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16th May 2010, 5:00 PM
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Delicate Negotiations.
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Author Notes:
Magravan edit delete
Monday's TOGM!! Yay!

I fixed some of the broken links on the fan art this weekend, it seems Comicfury's update had mucked up part of the code or something... It seems like it should all work now though.

I really enjoyed this comic. I'm wondering if maybe it was too much wording, but when you only update twice a week, it sort of seems cheap when you write a script with maybe 10 words over the whole thing... I mean, sometimes it's a joke strip where you want to tell the majority of it visually, and the words just distract, but it's nice (in my mind anyways) to write some of the words out sometimes...

One of the things that were important to this one, in my mind, was to show that John's smart. He may do dumb things, he may be socially awkward, but he does have that vast storehouse of knowledge... Being able to make a poop fuel is just part of that. And he could do it too, he's not just making it up as he goes... On that note, I told you MG.. I had to burn my script, and here we see the poop jokes starting ;)

Another important thing to see is that Beth's interest in seeing him nude is ... very intense ;)

I just had a talk with June about some of the stuff in the future, some of the motivations of the characters, and where we are going from here for a while, so she's a little more clear on what's going on in their heads...

Hope you guys enjoyed this one, and we'll see you on Thursday!
Skrael (I'm the artist) edit delete
Skrael (I'm the artist)
Ok, for the record, I'm now tempted to leave James for Beth. Of course I would never leave James for anyone, but I get the impression that Beth often channels James, and I think that's why I'm so darned attracted to her! Not to mention she's a hot redhead with huge ta-ta's. I love how that very last panel came out. I promise I will perfect Beth's crazed grin. I've looked back on a few other attempts prior, and I can definitely see it is coming along well. I'm also sorely tempted to redraw the first comic. I will, in time.

I have a U-stream channel set up now. Would anyone be interested in coming to watch me draw a little bit? You can see how truly horrible I am lol. Not to mention, I take HOURS to draw each comic. Usually around 5-6 hours. I wouldn't expect anyone to hang out that long. And I often take a break of around 15-30 minutes between panels, to stretch and focus my eyes on something else for a while to avoid headaches. Well, I may just throw it up when I draw next, tweet
about it and see what happens.

As some of you may know, I had to bow out of commenting last week because I was called out at the last minute for a sleep study. I had only just booked it last week, and it was initially supposed to be July 27. I did however put myself on the cancellation list just in case. Turns out, the lady who was supposed to go in, who had booked her
appointment in February (poor soul) had forgotten about it, and went to bed already. So, they called me.

It was an interesting experience! I had asked my Dr for a referral because of my chronic exhaustion, so we're ruling out any sleep disorders. I probably don't have sleep apnea, but I may have issues with hitting all my sleep stages, etc.
Well I was hooked up to 16 electrodes, mostly on my head and face, and two on my legs (testing for restless leg syndrome), and two on my collarbone to monitor my heart rate. Then, I was also hooked up to two bands around my body, one for breathing, and one for my abdominal muscle tone, to see if I go into sleep paralysis, which is a key indicator of deep sleep. And of course,I had the finger blood oxygen level monitor. I was WIRED hehehe.

I had a huge anxiety attack at lights out, because I really felt trapped to the bed. I lay there and shook for what felt like hours. I wonder what the monitors said about that? After I finally settled down, I suddenly really had to pee. GRR! So I called out asking if anyone was there. They have an intercom in your room that is always on, but no one answered me after a few tries. So I decided to sit up. They are also watching you on a closed circuit camera, so THAT got their attention. The tech came rushing in, asking why I was sitting up, and I was like, "I have to pee so bad omg!". So she unhooked me (I was hooked up to a quick release box in case of emergency) and I got to go. Almost dropped the box in the toilet, oops!

After a really, really long night, I felt like I had slept maybe 20 minutes. I know I was wide awake several times over the night. At around 5:45, I woke up again, listening to the birds. I love hearing them singing at daybreak. The tech came in and said "I was wondering if you were going to go back to sleep or not." I said "nope", so she decided to unhook me and let me go home! Now I wait for 6 weeks or so to get the results. I'll let you all know!

Also, Survivor was AWESOME! I was really surprised by the winner though.
User comments:
Magravan edit delete reply
tl;dr :P
Tom Day edit delete reply
Tom Day
Woah!, I did'nt see that coming!
Skrael (I'm the artist)
@Magravan: S.T. UFF; U
alparrott edit delete reply
Quit teasing us, you two! Get to the good stuff!
Skrael (I'm the artist)
This *IS* the good stuff!

