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After much delay, I have finally knuckled down and uploaded an archive mirror site of the old CiSRA Puzzle Competition onto our mezzacotta Puzzle Competition site. Those of you who have been waiting for this will be celebrating! Those who don't know about it: I used to run a puzzle comp from 2007 to 2013, sponsored by my old employer. Since the company shut down last year, the archived puzzle competitions have been unavailable anywhere except But now I'm hosting an archive as well.


My Star Trek comic, Planet of Hats, has just updated with a new comic after a three-year hiatus! I took a break after completing all of the Original Series episodes, animated episodes, and movies. Now it's time to start The Next Generation!


The Irregular Webcomic! forums are back up and running. I had to install a new version of the forum software from scratch, and import the old data. This means the old graphical customisations are all gone, so the forums look different now. But at least its working! Phew.

See this forum news post for further info.


The Irregular Webcomic! forums have been broken by a PHP upgrade at my webhost. I will investigate a way to get them operational again, but I don't know if I will be able to. It's possible the forums are completely dead and will never return as they were. I'll keep you updated. If you are skilled with phpBB and want to help, please contact me.

In lieu of the forums, you can join my Discord server, invite link:, or follow my daily blog or me on Twitter: @dmmaus.


I am travelling to an ISO photography standards meeting in Cologne, Germany, from Fri 25 Oct to Saturday 2 Nov. Comics should update as usual while I'm away, but if something goes wrong I won't be able to fix it until I get home. Have fun and see you then!


Two things: 1. I've upgraded the old list of comics by annotation topic, changing it from the out-of-date list that I maintained by hand to a new database-powered version where annotations are tagged with one or more topic tags. I've also built the topic tagging into my new comic administration workflow, so new annotations will be tagged and indexable by topic as soon as they are published. No more delayed manual updates!

2. If you haven't noticed yet, I've revamped my personal home page into a daily blog where I keep you up to date with what I'm working on each day. It contains updates on Irregular Webcomic! work, plus other projects I'm working on. And there's a handy new link in the top navigation bar ("Blog").


Have you taken a look at my revamped home page blog? Daily updates on what I'm working on, and today there's behind-the-scenes photos of shooting a new batch of Irregular Webcomic!


I have revamped my personal web site to be a frequently updated portal to all my comics and other online work. I plan to post daily with news of what I'm working on and doing, to give you a more behind-the-scenes perspective and advance previews of work in progress. Check it out!


I have completed making the high resolution versions of all comics from #3381 to the present. Readers with high-res (retina) screens can now see all those comics in glorious high definition pixels!


I'm in the process of updating older comic files to high resolution images. These load automatically for people with high resolution displays (which includes high-res desktop monitors, retina iPads, iPhones, and the like). Today I converted a batch of 130 comics, from 3901 to 4030, so every comic from 3901 to the latest one should now all have nice new graphics for high-res readers. Over the next week or so I'll extend this back as far as I can, which is comic 3381 (the first comic I made at high resolution, anticipating future printing in a book collection).


I was warned about this, but it's now come to pass. Make That Thing/Topatoco, the excellent people who printed and shipped the two Irregular Webcomic! books: Burning Down the Alehouse (the Fantasy book) and Prepare for the Wurst (the Cliffhangers book), have started charging creators a quarterly fee for warehousing of additional copies that remain to be sold. That's fine - it's their space being occupied. But I don't want to lose money on this! The best way to reduce my imminent financial losses is for people to buy the books and clear that warehouse space.

If you enjoy my comics, or you want to introduce a new reader in a friendly, non-demanding, non-"check out this website with 4000 comics on it!" way, please think about purchasing a copy or two! Thanks!


I'm getting over my illness (mentioned in the previous news item) and have written a batch of new comics. I hope to photograph them on Thursday and assemble them over the weekend, so that there will be new comics next week without interruption.


Advance warning: I have been sick since returning from Portugal on 25 May. Too sick to make comics. The current buffer of new comics will last until Friday 7 June. If I don't recover by then I may be unable to make new comics in time for the update on Monday 10 June. I'll keep you informed. Thank you for your good wishes - it's nothing too serious, a respiratory/gastro infection. Hopefully I'll be fine in time to make new comics.


My webhost is performing routine database server maintenance between 23:00 Tue 28 May and 03:00 Wed 29 May UTC. Parts of this website (the forums and search function) will be unavailable for some of this time.


I am travelling to Portugal from 11 May to 25 May. Comics should update as usual. See you when I get home!


As part of my new Jobless-let's-make-more-stuff state, I'm launching a new science blog site: 100 Proofs that the Earth is a Globe.

This is an idea I've long had for a book. But I don't have a publisher in my pocket, so I'm launching this site to generate some buzz. As stated in the site's About page: This is not primarily an attempt to debunk Flat Earth theory. It's just a way of organising a bunch of surprisingly diverse science essays with a common theme. The challenge I've set myself is to see if I can come up with 100 different scientific observations or experiments that we can do that show the Earth is much more likely to be spherical than flat.

Can I do it? Let's see!


Hi everyone - I have such big news that I've reinstated the old huge news box for visibility. (Took me a few hours of coding...)

1. My employer has informed me that my job is being declared redundant. My last day of paid employment is 4 March. I'm looking at this as an opportunity rather than a setback. My plan is to take about 6 months off work, and spend the equivalent of full-time working hours doing creative things - making comics, writing, photography, making videos, etc. - and ramping up my efforts to market them and try to make a living income off them. If after 6 months I feel comfortable that I can make enough from my creative work, then I will continue - if not, then it'll be time to look for another job.

As part of this effort, I've already moved Irregular Webcomic! from 4-a-week to a slightly more "full time" schedule of new comics on Monday-Friday. Coming soon there will be announcements of new projects that I'll be ramping up over the next few weeks. Importantly, if this is to continue, I'll be looking for your support. I'll be pushing Patreon as a way to support me, producing merchandise for sale, and may also consider some other things like Google Ads.

Prepare for the Wurst cover

2. One thing you can do right now is consider buying a book! The Cliffhangers book Prepare for the Wurst has been delivered to Kickstarter backers, and everyone else can now buy a copy on TopatoCo! You can also buy the Fantasy book Burning Down the Alehouse, or both books together for a nifty discount.

3. In other news, I'm already starting to dedicate a bit more time to maintenance tasks that I've been meaning to do for ages. Today I've re-exported a bunch of the old podcasts at higher bit rate, and hence better audio quality. See the podcast page for details.

I'm excited about this new phase of Irregular Webcomic! and related projects, and I hope you follow me along for the ride!


Effective this week, new comics will appear every weekday (Monday-Friday), and reruns will appear only on weekends (Saturday, Sunday).


The puppy hiatus has ended! New comics are now being published 4 times a week again (xMTxTFx) with reruns on the other three days.


I'm making a second batch of buffered comics. So I'm happy to announce the puppy hiatus will end a month earlier than previously announced! New strips will start again on Monday 3 December.

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