[1273] A Message Of Hope

[1273] A Message Of Hope

This is literally what happened.

Reading all these reports, I have to say that all these aliens really don’t behave like you’d expect super intelligent beings to behave like. It makes you wonder how they got these amazing vessels that can do unbelievable maneuvers. Is there a fundamental flaw in the way humans experience the world that makes us miss something rather obvious about the true nature of the universe?

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Amazing success of our Kickstarter campaign!

Our Kickstarter campaign for the Gaia anthology has surpassed 50,000€ today! It’s currently the most popular comics-related campaign on all of Kickstarter: [1], [2]!

To celebrate the success, I plan to further increase the quality of The Complete Gaia hardcovers by chosing the following printing options: a round spine, an endband, and a bookmark. See the following news post on Kickstarter for details.

Preview of the Kickstarter campaign for The Complete Gaia

The page for the Kickstarter campaign for The Complete Gaia is now almost done. Click on the link to see a preview of it. I plan to launch the campaign in one or two weeks.

Apart from the anthology that collects all 950 comic pages, there will also be a supplementary book which contains a making-of and Gaia related artwork by other artists.

I still need to shoot a short introduction video for the campaign. But most importantly, I’m currently waiting for info about shipping costs from my distributor.

As you can see, the Sandra and Woo books will be made available for purchase again too.

Some info about Yuna’s game of chess

Yuna’s game against Logan Hunter is based on a game between the chess engines Deep Mind Alpha Zero against Stockfish. It was also called an “Immortal Zugzwang Game” by popular chess commentator agadmator. You can watch the game on agadmator’s YouTube channel.

The position on the board before Yuna blundered her queen in strip [1254] Yuna’s Immortal Zugzwang Game III happened in that game and is as follows:

I then played a couple of dubious, but not completely outlandish, moves to arrive at the following stalemate position in strip [1255] Yuna’s Immortal Stalemate Game I:

Character occurrence frequency 2008 to 2020

Here are two diagrams that show how often the main and supporting characters of Sandra and Woo appeared in each year. Note that there were only 20 strips in 2008.

You can click on the images for larger versions.

Main characters occurrence frequency 2008 to 2020

Supporting characters occurrence frequency 2008 to 2020

Here is the total number of occurrences:

  1. Sandra: 655 (52% of all strips)
  2. Woo: 436 (35%)
  3. Larisa: 392 (31%)
  4. Cloud: 260 (21%)
  5. Richard: 152 (12%)
  6. Ye Thuza: 112 (9%)
  7. Yuna: 91 (7%)
  8. Lily: 87 (7%)
  9. Zoey: 87 (7%)
  10. Sid: 66 (5%)
  11. Landon: 56 (4%)
  12. Luna: 53 (4%)
  13. Shadow: 53 (4%)

Notable characters who have not appeared in at least 50 strips yet are:

  • Butterfly: 38
  • Woo’s kits: 33 at most
  • The Devil: 32
  • Hitomi: 31
  • Michelle: 28
  • Ruth: 24
  • Seeoahtlahmakaskay: 24
  • Taylor: 19

Number of new strips per year:

  • 2008: 20
  • 2009: 105
  • 2010: 107
  • 2011: 106
  • 2012: 104
  • 2013: 100
  • 2014: 104
  • 2015: 105 (incl. 1 illustration)
  • 2016: 115 (incl. 17 MSPA inspired illustrations)
  • 2017: 105
  • 2018: 96 (incl. strip #1031 with seven rows)
  • 2019: 97 (incl. 2 illustrations)
  • 2020: 95 (incl. 2 illustrations)
  • Total: 1259

The Zodiac 340 has been solved!

The Zodiac 340, the second-most famous unsolved encrypted message after the Voynich Manuscript, has been deciphered by code breakers David Oranchak (USA), Sam Blake (Australia) and Jarl Van Eycke (Belgium)!