Killing It
Friday — January 10th, 2020

Killing It

Here is a comic! It arrives even though I spent hours today trying to get my site back up and running. If you’re reading this it (kind of) worked! Looks like some things don’t work – like my ads – as well as other things. No idea what happened – nor do I know what I did to fix it. Please let me know if you spot any other glaring errors! (And yeah, I am aware of that weird looking header, but at this point I’m just happy to have the site working at all.)

Edit Jan 13: Spent a while trying to fix some of the issues without making a whole lot of progress. Annoyingly the ages old ComicPress theme doesn’t quite work as before with the new version of WordPress I installed. Just a head’s up: Comic updates might be slightly sporadic as I keep tinkering with the site, but hah- I will probably get bored of trying soon and draw a comic instead.

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Making of “Important Timing”

My pesky day job summoned me out of town this week, so there was unfortunately no time left to make a comic for today. Instead, check out this video documenting my process of producing the comic Important Timing from a while back. Enjoy! Regular comic updates should resume soon.

Making of “Alien Spawn”

No new comic today as I’m on a much deserved(?) vacation. Instead, check out this time-lapsed making-of video featuring the comic “Alien Spawn” from a while back. (Final version here.)

This video was part of the ongoing Patreon rewards. Supporting Optipess on Patreon will give you access to a bunch more videos and other stuff. (And I can afford to make more comics!)

Support Optipess on Patreon!

Big news! I have now launched a Patreon campaign! Patreon is basically like an ongoing Kickstarter –  a way for you, the readers, to support your favorite artists who just happen to provide their content free on the Internet. And like a lot of Internet creators, I’m unfortunately required to have a day job on the side to pay the bills.

Through a Patreon campaign, my awesome readers have a chance to pay back however much you want on a monthly basis. Oh, and the comics will still absolutely be free on this site forever, but as a Patreon supporter you also get access to a bunch more cool stuff like work-in-progress shots, advance comics, time-lapse videos and more!

As a supporter you would also be ensuring that I can continue doing what I love to do. Thanks!

The Making of “Soul Snatch”

Turns out the comic I had planned for Friday’s update started kicking my ass, as opposed to the other way around, so I’m pushing it to next week. (Or scrapping it completely, I haven’t decided yet.)

Until then, check out this time lapse video I made showing the making-of process behind the recent “Soul Snatch” comic! Hopefully it proves that webcomics don’t make themselves, contrary to popular belief.

Comic Recommendations & RIP Google Reader

Alas, there will be no new comic today as I unfortunately caught the sniffles over the weekend and mostly spent it under a blanket coughing instead of drawing comics. However, fear not! – with some luck the regular updates will soon resume as normal. But since you’re already browsing these “Internet” pages, why not check out some other webcomics? Here are a couple who have caught my eyes lately:

Actually I have been reading See Mike Draw by uh, Mike for a while already, but I don’t think I’ve mentioned his comics here before now. Pretty much all of them strike gold on a regular basis, but especially the recent Game of Thrones jokes struck a chord with me.

Also in a similar vein, both the artstyle and the humor, are the hilarious scribblings of The Gentleman’s Armchair by Wes. I’ll highlight this “shocking” comic as one that really made me chuckle. Go read it!

Also, also! If you’ve kept up to date with Optipess through RSS, you probably already know that Google is shutting down their Google Reader service TODAY. Of course, RSS still lives on anyway, and the feed for this site remains unchanged, but today is probably your last chance to jump ship to another feed aggregator. I’ve been using Feedly which appears to be a fine replacement for the old Google Reader. Or, much like Google, if you’ve instead put RSS entirely to rest you can still get notified of new Optipess comics through the Facebook Page, my Twitter profile, or even my Google Plus page!

Know of any other sweet webcomics, or do you make one yourself? Comment below with the link! Also, feel free to chime in with other Google Reader alternatives. Thanks for reading!

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