What are the haps my friends

October 30th, 2009: Many web hosting companies - with a few exceptions, including, who host me! - are terrible, terrible beasts, relying on consumer misunderstanding and literal hostage situations to make their money. Kate Beaton is unfortunately in one right now: her host shut her off, wouldn't even let her upgrade, and then everyone at the company turned off their phones and stumbled home for the night. ANYWAY.

Her site was down, but we said "You know what? No it isn't." and put together an Emergency Backup Site running here, at It's quickly-adapted Qwantz Code on the backend, and it's only got the most recent comics, but it's where you can go for Kate Beaton goodness until she has the hosting situation sorted out! is pointing there, but depending on your DNS servers you may still see the old site for a few hours.

YOU LIKE TO READ: Probably, huh? Well GOOD NEWS: my book To Be or Not To Be (choose-your-own-path Hamlet!) is in the new Humble eBooks Bundle! Up to FIFTEEN books at a pay-what-you-want price, plus you support charity (and artists)! Definitely worth checking out, if you ask me.

NEW SHIRTS: As you may have noticed, I've spent the past all this year coming up with a new shirt design every month. Then I sold them for two weeks only! But now they're BACK... for two weeks only. Check them out! There are some PRETTY FRIGGIN' AWESOME shirts here. There's also a new one about dating, kinda?

One year ago today: if you didn't recognize any of the product slogans in this comic, YOU ARE STILL FREE! RUN! TELL THEM MY STORY.

– Ryan

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