December 13th, 2016

SMOOTH, SEV, SO SMOOTH

As always, you can vote for an extra doodle! This one considers logistics you didn't want to think about.

ALSO! I was part of a ~Holiday Collaboration~ with some other Tapastic artists, where we all drew our characters sending out Holiday cards -- if you don't follow me over there you should check out my episode here! : ) IT IS VERY NONCANON.

UNRELATED: THIS WEEK IS MY BIRTHDAY!!! :D I'm gonna be 30 years old this Thursday??? That will make me older than everyone in the main cast of this comic!! HOW DID THAT HAPPEN.


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Comment by Ely

Happy birthday, I hope this next year is kind to you! I will think of you while I'm doing my final critiques on Thursday.

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posted at 12:08am on December 13th, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

Ahhhhh thank you so much! x3 Good luck on finals!!

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posted at 12:30am on December 13th, 2016

Comment by Kiri

Okay but imagine them having to go clothes shopping for Jonan.

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posted at 12:12am on December 13th, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

while Jonan is a squirrel

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posted at 12:30am on December 13th, 2016

Reply by Kiri

I GUESS they wouldn't want to leave naked Jonan in another hotel room while they shop for him...

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posted at 1:53pm on December 13th, 2016

Comment by MagpieM

Happy birthday! Hope you have a nice one.

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posted at 2:19am on December 13th, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

Thank you so much!! *u*

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posted at 5:20pm on December 13th, 2016

Comment by Jess

So does that mean that Jonan is in his twenties? I guess not. He looks much older than the rest of the cast. I think of him as a main character now, but I guess he started out as a secondary character.

That's so weird. I just realized I have a cousin who's turning 30 on Thursday too. I wonder how many people on Earth were born on December 15, 1986.

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posted at 2:42am on December 13th, 2016

Reply by Nerrin

According to the cast page, Jonan's 29. I think it came up in a vote incentive that his life has been busy and stressful enough that he looks rather older than he is.

I think part of it's the beard and also that he's a gaunt skeleton man who looks like he doesn't eat. I can see his normal day as waking up, having some toast and a cup of water, and then getting lost in his work for the next 16 hours solid.

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posted at 12:41pm on December 13th, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

Who exactly is a "main character" is tough to pin down, but I just meant the whole group right now. xD

Jonan's ageing is a lot more than stress! When I was designing him, it was my intention for him to read as 40-50. He REALLY doesn't look his age.

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posted at 5:20pm on December 13th, 2016

Reply by Anonymous Person

More than stress? Hmm, suspicious. Wait, maybe he does get hit with recasts more often than everyone thinks.

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posted at 11:04am on December 15th, 2016

Comment by Glew

The whole week is your Birthday? Wow that's rad!!! :D

Tiny facepalm is the best.
Thank the Artist for still having Joan pants around, it would have been terribly awkward otherwise.

On the other hand, am I the only one mildly concerned about the whole "Snuff out all magic" part?
We have established that Sev (every runewriter) is magic. (he explained early in the comic that you can only put runes on magic stuff, and since he is magic he can put runes on his skin) Sooooooooo will this possibly kill runewriters or affect their magic? Will it affect miscasts?
But tbh will it work at all? The order seemed a bit incompetent this far...

Also, does no one in this town have any survival instinct? Sticking it out woith the infestation is one thing, but "Oh hey look, there is like a bazillion aberrants flooding the streets! Let's go watch!!!" is a bit much :D

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posted at 3:54am on December 13th, 2016

Reply by Fal

Yeah, I was worried about the runewriters too. I don't think it would fix micasts, the same way dousing a fire doesn't restore what has been burnt, but stripping them from magic for an undeterminate period of time (possibly forever) seems like a distinct possibility. And none of them seems worried about that!

And happy birthday Shazz!

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posted at 6:47am on December 13th, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

Well, they probably shouldn't wander into the middle of the ritual, but y'know that's GENERALLY good advice in any situation

and IDK, I'D WANNA WATCH, everyone we've met in town seems pretty confident in the Agorath Order's experise, even if we're, uh, slightly less, confident...

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posted at 6:43pm on December 13th, 2016

Comment by Meggyc

Happy birthday! And just take comfort that at least you are younger than Jonan. In spirit... And physically too considering how aged he appears. He's an honorary senior citizen!

Those last two panels crack me up. And that vote incentive! Just remember, any time you're ever at a loss for what you draw for a vote incentive, and no matter where you are in the comic, just draw squirrel Jonan doing something like face palming. Heck, you can just blow up that one image and it would be a vote very well cast. Heheh!

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posted at 5:57am on December 13th, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

ahhhh thank you! :D

and oh my goodness, does this mean squirellJonan is the new zombie pony

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posted at 6:44pm on December 13th, 2016

Reply by Chrysalis

Jonan is a Very Serious Necromancer whose fate is apparently to always be associated with adorable small fluffy things.

