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It is entirely possible that Hunter’s nose is getting longer. I’m setting this page up earlier than usual because this weekend is a significant birthday for the wife, so I will be ignoring the internet for a while. (Until Sunday.)

The next few days will consist of beaches, hot tubs, wine tasting, and probably some pastrami. (We’re remarkably low rent.) Then it’s back to the grind for a few days until my mom gets back from Hawaii. Once October comes, it’ll be nose pressed HARD to the grindstone.

Whoo!

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Hunter might not have intended that pun…but *I* certainly did. I actually wrote this page twice. The original dialogue for this page was fine, but it didn’t pick up Hunter’s internal monologue about Jobo and the Tourney. Fortunately, I often have to go back a reread stuff when I’m working, and I realized that what I’d originally done worked for the page-to-page readers, but not so well for the people who read the comic in chunks. Since we’d eventually like to do a collected edition…

…well. I mean, we ARE going to do a collected edition. Eventually. The circumstances have to be just right for that to happen, and we’re working on getting there. I recently stuck a letter in the mail that might help push us a long way toward that eventual goal. Can’t say any more about it now, but keep your fingers crossed!

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I know I’ve said it before, but I really dig how Will decided to depict Brother Bashan’s gills. On a very slightly related note, I just watched all of the Godzilla footage from the new movie…I have no idea how I missed the fact that the big guy had gills when I saw it in the theater. They’re plain as day! Anyway, people have asked what Hunter keeps in the pouches on this bandolier…now we know.

I have a weird question; I’m looking for any help that a reader can offer.

How do we attract more readers? I feel pretty good about the content of the comic, most of our readers seem to be having a good time with what we’re doing. I frankly expected that our readership would go UP when we went to three days a week, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. If anything, our monthly readership has shrunk in 2014. I’m pretty sure that the problem isn’t the quality of the comic…but I could be wrong.

Could we have lost readers with the end of Volume One? It definitely ended on a low note, at least one good friend of mine has been unable to pick the comic back up since we ended Volume One because of how it ended. (He promises that he’ll pick it back up…eventually.)

More importantly, how do we attract NEW readers? We occasionally run ads through Project Wonderful, but we don’t have much in the way of an ad budget. I promote the comic on social media, but I’m no marketing guy, and I can’t help but feel like I’m preaching to the converted on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter at this point.

I GUARANTEE that there are people out there, people reading this right now, who know a whole lot more about marketing than I do. If you guys can offer us any advice, and keep in mind that we have almost no budget, we will absorb it .

Thanks! We love you guys!

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It would be very nice if this comic could eventually get a reputation for featuring resourceful female characters. I don’t have a whole lot of desire to write about characters that are just glorified McGuffins or that only exist to develop our lead. An argument could be made that EVERY secondary character serves this purpose, but I don’t think so. Most of my characters have, at least in my mind, clearly defined goals with obstacles to overcome. Jusadva is a very different sort of bad-ass than Maliya Pel was, in any event.

Let me also take this opportunity to apologize for not including a commentary post with our last page. My mom was here visiting last week (and will be back in two weeks) and that somehow threw me completely and utterly out of whack. My personal schedule just hasn’t been right since. September’s shaping up to be a rough month for me, what with my mom and the MOST SIGNIFICANT BIRTHDAY that my wife has had in the time that we’ve been together. In a perfect world, I’d be taking her off to an island somewhere, and we ARE getting out of town, and will be happy to do so…

…but that is another big wave knocking around the dinghy that is my writing schedule, which isn’t good, because I have A LOT to do! (Here’s hoping that I will eventually get paid for some of it!)

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No commentary from me today…too tired. I’ll be much more expansive with Wednesday’s page.

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