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Lady Strange

Kids, man.

Well little Soph is 2 months old now and the colicky-ness is fading out a bit. I'm not going to lie, there's been some stressing out over having two Princess Grumplebutts who are 1 and less than 1. When one starts winding up, the other quickly follows suit until both are in meltdown.

Much of this comic had to be done in 10-15 minute spurts before I'd have to get up and tend to one while Claire had the other. Luckily Sophie is developing a personality, which I can only assume at this point is.. 'evil baby mastermind?'

Claire and I had to dedicate some time to turning our sunroom/mudroom into a spare bedroom. Given it's original purpose, it was not in great repair and had to be gutted and redone top to bottom. We were able to complete it and now Annalise has somewhere to sleep separate from our infant. Everyone is starting to get some semblance of meaningful rest.

We've had plenty of other time-consuming issue pop up but I wont bore you with them. I will note that Claire and myself did get our accounts nuked off Discord. Neither of us were given any actual warning or reason. Claire reached out to Discord in an attempt to get her account reinstated and some kind of citation where rules were broken. Both requests were denied with a very smug "You know what you did."

No really, we don't.

We still have no idea.

We can take an educated guess, though. Claire held administrative or mod powers in several Discord servers she helped develop or oversee for several Twitch/DLive/Foxhole streamers. Sometimes she'll give me mod powers in certain servers if she ever needs assistance or gets bombarded with spam bots, etc. A large server for the streaming service Foxhole got nuked. Neither of us were members of that server--but Lauren, one of the streamers Claire has worked for, was a moderator in there. Discord looked at the mods in the Foxhole server, then wiped out other servers they were admins or mods of. This included Lauren's server for her Twitch stream. Both Claire and I were mods in Lauren's server, along with several of our friends.

Long story short, Discord deleted Lauren's server next, and entirely banning from Discord every single person with mod powers--for being associated with a server that was spreading 'misinformation'. Yeah... 'misinformation' seems to be the current catch-all to subjectively ban hammer with no accountability. We don't even know what the 'misinformation' was. They wont tell us. They treated it like some mob crime hierarchy and cancelled everyone like dominoes, top to bottom, with no evaluation nor recourse. Discord is also currently denying any kind of ownership transfer or anything with Claire's server for Twitch or the Shotgun Shuffle server. This is a service they claim to offer in their guidelines, but actually don't unless you jump through a million hoops first (and they can still deny your request even if you do). So yeah, it's just kinda 'there' at this point, but neither Claire nor I have any ability to moderate it.

tl;dr I've used Discord for years. Paying customer in fact. I certainly won't blame anyone with an established presence on that platform to continue using it. But for me, they treated us terribly and I'm too mature to deal with their nonsense. Also, they suck and their Trust and Safety Team smells like cat pee.

As an alternative, Claire did set up a server for the comic on Guilded, which is strikingly similar to Discord, and even seems to have some better functionality for certain things. By all means, if you'd like to join, here is the link: https://www.guilded.gg/i/pYrNOLdE 

AS FOR THE COMIC...

I brought back Ellie's Sister Approval Ratings. This will continue until the end of this arc, as will the comic title theme. Ellie's going to need all the girls on her side. You know what's coming.

Holly Machete took about a week to get done. I'm not good with fur and I had to kinda learn it. I also started adopting the airbrush tool a lot more, as you'll probably see in the comic. Patreon and Subscribe Star offer the full version of this image, as I did it as a print first then built the comic around it. I also have a work in progress gif available on Patreon and Subscribe Star as well.

This is, of course, based off the Molly Hatchet LP, and you can even get your own! LP SIZED! Check it out on Society6

The first panel took something like 4 days to get done. I showed an opposite angle of the garage when William was walking towards it, but I really needed an establishing shot of how it's connected to the driveway and tucked behind the house. This will be important later. You'll see almost everything in this comic again.

As always, thanks for hanging in there and supporting my comic! I really do appreciate it.
-Chris

40 thoughts on “Lady Strange

  1. Man, it’s like saying goodbye to something that haven’t been doing much in your everyday life, but seems to as always been there around you.
    You will be solemly missed iNimbus. Farewell !!!

