You know, when they say life is never easy, they mean it. I am here to say I’m not going to post comics for the rest of the summer. Late September I’ll make a decision if I’ll just finally retire this comic, or bring it back in full form. But first, some back-story for you so you have an understanding of where I’m coming from.
2013 was a very good year for me. My wife had both her hips replaced, ending a 2-year struggle with pain and immobility. I worked out a foreclosure deal with our mortgage company and relieved my family of that mess. My business was doing decent. Not gangbusters like in the late ’90s or early 2000s, but I was able to eat and pay the bills. I even attended two major comic conventions last year in steps to relaunch my comic and illustration career.
Anyway, the beginning of this year was extremely rough, for many reasons that I won’t bore you with. But, I never recovered from that horrible start and things have just cascaded downward from there. And here I am in July with really nothing to show for the year. This is the worse I’ve ever seen it for me and I’m none too happy about it.
So, needless to say, I’m under a lot of stress and it’s effecting my work here on the comic. This camping storyline, originally a nicely scripted story, has been torn down with my spotty drawing schedule and, of course, my constant worries of my personal life. Thus why I need to stop just about everything in my life, regroup and jump-start the rest of this year.
To quote Arnold: I’ll be back. But not until late September or early October. If I do return, I promise a grand return. I have a big story of the gang interacting in New York city on the night of the 1977 blackouts. It’s a great story and full of cultural references (punk, NYC, etc.). I have been planning this story for a year now and it needs to be told.
See you this Fall and enjoy the rest of your summer.