Tamal carefully looks over the cluster of stones Silas had spotted earlier. Iyare is already taking off his backpack.
Tamal: LOOKS FAR ENOUGH FROM THE ROAD.
Iyare: GOOD FIND, ER- LAE.
Lae: OH, UHM... THANKS. CHORES?
The prince's guards call out their preferred chore rapid fire.
Tamal: STEW.
Iyare: FIRE.
Lae: WATER.
Lae turns to Kaga and Moani catching up to them.
Lae: KAGA, TENTS?
Kaga: WITH PLEASURE.
Lae: PERFECT. AND MOANI CAN GET USED TO TRAVELING WITH US.
The jungle guide sets down her pack with satisfaction but Moani is looking uneasily at Kaga.

News

June 26th, 2012

Er, hey guys. I made a page.
And, uh... I don't know when the next one will be ready. >_<

Before I get into what's up, I need to thank you for checking back with this stuttering comic. You've been very patient with my stupid-long hiatus and I'm grateful to everyone who didn't give up on me. And to those of you who commented, I'm sorry I didn't reply to everyone. Please know that all your comments contributed to me trying harder. I'm ashamed by my silence.

In all honesty, I am kind of a mess. My drawing skills are rusty, I'm bombing time-management, neglecting my friends, and distracted by family stuff. I'm not going to be able to update SSGrapes regularly until I get my act together and I'm really very sorry. In the meantime I'll update content as it's ready and maybe one day I can get back to a once a week schedule. You can expect each update to be announced via Twitter, Facebook, and my RSS feed, just like before.

Now I don't want to give a wrong impression; my life is pretty great right now. Steady income has helped my husband and I pay off debt and start saving again. Plus we've been able to try new hobbies like dancing and exercise. I'm feeling healthier and much more optimistic than six months ago.

So, uhm... What's everyone else been up to?

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    1. June 26th, 2012 11:42 PM

      hi hi

      Seeing a new page up made my day! :D I'm glad to hear you're feeling better now than you were a little while ago, and I can definitely sympathize with the whole time thing. (I've been working quite a bit myself lately.)

      Anyway, best wishes and good luck!

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      1. June 27th, 2012 02:56 AM

        Thank you! Back when I started SSGrapes I wanted to always prioritize the comic. But working for others completely messed that up and I maybe got a bit depressed about it. I think I've accepted it now though. Maybe that makes me a grown up or something. :/

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        1. monkeyfish
          June 27th, 2012 07:59 AM

          nah dont worry about that, it takes a lot more to be a grown up ;)

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          1. June 27th, 2012 10:48 AM

            Haha~ thank goodness! :B

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    1. June 26th, 2012 11:50 PM

      Sounds like you've been busy... in the good way! No need to make excuses when things are going right.

      Great to see a new page! Your work is always a bright spot. :)

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      1. June 27th, 2012 02:58 AM

        Thanks for the encouragement. I can't help but feel things could be going better is all. I want to spin ALL the plates etc.

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    1. Ben
      June 27th, 2012 12:53 AM

      It's nice to see the hiatus has ended for now, I really like the story that's trying to be told.

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      1. June 27th, 2012 02:59 AM

        Thanks, Ben. This poor story deserves a much more productive artist but we'll manage somehow. XD

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    1. June 27th, 2012 04:47 AM

      AMIGAD

      IS BACK

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      1. June 27th, 2012 10:44 AM

        HIGH FIVES ALL AROUND
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    1. June 27th, 2012 04:49 AM

      Yay page!!

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      1. June 27th, 2012 10:44 AM

        Yay comments!! *hugs*

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    1. Wanping
      June 27th, 2012 08:01 AM

      YAY you're back!!! :)))

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      1. June 27th, 2012 10:46 AM

        Thank you! :3

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    1. Wasps
      June 27th, 2012 06:06 PM

      Yay, it's back. 8D

      Also, I'm glad to hear things in your life have been going well. ^^ Better to go on hiatus because life is good and busy rather then stressful and suckish.

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      1. June 28th, 2012 01:24 AM

        Well, I have to admit the hiatus started because things were kind of suckish (lol, that word) but it totally went long because thing were going well. :P

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    1. Caro
      June 27th, 2012 08:57 PM

      So excited for the new page! And the page doesn't look rusty at all, I think you're doing great.

      Love the color palate on this page as always. You pick such pretty ones to go together.

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      1. June 28th, 2012 01:29 AM

        If you can't see the flaws I'm certainly not going to point them out. XD

        I think my color combos got a lot stronger as soon as I let go of my unfair bias against "girly" pinks. From there I was able to let go of other biases and really open up my palette. *sigh* I love color. I wanna talk about it all daaaaay.

