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A BUFFER HIATUS! Storyline and Art Style Changes [SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER 2019] by Kid W25
October 1st, 2019, 2:01 am
Hello everybody!

Apologies on the lack of News Update last month (September), but as you may have read from my Hiatus Notice, for a majority of the month of September, I stepped away from and took a mental break from the webcomic just to rejuvenate my motivation. That has worked! I'm back, and the hiatus will be over and you'll be getting Jay and Thompson goodness from the 7th of October, and we'll be going twice-a-week strong till the end of season 1!

BUFFER HIATUS
The end of the hiatus is fast-approaching and the buffer is going strong. I'm confident with the new art-style and formatting that is accompanying the new streamlined story-line changes, it would mean that the buffer is kept healthy longer.

STORY-LINE CHANGES
I've decided to focus more on the slice-of-life side of Jay and Thompson as I don't think I've ever been able to continuously cultivate a mainly-comedic tone, this doesn't mean that there won't be funny moments, or jokes. But what it does mean, is hopefully the stories are less vignette-y, and more flow....y.

Good job Kid, you writer you.

ART-STYLE CHANGES
I've felt slightly annoyed with how my characters look, for example: Jay's square-based face structure compared to everyone else's rectangular structure.

At first, I thought it was a good idea to focus on basic shapes for face-structures like: Square = Jay. Rectangle = Thompson. Circle = Mr. Flaggstaff. But then as I got more and more comfortable with the art-style, I realised that everyone else in the series had a rectangular face structure and Jay just felt out of place.

Speaking of Mr. Flaggstaff, he hasn't appeared for a long time, ever since the start of the series. Don't worry, he's not dead and I haven't forgotten about him. I was just focused on telling Jay's and Thompson's tumultuous past, and now that we're going back to present-day, he'll come up more often.

With a brand new design that brings him in line with the rest of the art-style that I've developed over the last 50 odd comic strips.

PATREON REWARDS
Once again, I apologise for missing the September news post. So for this month, I'd like to thank my Casual Tier Patron:

DRAWZA (x2)

I'm sorry for not thanking you in September, but know that you're always on my mind.

In a platonic way.

IN CONCLUSION
That's it for now, for this month at the very least. I hope to see you all next month!

Kid W25.
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A SHORT UPDATE! Streaming and FIREWALL Status! [AUGUST 2019] by Kid W25
August 3rd, 2019, 11:54 pm
Hello everybody!

I'm back on top of doing the monthly news posts! Last post, I said it was a short bulletin, this one is also going to be short!

STREAMING
If you didn't know, I stream on Twitch quite often. Most of the time I play games, but when I feel like it, I do some art. So if you want to take a peek at how I draw (it might be triggering, I'm very inefficient), head over to this link: https://www.twitch.tv/kiddyw25 and say hi!

"FIREWALL" UPDATE
The Patreon revamp that I spoke a bit about in the previous post, revealed that my other project, FIREWALL, was part of the Patreon reward tiers. Currently, I've finished one whole episode, and about a third through the second episode.

I am aiming to finish three episodes before starting the monthly release. So be on the lookout for that as well. When it starts being published, I'll add a link to the Author's Comment section.

PATREON REWARDS
Another month, and it's another thank you to the one and only:

DRAWZA

Once again, thank you for sticking with me through everything.

IN CONCLUSION
That's it for this month. I'm still focusing on Jay and Thompson the most, in making sure it's the best as I can make it. Hope to see you next month!

Kid W25.
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PATREON REDESIGN! Story Update [JULY 2019] by Kid W25
July 23rd, 2019, 10:27 am
Hello everybody!

I apologise for this month's news bulletin being so late.

A very short one this time around, here we go!

PATREON REDESIGN
I went and did a huge redesign on every single aspect of the Patreon. From Goals, to Reward Tiers, to the description. This is all to make sure I'm able to fulfill the rewards AND making sure that the Patreon is now actually worth getting.

The biggest change is that FIREWALL is now part of the rewards. That will be a WEBTOON exclusive as the whole design is set around the scrolling nature of the platform. Don't worry, Jay and Thompson's first home will always be here.

To take a look at the changes, just head over to the link: https://www.patreon.com/kidw25

STORY UPDATE
We're finally reaching the final stretch of comic strips in the HISTORY arc. I'm trying to find a balance between comedic comic strips and dramatic comic strips as Jay and Thompson is first and foremost a slice-of-life webcomic.

The next story arc is an exclusively comedic one all around the Pilot episode of Jay and Thompson's show airing. So never fear, there is some reprieve from the teenage angst and drama.

PATREON REWARDS
Another month, and another thank you to:

DRAWZA

Thank you for your pledge, my friend, I hope you continue to support me next month!

IN CONCLUSION
Short and sweet this month. Hope you're enjoying the story so far. I'm ecstatic to see more and more people coming to the site (who aren't me!).

