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5th Mar 2018, 6:58 PM in Chapter 4
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Rocktopus 5th Mar 2018, 6:58 PM edit delete
Hey guys, I can't believe it happened again... but we just had a major power outage in my area. I was quite literally 20-30 minutes away from finishing the page I had been working on since the 27th, when the power shut out.
When I got back into photoshop, I found out that the file had totally corrupted and I lost everything.

I spent the last 3 hours trying to find a way to recover at least some of it, but with no luck. Like an idiot, I hadn't backed the file up this time.

I'm going to be working to try and get back on track, but I don't know when the next page is going up. I'm really sorry to patrons that I'm going to miss an update because of carelessness. I'm installing backup software so this doesn't happen a third time.

Anyway, here's a page from my backlog. Have a good day!


Worstcase 5th Mar 2018, 7:58 PM edit delete reply
Loosing 3-4 days worth of work sucks. What's causing the blackouts? The cold weather?

Anyway giving the torch to the alchemist, who is likely carrying around easily flameable stuff? Not the wisest of decisions - and that includes his pipe not even counting whatever he is smoking, yet.
Rocktopus 5th Mar 2018, 10:04 PM edit delete reply
We had a huge snowstorm that shut down half the city.

Alexus the Alchemist gets stuck with the torch because everyone else's hands are full.
Sturzkampf 5th Mar 2018, 8:01 PM edit delete reply
That dwarf isn't called Wainscott by any chance? If you haven't read the Space Captain Smith books by Toby Frost, I can heartily recommend them.
Rocktopus 5th Mar 2018, 10:06 PM edit delete reply
No, I never read it, sorry. I actually haven't read a book since high school.
Bookeater 6th Mar 2018, 3:49 AM edit delete reply
Really? Thats kind of sad.
padanew 6th Mar 2018, 6:07 AM edit delete reply
Be on the lookout for a survivalist without any clothes. He needs to take his medication. Also, someone make me some tea please.
Sturzkampf 7th Mar 2018, 9:56 PM edit delete reply
This lot is hardly the Deepspace Operations Group.
padanew 8th Mar 2018, 3:29 PM edit delete reply
Well yes your right but at least there's a possibility that there are giant ants in the dungeon. This being a d and d powered adventure right?
Sturzkampf 8th Mar 2018, 6:52 PM edit delete reply
Quite possible. And we've already had the cultists. All we'll need then is some giant rats armed with battle axes.
padanew 8th Mar 2018, 10:05 PM edit delete reply
Oh good! I am all set for killing Germans . . Oops, I mean Giant Ants! Yes that's right Giant Ants.
Swagner 5th Mar 2018, 8:19 PM edit delete reply
Dang, that's no fun! Maybe you should invest in a battery backup for your computer if this keeps happening.
Rocktopus 5th Mar 2018, 10:10 PM edit delete reply
I can't really afford any computer accessories, so I'll just have to be more careful and vigilant with my save files.
Sturzkampf 8th Mar 2018, 6:56 PM edit delete reply
During my time in IT support, the only major downtime we had was when the uninterruptible power supply blew up. Says it all, really.
kyrtuck 5th Mar 2018, 8:20 PM edit delete reply
That last much what :P
Rocktopus 5th Mar 2018, 10:11 PM edit delete reply
Less clothing = more muscles showing = better protection in battle
kyrtuck 6th Mar 2018, 7:33 PM edit delete reply
That beard gets in the way of a lot of muscles though
DaveP 7th Mar 2018, 12:26 PM edit delete reply
Ah, the 'Chainmail Bikini' school of combat! He ought to get along fine with the barbarian from chapter 1!
pkrankow 5th Mar 2018, 10:58 PM edit delete reply
Small target anyways. Less pants maybe run faster?

Save your cleaned lineart into 2 separate files, then consider the same when completing panels. You will have 3 or 4 extra files when done but no big deal.
Rocktopus 6th Mar 2018, 2:06 PM edit delete reply
It's not going to come up til much later, but since you asked...

His fighting style is based on a mix of Celtic and Norse berserkers, who'd get naked before flying into a rage and plunging themselves suicidally at their enemies.

He just wears pants in town for decencies' sake.
Guest 5th Mar 2018, 11:05 PM edit delete reply
A 5 man group. This is gonna be good.the dwarf looks like a flower with his face cover.
Rocktopus 6th Mar 2018, 2:03 PM edit delete reply
He looks about as delicate as one, too!
DaveP 6th Mar 2018, 9:44 AM edit delete reply
What is it with dwarves and pants? One takes his trousers off when he comes out of the dungeon , one takes his off when he goes in. Are there two tribes here.
Rocktopus 6th Mar 2018, 2:02 PM edit delete reply
lol the tribe who wear pants into battle but not at home, vs the tribe who wear pants at home but not into battle.
DaveP 6th Mar 2018, 10:42 PM edit delete reply
With apologies to Bloom County :
Dwarf A: "Trousers *on* in battle, *off* at home!"
Dwarf B: "no, you ninny! It's trousers *off* in battle and *on* at home!"
Dwarf A: "On!"
Dwarf B: "Off!"
Dwarf A:"ON!"
Dwarf B:"OFF!"
Dwarf C: "Um... excuse me, but I seem to be wearing a kilt."
Rocktopus 7th Mar 2018, 12:10 AM edit delete reply
Gar 6th Mar 2018, 11:45 AM edit delete reply

I like your work realy much, reading this Comic since the begining over and over again.

still 2 things i wana mention.

