17th of December, 2018 (Monday)
17th of December, 2018 (Monday)
Opus the Poet
Prepare to get hit twice for laughing at Ash.
Opus the Poet
And glad to see the artist is "Not Dead Yet".
Dang Ash is quick to follow her word! Glad to see from you, Tober!
Poor Johnnie, but he did deserve it for something somewhere along the line. Glad to see you're doing alright, Tober
Hey, Ash's reliable! Welcome back, Tober.
20th of December, 2018 (Thursday)
I love how ash sticks to her word and the way she looks which is going for Charlie priceless, or what does older form go by hahah
21st of December, 2018 (Friday)
That hair pin doesn't seem to be pinning the hair too well.
24th of December, 2018 (Monday)
Well, hair accessories aren’t generally designed with slugfests in mind.
25th of December, 2018 (Tuesday)
Happy Christmas, Tober ^_^
Happy Christmas Tober. Hope you have a good one.
26th of December, 2018 (Wednesday)
Happy Boxing Day, Tober!
29th of December, 2018 (Saturday)
Hello. And Bye.
31st of December, 2018 (Monday)
Happy holidays and happy new year Tober! I hope you are well.
My condition has worsened, and unfortunately I am no longer able to make pages of Blood Splattered Socks.
If I am going to get better, it will probably take a long time. The comic is now on indefinite hiatus. I have no information on when it might resume.
Take the time you need to get well and listen to the doctors. We will be here when you return.
I wish you the best for the new year, Tober, and hope your condition will get better.
Thanks for all the hard work, I love this story as it is, even unfinished, particularly all the interaction between Charlie and Ash. I will read it again and again.
Please take all the time you need, you're a beautiful and generous person. Your comic helped me a lot when life was difficult for me.
Live every breath to the fullest Tober. None of us is promised another day, some just have a better idea when they may be getting short. Do what you need to do for you. We’ll be here to read them if it’s comics, we’ll be praying for your health and strength either way. God speed brother.
Tober, may this new year find you in good health and prosperity. Take all the time you need in getting better. Your comic has brightened my life. I may not know what your condition is, but I will keep you in my thoughts. I will read this so many more times than I already have in your absence. Blood Splattered Socks will always be dear to my heart. Please do get well soon, you wonderful and dearest heart.
1st of January, 2019 (Tuesday)
Wish you good health, wealth and happiness Tober. Emphasis on wishing you good health. Happy new year.
Look after yourself tober Merry belated Christmas Happy New Year bud oh crap yourself as I said before we will always return does see if it's back on all the best man
Rest up and take it easy. I think I speak for all of us when I say we'd rather you feel better than get new pages. Here's hoping 2019 brings you better things, mate.
2nd of January, 2019 (Wednesday)
Do what’s best for you Tober, and know that we’re all wishing you health and success in every aspect of your life. Your comic is a delight. Take care of yourself!
I wish you well, Tober. I've enjoyed the story immensely. I do hope there's a chance for it to continue. If not, I'll simply assume the whorls crossed again...
7th of January, 2019 (Monday)
@Tober Thinking of you. Be well. Ditto Tominalbany.
8th of January, 2019 (Tuesday)
I just noticed that his glasses are missing from panel two.
Anyhow, Happy New Year, all. And I hope Tober's recovery goes smoothly.
Hey. I sent a screenshot. Did you get it?
9th of January, 2019 (Wednesday)
We're thinking of you, Buddy.
11th of January, 2019 (Friday)
I've been enjoying Blood Spattered Socks for a long time but rarely commented, if ever - Thanks for the great read, Tober, and I hope you feel better as quickly as possible!
12th of January, 2019 (Saturday)
due to various forms of crap, haven't looked at BSS since early December.
Tober - sorry to hear you're having problems. Take care of yourself & get better.
We'll be here & we'll see you again whenever.
15th of January, 2019 (Tuesday)
Halfway through January, still thinking of you, Tober. I've spent plenty of time this month re-reading the comic to relax. I really have grown to love these characters, as I'm sure you have as well. Hope you make a swift recovery. Godspeed, my friend. Godspeed and good health.