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        1. Caro
          June 28th, 2012 06:00 PM

          I really like what you do the with corals and oranges the most. Like in the last two panels. Someday I hope you make huge large pages of sunsets and stuff. * W*

          Once you have time and all that though. I know you're pressed for it.

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    1. Anderson
      June 28th, 2012 05:31 AM

      I came across SSG a couple of months ago, did an archive binge, and I've been checking in every so often, just in case.
      It's definitely been worth the wait. I'll look forward to future updates, however often they may arrive.

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      1. June 28th, 2012 10:52 AM

        Thank you so much, Anderson! I'm so happy you enjoyed this comic enough to keep checking back. A lot of online comics sort of fade away and this one looked like it might also.

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    1. June 28th, 2012 02:45 PM

      Hey, look! It's back!

      I started reading this comic during the hiatus, and wasn't sure I'd EVER see another update. I'm glad to see I was wrong!

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      1. June 29th, 2012 01:38 AM

        I'm glad you didn't give up on checking every once in a while. :)

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    1. Fijiman
      June 28th, 2012 08:00 PM

      Glad to see you're at least trying to get organized. Also glad to see that you were able to get a page finished and up on the site. Hope you're able to get more done as time progresses. :)

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      1. June 29th, 2012 02:12 AM

        Thank you, Fijiman. It was really satisfying to finally finish a page. I also hope I get better at being productive.

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    1. Michael
      June 29th, 2012 04:27 AM

      Well slap me with a tuna and call me silly, ITS BACK! I'm real glad to see this comic, and you, back in the world, and here I was fearing you went and forgot about us! But... errmmm... please don't actually slap me with a tuna, those suckers can get REALLY big.

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      1. June 29th, 2012 11:13 AM

        What about this catfish...

        Haha, thank you, Michael. I can reassure you that I never once forgot about my comic and its audience. You guys were like a looming storm cloud of guilt, always in the back of my mind. :P

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    1. June 29th, 2012 01:38 PM

      HOLY FLIPPING CRAP! There's a new comic! First Underling, then Tears of the Dragon, now Sweet and Sour Grapes...

      Who's next? Inscribing Ardi? Abmiram? Space Cowgirl?

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      1. June 30th, 2012 01:43 AM

        Yay for updates!

        Maybe the summer is a good time for for breaking hiatuses? Students get a break and the nice weather puts people in a good mood at least.

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    1. June 29th, 2012 05:08 PM

      8DDDDD

      AAAAAAAH!!! A PAGE, A PAGE, A PAGE!! I'm three days late getting to it, too! >_< I haven't been checking my RSS lately... WOOPS! I am missing all the good stuff D:

      So glad to hear things are smoothing out for you! As for me, lately I've been feeling like I've been sloshing around. Bleh! College preparations are so lame.

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      1. June 30th, 2012 01:58 AM

        Haha, you're not the late one. I am! I took forever getting this page finished.

        College prep is tedious but going to college is awesome. You have a lot to look forward to. :D

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    1. July 13th, 2012 01:31 PM

      Fire!
      Water!
      Stew!
      By your powers combined...

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      1. July 19th, 2012 12:32 AM

        Haha, I was totally thinking about that show while drawing those three panels.

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    1. Rue
      July 14th, 2012 02:40 PM

      Oh my gosh, the comic finally updated!

      Oh by the way, Happy Birthday!

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      1. July 19th, 2012 01:10 AM

        Yay for updates! And thank you for the birthday wishes. :D I was out of town visiting family and had a great time catching up with everyone.

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    1. SOUPernOOb
      July 21st, 2012 01:42 AM

      *checks site on the whimmiest of whims* 0.0 Hey! HEY! You're alive! *looks in the comments section* Your audience is alive! *checks pulse* I'M ALIVE! Truly, life is good. Good to hear that you're kinda/sorta/inaway/Idon'tknow/maybe starting to figure this life-juggling thing out. I have trouble with that and I don't even have a job yet. Though maybe that's just 'cause I'm lazy. Great to see ya back, though. :)

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      1. August 1st, 2012 10:38 PM

        Thank you, SOUP! It's great to be alive. I may be going three steps forward, two steps back, but I'm still stepping'. XD

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    1. Kasai Zyth
      July 23rd, 2012 03:16 PM

      Hi there! I know you're already on it and you're busy, BUT I gonna bug you anyway. Get your next page up! I only care 'cause it's so good!

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    1. Kasai Zyth
      July 24th, 2012 05:40 PM

      Hello! It's me again, telling you to update your comic, which I'm gonna keep doing until you finally do. Just think of me as your ever persistant conscience.

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    1. Kasai Zyth
      July 27th, 2012 03:39 AM

      Hello! You didn't think I had forgotten about you did you? Update your page!

