I owe you all an(other) explanation. It’s fine for a guy in my position to say, “I need a break for a bit.” It’s also fine for me to quit this site altogether. It’s fine for me to post nothing but cute pictures of my kids, continue to rake in the ad dollars on the strength of a popular webcomic I used to run and keep selling t-shirts to those of you who keep coming back here and ordering them for lack of anything new to do. Hell, apparently aLp is a finalist for “Outstanding Photographic Comic of the Year” at the “Webcartoonists’ Choice Awards” for the second year in a row, despite the fact that I made like 6 new comics all of last year, so hey, maybe I could keep up this racket for another 5 years.
What’s not fine is for me to keep stringing you along with rumors of new stuff coming “next week”, and “just one more week”, and “soon”. I feel like a total dick now that I’ve been doing that since Christmas. Folks are arguing about this in the forums now. I’m sure you’d rather I just said “Come back in 2010″ instead of feeding you this “soon” crap I’m dishing out. It’s kinda like a slot machine – it’s a stupid game that you can’t win, but just the slight, random chance that you might unexpectedly win is what keeps you playing. What you really need is for the casino to tell you “you’ll win on your 30th pull” and then you can decide whether it’s worth playing or not. If I were a casino I’d keep dicking you around (I’d also eat lobster more often), but since I’m not, I’m gonna level with ya. Again.
Two things are holding the next update up. 1) Work’s been insane again, and 2) the next installment of aLp involves a hell of a lot more work than any individual one in the past. So in addition to the fact that I haven’t had the time to work on it, it’s more ambitious than usual, which makes for a brutal combination. Will it be worth it? Maybe, maybe not. All I know is that work is gonna keep me snowed under for another 3 weeks or so, and then I swear I’m gonna take one mother of a vacation, and I’m gonna sit down and crank the new aLp out. I’m gonna give myself a conservative deadline – if I don’t have it up by Monday, March 17, 2008, I’m gonna quit altogether and take up knitting.
In the meantime, though, I’m gonna try to make good on my promise to blog more here at least. There’s no good reason I can’t at least do that. It bugged me that I couldn’t motivate myself to say even a little something about the unbelievably awesome Super Bowl. So if you still insist on coming back here everyday, even though I’ve said what I just said above, at least maybe you’ll have something to do besides buy my merchandise and join the mailing list.
I love you all!
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