4.0 Road Notes Cover

February 4th, 2012, 12:01 am

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Gibson Twist, February 3rd, 2012, 4:07 am

Book Four, Road Notes

Welcome to Book Four.

It seems like every time I start a new book of Pictures of You, I'm surprised that it's happening, and Road Notes is no different, but this time it feels like I've come full circle. Let me tell you why.

You see, back in the spring of 2000 when the very first inklings of this story started forming in my head, the story began in what now exists as Book Four. The series began with the group formed, the history (or a version of it) that was the first three books had already happened, and the plot went from there.

Of course, it didn't take long to realize that without what came before, we wouldn't care as much about the characters. We needed to see the group come together, to watch the relationships form and fray a little. Most of you know what happened next, years of rewrites, different versions of the comic, then eventually the comic you've read.

Naturally, the version you're about to see is much different from the original ideas. For one, Peter played trumpet rather than keyboard, and for another, he and Kara were not together. Most significantly, perhaps, there was no One-Inch Punch, no band of any kind, and their part in this story didn't happen. Instead, there was a storyline about an old condemned hospital being torn down. It wasn't very good.

Perhaps strangely to many of you, the skeleton of the story that remains from the original version of this book involved Lauren and Sam, who you will see come into the forefront in perhaps unexpected ways. Trust me, you'll see, it's kinda crazy.

Now, Book Four begins, and it will be a far cry from the roller coaster that was Bishop Street. You're about to read a return to the for the most part lighter side of Pictures of You. That said, I think the complexity of the relationships will still be in form, and there will be a few moments of holyshitness.

So thanks to everyone who has stuck with us through the years and everyone who is new to the story. I hope you enjoy what's about to happen.


Gibson Twist, February 3rd, 2012, 4:11 am

Don't forget, today is the 5th anniversary of Pictures of You online, and we're having a live video Q&A as part of this weekend's WEBReeF 2012 event. We're scheduled to go live at 3pm EST, 8pm GMT. Apologies to everyone on the other side of the planet, but any nighthawks among you, come along!

Go to http://www.webreef.net and sign up before the event in order to participate, and get your questions ready, or just come for the talking. Hope to see you there!

User Comments:

shalahoyden, February 4th, 2012, 12:12 am

No chat for me, stupid job. But I'm quite excited for the new book! Yay and congrats on 5 years of awesomeness!

KyledKat, February 4th, 2012, 12:15 am

Ahhh, Book 4! It's hard to believe 2 months have already gone by. Finally, my weeks can be a little brighter with PoY updating regularly.
Happy birthday Mr. Twist's little brainchild, and a BIG congratulations to the author for still writing the story after five long years!

lsmith2509, February 4th, 2012, 12:57 am

5 years! woot!
Unfortunately I will also not be seeing the webchat(overwhelming sadness) because of my stupid job as well, and even though I haven't been here for all 5 years I've enjoyed the 2 I've had with POY! Great work and I'm so excited about Book 4! Oh and CONGRATULATIONS ON 5 YEARS! I think your work is genius!

BlackRosePhantom, February 4th, 2012, 1:40 am

Can't wait to start reading the actual comic again! I always look forward to reading every page as soon as it comes out! In my opinion, you have one of the very best comics on the entire web!

RIver L (Guest), February 4th, 2012, 1:49 am

I'm having a really hard time seeing what the hat say's. It's diving me crazy.

WebComicsFan (Guest), February 4th, 2012, 2:21 am

Yahoooo! (trademarks be damned)
Thank you, Gibson. I've been looking forward to more "Pictures of You." When you ended the last book, I was afraid you'd go the way most good stories go... To the end.

"EndTown" is great, and "Tiny Pink Robots" (thanks for the intro) is fun, bit this one is REAL.

I feel like I know these folks.

Long may they rave.

Kotire, February 4th, 2012, 5:47 am

Well hell
Unfortunately, I will also not be able to make it due to employment, but I still wish to congratulate you on book 4, and 5 years. Hope the day goes well for you and the readers good Sir.

darkamnios, February 4th, 2012, 8:58 am

Yes!!! I was able to convince my husband to let me use his computer today, was afraid I'd miss the whole POY thing but have no fear!!! Im here!
FUCK YES! For 5 years and book 4 of what I know it is the best online comic! I'll be sure to tune in later for the live chat!

NemuiKitsune, February 4th, 2012, 12:18 pm

Webchat at 4AM... That aside, congratulations for all the great work!
The cast of POY are the most fun and yet realistic characters I've come across.

tveye, February 4th, 2012, 2:25 pm

Good to have PoY back...I missed your stories. Now you got me all giddy with anticipation at what's gonna happen. Is that Alexander? Does he return?

The_Hankerchief, February 4th, 2012, 2:40 pm

Happy 5th anniversary!

Kotire, February 4th, 2012, 8:16 pm

How was it?

SpiralPen, February 4th, 2012, 10:51 pm

Ahh, Road Notes at last.
I actually feel like I'm about to open a brand new book and dive right in.
I wonder where this one will take us~

Shaz, February 4th, 2012, 10:58 pm

I'm so excited about what comes next! Looking forward to the story, and seeing what happens! :D

yayness (Guest), February 5th, 2012, 12:54 am

Yay! I remember when that second pic was just a voting incentive. it looks awesome coloured. :D

Although when I saw he link for this on facebook i had a momentary total panic that it was monday and I'd forgotten somehow...

Petrov, February 5th, 2012, 1:10 pm

Can't wait to read this, I'm almost jumping out of my seat!

Onyxlight, February 5th, 2012, 3:08 pm

Three Cheers for Five Wonderful Years!!
I love the cover and I cannot wait for the awesome and entertaining ride known as Pictures of You by Gibson Twist to continue. As always, I shall be here *hugs to you* for your continued success!

Remnants of Nana, February 8th, 2012, 12:17 am

Oh my God. OH MY GOD! P.O.Y. IS BACK! I've been dying for this to start up again (not that the fillers didn't keep me amused or anything, but ohmyGod!) *squeeeeeeeeeeee~!* So excited!

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