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TimIt’s almost V-Day, so don’t forget to send out some Valentine’s e-cards, 2P START! style! Just click on the one you want to send and fill out the form. It’s also wild to think that V-Day 2015 marks the 8-year B-Day of 2P START! going live with its first comic!

Here are all the valentines zipped up if you would like to print them individually on cardstock or photo paper to hand out!


Happy 10th Anniversary to Us!

This Valentine’s Day almost came and went without me realizing the importance of this day! 10 years ago, Ray and I started 2P START!, posting our first simple joke on Valentine’s Day of all things. For the next three years, we dutifully posted comics week after week and gained a fun, loyal fanbase. While it seems like a lifetime ago, it was a memorable phase in my life for a couple of reasons. This was me at 25, no kids, a job I wasn’t sure would be my career (it is), with incredible amounts of free time that I can’t imagine having today. I’ll always look back at those years as a time when I did something I enjoyed and took pride in, making something out of nothing just for the joy of it. Even more importantly, I got to work with Ray (who did all the wrok), a deep-thinking, nerdy critic who always had something interesting to say. We became very close because of the site and talk about favorite games became talk about real life. I got to share advice about jobs and roommates and girls and faith with a friend I had only met a couple times who lived a thousand miles away. I’ve seen Ray go from a college kid with an embarrassing collection of Sonic memorabilia to a pastor who is taking trips overseas to help the poor and sick and hungry. I couldn’t be more proud of my friend!

So Happy Valentine’s Day Ray, and Happy 2PSTART-iversary!

“Who would have guessed that 10 years later I’d be in India playing the new PVP Station Light 3000?” – Ray


Half Way Whole – Short Story Written by Tim

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Hey 2P START! fans, just wanted to let you know that I’ve written a short story that I wanted to share with you all. Since ending the comic, I haven’t had much of a creative outlet and over the last couple years, as I became more of a bookworm, I decided I wanted to take up writing fiction. This contest provided a good test for me as I had read the novel the contest was based on and having a deadline tends to keep me motivated (like our regular comic updates!). I know I have a long way to go before being a decent writer, but like we said when the first 2P START! comic went live, there’s always room for improvement.

Anyway, sci-fi fans may enjoy my little story. You shouldn’t need to read the original novel Half Way Home by Hugh Howey in order to understand it. The BookTrack setup allows for soundtracks to be added to a book, but to be honest, I’m not very good at that sort of thing, so I can’t say my soundtrack will blow you away. You can just mute the sound or if it’s really annoying, read the story on another site here. Any comments, ratings, and reads would help my chances in winning, but more important to me is just getting feedback, good or bad, so I can become a better writer.

Special thanks to Ray as well. He and Sarah were the only people that read parts of the draft as I wrote it and Ray provided some input on the cover as well.


2P START! Live!: Bad Energy Agreements

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RayBy popular demand, Ray and Tim reunite after a year of silence to scrutinize E3, but end up diving into the deeper issues of industries void of creative thought, the unwillingness to admit failures, the destruction of originality, and… girls at weddings with bad energy.

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2P START! Live!: PromE3us

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RayRay and Tim go head-to-head in heated debates over movies and E3! Featuring Wii U, Prometheus, Cars 2, Halo 4, Pikmin 3, Brave, Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale, Microsoft Surface, and even more!

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2P START! Live!: Be Yourself Then Change

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RayRay and Tim talk Avengers, Battleship, Sonic 4 Episode 2, Pre-E3 thoughts, Katy Perry’s movie, Weddings, purity rings, a small surprise guest, and much more!

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2P START! Live!: Depression 101

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RayRay’s misadventures in purchasing a car radio, payed subscriptions to Tetris, hot reader mail, Mission Impossible 4, Sherlock Holmes 2, Skyward Sword, why Ke$ha is good?, plus so much more!

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Exclusive: Amazon’s Bottom-Selling Biography

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SALEM, ORE. — Walter Isaacson’s biography “Ray Hargreaves” is the least popular book in the nation. Initially scheduled to be published in 2012 with the title “Too Soon,” plans for the book changed when Ray got bored of proofreading.

“I maintained I had no skeletons in my closet that could’t be allowed out,” Ray recalls. “It turns out that actually makes for a pretty dull read; which is why the last half was changed into a choose-your-own-adventure story.”

Ray’s parents were dumbfounded by the release, citing his incorrect portrayals of them as “completely baseless and untrue,” Vickie said. “We’re not old.” She then proceeded to watch an episode of “Murder She Wrote” recorded on a VHS tape.

“I figured he would quiz me on it, so I just got the main points via Cliff Notes,” his brother admitted. “I mean, why would I read stories about his childhood when I actually had to suffer through them?”

After reading Steve Jobs’ biography, most were appalled at Ray’s outrageous behavior in the workplace. “He was always nice to other employees, loved to smile, and never raised his voice,” one reviewer said. “Completely uncalled for.”

Even 2P START! co-creator Tim Harding was quoted as saying, “Ray and I ended our website over a year and a half ago. Why am I still being interviewed for these newsletters?”

But the book has been a surprisingly big hit with children, who find the wacky mazes and color-by-number pages to be especially entertaining. “Ray’s an epicure of his genre,” a surprisingly articulate eight year-old said. “Especially with regard to Sonic fan fiction.”

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Sonic GeneRAYtions on the Spindash Podcast!

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TimWhile I saved you all from incessant Sonic Generations rantings on OUR podcast, I had no control over what went on at The Spindash where Ray recently made his opinions known. Be warned, this podcast is for Sonic geeks only, not normal people like you and me. If you don’t care about weird dog-fairies or other strange hybrid creatures, then DON’T click here!


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