Wednesday, June 30th, 2010, 9:33pm ET

About this super time-travelin’ storyline

Hey, I wanted to say this about the current storyline if you haven’t heard me say it before… I KNOW IT’S TAKING FOREVER AND I’M SORRY YOU GUYS. I’m glad that most of you are enjoying it but I also know that there’s at least some of you who aren’t – maybe cuz it’s taking so long or maybe you just plain don’t like it.

I just wanted to try something new, y’know, and I’m pretty much happy with it, but still I do hate that it’s taking forever. The first problem, of course, is that I only have enough energy to do (almost) one update a week. On top of that, I’m trying not to let the jokes slip, and it’s hard to be funny and keep the story hummin’ along at the same time, with that one update a week. So, yeah, it does get to me when weeks go by and the story hasn’t budged much. But I’m trying not to let go of why you came here in the first place, which is for the yuks. I know you like the yuks.

So I’m gonna keep doin’ my best to make you all laugh and if it takes me another forever to finish telling the story I set out to tell, then sorry. I’m not gonna half-ass it cuz that’d be unfair to me and anyone invested in it. I just hope you’re diggin’ it… if you are, let me know so I don’t feel like I’m just a raving lunatic. And if you ain’t, well thanks for stickin’ with me for so long. I’ll just be here pluggin away the best I can.



  1. pik

    i’m diggin’ it! :D

  2. Chris M

    Hey, if it makes the story more interesting it’s fine with me. Besides, it’s your strip, you can do what you want! Have fun!

  3. skols

    Definitely digging it!

  4. dune

    Bernieh, take all the time you want, just keep the lulz coming.

  5. spinn

    Man I could throw a whole book o’ paragraphs here about dealing with the direction of one’s own creation but I won’t load you down. Can I just suggest that you’re worrying about it too much. If it’s giving you a positive creative direction you should just roll with it. Seems like you’re only getting upset because you’re getting upset, but aside from that you think you’re doing a good thing.

    Some people will like it more and some people will like it less, but that’s always true. If you like what you’re creating then that should be good enough.

  6. Rafa

    we love you too dude! keep going!

  7. prunella

    i totally dig it, it’s your world & thanks for the weekly window into it!

  8. bmc

    Doan’ listen to teh hat0rz. Dey jus be hatin’.

  9. spinn

    although p.s.: I do a good job of sounding like the voice of wisdom but man do I wish I could follow my own advice

  10. Ant

    Ok Bernieh, it’s storytime. Once upon a time there were a couple of NYC artists who tried something different, and became very popular and won a lot of fans. Then they went off and tried a few things which didn’t work and lost quite a few of those fans, but the true ones stuck with them. Then they went back to doing what they always did in order to win back all those fickle fans. They carefully scripted their public statements so as to alienate as few fans as possible, and apologetically distanced themselves from their “mistakes”, so they sounded more like politicians than artists. On the rare occasion they created any new art, it was a formulaic rehash, without any soul or integrity. Sure they remained popular, but their faithful fans felt betrayed and came to hate them.

    It shouldn’t be too hard to figure out who I’m talking about (although I’d be curious of the guesses of anyone reading this; there may be many fitting the description). My point is, trust your artistic instincts and don’t compromise your integrity. Any fans you lose weren’t worth having.

    p.s. I won’t apologise for the Australian-English spelling! ;-)

  11. Rassilon

    Keep it going, don’t short change us by cutting corners with the story, do it at your own pace.

    In short loving it.

  12. Tristan

    Well, you know, long storyline or short one-strip gag, it’s still Preston & Abe, THE Preston & Abe i started loving with strip #1, and as long as they remain true to themselves, i will keep loving them.

    And seriously, even if it DOES take forever, even if i howl to the moon when you skip an update, i mean, man, common’ ! a scene like the cash cab ? Well worth waiting.

    - What webcomic…
    - ALP !
    - Incorrect, the answer was XKCD
    - It’s always one of these two, it was 50/50

  13. erich

    one more for the dig column

    Mother Goose nursery rhyme:

    To market, to market, to buy a fat pig,
    Home again, home again, jiggety-jig.

    To market, to market, to buy a fat hog,
    Home again, home again, jiggety-jog.

    To market, to market, to buy a plum bun,
    Home again, home again, market is done.

  14. D.

    I’m diggin’ it so much that I’m BURNING IN THE MANTLE HOLY SHIT

  15. MC

    u pwn – keep up the laffs

  16. Hoppervalley

    Keep It up man still love the strips, delayed or otherwise

  17. mb

    Dig it!
    Keep ‘em coming.

  18. Craig K. Bartley

    Ok Ant, I give up. Who were the NYC artists? I initially thought Metallica but they are from California.

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  20. Bernie H.

    Thanks for the support everyones! I know I’m probably worrying too much but you know, that probably makes me normal.

  21. Shane

    Loving the whole storyline, I don’t think there is anything wrong with wanting to create something you are happy with regardless of the amount of time it takes. After Bill Watterson, you come to mind as an comic strip creator who cares about the craft and the telling your story. Sticking with the comic strip theme: don’t ever feel like you are Gary Trudeau, I wouldn’t wish that fate on Tom Wilson.

  22. Scr1bbl3

    Always worth coming back to for diamond moments like “your mom’s on the phone”. Still makes me larf till I cry.

    U ROK!

  23. chuoming

    Clinton has to be my favourite character in this comic

  24. Trog

    I’m all excited to see where they end up and who they meet. Loving the comic as always. It’s always worth the wait. Keep up the fantastic work, man!

  25. Alex

    I loves the yuks and the story’s pretty tangential. Still, this one’s interesting and worth waiting around for. Keep up the good work!

  26. Marvin_Arnold

    May I suggest anyone who nags about this comic make a better Alien/Predator action figure comic strip?

  27. Zed

    This storyline is pretty good, keep it going :-)

  28. Jono

    The storyline’s great man! If people didn’t like it they wouldn’t read it so jus be happy so many of us keep coming back and keep up the good work!

  29. Ant

    @Craig K. Bartley: I had KISS in mind (specifically Gene and Paul), but I like your Metallica suggestion. It’s a cautionary tale…

  30. Bazm

    Keep up the good work ALP is THE most awesome web comic ever!

  31. Suzy

    How do I send the list? I don’t have 91 but maybe 80 and I did it all by myself. I’m special! :)

  32. Bernie H.

    Email it to me at

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    How do I send the list? I don’t have 91 but maybe 80 and I did it all by myself. I’m special! :) That is Good

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