Comic 30 - Temperary Hiatus

4th Jun 2011, 6:30 AM
Temperary Hiatus
Average Rating: 2.33 (3 votes)
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Author Notes:

Clef 4th Jun 2011, 6:30 AM edit delete
This week S&K enters temporary hiatus status due to my redeployment from the world's largest sandbox. I had this image pre-scheduled to be posted, so by the time you see this I will already be living in tents with no internet. I uploaded every spare image I had this week, so this is the 3rd of 3 images posted.

For this image, I wanted to have Tallia crying in the background, screaming "MY KITTIES!", however after 3 attempts I couldn't get her expression to look right, so I scratched it.

My absence could be a week, could be a month, it all depends how long it takes for us to be transitioned and for my scanner to be shipped back.

Just check back once in a while or stay tuned to WoW insider's "Sunday Morning Funnies" column for word on any new activity here.

Hope to see you all again soon!


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Tidbitt 4th Jun 2011, 1:59 PM edit delete reply
I read this while holding my new kitten O.O
Bryn 4th Jun 2011, 2:20 PM edit delete reply
I hope everything goes well and you have a safe journey!

I look forward to seeing S&K starting up again. :D
Thisguy 4th Jun 2011, 3:20 PM edit delete reply
NOOOOOOOOO! a silver tabby was my mage's first pet!
SlopDoggy 4th Jun 2011, 3:45 PM edit delete reply
Oh, it is ON like Donkey Kong! YOU'RE GOING DOWN, DW!!!
Coffinshaker 4th Jun 2011, 5:08 PM edit delete reply
come back to us soon bro!!!

also... you have one disturbing mind. hilarious, but disturbing! lol! XD
Garrett 5th Jun 2011, 7:33 AM edit delete reply
Best of luck on your deployment! Also, this is the best cat related thing on the internet.
parn 5th Jun 2011, 10:05 AM edit delete reply
love this laughed really hard
Draco Blair 5th Jun 2011, 10:13 AM edit delete reply
Gonna be watching WI, but I hope you'll manage to get everything done before the next Saturday's update (and be able to read this comment)
Tibursjach 5th Jun 2011, 5:37 PM edit delete reply
Well... those are kittens and are cute
But Kittens turn into cats and those are evil...
varsaigen 5th Jun 2011, 9:21 PM edit delete reply
This is insensitive. The fact that you had planned this one for a while gives the impression that you have something against cats. You need to pick better subject material for your hiatus in the future. Because there are plenty of people who check regularily, and thus would keep coming to the sight of innocent cats being brutally murdered.

However, it is very easy to blame you, because it came from your mind, your hand. And with it being your interpretation of Deathwing, blaming him means blaming you.

Pictures like this are risky, and can (has) changed my viewpoint of you. Your comic might be good, but your humor is sadistic.
Sacridshadow 5th Jun 2011, 9:33 PM edit delete reply
@var, I think you're taking this a little too personally. I know that you know that this is supposed to show that Deathwing IS evil, noting that in his rage, he did very little to destroy Azeroth (much to my surprise). I'm sure it doesn't feel like knife (through your heart, in your back, whatever). My only problem is that the kittnes are smiling.

So var, think of it this way. There are two grinders with two portals. Deathwing is putting kittnes into one grinder, but the kittnes fall into the portal and are sent to Dalaran. And there's a portal in the other grinder that sends the ghouls to the second portal in the first grinder, so they get ground up instead, and those are the pieces you see flying out. Happy now?
Dragonborn 6th Jun 2011, 8:31 AM edit delete reply
And thus I take this imagine with me for the rest of the day. Thank you very much for that, it will keep me smiling for at least a week. Freaking kittens had it coming to. You don't try to use cute eyes to get sympathy, you use fake injuries.

And btw, to anyone who has seen this comic, and has decided to write a comment like our buddy var up there, keep in mind that every person on the planet has a sadistic side. Killing kittens is in truth exactly like spraying pesticides in your garden. Either way, you're killing things that haven't done anything to you. People are only going to be offended because kittens are cute, and apparently cute things dying is blasphemy. Honestly, if you don't like it, don't look.
Verthril 6th Jun 2011, 8:20 PM edit delete reply
Looking forward to your gear being returned to you and your updates. Loving the comic.

