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May 29th, 2010, 11:40 am

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Vye Brante, May 28th, 2010, 4:03 am

One page left. Just one page left of this flashback. We're almost there. This is Mewthree and Hillaree's conversation right before what we saw in Gotta Past. The connection into that part of the conversation will be on the next page.

Kinda an empty page. But ah well. I don't like the size of Hillaree compared to Mewthree in that last panel. Just off. I hate drawing hands. Still. Just keeping you updated. In case you were wondering if I was over my hatred of hands . . . I'm not.

So I made a discovery recently. Just Gotta (as of posting this, it may change as it often does,) has 417 fans. Compared to some other comics out there, that's not really a lot. Nothing to be ashamed of, of course, but I will admit at times it was a tad frustrating. It seems that in order to get hundreds of fans, all you have to do is put "Yaoi" on the banner, and boom! 100 fans without even putting up a comic.

Serioiusly. I've seen comics like that.

I've been craving new comics to read recently, so I was browsing Smack Jeeves. I was looking through "The Most Popular" listing. In case you weren't aware, up until some months ago, Most Popular originally was only counting how many people had it to their favorites. The fan count, essentially. But now it's set to base popularity on things like page views and visitors or such. So even when you don't have a Smack Jeeves account, when you click on a comic page, that puts in a page view that will help with the comic's popularity.

So while browsing this list, I was surprised to find Just Gotta on Page 5! Each page has 12 comics on it. So Just Gotta was well within the top 100 most popular comics on Smack Jeeves. There are over 27,000 comics online, so that's pretty cool if you ask me! Just Gotta was even listed higher than comics with twice the fans, so . . . that made me really happy to see!

To everyone out there with or without a Smack Jeeves account and reads my comic, thank you. I know it's not the greatest out there. Flaws gallore and I will be the first one to tell you that. Still, you guys make doing this even more fun and I hope that I can keep improving for you. And I know we went through a rough patch recently. I think I didn't explain myself very well, but know that I wasn't really mad at you guys for the comments concerning Hillaree. I was just caught off guard and maybe a bit frustrated. I knew I was being a bit sensitive, but didn't much care. I hope I didn't offend anyone. I think I was mostly just upset that you guys didn't seem to like it as much as I did. But I'm over it. I hope you are too.

By the way, Just Gotta's actual placement on the list goes up and down. It was on Page 5 when I made the discovery, and then I wasn't able to update for a bit so it dropped drastically, and now it's back up to Page 5 again. So just depends on the day where it is. Still happy to see it so high though.

I will actually be out of town again when this page goes up. Without Internet for sure this time. So enjoy the page. If you can. Nothing special, I will say. So yeah. I'll see you guys later. I'll be back sometime in the evening, I think. Visit the forums!

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User's Comments:

Lockman, May 29th, 2010, 11:55 am

regarding your "how to get 100 fans" comment: So true! So true!

Crusty_Kris, May 29th, 2010, 12:10 pm

typo in the last panel
"I don't what I did."
I think theres supposed to be a "know" between don't and what

and congrats on being top 100, though i would expect no less from your work.

spudwalt (Guest), May 29th, 2010, 12:59 pm

Being able to randomly blow up trucks would be kind of a nerve-wracking power to have, especially if you didn't know how you managed it.

Keep in mind that Just Gotta has 417 *official* fans. There's probably plenty of people like me who read the comic but don't have a SmackJeeves account. Heck, lots of them probably don't even comment as often as I do. Still, it's nice to know that all the people like me help contribute to your comic's popularity now.

So, keep up the good work! You can be sure that I'll keep reading, too.

the being, May 29th, 2010, 4:14 pm

Woooo!
Top 100?! Congrats! x3

grr8008, May 29th, 2010, 4:35 pm

Well, I'm still reading! And I was looking back at some of your old pages. You have improved so drastically! I mean, it is like you aren't the same person! Wait...Vye, who did you switch bodies with? Either way, you are doing a great job. I just made some chocolate cake...any fans of Just Gotta want some?

Djoing, May 29th, 2010, 5:19 pm

I'm guessing the flashback will end in one or two pages.

Or three.

Caitsith9001, May 29th, 2010, 7:19 pm

Woot, awesome. We always like hearing good news.

Rocket0634, May 29th, 2010, 9:53 pm

Heh, the long post thing from Vye can never go away. Long posts are epic! It's also awesome that this comic is on page 5 of that favorites thingy! This is a cool story, so even though the artwork isn't that great, the story is really interesting, and you put in a lot to try to make frequent updates. I don't know many who actually do updates daily or more than once a week. When I first started reading this, I thought you were insane. Anyways, the reason why this comic has so many clicks is because of how interesting the story is, and how many pages you actually have. A story with like 610 pages is bound to be an epic story. So when people notice that, they think it's just that popular.

