I just wanted to express my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has ever supported Slightly Damned in all my years of making it. I've made a lot of mistakes along the way and I still have a lot to learn. I know the comic is far from perfect and my lack of ability is frustrating, but I've always tried to do my best. Thanks for encouraging me and giving me the chance to keep doing what I love.
Hey guys, just wanted to let you know that I hit a snag in my work. Long story short, my computer's power jack broke last weekend and now it no longer gets power from being plugged in. I effectively lost the ability to use my most important tool. It's a huge bummer but I'll work through it. I'll do my best to get two pages up by the end of the weekend!
Hi dudes! I'm sorry that I've been kinda flaky lately. These last few months have been madness.

- The Ursa Major Award nominations END TODAY! Please, if you like Slightly Damned, nominate it for "Best Graphic Story" and "Best Other Literary Work"! It would be a great honor and would help new readers find the comic. http://www.sdamned.com/2014/02/ursa-major-awards-2014/

- I will be attending the MoCCA Arts Festival with a table in Manhattan, New York, on April 5th & 6th! I plan to bring books, zines, plushies, postcards and new button designs. It'll be my first east coast convention as an exhibitor. See you east coast folks there!

- Don't forget that I've been uploading my non-Slightly Damned comics to my main site at raizap.com! That page really needs an upgrade, I know, but I hope you like the comics anyway.

- Upcoming commissions?: I don't know when I'll be able to take more, but I'll keep you guys posted. I might change the rules a bit with the next batch because while I really appreciated the support from everyone, I'm struggling to balance my responsibilities in a timely manner.

- I am now updating my account on Weasyl: https://www.weasyl.com/~chu! I actually like it a lot. If you prefer to watch me there, I will be updating all the same material there!
Sorry for the constant delays, guys. This week I've been spending all my time and energy attending classes and working on a 10-page comic due on this coming Wednesday. I'll make up the missed Slightly Damned page ASAP, but since this project is time-sensitive and it's taking me a lot longer to finish than I expected, it's my #1 priority.

Here's a preview: http://raizap.com/comics/lemoranges/ It's a short story set in a sci-fi world starring Lucky (a redesigned and renamed Lycheka, if you've seen the other comics with her on raizap.com) and Guff, mutant hyenas who run a diner.

Sorry again for being flaky these past few weeks! I'll add the missing page to my "pages owed" tally on the right side of the site.
I know it's a bit audacious of me to ask this when I'm still catching up on work, but...


It's that time again!

I would really, really appreciate it if you guys would nominate Slightly Damned for Best Graphic Story and Slightly Damned - Book 2 for Best Other Literary Work. We won last year, so maybe we can win it again! But even if we didn't, being nominated would be a great honor in and of itself. Not to mention it might help attract new readers!

Thank you for all your support through the years and your infinite patience. I'll do my best not to let you guys down!
Sorry I've dropped the ball on updating recently. My entire life (except for dentist appointments) has been on hold due to a very intensive group project in school. I haven't forgotten that I owe you guys 2 pages! Our project's deadline is Wednesday, and things should be calm enough after that that I can start catching up on missed SD pages... And commissions. And Soprano of Time strips. And maybe even that Pokemon painting challenge...

Man, I'm tired.

By the way, the Ursa Major Award nomination period has just opened. I'd really appreciate it if you guys took the time to nominate Slightly Damned and your other favorites in the other categories!

Lastly: Slightly Damned's 10th anniversary is coming up on March 14! I don't think I have the time to organize anything special for it, but if I got some nice art I could feature it on the site perhaps?
So what happens when you foolishly don't keep a buffer? When your body and soul are so thoroughly exhausted you can't muster up the energy and willpower to make a page on your update day, you... end up without a page on your update day. You'd think after 10 years I'd learn my lesson, but here I am! I planned the last few weeks poorly and overexerted myself.

I'll do my best to make the page up to you guys soon. Maybe next Saturday will be a double update. Thanks for your patience!
After an exhausting year, I am hella tired. Sorry to leave you guys on a bit of a cliffhanger; the next Slightly Damned update will be on January 3rd.

I feel bad that I don't have 2 more finished pages to bring us through the end of the year, but I've decided that I would rather spend my time recuperating. I'm tired from school and commissions, plus I have to do quite a bit of traveling through next week in order to visit family for Christmas. Though I'll try to get a few more commissions done before the end of the year, other than that, I don't want to be worrying about work. I'll get back into the grind after New Year's.

If you want stuff to check out in SD's absense, there's my art sites at deviantArt and FurAffinity (content identical on both accounts), and a ton of mini-comics I did throughout the year on my hub site.

Thank you all for your understanding and support. Happy Holidays!

P.S. Regarding the Kickstarter, Crunky has arrived and Kieri and Rhea are set to be delivered on Monday. Once I've confirmed their arrival, I'll send out the rest of the surveys.
'Tis the season for giving! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, the Happy Holiday Hyena, or nothing at all, there's no time like the present to support charitable causes. Here's a handful of events I'm currently supporting and would like to share with you:

Comic Creators for Freedom!
Comic Creators for Freedom has once again teamed up with Love 146 for a week-long charity event to fund the fight against human trafficking. A donation of ANY amount will net you a neat wallpaper featuring the awkward school photos of characters from over 150 different webcomics-- including Rhea from Slightly Damned!

Help Stan and Sharon Sakai!
It's no exaggeration that Stan Sakai is my hero. I'm a huge fan of his master work, Usagi Yojimbo, and he's quite possibly the nicest person in comics. Possibly the world! Unfortunately, Mrs. Sakai is ill and her home care costs more than their insurance will cover. CAPS is organizing an original art auction with all proceeds going to the Sakais, and Garage Art Studios is working on collecting donations for them through PayPal.

Support the victims of Hurricane Haiyan!
Devastating catastrophes tend to leave the public conscious very quickly, especially if they happen in a distant country. People don't want to think of the dreadful and dreary when the holidays are upon us. But the victims of Hurricane Haiyan still need aid! Please consider donating to the Philippine Red Cross.
Also, a couple of folks are organizing a Pinoy Komiks Anthology. As someone of Filipino descent, I've definitely got my eye on this project and plan on participating.

...and even if, for whatever reason, you can't spare the money or time for any of these, please at least spread the word about them!
Bad news for me apparently means good news for some of you out there! It turns out one of my teeth has an infection and needs a root canal. And doubly unfortunately for me, my dental insurance won't help cover it because I've had my policy for less than 6 months! Even though the infection is pretty minor right now, an infection is an infection. I need to take care of it as soon as I can. FUUUUUU

So! I need to raise money. Lots of moneys. Which means it's almost time for me to take commissions! Here is my commissions page with pricing, available styles, and instructions on how to make an order: http://raizap.com/commissions/

Please e-mail me NO EARLIER than 12:00 AM EST and NO LATER 11:59 PM EST on Monday, November 11 to make your order!

(E-mail only, please. No notes since keeping track of orders in them is a bother. And if you don't have an e-mail address... how are you on this site, anyway??)

In the past, people have been left out of getting a commission because they didn't e-mail me fast enough. Instead of using a first-come, first-serve slot system, I'll acknowledge all commission orders within that 24-hour period and work through them in the order they're accepted.

I'll make another journal entry on Monday to remind people who are interested that commissions are open for the day. I just wanted to let you guys get a head's up in case anyone needed time to prepare.

Thank you!
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