I'll see you in another news post in...like, a week and a half? The news posts will revert back to being the beginning of the month.

Kid W25.
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MOVED HOUSE! Internet and Buffer Problems [JUNE 2019] by Kid W25
June 4th, 2019, 8:53 am
Hello everybody!

There's only a few small notes in this month's news bulletin.

MOVED HOUSE
As I mentioned in last month's post, my family moved to a new house after living in the previous house for just under 16 years. It's the only house I could remember calling 'home', since I couldn't remember anything about the house that we lived in when we were living in Bali. But we're finally here. We've moved, and are starting on the process of going through what is practically 60 years worth of memories.

My grandfather built that house, and since we were the last people living in it, we had to collect and move all the things that were hidden away. There were several vinyls that my mother and aunt distinctly remembered listening to when they were children, and other things of that nature still around, so that's going to be something that takes a little bit to sort through.

INTERNET AND BUFFER PROBLEMS
Because of the move, my family had no internet, and we were having a lot of trouble dealing with Optus to set up our internet in the new house. After what seemed to be 20+ hours on the phone, my mother finally managed to get Optus to provide us with the internet we were paying for.

Unfortunately, because of the move and the internet drama, I could not find the creative motivation to make Jay and Thompson comic strips. My buffer of 7-8 comic strips (around three-to-four weeks' worth) has now dwindled, and I only have 2 comic strips in the buffer (enough for the Patreon reward, comic strips a week in advance).

I am trying my best to re-establish a bigger buffer in case unforeseeable circumstances arise in the future. But I'm quite hopeful that I won't be late on any Patreon rewards.

That being said, if you're interested in getting Jay and Thompson comic strips a week early, then sign up for the Super Fan reward tier or above!

If you like the comic, and would like to see more, head over to my Patreon! Rewards and goodies await you!
https://www.patreon.com/kidw25

PATREON REWARDS
As always, I'd like to thank my one and only Patron over at Patron for the moment of this writing. Thank you for another month. I deeply appreciate your continued support as a Casual Viewer.

Thank you:
DRAWZA

IN CONCLUSION
Another month, another news post. Hope you're enjoying the story of Jay and Thompson so far in this History arc. More comedy and drama coming right up as we expand their backstory!

I'll see you all next month!

Kid W25.
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LIFE CHANGES! Story Scheduling During These Changes [MAY 2019] by Kid W25
May 2nd, 2019, 8:48 pm
Hello everybody!

Big personal news in today's news post, but don't worry, it won't affect the Jay and Thompson schedule (hopefully!)

LIFE CHANGES
I don't think I've said this in any of the Author Comments, but my family have sold the family home. My granddad built the house in the sixties, and because of certain, unique circumstances, my aunt, uncles and mother thought it would be best to sell the family home.

We've lived in the house since my family moved to Australia in August 2003, and it's going to be really sad to leave the place that we've called home for just shy of 16 years!

However! Never fear! We've found a new place that's actually really convenient for all of us, and we'll be moving there very shortly. We get the keys to the new place on the 4th of May (tomorrow), and we need to be out of the old house by the 13th, so at least we can do the move bit by bit if need be.

Thankfully, if all goes well, the utilities will be set up by the time we move, and we'll hopefully have pretty good internet. But, if things are not going so well, and say we don't get internet, don't worry, I'll find a way to keep Jay and Thompson going on its normal schedule. That's what a buffer is for!

STORY SCHEDULING
Right now, I'm working really hard to make sure that there's a very healthy amount of buffer in comic strips just in case of a rainy day. As you know, Jay and Thompson updates on a twice-a-week schedule (and I'm open for more updates per week if the Patreon goal is hit), and for the last couple of months, I've been able to have a month's worth of buffer (8 comic strips).

Only recently, because of a little hiccup and a tiny Writer's Block, has that buffer shrunk down to a measly three-and-a-half weeks worth of buffer (7 comic strips). Shocking. I know.

The good news is that, because of the rewriting that I did to streamline the flow of the story, instead of the vignette-like style of the original Jay and Thompson, I've been able to spend a bit more time to expand on the two titular characters and the characters around them.

And although I'm getting back into a semi-vignette-like style for the current story arc (the one after "Rewrites"), because i'm not forced to just have these tiny snapshots in their lives, I'm able to spend more time depicting and writing the empty moments in their lives which I believe will make them appear more human.

Talking about the writing, I've set and outline that I'm following loosely for the next two story arcs after "Rewrites", which is allowing me to expand on whatever I want, which gives me a great sense of freedom that has helped me make sure that my buffer doesn't get any lower than what it is right now.

It seems like I'm exaggerating, but if I've had serious Writer's Blocks before that have lasted whole, multiple years, because I've felt like I've inadvertently set up too many limitations for myself. So look forward to how Jay and Thompson's stories unravel!