17th of January, 2019 (Thursday)
Opus the Poet
You better still be alive, Tober. ;)
20th of January, 2019 (Sunday)
Real life health comes before updating a comic. Get well at a healthy pace ^_^
24th of January, 2019 (Thursday)
Walla Walla, USA
Take care of yourself and get better. The comic can wait.
27th of January, 2019 (Sunday)
A bit of advice I got from D&D that applies to pretty much everything. No amount of money is worth more than your own skin. Get well soon.
1st of February, 2019 (Friday)
Happy February! We don't really know where you're based, but I hope you're staying warm! It was below freezing here the other day, and I haven't lived here long, but based on the response from everyone else, I reckon that that kind of weather doesn't happen often.
2nd of February, 2019 (Saturday)
Tober's in Australia. Right now his primary concern is not bursting into flames. He's got "staying warm" covered, and then some. =]
Ah! Alright that makes a fair bit of sense. Thanks, HumalaDuck. I totally forgot about that. Either way I hope temperature doesn't bother him too much one way or the other!
11th of February, 2019 (Monday)
Just dropping by to wish you well, Tober. Take care of yourself. As you can see, your readers aren't going anywhere.
Wishing you well Tober.
18th of February, 2019 (Monday)
Opus the Poet
Just checking in to see if there was an update on Tober's condition.
19th of February, 2019 (Tuesday)
I check this page literally every day hoping for an update on at least Tober himself. I hope he's doing alright
20th of February, 2019 (Wednesday)
Seeing as we're saying why we drop in, I just like letting Tober know (even if he doesn't see anything we say) that we're still thinking of him, and that we're wishing him well. It's so nice to see so many familiar names in these comments doing the same.
22nd of February, 2019 (Friday)
Hope you're doing alright, Tober! I hope you're getting the rest and help you need to be as well as you can.
I like to visit Charlie and Ash : ) And want Tober to know we’re still enjoying his beautiful comic!
Found a fan of the comic in lecture today! Happy to have someone in person to talk about the comic with. Wishing you well Tober. Also wishing everyone else well; hope you all have wonderful days!
27th of February, 2019 (Wednesday)
Hi, Tober. I hope things are improving!
4th of March, 2019 (Monday)
Happy March, Tober. Hope all is well.
9th of March, 2019 (Saturday)
Miss you Tober! Hope you are resting and recuperating!
10th of March, 2019 (Sunday)
Opus the Poet
Weekly check to see if there's any news on Tober.
11th of March, 2019 (Monday)
Still hoping too that Tober gets better.
Still here. Thanks for the art. Feel better.
14th of March, 2019 (Thursday)
Was hoping for maybe a Tober update on his condition, but nothing unfortunately. Hope you're doing well.
Hey guys, thanks for the kind words. They mean a lot to me.
I have changed my medications around and there has been some promising changes, but they aren't yet reliable enough for me to start back up on the webcomic. Things aren't as bad as they used to be, and I hope they'll improve enough in the next month to allow me to begin work again.
So glad to here that there's progress, Tober! I know you're in all of our thoughts. Focus on getting well. I know the struggle of health all too well. I'm glad you're starting to get better. Happy days, my friend, happy days.
15th of March, 2019 (Friday)
I'm happy to hear there's been some promise of progression. I think I speak for everyone who's posted so far in that we clearly care more about you getting better than we do about when exactly you are able to restart the comic. I hope that's soon, but no need to rush! Take care of yourself, and I look forward to the hopeful day of you feeling well enough to work again =)
16th of March, 2019 (Saturday)
Happy to hear some upturn, keep at it, and we are behind you 200 percent
Honestly as much as I love this comic, you're the first priority here so I'm rooting for you Tober. I hope you get better
17th of March, 2019 (Sunday)
Glad to hear that things have improved for you! This is one of my favorite webcomics!
Thanks for the update!
20th of March, 2019 (Wednesday)
Hopefully everything continues to improve for you!
Hi Tober, I'm relieved to see an update from you. As others have said, we're much more concerned about your health and well-being than when you can start the comic back up again. We're all here wishing you well.
