In between regular postings of This EMPIRE are “yesteryear” strips.  These segments will hopefully provide some interesting vignettes into Niall and Jamal’s past.

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Related Strips:  Yesteryear

Here is the updated comic of the yesteryear sketch form last week. Well I went into last week’s #SketchBomb-NC failing in a spectacular fashion trying to finish it up. Marko took to inking the sketch version of today’s comic. Which seems to be slightly incomplete there was some other things I considering adding to the comic but decided not to at this time. Marko gave some good direction on how to approach it though.


Oklahoma City, EF5 tornado

On Tuesday, the National Weather Service gave it the top-of-the-scale rating of EF5 for wind speed and breadth, and severity of damage. Wind speeds were estimated at between 200 and 210 mph.


This aerial photo shows the remains of homes hit by a massive tornado in Moore, Okla., on Monday, May 20, 2013. A tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (AP Photo/Steve Gooch)

*Red Cross Helping Tornado Victims With Shelter, Food, Supplies

*Architects Respond to Oklahoma City Tornado Disaster 

Some ways you can help

  • The American Red Cross of Oklahoma City offers several ways to help, online or by phone. Sending a text to 90999 with the message REDCROSS will result in a $10 donation.
  • The Red Cross also has a “Safe and Well” service that allows survivors to register themselves online and lets family members check on the status of loved ones.
  • For victims of the storm, FEMA offers a guide to applying for federal help, as well as an online application for aid, at its Disaster Assistance website. For those who can’t reach a computer, there’s also a mobile version.
  • In Oklahoma City, news services such as KFOR TVNewsOK, and KOCO TV have provided their own lists of local aid groups, to help residents coordinate relief and donation efforts.
  • On member station KGOU’s Twitter feed, our colleagues are posting news and updates that include places where families can reunite and where to find emergency housing.
  • Also on Twitter, the City of OKC provides updates on things from the status of the city’s water (it’s safe) to road closings. The National Weather Service – Norman tweets updates on conditions.
  • If you’re in an area that could be hit by a tornado this year, FEMA has recommendations for how to prepare for the powerful storms. The list of tips includes what to do before, during, and after a tornado.


*Please note* If you see additional avenues of support send the link over and I will add to this list.

Thank you for reading, back to making comics.