And so the 15 year experiment comes to an end. Growing out of what I thought was a one time joke on someone else’s LiveJournal, it took on a life of its own. At one point I thought it might last a couple of months.
Then I moved it from just LiveJournal onto Comics Sherpa, where it caught the eye of John Glynn and was one of a handful of strips (most notably the Argyle Sweater) he selected over time to move to the main GoComics page. He and I shared a joke that our relationship was just like that of William Randolph Hearst and George Herriman, in that Hearst kept the strip in print because he wanted to read it.
In the end, the strip outlived both of its original homes: LiveJournal and Comics Sherpa.
Our supporting cast in the background today represent almost every “supporting cast” production piece I had in PhotoImpact or on my hard drive. The exceptions tend to be from variations on a character (although I did include a few Victoria variants and Edward’s doppelganger Renfrew). Do not ask me to name them all; there are some who I forgot who they were. I also deliberately chose not to include Fearless Leader; I’ve had enough of him and don’t want to give him any more brain time.
I just ran out of space (I didn’t know there was a maximum comment size) and had to take out two paragraphs so I had room to end properly. As for what comes next, I’m going back to writing hoping to finish my next novel and next play. At the same time, by friend S.P. Burke (a great writer in his own right and a much better artist than I) are at work on a new strip. It will be more mainstream than TNAOQV, but will still feature our subversive senses of humor. If we can pull it off, it will probably come out in a year or two. If not, well, we’ll go do something else.
Thank you all for fifteen years of mediocre jokes and horrible art. It was fun for me and I hope you found it funny, too. — Pab