Got back from my grandmother’s funeral and it was truly beautiful. Thanks so much for all the outpouring of support I got from all of you. Seriously, you all are amazing as usual and I just want to say thanks for what you’ve given!
So, before the end of the month I intend to post an issue of Villain-In-Distress. I want to be sure I make good on that content within the month since it’s kind of the main reason most of you patron (other than the kindness of your hearts that is 😉 ) Shouldn’t be too hard for me to get out before April Fools’ Day.
The cannon image is another story as that process did not get started when it should have due to delays. Don’t worry, it still will get created but it will be done on a make-good basis once openings show up from certain artists. Since we’ll have some time, would you prefer to see MGP or ViD canon image? Just post your vote in comments as I don’t really want to create a poll at the moment as I’m doing this on a break from work.
I should be able to also post the pin-up art for this month before it’s over as I just have to make some edits to the pic Grimay already made. If things break right I may even have it done today but I don’t want to promise that.
Also, if you’re part of the Chapter 13 of MGP Fan Reel please start getting your commentary in. I’d like to post it in the next week or two.
Thanks again so much for all your support friends. Through times of loss it makes me very grateful to have as awesome a fanbase as you guys to help me get through it.
Thanks for all the huggles,
Hey friends. Just wanted to let you know my work will be delayed some for the next week or two. I just got the sad news that my grandmother has passed. I know you guys are awesome people and so you’re likely to send a bunch of support my way but believe me when I say I’m actually in a very good spot for this.
My grandmother had some dementia issues and last year, when my grandfather died, it got way worse. Watching them age together was actually very heart-warming and romantic in a sad sort of way. My grandfather’s body broke down to the point he couldn’t do much (he had several heart incidences over his life so we felt fortunate to have him as long as we did… not many people can claim having survived FOUR heart attacks).
As his body started to break down, her mind started to go. It was very cute to see them work together to make up for what the other one lacked. It was a pure kind of love that comes after over 50 years of being married. They had weathered every storm together, raised kids in four states and two countries. That type of pure, simple love is something truly inspiring.
I don’t know what my schedule will be like in the next few weeks as at some point I’ll have to fly out so she can be buried next to my grandfather (she moved out closer to family near me so she could have people to care for her). I don’t know how much of my help the family will need either. I know I don’t have to ask you to be patient because I know how awesome and understanding you guys are.
Honestly, I really am good myself though. Her passing is a blessing. She can now be with my grandfather she loved so much. It’s been hard watching the woman you loved slowly slip away, leaving a person who wasn’t sure where she was and, at the end, weren’t sure who we were. It was a kindness we had been praying for, to let her body catch up to her mind so she can finally let go.
So, I don’t need anything. I have all the support I need with my family. If you want to do something for me, call your grandparents or parents or just some friend you haven’t talked to in a while and let them know what they mean to you. Our connections are what make life worth it.
Who’s chopping those darn onions?
That’s right fans and friends! Chapter 49 of Magical Girl Policy has been posted and, let me tell you, this is a big one. It’s not readily apparent why this chapter is such a big deal but let me tell you why this is such a big deal to me. There are now officially more chapters of MGP than there were episodes of MGP-Alpha. Yes! That’s right!
Now, it shouldn’t seem like such a big deal. I mean, for one, the Alpha version of MGP got further plot-wise than this incarnation of MGP has. But that one had so many dangling plot threads and problems with it that it made me get so frustrated with the project that I went on a hiatus that lasted two years. This story, though it’s taken me longer to get to Chapter 49, makes me happy and excited with where it’s going. Most importantly, you guys make me excited to go on the journey. It’s been a bumpy road but I’ve been updating MGP for 7 years now. I’ve never stuck with something that long. Thanks so much for your patience and helping me get there. Seriously, without you guys leaving your comments this wouldn’t happen. Your feedback is the fuel in my creative engine. 🙂
But speaking of helping me out, one fan in particular has really helped out Shellsh0cker7 has proven not only to have EXCELLENT taste in books and podcasts (a fellow Brandon Sanderson/Writing Excuses fan) but to be a very good editor. I felt bad as Stephanie has been helping me out with that but Stephanie’s talents lie in poking me with sticks to keep me moving, not editing. Shellsh0cker7 however is an awesome dude and amazing at editing. I haven’t had an editor this thorough since college… and that’s becoming longer and longer ago than I like.
With all that said, we aren’t done with today’s announcements! That’s right! More! First of all, if you’re a $5 and up patron, there is a new Pin-up Poll over at my Patreon I need you to vote on. The theme is “May Showers” and you’re voting on who the “camera” is trying to sneak a look at in the showers: Vytri, Robynne, or Cpt. Fawkes. SO be sure to vote if you’re a $5 and up patron.
Also! I have just posted the MGP Fan Reel for Chapter 12! Some hilarious, snarky commentary by the fans so I suggest you check it out in either docx or odt format, whichever works best for you. I have also sent out the invitations for the Chapter 13 Fan Reel. If you are a $3 and up patron and I forgot to send you an invite, please email me or message me at Patreon and I’ll get that fixed.
Man, good times today! Thanks so much you all for helping me get to this milestone with MGP! I love you all so much. Thanks for continually grabbing a snack and pulling up a chair!
Tad bit late but Grimay got it done and it looks as awesome as ever. I’m beginning to think this guys is pretty talented.
This is one where I highly recommend you viewing the full image. Grimay but a ton of detail in the background and gives us the best view of SAU campus ever. So verdant and green! Like the cheer uniforms! Surely that can’t be a coincidence!
In all honesty this is one of the more challenging issues with commissioning outside drawings. The background ends up taking up more than the inside. Frankly it’s the reason for the lateness of the image, I didn’t know how difficult of a picture I was asking of Grimay by having these buildings and grass and trees and everything But Grimay nailed it really. Go Grim. Also we got our first look at Jodi! … okay yeah so she’s just… well she’s an attractive blonde cheerleader. It’s something we’ve seen a lot of, sure, but I’m still glad we got her.
Robynne finding the SFEERS booth and Cami & Jodi finding Robynne is a fun scene. I think it was the first time I got to really dive into the Cheer Squad drama in the story and I am not sure why I like that plotline so much. Maybe because the Absurdly Powerful Student Council and Alpha Biscuit are some of my favorite tropes to complain about being super unrealistic. I guess I just like the comedy of using them myself and trying to justify it. I don’t know. I’m weird.
I’m also glad we got to use Robynne’s outfit form Tolin’s old fanart of Robynne meeting Nick. Come to think of it, I think Nick is one of the few characters Grimay hasn’t drawn yet. I’m trying to think of characters Grimay hasn’t taken a crack at yet. Other than Tanya, Kunapipi, and Nick… Noriko… can you guys help me create a list of characters Grimay hasn’t drawn yet? I’m wanting to be sure to let him draw everyone since, you know, he’s the officially-unofficial artist of MGP. XD
See you all again soon,