The Sluggy Freelance Tenth Anniversary Celebratory Montage
thought you might want to know that some Defenders of the Nifty are out here defending other things as well. I donít know if you are interested or not by I have named by HMMVE (Hummer) after the Bloody Bun.
Thanks for producing such a quality comic for so many years. I first got turned on to Sluggy after reading John Ringoís book and have not looked back. I am slowly winning you more fans also as I explain to everyone who asks about the Bloody Bun.
Keep up the good work.
On February 26, 2002, David L. Watkins wrote:
PETE ADDS: You TOTALLY were!
I am the average sluggite.
I discovered the niftyness that is Sluggy in 2001, during the Spring Break storyline.
After going through your archives in a matter of days, I thought for sure it couldn't get any better... but it did. Constantly and consistantly. Every new story is better than the last. And it's very satisfying. Extremely so. I've been reading daily ever since.
As an author and a huge fan of webcomics, I owe a great debt of gratitude to Sluggy Freelance and its creator Pete Abrams.
Sluggy enables me to jump into its vast (and growing)universe for a few minutes a day: just long enough to get my dose of epic and funny before I go about my work. Each new strip makes the Sluggyverse a bit bigger and a bit more interesting. Pete, your work is very important. Not everyone can sit and read everyday. Can you imagine reading one page a day in a Tolkien book or a Harry Potter book for years and years? The story would be extremely hard to follow. Yet on Sluggy Freelance, that's what we get to do - and the plot never gets too convoluted. It never takes too long to know where you're going, and your character development is nothing short of breathtaking.
Sir, you are an inspiration. Thank you. Sluggy can celebrate a very proud 10 years, since they are years of hard work, integrity and quality storytelling.
|In response to the recent news that it will soon be the
10th anniversary of Sluggy Freelance, I decided I would share my first
experience with your web comic. Prior to this, I had little to know
experience with web comics except for such gamer-oriented things like
Penny-arcade and VGcats. Both are
entertaining comics in their own way. Then, last year, a friend of mine in
the dorm I was staying in introduced me to Sluggy. At first, I was marginally
entertained. In was fun, simple, and comically interesting. Then I began
getting into it. I don't believe I've ever been so engrossed in a story. The
previous eight years of comics were read in three days. Every comic, every
filler, and every plot point were thoroughly added to my personal favorites of
stories. Since then, I have been a daily viewer; regularly making a point to
check the post after midnight before bed. I have no words for how much I
appreciate a story of this magnitude. As an Creative Writing major at my
university, I like to think that I'm able to appreciate such things. And your
work is brilliant. Simple obscurities that play a minuscule part of Sluggy
still take hold. That is something that is indefinably hard to do. I
congratulate you. I hope that the next ten years (if your story is meant to
last that long) are just a brilliant. Happy Birthday.
Remember the symphony-type tribute to Oceans Unmoving I sent you a few months ago? Well, I've polished it up a bit, and this version doesn't go snap-crackle pop when you play it.
Also, I drew Bun-bun in my style:
Congratulations and happy Tenth of Anniversary!
Sincerely, Cameron Nielsen
I must have started reading Sluggy around the Slug files back in the day (word g!) and I can't say how much this comic means to me personally. Most of my adult life I've spent reading Sluggy, in fact it feels like yesterday spending a whole afternoon/evening just catching up to current when I first started reading. I've watched your artwork progress exponentially and have become emotionally involved within the characters through all the my favorite storylines (Fire and Rain was great btw!). I remember reading the storyline for That Which Redeems and at the point of alternate Zoe's death, a surge of raw pain and emotion welled within me (yes I cried). Torg has become my hero over the years. My father and I constantly exchange terrible puns as sort of a ritual badgering and you have definitely given me an edge (thanks Pete!). The good-natured yet constantly tested nature of Torg shows that despite incredible odds and pain, he can still either look past (or bury) his pain and suffering to provide his friends with a cheery smile. Especially in this new chapter with Aylee, Torg has been given a difficult choice whether to abandon his friend or to leave her to her fate. I'm practically drooling for more storyline! It never seems to be enough. Torg also serves as a guideline even for myself, in a way. To always present a positive outlook within unnatural and insane situations takes great patience and discipline, an aspect of Torg not normally associated to him (perhaps on purpose?). It is my belief that an artist can only present to the world that within and around himself/herself, so in essence, I imagine you must be (personality-wise) a mix of all the your portrayed characters. You must have some nuttiness within you since your world is a crotch =). I also think you have some darkness within you, which serves only to contrast the light you brightly shine to others around you. Anyway, I'll stop here since pouring my feelings out to an email that possibly will never reach you is not as touching as one would think.
