You know life is starting to get a little surreal when you check your stats and your RSS feed doubled in a week. Not only that, but someone reached the website by googling “Communist Peas.” That’s when you know it’s not random, there are no other Communist Peas on the internet. We have the Grade A variety right here. A lot of the reason for the new readership was a week of advertising on Legend of Bill, a role-playing satire comic I’ve been enjoying for several months. But I blew my advertising budget for a little while so this week I think I’ll give it a rest. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.
You may have noticed that a comic did not go out on Friday. Family upheaval had me more occupied than getting something out last week, but we’ve had the weekend to discuss and now Friday’s are going to become a little extra-awesome. For it will be on Fridays that we will take a departure each week to show the next chapter of other works in progress. I polished off this week’s today and it looks fantastic – it’s the first panel to a one-shot comic about the Communist Peas. If you’re new to the strip and not sure who the Communist Peas are, now is a good time to browse the archives. The concept of the Communist Peas came from a strip storyline in which Scooter and his buddy Bert talk about a classic comic book accused of having questionable political leanings. Unlike much of the material falsely accused in the 1950s, “Happy Little Pea Pods” has genuine Marxist sympathies. Writing for the peas is an absolute blast and the panels are in a cut-paper style that’s a departure from our usual inks. Make sure to keep up with the RSS feed or the newsletter, as Communist Pea panels will be exclusive to the blog and the e-mail; they will not appear in the archives.
My dad just popped in to tell me that he needs additional Farmville neighbors so he can buy the largest tract of land available. If you play and you would like to be his Facebook friend, you can find him here. My parents are staying with us while their new house is painted and furnished, and it will not be long before they are on their way. Followers of my dad’s Facebook feed are treated to regular updates on the house’s progress. I have to confess that I am the one that made him a FB regular and what a monster I created. His updates are so quirky, some acquaintances of mine and my sister’s who don’t know him personally or even play a shared game have befriended him in order to read his status reports. Of course, I grew up with this. But he is proof that a retired Baby Boomer can get a lot out of social networking, especially when he connects with more and more of his high school friends. Needless to say today’s strip is dedicated to my dad, who was actually late to a Sunday School lunch because he was harvesting eggplant.