a post-internet world where EVERYTHING is free if you look hard enough, taking a hardline "pay for this or you can't see it" stance isn't really very practical. Better to make one's self likable enough that people just WANT to offer support, and not hoarding content is a fairly likable thing to do, right?

Ed8, December 25th, 2016, 11:17 pm

Actually, now that I think of it, it's awfully generous for you to give us the entire regular strip for free also. And then there's also CW, so two entire free strips. And then there's the Vote Incentives, too, which update almost as often as the strip, so really practically three entire free strips! It's a good thing that the internet has taught me that absolutely everything should always be free all the time, or I'd start getting suspicious. (and it's awesome free stuff too, which is even more suspicious, 'cause usually free stuff is not)

@Seros - what is this "spare money" that you speak of? I am intrigued by this novel concept :)

Seros Senric (Guest), December 25th, 2016, 11:22 pm

It's what happens when you get used to scraping by each week barely able to afford to live, then suddenly get a well paying job and then still live like you have no money.
It just seems to magically be there in your bank account.

Ed8, December 25th, 2016, 11:31 pm

@Seros - now that you mention that, it does sound vaguely familiar, I think I briefly had some of that "Spare money" once a long time ago, but then a bunch of nephews and nieces showed up and made sure that none of that nasty "spare money" ever cluttered up my bank account ever again. They're very helpful that way.

dylgramac, December 26th, 2016, 1:39 am

Merry Christmas!
It's still Christmas in Olympia... Anyway, I could have commented earlier, but then I couldn't have given you your present. I'm now supporting you on Patreon!

The reason I couldn't do it earlier is that I decided to make my Patreon account secure, so I used a ridiculous password and let my computer remember it for me. Then I forgot to bring my computer while visiting my family yesterday and staying over. I just got back now.

Also, to buck the trend, I'll actually say something about the comic! I really like seeing Santa Vengeance for some reason. I also love how Alphonse loves his plain cube, and Bridget's giving him a 'Really?' look.

P.S. 11:39 isn't really late, but I'm still in a late night babble. Exclamation points!!!

Blitzkrieg1701, December 26th, 2016, 3:19 pm

You know, I'd toyed with the idea of giving Vengeance a page... where the joke would be that absolutely NOTHING new about him would be revealed. In the end, though, I decided that same lack of info could be delivered in the background of another comic.

Oh, and thanks for the support!

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