December 27, 2015 at 9:29 pm
This is something I feel like I should explain. In the last little while, a few things have popped up in Goblins that have caused some polarized reactions.  It seems that some readers think that I've started pushing various ideologies on people. Some folks are unhappy or downright angry, while others are pleased or even joyful. The truth is that I'm not pushing any agenda. It's just some stuff that happened in the comic. Okay, maybe that's not 100% true. Goblins is about bigotry and how lame it is. It's also about how anyone can find themselves thinking in prejudicial ways. Even while adamantly fighting against prejudice. It's about how no natural demographic (you know, skin colour, gender, etc) is devoid of bigotry or made up entirely of bigots. This has always been the underlying tone of the comic, but it's really the only one. There's no other ideological morals being addressed. So what points in the comic have caused these reactions? Well, there's Big Ears' sexual orientation for starters. Untitled-2 Some people have condemned me or praised me for making some strong statement about homosexuality when really, I haven't. The guy is gay. That's it. Really. Goblins isn't a story about Ears' sexual orientation, just like it's not a story about Fumbles being asexual or Chief being a virgin. These are all just details about the characters that have shown up. I'm not trying to make any statements about my own beliefs and nobody has strong-armed me into wedging these points into the comic. Then there's the recent discussion about Salt's gender. This has nothing to do with gender issues or feminism or anything like that. Salt is a girl. Kind of. I mean, Kliks are genderless, but Salt is just... well she's just a girl. This was just the moment in which this detail was introduced. I wrote it this way because if I just had everyone calling Salt a "her" without covering it, I'd have readers scratching their heads, thinking "wait, it's been established that Kliks have no gender. What's the deal with Salt?". But again, I'm being both praised and scolded for making some daring statement about gender issues that isn't there. I can understand people reacting strongly, though. These sorts of issues are very important to a lot of folks and I get that. It's just that these issues aren't here in these pages of the comic. Thanks for reading! -Tarol
December 22, 2015 at 6:10 pm
Firstly, I'm currently drawing live.  (EDIT: I'm offline now. Follow my Picarto channel, Twitter feed or this blog, to be alerted whenever I live stream.) Secondly, if you don't already know, there are now two separate RSS feeds. One for this blog and one for comic updates. So now you can get RSS booped about the things that interest you, specifically. Thanks! -Tarol
December 15, 2015 at 3:29 pm
I know, I know. I'm dealing with a mixture of people. Some really want the live streaming announced on here, while others don't want it. I'll have the second RSS feed running soon and everyone will be happy. Until then, my apologies. You can expect the Goblins update this Friday. Live Boop.
December 8, 2015 at 5:44 pm
It has been brought to my attention that my frequent, tiny blog posts are less than convenient for people who use the RSS feed. Apparently they keep seeing Goblins "updates" and then go to the site, only to see a one sentence blog post about how I'm live streaming or something similar. I can see how that could be kind of annoying. I'll be honest with you. I don't fully 'get' RSS feeds. I mean... I know what they do in a general sense but aside from that, I'm clueless. So I'll talk to my beautiful, brilliant, German tech guy and ask him if there's anything that can be done to make this easier on my RSS readers. I'm sure he'll have some ideas. So for now, just know that we're working on the problem and we should have a solution soon. In the meantime, I'll try to be less carefree with my tiny blog posts about casual things like live streams or new sneak peeks under the vote button. Oh, that reminds me. I'll be live streaming my drawing in just a little while from now. Also, there's a new sneak peek (fully shaded with text. Not really spoilery) under the vote button at the top/left corner of my site. What do you want from me? I said I'd try! As for the update schedule, I'm not officially saying that Goblins is updating every Friday. Just that the last three updates have been on Friday and the next one is going to be on Friday. See, if I don't promise a set schedule, but say that the past X number of updates have been on Friday, I can't be in trouble for being late. Sneaky Tarol is sneaky. Seriously though, I've been trying to keep the updates at a solid once per week while I finish the art for the G:AR card game. Once that's finally done, I'd like to work on speeding up the updates to once/five days or something, like it used to be. We'll see how it goes. If you'd like to keep getting those tiny announcements that will no longer be blogged, you can follow me on Twitter as I'll keep posting them there. I also tweet out some of the G:AR cards that I draw, answer questions and sometimes I'm even kinda funny! Sometimes. Thank you for everything. -Tarol
December 6, 2015 at 1:57 am
Under the vote button is the entire, upcoming Goblins page. The catch is that it's nothing but empty word balloons and panels. No text, no artwork. I don't know why, but I just think it looks kinda neat with a bunch of empty word balloons floating around for seemingly no reason. To see it, simply click on the vote button at the top/left corner of my site. Also, you can still bid on some Goblins artwork. The money goes toward WorldBuilders. An amazing charity. There are links to it on the Ebay page. And finally, just a reminder that the next Goblins update is this Friday, December 11th. It's the last page of Forgath and crew, before we switch back to Minmax and crew. Thank you! -Tarol
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