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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


Swing And Miss

TimAfter Tap to Flap, I thought we might be done for awhile, but Dong Nguyen went and released another pull-your-hair-out iOS game, so here we are! Interestingly, Flappy Bird was removed once we started working on Tap to Flap, and now, Swing Copters has been updated to reduce the difficulty after I came up with this comic idea. It’s a Tim’s Take of sorts as I did this one myself, with all the pixel pushing and none of the MS Paint artistry you are used to from me. I even took the time to ANIMATE it, so I hope you enjoy the effort!

PS: If you haven’t checked out my short story yet, I’d love any feedback you might have before the contest ends on the 31st! More info in the blog post here.


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.


Tap to Flap

TimThis has all been a little surreal and a whole lot nostalgic for me. I was watching swimsuit succubus play Flappy Bird on her stream the other day like everyone else in the world, and a comic idea popped into my head. Instead of shaking it off like I should have done, I fell back into comic mode and emailed Ray like it was the old days: “Hey, here’s an idea for this week’s comic!” For some reason, my message got through his spam filter and he read it. Even more surprisingly, he AGREED TO DO IT (though this was in part due to him being snowed in for the weekend). As I sent him a 10-panel script, I laughed histerically, imagining the regret and head-shaking he’d be doing as he read my script. Seriously, my friendship with Ray is a non-stop Tim & Ray comic series in my head. As he produced panel after panel, freezing in the Pacific Northwest, I was in the beautiful February SoCal sun, playing outside with my kids in shorts and flip-flops, and going to see The LEGO Movie with them. All along, I’m pity-laughing at poor comic-Ray who, in my comic strip mind, is freezing in his apartment, only working on the comic because the warm glow of the screen is the only source of heat in his place.

Making this comic was really a trip because it was like a big ‘what if’ scenario. What if 2P START! never died and we tried keeping things afloat as Tim’s family grew? In a lot of ways, it was really fun. I miss getting comic updates from Ray with a panel or two, getting excited seeing an idea in my head come together in real life by this uber-talented guy. It’s fun getting reactions from fans. I looked back at our 2P FINISH! storyline and was blown away by the responses again (as well as how powerful that comic still is to me). I almost forgot what a great following we had, and all the amazingly crazy things our fans would do. But the past is the past, my advice to Ray in our last comic rings so true to me. 2P START! existed for 1192 days, never missing a beat. Since it ended 1367 days have passed. I can’t believe it’s been dead now longer than it lived!

As for the comic itself, I think more than the other postmortem comics, this feels like a regular old 2P START! strip. Lots of panels, lots of scrolling, great artwork, and cute joke. The game being pulled from the App Store actually happened after the comic was scripted, but I like to think that Flappy Bird flying off into the sunset is a fitting end to the drama surrounding him. Why should I buy a game account? One of the top reasons players buy an account is that it saves them to time to level the account up naturally. I bought my LoL account at https://www.unrankedsmurfs.com/, so, you can show them that you are a PRO player in the game. 

RayIt’s nice to take a trip down memory lane. It’s amazing how much about our lives change with time (priorities, jobs, relationships, etc), and how much never seems to change (guess who’s excited for Super Smash Bros. Wii U?)

It was a bit shocking at first how out-of-practice it felt to draw a comic (What were my self-imposed art style rules, again? Wait… were there rules?), but eventually I felt right back at home.

In many ways, this comic feels less focused as a self-contained joke, and almost reads a bit more as a metaphor for life’s challenges. Either that, or it visually describes what it takes to successfully exit the webcomic world. Whatever the case, it’s been nice to pass through this old neighborhood once again. Brings back memories. Maybe we’ll discuss life a bit more in a podcast sometime.

Happy 7-year Anniversary, 2P START!


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!: 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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