Ask (And Tell) Pica!

**Messages are no longer being accepted in favor of a greater focus on art and storytelling. I'd like to give a big thanks to everyone who submitted messages for this comic in the past! The former leader of a small, disbanded rescue team, Pica the Pikachu devotes his efforts into making his world a better place, and he's looking for help from an important ally who's worlds apart: YOU! Simply push him in the right direction, and he'll do his best to follow. You can also message him directly and he'll provide real responses in the midst of what's happening in the comic. ----------------------------------- While this comic started life as an interactive sprite comic, it has more recently become a traditional comic with its own art style starting with Lost - Page 10. There were large gaps of time between Lost Pages 10, 11, and 12, with 11 and 12 being three whole years apart. The new style has been cemented since page 12, and the comic now updates more consistently. Also check out Wild ZUBAT Appeared, a bonus gag-based series (featuring ZUBAT) placed after the sprite comics but before Lost, which updates alongside the main comic!

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Welcome to Ask (And Tell) Pica!

**Messages are no longer being accepted in favor of a greater focus on art and storytelling. I'd like to give a big thanks to everyone who submitted messages for this comic in the past! The former leader of a small, disbanded rescue team, Pica the Pikachu devotes his efforts into making his world a better place, and he's looking for help from an important ally who's worlds apart: YOU! Simply push him in the right direction, and he'll do his best to follow. You can also message him directly and he'll provide real responses in the midst of what's happening in the comic. ----------------------------------- While this comic started life as an interactive sprite comic, it has more recently become a traditional comic with its own art style starting with Lost - Page 10. There were large gaps of time between Lost Pages 10, 11, and 12, with 11 and 12 being three whole years apart. The new style has been cemented since page 12, and the comic now updates more consistently. Also check out Wild ZUBAT Appeared, a bonus gag-based series (featuring ZUBAT) placed after the sprite comics but before Lost, which updates alongside the main comic!

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Wild ZUBAT Appeared!
The Good Ol' Days

News

I'm Back!

March 22nd, 2017, 2:31 pm

Hi, everyone!

I'd like to extend an apology for falling off the map for a while - if you've read the latest Zubat comic, I mentioned in the author's comment that I've had to look for a new apartment (for personal reasons) and that it's been taking up a lot of my time. I'm happy to say that I've finally found one I'm happy with, and I'm now all settled in my new home, so between classes I should finally have time to start drawing pages again. I felt terrible about not updating the comic, but everything should be okay now.

I should be able to resume work on the comic by this weekend. While you wait for the next page of Lost, the next update will be a new Zubat comic. Hopefully it can hold you over until it's done!

Small Updates

December 29th, 2016, 6:31 am

I'd first like to apologize for basically falling off the face of the earth for the past several weeks - the holidays were a pretty busy period for me since I had my final school projects and holiday-related obligations to take care of, which also included drawing artwork unrelated to the comic. The new website layout going live caught me by surprise, admittedly, so I'm using an existing picture related to Lost that I made as a stand-in for an actual cover for the comic. SmackJeeves really did need the facelift, though, so I'm glad it finally happened.

Work on the latest page of Lost is underway and it should be done before the new year. Can you believe this comic's almost ten years old?

QR Codes!

December 2nd, 2016, 7:14 pm

First I'd like to preface this by saying: "Pokémon Sun and Moon are awesome, you should definitely play them."

I'm not done talking about them yet! Pokémon Sun and Moon also have a new feature which allows them to scan QR codes and add pages to its Pokédex that way, so I've decided that I'm going to add QR codes to each new page of the comic, and also add them to existing pages, so in addition to seeing a new comic each week, you'll also get a QR code to scan for your Pokédex! There will also be little surprises if you scan them with your mobile device.

These QR codes aren't specifically made for Pokémon, so whatever the game reads them as will be random. I do wish I had a bit more control over which Pokémon's info you'll get, but hey, it's always fun to see what will appear next!

I'll be adding the QR codes starting with the next update. I'll upload two each week; one for the newest page, and one that I add retroactively to an older page.

Computer Problems Solved

November 17th, 2016, 10:07 pm

Good news, everyone! My computer is finally fully functional, and it has plenty of memory to work with (the new 1 TB hard drive's been installed, in addition to the older 250 GB hard drive now serving as extra space; it'd be a shame to just ditch the old one when it still works). With its faulty WD drive uninstalled, I think I'll finally be free of the BSoDs that have been plaguing it ever since I started using my computer. I never would have thought the drive I was relying on to hold everything was the cause of its problems, but then again, no one ever suspects the butler did it.

