Unearth | Chapter 3 Page 75

Speaking of abandoning ship:

I’m saddened to announce that all work on Unearth has been suspended indefinitely.

This page is the final weekly update…

UNLESS Unearth raises enough pledges from its new Per-page Patreon campaign

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169 Responses to Unearth | Chapter 3 Page 75

  1. pharmakeusubik says:

    That is distressing news. Thank you for the unique vision you presented, and best of luck in your future endeavors.

  2. Dethwarm Dover says:

    Nooo! Don’t just leave them hanging there!!

  3. Alan Brookland says:

    That’s a shame, I really enjoyed the the story so far. Best of luck in your future endeavours!

    • mvandinter says:

      Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ It is a shame that this vast, epic story is back to being stuck in my head with no means of escape.

  4. M.W. says:

    I admit Iโ€™m one of those annoying people who read Unearth every time an update popped up in my comic feed but otherwise didnโ€™t do anything (monetary or otherwise) to express my gratitude and appreciation for your sharing of your imagination.

    So, perhaps too late, but while I canโ€™t fault you for making the decision to draw the line here, I just want to say that Unearth will be missed. Your distinctive coloring style, art, setting, characters, and acerbic banter are quite unique and also quite good, and I hope you find success somewhere with it.

    • mvandinter says:

      I appreciate the feedback very much, and don’t fret about the other stuff. The real issue is the dwindling readership stats. Instead of picking up an audience over time, Unearth readership has been on a slow, steady decline for over two years ๐Ÿ™

  5. Custom avatarMalcolm says:

    My Monday’s just got a lot less fun.
    Very much enjoyed it. Hope you change your mind someday/somehow.
    Thank you.

  6. Alice Venturi says:

    I’m saddened by this, but I hope that life, the universe, and everything gets better for you in due course. Stay well, hear?

    • mvandinter says:

      I love your avatar, Alice! Wait! You’re ‘Alice’? I have a strange fondness for that name ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. feralcat says:

    Hate to hear it. I’ve enjoyed following the story. Best of luck to you.

    • mvandinter says:

      Hi feralcat. Thanks for reading for… over two years (based on your comment history). Thanks!

      Hey, where’s your Major Award? Oh, here it is:
      Major Award

  8. Pauline Leland says:

    Oh no!
    I wish you the best.
    Unearth has been so enjoyable. You said suspended, not cancelled. Is there a glimmer of hope that you will return? I’m clinging to it.

    • mvandinter says:

      There is always a possibility that I might make more pages just because I want to put the story on ‘paper’. Weekly updates are about building an audience of regular readers, but after 4 years, that mythical beast is seeming like pure fantasy. The more posts I put up, the fewer readers I have.

      • Thomas says:

        In the hope of that possibility of irregular updates from time to time just because you might want to get the story on ‘paper’ — I’m glad that interested readers can be subscribed by RSS feed. If more pages happen once in a while, we could get the notice.

        Best blessings to you and yours!

        • mvandinter says:

          Thanks for reading and commenting, Thomas ๐Ÿ™‚

          You know, you’re the one who got me to restructure the Archive!

          I’m glad to hear from an RSS feed reader! I’m afraid the view referral stats for the RSS feed are abysmal these days. So, I don’t know how many will notice if I add new pages.

  9. George says:

    Sorry to read your decision to end this story. It has been one of my favorites with such interesting characters.

    However, whatever has driven your decision, I wish you every success in the future and hope you look back on this work with great pride and satisfaction.

    There are many many who are not able or willing to take on such a great enterprise as a comic story, and those who do – whatever the outcome deserve praise and thanks from their audience.

    Thank you

  10. das-g says:

    Aw. I do hope one fine day the updates (whether at weekly schedule, at another schedule, or irregular with no schedule at all) will resume. Meanwhile, do know that I, too, have very much enjoyed the comic so far. And the witty comments of other readers. And the occasional awards you grated in the comments section. Thank you.

    Be well!

    • mvandinter says:

      das-g! Thanks for sticking with the comic over the years. Your comments helped keep me motivated ๐Ÿ™‚

      Oh, and you deserve one of these too! Thanks!
      Major Award

  11. Number 6 says:

    Nooooooooooooooo! ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    Well, at least it didn’t end on a cliffhanger with the hero in immediate mortal danger….

    Fortunately it’s only “suspended indefinitely” and not “cancelled permanently”. Those two things are different, right?
    *makes puppy-dog eyes*

    • mvandinter says:

      Major Award
      Congratulations and condolences, Number 6!
      NEARLY 200 COMMENTS just since 2015!!! Yikes.

