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Tina of the South 028

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Hello everyone! Coming back to post after some serious time off i had to take. There was a series of people quitting at my workplace which left us with short staff for the newspaper publishing. Until we got new people hired i had to pull a double shift to cover some of the workload and i think i slept less than 3 hours per day for more than a month. That seriously took a toll on me, my biological clock and i ended up sleeping a lot in my off time to recover from that. I got seriously messed up and that is something i really REALLY don’t want to repeat any time soon. I also learned a rather painful lesson. I was driving from my visiting my parents in their hometown back to the city to work. It was less than an hour  and my car currently doesn’t have air conditioner so i drove all the way with the window down. I didn’t realize that day or the following ones. But i actually ended up having a very painful series of second degree burns by sun exposure on my drawing arm (i am left handed). So i spent about two weeks with my arm full of red skin and blisters. Was very painful to move it and i believe i ended up with permanent scarring. I honestly never believed that such a little time of exposure would be enough for something like that to happen. I guess that is what i get for being the palest in my family. Anyways, i finally was able to work on comics, commissions and artwork that wasn’t just pencil doodling. And chapter 1 of Tina of the South is finally complete and over. As you know,  this comic started as some donation help regarding a rather dire situation i had and became a donation based update deal. When i finally landed a secure job (the one i am currently at by the way) i gave the last 10 pages of chapter 1 for free as a way to thank you all for the support. But some people kept donating even if i removed the page donation banner during that time. So this only can mean one thing. Chapter 2 is starting on the second half of September (after the 16th since we got mexican holidays in the way, independence day an all that jazz). And with the residue of donations it means that the first 5 pages of chapter two are already paid for so you can expect 5 pages to be delivered before i start asking for donations for the rest of the chapter. I just want to thank you all that support and for bearing me with my schedule slips (i am very grateful to actually have a job… even if it is a bit too demanding of my time). The staff at the newspaper is stable again and my burns are healed now so that is a great start for now. See you on chapter two!
  • steelCOYOTE

    Yay, Update!!! Also, that was a bit cold.

  • Dan Steele

    Awesome, although if I could make a recommendation you might want to continue the comic only when you have a secure schedule to update it regularly

    • Avencri

      The problem with that is that i work with a newspaper. So depending in what the current news is i may not have time. Elections, political stuff, manifestations and all that stuff. Some are rather unpredictable like when the leader of a drug cartel dies.

      • Dan Steele

        Understandable, just saying be careful. Worst case scenario this ends up like Jesonite’s “Running Wild”

  • MrAMP

    Poor Joe. Granted that he was a criminal and what not, it’s still somewhat sad to see him die like that.

    Also, sorry to hear about the sun burns on the arm. That really had to hurt. But we are all glad that your back. Cheers!!!

    • FredCat

      Indeed, at least he didn’t losing that arm.

  • NixieSeal

    Glad to see an update after so long! But now that I know what you were going through, I see why the updates were so long delayed. Here’s hoping the scarring isn’t permanent and your job hours settle down.

    • Avencri

      I really hope they ain’t permanent. But i see no sigh of them getting smaller.

  • Desmonaea

    I’m so glad that everything turned out for the better, despite the burns. You seem to work too hard, you really need a break. Don’t overload yourself, for your health’s sake! :3

    • Avencri

      Believe me, after spending a year and a half unemployed and living on tuna cans i don’t mind the overwork.

  • Floflo

    3 hours of sleep per day is not acceptable! I don’t know about your country but here in France it’s simply illegal to make people work more than 10 hours per day, whatever the circumstances are.

    • Avencri

      I don’t belong to any union. Unions over here are sort of a mafia.

  • Hey, you’re good at telling stories. I bet you can come up with an awesome story for your arm scars. Like pulling a baby from a burning car or… flamingo attack. Something like that.

  • David

    At least he got a year to live between comics to get his affairs in order!

  • Hfar

    Sweet! Update! And he must have ice in his veins ’cause that was stone cold.

  • Brett

    I’m glad you’re still capable of writing, bro. Can’t WAIT for chapter 2!

  • Deadpool

    Pssh, a little sunburn on your arm? Ive had swords, bullets, fangs, knifes, sporks, glass, and mutch, mutch worse than that boy!……. Then again i do have super healing, but thats not the point!

    • Avencri

      I am sorry Mr. Deadpool i just wish i could be as awesome as you. Would you accept this chimichanga as apologies for my lack of awesomeness?

      • Deadpool

        *Gasp!* Nooooo, my one weakness! *grabs and messily devours*

  • avenger_co

    Good to see you are well. For my hard times it was Ramen noodles, so I understand. When it comes to being fair to everyone, you still have to remember to be fair to yourself. I wish you continued success.

    • Avencri

      Thanks for the advice. In my case there was a year where i lived of tuna cans. Weird enough i didn’t loose that much weight. ;_;

  • Professor Fate

    Yay! An update!
    Having had my share of severe sunburns, I can sympathize with what happened to you. I have also worked for a newspaper, so I can relate there as well. Best of luck to you and update the comic when you are able, I’m a patient reader.;-)
    Ps: 3 Chins totally deserved it.

    • Avencri

      Wow. Were you working on print or web? In my case i am the second to last link in the chain of web publication which can only start working when the printed part if finished. So i usually end up getting the short end of the stick when it come to coworkers delivering their part late. ^^U

      • Professor Fate

        Print. I ran the Legal and Classified Ads Dept. for a small county newspaper in Georgia. Talk about last minute additions to your copy.

