Posted November 29, 2014 at 03:40 pm
Sorry there's no Slightly Damned update this weekend. Did you nab the free Thanksgiving wallpaper from my Patreon? You don't need to donate a cent to get it! I intend to continue updating Slightly Damned next Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7.

In the meantime, please check out the new website for my new comic series, The Junk Hyenas Diner! It's similar in tone to Slightly Damned, but it's a science-fantasy series about a couple of mutant hyenas running a diner on a hostile planet. Please give it a chance! You might even like it!
Posted November 1, 2014 at 12:16 pm
Who knew that trying to balance two comic series and a flurry of grad school assignments, while still attending class, would be so tough? Well, everyone, I guess. Anyway I'm making this post to let you know I haven't forgotten about November's bonus page. I just need a little more time to catch up on SD stuff, so I'll try to make that bonus update happen next weekend.

Thanks for your patience and for supporting me on Patreon!
Posted August 16, 2014 at 06:23 pm
Thank you all for your support! Now that we've passed the first milestone on my Patreon, the Slightly Damned Q&A feature is born! Contact me however you like in order to ask questions of the cast. You can keep track of them here on the Patreon or on the #askslightlydamned tag on tumblr.
Posted August 12, 2014 at 01:41 pm
Hi folks! You may or may not have noticed, but I started a Patreon account for myself and Slightly Damned. You can check it out here: http://www.patreon.com/raizap If you find it in your hearts to help support me financially, you can help a lot of good stuff happen! Plus, there's a bunch of exclusive goodies!

Of course, Slightly Damned will always be free to read and I'll do my best to keep updating on Saturdays to regardless. :D
Posted July 19, 2014 at 03:45 am
Finally! I've started working on The Legend of Buwaro: Soprano of Time again. You can read the entire archive of comic strips, in addition to the two entirely brand-new strips, right here: http://raizap.com/comics/soprano/

And finally! The Slightly Damned store has been re-opened. It's now an integrated part of my Storenvy shop, which is for ALL of my stuff. You can find it here: http://chu.storenvy.com/

P.S. I also was tagged by a friend to answer questions about my writing process for comics. If that interests you at all, you can check it out on my tumblr here: http://hyenafu.tumblr.com/
Posted June 1, 2014 at 02:20 pm
One of my projects this summer will be to clean up the Slightly Damned website and my homepage, RaiZap.com. You may have noticed that some of the options on the menu bar have disappeared. That's because I decided to clear off links to outdated art and dead or dying projects. I still have more work to do (like updating the art on the Race and World History pages to match the art on the Cast page), but I'm going to leave that until after Phoenix Comic Con.
Posted April 9, 2014 at 11:37 am
I'm trying to unload some leftover merchandise from MoCCA before I return home for the summer. Check out the store page! You can even get signed books!
Posted April 7, 2014 at 10:59 pm
Hey, all. I've got a lot of important stuff to say, and most of it is not happy. Remember last time when I posted and asked for two weeks off of Slightly Damned? I need more time off. I feel like such a jerk, but I just don't think I can update SD properly this month. I've got way too much on my plate.

Here's the story: the family emergency was that my grandmother was terminally ill. With my dad's help I was able to take a flight on very short notice to fly from Vermont to California to see her in the hospital. There was a chance I wasn't going to make it in time to see her, but she held in there for me. I spent as much time with her as possible, and I even spent a couple nights in her hospital rooms. But eventually I had to leave her and say my final good-byes. It was extremely difficult for my whole family because she was so close to us. We all lived in the same household and she raised me and my older brothers like a third parent. But I was obligated to go to MoCCA and our family didn't know how long she would still be around...

So I came back to Vermont, and then the next day my friends and I drove to New York City to attend MoCCA Fest. And it was a great convention! I didn't sell much, but the best things about it were getting to meet old and current readers of the comic, meeting old and new friends, trading minicomics, and seeing the city itself. Unfortunately I heard that I missed a dedicated superfan who was nice enough to buy books, but... perhaps next time, friend! Sorry we missed each other! And thanks to all the awesome people I got to talk to at the convention. I feel like the experience rekindled my creative spirit a bit, since I've been in a bad place for a while now.

But... the night the convention ended (yesterday), I heard from my mom that my grandmother passed away. It breaks my heart to know that she's gone forever, but I'm glad I got to say good-bye.

Because of all that, and due to the heavy emotional toll this is taking, I'm really behind on work. My final project in school is to make a 16~24 page comic by May 2, and I've barely started. Plus I'm under contract for an internship, which is taking a long time. Unfortunately, that means Slightly Damned is the lowest priority project this month, so I have to put it on temporary hiatus. I guess the good news is that you'll be getting a 16~24 page minicomic about Lucky and Guff soon?

You have my sincerest apologies. I wish I was responsible enough to have a buffer... but I wasn't. It pains me to have to flake on Slightly Damned again, but I feel I have no other choice right now. I'd rather not update than force myself to make crappy updates due to exhaustion and stress.

But! I have a long summer vacation to look forward to that stretches from May through August. During that time I plan to finish The Legend of Buwaro: Soprano of Time, put together Book Three, create a Patreon account with monthly rewards, and maybe do some double updates! I might even take commissions at some point. I also have some leftover books, plushies, and buttons from the convention that I would like to sell online. I'll be updating the site with information about how to buy those soon.

Lastly-- and I know this is a lot to ask, since I'm already begging for your understanding-- but Slightly Damned was nominated for two awards in the 2013 Ursa Major Awards. If you sincerely enjoy the comic and honestly think it deserves to win, please take the time to vote for it and your favorites in each category. I would really appreciate it, and it might help new readers discover Slightly Damned.

Thank you for being so understanding.

Special thanks to Erin for giving me this lovely piece of art at MoCCA! It really cheered me up and I wanted to share it with everyone.

And thank you, Mamang, for always taking care of me.
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