Hey, Hooligan! Thanks for all the birthday wishes.
I published this comic review for a friend on YouTube:
I'm sorry I haven't been around DA much lately. Last month, Tiff and I had to take an emergency trip to Florida... I won't get into too much detail, but the short story is Tiff's sister is being held against her will by a couple she's been living with for a while who's gaslighting her, in part because she has some cognitive impairment (formerly known as "mental retardation") as a result of a high fever after her birth, which makes it easier for people to take advantage of her.
Tiff and I just weren't aware that this was a problem until we got a sudden phone call from her, unlike anything we'd heard before (and she calls here to talk to their mother daily), saying she was hiding out in the garage, hoping no one would catch her making the call, and could we come and get her because she couldn't stay there any more. I don't really know the details of what kind of abuse she's going through -- we're pretty sure the couple she's staying with is pocketing her SSI checks. And we couldn't really afford to drive down there (over 1k miles), but we did it anyway, and while I don't regret it, it all went sideways at the end and we weren't able to get to her.
Long story short, at this moment we can't really do anything more than file reports with Adult Protective Services, so it's a long, painful process now.
The trip knocked a couple weeks out of my work schedule (4-5 days for the trip and several more days of recovering at home, licking our wounds) and I've not been able to get another comic strip made, in part because I've been focused on another political satire video for YouTube. I'm really enjoying that work, though I do feel a little unhappy about the sluggishness of my comics. But I have to accept that sometimes life gets in the way and I've had plenty of reasons for delay the past month or so.
My birthday is on Nov 5, Guy Fawkes day -- named for a guy who tried and failed to blow up the English parliament. He was also the inspiration for V for Vendetta. I try not to make a big deal about my birthday, but because it's always around election day, every couple years I'm always telling people "VOTE!"
I'm pretty happy with the election results. There's still a lot of work to be done, but it's movement in the right direction. I'm pretty encouraged to see better representation in our public offices -- two Muslim congresswomen, two Indian congresswomen, the first gay governor in Colorado, and a record number of women in congress, now over 100 (out of 535, so again, still lots more work to do).
How are you doing? I hope you had an awesome week!