Oh, and @Var, err man. Please please please tell me you keep your Safe Search on when running Google, as err.....seriously the above comic is adorable for what the misbegotten incantation of a few words typed can call forth from the Dark Abyss that is the internet.
The Dwarven Dude 8th Jun 2011, 8:34 AM edit delete reply
My fiancée does really love everything about cats. She just came in, looked kinda shocked but smiled afterwards telling me that she now really dislikes Emowing - so: good job. :D

And good job as always making it worth visiting this page every week. Best of luck for everything, Clef, and come back soon. Your fans are waiting. ;)
kwah 8th Jun 2011, 9:26 AM edit delete reply
omg thats a abombination "eats gnome babby" a true tragity
TTFK 12th Jun 2011, 1:58 PM edit delete reply
"This is insensitive. The fact that you had planned this one for a while gives the impression that you have something against cats. You need to pick better subject material for your hiatus in the future. Because there are plenty of people who check regularily, and thus would keep coming to the sight of innocent cats being brutally murdered."

No, it means that you need to stop being so uptight that your panties are hooked around your ears.

Take your wahhhhambulance somewhere else.

(Watch, this idiot will now reply with references to PETA, ALF, ELF and a mushy Steve Irwin quote or three..)
Gonzo 12th Jun 2011, 6:41 PM edit delete reply
I guess I'm one of the few who got a good chuckle out of this, then again, I've paid a few visits to "the sandbox' myself. Have fun on the way back, and try not to go off on the SRP people!
Krit 12th Jun 2011, 7:04 PM edit delete reply
Hey it's better than the fate those cats had with Donni Anthania <Crazy Cat Lady>. I mean really?! Have you seen what she has in her hands!
Guest 12th Jun 2011, 7:08 PM edit delete reply
This is pretty much the least funny thing ever.
TheMjhann 12th Jun 2011, 9:10 PM edit delete reply
...Now you made me wanna powerlevel all the way up so i can go and kick his scaly ass for this...
Asenath 12th Jun 2011, 10:22 PM edit delete reply
and I came here just SPECIFICALLY to say that this comic freakin' SUX. Deathwing my butt. *You* drew this. Nowhere in WoW does anyone no matter how evil do anything that would be this much of a turn-off. May your hiatus be long; really, really, really long.
Clawed 13th Jun 2011, 12:41 AM edit delete reply
I must say, I agree with the others that say this is awful. I was prepared to be amused, hoping you would show the kittens sneaking out the end or being sneakily rescued, but the fine red mist and chunks of kittens blowing out the end of the wood chipper literally turned my stomach. True, this is far less serious than other things on the internet, but that does not stop this being in very, very poor taste. I am rather disappointed, as up until now this was one of my favorite new web comics.
Tearitup 13th Jun 2011, 12:49 AM edit delete reply
Everyone complaining that this is sadistic or stupid are fucking retarded. Period.

Go cry somewhere else.
YouAreDisgusting 13th Jun 2011, 12:50 AM edit delete reply
What is wrong with you? It is seriously disturbing to know that any individual that could draw this is in the Army and acting as a representative of their country.
Guest 13th Jun 2011, 2:54 AM edit delete reply
Boo, this makes me hate both you.
Douglas 13th Jun 2011, 7:19 AM edit delete reply
I am somewhat amused by the massive Hypocracy of people posting how wrong/revolting/demented the hiatus comic is.

How many thousands of boar,wolves, and other critters have you slaughtered in game just for target practice?

I call fail on anyone who is disturbed by this comic and plays MMOs.

And guess what? Sadistic people do sadistic things, like deathwing. Get over it.
Guest 13th Jun 2011, 7:42 AM edit delete reply
Sorry to disappoint you TTFK, but you have me all wrong. I'm not someone with a political agenda to force on others. I simply find the content of this page to be insensitive. It is sad that so many find it funny.

I like to come to comics and enjoy whatever they put up, but I simply have no taste for the chewing up of innocent animals, especially ones that fall under the infant catagory. Personally, I look forward to the end of the hiatus so there will be something else to see.

I understand your points (all of yours) that it ultimately isn't a big deal, and than we should move on, but as long as you comment, there will be replies. Secondly, while this is aimed at making Deathwing look evil, it DID come from the author's mind.

So please, end this raging about how we should be laughing, or how we are idiots for believing our views on the killing of kittens. We could say the same thing about you.
Therapy 13th Jun 2011, 3:40 PM edit delete reply
Jeez, the point of the comic is that deathwing is killing kittens, not that the drawer is sadistic. Its just a funny thing, and you people are acting like its real kittens being murdered. Just grow up and realize its just a comic, not a real life picture.
varsaigen 14th Jun 2011, 5:26 AM edit delete reply
Oh, we realize it is a comic. But we could say we fear for the direction of the comic if the sadistic view continues.
KittensNomNomNom 14th Jun 2011, 8:04 AM edit delete reply
I don't see a point in complaining about this page so much. It's up the artist what he draws and if you don't like it, don't come back. QQ'ing over spilled milk seems appropriate here.

