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ChibiSilverWings, October 24th, 2014, 11:02 pm     Reply

One Week Hiatus

We're going on a short, one week hiatus (from 26th-31st) because we all got a bit behind. On the plus side, we'll all be in the Artist Alley at Youmacon in Detroit next weekend so we're prepping. Come visit us if you're around!

We try to keep these pauses to a minimum for you all, but with 4 schedules to wrangle the free time of, it can get knotty on occasion. Thanks for bearing with us and enjoying the comic!

CORRECTION: Just Alexis and I will be at Youmacon! Sorry about that!

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Guest, October 25th, 2014, 7:45 pm     Reply


Seth (Guest), October 25th, 2014, 7:58 pm     Reply

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Welp. Some of the seedlings may have started to relax and let their guard down around Amical, but this should solve that problem. Permanently.

Aslandus, October 25th, 2014, 8:45 pm     Reply

Well, there goes the Obrimos mage... And Amical seemed to really like Thatcher...

I wonder if Hizrim did that or if that's just the natural development of things...

Jamsterbuggy, October 25th, 2014, 9:13 pm     Reply

I really hope that Curio doesn't flip his shit in the next update.

burningtyger, October 26th, 2014, 12:55 am     Reply

@Jamsterbuggy: I really hope he does. It would be the best thing he's done so far, frnakly— repudiating Amicla by turning the magic he fears against him turning him into a shaking wreck. Even if there is "no good or evil in death," and everyone dances with the Reaper eventually, surely there must be justice in this world. @shylarah If Curio or Adrestia can bring Billy back, or if Tyler can unweave the instant of death, great— if not, his shade may well hold council with Curio in future...

Deschia, October 25th, 2014, 9:14 pm     Reply

Props to the artist for not making it a theatrical bloodbath.

On an entirely unrelated note, I am now very, very sad I can't afford to go to Youmacon this year.

ChibiSilverWings, October 25th, 2014, 9:37 pm     Reply

@Deschia: Props to Trish for that.

Also, we're sorry we won't see you there! But we do a lot of Michigan conventions so, maybe you'll see us at a different one :D

shylarah, October 25th, 2014, 10:00 pm     Reply

Not sure why Thatcher is going after Amical...unless it really is due to Hizrim.

shylarah, October 25th, 2014, 10:02 pm     Reply

Also, I wonder if our dear little death mage brings Billy back. Because we really need his jerky ways to balance things out.

Mindsword2 (Guest), October 26th, 2014, 1:20 am     Reply

Huh. Okay, I was not expecting that. Bit rare for that to happen.

It... almost seems contrived. Billy has shown us to be logical this entire time. He can get angry, but where is the sense in this move? I suppose it could be the big gamble, but that's not the right way to do the gamble. While I am not a huge fan of Mr. Thatcher, I suspect something is up. If does die...

Hmm. Who becomes the leader? Curio won't. Asia could become the leader if Hizrim has his way, but I'll bet Curio at least will partially blame her for Billy's death, which limits how well he'll follow. Tyler maybe?

Also, around noon the site was down. Not sure if there was something going on. Now you know if you didn't already.

ChibiSilverWings, October 26th, 2014, 1:46 am     Reply

@Mindsword2: SmackJeeves had an outage most of the day, should be fine now! :)

Seth (Guest), October 26th, 2014, 3:04 pm     Reply

@Mindsword2: If any of the seedlings take charge, I'd bet on Adrestia, maybe with Asia's assistance.

D3c3nd4n7, October 26th, 2014, 12:00 pm     Reply

OMG!!! . . . nice one Amical do it again.

Jeana Star (Guest), October 26th, 2014, 8:58 pm     Reply

...Do you guys think Adrestia will try to help Billy?

Evil Eye, October 27th, 2014, 1:55 am     Reply

Why universe?!
First Homestuck tears my heart out and now this?!

