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Chapter 9 - Still Alive 2 - Page 15

December 5, 2011

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Ok, these names. Koraki. Leth. Do we remember them? I know it's been awhile. BUT YES THOSE FIRST 80 PAGES OF THIS COMIC DID HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE STORY. (breathe, Kez. Breathe.)

Anywho, I guess if anything, this whole segment of the story can be summed up by, "same shit, different planet." Will the poor weapons master ever catch a break? You should visit the forum to see the sketch of the next page.

I'd like to say that what these characters are speaking isn't the correct translation, because I was way too lazy to hunt out my lexicon and get the words. So it's just English in the Ayenroki alphabet. Weaksauce. YOU NEED ROSETTA STONE FOR AYENROKI! Which isn't Ayenroki to begin with...but I'll leave the linguistics lesson for another update. There is just so much backstory to this that I really really REALLY want to write it all out, or even put more of it in the comic, but the medium just doesn't suit it. It would be a lot of infodumping. Even a few paragraphs seems so much more in a comic than it is in a novel. And if you wonderful readers recall, this comic is a novel that I am illustrating.

Because I am insane.

IMPORTANT

There is a reader of this comic, Jeo, who is being screwed by a certain computer company for a purchase of a laptop years ago that currently isn't worth one tenth of what she is still trying pay off. There are few awesome people (including Liliy of The Adventures of Wiglaf and Mordred), who are volunteering merchandise for a raffle to raise money to get Jeo out of this predicament.

Sadly there's nothing for The War of Winds up for grabs, but there is something better! I offered up not only What it Takes merch, but ALSO a free FIFTY DOLLAR digital illustration commission. Since it's a raffle, you put money in the pot through Paypal, each five bucks is a ticket, you assign the ticket to a lot, and winners get picked. My lot will have three winners. Other than my stuff, there's lots more prizes available. PLEASE check it out, help someone you don't know, and tell Dell to shove it. Because of med school I can't really guarantee extra updates here or anything, but damn, if you readers help get Jeo to her goal, I will FIND the time to do something awesome for you all.

In Keznews,today is the start of a brand new unit here in wonderful med school, and if I am interpreting this schedule correctly, it is 5 hours a day sitting in the same damn room. For 3 weeks. I wonder what wonderful person ever thought that taking a bunch of young adults and making them sit for hours was EVER conducive to learning material. All it does is make us remember that hey, we're in the prime of our physical life and we're sitting in fluorescently-lit lecture halls listening to irrelevant basic science topics! Yay!

Now don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of basic sciences. I did my master's in basic science. BUT, as someone who has some experience in the field, I am horribly aware of how USELESS this knowledge is unless a) you are doing research in that field or b) see A. I fluctuate between thinking these classes are a necessary evil to level the playing field for students who have no science background, or wondering if they should just be scrapped from the curriculum all-together. Understanding pathology does not require being able to name the families of G-coupled protein receptors or understanding where glycosylation happens in a cell. And these topics show no signs of ending.

I tell you, there are definitely some times I wish I could run away and join the comic industry. Luckily the smrt half of brain then reminds me what I have planned for myself, the goals I have, and what I could accomplish if I keep clambering up this damn mountain. Argh.

Thanks for reading, see you next week.