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The Chase is On!

SWOOSH - and swoosh again!

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Page 221: The Chase is On!

Three-way aerial chase scene between a ghost, a Rotorbug, and an Errosaur? Only in the Randomain! 😀

Also, how to swear in Errosaur.

Thumbnails and process for this page can be found on Patreon! Featuring much swooshy action!

See process on Patreon!

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Hold Tight!

Proposed design upgrades: seat belts AND a hair net

Page 220: Hold Tight!

Minor design flaws, questionable steering, and Errosaurs – the perils of air travel in the Randomain!

Also demonstrated: the perils of flying with long, unruly hair and equally unruly passengers.

Thumbnails and process for this page can be found on Patreon!

Process on Patreon

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Cat Wrangling

Cat toys galore! Erro is having fun...

Page 219: Cat Wrangling

Erro!Kitty joins the fray! No… wait… it’s Pterrosaur! The chase is on!

As usual, process and thumbnails for this page can be seen on my Patreon!

Check out the process doodles on Patreon!

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Up, Up and Away!

I hope they brought parachutes...

Page 218: Up, Up and Away!

The getaway that got away! For the moment…

I’m calling that thing a Rotorbug. Steering is questionable.

Fun Facts:

Iris, being a somewhat botched, demi-turned vampire, lacks most of the cooler vampire abilities, much to her annoyance. So, no flying or turning into a bat! Sorry, Iris! (Not that she doesn’t try, when she thinks nobody’s looking.)

Cadaver has been persistently haunting Carnage since death, despite Carnage’s best efforts to get rid of him. Carnage is resigned to having a ghost around as a useful tool, for now.

And hey! For this page, I found a rare un-inked pencil version kicking around! I don’t have many of those from Chapter One, because I inked over most of the pencils without scanning them (whoops!) If you want to take a peek at that, plus the thumbnailing mess that went into this page, hop over to the Wayward Queen Patreon!

Process for Page 218 Available on Patreon

Next I’ll dig up the sketches for that rotorbug and post the design process on my Patreon (first I need to FIND those sketches, ahaha… They’re in ONE of these piles! Or scattered across several piles. Probably.)

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Getaway Ride

I dunno, that looks unstable...

Page 217 – Getaway Ride

Are we SURE it’s not time to panic? That getaway ride seems a bit questionable…

Want a peek at the process behind this page? You can see all the thumbnail planning mess on Patreon here!

Take a peek at the process behind this page on Patreon!

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Cornered!

Featuring: CUDGEL'S FOOT

Page 216: Cornered!

Vitalia gets the award for Understatement of the Year…

But now is not the time to sit and chat! Now is the time to RUN LIKE HECK! Or take a chance on being tossed into a waterfall by a wayward gizmo! Or…?? Tune in next week to see if our valiant band of doofuses survives! (Looks like we are continuing with Thursday updates until further notice, so check back Thursday.)

Want to see the thought process behind this page? It went through a bit of wrangling thanks to the discovery of a gaping plot-hole halfway through the thumbnail process! Process, thumbnails, and other extra goodies are available to patrons! Check out the Patreon here, if you’re curious!

Thumbnails for page 216 - see more on Patreon!
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Hanging by a Thread

AAAANGST!

Page 215: Hanging by a Thread

WE ARE BACK!! HALLELUJAH! And we have enough buffer pages for a couple of months! We hope to provide some measure of ridiculous entertainment for the benefit of everyone shut inside during this pandemic… We return to once-a-week updates! Still deciding whether updates will be Tuesday or Thursday… I’m thinking Tuesday, so check back next Tuesday!

Of course we start right off with D R A M A A A A~! Enjoy the angst! 🙂

Curious about the process behind the comic? Guess what! You can now find process on my shiny new Wayward Queen Patreon! As we head into Chapter 2, there will be a lot more behind-the-scenes goodness (Chapter 2 is when I’ve started scanning all the steps. In the meantime, I’m digging up any old thumbnails and roughs I can find.)