Thanks for being nifty Pete, I really appreciate it,
|Sluggy-induced lower GPA:
I had to take an "introduction to networking" class a few semesters ago that was incredibly boring, but also parked me in front of a computer for the whole class. Since I had been without Sluggy for a while, I decided to catch up in class one day.
I got up to the iPodling arc and every comic in it made me laugh, even though I was trying my hardest to be quiet. The result was my professor thinking I was coughing and several times he asked if I was okay. When I got up to the point where it plays the Macarena, I actually had to hold my sides to keep from snorting out loud.
The professor came to check on me so I had to quickly close the window, he thought I was having stomach cramps and dismissed me to the Student Health Center. Still giggly over the whole story arc, I went to the library and caught up the rest of the way.
Rather than dropping my GPA Sluggy actually helped me get into, and subsequently through Medicine.
Somewhere in the halfway point of Sluggy's life to this point I had to sit this massive 8 hour long exam, followed by a panel interview to get into Medicine. Sluggy was the only thing that kept me sane. I can clearly remember the night before it all started, when I was stressed out of my mind, I sat down with my old desktop computer and Sluggy and made my way through the archives. Ahh... the relief... the incredible relief!
My mother who'd travelled down to support me through this trial wondered at the sudden merriment and bursting with concern rushed into my room. She ended up spending the next hour or so reading over my shoulder and chuckling away.
With the relaxed, and therefore confident, outlook I made it through with flying colours. I'm now a practising doctor on the glorious Gold Coast.
Thank you Sluggy - you're the secret of my success!
|About a year ago I showed my daughter a Sluggy strip that particularly amused
me one day. It was a strip with Kiki and knowing how much my daughter likes
ferrets, I thought she would be amused also.
"What's this?" She asked me.
"It's a comic strip I found not too long ago. It's pretty funny. Took me forever to catch up on it, too."
"There's a lot of them? This guy hasn't just dropped the strip?"
"Yes, there's a lot. Years and years worth and so far he looks like he's still going strong."
She bent over to look at the strip I had wanted to show her and she smiled. She pulled my lap top around to face her and asked if she could look at a few more strips. Always eager to share my happy finds I said, "Sure."
I didn't get my lap top back for hours. She is now a dedicated daily reader, too.
|The year was 2006, during the annual Balticon convention. There were five of
us in the hotel room, all enjoying our own pizzas (555 deal ftw), and of
course, playing Get Nifty. Somewhere, somehow, the game got a little out of
hand, and a few house rules were developed all involving a card we had given
the name of Tyrone. << I'm not sure which card it is, as the one who actually
owns the game was unable to make the Balticon this year* and my memory of the
card is vague, but it eventually ended up that once it was played, the game
Because of this night, the game has held a very special place in our hearts, and we will forever be associating it with the con. >> Whenever someone gets bored now, the first thing out of our mouths tends to be "So...do you want to go back to the room and Get Nifty?", causing anyone who was there to grin at the memory.
Dunno if one focused on Get Nifty counts for the stories you're looking for, but I couldn't help submitting it just in case. Happy 10th Anniversary!
*Due to the lack of this person, we scoured the Dealer's Room this year for a worthy replacement...and sadly, came up empty handed. The Niftiness will be continuing next year, however.
|Way back in the year 2000, I was living more of my life on the internet than
in the real world.
That summer, as I hovered between highschool and college, I barely left my room, spending hours upon hours (upon hours) glued to my computer, chatting and messaging, gaming and... gaming.
And this was before I'd even discovered webcomics.
Sluggy was my first webcomic, introduced by a very nice internet person I met through my online roleplaying. I came in during the KITTEN storyline, and read the entire archives up to that point in one evening.
Flash forward to early 2001. I'm active in my college's geek club, running honest-to-god tabletop games and getting appointed vice-president for the following year. More importantly, I have a girlfriend, who I gave (as a very, very late birthday present) the old poinging Kiki shirt.
I'm now engaged to that young lady, and working on my master's degree, and still running tabletop games, and still reading Sluggy.
Not really a very well-constructed message, but I figured I'd toss my appreciation on the pile of praise which fuels the furnace of your ego.