21st of March, 2019 (Thursday)
Yay, the page is back up! All the best to you, Tober.
22nd of March, 2019 (Friday)
It's been a while since I looked in. I'm glad to hear things are looking up for you, Tober. Be well, my friend.
Thinking of you again, Tober. I hope the ides of March passed well for you. Your continuing improvement into good health remains on all of our minds!
Whirl Whorl Twist and Twirl
Jump around like a flying squirrel
Don't you cuss and don't you swear
Hop right out and form a square!
You looney toons fans will get it!
It's so good to hear that you're getting better, Tober. I've been a reader for quite a few years now and its one of my favorites. Even if you never post another comic, you've already brightened my days too many times to count. Thank you. :D
@TominAlbany: Now that song is stuck in my head...
25th of March, 2019 (Monday)
Opus the Poet
Well it's Monday, time to check in for an update. And after another archive crawl I can sorta see where this one is ending up, but I won't let any cats out of any bags concerning it.
26th of March, 2019 (Tuesday)
Good to hear from you, Tober. I told you we'd all still be here for you ^_~
27th of March, 2019 (Wednesday)
So glad to hear things are getting better! Hoping for the best for you, Tober. Sending love.
29th of March, 2019 (Friday)
Glad things are better. A small step forward is still progress. Even on your toughest days remember that you have created a world and told a story. That’s more than most people ever achieve. More than that you’ve brought people together and if these comments are any indication, you’ve created a community. Don’t feel this as pressure though, feel it as admiration and love.
Still checking in periodically, and happy to hear/read that you're feeling a little better, Tober!
30th of March, 2019 (Saturday)
Good to hear things are improving for you, Tober :)
Take care. Love.
Be Well! Rooting for you.
2nd of April, 2019 (Tuesday)
Happy April, Tober!
Thanks for the update, Tober! Happy to hear you’re finding some improvement. Take all the time you need.
3rd of April, 2019 (Wednesday)
Okay, my German isn't great (I'm long out of practice) but is that an anti-Muslim screed in the post above me? They keep typing Koran school in a capitol letters like the way American fanatics use scare quotes.
Kid Cthulhu, I don't know any German (apart from a word or two, mind you) but running it through a loose translation makes it seem kind of like an ad? There's stuff in there like "have your child educated in a strictly Muslim way" and "Radical ideas are welcome." So I don't think it's anti-Muslim, but it is most assuredly spam. Granted I could be completely wrong.
4th of April, 2019 (Thursday)
I didn't have time to translate it this morning (and it's moot point now that it's been deleted)
Come for the comic. Stay for the hope of another update message from Tober!
8th of April, 2019 (Monday)
In German, all nouns are capitalized, not just proper nouns, so it was just using proper grammar.
9th of April, 2019 (Tuesday)
Tober I hope your condition continues to improve!
This week has been a very hard week for a lot of reasons. It gives me so much comfort to re-read this comic, and see so many people still here waiting for Tober's return. Tober, you've brought together some good people. Get well soon!
@Bill: I know that. But in this case, the whole word was capitalized. It wasn't KoranSchule; it was KORANSCHULE!!1! I was undercaffeinated and way out of practice, so that's why I misinterpreted the now deleted post ^_^
15th of April, 2019 (Monday)
Hey Tober, hope your health situation continues to improve with the med changes. Happy April!
18th of April, 2019 (Thursday)
I hope you're doing alright and will feel better soon!
Good day! Tober, I hope things are improving.
Whorl... Whorl... Whorl...
19th of April, 2019 (Friday)
Glad to see things are getting better for you!
20th of April, 2019 (Saturday)
It turns out this change in medication was more complicated than I thought. I hold out hope that I have made material progress in eventually solving the problem, but at the moment my medication is not working at all for me. Sorry for the false alarm.
Tober you have no reason to apologize. It wasn't a false alarm, it was hope. It wasn't even false hope. Things are changing and you're struggling for progress. That's how progress is made! You're still in all of our thoughts. I keep my fingers crossed for your swift recovery.
21st of April, 2019 (Sunday)
We're still in your corner, Tober. Take it easy, okay?