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Conflict of Interests

Can't we all just get along...

Page 214: Conflict of Interests

Vit has obviously not been paying attention… It’s hard to keep track of everything when people are trying to kill you! Will they leave with Fursovitch or leave him hanging? Will anyone get away at all? Stay tuned!

Gaaaaaah, how is it October already! So many things happening this month! But we might be able to wrangle the next page by the 8th.

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Hang In There!

Hang in There, It's Only Monday!

Page 213: Hang In There!

Aaaaand contact! From bad to worse and back again! One sad traumatized kitty and one sadder radio technician who is gonna need therapy if he survives all this. (No actual kitties were harmed in the making of this comic, only Errokitties.)

Right, back to a more semi-normal schedule (though still crazy busy!) Maybe I can wrangle the next update by the 17th? We’ll shoot for that for now (status updates in sidebar.)

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Hot Grenade

Or, you know, you could just hold it right up to your face...

Page 212: Hot Grenade

Behold Iris, the world’s brightest vampire! (Or… maybe not.) Eenie meenie miney moe, now where will the grenade go? And will it explode before it gets there? Stay tuned!

Okay, so, multiple deadlines are happening all at once – but I miiiight be able to crank out a page by September 3? We’ll aim for that.

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When In Doubt…

It's a special present for you, Iris...

Page 211: When In Doubt…

When all else fails, blow it up! By the way, do you have any idea how difficult it is to find reference on what exactly happens when you throw a grenade? Especially an old-fashioned grenade? (This one is supposed to be circa late 1930’s…) There’s loads of reference on throwing stances and safety precautions, but not a lot showing exactly what happens to the various bits when throwing it: like, does one pull the pin all the way out? Which bits are supposed to fall off? I went with what descriptions and images I could find, I hope it’s more or less accurate. (It may help that Frank has little experience with grenades, and is throwing it with his off-hand, so he probably isn’t doing it perfectly anyway…)

My Google search history must look REALLY suspicious now considering how many variations of “how to throw a grenade” I entered. 😛

Let’s see, I’m juggling multiple client jobs at the moment (they invariably all strike at once,) but the next page is underway… How about we aim for the next update around August 14.

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Enough of This

No more Mister Nice Guy...

Page 210: Enough of This

Imminent conflict of interests! Patience is wearing thin! Lines are drawn! Tempers are lost! And yes, Iris totally has a one-track mind… But hey, lunch keeps getting away!

It is still stonking hot, which makes it harder to do any inking (seriously, the paper gets damp and warps in the ambient humidity, that’s how swamp-like it is right now,) but progress is being made slowly. Let’s say we aim for the next update around July 25.

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Ticket to Somewhere

Somebody needs to learn about sharing...

Page 209: Ticket to Somewhere

WootWoot, new page! In which we leave everything hanging to check in on the recovering involuntary dance troupe!

Alright, fell off the radar for a bit due to the general amazing but distracting awesomeness that is the IMC, but I’m back and primed to draw stuff, soooo… Let’s say we aim for the next update around July 10.

Yes, I’ve been doing way too many shows and workshops. Should be fairly chill the rest of the Summer, though, so more time to draw comics! (I hope.)

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Catastrophe!

Kitty does not approve

Page 208: Catastrophe!

BAD KITTY! D: Kitty is a music critic. Kitty does not like that tune. Kitty does not want any tunes. Is our morose minstrel fated to become cat food?? Stay Tuned!

(Research for this page was fun and distracting, though… I was mostly looking at cougars, which resulted in a fair amount of “DAAAAW FUZZY! LOOK AT THE FUZZY-WUZZIES!” I mean, baby cougars, man…)

Okay, got a whole bunch of stuff coming up to juggle all at once, so let’s aim for the next update around June 9 if all goes well.

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Shocking Payback

More and more shocking!

