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August 1st, 2014, 9:00 am

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Reply Haunshaul, July 23rd, 2014, 3:04 am

And that is one more chapter complete! I'm really proud of a lot of elements of this chapter (primarily in regards to the art on several panels, and to a lesser extent the actual writing), and I think it bodes well for the future. Unlike the last couple chapters, I've been excited to work on the comic over the last few weeks and I think that positive attitude will really help with future updates. (Getting back into watching Buffy helped as well.)

In regards to future updates, I will be taking a few weeks off to relax and prepare the next chapter (and maybe buy a new tablet, since this one just keeps creating issues). I'm going on a trip to the East Coast from August 15th to 27th, so I won't be able to work on pages then. I'll likely get a few pages done in early August and complete the rest of the chapter when I get back. Because of the trip, the hiatus will be a bit longer than those between subsequent chapters. So, expect the next chapter to start sometime in September or early October.

I'd like to once again thank my readers, both old and new. I really appreciate all your kind words and constructive criticism, and truly believe this comic has become infinitely better thanks to fan input.

Talk to you soon.

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Reply Pokemontrainergigi, August 1st, 2014, 6:15 pm

That trip to the east coast sounds fun, it's pretty awesome over here =P (aka the superior coast #insidejoke). And I can't wait for more updates :D But I shall c: Loving the direction you've been going in!

Reply EnceladusTrainer, August 2nd, 2014, 2:26 pm

Hey, I live on the East Coast (of England #crapjoke). Have a fun trip! :)

Reply ozymandias_jones, August 5th, 2014, 3:09 pm

Did you think you were going to get away without an end chapter review? Well tough, cause here goes.

First of all, Maxie is crazy fun. He was a great way to remind us all how good this comic can be. I especially liked how his whole 'what do you think this is, a video game' speech was emphasised by the other characters (bar DJ) acting particularly videogamey. Tyton's face was certainly mirroring Ash in one panel, just after Haun put out the water, and Ted was total NPC in the way he sent Tyton up to the summit to deal with the rest of team Magma (unless of course he's a double agent.)

I also think I mentioned that I didn't see a way for the plotline to end in a satisfying way, but you completely surprised me with the Ted thing, and I like where we're at at the moment. I also really liked DJ's little bit. Given that this comic is moving away from the rigid in-game plot, I think DJ's probably in a unique position for you to treat completely as you want, since she wasn't on the team in-game. Plus, she's now been way more competent than Tyton against both Maxie and Archie.

A problem I did have, was that there were lots of what could be called throwaway pages in this chapter, like the last couple, the thunk page, or the one right after the thunk page, which could have all been combined with other pages. I hope you realise I'm not trying to accuse you of being lazy, since I know you put lots of work into this comic, but I feel like with this sort of update schedule the pace of the comic is badly affected by these pages. I'd much rather have some of these pages combined, and shorter chapters, even if it meant longer breaks between chapters.

Anyway, thanks very much for the great chapter, which managed to have a real sense of danger, make honest and insightful commentary on the games, and still be very funny in places (UNFIRE!!) Maxie's speech was really well written in places too (...they're crazy!) I really enjoyed having this comic back for a while, and I'm sure I'll enjoy it again when it returns. Best of luck with your trip, and also woo Buffy! Have you got to Once More With Feeling yet?

Reply Haunshaul, August 6th, 2014, 2:13 pm

@ozymandias_jones Thanks a lot for the input! The throwaway page thing is a really tricky balance, because I have to pace the comic as both a story with daily updates and as one that might be binge-read months after the pages have released. There's also my self-imposed limitations regarding page size and chapter length, and my tendency to prefer cinematic single images over multi-panel pages in a lot of cases. It's something I try to balance, and I realize I got carried away this chapter. =P

In regards to "Once More With Feeling", I'm not there yet. I'm a little over halfway through season five, and I believe "Once" is a few episodes into season six. I keep getting distracted by other things and haven't made nearly as much progress in the show as I'd like, though that's also because I'm simultaneously watching Angel. Hopefully when I start working on the next chapter in the next few days I can crank through most of the rest of this season. =)

Reply Lucario01, August 20th, 2014, 3:56 am

Wow, I didn't realize you had made another chapter.
This chapter was nice, Maxie has to be one of the most interesting characters in the story. I'd love to see him more.

Reply Laufente, September 14th, 2014, 11:29 am

Man I'm sorry for commenting super late! I started reading the updates as soon as they happened, although I never got around to writing anything somehow :I
But as a long-time fan, I'm really happy you're back. And one can tell from those new pages that you had fun drawing them again - that's what matters the most!

I'm looking forward to the next chapter^^

Reply Miles Hikari, April 19th, 2015, 11:01 pm

I finally make it back and the comic hasn't been updated in nine months?

Reply Haunshaul, April 19th, 2015, 11:06 pm

@Miles Hikari: Shhhhh I'm working on it!

Reply Lucario01, May 3rd, 2015, 7:16 am

@Haunshaul: Yoo can doo eet!

Reply Dragon Master, June 10th, 2015, 9:44 pm

Wow. I started reading this and I'm hooked. And I read it all in one day.

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