#001 - Twice Daily

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I'm looking forward to this, I'm also interested in the "choose the manufacturer and pricing of our own merchandise".
Good merch is my favorite way to support artists I love.

Ohhhh, so it's a darker and grittier CM? I LIKE it!

Also double the comics each week? This is like Christmas! I was starting to have trouble visiting the Escapist because my favorite shows are all leaving and I barely have anything left to look forward to, but I guess now I'll have a reason to visit each day again. Thanks for that guys. :D

I always enjoyed the more story driven cm comics as opposed to the flavor of the weeks jokes, so I'm looking forward to this.

Plus, that's four days a week I'll get something new to read.

Twice the comics?!?!

I am happy. :3

Happyninja42:
So, what, 2 different comic strips about the same psychotic, mentally unstable gaming bitch? Yay? Oh wait no, that's the wrong reaction. NOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooo.

Seriously, since it's called Erin dies, let her die. Draw something else.

Smile and the world smiles with you, but fulminate at two extra comics a week and you fulminate alone.

Sigmund Av Volsung:
Will this be going full grimdark?

If so, the team is a bit tone deaf to open up with an anthropomorphic panda chatting Erin up. It would be like a documentary on David Berkowitz with the role of Harvey played by Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.

As to who the hell the panda is, don't ask me why, but I feel like he's Bubsy.

This seems like a extended version of that one arc they did on Critical Miss and it was depressing then, I'm not sure I'll be able to enjoy it.

Does this mean critical miss will be a fun story about a girl seeing VG characters again? rather than a long series of jabs against straight white males and sometimes EA.

Because I'd rather see Erin talk about the state of Pc games with Zangief or Klonoa, rather than that bizarre looking red eyed thing that seems to be her colleague.

Caramel Frappe:
I'm confused- what's with the red panda? They're super cool but he's not a video game character... is he?

Red Pandas are fantastic and there does not need to be an excuse to include.

But why the bleak title and oppressive, moody art style?

In either case, I'm not going to complain about more Critical Miss stuff...it's like "30 Rock" but with videogames :3

Zydrate:
This seems like a extended version of that one arc they did on Critical Miss and it was depressing then, I'm not sure I'll be able to enjoy it.

Lessons have been learned from that one, believe me. Put me off writing long arcs for, like, two years.

NiPah:
I'm looking forward to this, I'm also interested in the "choose the manufacturer and pricing of our own merchandise".
Good merch is my favorite way to support artists I love.

The Escapist's line of character body pillows is sorely lacking.

verdant monkai:
Does this mean critical miss will be a fun story about a girl seeing VG characters again? rather than a long series of jabs against straight white males and sometimes EA.

Well, if your definition of a "long series of jabs" is four strips out of five hundred, then no, probably not, mate.

The Wooster:

Zydrate:
This seems like a extended version of that one arc they did on Critical Miss and it was depressing then, I'm not sure I'll be able to enjoy it.

Lessons have been learned from that one, believe me. Put me off writing long arcs for, like, two years.

It was mostly that it just seemed devoid of humor. I'm not fond of the "Crazy person becoming a harm to others and themselves" line of storytelling. Lessons learned? I hope so. I'll give the series a try, the art seems glorious but I'm not one for "Everything is going to shit". Part of the reason I couldn't stand to watch Walking Dead after Season 2, and another part of the reason why Game of Thrones has given me emotional fatigue to the point I might stop watching the show at some point.
These things need a glimmer of hope and when there isn't any, I stop watching or reading the content.

Food for thought.

Happyninja42:
So, what, 2 different comic strips about the same psychotic, mentally unstable gaming bitch? Yay? Oh wait no, that's the wrong reaction. NOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooo.

Seriously, since it's called Erin dies, let her die. Draw something else.

You must be fun at parties.

I can't wait for more of this, we need more content here.

Happyninja42:
So, what, 2 different comic strips about the same psychotic, mentally unstable gaming bitch? Yay? Oh wait no, that's the wrong reaction. NOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooo.

Seriously, since it's called Erin dies, let her die. Draw something else.

This is amazing. Critical Miss has always been my favorite thing on the Escapist, and I'm pumped to see more of it in just about any form. You two are great, and I'm sure EDA will be too.

Why do I have the feeling that at the end of this, Erin is going to die alone?

... Come to think of it, why do I get the feeling that when this ends, Critical Miss is going to end too?

How interconnected is the Continuity?

Mr.Mattress:
Why do I have the feeling that at the end of this, Erin is going to die alone?

... Come to think of it, why do I get the feeling that when this ends, Critical Miss is going to end too?

How interconnected is the Continuity?

Not at all. Completely different worlds.

It's about videogames, isolation and the terrible inevitability of death?

Choo choo, all aboard the fun train!

I've missed the old story strips. Was a little disappointed when CM first went daily gag. EDA is exactly what I've been hoping for. Good luck, guys!

