Couple UI elements, AI, scripting, serialization, and I can jump right into the game story. I'll be using my old map system (see below for a mockup; comments/cc please!), but without the fixes I've been trying to add.
BUT, I'm going to try something new this time. I'm actually going to design it out. All of it. Wish me luck [wink]!
EDIT - Part 2 of this post - webcomic
So, you can't really call it #1, but I did anyway. I'll be doing my best to do atleast one a week and hopefully they're funny. If not, say so and I'll see what I can do. Also, coloring will definitely be included in the next 'issue'.
As an aside to anyone that is trying to get into graphics and such - use LARGE images and shrink them down. Not only does it eliminate a few of the artifacts, it also gives it a decent blurriness. For that image I used 8000x6000 and shrunk it to 10%. You'll need a shit-ton of memory, but its worth it in the long run (and you'll need it anyways if you're getting into graphics.)