Home on the Strange: Fluttershone

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Ferrett Says:

So, uh... hi.

It's been a few months since we officially ended the strip, and in the meantime I've started up a new one - My Name Is Might Have Been, a webcomic about rock, the end of the world, and tiny plastic guitars (and written with currently-slumming World Fantasy Award-nominated author Catherynne M. Valente). But the official ending to HotS hasn't been far from my mind.

You folks paid us good money to give you an ending for Branch. And it's taken a while, but we wanted to make sure it was worth it. You can look in the forums for my behind-the-scenes explanation of why it took so long, but the art on this one should tell you that Roni's been working her tuchis off. And God bless her.

Anyway. I don't want to blab too long. But Branch ended, surprisingly, in magic. And I'm happy about this.

Something very much like this happened a long time ago to me myself.

Roni Says:

It wasn't until we tried to do a stand alone strip that I realized just how long they take, as a whole. Previously, they've been staggered. We kick around an idea for a couple of months, and hash out the script while we're while we're working on another storyline, then really buckle down on the visuals over a few days when the deadline was looming. If we had a problem, we could throw in a few stand alone strips to stall. Not only were we doing this without any filler, it's The Last One, so it had to be just right.

The idea was obvious, to me at least. What happens when a geek disappears for several months? An MMO, of course! However this a left us in the awkward place of Ferrett trying to make a script for someone else's idea involving a game he'd never played. I myself haven't played in several months, so I had to do my research in a round about manner. And of course, being detail freaks, we had a lot of emails and links to work out the fiddly bits. We hadn't forgotten you guys, we just wanted to do it right.

A couple have you have asked when i was planning on doing a new project as well. I'm kicking around some ideas, but nothing seriously. I'm waiting for my professional life to be a bit more settled before embarking on anything new, but don't worry I'm not out of the game, and now that we're done here, I'm looking towards new things. I'm happy where we've left it, and I hope you are too. Thanks for reading.

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Home on the Strange: Wedding, Part 18

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Ferrett Says:

The early ending of the strip puts us in a slight bind; Christmas is approaching for everyone, and I'm going to a convention in January with no actual strip to discuss. And it puts you in a bind, too, since we never did wrap up anything with Branch, really (aside from establishing that at least Karla thinks she's still alive).

So on this last official strip, we'll put out our first and last donation drive. We have a PayPal link. If the combined readers of HotS can get us $500 before Christmas day with various donations, we'll give you a short (one or two-strip) wrap-up on What Happened To Branch. Roni came up with a perfect ending, and I assure you it's right in character. And that strip would be posted before I go to the Con in January, just so we all have something to shill!

The PayPal link is here. If you feel generous or curious for everything we've done, all the money will be going to Roni. A large fund may encourage Roni to, eventually, do her own strip sans me, which I think would be cool.

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

Roni Says:

So here we are, at the end*. It's been a long, weird road. I hope you've enjoyed doing the strip as much as I've enjoyed making it.

*Ish depending on the possibility of the Christmas Special

For those of you who are looking to further your Home on the Strange cred, I'm auctioning off some original HotS art. So far, we have Karla taking over the world and the first appearance of Izzy. I plan to list a few more over the next couple of days, I'm just not done sorting and scanning. Keep an eye on my auction page for updates.

As for future projects, who knows, I'm still sorting that out myself. However, I do plan to resurrect my art journal for those of you interested in keeping track (and don't feel like sifting through the chatter of my regular journal) Also, there's my web page, www.veronicapare.com

Thanks so much, you guys have been great.

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Love, Roni

P.S. For Ferrett: I couldn\'t have done it without you, either.

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