The Wooster:

We're working ahead by about a month's worth of strips (so roughly 8-9 strips) and I've got rough plans for 4 arcs, which ideally last about 9 strips each. I want to keep the pacing fairly quick.

As for tone; Cory and I have been going for a more Calvin & Hobbes/Count Your Sheep, family-friendly angle but with enough dark elements to keep Erin grounded as a character. Despite the grim title, Erin Dies Alone is actually a much lighter strip than CM. It's less violent, cynical and mean.

Good!

The title had me a bit worried (I'm good on grimdark these days), but that actually sounds pretty awesome.

This seems very cool, in line with your other stuff. This seems like it's a little bit more personal maybe. Very good art style though. I really like you guys and your way of telling a story in a few short panels. Cool man. I thought of the little dude as like, a Sonic parody or something. Not sure how the pills tie into it, or the expression on the girl's face, but this looks "fun". Interesting. Good luck to you all! Looking forward to the next one and getting a bit of context! I really like the work you guys do!

Pyramid Head:
Even if this does look like it could get a little melodramatic, i'm still looking forward to it.
Mostly because i want to find out what the fuck Mini-Mol's real name is.

Seren, though I've no idea which strip it was in.

I suddenly feel like this:

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/108-Webcomics

Will never lose its relevance

Having grown quite attached to Erin over the years, I think this is gonna be a distressing read.

Maaaany people commenting without bothering to read less than two pages of a forum thread (or even less, if they can zero in on the conspicuous avatar and yellow title). Surprised, I am not.

Not sure what to expect from this but I can dig it. Thumbs up.

Well this is gonna be a cheery little piece, eh?
Just don't do a miscarriage story line, because comedic webcomics never recover from that.

I'm intrigued. Please continue.

Will Erin actually die in Erin Dies Alone? If so, will it be in an awesome way, like taking out ISIS with an airliner full of copies of that shitty Ninja Theory DmC game?

The Wooster:

Mr.Mattress:
Why do I have the feeling that at the end of this, Erin is going to die alone?

... Come to think of it, why do I get the feeling that when this ends, Critical Miss is going to end too?

How interconnected is the Continuity?

Not at all. Completely different worlds.

So same character but alternate universe?

Also I read something about this being a different Erin who was a novelist or something on the Patreon? Or is that a lie my brain told me?

Just from the first page, it's very difficult to even guess which direction this will go. Personally, I hope for an all-year equivalent of the Depression Week from Cyanide & Happiness. But I sincerely doubt it'll be anything like that.

I welcome this since I did missed the actual Erin story from the main Critical Miss comics.

Sure I still fine with it's one shot jokes of current game situation but I still wonder about Erin wellbeing and her rat.

"EDA will be on Mondays and Thursdays, while Critical Miss will run at its regular time on Tuesdays and Fridays."
4 comics a week from Grey & Cory?

Ready is me.

Just try not to wear yourselves out too hard with this, CM and that side comic you guys are selling.

I've already seen the previews on your Patron page (yes, I clicked it, no, I can't give you money right now, as sad as that may be) and I can't wait to see what you have in store for this comic, it honestly looks like a bittersweet version of CM (wich is mostly bitter).

Exterminas:
I suddenly feel like this:

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/108-Webcomics

Will never lose its relevance

If this comic won't go the "miscarriage arc" route, then I'm good.

1. I like the art style as always. Nicely done. (Yeah, I saw those shadows on the cords in Panel 1.)
2. I like the concept. I am eager to see it play out.
3. So, is it safe to assume that "Bad Dad" has been tabled? I really liked this idea and the first two issues were great. But, with this new 4 strips/week workload, I don't see much room for side projects.

SupahGamuh:
I've already seen the previews on your Patron page (yes, I clicked it, no, I can't give you money right now, as sad as that may be) and I can't wait to see what you have in store for this comic, it honestly looks like a bittersweet version of CM (wich is mostly bitter).

Exterminas:
I suddenly feel like this:

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/108-Webcomics

Will never lose its relevance

If this comic won't go the "miscarriage arc" route, then I'm good.

My point is that this whole We-started-out-as-a-funny-gaming-comic-but-now-we-want-to-tell-serious-stories-thing seems to be some sort of law with webcomics. The miscarriage is just one instance of that law.

Clankenbeard:
1. I like the art style as always. Nicely done. (Yeah, I saw those shadows on the cords in Panel 1.)
2. I like the concept. I am eager to see it play out.
3. So, is it safe to assume that "Bad Dad" has been tabled? I really liked this idea and the first two issues were great. But, with this new 4 strips/week workload, I don't see much room for side projects.

Bum Rush Comics (the company hosting Bad Dad) was a bust, unfortunately. We still own the rights to the comic, and I'd definitely like to revisit the idea at some point, but it's definitely tabled for now.

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