22nd of April, 2019 (Monday)
Thanks for the update. Keep up the good work
Glad to hear you're taking care of yourself first and foremost. You're a great role-model.
Not your fault and we're all hoping for you too.
No worries, Tober! Take care of yourself first!
Tober, keep working on yourself, i’ll Keep checking in. If you need any support, let us know.
Tober honey, take care of you. I have been there with chronic illness and trying to find the right combo of meds that makes you able to function at least half as well as a normal person.
Hang in there, Tober!
24th of April, 2019 (Wednesday)
Some treatments are more of an art than a science. You have more information than you had before, so there's progress being made. Thanks for keeping us posted!
Keeping us informed is actually better than 99% of the comics that go on hiatus do. Thank you for thinking of us. You sharing your art costs you in time and money. The very least we can do is wait patiently. Keep taking care of you, without that, there is no art.
25th of April, 2019 (Thursday)
Aw man I'm sorry Tober. Hope you get better sooner rather than later
Honestly I almost feel like I’m more excited about updates on how you’re doing than updates to the story. I’ve been reading this story for nearly half a decade, and I’m in love with the story but I definitely care more about you taking care of yourself and being in a safe place. I’m praying for improvements that lead to recovery, and excited to hear more about how you’re doing in the meantime!
28th of April, 2019 (Sunday)
Thanks for the update. It’s the nature of science; knowing what didn’t work leads to finding what will. Take care.
30th of April, 2019 (Tuesday)
Do what it takes to get things right for you. We still support you.
5th of May, 2019 (Sunday)
Hang in there, Tober! Take all the time you need to get your health into equilibrium.
Hello Tober, I hope autumn is as pretty where you are as it is here. I wish you all the best.
13th of May, 2019 (Monday)
Opus the Poet
I hope everybody had a happy Mother's Day, and I hope this message finds you improving Tober.
Am I the only one that couldn't get the page to load at all last week?
TominAlbany I couldn't either. I was really worried that it meant Tober had given up.
@Bowen: I didn't think given up. I thought the worst. I'm happy to see it accessible again and hope Tober is doing OK!
Hi guys. I haven't given up or died. Outside of a sudden accident or misadventure, I probably won't do either without saying something first. I didn't know the website was down; I'll try to monitor it more closely.
In lieu of new content, I'll tell you what's been going on.
I have a plan to get better, but not all of the steps are within my control, so there's a lot of waiting at the moment. I have to say you're all suffering the wait better than I am. Your messages and patience really do make me feel a lot better. If even one of you makes it to the next page, it's more than I deserve.
I can't draw yet, and I don't know when I will be able to.
But I have improved, and I've started working myself up to the task day by day. I've mostly been writing my next webcomic. Writing is easier than drawing. If BSS is science fiction, this one is fantasy. I think it'll be a good one, even if we're definitely all going to die of old age before I can finish it. Current estimates put the finished thing at about 3000 pages, and I already have the bones of a sequel. I gotta be honest, at this point I'm kind of betting on AI programs advancing enough that they can eventually help me draw/render it at a faster pace.
So this is my hard-learned lesson of the past few months: writing fantasy is a hydra. Every finished plot thread inspires at least two more. Any move towards completing it will only push that completion twice as far away. If you get too far in, only Athena can save you (or possibly an AI).
It's definitely taught me to be less critical of George R. R. Martin. It's a miracle there are any completed fantasy works at all.
14th of May, 2019 (Tuesday)
I'm glad to hear that you're getting better, even if not as quickly as you'd like. Maybe you might try posting your new series in prose form for now. I really like your art, but it's your story-telling that has kept me coming back. Keep us posted please and we'll be thinking of you.
I'm glad you're still with us Tober! And yay for having a plan! I'm chronically ill myself and I know how frustrating it is to want to do something and have your body say "nope! Not today!" We're here with you as long as it takes! I do check every day, though I don't comment every day. But knowing the comments help, I'll try to say hello more often!
Tober it’s been a while since I’ve visited the page- I’m packing up to move- but I am so glad to hear from you! No matter what you do, be it books, blood splattered socks, or god knows what else, tell me and I shall read. Your content makes me happy. I love the way you write and craft stories.