Page 207: Shocking Payback

The payback! What’s more shocking and creepy than an electric eel? An Electric Erro Eel! Electric eels are SO cool, though. What other creature can remotely control the movement of their prey? And if they curl up, they can double their voltage. SO COOL.

Okay, some migraine delay happened there, let’s see if the next page can go a little faster… Tentatively aiming for the next update around May 21, depending on what life throws at us.

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Tentative Getaway

We need more snails...

Page 206: Tentative Getaway

WOOHOO, a new page! The getaway! Or… not… (Why the claws? Well, Erro needs to get a grip because there IS a giant waterfall a little way downstream; and of course he’s just a wee bit pissed off.)

This latest delay has been brought to you by multiple deadlines (business as usual) and MoCCA Fest (yay!) and Spectrum Fantastic Art Live (yay!) so it’s not like I’ve been slacking! One of these days I’ll figure out how to cram comic pages in between all that other stuff, though. ONE OF THESE DAYS. (April has been pretty much as follows: rush client deadline – MoCCA Fest – rush client deadline – SFAL – rush client deadline – can I take a nap now??)

Aiming for the next update… ummmmm… derpitty derp… Let’s say around May 8? Very tentatively? If nothing else pops up to derail things.

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Snail Power

Mollusc 1, Reptile 0

Page 205: Snail Power

Snail Power! Otherwise known as Dropping the Hairdryer into the Bath. (Okay, yeah, that is one supercharged electric snail…)

Next page is thumbnailed, gonna try to crank it out by next weekend, but convention prep is happening now so we’ll see… let’s aim for the next update around March 19 (status updates in the sidebar.)

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Secret Weapon

Jar of DOOM!

Page 204: Secret Weapon

WE’RE BACK! With the secret weapon of doom! Maybe. If it works. (Remember those electric snails we mentioned way back here? YES, that was not random filler! Everything has a purpose! No really!)

Ahahaha… So much for February. I think this month has been cursed. First I caught whatever Winter plague was going around, and then just as I was getting out from under that and finally caught up on deadlines, WHAM, migraines from Hell for about a week. YAY. Let’s try this again and see if we can get this comic moving at something faster than a snail’s pace for March…? Next page is thumbnailed, so that’s a good start – let’s aim for the next update around March 5? (And this time I’ll also try to remember to update the status in the sidebar. Ahem.)

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Swooshy Doom

Swirly But Deadly

Page 203: Swooshy Doom

Okay, back in business in spite of all Hell breaking loose in this country! I was expecting holiday delays, but not “welcome to your new dystopian future” delays… Anyway, going to try to stay on track with this comic as long as I can! For now, enjoy a bit of battle, snakes, and, well, all Hell breaking loose entirely elsewhere!

With any luck, I think I can have the next update ready next week, so let’s aim for February 4.

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Dancing Days Are Over

We weeble and we wobble and we all fall down

Page 202: Dancing Days Are Over

All right, last week got weird and busy in sudden ways, but hey, NEW PAGE! In which the music dies and we all fall down!

Huh, okay, so next week is Christmas-New-Years-Etc. and there will be family getting in the way for the rest of the year… So I guess we should tentatively assume the next page will go up in the first week of January. Status updates in the sidebar (if I remember during all the holiday brouhaha.)

Until then, Happy Holidays!

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Danger Looms

The many uses of a balalaika...

Page 201: Danger Looms

YES okay, new page! Dripping with drama and giant snakes!

Wheeee, so since the last page, I’ve attended this utterly incredible workshop, One Fantastic Weekend (it’s run by the peeps behind the One Fantastic Week Podcast.) Despite what the name sounds like, it’s ALL about business – the business of art, the art of business, and how to make a living as an independent artist. All I can say is it’s probably the best workshop I’ve attended so far in terms of learning TONS of useful things in a short amount of time. If you’re an artist thinking of going independent, you should abso-freaking-lutely attend this workshop!