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      1. Fijiman
        July 27th, 2012 12:16 PM

        She working on it! yeesh

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    1. Kasai Zyth
      July 27th, 2012 05:52 PM

      Yes, I know I'm being a nag, but I figure who couldn't use the extra motivation? So post a new page!

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      1. August 1st, 2012 10:47 PM

        You're going to keep me on my toes, I see. XD

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    1. Anonym
      July 30th, 2012 04:55 PM

      Hi! I've alomst never commented on this comic, but since its been quite a few months since I had the thrill of seeing a new page on this comic, I decided to try it. I'm really happy that your life has gotten better and that I will now not have to imagine what's gonna happen since its been keeping me up at night sometimes. I love your drawing style and the story has created a new theory of how the world may end.(Thats a good thing BTW) I hope you will continue making this awesome comic since it was once one of my many favourites and will probably be at the top again soon.
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      1. August 2nd, 2012 01:41 AM

        Thank you so much for writing! I'm glad you enjoy reading my comic though I feel a bit bad that it's kept you up at night before. I know my updates are painfully slow. Please continue to check back once in a while. I want to keep telling you about the Tashoni~ :D

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    1. Kasai Zyth
      August 31st, 2012 05:00 PM

      I'm still checking the comic every week or so. I'm not giving up on this.

      But please don't let it die... please...

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      1. November 13th, 2012 07:14 PM

        Thank you, Kasai, for not giving up. I'm trying to not give up also!

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    1. Heather
      September 3rd, 2012 02:41 PM

      Sis, it's time to draw more comics!!!! :-)

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      1. November 13th, 2012 07:15 PM

        It's long past time to draw more... >.<

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    1. Fijiman
      September 15th, 2012 08:55 PM

      Just making sure you're not dead.

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      1. Fijiman
        October 1st, 2012 12:53 PM

        Still making sure you're not dead.

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        1. Michael
          October 16th, 2012 05:23 PM

          I don't know man... may be dead this time...

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          1. November 13th, 2012 07:20 PM

            I'm not dead! T^T

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    1. Ted
      October 24th, 2012 03:33 PM

      What's the word on the comic now? Still don't have enough free time really work on it? Have you gotten some scripting done?

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      1. Fijiman
        October 26th, 2012 10:53 PM

        Yeah, an update of some kind would be nice. Even if it only say: I'm not dead.

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        1. November 13th, 2012 07:19 PM

          I'm not dead! QQ

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    1. Meh.Aloe
      November 4th, 2012 05:32 PM

      Ah, I just discovered this comic! I am sad that it is on hiatus, because it is pretty and very fun, but I am glad that artist's life is seems to be coming together and look forward to day when comic can be regular part of it once again. :)

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      1. November 13th, 2012 07:24 PM

        Sorry I was slow to notice your comment, Meh.Aloe!

        I appreciate your well wishes and am glad you enjoyed what little of the story I've made and I hope you'll be able to read the rest one day.. Thank you for checking out my humble site. <3

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    1. wanping
      November 12th, 2012 03:29 AM

      Still crossing my fingers for this comic to get back on track... :(

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      1. Fijiman
        November 12th, 2012 10:06 PM

        Same here.

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        1. November 13th, 2012 07:28 PM

          Same here!

          I determined to get back to SSGrapes one day, I'm just not sure when. :/

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          1. Fijiman
            November 14th, 2012 11:00 AM

            Glad to see that you're at least want to get the comic back up and running again.

            And that you're not dead.

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    1. Zelda Reine
      December 8th, 2012 09:34 PM

      You know what would be a great Christmas present? An update :) It would be a great chance to get back into the swing of things and make updates once a week or once every two weeks or something.

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      1. December 9th, 2012 01:58 PM

        I can't disagree with that. A new update would be great. I don't think I can handle it by Christmas but plans are being made. >:x

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    1. Fijiman
      December 28th, 2012 03:16 AM

      Hope everyone had a good Christmas or what ever you may celebrate and that everyone has a happy new year.

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      1. Fijiman
        January 25th, 2013 01:07 PM

        Are you dead again?

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    1. Kale
      January 27th, 2013 09:48 PM

      I miss you! I miss this! Come back!

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    1. Miamistax
      February 21st, 2013 04:29 PM

      Still checking in. Still optimistic. Please come back. Maybe once a month? Even if just one panel at a time? Your art style is delightful.

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      1. Fijiman
        March 1st, 2013 08:36 PM

        Or even just an update saying what's been going on would be nice.

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    1. March 16th, 2013 04:35 AM

      Diana,
      it's been awhile since I've viewed SS grapes. glad to see things are going strong (for your creativity and personal health). Keep up the good work. I'm amazed at your advancement of color, shadows and character development. Your work continues to inspire my own creative pursuits. Will SS Grapes ever have an RPG gaming app? Or motion comic for ipad?

