Friday, July 20, 2007 | 01:58 AM | by
It's always irked me that I started my strip by breaking the fourth wall (when characters in theatre show their awareness of the audience, and the fact that they are in a fictional story). It's just one of those things you look back on and wish you had done differently. So for Ctrl+Alt+Del's one-thousandth strip today, I thought I'd poke a little fun at how we got started.

One-thousand strips. I can hardly believe it. I've been doing this for five years come this fall, and four of those years its been my full-time job. It's a bit of a milestone for me, so you'll pardon if I get a little nostalgic here. I celebrated my 100th strip, and the first anniversary... but after that I had no interest in celebrating every 100 comics. And I probably won't again until the ten-thousandth comic.

I feel so incredibly fortunate to have spent the last five years working on Ctrl+Alt+Del. I wake up every morning and I do something I love, and I love it today every bit as much as when I started. I'm still excited to play new games and make jokes, and come up with fun new stories and situations for my characters. Not a day goes by that I'm not thankful that all of this has happened.

And you guys are right there with me, along for the ride. What started as a hobby, a whim, a project for my portfolio that I thought I'd toss online for kicks has turned into something that not only I enjoy, but something that you all enjoy too. That means a lot to me. You guys read the strip, you send me emails, you interact with me, come see me at conventions... it's because of all of you that Ctrl+Alt+Del is as successful as it is.

I'd still draw the strip if no one read it, because it's enjoyable for me. But you guys have helped me turn it into something so much bigger. Multiple books, a comic book spin-off, an animated series, plushies, a successful LAN party, and dozens of other opportunities for projects that I'm still working on, or haven't even explored yet.

I can't even imagine my life without Ctrl+Alt+Del in it anymore. It has permeated nearly every aspect of my life for the past five years. Almost everything I have, the wonderful things I've experienced, and a lot of the outstanding friends I've made, are a direct result of creating this comic strip. And being self-employed has become a huge part of who I am. Sure, it means that some days you have to work a twelve, or fourteen hour day to get done what needs to get done, but I enjoy every minute of it. Even when the work really is work, you still find the fun there.

So thank you all so very much for sticking with me through these last one-thousand strips. It's been one hell of a journey.

Here's to the next thousand!

Otakon this weekend

Friday, July 20, 2007 | 02:18 AM | by
Friday evening I fly down to Baltimore for Otakon. I will be there, at a table, Saturday midday only. For how long exactly, I cannot say, but I am planning to hit the table around 11am(ish). I'll probably be there for a few hours, and then who knows. We'll see how things are swingin'.

I'll have a limited number of Ctrl+Alt+Del Volume Three and Analog and D+Pad Issue #1 with me. So if you want a signed book... get there soon!

Zack will also be with me, and signing the comic book and the 11"x17" poster he whipped up for the convention. As I'm not doing any other conventions this year, this will probably be the only time the poster is available.

Additionally, I will have some various art prints you can buy on the cheap. I don't know, a couple of dollars, whatever covers the cost of printing them. But as I said, I can only be around on Saturday. Zack will most likely stick around the table all day, and you can commission from him the sketchy work.

Our table is in the artist alley. It's a big room, and I don't know if they'll be listing the tables in the program book. Additionally, since I'm flying down and only for the day, I'm not bringing any fancy booth decorations. We're bare-bonesing it this weekend, so we may be hard to spot. That's why I recommend using this handy dandy map I have for you. As far as I know, we are at F5. We'll find out when we show up on Saturday.

I think that's all... see some of you Saturday!