I am writing this as I watch the movers load the second batch of stuff out of my Walnut Creek house so that it can be taken back to Burbank. Last night, I worked on the new site for a whopping 15 minutes before collapsing in an exausted heap at the foot of my bed. I still have no idea how to change the colors on the site, or add a custom banner, or anything. Tyler Martin, if you are out there, please write me back, as I need HELP! This web design crap is hard and there is nothing easy about ComicPress. If only TypePad would make a more Webcomic friendly template.... Oh well. If any one else out there can help me, lemme know!
In more strip related news,
I am alive and I am well! I had to take an unplanned hiatus from the strip due to some unexpected changes in my professional life. It seems that my time at Pixar must soon come to an end. Without getting into too much detail, it is an amicable parting but it became quite clear in the past year that Pixar wasn't quite the place for me. So...Sara and I will be returning to Burbank, as our house there never sold and is there, happily waiting for us to return. To tell you the truth, we never quite adjusted to the Bay area and missed LA terribly. What can I say? We love the sun, the beach, the awesome movie theaters, and all the great restaraunts in Korea Town.
Now, some of you are thinking "Oh great, now we get another 4 or 5 months of bellyaching about unemployment". Not so!!! I already have a brand spanking new job waiting for me with lots of old freinds at Dreamworks. I can't talk about it now, but I assure you, it's a great project. The next few movies out of Dreamworks are going to be pretty spectacular. You'll see what I mean when "Kung Fu Panda" comes out.
Once I get settled in LA, I am going to launch the all new Chippy and Loopus site, and begin posting once or twice a week, and then ramp up to posting 3 times aweek.
Now, the question. Due to work, home and a thousand other pressures, my posting schedule has been erratic at best for the last year and a half. It has been damned near impossible to maintain a narrative thread. The original intentions for the current story are lost somewhere in my subconcious, and frankly, I woudn't be surprised if you all felt the same way. The way I see it, I have 2 options: One; dig deep, roll up my sleeves and write my way out of this corner I've painted myself into and drag all of you along for the ride OR
bow out of the current story and start over fresh when I launch the new site. What I would do is consider the old 2x8s a dress rehearsal, and start over, re-drawing the strips that work, and working new material in whenever and wherever I can, eventually working up to the time travel story. The downside of this is that many of you will be saying "haven't I read this before"? However, the upside is that it will be easier to get new readers on board with the shorter stories and bits I did in the beginning. After all, this is the reason for the site redesign: to make it easier for new readers to jump in
What do you all think?
Thank you for your continueing patience!