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Testing games for Nintendo
(2001-06-07 - fun for profit)
Samba De Amigo
(2001-03-13 - video game)
Silent Hill
(2001-03-11 - video game)

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Hight Tide in Savannah GA!
(2001-03-16 - Frisbe Tourny)
Snow Sphinx!
(2001-03-05 - Snow Mayhem)
Karaoke! @ Ichiban
(2001-02-25 - Silliness)

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Running Amuck in Europe
(2001-06-09 - Fear for Europe)
(2001-05-31 - DVD)
(2001-05-23 - Obscure Ritual)

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Moving To NY For The Summer
(2001-06-03 - scary as heck)
Rereading Maus
(2001-05-12 - comic)
Finnegans Wake
(2001-05-12 - novel)

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June 25, 2001

Well, you knew it had to happen sooner or later. The lack of funding finally caught up with us, and as a result we've had to shift focuses. Learn all about it here.

Today is a bit of a milestone for us here at CXM. Only late last night as I was writing this did I realize that it is, to the day, our six month anniversary. Exactly six months ago today (Christmas Day), our first strip and first hilarious newspost made their appearance here. We, as they say in the webcomic biz, "went live" after six months of painstaking planning and late nights. Well, it was actually more like two months of planning and late nights, and four months of pure laziness and college work. But I digress.

Looking back on the early works that we produced, it's easily apparent that a lot of changes have taken place over the last six months. The characters have evolved. Note that in our very first strip, Jason's sweatshirt is green; since that time, it has always been blue. Likewise, in strip #2, my shirt is blue. Since that time, it has always been green. And don't even think of suggesting that we have multiple shirts. Does it look like we have that kind of budget? Tony has evolved as well. Compare his first appearance with today's strip. Pretty different, huh? Only Kai seems to have escaped the ravages of time, but it's only because it was not his physical but his mental dimension that was...altered. And not for the better.

The comic is not the only thing that has changed in this time. Go back and read (or skim if you're a lazy bastard who can't spare the time to read a page) the first news post. One major difference should jump out at you from there.

I was a lot funnier six months ago. I was also in the same time zone as everyone else at that point. Believe me, that's a bigger help than you might think. Also we haven't linked to this picture in a while. That should generate a few laughs (hopefully not all of them Kai's).

The page has gone through changes as well. A lot of it is the same, but we've added a lot. When we first started, the only pages that were up were this one, the forums and the page which displays the comic. We've expanded since then, adding a section about us, a pretty good archive, some flamingly awesome extras, and of course some all-star links. Plus all the things you don't see, like the PHP/mySQL machinery that makes sure the site runs on time, and the tools that Kai created to make our jobs easier.

And finally, we ourselves have changed as well. The comic started out as a mere idea for us. Something we thought that might be fun to do. This is definitely true; we've had a lot of fun over the last six months. But I think we've all come to realize that the fun comes with an element of responsibility and discipline. We've had times when we haven't been able to make a strip on time. We've had times when the news posts have not appeared as scheduled. We've fallen a bit behind on our columns. We've all had to make sacrifices for the strip, some of us more than others.

But despite this, I think we're still having fun. And as long as that continues, the strip will continue. Through rain, sleet, hacker attacks, server burps, and random insanity, we will persevere to bring you a strip, because if it adds even a little smile to the world from one of you, it's still worth it. So let us know that you like us, even if it's just a one sentence email. We want to know that we're doing the right thing here. And let us know if we're not too. And while you're at it, if you like the strip, let others know. Share the love! If this strip is good enough for my mother (and usually, she seems to like it), then gosh darn it, it's good enough for your mother too!

Above all, look forward to what's coming next. Because the ride ain't over 'til it's over.


This is Dan Moren's last news post from Edinburgh, Scotland.

Quote of the Day: "Humor [is] something that thrives between manís aspirations and his limitations. There is more logic in humor than in anything else. Because, you see, humor is truth."
-Victor Borge

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