Also please note that irl I can't stand animals being abused but this is just a picture so it's all lols. =)
TheDwarvenDude 14th Jun 2011, 8:05 AM edit delete reply
Holy whatever - could those haters finally shut the trap and go be fat somewhere else?

Just call it freedom of artistic expression and leave if you don't or stay if you like. Can't imagine why people are makin' now such a ruckus about it. No girlfriend? Bureaucratical tendencies? You stated your point. Period.

Didn't some famous artist once quote, that "Art has to shock, to waken and to inspire"? This clearly did those. So it is indeed a piece of art.

And no, I will not explain myself.
Tim W 14th Jun 2011, 8:33 PM edit delete reply
This is too awesome! This makes my day... any day!

I look forward to the next part of the storyline.
Clef 14th Jun 2011, 9:23 PM edit delete reply
Ehhhh...okay, I certainly was not expecting this sort of reaction.

In my defense, this pic was not drawn to be serious. As with anything else in this comic for that matter. I don't feel that portraying evil characters doing evil things doesn't really make a writer a bad person. Again, that's just my opinion. If it did so, then people like John Sanford, Stephen King and the guy that directed the SAW movies would be some really %$#ed up people. But they are not.

In my comic I try to portray Deathwing to be the biggest loser I can, so tormenting defenseless critters is something I felt fit snugly into my rendition of his character. Besides, lore-wise, what would the REAL Deathwing do with a box of abandoned kittens (provided they didn't instantly incinerate from the intense heat that radiates from his body?) I'd imagine it wouldn't be any less painless.

I know I lost some readers, and I am a bit surprised by it. So be it. It's impossible to please everyone, so it happens. If I lose ALOT of readers, I suppose I can toss in the towel, because I'm not saying I WON'T revisit this sort of content in the future. Especially when Sara teaches Tallia a thing or 2 about incinerating squirrels. I'll continue monitoring visitor statistics and see how things go.

I see this had basically caused a minor flame war both here and at wow insider. I can honestly say I've never done anything that's caused that effect in the internet. That was certainly never my intention, so my apologies for that. I, however, feel that people are blowing this ridiculously out of proportion. Again, just my opinion, and I apologize to those who I've offended.

Off topic: My move is complete. Now just waiting on my scanner to arrive before I can continue. (which may still take a while.)
Visigoth 15th Jun 2011, 12:06 AM edit delete reply
I'm pleased to say this is the last time I'm reading this site. Sad too because it was good up until now. It's sick people like you that probably go around the neighborhood killing other kids cats because you didn't get enough attention.

You make me utterly and completely sick.
Dsc 15th Jun 2011, 1:59 AM edit delete reply
I think I may have found the reaction to the comic funnier than the actual comic ^_^

Anyway, concerning the comic, I love how you perfect Deathwing's nonchalant expression is.
Dsc 15th Jun 2011, 2:01 AM edit delete reply
Please omit that "you" >.>
Douglas 15th Jun 2011, 7:51 AM edit delete reply
Pay no attention to the insults Bro. You deserve them not. Your a great artist, and do good work. 2 thumbs up.
Guest 15th Jun 2011, 9:57 AM edit delete reply
I work with many cats that are victims of severe abuse and torture. I also enjoy stories in which people and sometimes animals get abused(To further the plot). Does this make me a bad person? Does this make the authors who know how to hook someone like me in bad people? This is just a comic. If the author of this webcomic decided one day to do that in real life, then he'd be a horrible person. Not to mention "Killing kittens/ killing puppies" is one of the most used analogies for a horrible people, so why is it such a stretch from drowning pixelized kittens to dropping em in a woodchipper? These are not real, and they will not be real. You haven't lost this cat-lover.
TheDwarvenDude 15th Jun 2011, 6:38 PM edit delete reply
Well, Clef - welcome back! And enjoy your new publicity. Just thank those hater-fishheads for working so hard on making you more famous. Other people get paid for things like that. ;)

Can't wait for your next move.
Clef 15th Jun 2011, 9:34 PM edit delete reply
@DwarvenDude- The Charlie Sheen kind of fame, apparently. They can keep it.