15th of May, 2019 (Wednesday)
Glad to know you're still hanging in there. I'm intrigued with your other project; I have a fantasy comic on the back burner. So I know what you mean about hydras (in my case it's the world-building that keeps holding me back). Anyways, keep on trucking Tober and keep us posted ^_^
16th of May, 2019 (Thursday)
Thanks for checking in, Tober. Interesting comment on writing Fantasy. I guess that's why Robert Jordan finished posthumously!
17th of May, 2019 (Friday)
Thanks for the updates Tober. I check in every chance I get and likely won't ever forget this series. I hope you get better for your own sake more than mine though
18th of May, 2019 (Saturday)
I'm so happy to hear that you are creating again, Tober. I hope your situation continues to improve. I'm looking forward to more content from you, whatever form it may take and however long it may take. Take care of yourself, we're rooting for you.
20th of May, 2019 (Monday)
I'm so glad to hear that you are writing and keeping your creative muscles strong, Tober. I think I'm not alone when I say that we're all here for the next page, and the one after that. We really do wish you well and are waiting with you for your health to improve.
Glad to see you so inspired.
Good to hear from you Tober! Glad to know you're still creating, even if you're not strong enough to be back to drawing yet. Even better to hear that you now have a plan in place for getting better! I look forward to the day you're able to share your worlds with us again. But, as always, take your time =)
21st of May, 2019 (Tuesday)
Hey Tober, just checking in! Hope you're doing as well as you can and that you're finding some joy in creativity.
25th of May, 2019 (Saturday)
I'm glad to hear good news from you Tober, I'll certainly be here for the next page and all the others, if and when you'll make them, and I'd be glad to read any work from you. Take care, I think your health is important to all of us. Love.
27th of May, 2019 (Monday)
Great to hear that you are able to even write.
31st of May, 2019 (Friday)
Keith, oh that guy
Good luck. do what the nice doctors say...I wish I'd paid more attention to some things.
10th of June, 2019 (Monday)
Just checking in to make sure you're doing what the doctors say and taking care of yourself Tober!
14th of June, 2019 (Friday)
Best wishes for excellent health. I'd like to read the ending, but your health must come first.
Still here. Still wishing for the best.
17th of June, 2019 (Monday)
Hey, Tober, out here wishing you the best in your long journey!
19th of June, 2019 (Wednesday)
Keith, oh that guy
Oh-kay, bugger it. I hate when the body does stuff, then the meds don't work. UHG, I'll finish by saying get better soon.
21st of June, 2019 (Friday)
Opus the Poet
Happy Solstice! For Tober and the rest of you Down Under snuggle up close under the blankets, for those of us in the Northern hemisphere, enjoy the shortest night.
22nd of June, 2019 (Saturday)
Hope you're doing well Tober!
28th of June, 2019 (Friday)
Hey Tober, just checking in, hoping you're ok. Wish you the best.
Hi Tober! Just checking in to say hi! Hope you're doing well and enjoying the start of winter!
1st of July, 2019 (Monday)
heya tober! wanted to pop in and say that i hope you're doing well! i've been keeping an eye out on the comic to see how you're doing, but never posted before. so here i am now!
6th of July, 2019 (Saturday)
Happy July, Tober! I look forward to reading your next webcomic eventually, whether it’s drawn by you or by an AI. But preferably you’ll be well. Good luck taming the hydra!
11th of July, 2019 (Thursday)
Hey, Tober...I hope things are getting better for you!
13th of July, 2019 (Saturday)
Hello again, Tobar. Wishing you the best. Live long and prosper, as the saying goes.
Hey Tober, wishing you the best. Keep getting better and keep your spirits up. :-)
14th of July, 2019 (Sunday)
Hey Tober, I hope you're doing okay.
15th of July, 2019 (Monday)
Another month, another message to let ya know, Tober, that I'm still hoping for the best for you! I hope you're still slowly getting healthier and being able to create in one way or another!
16th of July, 2019 (Tuesday)
Hope your winter is kind, Tober!
22nd of July, 2019 (Monday)
Hey guys! Thanks for sticking around!