My post-workshop mantra for 2017 is:
MAKE MORE ART
POST MORE ART
SELL MORE ART

Anyway. Back to business for now (some client stuff has been occupying a big chunk of my schedule, but that’s mostly under control now, so hopefully there will be a bit more time for comics.) Tentatively aiming to post the next page around the 12th. (Status updates in the sidebar as usual.)

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Danger Approaches!

THASSA REALLY BIG SNEK D:

Page 200: Danger Approaches!

What the hell is that!? Well, remember what Erroneous was up to a few pages back…? Yeah. That’s what. Just when we thought things were bad enough, now there’s snakes. DANGER. BEWARE.

Anyway, QUICK update, no time for the usual blather! (Basically all hell’s broken loose since the last update, I’m still getting back on track with everything, would prefer not to mention politics on here, but yeah, all I can say is ARGH.) Page 200, WOOO! When life gets back to semi-normal I guess I should do something special for this milestone, huh.

Next page is probably going to be somewhat delayed, but let’s aim for a tentative update around the 24th. (Status updates in the sidebar as usual.)

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The Show Must Go On

Teamwork!

Page 199: The Show Must Go On

OKAY. Yes. New page! With some kind of impromptu ballet! Looks like Fursovitch has it all his own way… for now… (Yes, those comparative sizes are accurate. Cudgel is a Big Boy and Iris is tiny. A tiny ball of undead rage.) (As for Cadaver, it’s in his nature as a haunt to obey every command of Carnage save one. So being subject to an enchantment that prevents him from obeying seriously messes him up. Dissipation is the only way out!)

Anyway. Sorry about the extended delay, there. Tis the season for everything to happen! Since the last page, I’ve been at IlluXCon, caught a case of con crud, and am just now getting back on my feet… IlluXCon was totally worth the subsequent con crud, though – it’s my favorite time of year, a whirlwind of the most incredible art and the friendliest artists anywhere. Plus hot cider sangria. And a Wonder Woman Flash Mob. GOOD TIMES. But it’s back to the regular grind for a while, and hopefully back to a semi-regular comic schedule (as regular as it ever gets, anyway.)

Next page is, um… barely nascent. Let’s aim for a tentative update around the 7th. (Status updates in the sidebar as usual.)

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It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing

The Fabulous Randomain Follies!

Page 198: It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing

New page, whee! This party’s just getting started! We’ve got swing sensations Frank and Vitalia, Cudgel and Carnage rocking the brother act, and an undead aerial waltz, it’s the show of the year, folks! (And no, Iris does not easily let go of her axe.) (It’s like a security axe.)

All right, had to zip off on another brief trip there (went to see the family and do a lot of unseasonal swimming,) hence the delay, but should be back on track for a while (as much as that’s possible this time of year. This is when everything happens at once.)

Next page is thumbnailed, aiming to post it this weekend (status updates in the sidebar as usual.)

Yes, I am aware that “Hell’s Trumpets” could be SO easily mis-read. I have no regrets.

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EVERYBODY DANCE NOW!

Put your right foot in, put your right foot out, do the hokey-pokey and shake it all about!

Page 197: EVERYBODY DANCE NOW!

Okay, new page, finally! And now is the time in the Wayward Queen where we dance! 😀

So much for accurate estimates of my time… But we have a page, despite the prolonged chaos of the past couple of weeks, including wrapping up a crazy client project, migraines, the Return of the Heatwave from Hell (it is SEPTEMBER. Why is it freaking 90 degrees out??) AND, oh joy, more last-minute changes on the crazy client job just as I was about to post this. YAY!

(There were going to be musical notes, but A) they were taking way too long to add, and B) they looked pretty cluttered. I hope those flowy lines still read as musical staves?)

Next page is… uhhh… barely started. So I guess we’ll aim to have it posted around next weekend? Assuming no more unpredictable SNAFUs? (Status updates in the sidebar as usual.)