And BTW everyone, I AM a cat lover (they are my second choice of pets, just behind ferrets). Imagining me as some sort of real-life animal bully on the basis of this image is just flat out ignorant.
varsaigen 16th Jun 2011, 5:25 AM edit delete reply
I think it had more to do with the manner of which they were being killed. It just seems so out-there in used mthods. Drowning kittens? Been done. Burning? Yep. Axes? yes... but a woodchipper... It was a bit of a shock when I realized what I was looking at.

So really, I do think it is the manner in which they were killed by deathwing. But I'm sure you didn't lose that many readers. Most of us are still here. :) We just look forward to you getting your scanner back so you can move on from this topic. (I never intended for it to grow into a flame war. [Huh. I don't think I've ever started on, much less any internet shock of such proportion Oo])
KittensNomNomNom 16th Jun 2011, 6:33 AM edit delete reply
Welcome back Clef!

I think this flame war may have simply introduced your comic to more people so what ever readers you may have lost is sure to be made up by that. And I'm really glad you think people blew this way out of proportion thinking that you're some sorta sadist.

I personally really like your art style so would be sad if you threw in the towel cuz of some cry-baby's. Here's to hoping it doesn't happen! Just don't make a comic about Tallia ressing the cats to please the QQ'ers, that'll just feed them.

Now back to making awesome comics with you! =D
sdsnaggle 16th Jun 2011, 3:03 PM edit delete reply
Welcome back. I have been reading these posts every couple days and seeing the reaction. It is kind of weird to see people react to a cartoon. But maybe those people are the ones who take South park and Family guy serious. And my thought is this, why is no one blaming the person who put the poor kitties out. They just abandoned the kitties to this fate. I just keep hearing Bob Parker in the background saying "remember have your pets spayed or neutered." Though I don't enjoy seeing animals being abused or killed it is just a drawing. Anyway Clef glad you are back and look forward to seeing the story continue once you get your equipment.
bah! 16th Jun 2011, 3:10 PM edit delete reply
You guys must know the difference between real life and a damn comic.

Just because someone do something bad in a non real world(game,movies,comic,etc) it does not mean that that person is going to do it on real world(otherwise its better that we put on jail every person involved on terror movies, ppl that kill critters on games or people that draw very violent mangas like berserk.

Clef tried to make fun of deathwing evil and if you didnt like how he expressed it, deal with it, accept it and move on. When you see this comic again think: O thats just a comic that i didnt like, but i still like Sara & Kleeyo cause I like 99% of his episodes.

Random Lurker #42 16th Jun 2011, 9:03 PM edit delete reply
Seriously, this is really quite funny to read. I didn't know there were still this many idiots left on the internet after 20 years!
varsaigen 16th Jun 2011, 9:57 PM edit delete reply
It's a shame that others feel the need to continue insulting others... I wasn't aware that some peoples' opinions classified them as idiots. Now, I don't want to continue this flame war (just let it die, and move on. Please), but insulting others isn't the best way to "make them see the light". Insulting just brings everyone down, and makes the ones insulting others look like children.

Please just move on.
Clef 16th Jun 2011, 10:31 PM edit delete reply
Its because this topic is still the first thing people see when they visit right now. I'll get SOMETHING posted this Saturday...even if I have to draw something with my mouse.

Leo 17th Jun 2011, 1:12 AM edit delete reply
It honestly baffles me on how people find things like this. Which is mostly in FICTION so seriously...honestly. But Clef, glad to have you back :) Your art is one of my favorites, your the first I check for updates on comics next to Kelly's WoW Eh
MissDanasty 17th Jun 2011, 4:57 AM edit delete reply
I thought thIs was super funny. I love animals but this didnt phase me at all. I know its not real so i can see the humor it has.
Hell, whenever I get to fight DW Im makin my war cry "FOR THE KITTES!!!".
Thank you Clef for the comics, dont change a thing.
Valynne 17th Jun 2011, 8:13 AM edit delete reply
Love the reactions that seem to be popping up here. Speaking of poppin', somebody pass me the popcorn! *munch* Much better.

Love the comic, too! It's a fun read :D
Loyaltus 21st Jun 2011, 10:18 AM edit delete reply
Been reading this comic for a long time but never left a comment til now and I'm solely doing this to slap a bit of sense into all these haters. If they want to leave, thats fine but if they're leaving because they find this insensitive, they've got something wrong with them. I actually found this frigging hilarious as you were hoping people wouldn't blame you for having to post a hiatus picture and you achieved this goal a little too well =P

Love the work Clef, keep it up =D
Delakando 24th Jul 2011, 5:54 PM edit delete reply
Now I want to kill the artist. Thanks.
Knghtlight 25th Sep 2014, 6:58 AM edit delete reply
so much better <3 hahah awesome
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