This post is backdated because I didn’t want it to show up in the continuity of The Way Back! Maybe in the future when I’m better at comicpress I won’t have to rely on workarounds like this. 😀
This is an important question and I apologize for any undue stress or lost sleep having to consider it might cause you. Jackie Earl Haley‘s probably best known to you as the actor who portrayed Rorschach in the recent Watchmen film adaptation, and is Freddy Kreuger in the latest installation of Nightmare on Elm Street. Brad Dourif was Grima Wormtongue in the Lord of the Rings movies, that emotionless Betazed serial killer in Star Trek: Voyager, and pretty much every other creepy creeper film role you can think of.
I will not tell you who creeps me out more, but if you tell me who creeps you out more I’ll give a free laser-etched acrylic keyring to two randomly selected participants on whichever actor has the most votes, and one to a randomly selected participant on whichever actor has the least.
Edit: The poll has ended, I am afraid!
This is not actually what I meant to have up as the comic this week but we don’t always get what we want. Many of you have actually already seen this; since it was a bit of commissioned artwork that I didn’t originally intend to use for here. But! I didn’t want to go another week with a missed update.
So! Happy holidays no matter what you celebrate. I don’t know if you’re the giving type, but if you wanted to do something nice for The Dawn Chapel this holiday season, I’m easy to please: you might take a moment to share the comic with your friends on your blog, online journal, or twitter account, give it a positive review on the Belfry Webcomics Index, or take a moment to beef up the wiki entries on TVtropes or Wikifur. (And if you are feeling particularly generous, and want to contribute more directly to this comic’s continued improvement, you might select something from my Jetpens or Dick Blick wishlists, because golly do art supplies get expensive.)
However, more than anything else, I’d like for you to keep reading. Stay warm and be safe!
You know it honestly sometimes baffles me how pervasive the nerdhate on the furry community is, given that some of the comic book world’s most celebrated figures themselves like to dress up like animals for recreational purposes.
On the subject of nerds and the things we like to do in our spare time, if you’re located in Northern California, I’m going to have a table at PMX’s Holiday Anime Swap Meet in Los Gatos (just south of San Jose) tomorrow, Saturday December 11. I have a bunch of new prints and other merch and I’ll be doing sketches if it will convince you to give me some money. High-fives, as ever, are completely free. Also, I’m field-testing some enormous convention banners, and I am very excited to be able to try them out.
I didn’t really think that I was ever going to have a reason to revisit Mario Galaxy, but did you know they released a sequel? We were playing this game while visiting some friends a few weeks back and they went and put Yoshi in it, and — I am not an expert, but — it’s my understanding that when you are in space, and you find eggs, you want to be a little bit more delicate in your approach than you normally would when confronted with their terrestrial counterparts.
Also, I went ahead and made this available as a print right away, since I figure there’s probably going to be a few people wanting one. If anyone’s interested, I’ll probably have a shirt made up out of panel 3. Let me know! And then, you know, I’ll let you know.
Also also, I’m gonna open up for commissions, like, tomorrow. Watch this space!
I’m afraid that our friends Science Lady and Science Dude have been replaced by Science Owl. I don’t care to speculate exactly what became of them, only because previous encounters with owls in The Dawn Chapel have been less than savory.
So! I’m feeling better about the artwork this time around than I did, generally, with The Soldier and the Tsar, though I don’t want to dwell too much on my bad feelings in regards to that story since so many people enjoyed it and it’s a documented pathology of illustrators to be overly critical of their own work. Oh; and also because I’d like to sell you the originals.
I would like to get these pages out of my house and there’s nothing that washes out the taste of frustration with your own inadequacies better than the sweet elixir of commerce. This also represents a significant Dawn Chapel first in that it’s the first time I’m selling my comics originals. It does raise the question, though, of when some of the other favorites are going to go up for sale, and I will tell you now that Better Living through UX will probably go up very shortly. As for the others, I’m going to sit on them for a while. Sorry!
Anyway. I’m kind of past the point of apologizing for being late, I think that by now you and I can agree that I have a clinical inability to keep to a schedule, but hopefully it’s enough that I am able to deliver (nearly) every week.
Pencils now, colored version soon! I caught myself a Liberty Cold over the weekend (which I did not have to work on the comic, on account of being off visiting family) and really the fact that I’m showing up with anything at all right now is nothing short of miraculous.
Found the story that I meant to use for the next story, so we start a new story next week. But now? I am going to sleep myself to death.
Edit: Wow this thing sure blew up on Twitter before I was ready for it! Anyway, here is your colored version.
Running a little bit late with this one! It’s 2am and I’m not close to finishing, but the sketch is legible enough that I’m going to go ahead and throw it up first and then replace it with the final later this weekend.
If you’re a lost on the reference, don’t worry, I got your back. I had a pandora station that decided to play this at me a little bit ago and it’s been installed in my head for months; ideally having done this comic it will be like some kind of voodoo catharsis exorcism ritual, and it will leave me alone now. Maybe it’s like the Ring, and I’ve passed it on to all of you.
Also, that thing about Yosemite squirrels being carriers? Totally and 100% true.