October 9! Start! 10/04/2012

by Joe

Sorry it’s been quiet around here lately! The Pocalypse Defense 2 has taken the front seat and, unfortunately, The Pocalypse scenes have to move to the back temporarily. I’m not going to put the comic on hiatus or anything but I am predicting a pretty decent slowdown. Luckily, TPD2 production has an end in sight and the comic does not so The Pocalypse will one day take shotgun again :D (Is “shotgun” an international term? Here, we yell “Shotgun!” when we want to claim the front passenger set in a car :D)

Thank you to all the avid comic readers who are patiently putting up with this slowdown and I hope you can wait until October 9 for Chapter 8 to start :D

Why October 9? Two reasons:

1) It gives me time to create Chapter 8, Scene 1, while still keeping TPD2 production a priority.

2) StartOff voting begins and we are going to need your votes! Now, unless you paid very close attention to a previous blog post, you’re probably asking yourself, “What the heck is StartOff?”.

StartOff (http://www.startoff.ca) is an start-up entrepreneur contest being held by the Innovation Factory, a small business mentorship company based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (where Green Pixel is based!). In order to promote and reward local businesses, Innovation Factory is giving out some pretty awesome prize packs to those businesses that can gather the most votes during the StartOff competition. The top ten winners receive a $16,700-worth package of business-related services that will greatly help Rich and I take Green Pixel and The Pocalypse even further :D

I laughed to myself when we found out that the theme for StartOff was retro gaming and game art. While other competitors have to find creative ways to incorporate the theme into their voting campaign, I just have to keep doing what I’m doing! Pixels are my paint! Fortunately, the theme isn’t something like “Trees of the Amazon” or “Sauerkraut Sandwiches” so I guess we got lucky! We’re also very lucky to have an existing international, supportive, and amazingly incredible fanbase to pump Green Pixel full of votes :D

So! Remember that October 9 is the start of Chapter 8 and the start of StartOff voting! Thank you so much for waiting!

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Oh, I also have to start selling these posters! More on that later! :D

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Comments

I am patiently waiting since the first game actually got me here.Im sure the second one will gather us a large flow of new readers

Dagzter on October 4, 2012 at 1:57 pm

@Dagzter – Yeah! TPD1 got us a lot of readers and I’m sure TPD2 will have the same effect! :D

Joe on October 4, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Well you’ve got my vote. Lucky the contest consists of literally what you’ve been doing this whole time. Sounds like a sure fire win.

Jermell Williams on October 4, 2012 at 2:13 pm

@Jermell Williams – Thank you! :D

Joe on October 4, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Yeah, we do it here too. But we call ‘dibs’

Genome Robi on October 4, 2012 at 2:15 pm

@Genome Robi – We use that sometimes too! Leads to many fights :D

Joe on October 4, 2012 at 2:23 pm

In the UK “shotgun” is used when people want to claim pretty much anything. It annoys me as the term has overtaken the much more pleasant to say “bagsie”.

bobsickle on October 4, 2012 at 3:23 pm

@bobsickle – I think it’s time to bring “bagsie” to Canada :D

Joe on October 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm

How do you think of the pocalypse scenes? Do you have a paper or document with all your ideas written down for the next scene or do you think of scene ideas as you go?

MrHappy on October 4, 2012 at 7:47 pm

the first game got me here me here looking for a different one so i cant wait for the second one i even got friends to watch it (happyman)

Zach on October 4, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Whoa, that is weird Joe! I had no idea you lived in Hamilton. You’ve definitely got my vote :D

HollowVergil on October 4, 2012 at 8:02 pm

I live in Utah, so of course we do it here. Fortunately, I don’t hear it often, since I don’t totally care where I sit as long as I’m not in the middle seat in a cramped car. XD Not only that, but I only have two younger sisters to worry about, so I automatically get it most of the time due to needing more room. If I don’t, I usually get a seat next to the window, which is just fine to me! Anyway, you certainly have my vote, especially if you would reply to my comments a little more often. In fact, maybe you should put in a “reply” system so we don’t have to type out the whole “@Joe” thing or whoever we are replying to and then have them not even notice it because they didn’t go back to see if someone replied. XD

