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The Soldier and the Tsar, page 7

And there you have it! I probably could have stretched that first paragraph there into another page on its own, but I just really wanted to be done with this story. I’ve got a couple more shamelessly link-baiting one-offs planned before I launch into the next one, which will probably be a little bit shorter.

Several of you have pointed out to me that I got some link loving from the inestimable Immelmann of the Concession comic and it has just sent me a profane amount of vistors over the course of yesterday and today. I hope that you kids like what you see.

If the feedback I get from the feedback form is any indication, I have just got the classiest and wittiest and most attractive-looking readers in the world, and I am pretty stoked about that. And yes, I can tell how attractive you are by how you type. It is a fact.

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The Soldier and the Tsar, page 6

This week’s stinger image is provided by Valentine, 7-month-old daughter of my homies and Vinci and Arti creators Ryan and Candy, and who is Internet Famous for her Dr. Who cosplay that was featured on Thinkgeek.com. Thank you, Valentine!

And thank you everyone else for waiting so patiently for this page.

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The Soldier and the Tsar, page 5

I generally like to think that stirring in internet memes as a substitution for actual comedy in a webcomic is kind of cheap but I mean even Shakespeare dropped a fart joke every now and again, so.

If you thought better of me before this point I am sorry. Showing up three days late and delivering something like this after making you wait is not really something a body can make excuses for, so I’ll spare you mine. I, too, am disappoint.

In better news, it’s a source of continuing gratification for me to see the places that this comic gets reposted to and linked from. The big viral surge set off by the Firefox comic last month is finally settling down, and I’m looking forward to finishing this story to see if I can pull something like that off again.

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The Soldier and the Tsar, page 4

If you missed the blog posts earlier in the week because you’ve been here long enough to know better than to expect anything interesting from this comic on any given weekday, let me please call your attention to the social network poll, and also remind you that prints are now available in the store. Wheels have been spinning!

This is such an important reminder, even, that I’m gonna bump the stinger to the bottom of this post. How’s that feel, internet?

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The Soldier and the Tsar, page 3

I’ve been doing livestreams of my comic progress in a chat room called Let’s Draw Stuff, the password is ‘omgcomics’, where a myself and a bunch of other webcomickers take advantage of Tinychat’s multiple video streaming feature to basically push our desks together in a virtual space and hang out and draw.

The other folks that are in there pretty regularly right now are the creators of The End, Jimmy and the Hammer, Sweet and Sour Grapes, Shyeah!, Inscribing Ardi, and Ashley and Aviva are there too but they don’t have webcomics I don’t think. It’s kind of an outgrowth of the Webcomics Study Group, which meets via tinychat a few times a week for a structured critique session, and the Webcomics Study Group is itself an outgrowth of Webcomics.com. You don’t have to make a webcomic to come draw with us (although if you do make a webcomic, we’d love to have you come draw with us). You don’t even have to draw with us to hang out in the chatroom. We don’t care.

Whenever I’m about to do these streams, I’ve been announcing them via twitter, but I’ll make blog posts and deviantart posts in the future. Unless I forget. Or am too lazy.

I’m working on sorting out an arrangement to offer and distribute prints efficiently. It’s taking me a little longer than I’d like (everything I do takes me longer to do than I’d like), but stay tuned for news on super fancy prints of stuff. Probably one or two more tee shirts, too. Some more passive revenue action would be awesome.

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The Soldier and the Tsar, page 2

Man, on time this week, how about it.

I don’t know if it shows horribly in these drawings, but I’m not really feeling like I am handling the watercolors well with this story so far. Kind of feel like I’m flying blind with regard to color choices. This isn’t really a story that needs a lot of color, and that’s probably part of the problem. Anyway, now that I’ve told you what errors to look for, you’re probably not going to be able to not see them now, huh?

Oh well! Nothing to do but get better at it, I guess.

(Also I know it’s a poor craftsman who blames his tools, but Arches hot press? Ain’t buyin’ it again. The Strathmore stuff from a few weeks ago was a lot kinder to me.)

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The Soldier and the Tsar, page 1

Again, pencils now, colors later. This comic is a confluence of things that I have more fun drawing than is reasonable: rodents, funny hats, moustaches, and period clothing. Heck yes.

The stinger sketch this week comes from my buddy Isabelle Smith, and her drawings are pretty supernal. While I was working on this comic page she showed up in the chat room that some of us that do webcomics have gotten into the habit of using and drew a rat for me.

It’s a great rat. I can dig it.