      “suspended indefinitely” is The Curse of Hope… for you and for me ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Number 6 says:

        Oooh, a Major Award! And probably the Last One too, so especially valuable! It must be the puppy dog eyes, that always gets ’em. ๐Ÿ™‚

        I’ve seen some strips when they go on ‘indefinite suspension’ collect an email list to notify dedicated readers if, I mean WHEN, they eventually return. Maybe that’s too much hopefulness?

        • mvandinter says:

          Well, speaking of cynical (as in your comment below): I’m dubious about an email list. After the failed Kickstarter, I put up an email sign-up form for anyone interested in buying a Print-on-Demand edition of Unearth: The Prologue. Based on the response, I spent a month putting together the book, priced it as low as I could, and sent emails to everyone who signed up. A grand total of 11 people actually ordered the book that year. Eleven = Cynical.

          • Number 6 says:

            Well, that’s certainly understandable ( and appropriately cynical ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) I’m afraid I was never much of a paper-media person myself either. Rest assured, however, that if I ever win that powerball lotto, I’m signing up for the 2-grand-a-month Patreon level, so that’s a slightly-more-than-zero chance, right? (Also, when I win, there’s several other prematurely-ended webcomics I’m bringing back, as well as a number of cancelled TV shows I liked. See, unlike some people, I’m going to use my lotto winnings for critically important stuff that makes society better!)

            On a slightly more realistic note – how should we keep track of the small chance of an Unearth revival? I assume you’re not going to keep paying hosting fees to keep this address alive?

          • feralcat says:

            I got one of them. Guess I better hang onto it. Hopefully we will get to see the rest of the story someday.

  12. Sturzkampf says:

    Oh no! This is one of the most original comics out there. And you were just about to get to the bit with the scantily-clad young lady that would have been bound to up the readership.
    I hope you’ll make a note of everyone’s email and let us know if you reconsider.

    Funnily enough, The Heart of the Hollow World, the other webcomic dealing with c19th explorers drilling down to a subterranean world also seems to have stopped updating, even though it has a much higher quota of scantily-clad young ladies. Could this be a conspiracy by the mole-people? Or possibly the French?

    • mvandinter says:

      The French definitely had something to do with the demise of Unearth… in that I dreaded having to write dialogue in French once we meet Napoleon’s expeditionary force (trapped underground for years).

      As for originality: It’s an odd notion. Unearth is a synthesis of old and new, but it’s not part of any current zeitgeist (that I know of), which is probably why it never went viral or found a sizable audience.

      Oh, and, Sturzkampf, THANKS FOR READING AND COMMENTING since 2014!
      Major Award

      • Number 6 says:

        Original and intelligent, there’s your problem right there. The audience for that is pretty small. The public hates that sort of thing. You can call me cynical, but that’s not the same as saying I’m wrong. As the prosecuting attorney, I offer up all of popular entertainment as exhibit “A”, and most of the internet as Exhibit “B” for evidence. Give ’em trite, repetitive, formulaic, and simple every time. And bewbs. I hear that works too. So really, Alice, this is *your* fault, you’re just not showing off enough. :p
        (Sorry, I just had to get one last dig in at (m)Alice.)

  13. Custom avatarW Murphy says:

    That is sad news. As Malcolm said. My Mondays are going to be less fun. Good luck on your future endeavors!

  14. JuaSaysHi says:

    Nooooo, don’t go! Reboot yourself somewhere like hiveworks and get better promotion. You’ll surely become famous, you’re too good for this ignominious dwindling.

    • mvandinter says:

      Hi JuaSaysHi ๐Ÿ™‚

      I don’t know know that I even aspire to being famous, but you’re on the mark with the ‘ignominious dwindling’. I’m dubious about Unearth fitting in with Hivework’s repertoire. Still, I probably should have tried way back when Unearth met their submission requirements, which it doesn’t at the moment.

      Thanks for the kind words!

  15. JED says:

    I’m not sure there’s anything more to add that has not been mentioned before. I’m sorry to see Unearth suspended, I very much enjoyed the story, the characters, the humour and the suspense so far.

    I hope you’ll find an outlet for your creative ideas somewhere else (or perhaps here!)and I wish you best of luck with whatever comes next.

  16. Custom avatarwintermute says:

    Nooooooooooooo! So sorry to hear you’ve had to make that decision. Like everyone else has already said so well, I will miss this story very much.