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posted at 9:57pm on December 13th, 2016

Comment by KatieM

I love Sev's expressions in this page! He's got such a great face. He must be terrible at Poker though, tentacled hands aside. Also, Tiny!Facepalm Jonan is adorable. Poor guy.

Happy birthday to you! I have a December birthday as well, though I'm two years behind you. I hope your day is filled with fun!

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posted at 8:04am on December 13th, 2016

Reply by Glew

Wow, we are the same age? I'm decemborn too btw.
People of december, assemble! :D *highfive

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posted at 10:03am on December 13th, 2016

Reply by KatieM

Decemberborn is such a cool term!! I think I'll use that from now on :D *high five!*

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posted at 11:54pm on December 15th, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

SEV'S BLUFF SKILL IS THRU THE FLOOR. Now im thinking about them all playing poker; as long as Xira didn't use his powers Jonan would destroy them all

and omg thank you, and a happy early (?) birthday to you as well!! :D
(also holy crap decemborn is an amazing word)

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posted at 6:52pm on December 13th, 2016

Reply by KatieM

Oh man, like that dogs-playing-poker painting? That'd be great XD

Thank you for the early birthday wishes!

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posted at 11:57pm on December 15th, 2016

Comment by Aing

What is Jonan saying? Is he pointing out Xira again?
;)

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posted at 11:35am on December 13th, 2016

Comment by Nerrin

Happy birthday! Suddenly being older than most of the characters in your own works and favorite media really sneaks up on you, doesn't it?

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posted at 12:44pm on December 13th, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

Thank you!! :D
IT REALLY DOES..... I mean, most of these guys are REALLY YOUNG but when I invented RW I was only a year older than Sev............

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posted at 7:00pm on December 13th, 2016

Comment by Goosygander

OML, Serious?? HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! And wait, even JONAN isn't thirty yet? I find that difficult to believe...

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posted at 12:53pm on December 13th, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

Ahhhh thank you! :D And someone mentioned it in one of the other comments, but you can see everyone's ages in the cast page! SOME OF THEM ARE SURPRISING! Jonan, uh, really doesn't look his age.

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posted at 6:54pm on December 13th, 2016

Comment by Toanovu

Happy birthday! Here's to even more great comic pages in the following years! :D

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posted at 1:28pm on December 13th, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

Ahhhh thank you so much! :D

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posted at 7:00pm on December 13th, 2016

Comment by The Quiet One

Popping in to say:

1) Happy Birthday! The 30s are an interesting place to be - you're still young, but with some life experience as an adult tucked under your belt.

2) Happy Holidays! Loved the Runewriters Christmas card.

3) Tiny facepalming squirrel Jonan = best.

4) I'm excited that the Order is showing up again. But geez, Sev, a little discretion, please? (Oh, who am I kidding?)

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posted at 6:36pm on December 13th, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

Ahhhh gosh, thank you so much! *u*
Re: #4 -- WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT, DISCRETION IS HIS MIDDLE NAME

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posted at 7:01pm on December 13th, 2016

Reply by Glew

re 4) Yepp, "DISCRETION!!!" is his middle name all right, just like that in all caps :DDD

Wait, there is a Runewritesr Christmas card? Where can I find out more about that?

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posted at 6:38am on December 14th, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

Oh! That's the link to the tapastic collab thing up at the top! : )

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posted at 9:05am on December 15th, 2016

Comment by Conductor

I hope you have a good birthday <3

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posted at 6:22pm on December 14th, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

Thank you so much! :D

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posted at 9:05am on December 15th, 2016

Comment by NoRAd

Ayyyyyy happy birthday.

If it makes you feel any better, you're about half a year younger than I am :D

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posted at 6:32pm on December 14th, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

Thanks! :D

And lol it's not so much "OH NO" as it is "SERIOUSLY WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN"

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posted at 9:06am on December 15th, 2016

Comment by Ikwig

Please add my birthday congratulations to the pile already here! Along with many happy and healthy returns! :)

On a side note, adding squirrel Jonan and Necropony to pretty much anything ups the cuteness factor by the thousands. (But please don't tell Jonan I said that . . .)

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posted at 9:48am on December 15th, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

Ahhhh thank you very much!!! :D

(and that's probably wise, he would not be pleased)

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posted at 10:05pm on December 15th, 2016

Comment by Karen

Happy birthday miss Shazzbaa! :-D Hope you get in some good celebratory time, ideally with family too!

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posted at 7:19pm on December 15th, 2016

Reply by Shazzbaa

omg thank you!!! Most of the celebrations aren't on my Birthday Proper but it is still good celebration nonetheless! *u*

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posted at 10:06pm on December 15th, 2016




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