500. The End?

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve given a lot of thought to where I want my art to go next, because I’m not ready to quit drawing altogether.

I’m also not ready to stop trying to make people laugh.

This comic has been such an amazing thing. It’s helped me cheer others up, it’s given me a soapbox to share my gripes with the world, and it’s also opened me up to some of the harshest criticism I never knew I’d receive.

But more than anything, it’s been an outlet.

I talk about coping skills at work every day, and for over half of a decade, this has been my biggest one. There’s just such a feeling of accomplishment when you save the final draft of a comic. The anticipation is palpable. You can’t WAIT to share it with someone you know, just to see if they get it. To see if something that rattled around your head could bring about an emotional reaction in another person.

I guess, for me – comics made the world seem a little smaller. Knowing that every time a comic did well, it meant that there were other people out there like me – people who look at the world and choose laughter as a way to deal with some of the terrible stuff going on. It made me less afraid to share the thoughts I have, and more confident in my ability to convey them.

If you’re here, reading this, I want you to know that I truly appreciate you. I truly appreciate anyone who takes the time out of their day to read something just because I took the time to make it.

Comics haven’t been the springboard into fame I once dreamed they would be, but they’ve been an awesome way to meet some pretty amazing people.

So anyways, here it is. Number 500. My retirement from regularly updated comics.

I’m still going to keep drawing. I’m still going to keep thinking of random, funny things, and wanting to share them with the world. I just want to do other things as well. I want to make a kids book. I want to make longer comics. Hell, I want to make pictures that people might want to hang in their house some day.

For now, look to the ‘Randomness’ folder every once in a while for updates on where I’m at in my artistic pursuits – and sketches/quick comics I feel like putting up. I’ll also keep the narcolepsy incorporated facebook page up and running as well.

Thank you again, so much, for sticking around for how ever long you have. If you take anything away from my website, I hope it’s the desire to share yourself with the world as well. Don’t think you have what it takes? Just remember I started with stick figures and worked my way to crudely drawn comics. They’re not the best out there, but they got the job done. If you have the ideas to share, it doesn’t matter how you do it.

Find your outlet.

You’ll be pleased to know how many other people might just see the world the way you do.

499. Something new

This may or may not be, but mostly is, a true story.

Honestly, I don’t know how most couples do it.

- Go to bed early, I mean.

The nights fly by so fast! After we get home from whatever activity the kids do, or whatever we have planned each evening, put the kids in the shower, get them ready for bed, and then possibly watch one show together, Shelly and I often don’t take a breath until 11.

I hear couples talk about going to bed at 9 or 10, and it just seems so.. alien.

My final comic is coming up next week and after putting a lot of work into it, I’m actually finished with it and ready to post it when the time comes. It’s very bittersweet, though. Truth be told, I’m not quitting comics entirely, just making them with any regularity. That, and I’m not making comics about my life anymore.

I’ll keep the site up, and I’ll post random observational comics or strange ideas from time to time – it’s just now, instead of checking it once a week, it’ll be like nice little treats throughout the year.

..for my wife and parents to compliment me on, and for most other people to have forgotten about by the time they go up.

I think it’s for the best, though. This has been such a (mostly) fun experience, making comics. I’m so excited to see where things go after this.