Oh baby!
Xenrin edit delete reply
@Magravan: Poop jokes! You've really gone and jumped the shark this time, haven't you? :P

@Skrael: So basically, you're saying that James has a secret woman side to him that he is holding back? XD

And as for the Ustream... If my goddamned internet would stop failing at life, I would drop by for a bit (though you neglected to post a link).
But right now, even loading this page was a painful endeavor.

EDIT: Also, it seems as though your ratings are back. :)
Ferix edit delete reply
Beth is like, insanity times 4 here, I mean im talking about some serious zotz to the crotch stuff here.
Richard Justice (Guest) edit delete reply
You'd think it's been years since she saw a live male nak-
Barrahir edit delete reply
You guys. Are seriously. Starting. To freak me out.

Keep it up.
Frosty edit delete reply
She really wants to see him naked ;D
Magravan edit delete reply
@MarshmallowGherkin - Uhhhh.. Is jumpin the shark a euphemism for something here, or just a reference to the Fonz? Because it could totally be a thinly veiled sexual comment ;)

UStream will likely be posted on here and on Twitter or something... When she actually sits down to do it :D And yes, we brought the ratings back because the Popular Now section is based on them, and that's a category I check fairly often, so I figured we should probably give ourselves a chance to be on it ;)

@Ferix - To the crotch is right ;)

@Richard Justice - Haha :) Well, technically it's been years before the first time that she saw him naked ;) But this is increased intensity compared to seeing him naked before ;)

@Barrahir - It's a romantic comedy about zombies... I don't think we were going for anything else ;)

@Ice the frosty cat - Imagine what she must have seen the first time to get a reaction like that? :)
Aerix Spades (Guest) edit delete reply
John! Hold on to yer pants, and RUN! O.O
Lunaroki edit delete reply
Jumping the shark is an internet meme that does indeed refer back to the scene on Happy Days when the Fonz ski-jumped over a hark. See here:http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/JumpingTheShark
bbedlam edit delete reply
Wow.. every time I read Beth's character, it's like you guys have been evesdropping on me and my wife (who is a hot redhead I should mention).

Very nice work on the facial expressions, especially the "I'M A CRAZY REDHEAD" look on Beth in the final panel.

Redheads.. ha ha.. they're all nuts :)
Magravan edit delete reply
@Aerix Spades - Would you, in his place? I don't think I'd be able to resist ;)

@Lunaroki - I know, it just sounds inappropriate when applied to Beth... Jumping the shark.. I don't know.. Sounds like a euphemism to me...

@bbedlam - We know, we have the spy camera.. This stuff doesn't write itself, you know ;)
Aerix Spades (Guest) edit delete reply

Wif tha kinda look on her face... O.O
Nya! And it's not just cause her look, it's also out of dignity, nya! -.-
(Who am Ah kiddin', the last grrrl who wanted meh out of mah pants was mah grrrl-frien and she had teh same maniacal look on her face, nya! Wifout teh drool though... "^.^)
Xenrin edit delete reply
@Magravan: My comment was both (as well as, and most importantly, what Lunaroki pointed out). Because everything I say is thinly veiled. ;)
Magravan edit delete reply
@MarshmallowGherkin - That's what I thought :)
PixieSingsBass (Guest) edit delete reply
I am truly loving that close up in the last panel. Very nice! Way to go June!
Skrael (I'm the artist)
@Pixie Thanks! Glad to see that you are still stopping by!
Linden edit delete reply
Haha. Oh dear, I'm not even a guy and I feel uncomfortable. XD
Solem Saje edit delete reply
Solem Saje
Oh my. Wow. Poop jokes aside (and we all indulge every now and then), the artwork just keeps getting better! It really is cool to see the movement and such portrayed in this strip.

Plus, predatory redheaded women = (+5)awesome!
Magravan edit delete reply
@Linden - It's because you're not a guy ;) Guys see girls drooling over them as awesome :)

@Solem Saje - Hah ;) I put it in specifically because I told MarshmallowGherkin that I burned my script ;) It's sort of a meta-joke, I guess :D
Skrael (I'm the artist)
I am totally TERRIFIED to do this, but Magravan told me to post here.

I'm about to live stream drawing of TOGM, if anyone is interested in watching me draw horribly. :P

jordanch68 edit delete reply
Oh yes, that's very awesome indeed! Beth scares me in so many adorable ways! :)
ranger_brianna_new edit delete reply
Hmm, sleep study.

Considering how poorly I seem to be sleeping nowadays, and how it's only getting worse with time, and effecting my ability to do stuff (for instance, read your comic), doing one of these might actually be a good idea.

Thanks for you dealing with your troubles giving me a possible method of dealing with mine! :D