    Matthew, you are an excellent artist and storyteller, funny ,smart, and talented. I wish you great success, and I hope that the stars align in the future so that you can continue this labor of love in some fashion. Reading this has been a highlight of my week for years.

    Also, this epic cliffhanger is too, too cruel. I know in my heart that Charlie will save Philo. Somehow.

    • mvandinter says:

      Major Award
      A well-earned award, wintermute!
      NEARLY 200 COMMENTS going back to 2013!!! Thanks for reading, supporting, encouraging, and sticking with it!

      As for the cliffhanger, well, that’s just petty cruelty on my part. I will tell you, though, your heart is on the right track ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Number 6 says:

        The next 10 panels were going to be an Epic Charlie vs. Sobek dino-fighting throw-down and we’re going to miss it!? That’s the way I’m going to imagine it happened.

        • Custom avatarwintermute says:

          This seems like a metaphor to me. The men are the readership, and Philo is the artist. Philo has built an elaborate and wonderful machine to take the men on a great adventure. But things have *not exactly* gone as planned, and now that he needs them most, the men have abandoned ship ๐Ÿ™

          Now we just need Charlie to come and save the day!

          • mvandinter says:

            That’s a metaphor, alright. Not intentional on my part, though. The entire story and this scene already existed years before I drew the pictures.

  17. Dave says:

    Oh! No! Oh! Dear! I am terribly sorry for you, your few readers and, I admit, myself. My Mondays (that occasionally slip to Tuesdays) will feel as though they are missing something. Having said all that, I personally found Unearth brilliant and witty, full of interesting characters. and with a fresh take on past form of dialogue. I will not beg you to take it up again, though I really hope that one day you will, as that is your decision, but I will thank you for months of brilliant entertainment.
    Thank you.

    • mvandinter says:

      Thanks for the extravagant compliments, Dave! If only you worked for a publishing company… You don’t, do you?

  18. teb1013 says:

    As I posted on Facebook, this is a real loss to those of us who like this unique strip. I wish that there were something we could do to make you change your mind, but this clearly not the case. Sometimes truly orignal visions like yours don’t catch on with the large market. Too bad. I really wanted to see what the course of this was going to be. It would have been one hell of a ride! Thank you anyway for all of the effort!

    • mvandinter says:

      teb1013, are you by any chance a talented comic artist? If you (or anybody else) wanted to do the art, I’d be happy to write the rest of the story!!!

  19. Brian says:

    Webcomics are a pretty much thankless task. I enjoy them and greatly admire the people to make them (and this one is definitely on the the very best), but I would never be able to do something like this myself.

    I would suggest putting up the pages one by one on webtoons or similar, and perhaps you will get enough steam up to start again after a hiatus.

    • mvandinter says:

      I like the idea of making the pages available on other sites. I’ve done that in a couple of other places (tapastic & comicrocket), but neither have attracted more than a tiny handful of readers. I’ll check out webtoons. Thanks!

  20. Custom avatarWyvern says:

    Sad news. ๐Ÿ™ Would you consider at least putting scripts of the next few strips up so we can find out how Philo gets out of this predicament? (The point of cliffhangers, after all, is to bring people back for the next installment — if there’s not going to be a next installment, it kind of defeats the purpose.)

    Also, how long do you expect the website to stay up?

    • mvandinter says:

      Major Award
      Not only have you been a long time reader and frequent commenter, Wyvern, you’ve also been a great proof reader! Thanks!
      Proof-Reader Award

      About the website: I don’t have any plans to take it down, and it’s paid up for another two years.

      About the cliffhanger: In truth, I stopped on that page not because it was a cliffhanger, but because there was finally a big “dinosaur” on screen!

      • Custom avatarWyvern says:

        Glad to hear I have plenty of time to save copies of the archived strips to my hard drive! ๐Ÿ™‚

        I’d still like to know how you were planning on getting them out of that pickle, though.

  21. David Byron says:

    Great comic.

    Oh… wait, what? that wasn’t long enough??

  22. Vince says:

    Monday mornings just won’t be the same. Hard to believe readership dwindled considering the wonderful story line you were presenting. And yes, good luck in all that you do!

    Have you considered putting the entire story, prequel and all, into a graphic novel form? Amazon and others print on demand, I think. I’d buy several and I wager many others would as well.

    Just a thought. The best to you!

    • mvandinter says:

      Hi Vince! Thanks for the kind words.

      I don’t know how to explain the dwindling readership, but it is what it is.

