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February 11th, 2010

ValentiNES

TimIt’s that time of year again, love is in the air. Last year’s Valentines were a hit despite their negative tones. This year we went a little more traditional with the messages, and I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. E-mail these to your friends by clicking here! It’s also the time of year where Ray and I celebrate OUR anniversary here at 2P START! We’ve been at it 3 years now (hard to believe) and still somehow making jokes that people find funny. It seems an appropriate enough time to express my love for our readers (fans or otherwise). I know I take you guys for granted far too often, but you all should know that I feel privileged to be able to post something on my little website and know that thousands of people will read it, and some will even take the time to comment or email or share the post with friends. So THANK YOU EVERYONE! I also have to point out that it’s quite an honor to work with the best darned webcomic artist out there. Ray puts up with my ‘demands’ and ‘family’ quite well and I appreciate that he hasn’t called it quits yet. So Ray, from the bottom of my heart, this Valentine’s I want to say, I L-L-L-*ahem*, what I’m trying to say is, I L-L-L-LIKE YOU AS A FRIEND!

RayYou mean like… like you like you? No, in all seriousness though, I really had no idea it was our 3-year anniversary. It’s very strange to look at older comics and be able to remember so many details about exactly where I was in life during that week. 2P START! is an awkward constant in my life that’s probably more consistent than other responsibilities I should be giving a weekly focus to. It seems like every week is grasping for one last straw and then before you know it we have an archive tall enough to injure readers’ scroll fingers. I honestly have to thank our fans for spending so much time browsing through our comics and being involved with our podcasts as well, and as for Tim – I simply couldn’t ask for a nicer stranger to work with. It’s been a serious blessing and it all means so much to me. So where do we go from here? Is 2P START! just beginning? Is it on its final stretch? Who friggin’ knows – but at this point, the plan is to keep slaving away… one week at a time. Thanks again, everybody.

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56 Comments

  1. TheLupineOne says:

    With apologies to SonikkuWii…

    RAY!!! DID YOU SEE?!?! THEY’VE REVEALED THE FIRST NEW FIFTH GENERATION POKéMON!!

    ZOROARK LOOKS SO TOTALLY AWESOME!!!

    Well anyway, here’s hoping that we see this awesomeness as the T-T-T-Topic of the Week in the next podcast, and also the star of a 2P START! Webcomic!

  2. Snifit says:

    A nice new batch of Valentines and a sweet message. I forgot it had been 3 years. Seems like only yesterday this comic was on number 6.
    Continue the great work as always.

    …And my girlfriend is absolutely getting the Samus card/

  3. blaster says:

    Well, what can I say? Happy Valentines!
    Chinese New Year is also this week, by the way.

  4. Highwater Trousers says:

    *sniff, sniff* Huh, what? I’m not crying because of the anniversary. I just realized I have no one to spam with these ValentiNES. Okay, so maybe it’s the anniversary. I know, I haven’t been here that long, but still, I can appreciate the years of hard work and dedication. You know what? I’ll go ahead and say it – I love you Tim and Ray! For your work, of course. *ahem* Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to send one of these to myself.

    On a serious note, nice Valentines! I actually do have to find someone to send these out to, or more likely I have to find someone who plays video games. Happy anniversary, may the good times roll! Fun comic guys and thanks for all the hard work!

    Quck question on card #11 – am I looking at the Tetris blocks wrong? The one lone block in the bottom left corner looks weird to me. I never played much Tetris though, so I’m probably missing something.

  5. Figured I should rise from my grave to say “get a room, you two!”
    Really, though, happy anniversary!

  6. randomperson says:

    Whoa i thought my computer was broken well you should of had valentiSnes but that would make no sense what so ever i wasn’t very disappointed But you could of had Q-Bert swearing and the card will say Be mine if not i will swear ,

  7. JohnW says:

    Hey guys, greeting from Gibraltar! Rising from my grave! Long time reader/listener and since number 4! I’d like to congratulate you on 3 years of pure win and hope for many more years of laughter! Great comic and I’ll hopefully be posting on every comic and podcast (which I’m still going through!).

  8. Person Number 3 says:

    Good Valentines, guys! I can always count on you (and Brawl in the Family) for the best Nintendo comics on the internet!

    And, if you haven’t already noticed, I’m new in these parts. I was reading Brawl in the Family one day when Matthew suddenly said he had a guest strip here and provided the link. I followed it, read all your comics, listened to your podcasts starting with Cloudy With a Chance of PS3 (hope you understand that I can’t possibly find the time to listen to all of them), and now I’m a fan. I was shooting for a grave rising, but I just can’t bear waiting that long to finally drop a comment. I’ll just have to take this newcoming instead. But, as I said, great comic, and as millions of other users have said millions of other times, keep up the good work!

  9. Apkinesis says:

    Just as great as the first batch of Valentine cards (and the first batch was pretty darn great). Especially liked the Metroid one here. Not a whole lot else to say, other than NCG, and congrats on three years plus those to come :)

  10. roadjcat says:

    Yay Metroid! SCG. And where do you find that special pink Valentine’s Day metroid? XD

  11. Dominator_101 says:

    Pretty good guys, though personally I liked last years a little better.

    Congrats on three years of comic making! That’s a long time to keep at something, and you two have pulled it off amazingly. So guys, just keep doin’ what you’re doin’. I look forward to your 4th year anniversary.

    And on a random note, I’m pretty sure there are ten columns on a Tetris board. So dropping that line won’t do anything but set you up for a tetris.

  12. elah says:

    NCG, but I think I liked the blatantly anti-valentine cards from last year a little bit better.

