Sorry for the late update folks! I’m deep in preparation for Wondercon which is really throwing me off my game.
Stay tuned for more information… SOON… And read the post below about what happened to the PDQs…
My goodness, that was fun wasn’t it? I suppose it might be a little disappointing to go back to this strip format, but at the moment, it’s a little too much work for me to be doing full-pages + a PDQ + art + my desk job… something has to give, and since I like having a roof over my head, it’s got to be the comic… so back to strips.
That isn’t to say I won’t be doing more at some point… in fact, I’m currently planning the next run already…
In other news, HHFM’s one year anniversary is coming up in 3 SHORT MONTHS! Holy crap, has it really been that long? Additionally, we’re going to be at Wondercon this year! It’s from February 27 through March 1! I’m so excited… It’ll be the biggest con I’ve been to as an exhibitor… (squee)
I’m going back to my day job on Monday, and I promise I’ll have a new PDQ up for you then. Hope you all had a great holiday! See you Monday!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
This year, I’m thankful for Webmonkey Ben, who’s helped maintain HHFM and tolerated my complete ignorance when it comes to all his technomancy. I’m also thankful for my friends, who have put up with me slavishly driving myself to get more and more artwork and comics done, and my incessant prattle about this comic. Finally, I’m thankful for all of you, the fans of HHFM who love this comic and come back so often to read it. Thank you all. I wouldn’t be here without all of you.
Don’t forget to Vote!
Just a few more days until Dec 1, when we start our first (annual?) Holiday special!
Yes, it’s certainly a small milestone, but it’s an important one, to be sure. We’ve officially made it through 100 comics and not a single missed update (ok, one little glitch, but we’re not counting that… it was a technical error).
Today’s comic is a tribute to one of HHFM’s big fans, Johnny Frandsen. Cartoonists can tend to live in a vacuum, not hearing too often from fans, or only hearing from people obligated to read your comic… you know… family and friends. He was the first person to send me a fan-mail, and I was shocked when I got it. Up until then, I didn’t have any true evidence that people actually read Hell Has Found Me. Chaos Kitty was his idea, and I’ve been kicking around ideas on how to bring him in. Johnny is also the creator of the HHFM Fan Club over on Facebook, and has been a constant reminder of how great fans can be. Every time I start to feel down about the comic, or really most things, I remind myself that there are fans out there, like Johnny, who do more than tolerate my sense of humor.
Thank you Johnny, and all the rest of you fans out there. Go sign up for the facebook group, say ‘hi!’ to Johnny, and then share it (and Hell Has Found Me) with your friends!
In other news, the 44th U.S. President has been selected. I’ve tried pretty hard to keep politics out of the comic and the news posts, because I know how alienating it can be when your favorite webcomic suddenly dives into political commentary. That said, if you’re not interested, go on and skip down, because I’m going to chat for a bit.
Barack Obama is an inspiring figure, and I’ve followed the race closely over the last 2 years, not long after Clinton, Obama and Edwards (among others) announced their candidacy. This year is the first time I’ve ever seriously considered volunteering for a campaign, however: I ultimately decided against it.
I come from Republican roots. My grandparents and parents come from the so-called “bible-belt”, the Mid-western United States. I believe I have a strong moral upbringing, initially based (I feel) in some of the best ideas of the Christian faith. I’ve also come to recognize that what I value in people no longer fully matches any established Religion. In the years that I grew up and began thinking for myself, I became more and more moderate. I recognize the madness and insanity of both the far right and the far left. My beliefs and values match with some of both sides of the aisle. What scares me the most about these election cycles are the crazy, insane things that are said, the bent truths and outright lies that each party seems to be willing to perpetrate against each other.
Ultimately, I voted for Obama, not because he was Democrat, or because his campaign seemed more honest, or because he seemed more stable, cool and collected than McCain. I didn’t vote for him because he seemed to have fewer insane political zealots rooting and working for him. These were contributing factors, I assure you, but not the only reasons. I voted for Obama because he spoke to what I value. He spoke of hope, with the firm conviction that with hard work, with calm dignity, with thoughtful planning and reasoned action, we can rise above where we have been. He seems to believe that if we help our neighbors out, if we’re willing to sacrifice a little time, a little effort for each other, we will ultimately help ourselves. That if we demonstrate that something can be done, we will inspire others to do it themselves. I share that conviction, and I feel that if more people share that vision, we will make the United States the place our parents and grandparents spoke about. We will make it the land of opportunity, of prosperity and of fairness that it should be.
I’m glad that Obama has won the presidency, and I look forward to working towards a better United States of America.
That said, I’ll go ahead and remind you all to VOTE! There’s a new PDQ which went up Monday.
Thanks to all,