So only one more page left in the chapter after last Tuesday. This chapter has been a plot explosion. Doc is bit! The Daredevils got clued in on Drac’s plan! Drac told everyone he has a rocket that has death glitter in it! And all in just 8 pages. Now that is content density. We aim to please.
In between chapters 2 and 3 we’ll be laying on summore backmatter for you. This time it’s about the organization that Abigail works for. We’ll be giving you this info via dossiers that we’ll release over the next three weeks after Tuesday. While they might seem a bit non-sequitur, they’ll end up meaning something at the end of the story. So in the mean time, I’ve been cranking out a graphic for the dossier, and we have Danilo hard at work on more art for these three pages as well. By the time it’s done, we’ll know more about the clandestine organization, and you will be marvelously entertained and world peace will break out and everyone will turn in their chemical weapons.
This last page sees Joe and McGinty set sail to rescue their two main homies. Joe is clearly upset about Doc and how he was ripped from his hands in chapter 1, and McGinty is always a faithful dude, so him going after Deveraux is no big surprise. Will Abigail stowing away on the minisub be a help? Or will she just screw things up like she has been for the last six months?
Chapter 3 is action packed, and we’ll get to see some fun and exciting stuff we’ve never seen the DAREDEVILS do in the past. It will run for 10 weeks, and will be followed by another mid chapter backmatter break. These mid chapter breaks will become standard operating procedure moving forward, and they serve a few purposes. First, it allows us to give you info about the story in a bigger download than we could do in the page-a-week format we have going. A picture might be worth 1000 words, but sometimes 1000 words moves things along faster. Second, it gives our artists time to get ahead. We’d love to sandbag a bunch of pages and have them ready to go months in advance, but the truth is we get most of our pages finished about a day before they go live. This is due mostly to Fonografiks being the best letterer in the world, and he’s a busy guy. We can catch up pretty quick to Danilo too if we’re not careful. Right now we don’t have the colored versions of any chapter 3 pages, so that should clue you in to how close we cut it sometimes. Third, it saves us money because we do the design work internally. I do the layouts and the non-drawing art on these pages, and guess what? Matt and Dan don’t pay me for it. Doing this lets us refill our coffers for three weeks or a month, so we can eat Ramen noodles during that time so we can afford to pay our awesome artists. Also, you can donate to us if you want through our pages. Don’t be a dick. Give us your money.
But whats the deal with Tuesday’s page you ask? How will this chapter end? The answer to this question is, BADLY. That’s right, chapter 2 is and was a huge sadness cloud filled with kitten tears and puppy whimpers. The DAREDEVILS are screwed and Tuesday they get screwedER. Yessiree, Tuesday’s page will rip through the fabric of time and traumatize you as a baby, making you afraid of submarines just so this page will sadness you even harder. But if you are afraid of subs then maybe you’ll never start reading the DAREDEVILS, you say? Shut up, dude. Time travel does not work like that.
A lot of people ask us every single day, Why a webcomic instead of a regular paper comic? Well, every page of DEEP DIVE DAREDEVILS saves the lives of the endangered Aslopian Deer Owl, because only paper from the Narwick region of Central America is fine enough to display our comic. The Deer Owl is indigenous to that region, and they would suffer extremely violent and humiliating deaths at the inscrutable hands of Doom Loggers, who we would specifically hire based on their malice laced cruelty to wooded areas. The more pages we produce, the more trees we save. We are doing this project as a webcomic because we love the Earth. Global Warming would ravish the southern hemisphere if the Deer Owl was lost, because their beaks generate cold air. Super cold air. So have fun dying of heat when we produce our book on paper.
In case anyone was wondering, my classes are going well this semester. Despite being the old creepy 30something in the class, I’m getting along well with my professors and other classmates. I made the honor roll, which is something I haven’t done in a super long time. I’m not a webdesigner yet, but whatever, someday soon. Knowing my luck though the web won’t even be a thing anymore when I graduate, and people will have reverted to using pagers and payphones.
That’s the Lunch for 9/15
To the Future,