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.