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Considering They’re Mostly More Than A Page In Size, A Pretty Significant Achievement

Case in point, today’s update of Order of the Stick, #1000 in a series of 1000 (so far), is four pages worth of comic. It’s hard to say how long I’ve been reading OotS (I came in somewhere around #197, the infamous evilgasm strip) since Rich Burlew numbers, but does not date, the strips in his archive. Eight years, maybe?

What with the interruptions due to health concerns, drawing-hand injuries, and fulfilling an unreasonably large Kickstarter, it still seems that Burlew manages about 100 strips on average a year (in fits and starts, but let’s play averages for now), or somewhere between 200 and 500 increasingly-complex¹ comics pages per year and that’s nothing to sneeze at.

Not to mention the fact that he’s managed to have an overriding narrative, an overriding metanarrative, and however many major plotlines (I lost count somewhere around 15) weaving in and around each other, with a literal cast of hundreds of supporting players (my favorites: the Katos, followed by The Oracle, and Bloodfeast the Extreme-inator) interacting on one level for those who are up on the various D&D rules editions while still being meaningful for those of us who are not.

So well done, Rich Burlew, thanks for the last 1000 strips, and if you perpetuate the cliffhanger you left us on by shifting strip #1001 to some other plot thread, you’re dead to me.

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¹ Not to mention sophisticated. Yeah, it’s stick figures, but that design decision doesn’t invalidate the fact that Burlew does a lot with lighting, perspective, and especially environment.

There will be great wailing and gnashing of teeth if we don’t get to see in #1001, for example, why Hel was smiling at Roy’s attack.

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