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Wednesday, June 9, 2004 | 01:24 PM | by
I did it. The book is finished. It sits here in front of me, ready to be fedexed to the printer.

The thing is, it cost me another 36 hours with no sleep to do it.

I'm going to put up the new comic later tonight. I wanted to do it right now, but I sat down to draw and I just physically couldnt do it. That cheesy 5 minute sketch is all I could manage, my hands are shaking so badly.

The other day I was laughing about this, but I'm not laughing now. I'm in a serious amount of mental and physical anguish.

I want you guys to understand that this isn't soley because of some nazi-regime deadline i set upon myself and torture my person to meet. It's partially my own deadline, but there is also a deadline I have for the printer. If I fuck that deadline up, I run the risk of having the book seriously delayed, and that's not something I'll stand for. The book will be printed on time, and getting physically sick is just the price I had to pay.

As much as I want to do the comic right now, I can't. I just need a nap. A couple of hours at least, to recharge my brain, and then I can get one up. I've asked my girlfriend to give me a wake-up call to be sure I don't oversleep.

I promise I will have Wednesday's comic up before the clock strikes Thursday.

Just, for right now, please bear with me. I know I'm letting you guys down this week, but the book is done. After this weekend I can take a short rest before I have to start gearing up to receive and ship them all. Just in the meantime... try not to even look at me funny. I swear I may keel over dead.

Bombs away

Wednesday, June 9, 2004 | 09:45 PM | by
You know, if I never again have to read, or even look at any of my first one hundred and fifty strips, I will be pleased. However I know that's not going to happen.

I know it's not going to happen because I finished the book this morning. After one last 36 hour work session with no sleep, and after getting everything layed out, and then proofreading it in the computer, and then printing out every single page and proofreading it there, and making corrections and then reprinting out the pages, and going over and over the book looking for mistakes and whatnot, I finally packaged the book materials up and FedExed them overnight to the printer.

*Kicks the book in the ass on its way out the door*

I should recieve my proofs in a couple of days, at which point I will have one last chance to read over the book and catch any mistakes (at this point which will cost me money to fix) before the book goes to print.

Anyhow, I've got a whole lot to talk about, but I only took a short two-hour nap earlier, gathering just enough energy to complete today's strip, as I promised you I would. I'm sorry again that it's so late today. I've got so much to do still, and so much to talk about here. But not right now. Not tonight. I need to sleep.

Thank you for all the emails of support. I don't think I can answer them all, but I am certainly reading them all.

Also on a closing note, I believe that Monday may be the last day for pre-orders. I need to start gearing up to receive and ship them, which is going to be an absolutely enormous ordeal.

I may open ordering up again before the book starts shipping, but Monday will probably be the last chance to get a signed copy. I'm going to be signing books until my hand falls off as it is.

If you can't order by Monday, don't worry. The book will be for sale indefinitely. You can also go down to your local book store/comic book shop and have them pre-order it out of this month's Previews catalogue if you want.

I go sleep now.