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December 26th, 2012, 7:44 am

Some Time May Have Passed

If there is anyone at all still following this webcomic, hello again.

I have this ancient external hard-drive that I occasionally use to back up all my music/TV shows/Minecraft worlds or whatever. But what it also contains - which I will inevitably look through and reminisce over every time I plug the thing in - is Game Stew. All the comics, graphics for the SJ site, demos of the ill-fated game I barely started when I still wanted to be a game developer for a living; it's all there. And looking through that will always prompt me to open up this here SmackJeeves comic page again, and stare woefully at the "latest" strip: Episode 1, Strip 49.

I started Game Stew over five years ago now, and every time I see it again it irks me that I never completed this story arc. I didn't really care about finishing off the story completely; even the end of Episode 1 left several plot threads open, but that was intended to set up the main story arc for Episode 2. I did actually have some quite grand ideas for a second Episode, mainly involving the world Sonic would have ended up in after jumping through that portal. But oh well, I guess it'll never see the light of day.

Don't get me wrong, I don't really care that much about not finishing it. I only get all glassy-eyed and reminiscent whenever I look through the comics on my old hard-drive, and even that's once in a blue moon. Of course, it would be nice to finally do a strip #50, if only so I get the satisfaction that I've actually finished some creative project at some point. But on the other hand, it would be about as fulfilling to just delete all of the old sprite sheets and what-have-you from my hard-drive and just forget about Game Stew completely.

So will I ever make a strip #50? I'd say watch this space. I'm much more proficient at image editing and I generally have a much better attention span than I did two and a half years ago (when I completed the last strip), so I could probably end up rattling off a pretty decent 50th strip in a few hours or so. I still remember pretty much exactly what I was going to do for #50 story-wise, how I was going to tie up the whole Solid Snake plot thread and re-unite Sonic and Tails at last (seriously, the last time both characters appeared in the same strip was nearly four years ago). So keep an eye out to see if this ancient behemoth will once again rear its ugly head, but don't expect any miracles.

-JohnC, Dec. 2012

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