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Going Public

I debated what game to have Pumpkin stream for the longest. Fortnite was a contender for a while, but it's just so over-saturated. That and listening to my 10 year old son's obsession with it has worn me out. And by 'obsession' I mean hearing "ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?" or "COME ON!!!" being screamed at his computer all day when he plays. To the point I made a gif to show him the damaging effects of being a little salt mine. Claire loves Rhythm Doctor. Well, any rhythm games. I have no talent for them. But this one gave me something extra to do for the comic, and a play style I could emulate. If you've never played it, definitely check it out. Really dedicated fan base that pour themselves into creating their own levels for others to play.  See you Tuesday.  UPDATE 6-4-19: Hey y'all! Chris has been busting butt doing outdoors stuff on the house and yard for the last week, so no post today. He's going to *try* to get it up Friday, but please don't kill him if it doesn't happen. Still a lot of yardwork to do and rain expected there this weekend so that's gotta get done first. Also I'll be flying in Friday evening, and then we'll be busy getting things loaded up all weekend to drive back to Texas. Thanks for all your patience and support, everyone! - Claire UPDATE 6-7-19: This is going to be the last update I can manage site-wise before the move. Claire flies in tonight and we load up tomorrow. I may try to update via the discord during the drive if it's feasible and if you guys really want to see pictures of whatever Cracker Barrel we end up at between Alabama and Texas.  In short I'm really sorry I couldn't get a few more comics up before this excursion, but it's just been a massive time suck. See these stones? Yeah they look nice, but there are over a thousand of them lining the entire property, and they sink every few years, into the mud, on their way to the center of the earth. This is them after I dug every single one up, added more dirt underneath, and reset them all. After making sure they were decently aligned, I then took the top stones back off and tarped, then reset again. Trimmed brush, weeds and overgrowth.. then mulched. They each weight a ridiculous amount, and I have shredded myself fixing all of this. Everything is sore. Couldn't start this in April, cause that's our rainy season. Also abnormally cold. As soon as it cleared up and we saw sun in May I started this. Took a month solid to work the entire yard, and of course it instantly shoots to 90 degrees.  I was leaving some of this for Claire, who volunteered to help with the backyard (which was the last part) where I had to tear up half the earth, but then this happened So then I had to race against the clock. No way to rebuild half the backyard in a thunderstorm. So that's what I had to do all week, spending 15 hours a day in the back yard solo (and packing and cleaning.) Regardless, you don't need to hear all my whining. Just know I'm busting total ass and battling massive fatigue. We are staged and packed, and I do have a ton of comics in limbo to be colored. I will try my absolute damn'dest to get set up and have something done by next Friday. Until then, thanks for the patience and hanging in there. We love you guys. :)  -Chris   6-19-19: Sorry we're so behind guys, there's just been so much unpacking and such to do before Chris could work. Thankfully most of that is done, except for the kid's rooms, which we'll be chipping away at all summer. I'm currently doing the flats on the next comic, which will be up Friday. Thanks for all the patience you've shown us during the move! -Claire

63 thoughts on “Going Public

  1. The animation is great, I also lol’d at the Discord channel avatars in her sidebar.

    Can’t wait to see the bday party where I’m assuming all the sisters will again gather and their singularity of wack will once again form, destroying most of the suburb.

    1. Perhaps I am wrong, but I thought all birthday parties had the other sisters TRY to make it, but sometimes could not all be there.

  2. StarCraft…

    Make it where she is actually one of the top SC players in the world and everyone thinks she is South Korean player because they have never seen her face. When she tells people they don’t believe her.

  3. Man, I’m old. I just look at that gif and wonder why they’re not just doing Caramelldansen and be done with it.

        1. MAZE. OF MADNESS.

          That old ASCII dungeon thing. It was incredibly fun for 8 year-old me.

      1. I got started with planetfall, Ghostbusters video game for Tandy, and some early graphics game that utilized and combined Star Wars cantina band with the Blues Brothers’ theme for their intro. Same outfit that made leisure suit Larry.

        1. Leisure Suit Larry was Sierra. They also made the King’s Quest games.

          Those games came out when I was a freshman in high school. I did play a lot of games on the Apple IIc (my dad bought me one for my birthday). But PC games didn’t come until the end of high school/start of college. And then I was playing Wing Commander a lot.

