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Computer Problems

I’m back! My computer troubles are finally over. Business Cat’s are just beginning.

Involuntary Hiatus

I sometimes forget that not everyone who reads this comic also follows me on Facebook or Twitter. So for those of you who have been left in the dark on this, here’s where we’re at right now.

Last Monday my computer up and died on me. It was functioning perfectly the night before and the next morning I go to turn it on and the LCD screen is a garbled mess. A new screen had to be ordered in for me and on Friday evening it was replaced. The screen looks perfect and I was ready and willing to get started on some new comics for Monday when it soon became apparent that the LCD screen was not the full extent of the problem.

Long story short, my computer is still entirely unusable and at this rate it looks like I may not even be able to get it seen by the appropriate parties until Nov 20. I’ve no idea how long it may take to resolve the problem after that. Until that day, however, I have no way of creating and uploading new comics. And if you think you’re bummed about that, I can tell you that I’m about ten times more bummed than you are.

From bad to worse, I will be in Australia for a few weeks from Dec 5. If I can’t get it fixed soon I may not have time to sort out some comics in advance of my trip. These are dark times. But rest assured, I will be back up and running eventually. Watch my social media for any updates.

Finally, here are the long boring details of my current problem for anyone who may be able to help. If so, shoot me an e-mail:

Fan is extremely loud upon booting up and the computer slows to a crawl making it almost impossible to do anything. Activity Monitor shows that CPU usage is around 80-90% even when zero apps are open. Process called ‘kernel_task’ is reading at 600-800% CPU usage. Multiple SMC and PRAM resets have yielded no results. Running 27″ iMac w/ SSD and upgraded to Yosemite about two-three weeks ago.

New Patreon

Hey guys,

My content is and always will remain free, but if you’d like to help support what I do (and get some extra content and behind the scenes updates in return), then please consider taking a look at my new Patreon page.

Drunken Warriors Goes Solo

So a little while back I posted a set of rules here for ‘Drunken Warriors’, a drinking card game I made up with some friends four years ago. It’s a game we’ve always had a lot of fun with since then and I thought it might be a good way to bridge the gap between comic strip updates with something a little different for novelties sake.

I’ve since received e-mails from people who’ve taken to successfully running some games of their own with friends and others who are curious to see more. One of my favourite aspects of the game is that all the cards you use are created by the players themselves, resulting in a lot of laughs and diversity of content in every session.

Some folks have noted that it would be nice to have a place to share everyone’s in-game creations and to be able to draw inspiration from them for their own games. I thought that was a great idea and, frankly, I have a whole bunch of old cards lying around that I’d love to archive somewhere for sweet, sweet memories.

So as of today I’ll be launching drunken-warriors.com. I’ll have no set update schedule for adding new content to the archives, however if I had to hazard I guess, I think I could manage to get a new card up every weekday for those who would enjoy such a thing. You’ll also find a form available for sending me some of your own submissions which I’ll either illustrate for the site or leave as is, depending.

For those of you who find no part of this news appealing whatsoever (and I’m aware that’s the majority of you), fear not. This is the last news you’ll hear from me on through this page about it.