The fort depicted here really did exist. It wasn’t as complete as shown in this comic, though. The real one was just a level platform with a plank ladder leading up one of the support trees. It was a short 15 minute walk from my cul-de-sac into the thick of the woods, down an unofficial “well-tread” path. I still to this day don’t know who built it or how old it was at the time I found it.
Unfortunately, time was not kind to it; much like the stepping stones and the oversized piping, this is yet another landmark of my childhood that has not survived. On one of my last trips out into the woods while visiting the old house, I found that the fort had all but disintegrated, either decomposed by the elements or removed by someone. All that’s left of it is a single plank of wood nailed to a tree.
So yes, in case anyone missed last week’s color update, be sure to check it out by clicking the “previous comic” button. I updated late on Monday night so I’m not sure how many people may have overlooked it. In case you did, I had mentioned that I would be dropping the grayscale for awhile with the comic to allow me more time to maintain a regular update. My graduate thesis is kicking in and I’ll be working full-time on that for the next year or so. The only way I could see myself keeping up a faster and consistent update schedule is if I made the pages less time-consuming to finish. To compensate, I’m going to experiment with spot blacks and more textures in the settings, which I hope you all enjoy just as much!
I’ll still keep the option available to donate for a full-color update, and will fulfill those pages immediately. This is just a way for me to still keep producing P&C during my grad thesis time and eliminate any delays in the future. I’m sure you all are as tired as I am of seeing multiple weeks go by without any new material!