This comic was made backwards. In days of yore, I’d write a joke, then Shawn would draw it. This one came art-first, the webcomic equivalent of a breech birth.
This comic grew in the making. It began as a few ideas that we’d kept from the original run but never got to use. We batted these ideas back and forth, but none of them felt worthy of being a final strip. Then Shawn drew this square kilometer of art and I felt the need to do it justice in words. (Compare this strip to the first one to see just how far he’s come.)
Each of us had about a dozen jokes we wanted to jam into this final strip, and it took a while to find a set that we were both happy with, that worked together, and that matched the art.
This is sort of a snapshot of what we had wanted to do with the series. When they were done with Deuse Baaj, they would have moved on to Star Wars or vampires or steampunk or pirates or whatever else.
Hope you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading.
And there you have it! I’m going to stick by our theory that the wait was entirely deliberate, and meant to evoke early 2008.
If you’re curious, from my end, this comic took between 20 and 30 hours from start to finish. For reference, the average Clockworks page takes between 4 and 6 hours.
If you’d like to see a much, much larger view of today’s comic, sans word bubbles, it is the current vote incentive for Clockworks over on TopWebComics.com. That’s right, I’m bribing you all to go vote for my other comic by putting up something you want to see for this comic. I’m a bad man.
Anyway, this brings our adventure in Chainmail Bikini to a close. Hope you’ve enjoyed it. Feel free to chat with Shamus or myself on his blog or my comic. Later!
About a year ago I had some idea for a new comic that I was SO SURE was brilliant. I lamented that I didn’t have an artist to work with. Then about a month ago, an artist contacted me out of the blue and asked if I wanted to collaborate.
And now I can’t remember what the oh-so-awesome idea was.
Normally I dump ideas like that into a Google Doc, but I’ve gone through an entire year+ of docs (probably over 100 documents) and didn’t find anything. Did my past self daydream about this idea for days without ever writing anything down? I used to do that in the old days of this site, but I’ve learned to put everything into docs to prevent exactly this scenario.
Oh well. The point I’m getting at is: I might do another comic someday. I’m launching a new video series right now and writing another video game retrospective so my time is kinda spoken for, but it still might happen if the right idea grabs me. I don’t want to do a comic just for the sake of doing one, but if I think of (or remember) an idea that I’m excited about, it could happen!
Thanks so much for reading.
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