News for December 2010:

Joe Fri, Dec 31, 2010 Good decade. Had some ups and downs, but altogether an okay start to the millennium. I should have more to say, but times like these, I tend to get quiet. Maybe it's a sense of sober reflection. Or maybe it's that I stayed up all freaking night getting this sliver of a comic done and my brain's operating on seven neurons right now. Well let's just leave it that this event deserves more than I can say. And if anything more needs to be said, it can be said later. But I will say thanks, guys. Thanks for giving me a decade of meaning. Stay safe and come back soon, arright? I'll see you on the other side.
Fri, Dec 24, 2010 Sorry for the smallish update, but time's pressing. I'm also sorry if any of you have been inconvenienced by a whole batch of comic notification e-mails you may have received suddenly. I thought I knew all the ways that NotifyList could go screwball, but apparently now it's saved all the recent update notices I sent over the last few months and delivered them just now all at once. Which really defeats the purpose. So screw it, we're not using NotifyList anymore. I'm fairly certain no one's running it anymore anyway. Best just to let it rest in peace.
But Merry Christmas! I hope you have a great new year. Yeah, I said "Christmas." You don't celebrate it? Well I'll do it anyway! Because, here's my thought of the day... is it so wrong to say "Merry Christmas" if I don't know your preference? I got to thinking, isn't the holiday really as much a personal sentiment as a social one? What if we just came to accept that when someone wishes us a specific happy holiday, they're simply extending a greeting from their side of the pond? We're only saying the same thing in a different language, right? So why can't I wish a Jewish person Merry Christmas, and why can't they wish me a Happy Hanukka? It's the thought that counts. When the Vulcans give us that "live long and prosper" thing, should we be offended because we don't want to learn to move our fingers that way? Heck no! They're just sending warm tidings. So next time someone wants to wish me a merry Kwanzaa, or Ramadan, or Solstice, or Winter Day, or what have you, then you go right ahead. Community was right. It's a beautiful time of year no matter what you call it. So Merry Christmas to you.
Sat, Dec 18, 2010 Well San Francisco was great. Good weather, fascinating architecture, fantastic natural sights. I traveled around, went to a Ninja Warrior competition, rode the cable cars, saw a Pixar exhibit, did Christmas shopping, and saw Tangled with my sister. It was a surprisingly good movie. What? I can't like Disney movies? Shut up, I'm a cartoonist. I can like anything.
Hey, I also need to ask you something. A while back I received Watership Down in the mail. It's something I'd been meaning to read for years, and had never gotten around to (a characteristic foible). I assumed it was a belated birthday present from my sister, as she told me to expect that sort of thing. However, I found out some time after discarding the packaging that it was not, in fact, one of hers. So if whoever it was that did send me Watership Down could contact me so I can thank you, that'd be good. Especially since I was honestly a little shocked at how deep this book got to me. I have to say, I don't usually burst into heartfelt tears right at the last page. Creating that kind of timed response takes real skill on the part of the writer. What, I can't cry? Shut up, I'm a cartoonist. I have no dignity to preserve.
So that's all I have to say to you today. Except that now that I'm back, you can expect the site to continue its slow regeneration. Ooh, and keep reading Other Gods. There was another cameo scene. Such fun!
Mon, Dec 6, 2010 Expect the next comic Friday after next. Maybe Saturday. San Francisco beckons.

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