Monday, October 1, 2012

Demon Battle

I'd like to apologize for several things. First, for being away from blogging on not just this site for the last several days, but also away from my other blogs for really long periods. I'm always belly-aching about back-to-back deadlines, but this last one really hit me hard and wiped me out. I finished it off at 4am on Monday morning after a final 48 hour frenzy to turn out illustrations and cartoons that I should have had a couple of weeks to do, getting it all sent in one hour before the drop-dead deadline. And I've got 2 more killer deadlines these next two weeks. This last one came on me so viciously that I had to just turn my back on everything else. That's no way to live. I've got to make changes in serious ways.

My other apology is to all my cyber friends that have been expecting things from me that I still haven't done—responses, promises, thanks and various other want-to do's. (I know that apostrophe doesn't really belong with that last phrase, but you might wonder what I mean by "dos"). Some of you have sent wonderful things that I'd like to blog about, or provide links to, or respond to. Some of you, I've lost communication with entirely, and I feel really awful about that.

I'm going to make a comeback, I know I will. I just have a few demons to do battle with until then.

John Buscema — Conan Battling the Demons of Hell


Annie said...

Hi Thom, You give so much of yourself with your blogs and your posts and your thoughful communication, please don't ever feel the need to apologize. Here is a big thank you for all you do, and wishing you restful sleep as you re-charge for the next round of deadlines.

Kid said...

That's one battle I'm sure you'll win.

M. D. Jackson said...

Yeah, you should apologize, Thom. I pay good money to read this blog! Oh, wait... no I don't.

But you signed an agreement to keep blogging on a regular schedule... oh wait... no you didn't.

But we gave you this blog so that you could... oh. Wait, no. This is your blog.

Huh. I guess you don't owe anybody an apology. Anyone who thinks otherwise would be just unreasonable.

Hey. You're good! Carry on.

LC Douglass said...

Hi Thom, Autumn is the season for deadlines - go out there with sword swinging. Thanks for running a great blog. We'll be here when you come back after the deadlines!

Daniel [] said...

I wan' my money back, galdurnit!

Wait… I didn't pay any money to read your 'blog. In fact, I don't think that any of us paid any money to read your 'blog. Hmmm… and why would we be owed an apology?

Thom, I admit that I've missed your 'blog during times that you've been otherwise busy while I was not. But, as I keep saying, your work as an artist is always more significant than this 'blog or your other 'blogs. And your well-being as a person should never be sacrificed to this thing.

Don't return to this 'blog when you can; return to this 'blog only when you truly have nothing better to do at the moment.

Noni Mausa said...

This sort of thing seems par for the field. I have a colorist friend who has been on deadline for the past 15 years, that I know of. She's at the end of the production stream, so when others are late, she gets to make up the difference. Not like she gets hazard pay or anything...


Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

People, people, people! You are such good people!