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Rock and Roll

Play that funky music

Page 196: Rock and Roll

Okay, new page, finally! With drama galore, and the Black Balalaika of Doom! Can Fursovitch fiddle those nasty blues away? Stay tuned!

Since the last page, I’ve been Legendeering in the wilds of the Canadian Rockies with a bunch of crazy artists (which I should write up when I get a chance – Mountains! Glaciers! Bears! It was awesomesauce.) and have been hit with a crazy animation project where every other day is “oh hey here’s another huge list of changes and new scenes and can we have it all done by tomorrow morning?” and at the same time we’re in the middle of a nasty sweltering month-long heat wave and I have no air conditioning, so this is fun. (We should all know by now that Summer is a hot mess as far as regular updates go.)

Next page is in the thumbnail stage and I am swamped next week, but am hoping to wrangle the next update by next weekend. Status updates are over in the sidebar whenever I remember.

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Something Slinky

Dressed for sssssuccesssss

Page 195: Something Slinky

Something Slinky This Way Comes… To confront THE BLACK BALALAIKA OF DOOM. Yes, Fursovitch lugs that thing around for a reason. Yes, this comic is about to get even more ridiculous and I’ve been looking forward to the next bit since forever. XD

(Why does Erro keep yacking to himself after he’s removed his ears… Oh, whatever, it’s Erroneous.) (And yes, we continue to leave the question open as to what Erro’s ears actually look like. Because I continue to be undecided as to whether they’re pointy or not. YOU DECIDE.)

Next page is still in the thumbnail stage, hoping to post it by the weekend; if not, it might be delayed for a week due to more crazy intensive workshops coming up (’tis the season.) Status updates are over in the sidebar as usual.

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Return of the Naked Menace

Convenient hair is convenient

Page 194: Return of the Naked Menace

Yes, he’s back, and ready to rumble, clothes or no clothes! It only gets more dire from here, folks! (Let us all be thankful for Convenient Hair.)

Next page is still in early stages (and it is stinkin’ HOT out this week, so work is going a bit slower than usual)… I guess we’ll aim for next Monday-ish. Status updates are in the sidebar as usual.

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But wait!

Chaos is what is happening!

Page 193: But wait!

Okay! We are back from IMC and back on track! But what is this happening?? We shall see!

I may have to attempt a blog post on IMC at some point, because it was glorious. A whole week shooting the breeze with the likes of Mike Mignola, Greg Manchess, Donato Giancola, and Scott Fischer, plus frisbee, soccer, unicycles, way too much food, way too little sleep, and midnight rounds of warm cookies and apple pie moonshine. GLORIOUS.

Anyhow. Next page is in the thumbnail stage, aiming to finish by the weekend. Status updates over in the sidebar as usual.

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Quibbles

I think everybody needs a time out...

Page 192: Quibbles

Poor Carnage. Leading this gang is like running a kindergarten, really. A bloodthirsty, dysfunctional, overpowered kindergarten. Will the lunatics eliminate their victims, each other, and everyone in the nearby vicinity?? Stay tuned!

Page 193 is still in the thumbnail stage, but I’ll see if I can finish it by Saturday. If not, it might have to be bumped to the week after that, because IMC is happening after Saturday and there will be nooooo time for anything else. Status updates in the sidebar as usual.

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Nibbles

This comic is really all about lunch...

Page 191: Nibbles

The rest of the Wrecking Crew to the, um… rescue… or something. Something better than Iris, anyway. (Iris doesn’t just bite necks. She gnaws all over. Yes, she’s a messy eater and won’t share her lunch.) Will anyone survive intact? Stay tuned!

And yes, Cadaver and Cudgel are far more obedient than Iris… Perhaps to a fault. Cadaver because he’s dead and has no imagination, Cudgel because he worships Big Brother and does anything he says.

Next page is half-penciled (yay!) so I think we can aim to have the next update by this Friday. Status updates will be posted over in the sidebar (now that I’ve figured that out a little better… Apparently it was hiding some of my status text last week. Oops.)