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    1. Ranter
      April 4th, 2013 04:56 PM

      This comic is a thing that is missing from my life. It was one of the few ones that were actually good? If the time is right please return to us as quickly as possible.

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    1. Ted
      April 10th, 2013 05:10 PM

      What's the 2013 status of this comic? Is another page on the horizon or has your schedule cleared up any?

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    1. Miri
      May 8th, 2013 03:17 AM

      Hey there... I'm with everyone else. I'm just hoping you haven't gone and had a heart attack on us... I hope this comic finishes someday, it's incredibly awesome and.. please don't let it die.

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    1. Heather
      May 10th, 2013 05:51 PM

      Sis, I want a SSGrapes sketch or an update posted for my birthday, pretty please! :-D

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      1. Fijiman
        May 20th, 2013 11:42 AM

        Yes Diana, do it for your sister. Please?

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    1. Ted
      May 29th, 2013 05:11 AM

      You may not be dead but it's like the comic is. Is it time to bury my bookmark or just put it on life support? It really all comes down to "do I want to finish this comic? Am I ever going to want to work on it again." Honestly ask yourself this kind of question and please get back to us with the answer.

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      1. Ranter
        June 5th, 2013 02:23 AM

        For real. You've got a lot of loyal fans who are willing to support you if you want to continue, and you're likely to gain more if you do, but if you aren't going to do anything else with this, then don't string them along.

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        1. June 5th, 2013 11:15 AM

          I haven't died yet but am definitely still getting my act together. To be honest I'm scared to give a date when this comic will start up again because I don't want to fail you all.

          SSG will continue but in the meantime I apologize from the bottom of my heart for the silence.

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          1. Fijiman
            June 14th, 2013 11:44 AM

            Then don't give a date. Just post it when it's done. Just make sure to keep us updated so that we don't assume that you're dead again.

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    1. Tim
      July 23rd, 2013 06:40 AM

      I recently found this comic and burned through the archives. And now I get a mini hiatus. Blarg. I can appreciate a delay but still.... Blarg.

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      1. July 25th, 2013 02:00 AM

        Thank you for checking out my archives, Tim. I'm truly sorry that I don't have more to share. If you use RSS, Twitter, or Facebook, I plan on posting around the social medias when this comic starts up again.

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        1. Miamistax
          November 24th, 2013 03:34 PM

          Even when you have no new images for us, it's still much appreciated when you just post a comment. Life has a habit of keeping us from doing what we want, and there's no need to be sorry about that. So, thanks for looking back in on us fans and posting a comment to reassure us. Maybe you can throw a quick and dirty pencil sketch at us now and then if the labor of love of S&SG takes too much time to write and draw.

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    1. Zelda Reine
      August 4th, 2013 06:13 PM

      Just checking back in and letting you know it's been over a year since you last posted in SSgrapes. I hope you've been able to whip your life back in shape and start drawing again; even if they're not perfect, some advancement in the story would be a nice treat, and you could set up a new posting schedule (once a week, a once a month blitz), but we'd like to see something soon.

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    1. Zorro362
      September 3rd, 2013 07:39 PM

      I first found this comic back in 2010, and it insatnatly became a favorite of mine, sadly my computer died the next day and I lost my bookmarked sites, and by the time i got it fixed i could not remember the name of the comic, I have spent the last 3 years trying to find it again even as my memory started to fade, till i began to wonder if i had just dreamed your comic! then just a little while ago i just found a tiny butten linking back here!
      Anyway just wanted to say that now that I have found your comic again I will will be waiting patiently till you can make more, I have waited this long, a bit more wont be so bad

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    1. zorro362
      September 3rd, 2013 07:50 PM

      I found this comic several years ago and loved it, sadely i lost my book marks when my computer died the next day, by the time I got it fixed i had forgotten the name of the comic, i have often searched countless thousands of links over the last few years trying tio find it again, and finally found it about an hour ago.
      now that i have found it again I will be here when you are able to post comics again, I have already waited over 3 years to read your comic again, a little longer won't be a big deal!

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    1. Ranter
      November 7th, 2013 01:16 AM

      looking at this comic makes me real sad.

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    1. HerMeowjesty
      November 11th, 2013 06:17 AM

      Please, we're all very sad that ssGrapes hasn't had an update in a long time. Even one page would add a thrilling spark to my day.

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    1. Ranter
      November 11th, 2013 08:44 PM

      Such well written characters, such an original world... what a waste.

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    1. ME
      December 16th, 2013 05:49 PM

      PLEASE UPDATE!

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