      The whole thing was conceived as a graphic novel, and the print-on-demand edition of The Prologue is on Amazon right now. Of course in the 2 years it’s been available, it has sold less than two dozen copies ๐Ÿ™

  23. Luces says:

    Must be the Brexit. Who wants to hear anything more from that sorry island?

    I’m so very sorry that you had to end the story. Wish you good luck for your future!
    Mondays won’t be the same anymore. (Has to be led away, sniffling.)

    • mvandinter says:

      Major Award
      Thanks for being such a great supporter of Unearth, Luces!

      Damn Brexit! I should have known it was at fault ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for giving me someone to blame besides myself!

  24. Petaybee says:

    I could have sworn that things posted on the first day of Ap..(COUGH COUGH)..ugust were just big jokes on the readership! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    As they say, All Good Things Come To An End, (And if I knew who said it, boy would we have words!) but I’ll genuinely miss this silly comic. Thanks for all the laughs and stories and good luck with everything. Just remember to pick up a proper English butler (and a noble lord’s wealth!) somewhere along the way in your travels! ๐Ÿ™‚

    P.S. If ever in the hazy future you do decide to pick up where you left off, count me in for the ride. I don’t think I’m points leader on Facepalm Awards yet (shakes fist angrily, especially at Thorin Schmidt, Number 6, and Wintermute) and I can’t just leave things as they’re standing! ๐Ÿ˜ก ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • mvandinter says:

      Major Award
      Thanks for being a great contributor over the years, Petaybee!

      Thanks also for pointing out that the whole comic is silly, which I take as a compliment ๐Ÿ™‚

    • mvandinter says:

      I’ve done some research on the Facepalm standings, and Thorin is definitely on top.
      But, Petaybee, you’ve also put up respectable numbers! So, here’s one for the road:
      Facepalm Award

  25. Aslandus says:

    Aw, well it was fun while it lasted ๐Ÿ™‚

    • mvandinter says:

      Major Award
      Aslandus, you’ve been a great supporter with 150 comments going back to 2013!
      I wish there were more like you!!!

  26. The Other Mike says:

    If you have to end mid-story, ending it on a comment about abandoning ship is an appropriate place to do it…

  27. Nezumi says:

    I’m disappointed, but do what you have to. I should have done more to share it, and maybe I will. It may be over, but it was a fun ride while it lasted, and I’d like more people to experience that. I’m just used to no-one I could share it with caring about webcomics much.

    • mvandinter says:

      Hi Nezumi. Thanks for commenting, and for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

      The sharing thing has been an interesting void. In the course of 4 years of weekly posts, I can find little trace of Unearth being mentioned or shared in social media or in online discussions. There have been no reviews or media recommendations that I can find. Unearth doesn’t seem to have grown ‘organically’ at all. ๐Ÿ™

      • Number 6 says:

        It’s possible that all your readers are technophobic Luddites like myself who avoid all social media like the plague. It would seem to go along naturally with our whole interest in a story based around steam power, cavemen, and dinosaurs.

  28. Dave says:

    Sorry Mvandinter, I do not work for a publishing company. I am retired from work and living on a pension. As for extravagant compliments, you may think so but I do not think most of those who enjoy your work would think so.
    And I am sorry Luces that this is another post from that sorry island! Mind you, the way things are going I tend to agree with your description!

    • mvandinter says:

      Hi Dave!
      Let me declare my sincere fondness for “That sorry island”! If you couldn’t tell, a large part of the webcomic grew out of my love of British history and English literature. I also spent six lovely months in London where I evidently contracted Mad Cow Disease ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Dave says:

        I suspected that a source for Unearth material was Victorian England and I am glad you enjoyed your stay in London.

        One thing I really enjoyed about Unearth (apart from the witty dialogue) was the way it completely avoided veering towards Steam Punk but stayed true to the eccentric inventor aristocratic explorer with a butler who put many an unflappable hero to shame.

  29. Custom avatarIkwig says:

    Well, this is a sad “how d’ye do” to mark my return to Internet Land. In truth, this is one of my very favorite webcomics (returned to multiple times each week in order to read the comments); I always felt quite sorry that you didn’t seem to be on any of the “vote for your favorite comics” lists, as voting and word-of-mouth are about the only ways I can support my favorites at the moment (although I did purchase your prologue book and am very sad to learn that there won’t be any others to put alongside it in the bookcase).

