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The fourteenth issue of Con Nachzehrer has been released. For this issue, Xenpsychous actually has a lot to say here. Firstly, from the writing side of things, this issue introduces a new character: Diana, Con Nachzehrer's daughter. She will not be a major character, but is a fairly important recurring face rounding out Con's immediate family. Diana was originally named Connie, and actually, Kolman was originally named Con Jr. The way Kolman was first written, he was basically the same character as Con. An unintended child, Con at first felt jealous that there would be another version of him in the world. Eventually though, he learns to accept his son, even though they remain competitive with one another. That was one of the earlier stories, and as a tribute to it, this first arc is very much about Con Nachzehrer as a father. Anyway, when it came time to add another family member, Xenpsychous decided that Con would just name his other child after himself as well, making the name feminine. After Xenpsychous changed the name of Con Jr. to Kolman, he decided to keep Connie's name the same and have Con tell Kolman that if he accepted the ride, Kolman could change his name to Con, like his sister. Xenpsychous changed this when he realized that King of the Hill already did the Khan-Connie joke. Then he renamed Connie Diana, intending to retool the joke as saying if Kolman accepted the ride he could change his name to that of royalty, but ultimately the joke got scrapped altogether. In production notes, this issue was the hardest to make to date. The goal is to have an issue done a week before release day, and generally they are made no later than the Saturday before the release day, six days out. This issue was not done until two days before it was released. This is mostly due to the joys of being a webcomics creator and having a hobby that is fun, fulfilling, tedious, and draining all at once. Thanksgiving delayed the beginning of production and this week has been very sleep deprived. In fact, by the time this issue was done, Xenpsychous was fueled only by Ibuprofin, Mountain Dew, and stubbornness. This issue also took a long time to render. Xenpsychous loves freestyle to death, but he finds the render times to be lengthy. This is one of the main hurtles for the Geek Force Webcomic reboot, which would require more art on a weekly basis than Con Nachzehrer. Xenpsychous is trying to streamline and automate the process so that Geek Force can be released monthly in issues of 20-30 pages. He has decided that Nachzehrer will not use this process, as he is pleased with the quality and can tolerate two hours rendering a single panel if there are three. Phew. That was a mouthful. Stay tuned, more to come.
Dustin Carter: An alumni of Geek Force, and the artist for Geek Force's second webcomic, Rick, the Cryptozoologist, Dustin Carter is currently working on his youtube series, Low Budget Man.
Sam and Matt: The stars of the S&M Show Podcast. Sam is also Mad Sampson. Matt also has a side project: Prime on Demand
White Atlantic: A local band whom Xenpsychous befriended. They're just generally a great rock and roll band.
Apanea: Another local band whom Xenpsychous knows, they play death metal.
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