Chapter 5, Page 28

Little life update: Sorry for silence, am still alive, just head-down working on priority things. Most importantly are the MI book formatting/ edits which have to take priority rn in order to pass them off to the prepress team, and which are physically difficult to do (have been working in a dark room for 2.5 weeks color correcting these dark pages, it is unpleasant work). Second, stressful life stuff, been avoiding online interactions because irl has been really negative lately, and I’m burnt out on being yelled at. Everything is stressful rn and just trying to get by.

Thanks for understanding, and we’ll be back to updates next week.

Hi all!

Thanks for waiting for me to catch up, have been massively swamped… In case you missed it, the MI Kickstarter wrapped up, and was a huge success thanks to all of you. This book is also the first book to be published by a new company, Ascend Comics, that I’ve started with my friend Taneka Stotts. I have a long an complicated history dealing with publishing predators, and grappling with the moral issue of publishing with people who also publish work by people whose views I find repugnant. The best solution seemed to be to do what I always end up doing, which is to say “screw this” and make my own thing. My other project that I’ve been working on the past half a year concurrent with everything else, Alloy, will be published via Ascend as well, so I’m pretty excited about what the future holds.

What if you missed the KS? The books will be on sale online in late 2018 or early 2019, AFTER I have fulfilled the Kickstarter to all of its backers, since they are the priority~ If you just wanted the PDF of the book, I have a preorder page for that here. This PDF will release again, after the PDFs have been fulfilled to backers, which should happen relatively fast since that’s digital delivery. It’s also possible I will have softcover copies ready for SPX in the fall, but that’s not yet set in stone. Special packs that include all of the rewards found in the Kickstarter will be listed in the shop in early 2019.

As you can imagine, taxes, Alloy, Ascend and editing MI concurrently with finishing it is taking up a lot of my schedule. I had wanted to finish this comic this month but now it’s looking like it’ll be pushed into early May, just because I need to prioritize sending edited pages to my prepress team to make sure the book stays on schedule! Also, I’ve been trying to ignore the specter of burnout that’s standing right over my shoulder, haha. But it’ll all get done~ I’m just very very grateful to be able to do the things I’ve been wanting to do for such a long time, and a little bit of hard work is a small price to pay for pushing that envelope forward.

Anyways I’m traveling this week and might be updating at strange times, but will be updating as much as possible. I’ll also be working on the book covers and new interior illustrations, so, should be fun. The Kallakore pin giveaway contest winners will be announced here next Monday, so there’s that too. If I RT’d or commented or listed your work on the page then I definitely saw it, but if I haven’t done any of those things and you’re not sure if your entry was received, just let me know and I’ll make sure it is.

Thanks very very much for understanding if I’m a bit scatterbrained or slow around here, am just extremely busy, but I love you all and want to make sure these last few pages wrap up as best as I can make them~



  • Eyesauce

    Ah hey, I was wondering if it was too late to enter the giveaway?? Because I’ve got some art but not sure if it can still count as an entry haha

  • rimmeh

    Is the dialogue in panel four coming from Mike? Is Mike interpolating what the rest of Levi’s speech would be based on how well he knows Levi? And Bex’s small smile is because he’s guessing correctly? (Just checking that I read that correctly.)

    ANYWAY! Don’t burnout! Take the time off if you need it! Your health and well-being are more important.

    • Zinc

      I understand it as being from Threvi, and understood only by Bex (as in panel 2); she’s just not translating it for Mike in that panel. Maybe because she thinks it’s not relevant, maybe because she’s just listening instead of translating concurrently, maybe she translated it between panels 4 and 5.

      • CosmicStresshead

        I think panel two picks up after Bex has started translating, and we see that Levi is speaking in the bubbles without quotations marks, and Bex’s translations are with quotation marks.

        I think what Levi says in panel four gives Bex pause for thought, and she doesn’t translate it. Maybe out of kindness for Mike. She might not want to raise the issue of how crazy and unpredictable human minds can be, for various reasons.

  • JJ

    Mostly @shing, just to be sure & out of curiosity:
    To Bex’ brain, Levi’s vocalisations directly register as English, right? So here she just repeats what she hears – i.e. for her it’s not really “translating”?

    • MIB4u

      That’s how I understand it, too …

  • MGin

    I having a bit of trouble wrapping my mind around the fact that this is truly about to end very soon… *sigh*

    • Luces

      Me too. But I really look forward to plung into “the Meek'” with a vengeance. Great things are looming ahead!

      • Shweta

        “Great things are looming” is such a perfect description of The Meek! I know they’ll be great, but I’m terrified :D

  • EJ

    Just want to say you are doing awesome work, and that I am eternally grateful for you and your comics!

    • Shweta


      (unless it’s possible to do like +20k because in that case +20k)

  • cami

    I really think that bex is just saying whatever she wants just to push forward her objective, she’s not translating at all…

    • awhorl

      Don’t think so. Threvi would attack her head if she tried something like that and really twisted the message.

    • Fawnet

      I tell you, that immediately crossed my mind too. But as much as Bex wants out, I don’t think she’s the type who would lie to make that happen.

    • Shweta

      …To me Bex seems to me like a *terrible* liar, have I forgotten an instance when she lies plausibly?

  • DukeBG

    Since there are no microchips in Threvi, his mind is a copy of the original, not literally the original. So it’s kinda obvious that The Original had to be, khm, destroyed. And he wouldn’t have memory of it, since the copy was obviously made before it.

    The decision to destroy The Original LEVi might’ve been made (or rather, announced) by Processor already after the copy was made. And it could’ve made Kalla mad, so Processor had to kill/reset her too. Thus she won’t remember.

