He said the thing! The thing from the movies!

We’ve been working on the comic since 2011. This was, in no way, a constant, productive workflow (it turns out there’s a lot of cool stuff on television and video games are super fun!). This February we decided enough was enough, and finally set a launch date–April 1st–expecting to launch with three pages and have another four in reserve. As you may have noticed, we didn’t. Instead, we launched with two pages, and had none in reserve. This means that every week is a race to complete the page before Tuesday morning. And it’s a race we’ve been losing lately. There’s just no breathing room, and any unexpected issues that crop up mean the comic won’t get posted on time. It’s frustrating, it’s stressful, and it’s not fair to you guys. Something’s gotta change.

So here’s the plan…

That’s page 13 up there, and it’s a good place to pause for a little bit. We’re gonna take a few weeks off while we build up a bit of a much-needed buffer on the comic, and finally fulfill some delayed Patreon rewards for April and May backers. The comic will return on August 5th, and barring any unexpected (or expected) dismemberments on Ben’s part, should proceed without further interruptions. Hell, even if he loses lefty, we should be able to keep to the schedule.

So the comic’s on pause til August 5th, but we’re not going dark. Tuesday is still Demon Hunters day, and I’ll be filling in with a series of short stories set in the DH universe. I’m not sure exactly what I’m gonna do yet. I don’t have anything in particular planned, but I’m eagerly taking requests! Any particular characters you’d like to hear more about? Locations? Events? Sound off in the comments! I love a challenge! Also, don’t forget that Kentucky Blue Clay will be back on July 3rd for his regularly scheduled Storytime with KBC. Be sure to take a break from freaking out my poor, nervewracked dog with your damn, noisy fireworks to check that out!

Demon Hunters returns on August 5th. We’re crazy sorry for the rain delay, folks! We promise, the comic will be SOOOOOO much better as a result!

EDIT: Ben decided to be an adult and bought a friggin’ house! That’s great for him and his family, but not so great for productivity. As a result, the hiatus is being extended a bit so Ben can dig all his drawing stuff out of their boxes and get it set up in his new home. Demon Hunters will now return on August 5th, not July 15th as previously stated. The post above has been edited to reflect this.

↓ Transcript
PANEL 1
Gabriel, with his face freshly cleaned, closes the van's door.

GABRIEL: Alpha One's out of the question. I get that. But there's a ton of other Chapters out there that we can join up with! Or hell, we can just start a new one! Not to brag, but let's face it, any team with you and me on it is gonna be the best in the Brotherhood.
SILENT JIM: Damn straight.
GABRIEL: We'll probably need Kincaid to pull some strings, but--

PANEL 2
Gabriel stops, turning toward Jim. He's had a frustrating realization.

GABRIEL: Aw crap, Jim! Now that you're not dead, you'll still be assigned to Alpha One!

PANEL 3
Closeup on Jim. There's the slightest hint of a smile.

SILENT JIM: Details.

PANEL 4
Flashforward to Alpha One's HQ. Jim holds a long-haired white cat by the scruff of its neck; legs dangling. It's soaking wet, and not loving the experience. It has surrendered to this situation and looks miserable.

CAPTION: Soon...
SILENT JIM: Ichabod. I bleached your cat.
ICHABOD (OFF): Blackie!
BLACKIE: Mrowrr

PANEL 5
Gabriel leans against the camper van, smiling and staring into the middle distance. Jim stands next to him, arms crossed. He lives in the middle distance. Gabriel reaches into his jacket's inner pocket.

CAPTION: But anyway...
GABRIEL: What the hell, right? It's worth a shot! It's not like they can fire me twice! Let's do this! Get in the van, Jim!

PANEL 6
Closeup on Gabriel as he puts on his sunglasses. There's that cocky, confident smile we were all missing!

GABRIEL: We ride!