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Squishy hugs of dooooom!

Page 190: Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Who gets the gizmo? Nobody yet! Beware the undead hugs! Will anyone escape alive, or will they all be hugged to death? Stay tuned!

Right. So that page took a BIT longer than expected (a significant portion of tie was spent trying to position Frank and Cadaver in a way where Frank’s hat wouldn’t completely obscure Cad’s head… You have no idea how tricky that is. Hats are officially a nuisance.) Okay, so in order to give a better idea of when the next page goes up, I’m using the little progress status over in the right column so you can see where we’re at. Current estimate is next Monday-ish…

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Grabby Hands

Precioussssss...

Page 189: Grabby Hands

Magical gizmo, limited supply! Grab it now while the grabbing is good! Gizmo, gizmo, who gets the gizmo? Stay tuned!

Hmm. Let’s aim for the next update next Wednesday? The next page is in progress but there’s still a ways to go…

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Flotsam and Jetsam

That'll clog your drains, all right...

Page 188: Flotsam and Jetsam

The submariners have landed! Soggy and groggy, but thoroughly washed… Who will recover first, the bat or the brat? Stay tuned!

Well, things have been more than a little hectic… Of course I had a table at MoCCA Fest, and the apartment is still littered with debris from that, but it went pretty well overall! I’ll post a report on my blog after I get through some of the other things on my to do list, like the clients saying “so is it done yet?” (At least taxes are now DONE. That was my entire life for pretty much all of last week, haha.) Still trying to drag this comic back into a regular schedule, I think we’re getting slowly back on track, with a few hiccups. Next page is penciled, hope to have it inked and posted by this weekend! (Crosses fingers…)

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Plumbing Hazards

Trouble with the drains

Page 187: Plumbing Hazards

We all knew this was coming sooner or later, right?

(Don’t mind me, just scurrying in with a quick update right before MoCCA Fest starts happening…) YES, things have been delayed due to MoCCA Fest and also a super top secret project that I can’t announce yet (but it’s cool!) After MoCCA Fest is out of the way, regular updates hopefully resume – aiming for the next page next weekend.

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Still on the Run

Maybe if you say "please"...

Page 186: Still on the Run

Yeah, these guys are still alive! For how long is anyone’s guess… (Fursovitch, if you’ll recall, climbed up one of those waterfall turret-things to monkey around with ham radio… That happened back here.)

Next update hopefully next Friday/next weekend, if all goes well.

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Mammoth Malfunction

You break the elephant, you fix the elephant

Page 185: Mammoth Malfunction

Big elephant fall down go boom! D: I guess that’s it for the almighty mammoth-bots, their extinction is nigh… Wiped out by the short-circuit.

The chase is on again! Next update on Friday if all goes well!

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An Inside Job

He’s the strong silent type. Or the dead silent type.

Page 184: An Inside Job

*Cough* Okay, we’re… back… again? Sorry about that, there were sudden deadlines, and then worse deadlines, and then total insanity from November through most of January. We will attempt to be weekly from here on out, barring catastrophes. Updates on Fridays!

And yes, we have here a rare page without dialogue. It’s Cadaver, he’s not the chatty type. More like the dead, silent type.

Since it’s been a while AGAIN, here’s a reprise of the handy links from earlier if you need to go back and refresh your memory as to what’s going on:

Go back to the entrance of the Mammoth-Bots…

Or go further back to the entrance of the Wrecking Crew, AKA the beginning of this whole fight-chase-craziness…

Or go all the way back to the arrival of our dubious heroes at Thornback Ridge…

Or go way the heck back to when our unlikely heroes first escaped the Wrecking Crew by zipping off to Thornback Ridge.

(Any further back and you may as well begin at the beginning.)

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Back on the Mammoth Ranch…

Doesn't anyone have a bomb?

