When I was putting in the text for this CSP froze, so I ended up rewriting the whole thing. Luckily I had saved most of the art. Clip Studio crashes very rarely, so I get complacent about saving. I need to live in fear like did with Photoshop just to save time… Strangely, I shifted the tone a lot when I reset the text. I’m not sure what possessed me but I liked the final pass better. With most pages I do the text then tailor the panels to suit it, but with this I had the art and had to make the text fit with what I already had. It’s not different by an order of magnitude, but still, it’s not the norm. I’ve actually been surprised by how much I already know about drawing cats just from years of having them as pets. It hasn’t been nearly as difficult as I expected. Cats smoosh into pretty basic shapes when they sit.
My Uncle Bob died the other morning. I wasn’t close to him, but he was always a fixture of the holidays and stuff in my youth. He was a very effusive man. Boisterous. People liked him and he liked people. I only really bring it up because someone used Uncle Bob as a username here the other day and while I don’t really think it was him I also wouldn’t put it past him to show up in the comments if he thought he wasn’t going to last much longer. Of course I can’t ask him now so I hope the person in question will set things straight. It’s not going to keep me up at night but I would like to know.
After my great grandmother died that side of the family have been estranged even more than before. We only got together once a year and we said we were going to keep doing that, but we didn’t. I suspected it would end with her death and it seems to have come to pass.
Since I never started a family of my own there was never a new set of kids to fill the space left by other parts of the family dying off. No new traditions started old ones just ended. For a long time it looked like my sister wasn’t going to have kids either so it was just a dead end all around, but then she had a miracle baby and there’s a little hope for her to go on and have another branch on the family tree. Still, she has her own ideas about how things should be and it’s not going to be like the xmas extravaganza I had for the better part of my life. It’s unlikely that I’m going to be part of that at all. Maybe I’ll be the uncle my nephew is aware of but doesn’t really know anything about, like the one who dies in ParaNorman. Anyway, it’s all going to be different now.
I think I’m going to run a guest comic on Xmas day. I haven’t taken a holiday off in ten or eleven years so maybe this one I’ll let myself not work. I mean I say that, but I’ll probably work anyway. When I don’t work I have too much time to think and no good comes from that. I’ll just get a tiny bit ahead and that will feel good.
I hope you guys are careful as you travel and stuff. I’m going to leave a link for the general discord server. If you don’t have anywhere to be, or can’t be where you want, you can look around in there. I suspect a few of the regulars will be around to talk regardless of the holiday. LINK
I’ll see you on Monday, regardless of what I decide to do, in the blog post.