    At any rate, I do understand that it takes a lot of work to make a webcomic, and if one is not independently wealthy (meaning pretty much all of us), it gets difficult to justify the amount of time spent on it when it’s not paying one back. Still, I do hope that someday you’ll find yourself in a position to continue it, whether you continue it all by yourself, find an artist to work with, or put it in another form (perhaps just write it out as a novel rather than a comic . . . although I know that takes a lot of work too). My point is that I’ve really enjoyed reading your work, and I really, really want to know who that scantily clad girl with the great hair at top of the page is; I’m seriously disappointed that we never got to meet her, after seeing her picture for so many years.

    So I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors, and I’ll keep a small hope alight in my heart that at some point, this will again be one of those endeavors.

    Also, (because I think I forgot to say this in spite of all my wordiness), thank you!

    • mvandinter says:

      Major Award
      Ikwig, thanks for your contributions over the years!
      While you don’t have the most comments in Unearth history, you may be in the running for the highest wordcount ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Drew J. Hoskins-Smith says:

    Like some others (okay, I haven’t read all the comments, but I’m sure it wasn’t just that one person), I’m sorry for not making donations or contributing words of compliment, but I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the comic and I’m sorry to see it finish prematurely. I check every day and will continue to…just in case!

    • Drew J. Hoskins-Smith says:

      Oh and best of luck for the future and all your endeavours; I don’t know how I forgot that part!

  31. Custom avatarRuth says:

    Well, poop! I’m just getting reading ny favorite comics after having to quit for a year, and now here’s another one going away. I’m truly sorry that readership has dwindled, it’s a great comic. I don’t comment as a rule (just barely have time to read them some days), but I will miss this one in particular as it was just too funny! Best of luck on the next thing, and I will look for the novel on Amazon for my next month’s book purchase.

  32. Marc says:

    It is difficult to add to the previous posts about how much we regret the end of Unearth.
    What I did not realize is the large gap in time perception between author and readership. In my case, I had the impression that the story was just beginning, even if I am aware of the quite large number of pages already up. After the prelude which introduced many characters that we may never end knowing, I felt like the story was just starting in earnest now, while the author begins to get tired of not having more success.
    So, what to say? Sorry to have failed to pass the message of how wonderful I found your universe and your drawing and maybe it is just a See you later.

    • mvandinter says:

      Hi Marc, thanks for reading! I get what you mean about the perception gap, but “tired of not having more success” makes the decision to suspend the comic sound trivial. It was a hard decision that I’ve been agonizing over for a long time. It’s a big time commitment to produce a high-quality page almost every week for 4 years, and prioritizing that time gets harder to justify when the regular readership is abandoning ship (dropping by 85% over the last 18 months). There was never a large audience, but there are fewer readers now then there were on page 16 of the Prologue. I can take a hint.

  33. Custom avatarMarc Luzietti says:

    I’ve been reading since the very beginning. Definitely sorry to see you go. Your story was one of the things I looked forward to every Monday.

    I was looking forward to seeing Alice and Philo become better human beings, to seeing the captain getting eaten, to seeing Charlie have the time of her life.

  34. Scoutinthenight says:

    It’s hard to believe it’s been four years. I don’t think I’ve ever commented before, but I have really enjoyed the comic. I’m sorry to see it go. Good luck in the future!

  35. Thorin Schmidt says:

    Ahh geez. I am really going to miss this story, the author, and all the readership. Of course I’ve been too busy to have checked in (training and start of school), so who knows if anyone will see this comment.

    Nuts.

  36. Thorin Schmidt says:

    I’m also going to miss the chance to earn any more Facebook awards… I was hoping to build a little fort out of them someday…

  37. Ed8 says:

    Man, I go for just a few strips without commenting, and the whole Unearth shuts down! Seriously, though, despite my lack of commenting, I really will miss Unearth, hopefully you’ll find the opportunity to continue it in at least some format at some point in the future. It would be a shame for the story to never get told. (Particularly now that it has dinosaurs, the lack of which must surely have been the only thing holding it back.)

    At least I have my (now priceless Limited Edition) Unearth Prologue Real-Life Paper Copy Book to preserve for future generations, although it seems lonely without any companions to go with it.

    Anyway, for what it’s worth, Happy Napoleon’s Birthday! (and any other birthdays which might fall on the same day)

    • Ed8 says:

      (Note that, despite the timestamp on my above post, it is August 15th right now where I am located.)

    • mvandinter says:

      Ed8!?! After nearly 200 comments, then 2 years without a word, I’d assumed you’d died in some ironic manner. It’s good to know you’re still alive!