ChibiSilverWings, October 27th, 2014, 2:40 am     Reply

@Evil Eye: Real Talk: When I saw that Homestuck updated with that stuff the same day as this, this felt a bit cruel XD I'm sorry! Unexpected timing...

W. (Guest), October 27th, 2014, 3:32 pm     Reply

If billy act wasnt caused by hizrim, then the solution the spirit suggested would have in fact saved him...

I dont understand why Asia even trust the thing? Except maybe the fact that it/he offered 'help' and no menaces, unlike amical.

kidthegreat (Guest), October 27th, 2014, 7:30 pm     Reply

There's no way that Amical would be THAT egotistic that he would freak out over that one painting unless there was some underlying importance to them... maybe they actually function like security cameras or some form of magical resonance disruptor so other mages and creatures can't find the mansion. But geez... all of the feels... First Homestuck and now Billy? Its like all of the bad things are supposed to happen to good characters... I really hope someone can either reverse his death... Idk if any of the seedlings other than Curio would want to bring him back though, considering adrestia and tyler's sentiments towards him...

Lunaroki, November 2nd, 2014, 11:53 pm     Reply

@kidthegreat: My guess, base on Amical's earlier reaction when someone defaced one of his paintings and the way he constantly freaks out about death magic, is that the paintings aren't so much security cameras as horcruxes. I think Amical might just be as allergic to death as He Who Must Not Be Named. If he put a piece of himself (soul or otherwise) into each painting, then destroying a painting would be like killing a piece of him.

Alternatively, maybe only one of them has an actual connection to his life and would kill him or age him if someone destroyed it, but even he isn't sure which one it is. Whatever the case, these paintings are clearly more important to him than the lives of any of his seedlings, even his absolute favorite, which means none of them dare harm a painting again without knowing for damn sure if it will end him.

D3c3nd4n7, October 27th, 2014, 11:11 pm     Reply

Adrestia cant help Billy if he's dead. Curio cant help Billy if he's dead. If he were a master of death magic and apprenticed to fate then he could help but then he'd die as the cost of the spell is the casters life.

Don Quixotes, October 29th, 2014, 3:46 am     Reply

I go away for one week, come back to a hiatus AND this. There's a certain .gif I'm thinking of, but I don't know who's in it so I can't google it.

ChibiSilverWings, October 29th, 2014, 4:06 am     Reply

@Don Quixotes: I think this is the one you want: s.gif

I'm sorry, my good sir knight. You know these guys can't hold it together without you here! Clearly you're never allowed to leave again!

And since I actually did doodles today I can tell you that the Ask Billy Blog has an update for every day this week! Hopefully that makes up for the blood and brain matter all over the wall? Maybe?

Don Quixotes, October 30th, 2014, 3:07 am     Reply

@ChibiSilverWings: Great, might as well hand me one of them collars then. :P

And that is the gif I was thinking of!

ChibiSilverWings, October 30th, 2014, 1:41 pm     Reply

@Don Quixotes: By the way, thank you for the awesome ask. It will be posted on Sunday heheh.

ButcherCat, November 2nd, 2014, 9:28 pm     Reply


TheVelveteenRabbit, November 16th, 2014, 9:39 pm     Reply

well that didnt take long

bye bye billy

Kamikaze (Guest), November 23rd, 2014, 11:03 am     Reply

From the very start I knew Billy would be the first to die.

Being an arrogant idiot in WoD is asking to die soon.

For all the thought he was smart and natural leader, his politicking was too weak.

And getting all bitchy over CHESS and money, over all things, when you're a REALITY WARPER, plz btc... True currency in WoD is making a powerful being like an elder Kindred owe you big time.

I'm surprised it took so long for him to die. He was lucky, if I was GMing it he would've had a far more humiliating death.

When you're an weakling noob in WoD you have to make allies and be nice, even if you're faking.

However, making true friends is the best way. It will increase your survivality early game and late game you will need fellow conspirators to further your agenda.

Now, hoping the kid to die too. He's a satellite character that's shallow, annoying and most unforgiving, uninteresting.