1) no one ever smokes a pipe like that, it´s so wrong, it hurts my eyes :D

2) im still curios about the teas on page 2-35.
wana know what and who they are!!!!

but still i love this comic
Rocktopus 6th Mar 2018, 2:00 PM edit delete reply
Thank you very much!
Who says he's smoking what you think he's smoking?
Gar 7th Mar 2018, 1:12 PM edit delete reply
bubble-gum flavoured tabacco
Sheepyhead 6th Mar 2018, 12:41 PM edit delete reply
Photoshop does not autosave backups? I thought it was a proffessional editing software
Rocktopus 6th Mar 2018, 1:58 PM edit delete reply
I've tried to find a way to turn it on on my version and can't. There must be some way, I just haven't figured it out.
Gar 7th Mar 2018, 1:13 PM edit delete reply
wich Version do you use?
maybe we can help with the autosave Options!
Rocktopus 7th Mar 2018, 8:46 PM edit delete reply
I'm using Photoshop CC 2014
Guest 9th Mar 2018, 2:11 PM edit delete reply

Preferences -> File Handling
there should be a Checkbox for automatic file recovery saving and a dropdown menu where ya can select the time Intervall....

or i remember wrong... -.-

im using GIMP so don´t know :D
i will investigate that :/
Rocktopus 9th Mar 2018, 4:26 PM edit delete reply
Yep, I've been through all that. That feature has been on since I got it but it's never saved anything.
verycoolname 6th Mar 2018, 10:55 PM edit delete reply
I wanted them all to die, now I at least want the dwarf to live.
Rocktopus 7th Mar 2018, 12:14 AM edit delete reply
And all it took was the removal of pants
Leatherhead 7th Mar 2018, 12:10 AM edit delete reply
The knight has an emotionless mask that looks exactly like her face. In just three panels you know, on a primal level, you never want to be in the same room as her.
DaveP 7th Mar 2018, 2:19 AM edit delete reply
Game face.
Rocktopus 7th Mar 2018, 3:12 AM edit delete reply
Good notice of detail :)
Lurker 7th Mar 2018, 1:30 AM edit delete reply
Ouch! Losing work due to power outage is extremely, extremely annoying. You have my sympathies...

I've experienced this enough times in the past that nowadays I'm just paranoid about saving my work every other minute, just in case. It's like an automatic reflex nowadays, that I don't even notice I'm doing it anymore. :-D

And I've learned the hard way that hardware, while all nice and good while it works, does have the extremely annoying tendency to suddenly, randomly, fail for no discernible reason after years of faithful service. Always, always keep a backup of important work in multiple places. Preferably at least one offline / remote backup service in case the unthinkable happens and your local PC just gives up the ghost suddenly (it happens! even though we all wish it never does!).

Also, if it's not too much trouble for you, I'd highly recommending using version control software for all of your work. Usually people only use such software for program code, but I have found it invaluable in serving as a quick backup service -- usual backup methods don't keep a history of your files, so should you be unlucky enough to accidentally backup a corrupt file, all hope is lost. Revision control software, OTOH, lets you take periodic backups and roll back by however many revisions necessary to get back to the last good version, should that ever become necessary. Plus, it gives you more freedom in exploring different versions of a particular piece of work, since you won't need to fear overwriting a previous good version should you later decide that the current experiment is a failure and you'd like to go back to a previous good idea. Every version is always retrievable from revision history. While all of this is theoretically possible to do by hand, that is usually very tedious, error-prone, and a headache to manage, and simply not worth the effort when revision software can just automate it all for you.
Rocktopus 7th Mar 2018, 1:34 AM edit delete reply
Thanks for the advice. I'm not sure what revision history is or how to get it working on my computer, but I have already set up external hard drives and backups that will keep this problem from happening again.
Guest 7th Mar 2018, 5:25 AM edit delete reply
Ever thought of making a double save? There's a way to rig Photoshop so when you save it makes two copies. You'd have to make it through an action button, but that way if you lose a copy you have a backup just in case.
Like the British Royals. An Heir and a Spare
Rocktopus 7th Mar 2018, 8:53 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, I'm doing double saves now to different hard drives. It's tedious, but I never want to lose that much work again.
Grim 7th Mar 2018, 8:04 AM edit delete reply
That sucks man; I've felt the pain of lost work...the worst part is the kicking of oneself, "if only I'd *insert logical action here*, aaaargh!!!"
But hey; great post of group 2; I definitely want the alchemist and the barbarian to survive. Anyone who smokes a pipe and/or rips off their pants to prepare for battle deserves to live in my book
Rocktopus 7th Mar 2018, 8:55 PM edit delete reply
My hippie art teacher in college was right;drugs and nudity truly are the key to people's hearts.
Grim 9th Mar 2018, 4:37 AM edit delete reply
A wise teacher, and quite long you keep it classy :P
scottygroundhog 25th Mar 2018, 1:19 PM edit delete reply
I got a bad feeling these folks gonna die. weelll most of them at least
melaredblu 20th Jul 2018, 8:36 AM edit delete reply
As funny as that last "suit-up" is, I have to say I really like the chess queen vibe on that first armor. It looks really cool.
chris-tar 18th Jan 2019, 5:10 AM edit delete reply
God damn I like the alchemist/potion guy, I can't wait to see what he can do, but the dwarf ripping his pants off is truly Gold. lol
MajorDZaster 11th Feb 2019, 8:47 AM edit delete reply
It's a hinged, dallorian alloy Princess Leia mask!