      Major Award
      We didn’t have Facepalm awards back in your day, but I’m sure you would have won a ton.
      Facepalm Award

  38. Custom avatarMarc Luzietti says:

    Who else still checks in to see if he’s changed his mind?

    http://www.allnightcomic.com/ didn’t have any updates for *A YEAR AND A HALF!*

    She started reposting the week I stopped checking.

    • Drew J. Hoskins-Smith says:

      Oh yes. Hope springs eternal!

    • Number 6 says:

      Then you must stop checking this comic! ….since apparently Marc Luzietti checking is what keeps webcomics from starting back up! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Unless that’s only true for that other comic, and in reality me checking back is what keeps Unearth from restarting?! But if I don’t check, then I won’t know if it starts back up, and if I do I will forever be crushed under this horrible burden of guilt! Arrrgh!

  39. Thorin Schmidt says:

    I was just logging in and getting ready to ask the same thing!

    So, is it a mark of our devotion that we keep checking in? I do, just to see if any new comments have been made. If new content were to magically appear I don’t know what I would do.

    Maybe it’s loyalty?

    Our is it just that we are sad pathetic people with no lives who somehow managed to find meaning by vicariously experiencing the life and drama of these fictitious characters? And who now delayed cling to the remaining flotsam of reader comments in a desperate attempt to hold off the impeding return to our pointless, pitiful, lives?

    • Number 6 says:

      I’m going to pick choice#1 from your list: Fan(atical) Devotion.

      Good news! We’ve broken the 100 comment barrier on this post! What say we go for 200? Or would that just imply that choice#2 above is the correct option? ๐Ÿ™

      • Thorin Schmidt says:

        I… Actually don’t care which one it would mean… I wonder if van dinter is still checking this?

        200 comments would be awesome!

        • mvandinter says:

          I’m still checking the comments, and 200 comments would be something… I’m not sure what, but definitely something.

    • Dave says:

      I think it is probably nearer loyalty than anything else. Think of it as not only a tribute to the artist but also to the people who added to the comic with their frequently witty remarks.

  40. Thorin Schmidt says:

    Hmmm
    delayed => desperately
    Impeding => impending

    Stupid autocorrect!

    • Petaybee says:

      Ah autocorrect, when have you ever failed to turn eloquence into exasperation.

      And don’t even get me started on your cousin autofill.

  41. Malcolm says:

    One thing I regret is not finding out who the 5th avatar from the left is, how she impacts Charlotte and Philoโ€™s relationship, and which is worse (better?) Her Highness or Charlotte.

  42. Thorin Schmidt says:

    I’m still actually speculating on how they escape from the current beastie. My guess is, that Philo escapes by leaving it in the hands of the butler. Who, being one of England’s most Supreme and accomplished butlers, send it packing with a few well-placed blows using techniques he picked up during his misspent youth under the tutelage of 1 Samuel Vimes.

    • Malcolm says:

      I think you could really do with assistance from Delphine Angua von รœberwald

    • Number 6 says:

      Godfrey explains to the dino that it would be above its station for a common dino such as itself it to be devouring an aristocrat and the dino retreats in shame.

      (If it were a T-Rex, on the other hand, it would be acceptable. The “Rex” entitles it to eat aristocracy. This one appears to be a Gorgosaurus, as I seem to recall the file name of its icon was “gorgo.jpg”)

  43. Malcolm says:

    Oh – also – I’m really crushing on Charlotte. (!)

    • Number 6 says:

      *Alice glares with stern disapproval and hostility at @Malcom at the interest in her sister*

      Watch out! She’s preparing to launch the eye-arrows!!

      • Malcolm says:

        Alice, Alice! I meant Alice! I really did! Nooooooo! (The eye arrows of millions are piercing my virtual self!)

        • Number 6 says:

          If only! That would mean there were millions of readers, and then Unearth wouldn’t be indefinitely suspended! ๐Ÿ™

          Also: *Philo is stares at @Malcom dumbfounded and amazed that anyone would actually crush on (M)Alice of all people!*

        • Thorin Schmidt says:

          Eye arrows? No, but I bet there are a few of these:

          0_o

          • Number 6 says:

            To be fair, Charlie does have the more attractive personality of the two. By a large margin. Can I get someone with Charlie’s personality and Alice’s appearance?

