Back when I worked at Software Etc there was a big rush on Barbie games. We couldn’t keep them on the shelves. People figured out when we were getting new shipments in and started lining up at our door hours before we opened in the hopes of getting their copy for Christmas. I’m still trying to figure out how a Barbie game could be a life or death necessity. If Scott were back from his parents we might be out right now fighting the crowds to shop, as this is traditional for his family. In fact, they are all probably out doing just that. But I’m looking out my window at a foggy gray sky and rain on the streets, and I’m thinking cleaning house is preferable.
I’m baaaaack. Did you miss me? Georgia, your writer, returns from Mickey land. The artist, Scott, went on to Savannah and Atlanta to see family and do some networking, but will return to Seattle next week. This is the last guest artist strip from Scott Alan and no time would be more appropriate than now to thank him for so much hard work while we were gone. I hope this was as beneficial for him as it was for us. He not only updated the strips regularly and adjusted himself to the system, he also took care of the pets. In gratitude I will be spending Thanksgiving with them and bringing my mother’s cornbread dressing. Everyone please forgive me for letting the News and Events page get out of date, now that I’m back it will give me the time I need to reorganize and get things back on track. One of those big things is a new storyline starting Monday, and another is getting the book ready for another printing so we can finally get issues available online.
I was wrong about the length of the guest artist storyline, its actually 6 strips instead of 9. That means we will be gone for two weeks not three and I can’t count. Our guest artist will be our friend Scott Alan, who spent a lot of time with us through September planning for Spawns of Insomnia. Professionally Scott is a clown, yes I actually know a real clown, and I got to see the magic portion of his act just recently. Scott has a way with an audience and an upbeat sense of humor that’s never afraid to take shots at himself. He’s the president of Cartoonists Northwest and was the star of Nightmare at Beaver Lake this year, where he terrified teenagers as his scary personae, Chuckles the Clown. Scott has his own new webcomic, Oh Brother!, that focuses on how goofy his family can be, especially his real-life brothers Jim and Chris. I’ve met Jim and Chris in person and there is a lot of material there. Scott will be house sitting for us and we thought it would be much better to let him play around in our comic strip world for awhile than to go without updates for the duration of our vacation. Six strips are coming your way that will be different from the norm, sit back and enjoy the departure, and we’ll be back soon enough from our much-needed rest to charm, tease and offend.