Page 183: Back on the Mammoth Ranch…

Yes, we are BACK! Back to the comic, and back to the mammoths! My apologies for the long hiatus, this has been a crazy crazy year of back-to-back conventions, workshops, and deadlines. This was my first year of really doing conventions, too, so of course I had NO CLUE how to do any of this or how to manage my time while doing it, and a few things slipped (like this comic.) Now that I’m getting the hang of things, we can hopefully stay on track.

During the hiatus, I’ve also been trying to build up at least a small buffer to make this comic more manageable, because it was getting to be a major scramble keeping up with updates while juggling everything else.

Look out for weekly updates now on Fridays!

Since it’s been a while, I know some people might want to go back a bit and refresh their memory as to what in heck is going on here… So some handy links:

Go back to the entrance of the Mammoth-Bots…

Or go further back to the entrance of the Wrecking Crew, AKA the beginning of this whole fight-chase-craziness…

Or go all the way back to the arrival of our dubious heroes at Thornback Ridge…

Or go way the heck back to when our unlikely heroes first escaped the Wrecking Crew by zipping off to Thornback Ridge.

(Any further back and you may as well begin at the beginning.)

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Down the Tubes

Bath time for everybody!

Page 182: Down the Tubes

And this comic goes officially down the drain! Along with Vit and Iris! And that’s the last time I’ll have to draw that damn bucket conveyor, huzzah! Next up: whatever happened to the rest of the cast? Stay tuned!

AUGH so yeah, apologies for temporarily dropping off the face of the planet, there. I’m trying to prepare for two back-to-back conventions/workshops around the end of the month and I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I’M DOING and am running around in a state of frantic panic. (Among other things, I haven’t flown in years, HOW DO AIRPORTS WORK WHAT’S ALL THIS TSA STUFF I HAVE TO DO WHAT NOW PLASTIC BAGS HUH WHAT!?) On top of this I have a major project due before the end of the month. I may be hitting maximum capacity, here. So expect things to be crazy and sporadic until after the first week of June. I think it’ll be a relatively normal Summer after that, though.

Okay, so… I will attempt another update or two before the month is over (key word here being “attempt”…) Currently trying to get the next page up next Monday. (Status updates on my Twitter – I’ll try to remember to stay on top of that this time, I swear.)

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Over the Top

Life is so full of ups and downs...

Page 181: Over the Top

In which Vitalia takes a ride! No posh hotels for this girl yet! Although a shower may be imminent… (And this may be the last time I have to draw that confounded bucket conveyor… Except maybe a glimpse of it on the next page. But then I am DONE with that thing! Yay!)

Going to try for the next update on Thursday or maybe Friday. If I can eventually get back to a regular Thursday schedule, that would be swell. Status updates on my Twitter as usual.

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So Close and Yet So Far…

Well, there's your shower, anyway...

Page 180: So Close and Yet So Far…

Okay! We are back in business! Sorry for the temporary hiatus, I was wrapping up that crazy job that’s been going on since February; and this weekend was fully occupied by MoCCA Fest, which was fun but exhausting, and ironically didn’t leave much time for working on comics after a full day of looking at and buying comics. (Buying waaaay too many comics, hahaha…) HOWEVER – the big deadline-intensive job wrapped up last Friday, so hopefully we can get back to something like a regular schedule around here!

All right, it’s tax week but there don’t seem to be any other immediate deadlines at the moment… SO let’s try for the next update this Friday. Status updates on my Twitter if it looks like this won’t happen.

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Washed Away

Iris, you might want to keep your mouth shut...

Page 179: Washed Away

LOOK, NEW PAGE! Whoops, looks like Iris turned on the faucet… Well, that’s one way to clean up a vampire infestation!

Okay, so let’s see… The Big-Job-O-Crazy-Deadlines should be winding up soon, though there’s still a flurry of “we love it, now change everything by Monday” to slog through. So let’s tentatively aim to have the next page up by Sunday night/Monday? (This might be pushing it, but we’ll see. As usual status updates will be on my Twitter if it looks like it’ll have to go up later.)