    1. [Steve]:
      You wanna see just how old you are?
      Look it up on Amazon — this is a trip down “(digital) Memory Lane”.
      [https://www.amazon.com/Fatal-Distractions-Beaten-Maimed-Mauled/dp/1878739778]
      There are some copies that still contain a CDROM-disk, if you’d like to actually replay anything.
      You’ll need to run [DOS-Box], or some other 16-bit emulator, though, since modern hardware will reject them.
      It helped me re-discover everything from the earliest versions of “Adventure” up-to-&-including “Doom”.

      1. Thanks! I’ve thought about trying my “Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon” & original “Command and Conquer” games. Not very hard, but hey, now I can! ?

  4. How about League of Legends, which is old as games go (and therefore not so cool) but which has seen a resurgence due to the “POP/STARS” music video that was released a few months ago?

  5. Ah, the Pumpkin Birthday Party Arc! Been waiting for this to start!
    Was expecting for it to be just a family affair, but this works too.

  6. Oh, this is not going to end well for the neighborhood that the Buckinghams live in.
    Or their city…or maybe even half the state of Florida.

    Cool with me, on with the show.

  7. I wanna joke about Pumpkin’s ‘surprise’ birthday party, but I’m honestly cringing bc if I wasn’t already sure that Pumpkin was going to get nasty in this arc I am sure now. I’m calling it here. She’s definitely gonna lash out and hurt people, definitely Ellie, and she’s probably gonna GET hurt when people finally call her out on being a spoiled brat for it. Family drama!

      1. You slowly open the door to witness the Avon Lady being tackled by A Mary Lee Cosmetics representative. As you chuckle to yourself while reaching for the wall mounted sprinkler controls, you notice a large Dominos pizza box flying shriunken style from the neighbors’ house to your right. As your hand stopped moving for the sprinkler controls, you follow the pizza box to watch it connect with the red pizza warmer out of the Pizza Hut delivery girl’s hands. You hear a “kiiiyaaa” burst from the right to see a blur erupts speeding towards your rosebud hedges and leaps into the air as the Dominoes guy crosses your property line. You follow the blur as it reaches an apex directly above the combating cosmetics ladies. There you watch dumbfounded as the girl weilds breadstick nunchacku in both hands rendering the Domino’s delivery guys pizza delivery arm useless. They land….

        1. Aha! In the distance! A small cottage with a light on. Hope!

          You move stealthily toward it but your leg! Ah! It’s caught in a bear trap!

          Gnawing off your leg (Quiet, quiet)

          Limping to the cottage (Quiet, quiet)

          Now you’re on the doorstep

          Sitting inside: Shia LaBeouf

  8. I love this so much. And yes, Rhythm Doctor is awesome. It’s not officially “out” yet, but you can find out more about it here and join the RD discord for info about how to get a pre-release version: http://www.rhythmdr.com/

    The same developers made A Dance of Fire and Ice, which is another rhythm game I love: https://store.steampowered.com/app/977950/A_Dance_of_Fire_and_Ice/

    The Rhythm Doctor level that Pumpkin is playing is fan-made, six different RD players came together to make it, and it references over 70 other community-made levels for the game. When I did my 24 hour marathon stream in April, I spent a few hours trying to A-Rank this beast. It’s soooo good. You can watch the level being played here (flashy lights/epilepsy warning!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8qXITOfat8

    1. My wife and you would get along just fine. She’s a rhythm gamer, too.

      My PS4 has DJMax Respect and Superbeat: Xonic on it. If it were just me, they would NEVER be on my PS4. LOL

  9. About the only thing unbelievable about today’s comic is that Pumpkin would have only one viewer on her live stream. Even the most obscure Twitch ASMR/music/gaming streams with young female hosts tend to get viewerships in the hundreds.

  10. oh dis gawn be gud

    Also, nice getting some Pumpkin action for what seems like the first time in ages

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      1. I’m an interest with the good and happy many information. Is what then be the news for receiving for lots of information?

        1. I’ll tell you this much: this is what it’s like to go even further beyond, that’s for sure.

        2. ** Activating the beyonder orbital ion cannon for the firing of great righteousness in defense of the molecules of freedom. **

  12. UPDATE 6-4-19: Hey y’all! Chris has been busting butt doing outdoors stuff on the house and yard for the last week, so no post today. He’s going to *try* to get it up Friday, but please don’t kill him if it doesn’t happen. Still a lot of yardwork to do and rain expected there this weekend so that’s gotta get done first. Also I’ll be flying in Friday evening, and then we’ll be busy getting things loaded up all weekend to drive back to Texas. Thanks for all your patience and support, everyone! – Claire

    1. Yeah, supposed to start raining here tomorrow and then through the weekend (we need it though!). Safe travels! Even though I’ve never met Chris, I’ll miss having a near-by comic artist.

