Original Release Date: May 27, 2008
Not-so-great dialogue here, but I love the "very secret base" sign on the fence of a base that's enormous and clearly not very secret.
One unintentional parallel in the three volumes of Mike and the Ninja is that in each book, Stu tells a story about either his past or about the history of ninjas, and we get a few pages of flashback out of it. It wasn't pre-planned for Stu to tell a story in each book, or even for Stu to tell stories, at all--things always worked out that way, though. This first one is my favorite of the three. I think it best conveys a serious and historically significant situation in an absurd, comedic way.
Well, it only took two and a half months and seemingly endless trial and error, but I finally got all of the automated processes on this website up and running. From now on, the comic should update automatically on weekdays. Hooray! It took forever, but I built it myself and it works (at least as far as I can tell), so all the headaches that went into it are now officially worth it. However, let me know if you encounter any bugs. The code works, but I know it's not perfect.
One caveat, however. If you're reading daily, the comic skipped ahead one page, so you'll have to go back one day to catch the page that got skipped over. When I assembled the database, I put in all the dates the comic is supposed to update automatically. However, when I was having to update the site manually every day, I missed one day a couple of weeks ago when life got super busy, so there is a 1-day difference in the manual updates and the automatic updates, which is why a page got skipped. Sorry about the mess.
That's all for now! I just needed to take a minute to gloat about my victory. But now, it is very late, and I must go to sleep. Take care, and thanks for reading!