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January 8, 2009


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Old Familiar Faces

January 8, 2009

So, I've had a few people emailing me asking why I'm doing the current storyline. Actually, I believe I was asked, "What's the point in these strips?"

Well, first off, not everything I do is meant to have some moral or storyline implications. Sometimes I just do strips because they please me. But, in case you're new-ish here, every year since the end of Year one I've done an "Old Familiar Faces" week. The point, as it were, is to catch up on characters who haven't been seen in a while. Sometimes they are previously supporting characters. Sometimes they're characters who were only important to one or two storylines. I like doing it and it gives me a reason to revisit characters I've not touched in a while. Hopefully most of you enjoy it, too. Come Monday, though, we'll return to the "main cast."

I've been developing a lot of internet crushes lately. The main one right now is Scriptgirl, who appears a lot on Ain't It Cool news. And Natalie (a.k.a. Community Channel) on YouTube isn't so much a crush as someone who's adorable and fun to watch. Speaking of YouTube, have you seen Indy Mogul? Besides doing a lot of little shorts, they do a lot of bits on how to do good film effects on the cheap - just for you would-be film makers.

My friend Kacey sent me a nice text message yesterday. For those of you who weren't around, her friend S.J. Tucker (also known as Sooj) needed some emergency medical attention. Sooj is also a singer of the folkish and fandom variety and has many CDs and tracks for sale. Apparently, many of you decided to help her out and help yourselves to some nice music. Thanks for that. And I hope those of you who haven't given her stuff a listen will do so and maybe you'll find something you like.

I'm worried that 2009 is gonna be a tight, hard year for everyone. With the economy as it is, stories of those in need like Sooj or Daven over at Daven's Journal (a longtime supporter of S*P and one of our early advertiser's who's now having economic hardships of his own) are going to be appearing more and more on websites. I'm really beginning to feel like someone needs to offer Horrible Fucking Luck insurance - but I'm guessing the premiums would be miserable.

Look, my New Year's Resolution was to update the news/blog more - not to do so with happy thoughts and bundles of kittens.

Oh yes - in regards to yesterday's news post about the money pit that is TwiCon, LJ user dieppe pointed out that, per TwiCon's terms of service any attendee under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 21 - who must in turn pay the full fee to attend the con. Now, seeing how Twilight is aimed at teens and tweens, that's a lot of money hand over first.

I'm obviously in the wrong goddamn racket. I need to write a book that appeals to teenage girls who seem to be flush with stupid amounts of cash. Something involving glitter and stalking romance and other shit teenage girls are all about.

If you'll excuse me, I need to begin work on my book, Holy Shit Shiny Vampire Love Ponies. -R.

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