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Welcome to the relaunch of Westward! If you’ve read the archives up to this point, you’ll recognize the fellow in panel 3 as Benjamin Schultz, son of Frederick Schultz, who runs United Space and much of Western civilization besides. Ben first appeared on Westward disguised as technician Ed Spratt, a pseudonym given to him so that he could prove himself to his father without being given special treatment. Ben returned to the Solar system with a massive chip on his shoulder, a serious problem with Martians, and the looming challenge of the end of the world thanks to the massive alien vessel (or “seed”) hurtling toward Earth and seen in the final panel. If you haven’t read the archives, there’s no time like the present! -e

  • Charles Dickson

    Thanks for coming back! I’ve had this day circled on my calendar. Don’t worry, I’ll be joining to get Alice too!

    • Thanks, Charles–good to see you! The first Arizona strip will be published this Thursday, and of course the archives will be available to new patrons as they join. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rune

    Welcome back! I’ve been waiting for this since it went on hiatus, one of my favorite comics.

  • Great to see the relaunch. Now I have to remember where we left off.

    • Great to see you again, James! Since you’ve been with Westward from the beginning, I imagine you can reorient yourself well enough by reading through “Ascension.” Or you can just watch the story unfold from here; I’m doing my best to make it accessible to newcomers.

  • Folarx

    Wooo Hooo! Welcome back, E!

    • Thanks, @Folarx:disqus! Your support has been invaluable. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Homunclus

    So…Westwards new look. So this is your promised streamlined 70’s look?

    I dunno, I liked the boxy old gal, but we will see. There certainly is something to be said about a tear-drop shape…it makes it look alien.

    Also, I kinda love the exhaust, it’s like a discoloured rainbow.

    • I don’t think it counts as a spoiler for me to tell you that you’re not seeing Westward in this shipโ€”it’s another vessel, the Alamo.

      • Homunclus

        …Well, obviously.

        • First Star Trek meme of the relaunch! #achievementunlocked

  • toxic delirium

    I swore to God I would never give money to a webcomic. That’s what I get for believing in God.

    • Thank you, Toxic Delirium! I can’t tell you how much your faith and your support means to me. I’m honored!

  • toxic delirium

    I wish you Godspeed.. I am certain of your success.

  • toxic delirium

    Your work is very like Larry Niven. There are not many writers out there like Niven.