Next Monday, the comic enters the last chapter of the second story arc. This is bittersweet to me: there will be a third story arc to the comic, and all of the characters will still be there. But there will be another minor time skip, so while I’ll still be working with the same characters, they’ll also be different characters. For example, the version of Hope who’s in Part I is very different than the version who’s in Part II, and the Part III version will be a different version than the one who’s in Part II, and so on.
That’s cool. Really. We change, we grow, we become different versions of ourselves. It’s how things work. But I like who the characters are now!
Ah, well. Those characters will always be there, waiting in Part II, walking around in a state of general confusion as they try to figure out their place in the world. And I’m sure I’ll like the characters in Part III once I get to know them a little better.
So, let’s talk details while avoiding spoilers.
1) There will be another time skip. Everything will be set roughly 15 years in the “future” from Part II, which takes place in the spring of 2013.
2) I’m doing the writing, but I might not do the art. I don’t like missing updates, but I’m getting busier than I can manage. I’d like to hire an artist for the third part of the comic so there are updates at least twice a week or more. I know change is bad, but there are artists out there who can make the story shine in a way I never could, and on a regular update schedule. (I’m not taking any portfolio submissions at this time, thank you!)
3) There will be a two-week break between Parts II and III. I usually take a week between chapters to make sure the script for the next section of the story is solid. When Part II ends, I’m taking two weeks.
4) There will still be books. There are three more Rachel Peng books and two more Hope Blackwell books in the schedule. These will not be affected by the comic’s shift from Part 2 to Part 3. In fact, the next Hope Blackwell book comes out this week! It’s the story of what happened after Thomas Paine showed up in Mare’s kitchen and told her about the Afterlife. There are chupacabras.
5) News updates will happen here, in the Notes section of the comic, and on Patreon, Twitter, and Facebook. There are several ways to stay informed about the comic and other related projects. There’s this writing blog, which is updated infrequently but is a permanent archive for news. The comic’s Notes section rotates out every three updates, which is inconvenient for archives, but all news posted there will always be fresh. Patreon Supporters almost always have some advanced warning about both news and comics updates, and I use Patreon to ask for direct feedback. I don’t update the Facebook page myself, but the woman who does is very quick to post both comic updates and news. And since November of 2016, I’ve been basically howling into the Void over at Twitter, but you will have to follow me to ask me questions as I got sick of trolls and changed my settings.
6) Yes, I’m still working on the Kickstarter. This will be done. I’m very tired and overworked, and seriously over-committed myself. But this will be done.
7) You can support the comic and other projects on Patreon, by buying the books, or by telling your friends, family, coworkers, and friendly dogs about these weird things I do. The books are my primary source of income, and Patreon is the reason there will be a third part to the comic.
Please leave any additional questions or comments here, and I’ll respond to them as quickly as I can.