Sunday, March 1, 2015
So this has been up since last night, but I was too tired to write the news post about it. And then I forgot! But it's there, it's real and it's spectacular! Vote here to see it!
I've been sending a lot of packages out lately - almost done with my Kickstarter catch up! - and I'm so glad I have self-sealing bookfold mailers. They cost more than I should spend, considering my income level doesn't give me much wiggle room, but me versus packing tape is just sad. (On the plus side, it may be my dispenser, as others who've tried to use it have met Shii Ann-style fates.)
This Copper Road is a combo of the last two unused ideas in my idea file - that aren't the complex things I'm saving until I get the script *just* right. I'm sure funny-stupid things will start happening around me again, and the ideas will flow once more, but the point is I forgot February was short and I got lucky I had something ready to go!
Last month's Copper Road can now be found in the Copper Road archive. Sorry you only got one for the month, but the Kickstarter-fueled extra updates have expired and we're back on "as I can do them" grounds. I'm sure you'll get an opportunity to unlock more Copper Roads soon, as lord knows recent brutal medical bills will require fundraising of some sort. I'm still unsure about the direction to go with this. A patron system with minor rewards, and boring tiers like "I have health care!" or "paying for utilities!" is one option. I already have my book 3s on sale. (Because I forgot to undo the sale at the end of January. Heh.) Hey, the next person to order a book 3 will get an artist edition with two sketches, because I read someone's request wrong and had to start over. (If you order a book 3 after the first person, I apologize, as you only get an EXTREMELY AWESOME BOOK that's on sale anyway.) I also have discounted original comics for sale in a grab bag format, set up as a fundraising option. And then there's the extra charms sitting around from a misprint, which are now "collector's items" to be used as a donation incentive? Man, I am bad at this marketing thing, but maybe I'll figure it out soon enough to, y'know, stay alive.
On the plus side, I've been doing a lot of work recently, so it's not like I've been slacking off. (For another 10 hours, I have a three-week comic buffer!) I'm still pretty darn broken, but I'm generally improving, and using any healthy window to maximum potential. It's been six months of hell, since the fall that caused the flare-up, and I continue to climb out of the pit.
Sunday, February 1, 2015
It's the first of the month, so here comes your update! Last month's Copper Roads are now in the archive, for your re-reading and commenting pleasure, and we're starting off a new month of voting with a new comic! Vote here to see it, and keep Precocious high up and visible, making it easier for potential readers to find the comic!
Recently, I have been having a real rough time with my health, and I've been very limited in how much work I can get done. When I get like this, I need something to take my mind off the pain and frustration, so I pick up a video game. This time, my mission was to finally complete my Pokedex in Pokemon Alpha Sapphire. It took far less time than expected, thanks to me having so many past games to steal from - and it meant running two games at the same time. Aww yeah! Rather that wallow in shame, I made a comic!
And there are geeky ulterior motives here. I'm still not doing well, so I'll be Pokemonning a little bit longer. Now that I'm active on two units, I realized I messed up my Friend Safaris. My 3DS' safari was already pretty weak, thanks to so many who never got online when I was (probably because those were Animal Crossing players), and now my games with that safari are banished to the 2DS, which has almost NO FRIENDS. Pokemon players, I call upon you to fix that!
Get on your DS, add my friend codes, and then drop your codes into my Tumblr Ask Box so I can have them in the same place for easy access. I'll add you, then leave my games sitting online in hopes that you're doing the same. If you're a Pokemon Master and we're online together, that means our Friend Safaris get the special third resident - and hidden abilities start appearing! (Especially if you have Smeargle, Pancham, Ninetails, Magneton or Sneasel!)
My 3DS friend code: 4596-9566-6514
(Safari bonus: Braixen! It's a Pingo clone generator!)
My 2DS friend code: 2337-4877-7383
(Safari bonus: Heracross!)
Since it's in the archive, above is a handy link to the bonus comic for the current class picture day story! Click it to go the archive page.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Hello! I'm starting a new Precocious story today, and I've got a Copper Road/Bonus Scene/Whatever to go along with it. As I developed the class picture day idea, I played with the scripts and the order of things - and ended up with two versions of the introduction. So why not have both? Vote here to see it!
(If you voted earlier in the day, you may have to refresh the TopWebComics page to see the new comic. To get around the TWC time zone glitch, I have to overwrite an incentive image instead of uploading a new one if I want to do a midnight update.)
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
(If it's not visible yet, it means TWC never fixed its glitch. It'll appear around 3am Eastern US time.)
Autumn, you aren't supposed to be here! Guess she's still hung up on some issues and yelling at anyone who'd listen. (Or this is set in school.) Anyway, vote here to see it!
Because having issues with TV and griping about it is REALLY fun. Right?
By the way, I still have no idea where FX is on my cable box. But I do know if I mistype any of my regular channels, I hit church TV. Doesn't matter HOW I mistype it. Always big hair and Bibles. Always. So, I really would like to watch Fargo one day. (I can't handle the awful screeching of the promos constantly played on the OnDemand menu, OK?)
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Six years ago, the first Precocious update went live. I had no idea what I was doing, but I was happy to do it! Today, I... well, that hasn't really changed. (The comics are better drawn now, though!) Thanks to all of you for keeping me going! Shall we aim for seven years? More???
To celebrate six years, I've done a little update with the Precocious store! As long as I'm feeling festive, copies of book 3, and the book combo pack, are on sale for $5 less that usual! (For those just starting out, or looking to indoctrinate others, the colorful book 3 is meant to be an ideal starting point.)
