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Arc 9 - N-STAC - Page 10
March 21, 2012

Vote to view the next page early! It's what I call an "epiphany" page, for those who haven't caught on.

This week, SpiderForest is highlighting the comic School Spirit!

School Spirit is a fun, light, slice-of-life comic about the adventures of a gaggle of Aussie school kids and the spirits of the cemetery next to their school. But that description in no way does the story justice. School Spirit is quickly becoming a new Calvin and Hobbes story for me. And I grew up on those two and their transmogrifiers, so that's saying something. So go check it out! WARNING: The puns are a killer.

'Aight, you guys did it! 50 purchases of the Proposal/Arc 5 Extension! I will be picking the winner of the raffle for the original piece of art tonight (Tuesday) live on livestream at 11pm EST.

As for today's page...those who purchased The Proposal know what Marlin is talking about here! And we've finally gotten to the meaning of N-STAC! I really hate it when people (including myself) who get "strange" results in an experiment toss out those results as an anomaly, as if it was inexplicable (especially when they repeated the same experiment and got the same anomalous results). It happened pretty often during my master's that I got results I hadn't anticipated. It took awhile for my boss to pound into me that I shouldn't be looking at my results for what I WANTED to see. If you do that, you miss what's right in front of your face. I just needed to look and interpret what was THERE. No anticipation. No expectations. Even knowing this, I still look for what I want. There's just too much to know to chase down every cause/effect relationship.

I had a great time at the beach! The internet was super sucktastic, so the most I could do was read my emails and your comments. Replying to anything required far more patience than I possessed. Then again, the lack of working internet was probably a good thing, because it made sure I had a good time OUTSIDE. I'd link all the pictures, but they're on FB and I'm not entirely sure the rest of my family would enjoy people looking at them.

The vacation was marred only on the last day, where my father--attempting to do something considerate--tried to feed my dogs. Long story short, he fed the wrong dog in the wrong bowl in the wrong order, which ended up with me having the call the emergency vet on a saturday night. So. I didn't get to actually spend any of The Proposal funds on me at all, and if you guys hadn't reached the goal of 50, I'd have been in the hole by a few hundred dollars. So,once again, thanks! I really owe you. MWF updates for all of April! I am scripting Arc 10 and it'll be...awesome.

An aside: people who own dogs sometimes forget that dogs are not human. No matter how much we humanize them or shower them with love, bites and fights happen. You can have an effect on their behavior, but there is no changing the nature of the animal. If you don't "speak" dog, you can get in trouble fast.

The Proposal

There is a new BONUS COMIC STORY available for $5 purchase. It is 13 pages long, illustrated. If you go back a few updates, you can see a preview of it with more details on specifics.

Up front, I want to say that anything in these bonus comics is exactly that--a bonus! An illustrated extra! Not necessary to continue reading the story. What these stories ARE is a fleshed out, close up of events that have been mentioned in passing and will never really be part of the main story. The Arc 5 extension explains a lot more of why Scot tracked down Colbey, and what was going on in the background of Driftwood. The Proposal is the story of how Peter proposed to Colbey. And it's nothing nearly as gushy as it sounds (it's rather tragic actually...). Each of them is illustrated! They're regular size comic pages with 1-4 illustrations per page, with a bit more narration.

You can purchase it by clicking the icon in the right sidebar labeled The Proposal.