I'm getting better. My plans are working, the medications are working, and I'm having some days when I feel almost normal.
I'm starting to draw again. I haven't approached the comic yet, just some sketches. I'm getting back into the groove of things. These pages take me about 8 hours of work, and I'm exploring how much work I can do in a week right now.
I'm finally in a place where the question is 'how much can I draw?' and not 'can I draw?' and it's amazing. If things continue to go well, I may be able to start posting pages in the next month.
Opus the Poet
That is such wonderful news, also happy there may be more comic coming. But mostly happy that you're feeling better. There is another (sometimes NSFW) comic that the artist took a major arm injury and has been updating like maybe once a quarter, down from three times a week when he was healthy, Alien Hand Syndrome. It didn't help that his apartment caught fire while he was away for rehab...
That’s happy news, Tober!
Great news, Tober! Just take it easy and don't push yourself too much.
Good for you!
It's so wonderful to hear from you Tober! I'm glad things are working.
Great to hear that things are improving to this degree!
23rd of July, 2019 (Tuesday)
That rocks Tober. I have been checking every so often for updates and I'm glad to see you're getting better. Just make sure you don't burn out for our sakes
24th of July, 2019 (Wednesday)
That's great news, Tober!
Here's wishing you health and happiness, my friend. May these past months become nothing more than a not-so-good memory.
25th of July, 2019 (Thursday)
Great news! Wishes for your continued improvement.
As always, health is the most important thing. Without health, you have nothing else. It's good that you're getting back your health. Remember to pace yourself, and try to do a little at a time. Doing things in small steps is often better than trying to force yourself into sitting down for longer than you are actually able to be productive. It could seem slower, but the time you save on being stressed or unproductive would make it pay off in the long run.
Glad you're doing better, buddy!
27th of July, 2019 (Saturday)
Glad to hear, hope everything is well, your in our thoughts
31st of July, 2019 (Wednesday)
Keith, oh that guy
Glad to hear this.
1st of August, 2019 (Thursday)
Glad to hear the good news!! I'm looking forward to the shiner a certain person will have!
I'm so happy you're doing better! Keep taking care of yourself, we will all still be here.
I'm happy to hear that you're doing better and drawing again, Tober! The quality of your work is why we all stick around hoping that you are well and will wait until you're well enough to approach the comic again.
4th of August, 2019 (Sunday)
So good to hear things are getting better, Tober! So glad you're having more and more good days, and that you're finally getting back to doing what you want to be able to do! As always, take your time and don't rush into the comic until you feel up to the task again. Clearly you've got a bunch of support over here ^_^
8th of August, 2019 (Thursday)
It’s August 8 - happy “Sneak-Some-Zucchini-onto-Your-Neighbor’s-Porch Day!” Yes, it’s true.
Proof of a hemisphere in dire need of good Aussie webcomics... ;D
10th of August, 2019 (Saturday)
15th of August, 2019 (Thursday)
I’m sure I’m not the only one who comes here every day, not so much for the comic (but HEY that’d be great), but to check for fresh updates in red type. SCROLL:SCROLL: TOBER POST! SCROLL:SCROLL:SCROLL... I’m sure there would be plenty of us who feel the same way about any updates, no matter how small:
“Day 156 - Dry toast seemed drier than usual. Perhaps I should adjust the settings or reconsider my stance on marmalade” ;-) Point is, I think lots of folks would be happy to hear almost anything from Tober on a semi-regular basis. (Dry toast notwithstanding ;-) )
17th of August, 2019 (Saturday)
@HeadCheese, definitely. Honestly as much as I'm hoping for new content, I would just as soon get no new content ever and just getting Tober updates as often as possible
19th of August, 2019 (Monday)
Agreed @HeadCheese and @Rapiret. I'm definitely invested in Tober's welfare at this point!
20th of August, 2019 (Tuesday)
Tober, I was just thinking that if writing seems to be working for you some days and, if you feel like it, you could just give a short page wrapping up the story and call it good. Draw it later or not. “Everything went as expected, the end.” That would work, too. Take care and don’t worry about it.
Glad you're back!
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