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Monday's update is a no go - I am sick and David is traveling

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By balder Comments (31)

Well, the Toolshed is definitely working to keep us on our update schedule (the backer stories notwithstanding). I was amazed that we were able to update on time despite Gencon.

 

But Gencon took its toll anyway, triggering a chronic condition of mine that I hadn't had any trouble with for the last 8 years or so. My struggling with that combined with David traveling this weekend, means we're just going to have to punt this one. We should have a full comic page up for you on Friday.

Comments

  • Squall83

    Oh, that's terrible news! I hope you can get better soon!

  • BakaGrappler

    I wish you a speedy recovery, Rob, and hope you do not suffer any more complications from your condition.  I and every other reader will look forward to your next release.

     

    And to the backer story.  I'm looking forward to the tragically heroic art of rhyme.

  • wraith203

    Seems to be the thing.  

    Any carload of 4 people goes to Gencon, at least one comes back sick.

     

    Guy I know went to Gencon, came back with migraines, fatigue, etc.  
    Difficulty:  Never had migraines in his life.

  • Thecommander236

    Ah, thanks for tellingus. Sorry to hear that you are I'll, though. Feel better. It doesn't sound like this is just convention flu, though. Someone always gets sick before a con and goes any ways, infecting the entire building. That's what happens you put hundreds of people in an enclosed space. I hope whatever condition you have isn't too serious.

  • Beeskee

    Thanks for the update! I hope you feel better soon. :)

  • harlequin2262

    Right on a cliffhanger as well. Get well soon.

  • Carl

    Ouch so long as it's nothing serious :). Get well soon. *hands virtual sleepy cushion*

  • Kaed

    Not to be a negative nancy, but don't you guys have a buffer?  I thought that the idea of a buffer was raised early on in the comic's renewal for a book three.  Does the host on which Erfworld currently resides not permit prescheduled updates?  Or is the issue here that you have to manually come on and affix a new comic to the page each time an update happens?

  • Drest

    Rest up, don't overtax yourself or it's gonna get worse.

  • mortissimus

    Ouch, hope you get better soon.

     

    Kaed,

    buffers has been wished by fans, but it does not appear to work with Rob's creative process. The Toolshed on the other hand has worked really great.

  • ArtyD

    Buffers are when you're ahead of schedule.  He will get what he gets done when he gets it done.  I have patience to wait for the next strip.

    On the plus side you should know my nephews are loving the dwagons I got while at Gencon.  So be happy with that at least.

  • Lheticus

    Thanks for the update, I'm glad you came to a decision and told us quickly today instead of waffling about it and going "will I or won't I" for like half of today probably to your detriment.  Get well soon!

  • Knott

    Here's to wishing you a speedy recovery!

    Take care now. =)

  • TheFreeMason

    Buffers are hard but it's so worth taking a week off and trying to get three or four strips ahead, and then adding to that buffer whenever you can, it's stressful to do it but once you've got a buffer it makes the rest of your life so much less stressful.

  • dmolla

    Feel better Rob!

  • totalnerduk

    Your health is more important than updates to the comic. If you can survive the financial hit from missing an on-time update, then you should absolutely take the time to get better.

    If you can't survive the financial hit, then consider producing a buffer of filler art to post in lieu of a page (generating revenue from an on-time update, providing readers with bonus content, and knocking the occasional comment about not having a buffer on the head all in one).

    Get better before you get back to work, dude.

  • Zernin

    No matter how much you want a buffer to not have to miss an update, I can guarantee you Rob and the team want it more. It's their livelihood. I'm sure that events like this just increase the desire for that backlog, but that doesn't make it any easier to produce.

  • The Old Hack

    Get better soon, Rob. We will still be here when your updates resume. :)

  • OneHugeTuck

    "No matter how much you want a buffer to not have to miss an update, I can guarantee you Rob and the team want it more."

    Clearly that's not the case.

    "It's their livelihood. I'm sure that events like this just increase the desire for that backlog, but that doesn't make it any easier to produce."

    I absolutely hope so.

    For the record, ERFworld is my favorite webcomic. I'm not unhappy at the news (other than the obvious bummer missing an update). It just surprises me (for some reason) when artists throw money away with not running the business well (no buffer, paying for a new non-responsive/poorly responsive website, etc).

    No buffer, no $849.50.

     

    Get better soon Rob.  I'm fully available for 'condition' advice, as I'm in the health field.  My skillset is at your disposal.  



  • Slayorious

    I hope Rob gets better soon but I'm with the people who don't understand why there's no backlog. He hasn't updated the backer in ages so I'd imagine he's had more free time to create a backlog. We've certainly enjoyed higher quality work over the last couple months but is it at the detriment of efficiency? I won't assume that he's aloof about the backlog, but it certainly looks like he doesn't care enough about keeping his comic financially viable.

  • Sir Dr D

    Rob and David

    You have been doing an amazing job of keeping up with consistent updates. Thank-you for all the hard work. The art has been great (I especially liked the Charlescomm art), and the depth of the story and characters have  been amazing. Everyone needs the occasional sick day. Don't worry about it. :)

    All of us are just going to have to put up with the crazy theories that will be popping up due to extra time on peoples hands from the missed update. :p   I have calculated that rampant speculation starts occurring at a rate of ( [hours since last update] /3) squared *  [Cliff hanger coefficient].   All of the crazy theories forum goers come up with are going to put us through a lot of torture. But I think we can endure.;) 

    -----

    Now with that being said, does anyone want to discuss the possibilities of Charlie really being Parson in another timeloop? And the shock Maggie received in the last update was her finding out about it?

  • Raeden

    Wow, the commenters here sure know a lot about running a succesful webcomic business. Must be from all the succesful webcomics they're running themselves...

     

    Get well soon Rob :)

  • OneHugeTuck

    "Wow, the commenters here sure know a lot about running a succesful webcomic business. Must be from all the succesful webcomics they're running themselves..."

    Or maybe it's because they run non-webcomic businesses successfully, and they realize that webcomic businesses operate under the same set of rules/principles as every other business.

    For instance, without a buffer, without product already available in the que/on the shelf, a sick day results in a loss of income.  

     

    I don't want Rob to lose income.

     

  • Darth Nox

    Get well soon, Rob!

  • ftl

    A buffer doesn't magically appear just because everyone knows it's a good idea. 

    It's pretty simple. When Rob/David  are able to make comics faster than they are posted, the buffer size increases. When Rob/David make comics slower than they are posted, the buffer size decreases. Buffer change rate = comic creation rate - comic posting rate. When the buffer hits zero, an update is missed.  

    The question Rob has to think about isn't "should I make a buffer" because the answer is obviously yes and always is and always has been. The useful questions would be "what can Rob/David do to speed up the rate at which they make comics". And I'm pretty sure nobody in this thread is really in a position to give very useful suggestions there.

    (Well, there's one obvious way to make a buffer  - decreasing the rate of comic postings would help Rob fill up a buffer. Somehow I don't think that's a solution folks in this thread would call for, though...)