    {Sept 2013 – June 2022}

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    1. ~I willlll re-mem-ber yooouuuuu~

      I’m not crying!

      ~Willll yoooou re-mem-ber meeeeee?~

      Shut up! YOU’RE crying!

      ~Don’t let your lii-iiiiihfe paaaass yooooou byyyyyy~

      Besides, it’s dusty in here! Lots of pollen!

  2. Anise… You breaking your phone had nothing to do with helping Ellie. That was because you wanted to break up with your pretend boyfriend because you found someone who checked of more boxes.

    Also, can it be called spending when you aren’t actually paying it?

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    1. Is that Ellie? I was thinking that had to be Ginger, seeing as how there was only 6 of the 7 sisters shown.

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  3. So what happened between Ellie and Juniper? They were maxed out back in “No Love Lost”. Now they’re slightly off max.

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    1. Standard reputation degradation over time. It keeps the player base logging in to do the dailies.

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  4. Not gonna lie. Seeing Anise get all giddy like that is so damn adorable that it makes me want to grow a beard so I’ll have a shot.

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  5. …and that’s when Holly Machete met Billy from Adventure Time.

    It turned out they couldn’t stand each other.

    What were you expecting, really?

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  6. …you know, I just noticed that Holly Machete’s hair color suddenly switches to Anise’s. And she wears it in the same left-eye-hiding fashion. So just who IS Holly Machete REALLY, Anise? Is this your DOLL’S backstory, or the one you wish YOU had, hmm? :D

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  7. …and the more I read Holly Machete’s backstory the more hilarious it becomes.

    “The Saintress of Killers.” Someone’s either read or watched “Preacher” pretty extensively.

    “Five blind railroad bulls.” Is that near the legendary Big Rock Candy Mountain? Though honestly, if there were such a place, Anise would have set up a tattoo parlor over there by now.

    I’m not sure what the “lost Roman emperor” entails, but I AM surprised at Anise’s appreciation for classical music, what with “In the Hall of the Mountain King” and all.

    And then she rounds it off with an Oregon Trail reference. Bravo, miss.

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  8. Hey, I just want to let you know that when you changed the website it broke the RSS feed. Also since you never post on the Facebook page or the twitter account I have missed basically every update since the site upgrade.

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    1. Welcome back!

      We’d give you a new reader welcome basket, but we really don’t have one for returning readers. I got half a candy bar if you want to split it, though.

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  9. I love how Holly Machete was drawn and quartered, but “ultimately d[ied] of dysentery.” One wonders how she survived being chopped into four pieces, but I’m sure that’s a tale for another day!

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    1. P.S. Your “validateForm()” function is broken in some browsers. Change this line:

      z = form[“comment”].value

      to this:

      z = document.getElementById(“comment”).value

      and that should fix it. The problem is that the element with the name “comment” (which is what the original code checks) isn’t the same as the element with the ID of “comment” (which is where the text actually is), thus the function can fail to find the comment text.

      I had to fix the code to get this to post in the Opera browser.

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  10. …and apparently since I’m the first to catch it…

    I SEE HAMM_HAMM!

    Little Hamtaro parked in one of the boxes in panel one. Started looking for references in that first panel and caught him. It’s the little details that mean so much, and make each strip take for-eh-vurrr. :D

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  11. I was going to comment about Anise’s memory, but then I remembered the “little Tinder orgy” was TWO NIGHTS ago in-comic.

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    1. Oh wow…there ARE other people in here! I was starting to think it was abandoned.

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      1. oh, uh, hang on…
        Ireland triumph will the All Blacks be able to Ireland triumph will
        (yeah nah)

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        1. Ah, sports spambots. I remember those days. They haven’t been seen in quite some time, though.

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      2. The comment section is dead because the code is broke, as explained above. I personally tried to comment with multiple browsers on my phone, but I’m only able to post now on my new laptop with Firefox.

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  12. As we enter month three without comic, let’s do a quick roll call to make sure the comments section is still alive. Sound off, folks! Are you still there?

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