  • alexikakon

    I started reading this comic when it first came out, lost track of it for a long time, and just archive binged the whole thing over the weekend, pleasantly surprised to find out I’d made it back before the comic was completed, but saddened to have juuust missed the kickstarter.

    I don’t have all the words for what I’m feeling, but I did want to say: thank you so much for sharing this work. It’s so beautifully done, and means a lot to me on several different levels, as a queer person struggling with mental illness, as a woman who wants more of an identity than being a mother and is frequently disappointed but not surprised to see the way people are so often ready to attack a woman (especially a woman of color) for not making the choices that have been ‘traditionally’ expected of them, and just as a person who adores not only how much you put into this comic, but how you interact with people in your comment section in such a sincere and patient way. I don’t know; I’m worried this will come off weird and convoluted, so tl;dr: I really love your work and appreciate you sharing it! Especially Kalla and Threvi, who are perfect in every way and their friendship is the best. :) Congratulations on all the cool things you have going on!

  • Rycheza

    Take all the time you need with finishing the comic! With so many tasks at hand I’m super impressed you’re able to manage it all and still have steam to draw, don’t overwork yourself.
    I commented on last page with a pin giveaway fanart entry and also tagged you on tumblr, but it isn’t listed so I’m not sure if you saw it. – just in case here it is again :)

  • Solanuma



    • Duncan

      May the thrips be ever in your favour

  • brokenidealist

    I have this horrible thought that, at best, Kalla has lost a lot of her memory by being rebuilt by the Processor many, many times over the millenia — a little bit lost every time it reincarnates her. Because surely as an organic being, any single body can’t last forever. An even more horrible thought is that the Processor chooses how much memory to to put into Kalla’s body each time. But we also know that any memories made after the time of last contact with the neural sea aren’t “backed up” and thus can’t be transferred. Martian reincarnation is a lossy file format.

    Way to go on starting a publishing company for your work, Der-Shing! You are inspiring through your art in so many different ways. :)

  • Artie O'Dactyl

    Given the Processor’s powers of duplication and simulation, I’m starting to wonder about who might return to the base, and what lies the staff at the base might be told about the interior of the volcano.

    • hkmaly

      Given the processor’s powers of duplication as shown on that flower, I doubt he can do convincing humans.

      • Artie O'Dactyl

        Well, that depends … The flower was created on VERY short notice. But New LEVi has held up quite well. Was New LEVi created from scratch, or merely downloaded into an existing organism? And Kalla’s body — repeatedly re-created — was made out of meat.

      • Bradford

        It’s hard, when all you have to go on is reading someone’s mind. It’s a bit easier when you have access to an individuals DNA.

  • yee

    You are great, thanks so much for doing what you’re doing!

  • Spencer

    It’s nice for them to finally get a calm, relaxed discussion for once.

    • Fawnet

      Yeah, I just noticed that in the second panel, Mike seems to be lying on his stomach and playing in the dirt.

  • Ponyhome

    I have to wonder what Mike has on offer to go back to. His family is kind of a mess, his job prospects are a dumpster fire, and he’s not quite human, anymore.

  • DavidDahlbacka

    Mike can’t leave anyway, he doesn’t have a helmet. Unless thighfriend can process extremely attenuated CO2 into blood oxygen.

  • Eversist

    Congrats on your engagement! Exciting stuff. :)

  • Otis

    I love the sweet, charmed face Bex gives Levi. She seems to be leveling out and responding more calmly…

    That being said, I can’t even blame Mike for not wanting to leave. Even if he biologically could, though that’s it’s own discussion. He was close to killing himself, hated himself, and now he’s discovered a while new world and is literally covered in life, and feels a part of something. He’s lacked that his whole life.

    The way he’s adapted is telling of the peace and acceptance he wants himself to have, whether or not he he truly wants to leave. Character development, man.

  • Margaret Hogg

    In the top right panel, I didn’t realise Thevi was talking at first. I thought all those bubbles were coming from Bex. I think that added to confusion over who was talking and also “is Bex really translating or saying what she wants to?”

  • Ben

    Regarding Kalla’s memory after an unknown number of reincarnations, how complete it may or may not be, it might be worth considering the Struldbruggs of Luggnagg, described by that noted observer and narrator, Lemuel Gulliver.

    These near-immortals underwent progressive memory decay, so the older ones have no real idea of their actual age; Gulliver recounts that the most reliable method of estimating age is the ask them, who is the monarch? which tends to produce a guide to their coming of age.

    The older ones are increasingly isolated by progressive changes in language, so that many of those over the age of 200 or so cannot understand contemporary speech.

    Kallakore might have virtually no long-term memory at all

  • tyg

    hey! you’re doing an amazing job, der! we all believe in you, hopefully life gets less stressful soon!

  • Eversist

    Appreciate the update! Take care of yourself.

  • Jac

    Thank you for taking the time to update with us! You take whatever time you need. You’ve always been well worth the wait <3

  • a dude

    take all the time you need, thanks for the comics

  • Indedipal
    • Indedipal

      (it appears the comment bot mistook my punctuation for an HTML command. Let’s try that again…)


  • Kuggur

    Hi Sing,
    Just wanted to say, take it easy, your health is ( or at least should be) your main priority.
    Good things come to those who wait, I have no problems waiting for your next update ;) .
    Great comic (I think I told you before).

  • Kuggur

    Hm, “perhaps over time, Kalla’s memory has degraded signicantly more than mine has?”…
    It just dawned on me that this could be quite a significant statement. As it implies that Kalla’s memories have degraded a lot during the period that Thrip/Levi was down there. This makes me suspect our protagonists might have been down there for a lot ( A LOT) longer than they realise….

  • Cait

    Take care <3

  • Jonas

    take care Shing, hope you’re well.

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