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Transcribed painstakingly from the charred remains of the original notes by: Pumpkinetics

The author writes:

Some of you might notice a slight decrease in art quality today. You may also notice the detached nature of the writing and the fact the entire comic seems awfully rushed. There's a perfectly good reason for this.

Well, for the longest time I've had a brilliant plot twist in mind that would spur the start of a new story arc. Of course, I couldn't just force it on the comic; it's been hinted at and speculated about throughout various parts of the comic and community. (notably hinted at here, and here, almost shoved into your face here) Of course, I wanted to do something special artwise for the big reveal episode, and ended up purchasing a shiny new image editor just for that.

Naturally, I felt like celebrating once I finished, and so last night took some of my best mates out for a drink to mark the occasion. But as soon as I tell them what the twist is all about, Mark says "Oh, like they did in (that one comic) a few months back?"

Suddenly panicking, I dived to the nearest internet café and raced through that comic's archives, and sure enough, there was a story arc developing that could have been mine right down to the one-liners and act breaks. In a state of shock, I only woke several hours later to my site bearing a rather-awful placeholder page in the space of a new comic.

Not willing to comprehend my comic's future just yet, I ended up taking an old, half finished episode and "patching it up" for today's comic. It might take me a short while to figure out where to go from here, but now you know why today's comic is so unfortunately sub-par.

(And no, I'm not going to tell you which comic did it first: I still want to keep that plot just in case the other comic disappears off the net or the like. Wouldn't that be a laugh!)