Occa­sion­ally, a web­comic I like will stop updat­ing for a while. And I might be tempted to think “Hey! What is up with this chumpzilla? Dude can’t draw summin’ twice a week? Once a week? I mean what is the deal! I still like that strip. Nuts to that guy!” At which point I might snap my fin­gers all sassy-​like.

And after while, the artist (or writer) (or artist/writer combo) (or just the artist despite a combo, but I am get­ting ahead of myself) might walk into view from behind the con­tent black­out, clear his throat, and offer excuses that are mostly unsat­is­fy­ing.

So … hello again!

Yes, for the third time in a year, hello hello. Today, I speak to you on my own behalf, and not on Greg’s, because this is all my fault. (Mine. All of it!) Hon­estly, I’m not really sure what to say—it’s pretty clear that my inter­est in Chronil­log­i­cal has waned a lot lately, and I need to figure out why. Right now, it feels as though there are a lot of rea­sons, neb­u­lous and ill-​defined, most of which fall under the umbrella of “my arting skills are pretty poor and draw­ing this strip is a pain, which makes me not want to do it!”

What’s frus­trat­ing is that, when the strip started, this was a prob­lem that I could at least push aside long enough to finish some­thing. For about a year and a half, we kept Chronil­log­i­cal on a pretty reg­u­lar sched­ule. But after a while, the strip didn’t feel right, and so I sug­gested making changes to it. Updates suf­fered. Then they suf­fered again. And now again. And I think it’s safe to say now that I don’t know what I’m doing and I’m not indus­tri­ous enough to fake it! Not yet. With work and luck, that day will come. (On Eileen.)

Rest assured that Chronil­log­i­cal has a future. (GET IT okay never mind this is not the time for that.) (Not the TIME okay seri­ously I will stop.) The strip has cer­tainly had ample time to die by now, if it were des­tined to die! But I need to do some seri­ous work before we’ll know what Chronillogical’s future should look like. Maybe when that day comes, I’ll be able to commit to a reg­u­lar sched­ule, like the grownups do. Until then, sub­scribe to the feed and we’ll let you know what’s up, when it hap­pens.

For right now? It would be irre­spon­si­ble for me to make promises like “new comics next week!” so I’m not going to say that. Greg and I have some ideas to wrap up this arc, so we’ll prob­a­bly move ahead with that before get­ting all exper­i­men­tal up in here. I don’t know exactly when they’ll show up on the site.

If I’ve left out any details you’re curi­ous about, please sound off in the com­ments!

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Discussion (6) ¬

  1. Colin says:

    P’shaw, “pretty poor” arting skills! I think they’re pretty great!

  2. Joe says:

    For what it’s worth, I think your draw­ing has improved a lot since (because of?) you started draw­ing chronil­log­i­cal. You should go back through the archives to see how true this is.

  3. John says:

    Actu­ally I think this is one of the best-​drawn web­comics I know. The art is really fluid and whim­si­cal. If that’s the main thing pre­vent­ing updates, then, well, SNAP OUT OF IT!
    While I’m at it, I’d like to put in a vote (not that a vote is being taken) for the long-​form comic format that it started as… I liked that better than the gag format it’s had lately.

  4. dranorter says:

    Yeah, as others have said, the art is groovy. That said I don’t all that much mind sim­pler art either if it means faster updates, though the latest was prob­a­bly a bit too simple (there were places where I missed the usual level of facial detail and char­ac­ter). The over­all thrust of the story and char­ac­ters, how­ever, does need a clear direc­tion in order for you to keep your­self inter­ested. The orig­i­nal angst of trying to eke out a life in the wake of sci­en­tific dis­as­ter is gone; except of course for Cas­san­dra, who I’d be inter­ested to hear more from.

  5. John says:

    Thanks for the kind words, sug­ges­tions, and obser­va­tions, guys — they mean a lot!

  6. macsnafu says:

    Well, these extra-​Tall, double grande strips are nice to read, but if it helps, you could really cut them back down to ordi­nary, double high strips instead. You could get 3 or 4 posts out of them, easily.