In addition to that, my sickness is almost completely gone now apart from some comparatively minor coughing, so I'm effectively back in business. Not only that, but the new page of Lost is just as I left it before, so although I lost the use of my WD drive, no progress on the comic has been lost. Remember what BaruAizu sez says, kids: always keep at least two backups of your work to avoid losing it, and I do mean that in more ways than one; Losing your work, and losing your cool when you find out you lost your hard work!

By the way...
Happy "Pokémon Sun and Moon's Release" Day!

Computer Issues, Sickness, and More

November 13th, 2016, 1:27 pm

Greetings from the distant land of... my phone! I say that because my computer's having some serious issues which are rendering it unusable right now. The BSoDs it sometimes gets are now the worst they've ever gotten, and it's now stuck in an endless loop of them once it starts up. That means this puts a limit to how much I can do for the comic.

Luckily, I can still work on pages at my school, so I'll just have to work on it there instead. But that's leading into another obstacle that has to do with me!

I've gotten an upper respritory infection that's giving me the worst cough I've ever had. Moving around, laughing, and even just speaking triggers it, and it naturally makes me very winded if it happens too much. I'm taking a medication to help it go away, so hopefully it'll work. I'm sure I'll be fine eventually, but that in addition to the computer issues is making it difficult to continue work on the comic at this time.

I take working on this comic very seriously, though, so I'll still soldier on with it. I wanted to have the next page of Lost up soon, but that won't be possible under the current circumstances. I can't even make a Zubat comic until Tuesday since that's when my next class is, so it's with a heavy heart that I have to tell you that as of right now I cannot update the comic as soon as I'd like to.

On the bright side, Pokémon Sun and Moon are going to come out soon! There's been a ton of changes, including smaller, fundamental changes to certain Pokémon that either makes them better or worse than they've been in the past, so it's safe to say that this pair of games will be quite different from its predecessors. The in-game battles will apparently also get far more challenging near the end of the game, using sets and EV spreads almost like a real competitive battler would use. I always thought regular non-battle-facility trainers were too easy to beat, so I'm looking forward to that.

To recap from before; uploading new pages will be difficult due to having computer issues, being sick is also complicating matters, and Pokémon Sun and Moon will ease the pain because they'll be awesome.

Cover Page

October 7th, 2016, 10:55 pm

In a few weeks\' time, Smack Jeeves is going to undergo a (much-needed and long overdue) website redesign. Judging from the single preview I\'ve seen so far, it will be mandatory for comics to have a cover page for them to appear in the website\'s search results, meaning that this comic will need to have a cover page of its own, as well. That means you can expect the comic to have not only a new cover page, but also a new comic logo to go with the page. If the banner isn\'t made obsolete by the cover page, I\'ll also make a new banner to better-reflect the comic in its current form.

I\'m also thinking of making the old sprite comics less prominent, due to their age and rather poor quality giving a vastly different impression of what the comic is doing now for people who click the \"start reading\" button. I couldn\'t get rid of them completely because they\'re important to the comic\'s history, but I also don\'t want people to think that they\'re a mandatory read since, looking back, a number of them are in poor taste. There\'s still a lot of the sprite comics I think hold up pretty well, but since the first ones are really, um, bad, I think it\'s discouraging people from checking out the later ones.

New Website Design

August 23rd, 2016, 5:47 pm

Today I\'ve switched to a new website design called Streamlined (by Falconer; it looks great, even on mobile devices!), which I\'m hoping will help make the comic\'s website look more modern, more attractive, more personalized, and also easier to navigate. While the most important parts of the website lent themselves to the design pretty well, other parts of the website (including the extra pages like Pica\'s Gallery) still need to be adapted to the new design. A lot of the new layout\'s resources are tucked firmly away in CSS files that I have no access to, which will entail figuring out methods of overriding them, so it will take some time until I can get the website as personalized as I\'d like it to be. Even replacing the placeholder header image with a new one took quite a bit of time to figure out!

My goal is to replace the generic background designs with original art while at the same time still respecting the comic\'s roots as a sprite-based comic.

Mobile-Friendlier

August 12th, 2016, 11:57 am

In addition to uploading new pages, I'm also going to take care of a few behind-the-scenes aspects of the comic's website to make it easier to navigate, and also easier on the eyes.

Currently I'm in the process of dividing the comic into panels for easier reading on mobile devices. I started with the very first strips to test how it works, but I'll continue the process with the Lost arc since I'm pretty sure that's what readers will be most interested in right now.

I also want to change the website's layout yet again, because I'm no longer happy with the current look of the website. I spend so much time making the comic pages look the best they possibly can, and I feel the website's look and feel is quite a turn-off in its current state. I'm not going to change it right away because I don't want the shift to be an abrupt one, so I'm announcing now that I'm going to be using a different design in the near future.

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