Thanks again for checking out my novel Off to Be the Wizard, (Available for Kindle (US, UK),Nook, old-school, dead tree form, DRM-free on Smashwords, and as a free sample), and for using my Amazon Affiliate links (US, UK, Canada).
Good comic, as usual (especially the last panel).
Anyway, I've finished Off to be the Wizard yesterday, and I have to say that I got a fair amount of consumer surplus out of it. The setting was interesting (although unfortunately you brush all philosophical debate aside - my inner geek always struggles with that), the plot is well-executed (albeit not overly intricate) and the characters are likable. There were quite a few chuckles, and several laugh-out-loud moments while I was reading (I actually liked the fact that humor is not the driving force for the plot). Jimmy was very good - a Lawful Evil, socially cunning version of Big Bang Theory's Sheldon Cooper (I couldn't help but picture him as Sheldon as soon as he appeared).
Congratulations on your first novel, and as soon as you release your next work I'll make sure to buy it. Oh, as is usual with self-published books, I think you would benefit from professional editing. Haven't you considered going through a regular publisher? No offense meant, of course - I really enjoyed the book.
As a final aside, given the theoretical underpinnings of your novel, I think you should check out two short novels available for free on the net: After Life, by Simon Funk; and The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect, by Roger Williams. Both deal with computers, virtual realities, etc, and they tend to wax philosophical quite often.
Panel 4: I, to, am confused. And I re-read it twice. Good job!
@Miguel: "consumer surplus" is my new favorite phrase.
frame 2... excellent :D
I always feel a little sorry for your third panels. I think of them as the keystone to the arch of the strip. So much pressure to be funny. They are a plucky little panel and it always gives me a little rush of happiness when they succeed.
I both hate and love how much this comic parallels my life.