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Turning Point

Is that your tummy gurgling or should we worry?

Page 178: Turning Point

Okay. OKAY. Oooooooooookaaaaaaay. Right. Yes. NEW PAGE. In which Iris persists in existing and may possibly have turned the wrong valve…

Sorry about the temporary hiatus, my deadlines sprouted extra deadlines that spawned a whole host of deadlinettes and things spiraled out of control from there… (Two migraines in a row and an unexpected radiator repair did NOT help at all, either.) However I think some of the deadlines are slightly more under control for the moment, so I’m posting this page now while I have a chance! Before tackling the NEXT thing that’s due… meep! D:

Things still look pretty crazy deadline-wise for the coming week, so I make no guarantees, but I’m gonna try getting the next page up next weekend. Status updates will be on my Twitter if it looks like this ain’t gonna happen.

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Discovery

Of course it wouldn't be in the same bucket, though...

Page 177: Discovery

Well, THAT’S convenient! Gotta wonder if she’d have ever found that thing without being chased – nothing like an axe-wielding vampire for extra motivation! Now, of course, she has to actually get her hands on it…

UM. Yeah, bit of a delay getting this page up – it was too stinking cold in my work area to sit and scan things, I just wanted to stay huddled under the blankets to be honest. Anyway. Aiming to have the next update on Friday, but the way this week is looking there’s a good chance it’ll end up being more like late Saturday. (Check my Twitter for status updates as usual…)

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Impact!

Iris: Not a flying vampire

Page 176: Impact!

In which Iris gets what’s coming for her, right in the face! (This episode brought to you by the power of pendulums.) What’s next for Vitalia? Is she in the clear now? Or stuck in a bucket at the bottom of a mysterious mine? Stay tuned!

Well, that was ALMOST on time. Can I get the next page up next Friday? Going to try for it! (Status updates on my Twitter as usual if my schedule goes all kablooie…)

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Playtime is Over

Angry Lunch!

Page 175: Playtime is Over

In which Vitalia is FED UP and ready to throw things, and Iris is fed up with not being fed. (Can Iris really jump that far? Not sure. Maybe if she’s hungry enough.)

Okay, will TRY to have the next page up on Friday this time. (It’s simpler, so maaaaaybe I can do this!?) Status updates on my Twitter as per usual.

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Crazy Junglegym

She's baaaaack...

Page 174: Crazy Junglegym

Whoops, got distracted by last-minute Spectrum submissions (it’s ALWAYS last-minute, I swear.) But anyway! You can’t keep a bad vampire down, so we continue our chase! Vitalia needs to get better pest control. Vampires are hard to get rid of.

Okay. Since this page had so many delays, I’m a bit behind on the next, so we’ll tentatively say the next page will go up Friday. (Check my Twitter for status updates.)

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Getting in Gear

Gearing up for a fall...

Page 173: Getting in Gear

Vitalia gets her rear in gear and fights back! With, uh, gears! Whatever works, man! Is Iris gone for good? Or will it take more than gears to shake her off? Stay tuned!

Well, this page took way longer to draw than I thought it would. (GEARS. AUGH. GEEEEEARRRS.) (Next chapter is going to have as few gears as possible, I swear.) Going to try to have the next page ready for next Thursday, we’ll see how this goes. (Status updates will be on my Twitter as usual.)

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Luncheon Plans

No, Iris, not even if you use a fancy napkin ring!

Page 172: Luncheon Plans

In which Iris fails to convince her lunch date to cooperate, and Vitalia continues to quibble about the menu… (And yes, being technically more or less a half-vampire, Iris could easily stomach a steak. But she likes fresh girly blood better. Especially in the visible absence of any steak.)

Okay! Next update will be next Thursday, if all goes well! So far it appears to be on track, but check my Twitter for status updates.