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This strip has a pretty interesting history behind it. It’s actually a redrawn version of a super old strip I drew over Christmas 2009. Yep, that’s right! The Chapel Chronicles is actually much older than the existing webcomic.

Chapel herself started as a doodle that I came up with in the beginning of 2009. My mom really liked it, so when her birthday rolled around, I wrote her a poem, illustrated each stanza with a doodle of Chapel, and tied it all together into a little homemade book. It was such a hit that I later made similar books as Christmas presents for my family. From there, I started my greeting card line, and drew some comics for fun at the same time. Over several months, I refined Chapel’s look until I started this webcomic.

So there you have it, a little history of The Chapel Chronicles! When I was starting Season 2, I remembered some of the great jokes I included in the old strips. I decided to cut down this Jenga strip from 9 panels to 4 and redraw it in my current style. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out! What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!
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I love that game. But then, I balance rocks in impossible ways, too... I like your tale of how the comic came about. I have a similar tradition in my family, only I custom-make wrapping paper for all of my gifts. The personally made touch is the best touch!
NefariousDrO 11/29/11 reply
haha, When I was younger I had a friend I'd play Jenga with on a regular basis. Only catch was we got bored and invented "Honor Jenga" where the current player had to remove one of the outer two pieces as close to the bottom as possible. We got to 14 or 15 Jenga blocks on top of each other with the rest of the stack on top of it. Lots of fun. :D
Gray 11/3/11 reply
Oooh, that's a neat variation! I'll have to try that out sometime when normal Jenga gets boring. Thanks for reading and commenting!
Emma 11/3/11 reply
Hi! I saw this on the BAGHS group email. This is a cool strip.
Sasha 10/23/11 reply
Oh, thank you so much! I didn't expect too many people would actually come look. I'm glad you like my comic! Will you be at the Halloween party?
Emma 10/23/11 reply
Is that Chapel's family in the picture in the background? :D Awesome strip btw!
Charlie 10/22/11 reply
Yes, it IS Chapel's family! I was hoping someone would notice, good for you! The photo shows her dad Sam, her mom Lia, her older brother Barnaby, and Chapel. Thanks!
Emma 10/22/11 reply
how old is barnaby?
Ginny Weasley fan 12/24/11 reply
I always do that, overthinking is my downfall.
Rocheal 10/22/11 reply
Mine, too! Especially in games like poker or scrabble, I'll be sitting there for 20 minutes trying to figure out the best move!
Emma 10/22/11 reply
I overthink everything, especially math tests, and scrabble.
Ginny Weasley fan 11/4/11 reply
YES, those are my two main sources of overthinking. Scrabble I've gotten better at not overthinking, but math tests...don't get me started.
Emma 11/4/11 reply
don't worry. I absolutely despise tests
Ginny Weasley fan 11/4/11 reply
Me too.
Emma 11/4/11 reply
Great point! Never overthink games like Bandu or Jenga!
Ali 10/21/11 reply
I've never heard of Bandu, is it similar to Jenga? And yes, Chapel's flights of fancy always land her in trouble!
Emma 10/22/11 reply
I've never heard of it either.
Alice 10/22/11 reply
i have that same game! by the way, i love chapel's hair!
miss stupid 11/13/11 reply
Thanks! I love her hair, too!
Emma 11/14/11 reply
your welcome--is it frustrating to color all the strips? i like drawing girls, but unless I have a picture, i can't draw anything else and don't color my drawings.
miss stupid 11/14/11 reply
It's not frustrating, although it takes longer than the actual drawing does. I've simplified the coloring method down until it's pretty streamlined now, so it's not that bad. If I work pretty hard I can finish one strip in an evening.
Emma 11/14/11 reply
wow, emma...i mean, it looks like an adult drew it!!! and you're 14!!! it shows young people can be as good (or better) at art as old peeps!
miss stupid 11/14/11 reply
Awww, thank you so much! That's so sweet to hear. Actually, Chapel is a simplified version of my art style, so I actually normally draw much more realistically (you can look on my tumblr blog for some of that stuff). But thank you so much! These comments are SO sweet!
Emma 11/14/11 reply
i bet if there was a newberry 4 kids u would win it!
miss stupid 11/15/11 reply
Well that's a bit of a stretch, but thank you!!!
Emma 11/15/11 reply
not really...you would at least get an honor or be a finalist. they'd AT LEAST put you for consideration.
miss stupid :) 11/15/11 reply
In the game of Jenga, so much depends upon the crucial first move. As it says in The Art of War, never let the enemy know you. My move must be surprising, yet calculated. Here it comes: the perfect move. Fred will be reduced to sobs, and I will have my . . . . . . victory . . .
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