So yeah, I'm back. Regular updates will recommence as of this point and this monster WILL be finished. I want to thank everyone for waiting this long for me to get my shit together. I typed a big list of specific people I wanted to thank and then it started to feel like an acceptance speech, so I'll just be simple and thank two people, my wife, ItsKinkajou, who is both patient, beautiful, and brutally honest, and Yoshi348, my partner-in-brainstorming, who's been an essential part of the comic since before I started making it. There's a LOT more people involved with this thing by various degrees, some for essential moral support, some in ways that outright make the comic possible. That'll be a later journal, because it'd take up the entire thing.
AND NOW IMMA RAMBLE.
I've been working on this update for a few weeks now. The first five pages have actually been pretty much completely drawn for about a year and a half but by themselves they weren't enough to update with so I never posted them until now.
The events of the comic have an overarcing master timeline now. The League Calendar (LC) dating system is what I'll be using from here on out, and I will go back and edit some older pages (at least one) where I copped out of dating something in favor of using the amount of time that had passed since the change. That particular figure, the timestamp on Dr. Fennel's lab journal, is actually wildly inaccurate anyway. I think that's the only thing that doesn't make sense date-wise in the comic, and I'll be fixing it soon. The system works with real-world month and weekday names, prooobably has leap years, and only recently passed its first millenium. 0 LC was when the Pokemon League as a system of government was founded, and most regions (with the only possible exceptions being ones like Orre from console games that I'm less familiar with) follow this system. I might go on at length about how everything works with the governmental structure if anyone cares, but for now I'll note some important(ish) dates:
Candace was born on January 18, 984 LC
The Day of the Change was July 02, 999 LC
Candace collected the badges on the following days:
Zephyr: October 14, 999 LC
Hive: October 29, 999 LC
Plain: January 10, 1000 LC
Fog: July 05, 1000 LC
Storm, Mineral, and Glacier: March 03, 1001 LC (The Day of the Zangoose)
Rising: July 02, 1002 LC
Candace unseated Lance as Champion on July 10, 1002 LC
There are many more dates than this defined on my timeline, but I don't want to scan the thing yet for fear of spoilers.
I also want to mention some music and other audio here. Again, this will be a later journal as well, because I could go on at CONSIDERABLE length about music's relation to this comic, but right now I'll just mention what I was listening to while working on this particular update:
Devil May Cry soundtracks 1-4
Halo soundtracks 1-3 (plus Reach)
Final Fantasy soundtracks 1-10
Mass Effect soundtracks 1-3
The Smart Wrestling Fan Wrestling Review Show
By this point this is just a random mishmash of irrelevance, so for now, keeping with my custom of taking a day off from the comic after a sizable update, I'm gonna go play Final Fantasy 7. Glad to be back, guys.