Usin' up the last of the old comics...

Usin' up the last of the old comics...

Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

March 13th, 2017, 8:09 am #1

This next two weeks, ladies and gentlemen, spells the last of my buffer.

No, I haven't been running solely on buffered strips all this time. Far from it. Last summer I was able to amass a pile of just over sixty strips in the buffer, and I've been using those- and occasionally adding to- off an on ever since. I've had some times where I had a whole week of buffer, once I think we ran as long as three full weeks on preloaded strips, and the rest have been used up one or two at a time as needed.

After these two weeks (only five strips of which are actually buffer, the rest will need to be drawn daily as usual) I'm down to just two that are kind of random, and I have no idea yet where I can use them.

And, those five upcoming strips (most of which will be used next week) are strips I drew for an early buffer quite a while ago, and am only just now getting around to using. Here's the original (spoiler for those few who might catch this between now, when I post this, and in a few hours when Monday's strip goes live.)



Yep. Five years ago. And I'm not sure, but I think I may have actually drawn it even earlier- 2009 to 2010- and only cleaned it up and changed the date to '12. I mean, how long's it been since I showed Doc with a cigarette?

But, this finally uses these up. Last year when I built the buffer, I scoured my hard drives for strips like this- there were only 12 to 14- and this is it. With the exception of the two other 'random' strips, you ladies and gents have now pretty much seen every single TWB strip I've ever drawn.

And boy, there's been a lot of 'em.

Doc.
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Joined: March 27th, 2016, 3:51 pm

March 13th, 2017, 8:16 am #2

More strips are clearly needed!
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Joined: January 20th, 2016, 3:38 pm

March 13th, 2017, 1:54 pm #3

This next two weeks, ladies and gentlemen, spells the last of my buffer.

No, I haven't been running solely on buffered strips all this time. Far from it. Last summer I was able to amass a pile of just over sixty strips in the buffer, and I've been using those- and occasionally adding to- off an on ever since. I've had some times where I had a whole week of buffer, once I think we ran as long as three full weeks on preloaded strips, and the rest have been used up one or two at a time as needed.

After these two weeks (only five strips of which are actually buffer, the rest will need to be drawn daily as usual) I'm down to just two that are kind of random, and I have no idea yet where I can use them.

And, those five upcoming strips (most of which will be used next week) are strips I drew for an early buffer quite a while ago, and am only just now getting around to using. Here's the original (spoiler for those few who might catch this between now, when I post this, and in a few hours when Monday's strip goes live.)



Yep. Five years ago. And I'm not sure, but I think I may have actually drawn it even earlier- 2009 to 2010- and only cleaned it up and changed the date to '12. I mean, how long's it been since I showed Doc with a cigarette?

But, this finally uses these up. Last year when I built the buffer, I scoured my hard drives for strips like this- there were only 12 to 14- and this is it. With the exception of the two other 'random' strips, you ladies and gents have now pretty much seen every single TWB strip I've ever drawn.

And boy, there's been a lot of 'em.

Doc.
Unless I'm very much mistaken, that would be three years, seven months. Though it could be a Sledgehammer reg.
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

March 13th, 2017, 7:14 pm #4

That particular strip, too, was one drawn at least a couple of years before, and saved. And in that case, the strip was "blank"- no dialogue. I had drawn maybe half a dozen like that, meant for those busy days when I needed a last-minute strip. The "Watch for Falling Rocks" strip was done at about the same time, as well as the one where Doc was doing something just off panel while Sandy grouses about something- the last panel is Doc about to swing a sledgehammer and saying "We're being very careful".

So despite the fact that strip is dated 2012 (and posted in 2013) I'm pretty sure it's a year or two older than that.

Doc.
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