  13. See, this is why I have a very… minimalist attitude when it comes to chores. Never mow the lawn because it’ll just grow back. Never vacuum because it’ll just get dirty again. Never wash the car because it’ll rain eventually.

  14. Hey Chris,

    If you ever do the sinky stones dance (ttto: Volga Boatmen) again, don’t add more dirt. Look at your local building codes spec for foundations. It sounds like you have an incompressible soil, described by the equation “DIRT + MUD = MORE MUD.” Your stones are exceeding its bearing capacity, and a foundation would spread the loading. With luck, a rough, coarse gravel will be all you need. Best wishes!

    1. Not sure about the soil where Chris was, but I’m around 20 miles away (I’ve been told the soil around here varies GREATLY, and his location was on the other side of a mountain). We have a really high limestone content (there are lots of limestone caves around), so it isn’t necessarily just about compression. Limestone clay will shrink and expand significantly with decrease/increase in moisture; I have multiple nearby family members whit home foundations that have shifted and even cracked from the ground changes.

      The red clay is also a bitch to dig in – either it is as hard as a rock (and will break your shovel handle) or turns into a sticky mess that has to constantly be scraped off the shovel.

      1. There is also the “Installment Pilings Plan,” whereby a new course is added periodically, until your wall essentially has a pile foundation.

        Amen to your clay comment! After watching a heavy-duty rental tiller frantically tap dancing on the stuff (rather than dig in), we just started referring to the backyard as the brick yard.

        1. Done that with a tiller before! They don’t tend to last long here.

          My Mom is from South Carolina, and her mother worked in a greenhouse and always had beautiful (as well as plentiful food-growing) gardens at home. When she first came over her, Mom said she was critical of Mom’s attempts… then she crouched down with a little hand-trowel to plant a flower, and saw the harsh reality!

  15. An info update is better than no update at all. Good luck with finishing up everything for the move. I’ve only moved four times, and that was just back and forth across town, never across several states!

  16. I just want to say as a native son, Howdy and welcome to y’all’s new life here in the Lone Star State. I understand miss Claire there has been a resident for a spell, but this’n’s specifically for you, mister Rusche. Now, so as I can tell the phone tree, dip toy pronounce that Rush or Roo-shay like you’re from Louisiana? Well, I guess sd the phone tree is disbanded that don’t matter much. Any who, just wanted to provide a hearty welcome to you!

  17. 6-19-19: Sorry we’re so behind guys, there’s just been so much unpacking and such to do before Chris could work. Thankfully most of that is done, except for the kid’s rooms, which we’ll be chipping away at all summer. I’m currently doing the flats on the next comic, which will be up Friday. Thanks for all the patience you’ve shown us during the move! -Claire

    1. Take your time. We’re all pretty patient around these parts (or we were, until Steve blew up the generator while we were catching up on all our Netflix shows).

      1. Oh sure, blame me! I told Mr. Blue he couldn’t plug his coffee maker and his hot plate in there at the same time, but nobody listens to the intern.

        1. I don’t know where you got the coffee maker from. I was trying to use the pizza oven with an electrically powered wood fired oven. I got it from the “My first” company. They included the coffee maker as a promotional item, but I didn’t have it plugged int.

          And how am I supposed to keep the pizzas warm without the hot plate? I checked with Steve the Engineer and he said that it was hunky dorkee.

        2. *sigh*

          Blue, we really gotta talk about that impulse buying habit of yours. These doo-hickies and thingamabobs you keep bringing back usually end up with me trying to put the pieces back together.

        3. …you sir, are a hazard to electrical grids and circuit breakers EVERYWHERE.

        4. Probably because you received like 90% of the voltage when you plugged it in.

          I hear electrocution can make you forget things.

    2. Hey, glad to see everyone arrived safely, and the unpacking of lives and belongings proceeds apace! Take a breath, we’ll be here.

  18. Speaking as someone who already lives in Texas: Your moving here in June?! On purpose? WHY??
    (whispers) Do you need a safe space?

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