  • slimjam91

    So when the next page will come on by :3?

    • Avencri

      The 29th looks like the most viable date so far.

  • DarkMyste

    averncri lives, i am so sorry to hear about your problems, and i reallly hope that you arm heals{how did i miss this update and you explanation as to where you been} and after checking the first color page of tina, i have to say love it but i really want tina back in black and white it fit the way the atmosphere is with westerns stories,but you are the artist and its your story so i cant say no you cant do that!{ i even voted on black and white}

  • MaveriKat


  • Tech

    No-one cares, we was all set to hang ya anyways!

  • Tech

    …He’s dead now.

  • Gaboris

    Oh yes, you can help science by burning to a crisp in a nuclear reactor… I REALLY don’t like where this is going… -_-

    Also WHY do these guys always have to name their stuff like and uptight snob? Those are just magnetic cuffs, CHILL OUT already! … AFTER you’re done being a pretty strict military organization bent on dominating all and possibly killing a lot of people in Our World that is. 😛

  • Jonathan Vasquez

    Thi see foreshadows so much. Jill and company are probably fairing better then Pete but not by much. It’s gonna be VERY interesting on how Jill and Arts sister will reply to what their skills are. One thing that’s hands down for sure is that Arts sister is going to stay with him or at least land in the same department he will be sent to. You guys agree?

    • yachris

      I can say for sure that Lina won’t be happy *at all* with “Mobility Inhibitors”.

  • Richard Field

    I’m that weight question was more like “how much can you carry?” since lifting is considerably different than carrying, just saying… For example, I can hold and carry about 25 kg in/under both arms but can lift like… *does math* a dead lift, without moving it around of about 100 kg.

  • Majinkoba

    Interesting the protective chitin casing remained gone and the multiple different colored eyes are still there…as if it wasn’t disturbing enough for her before, poor Sesame.

  • Jackson Miles

    I love this

  • DarkMyste

    Whoa the eyes are real… poor sesame

  • Tallon-1

    O-O arm , …still wierd

  • Shadow Fox

    I’m still sticking with my theory of Sesame seeing inside of Claire’s subconious

  • I’m loving everything about this page, especially Sesame’s expression in panel 4 and Mason coming back! <3 I'm relieved she wasn't trapped in that nightmare/future vision too long, I'd be afraid to go to sleep again. I also like how the eyes on her arm are the same colour as her irises. Exciting stuff!

    • Majinkoba

      Yes! I believe that’s no coincidence, since it changed and lost it casing, I am thinking that the Uber is in the process of bonding with her further and may even change even more in the future. It got her eye color and its spreading.

  • Delta-v

    Mason’s eyes look a little weird–or is that just from the distance?

  • neksuscat .

    It was only a dream. Or is it..?

  • KitsuneFire

    And the only thing that comes to mind is…. Good LORD, Those eyes on her arm remind me of the demon possessing the right arm of the main character in ‘Enchanted Arms’.

  • Rateus

    But the creepy eye things on her arm as still there! I hope you’re still asleep because those things creep me out. I’ve said creep too much. Creep.

  • Alex Smith

    “You’re nothing by an anomoly” Should that be “You’re nothing but an anomaly”? By should be but, and anomaly is spelled incorrectly. (Just trying to help)

    • I. M. Albert

      Also, there is a missing comma before the word Silly.

  • Alex Smith

    She woke up, but the uber in her arm hasn’t changed…

  • Whoa cool, Claire is a Husk.Dose that mean we will see some Reaper-like creatures in the Future? 😀

  • Victor Masi

    Oh god…. is Sesame in a sense going to turn to the dark side?…….(imitates Darth Vader breathing).

    • James-Polymer


  • Dart Devious

    The eyes are still there… Neat.

  • JohnZScott

    Nightmare Claire looks awesome, though I prefer the pretty Claire, haha! So it was all a “nightmare” after all? I still think it has to be a vision of the future, that “juncture” I believe was still very real… and still something they might encounter… Though the one thing that perplexes me is why is the Uber on Sesame’s arm still the way it was in the nightmare/vision thing? It could be that it’s trying to adapt to her biology, or it somehow became “corrupted,” which can’t be good. Perhaps Winsley could shed some light on this? I’m excited to find out!

  • HUNRonin

    Oh! So those eyes are embeded IN her arm! GOOD!

    • Victor Masi

      Better borrow a chainsaw from Bruce Campbell

  • Brett

    Stains of time as in mgr?

  • Mr. Silence

    Get your tinfoil hats, only 4.20$ each…

    • Mr. Silence

      I’m so sorry. Bad joke..

  • Shadowkey392

    Dang, Not-Claire went White Walker on us!

  • Mafoc

    Second panel, should it be “But* an anomaly*?”

  • Victor Masi

    Panel 2: ALLAHU AKBAR!

  • Majinkoba

    Whoa can’t believe I missed this…where is the scarf/cape Uber, did it fuse with her too?

  • Nathan J. Wood

    Nightmare Claire makes me need an adult…

  • Frulgut Snarglebank

    “You’re nothing by an”

  • This webcomic has already hit Kingdom Hearts territory in terms of plot thickness.
    Now, I’m just waiting for it to hit Hussie territory.

  • Silvermain

    Called it.