I'm also testing the idea of an original comic art grab bag. For a reduced price, you can get random piece original comic art from my "these are special" pile.
(All other store updates will wait until the end of the Kickstarter fulfillment, likely at the end of the month. For the backers who are still waiting, make sure you've been checking the campaign updates. I'll need some feedback from the art burst orders soon!)
Since this is the first of the month, there's a new Copper Road too! Vote here to see it! (Even if TWC seems to have failed to reset, you get your comic on time.) One of the positives of me being fully unable to move through live without bumbling even the most basic things is that my constant failures often translate well into Copper Road scripts! I wrote this script a couple months back, but it gets the new year's duty because I managed to do the spice move again this week. Man, I'm glad 2014 is dead. It was mean to me. I spit on its grave!
As it's a new month as well as a new year, that means last month's Copper Roads are now in the Copper Road archive! Enjoy them again, folks! If you're looking for the Cylon sub bonus strips, all you need to do is scroll down the front page to see them.
Sunday, December 28, 2014
So where *is* that 7th copy, anyway? I set up the scene to add a little mystery... Was there one covering the exit? Are these Ms. Timid's sisters, letting her stay home and safe? Did Quincy kidnap one? I suppose this is as good an answer as any! Vote here to see it!
By the way, can you figure out which copy is which? Also, a Tiffany hunt is a great way to thin out the herd! ("The six Vengeneers assumed it would be a simple mission... None survived.") Nah, I'm not that dark. Unless Carl draws that one comic he keeps threatening to draw. Then it's ON.
EDIT: I'm putting the deleted scenes from this story here in this post, since it's already on the front page with a snazzy picture! These three bonuses are all *maybe* canon, so they're here for fun jokes, even if they don't get immortalized as official plot points.
2106, part two:
2115, part two:
2122, with bonus ending:
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
It's a Chrispmas miracle!
After I goofed around and threw something inspired by Ginger from Ginger's Bread in my comic, a version of Autumn then showed up in Ginger's Bread. And then I went silly with the Gingers in Precocious. And now there's a silly Ginger's Bread bonus comic about me being silly with Gingers in Precocious! We're just having fun with people trying to find cross-comic continuity now. (No, the universes aren't actually connected.)
Oh, and if you're one of those monsters who don't check the front page news constantly, a new bonus scene of my making went up on TWC this week!
Monday, December 22, 2014
Since this story hasn't had enough Autumn-taunting yet, extra bonus comics were needed! Vote here to see it! (I hope TWC is displaying this one properly. If not, check back in the morning.) Turns out that trying to sell out classmates doesn't win hearts and minds as well as bribery and 'Stand and Deliver' motivation.
A reminder: Bonus/Deleted scenes do not go in the online archive. They're bonuses made for active supporters who help bring new readers to Precocious via voting - and, later, those who invest in me by purchasing the books, which contain these extra comics, along with piles of other bonus material. (Also suggested methods of support: Word of mouth, disabling ad block and buying books for people!) I'm not sure if these extra comics for this story will make a book, though, so I'll probably put them on the front page for the January 1st news post.
Friday, December 19, 2014
UPDATE: It apparently showed up at midnight west coast time! That also happened the last time this glitch appeared. Interesting! Especially since the TWC people claim they don't use the west coast time anymore! Woop woop! Anyway, I'll leave the original post as it was, below:
Hey, folks! Apparently TopWebComics is still glitching on me, so my new incentive isn't actually appearing yet. Still, I'm going to post this and ask you try voting anyway. (Vote here to MAYBE see the new comic.) Every time the site has glitched on me, the incentive did eventually appear. I'm curious about WHEN it actually shows up. (Is it only after a certain time zone passes over to midnight?) If you vote and see the comic, post a comment under today's comic to let me know! ("It's still not there!" comments are only useful once an hour.)
For the record, I uploaded the new Copper Road at 8pm eastern US time. It works from my TWC incentive control panel, so I know it's there. Somewhere the code isn't making a connection correctly. I've sent another email to TWC about the issue, and I'm hoping this time I'll get a reply more helpful than, "Tech support says nothing is wrong." Because all the complaints are just us having a mass hallucinations? (It's hard to be optimistic about a support staff when sending messages to their email address returns an automated error message.)
I guess a tech support nightmare is a proper way to end my little "nightmares turned reality" series of Copper Roads. I hope you've had fun watching lives be ruined! (By the way, my wake-up jolt this morning was a wasp flying into my face... in my bathroom. That's a good summary of my 2014, the year when my nightmares became my everyday reality!)
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Now that TWC has de-glitched and is displaying the bonus, I can make this post! And you can vote here to see me being silly!
So here's a brief recap of the origin of the Gingers: Cartoonists put little in-jokes into their work all the time, and in this case Carl from Ginger's Bread and I ended up with some sort of character trade thing, with him taking Autumn. They are not meant as direct ports from one universe to the other, as those universes aren't connected. We each have control over our borrowed character and do whatever we want with them. (Within reason, and it's always proper to run it by the other first.)
I sent Carl and email previewing the story when I made the joke that became this bonus comic. Proper Ginger has a last name that makes things awkward, as it's MINE TOO. I sidestepped it, with extra-cleverness, for this Precocious story - but I wanted to make a quick nod to the name thing anyway. And thus a bonus comic was born!
Back to the character trade thing: Carl went and wrote a story for Autumn and put her into continuity. As for me? Meh. I started by being reckless and threw Ginger's iconic hair in as filler on whims - and so the myth of multi-Ginger began. Is it all coming together now?