illeatyourself on October 4, 2012 at 8:10 pm

So…how do I vote anyway? XD

illeatyourself on October 4, 2012 at 8:15 pm

I’m from Nz and we call shotgun for the front seat here as well

dran78 on October 4, 2012 at 8:21 pm

@MrHappy – A little bit of both! I have a general idea of what I want to do for a chapter but things may change from day to day :D
@Zach – Awesome! I’m hoping TPD2 brings more readers to the comic :D
@HollowVergil – I personally don’t live in Hamilton (yet – I’m planning on moving there!) but Green Pixel is registered and based there! Are you from Hamilton?
@illeatyourself – Haha, I agree! As long as I have a window, I’m good! And, yes, the site is being secretly worked on right now and communicating with all of you and each other will be much better :D (You may have to wait a while though!) Voting starts on October 9 and we’ll have a little feature on the http://www.startoff.ca site that everyone can vote on.
@dran78 – Good to know for when I visit NZ one day! :D

Joe on October 4, 2012 at 11:04 pm

October 9th? I’ll take it as a belated birthday present then =P

But still, as long as it helps I look forward to the game, both seeing it pick up more readers as well as getting to play it. I really look forward to seeing this comic being as successful as it should be.

BloodWolf7 on October 5, 2012 at 4:59 am

Where i’m from we usually don’t yell “Shotgun!” or the respective “SchieƟgewehr!”. Instead we shout “Schulz!” or participate in long discussions about it. Main arguments are long legs, fat asses and sharp elbows….or puppy eyes.

Although defense games are not my thing i’ll wait patiently for the next chapter. maybe you will finally reveal if Annika is Joes sister.

Anne on October 5, 2012 at 8:01 am

Joe,i dont want to be a dick or anything but…..there is a cat chasing your mouse! O.o

Wayne Mangham on October 5, 2012 at 8:58 am

Btw is my name on that hidden piece of paper,all i can see is “NE :D” and i know how much you love me!

Wayne Mangham on October 5, 2012 at 9:00 am

I finished reading the entire archives it took a while.

MRHOBOISM on October 5, 2012 at 9:23 am

Dude? You’re in the Hammer? I’ve been following your comic for the last year and knew that you moved back to Canada… but to my city? Very cool.

I drive by the McMaster Innovation Park daily – as I work at the university…

Ron on October 5, 2012 at 10:00 am

@Joe – Ah, my misunderstanding. And yes, I do live here!

HollowVergil on October 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm

@BloodWolf7 – Thank you! :D And happy birthday!
@Anne – If I heard someone yell “SchieƟgewehr!”, I would just give them the seat :D Thanks for waiting for Chapter 8!
@Wayne Mangham – Haha, that is Rich’s mouse! And, yes, it definitely said “Wayne :D”
@MRHOBOISM – Hope it was time well spent! Stay tuned for more :D
@Ron & HollowVergil – I visit Hamilton regularly and hope to move down there eventually! Maybe we should have a The Pocalypse meetup in Hamilton one day :D

Joe on October 5, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Oh yeah! We call shotgun down in Australia too!!! You should come to Australia one day Author Joe and bring the gang!!!

Sarah on October 5, 2012 at 6:46 pm

TDP1 got me here too, i m really looking forward to TPD2. And of course i m checking every day if there is an comic update.

Eldaran on October 6, 2012 at 2:18 am

when will be the pocalyspe defence 2 will start joe

Albert on October 6, 2012 at 10:08 am

@Sarah – I’d love to! :D
@Eldaran – Thanks for your patience!
@Albert – I can’t make any promises but we’re hoping to release the game sometime in December :D

Joe on October 6, 2012 at 12:01 pm

GREEN PIXEL SALUTE~ You guys will always have my vote :3

Anonymous_Jr on October 6, 2012 at 3:23 pm

@Joe – I knew it! You’re secretly trying to capture me for experiment 17 arent you,im on to you Mr!!!!

Wayne Mangham on October 6, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Speaking of voting, don’t forget to continue to vote for The Pocalypse on TopWebcomics

BloodWolf7 on October 7, 2012 at 6:07 pm