Hi all, the combination of (a) having to restore all of my computer’s damaged data and more importantly (b) traveling for two days midweek to support my parents during my grandfather’s final weeks has resulted in (c) no update. I would apologize, but it seems silly to apologize for taking care of family.
My grandfather was a distinguished bomber pilot during the War, flying a complete tour over Germany. He went on to work in PR – have you seen Mad Men? Yes, it was a bit like that. He was also an aspiring cartoonist, in the magazine gag genre. I’ve always found it funny that I picked the one ridiculous bohemian career that he, in his squareness, could be excited about. Granted, he keeps asking me when I’m going to break into the syndicates with my “strip”. These days I just tell him “soon, Grandpa”.
Updates will resume next week. Thank you all for your patience and notes of sympathy.
By an unknown artist: Jigoku Dayu, the “Hell Courtesan.” (I can’t help but suspect that’s a mediocre translation.)
It continues to amaze me that people read this comic, because I am making jokes about Biblical scholarship. Remember that last comic I did, guys? People got hit in the face with chickens in that comic. For the next one you can expect, I don’t know. Hungarian puns, maybe. Whatever will throw off the bell curve.
Anyway: the book! It’s off to the presses! There’s no turning back now. That typo I probably didn’t notice on page 171? That typo is going to be there FOREVER. I’m taking lots of long walks and trying to breathe through my nose.
See you next week! There’s some harsh and unfortunate stuff kicking my family around at present which might well knock me off the rail, but I’ll do my best to stick to schedule as long as it seems healthy.
Hey all, just a brief note: my computer is in the shop with a busted video processor (luckily nothing I have to pay for).
Since all of my image software and all of my shipping accounts are tied to that machine, this means no shipping and no comics updates until after I get it back; hopefully Friday, likely Saturday.
I will be checking e-mail in the meantime, so if you have any questions about an order or suchlike, please feel free to contact me. Thanks for your patience! Oy. I really wanted to get going on everything.
Funny to be reminded of one’s dependency on a particular piece of technology. I wonder how many medieval monks, scratching away at their illuminated manuscripts with goose quills, were driven to unexpected despair when their favorite feather supplier was struck by bird-plague.
Kali Ciesemier is absolutely nailing her illustrations for Garth Nix’s wonderful dark fantasy YA novel, Sabriel, over at Picture Book Report. Arg! So lovely!