    Also,

  13. MiMGodfather says:

    Congrats on the 3 year anniversary guys! Break open the chocolate alcohol-filled candies and let’s go CRAZY! …hmm…A big heart shaped box full of alcohol-filled candies. Sounds awesome and yet scary at the same time.

    I completely forgot what I was talking about.

    This month will be a very important anniversary for me as well. My girlfriend and I will be together for 1 year on the 24th, and to be honest I think it’s a miracle she’s been able to put up with me for so long :) I’ll be sending at least one of these cards to her for V-day, and will undoubtedly have to explain who/what that is. I know she’ll find it cute though, because she’s used to my geeky/dorky ways by now…mostly :D

  14. BadnikHunter says:

    Wow, 3 year anniversary? That’s AWESOME! Also, love the valentines, too bad I have no one who I can send this to due to not having many nerd friends. But even with that, NCG and awesome 3 years!

  15. Keja says:

    This week NCG stands for nostalgic comic guys, as I have a confession to make.

    I have been reading 2P Start Comics a year now. I know I only rose from my grave a few months ago, and I then stated that I haven’t been reading very long, even in a direct skype call to both of you (yes, how dare I). I was too embarrassed to say how long I was really readong for, but now seems to be a good time to come clean. I’m sorry guys, but I hope you accept my apology and thanks for keeping me entertained every wednesday/thursday for a whole year.

  16. DrOswald says:

    I like.

    The Oswald order of awesome:

    1. Your a knockout!

    2. Our love is contagious!

    3. Your always on my mind, Valentine!

    4. You make me COMPLETEMAN!

    5. Come on, Valentine. Lets make tracks!

    6. Drop me a line, Valentine!

  17. NintendoNaut says:

    Haha, “You’re always on my mind” is my favorite. Nice, guys.

  18. koollizard says:

    yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  19. Jarkes says:

    Lolness.
    Hmm… that new 5th generation Pokemon looks… kinda cool. At least they waited to reveal it until the fourh DP movie (instead of what they did with revealing the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation Pokemon; seriously, Munclax was revealed in 2004!)

  20. Mars says:

    Aww, Is there any chance of getting a printable version of these?
    Pretty please, with rare consoles on top?

  21. Supersonic24 says:

    Thanks guys. Because of 2PSTART I had a coma. You see, yesterday I was pleasantly looking forward to a comic. Unfortunately though, my internet went out. I was at a loss. How to read my beloved 2PSTART? I couldn’t go the library, or an internet cafe. Out of frustration, I passed out right there. The doctors woke me from my coma by waving a Limited Edition copy of BlazBlue in front of my face. When I awoke, I realized one thing.

    New comics come on Thursday now.

    After that I got the internet running again, and read this comic. Thanks guys. It was great, and massively improved on last year’s. However, I learned that addictions are bad, and I am now preparing to go on my long quest up the Himalayas to find myself, and rid my heart of the 2PSTART addiction you’ve given me…

    Or… I could just deal with my addiction and continue living my life…
    Anyway, I just wanted you guys to understand that hundreds of lives are at stake if you stop working on the site. No pressure.

    • Highwater Trousers says:

      I once went up to the mountains of Japan to find myself. I hoped to isolate myself, harden myself, train myself both physically and mentally. I rid myself of all material posessions and began my journey to find inner peace. Unfortunately when I got there, some guy was already there. He yelled at me to play some console and when I didn’t, he threw me off the mountain and I blew up in a giant explosion. True story.

  22. D3vin says:

    Like I had said on the “Send your Valentines’ page”:

    Hopefully next year they will make SUPER valentiNES, Just because My love can’t be held in eight bits… I NEED MODE 7 AND POSSIBLY THE FX CHIP!

    These ones are great, too bad any females I know won’t get them, and the males I could send them to would look at me and ask, “Are you gay”
    To that I answer, “No, I’m bisexual.”

  23. yeah568 says:

    Congrats on 3 years, guys!

    Just stay around for another few years so that I can get my drivers license, and be at your guys’ houses next week. I mean…. uh…. NCG!

  24. Gamer Blue says:

    Congrats on 3 years of this guys! Keep it up! By the way, the two best valentines were the metroid and punchout! ones!! HILARIOUS!

  25. TomX says:

    I’d been waiting for the new round of ValentiNES to show up and you guys sure delivered; I like the corniness that mimics all the liscensed valentines cards and of course, being able to e-mail them around is awesome. Nice touch making the old ones available again too. Thanks, and NCG!

  26. Myuu says:

    Last year’s were funnier because they were jokes. These are probably the best 8-bit themed elementary-school-style valentine cards in existence, but they didn’t make me laugh.

  27. talduras says:

    Okay, I’ve got to ask this question. The preview picture for the comic has a candy heart with the 2PStart! logo. Was that an actual candy that you actually got a logo imprint on because you have “connections” with someone in the candy industry, or you physically put the imprint on there, or did you digitally edit it in?

    • Ray says:

      It’s a digital edit – Photoshop work, basically.

      • Talduras says:

        Interesting. I was wondering because the logo had that slightly faded look that occurs with the Sweethearts imprints.

        By the way, noticed a white glow around the Tim part of the candy logo, but not the Ray part. Looks like Tim has developed the fatherly glow. ;-D

  28. talduras says:

    Alright, in light of the different town of this comic compared to last year’s valentines comic, I’m going to drop a terrible pun.

    Hooray for positive reinforcement!

    Oh yeah, and I just noticed your 8-bit art has improved. Last year’s comic gave me a serious case of double vision. No problem this time! :D

  29. Teengamer says:

    To be honest I think the valentines you did last time were MUCH much better. Just saying.

  30. Kvb says:

    Wanted to wait until this very special day to say…

    Nice comic, guys. And happy anniversary! Here’s to many years more.

  31. Mirby says:

    These… are…. awesome.

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