    • Thorin Schmidt says:

      Speaking of Charlotte, I wouldn’t be surprised if rather than Godfrey solving the problem, Charlotte walks up, takes a ribbon out of her hair uses it as a sling and hits the dino in the face with a rock

      • Number 6 says:

        If we’re placing bets, I’m going to go with the mysterious unnamed pterodactyl-riding girl from the top-banner swooping in for a last minute rescue from the dino. She looks like the kind of girl who enjoys fighting dinosaurs as a hobby.

        Also, I think her name is Jane! (from the file name of her icon at the bottom of the page)

  44. Thorin Schmidt says:

    Or possibly plumber-boy… We know he is already tracking them….

    • Number 6 says:

      I had considered our paleolithic plumber/shoe-fetishist as a possibility, but he seemed like he was pretty far behind Charlie, and Charlie was still so far away they needed a spyglass to identify her, so I don’t think Philo can wait that long. By the time he caught up, the only thing left of our intrepid heroes might be their shoes! (Not that plumber-boy would mind that)

  45. HumalaDuck says:

    Instead of lamenting the loss of a great comic, maybe we can think of a way to bring it back. Anyone have any ideas on how to bring traffic to the site? If we can recruit enough fresh eyes, maybe Mr. Van Dinter with make with the funnies again.

    Recommendations from other Webcartoonists seems to be a pretty good way of increasing traffic. (I suspect that’s how I found Unearth originally.) And a good way to get those other artists to make the recommendation is to do some guest art for them. So…care to try your hand drawing some tribute art/strips for other sites?

    • Dave says:

      Unearth was recommended to me by a friend who knows my taste in comics and humor. I have frequently recommended it to friends myself.

      Maybe if we contacted the folk producing other web comics we liked and mentioned Unearth to them with comments like “Your comic is great! Right up there with Unearth!” but probably more subtle.

    • HumalaDuck says:

      I notice that The Din is looking for guest comics, with three weeks left before the deadline. *hinthint*

      For those not familiar with The Din, ( http://www.dincomic.com/ ) it takes place long after an event called The Big Assault, wherein most forms of technology began to emit a fatal sound. Not being able to discover the cause of the noise, humanity was forced to give up electronics, and all advanced forms of technology are looked upon with fear and suspicion, as well as the significant number of people suffering mutations that cause their hair and nails to rapidly grow.

      It’s in this setting that the comic mostly follows a lad who is obsessed with bringing back flying machines, despite the fact that even just wanting to resurrect that technology to the point of what the Wright brothers had achieved could get him branded an enemy of the totalitarian state he lives in.

  46. The Saprophyte says:

    Well at least you left off with a hearty hail-and-farewell. That’s better that the ones who just suddenly drop off the earth without a word so for all you know they could be curled up dead in a corner somewhere being nibbled by cats.
    (I’m one of those that like to take in comics in large doses every so often so I’m only just getting the news. If I’d known you needed a signal boost I’d have spread the word. Still can, come to that.)

  47. Custom avatarJP says:

    What? Noooo this can’t be true. This comic is too good to deserve any form of hiatus. (Not again, and a more severe one this time). The writing is witty and interesting, the art is impressive and very detailed and the comment section always made me laugh.

    I didn’t check it every monday but I made sure of coming back every few pages and it never failed to entertain.

    I wish I could have done something to keep it going but it’s not like I have many friends that can read english or have an interest in webcomics. I’m also one of those not-luddites that just hate social media. Still… I seriously hope you’ll overcome this problem and amass the readership this comic rightfully deserves, mr. Van Dinter.

  48. Thorin Schmidt says:

    I’d like to know if van Dinter will tell us how Philo escapes. I’m thinking the pteranodon-riding girl will swoop in. I also was thinking that she, unlike Malice, would appreciate Philo’s intellect, thus setting up an interesting triangle. Since Malice won’t tolerate anyone invading her territory, much less having the gall to actually LIKE Philo…

  49. Torlais says:

    Found this and consumed all available pages!
    Very good story. The art is really unique and cool.
    Please consider a re-start.
    Thank you.

  50. Thorin Schmidt says:

    So is anyone else besides me still looking to see if new comments are posted?

  51. Thorin Schmidt says:

    It used to block me for spam when my posts were too short. That’s why I shouted the practice, nay, the habit, of always taking the long way around when attempting to get to the point. It has opened up a whole new realm of wonder and fascination with the English language, exploring the varied nuances of all kinds of wonderful words with no adverse side effects…

    Wait, what was I starting to say?