PATREON REWARDS
As always, I'd like to thank my current one and only Patron over on Patreon. Thank you for another month my friend, as always, I deeply appreciate your support as a Casual Viewer.

Thank you:
DRAWZA.

IN CONCLUSION
Not a lot of things to talk about when it comes to Jay and Thompson this month, which is okay, because in the past, when I've had a lot of topics to talk about, it has always been bad news.

I hope you're enjoying the comic so far, and I'll see you guys next month!

Kid W25.
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LENGTH OF COMIC! State of Story and the Future [APRIL 2019] by Kid W25
April 6th, 2019, 2:54 am
Hello All!

Today's post is a bit shorter than last month's since everything is still okay, and I'm having a lot of fun writing Jay and Thompson right now.

LENGTH OF COMIC
I was asked by one of my brothers about how long Jay and Thompson is going to be. I told him that there's going to be at least three "seasons" in the story. I've planned for about two seasons, but as of writing this, I've written 16 comic strips, and I'm not even 1/5th of the way into Season 1. So expect quite a long one, and hopefully you enjoy!

STATE OF STORY
On a related note, I'm really enjoying the pacing of the story right now. It's quite comical, and I don't feel like I'm rushing through story lines (a problem I've had to deal with in the past). And along with what I've originally planned, I've added more story elements and restructured some plot points to make better sense than the original version.

All in all, everything is going very well.

FUTURE PLANS
One day, I'd like to draw more comic strips per week for the story. But right now, because I need to actually look for work and because of other commitments outside of making the webcomic, I can only update the comic twice a week. And because of the Patreon and such, I've needed to make sure that I have at least three weeks worth of comics at all times.

It's going pretty great. Right now, I have around a month's worth of comics as buffer, so everything's looking good for that.

Along with Patreon support, one day (if it ever gets to that point), I'd like to see if I can do a Kickstarter or something for a physical volume of Jay and Thompson. Now, this is all in the far future, but it's exciting to have a goal to work towards, you know.

If it came to the point that self-publishing a volume is possible, would anybody be interested?

PATREON REWARDS
I'd like to thank my one and only Patron over on Patreon. Thank you for another month. I appreciate your support as a Casual Viewer!

Thank you:
DRAWZA.

IN CONCLUSION
Thank you for your readership. I hope you've been enjoying the comic so far. I'll see you guys next month!

Kid W25.
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END OF HIATUS! Changes, Apologies and More! [MARCH 2019] by Kid W25
March 1st, 2019, 8:25 pm
Guten Morgen!

Today's post is to announce that the old Jay and Thompson website is gone! But with it come a new website that's suspiciously similar looking.

END OF HIATUS
As Father's Day approached last year, I struggled with dialogue and story idea for Jay and Thompson. Father's Day came and went. Followed by Halloween. And then Christmas. And New Year. All the while, I couldn't do much about Jay and Thompson.

My family as a whole struggled with certain circumstances, we're in the middle of trying to sell the house we're in right now. It was very tense over the holidays, and is still tense.

I struggled with work, as more and more people seem to refuse to work with my manager, until I couldn't take it anymore and I ended up quitting the job. It was then that I managed to get enough funds to go to Indonesia (my home country) and I guess relax.

Over there, I resolved to restart Jay and Thompson again, with a new simplified design, and adopting the four-panel format. With these new changes I hope that I will be able to tell Jay and Thompson's story more clearly, as in hindsight, the original story was very unclear with its timeline and flow.

But the hiatus will finally be finished. The new first strip of Jay and Thompson will be published on the 11th of March, 2019 local time (AEDT — I live in Melbourne currently)!

And starting from the 11th, Jay and Thompson will be updating every Monday and Friday!

APOLOGIES
Apologies to my one Patron over on Patreon, because of the hustle and bustle, I didn't get to fulfill the tier benefits I owe to him. I appreciate you my dude, and Patreon says I owe you seven times.

Here they are:

Thank you to the Casual Viewers! They are:
DRAWZA.
DRAWZA.
DRAWZA.
DRAWZA.
DRAWZA.
DRAWZA.
DRAWZA.

I promise to be more on top of Patreon and this webcomic from now on.

JAY AND THOMPSON ELSEWHERE
As well as Jay and Thompson being here on SmackJeeves, the OG webcomic provider I am happy with, Jay and Thompson will be updating on LINE Webtoons once a week, starting the week commencing on Monday the 18th of March!

Because Webtoons uses a different system — focusing on "episodes" instead of individual pages — Jay and Thompson will be updated one episode per week, and in the episode will be the two strips from the previous week. This will ensure that everyone who reads it here on SmackJeeves will get first priority of new content.

IN CONCLUSION
That's it for this month. Once again, thanks DRAWZA for being a Casual Viewer on Patreon. I'll see you guys next month!

Kid W25
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