I think...

PS: Saying your artwork isn't 'great' just isn't right of me really, since you actually draw better than I do. Don't take that offensively, although I don't think you would anyway.

Christo556, May 30th, 2010, 2:26 am

*Christo556's head is no longer stunned* OMG, WHAT DI-... wait a minute *tries to move the arms* -.-... i can move my head, but not the rest of my body... THIS S*cencored*KS! hm, does anyone have a cheri berry? because, i could sure use one right now ^^;

Salimus, May 30th, 2010, 7:33 pm

I bet that scared her for life... :<

Vye Brante, May 31st, 2010, 12:51 am

Lockman: Yes, sadly it is . . . You'd think they'd wait for actual content but seems that's not important.

Crusty_Kris: Whoops. I seem to be making a lot of typos lately. I fixed it. Thanks for pointing it out.

And thanks. I was actually quite surprised. Happy, but surprised.

spudwalt: Yep. She would have expected it if she had done it on purpose, I suppose. Heh.

And yeah, I know the 417 is just an official Smack Jeeves count, and there are lots of other readers. I guess I just don't realize how many because not many of my readers comment that often. I have the usuals and the occasionals. But there are a lot of readers that never say a word so I don't know they are there. But I'm glad they still get counted for popularity and whatnot.

I'm glad you're enjoying it and will be sticking around!

SilverLunarwing: Yeah, I don't know why they are so popular. Well, okay, I guess I can see why, but it's just so weird how dominating they are. It's hard to sift through them to find the good comics sometimes!

Just most of them seem to be mostly about getting the two main characters together as fast as possible, even if it doesn't make sense. They skip story and plot in order to just get two guys or two girls to make out A.S.A.P. Sometimes within the first few pages. Can't they get to know each other first?

But I'll spare you the whole rant . . .

And thanks! I was quite surprised to see it there. Page 21? Aww . . . but I like your comic . . . Keep at it and I'm sure it'll go up! Even there though, that's pretty good seeing as how there are 289 pages of 'em now! So that's still pretty high, considering. So congrats to you too!

the being: Yep, thank you! I thought it was cool!

grr8008: Thank you for noticing! I know I'm far from perfect, but at least I'm better than I used to be. It's something to be proud of.

Heh, if I were to switch bodies in order to improve though, I'd pick someone far better than me. Like Neko or Lucky or Tyto Alba. Once I figure out how to steal talent, they're going down first! Mwahahaha!

Djoing: Yeah, that's why I said it'd be one more page, yep.

Caitsith9001: Good news is always a good thing. Heh.

Rocket0634: One of these days I will go completely crazy and post a comment three times longer than the page image! Mwahahahaha!

Updating frequently isn't a big deal for me 'cause I have no life other than work, and I'm not even really full time. Other people have school or whatever too. So I have a lot more free time than a lot of other comic artists out there. I'm lucky in that respect. (It does mean I'm a loser though 'cause I'm not doing anything with my life . . .)

610 pages is counting title pages, guest strips, abandoned concepts, and all that. Comic wise, including the extra chapter, I've only drawn like 490 or so. Still, at least I managed to somehow keep your interest over all these pages. Heh.

And I don't take it offensively. I know I'm not the best artist. I admit how bad I am. I have no problem with it.

Christo556: Ugh, the ONE berry I wasn't growing in my berry pots. I'll get one started for you! Maybe someone else can come to your rescue first.

Salimus: Yeah, it did in a sense.

grr8008, May 31st, 2010, 9:23 am

*Runs over to Christo and feeds him ten cheri berries, and a piece of chocolate cake.*

Dalek555, May 31st, 2010, 2:57 pm

Don't think 417 fans is a bad number. The most I have on 1 comic is 9, and all of the fans of all of my comics combined... 12.

Leafy Savanna Chan, May 31st, 2010, 4:28 pm

I am jealous. 417 fans? That's amazing! I've got like 9 or something, and only Christo comments (glad for it too~). I love your art and it really has improved a lot! And the story just continues to get better, as well as more intense. It's no wonder you're in the top 100. (That might have been how I found it...or maybe it had just updated? Whatever.)
Hey, just want to say...I think for the last few pages I might have been getting on your nerves and/or making you feel bad. If that's the case, I'm sorry. I've been feeling bad about it for a while but could never tell you. So, sorry. *hugs*

Christo556, June 1st, 2010, 9:09 am

Leafy Savanna Chan: i've also noticed that i'm the only one who comments your pages. wonder why the others don't...

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