May.17.10 at 07:14 pm
Today's comic is by Garth of Finders Keepers

We know Garth from the East Coast con scene, but I don't have any good anecdotes about him. I have one about his partner on Comedity, Larom, but it's about how his long-time rock-climbing partner didn't know he did a webcomic until she saw he was the only mutual friend we had on Facebook. It's not really that interesting. I'm just going to skip it.

Hey! We did an interview at It was over Skype, so you'll occasionally see some chat confusion where Ian thinks I'm talking to him and I'm not. (Some of the transcription also got a little garbled. For instance, "token version" should be "total conversion".)
May.10.10 at 01:33 pm
This week's guest comic brought to us by the kind and talented Lem of Bunny.

We continue with the theme of do something three panels, but Matt further added, try something you normally wouldn't do. Judging from above and the usual lepus based ventures, I'd say mission accomplished.

Who did we rope in for next week? We'll find out Monday. (Presumably when I remember to hit the update button on the site...)
May.03.10 at 04:27 am
This week's comic thanks to the skilled hands of Pana. The creator of the lovely webcomic Machine Flower. Perhaps you remember me linking the comic in the past?

Well, work has been getting more and more time consuming for me as I crunch. So, Matt, Jes, and I agreed to hunt down and hound various creators of swanky comics to make some guest strips for us to post while I disappear for the month. The only restriction we gave them:

It must be three panels.

Again, Pana is our first offering for the month. If you dig, stop by her site. It's full of even more swank! You can check out some of her other illustration work over here as well.

Who has answered our call for next week?
Apr.16.10 at 10:56 am
It's got tons of new stuff, but it's not really playable yet. Tarn Adams said it would be buggy, and it is indeed buggy. Not cute bugs, like "creatures aren't being burned properly in magma and are drowning while their fat runs out of them like a rotisserie chicken."* More bugs like "it crashes and you lose an hour of play" or "macedwarves can barely kill things anymore". It's disappointing.

Is there a way to say you're disappointed by a buggy alpha release of a free game and NOT sound like an asshole? I don't think there is.

I just don't know another way to describe almost getting something you've been looking forward to for a long time, only to find out it doesn't work yet. Dwarf Fortress is always charmingly unpolished, but I've never hit any bugs that stopped me from having fun before this release. I'm impatiently waiting for another release.

*this is a real bug
Apr.12.10 at 04:37 am
Does this comic look as sloppy as I think it does? Well if so, I blame CS4. I installed the monster last night and then proceeded to wrestle with it through out the eve. Random zoom-in-zoom-outs while trying to brush and even strokes that are read as 100% pressure every fifth or so swipe of the stylus. A frustrating experience to say the least...

As for some one that actually can make photoshop do what they want, I give the floor to Mary. Do you like looking at cool things? Well then, I recommend her works. I'm quite envious of her environment work as she seems to actually understand how to build a scene, unlike myself. (Horizons? What are those?) Of course, if your the sort that likes to hire bad ass artists to draw you bad ass things, then I think you should also check out her work and perhaps see what she brings to the party.

UNRELATED! My frustrations with computers have also been in the hardware front. Recently I upgraded my wife's GPU. My intent was to find her a modern card that could support all of her 3 glorious monitors, as compared to slaving another card in the PCI slot like I've always done. After seeing Matt's card in action and how it advertises 3 monitor support, I all too eagerly bought a Radeon 5770.

The first card was DOA... After three weeks of waiting for a replacement, I hooked up the new arrival. I had a HDMI converter ready as the there's only two DVI ports.

Frustration 1: The HDMI port does not work if you use the parallel DVI port. Fine. Whatever. I'll use the built in Displayport slot instead.

Frustration 2: The Displayport does not work with 'passive' adapters. Meaning I need a $100 adapter that supplies it's own juice. Seriously?

Frustration 3: The software to run the three monitors is not XP compatable. Well... Fuck.

Was it too much to want my one card to support the three monitors it claimed to? Defeated I type this with the left most monitor sitting, dark and dormant. *grumble*

Update: It never ceases to surprise me how polite and helpful our readers are. Thank you.

And for those curious about the CS4 issues, it's just a case of old drivers for the tablet... Such a simple answer, yet I failed to even consider it.
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