    • Number 6 says:

      It would seem to me, based on my prior experience with the aforementioned phenomenon, wherein a post might be rejected by the WordPress spam filter due to its exceptional brevity, that it is rather unnecessary to compensate by utilizing exceedingly verbose or loquacious passages when posting, inasmuch as the lower limit, from what I can recall, on the length of a post is merely three or four words, thus making any text in excess of that amount superfluous.

      • Thorin Schmidt says:

        You know, when my students do that to me, I remind them of Rule 6…

        Never be funnier than the teacher.

        In your case, however, I’ll just have to bow to your superior abilities…

        • Number 6 says:

          Perhaps, but you have the highly prestigious 150TH COMMENT! Woohoo!

          (I’m going to have to time my commenting better so I can get the even more highly prized 200th)

      • Custom avatarwintermute says:

        Well done, sir! Well done indeed!

  52. Thorin Schmidt says:

    Whoops, “started the practice”. One of the problems of using my phone to make posts.

  53. ansonmacdonald says:

    I still check and I still miss this weekly adventure.

    I had a strong suspicion that the big dinosaur would turn out to be the equivalent of a big friendly puppy!

    I keep checking in hope that my intuition is correct.

  54. wnp says:

    I check on occasion too. Liking the story and wondering how the threads would weave together was great fun. It seems there are fewer but still pithy comments to peruse.

  55. Thorin Schmidt says:

    My personal thought is that the blonde girl on the flyer would swoop in, and grab the two of them right out from under the big dino. I also jewel hoping van Dinter will relent and tell us which of our theories is correct

  56. Custom avatarIkwig says:

    Well, I tried to stay away, but found I couldn’t. I simply had to return and read through again. I sincerely wish that this were a hiatus rather than a full stop – remember all of those fantastic and funny comics posted during that last stop? Best hiatus ever!

    I can’t help hoping that, since Van Dinter does not appear to be just telling us which theory of survival is correct, he is thinking that at some point he will be able to continue the story in one form or another – can’t give away the ending if you’re planning on actually writing it!

    • Thorin Schmidt says:

      Yes, that is an encouraging thought. And I’ll grab that thought and hang on for dear life!

      • Number 6 says:

        I think he did say something somewhere about possibly continuing at some point in a written (and thus less time-consuming form). Or maybe I dreamed that part?

  57. Malcolm says:

    well, now that hell has frozen over and I need something to help me deal, can I have the web comic back?

    • Number 6 says:

      I blame the lack of an Unearth webcomic for any problems. These sorts of things didn’t happen while Unearth was running!

  58. Thorin Schmidt says:

    You know another reason why I like coming back to this webcomic? It’s because the author said that regular weekly updates had stopped. But he didn’t say anything about irregular updates.

    • Number 6 says:

      I was rather concerned a couple days ago when I checked and all I got was “server cannot find this web page” error message. It was doing that for several hours. Fortunately just an internet glitch. Don’t scare us like that! Darn poorly-functioning internet. Incidentally, to avoid future such panics, there’s a “Scrapbook” add-on for Firefox that lets you download the entire contents of a web site at once, essentially mirroring the site locally on your PC. In case anyone would want to do such a thing.

  59. Custom avatarKF says:

    Oh no! I just managed to get around to catching up today! I love these characters and their humor. They play off eachother so well. I will miss them.

  60. Thorin Schmidt says:

    Hey there KF, feel free to travel to Egypt with the rest of us and swim in denial… ๐Ÿ™‚

    • KF says:

      And denial is why I’m back checking the page over half a year after it ended! When did our beloved author decide to ask ransom for new pages? I think I need to learn how Patreon works now…

  61. Guy Tanzer says:

    It is a deuced shame. Webcomics are an exciting new art form which, alas, doesn’t seem to work very well. A decent webcomic is still pretty labor intensive; there’s no guaranteed revenue stream, unlike a syndicated newspaper comic; and advertising a webcomic is somewhere between tricky and daunting. So many good ones have died, or vanished, or gone into suspended animation – often at a distressingly interesting time such as this one. Damned if I know any practicable answers on how to fix this.

  62. Sean Pedersen says:

    Very much enjoyed reading your comic. It was creative, smart, and funny. Best of luck to you in your future endeavors.

  63. Dave says:

    Well someone has to say it! Happy Christmas to all of you that celebrate it and for the rest, Happy Holiday Season!

    Good grief! It has been months since I added a comment here but it is entertaining reading the posts.

    Mvandinter! May your new year be really great – so good in fact that you decide to post at least a page a quarter! (So you see that wish was really for all of us.)

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