Thursday, October 30, 2014

The first comic

A HUMBLE PLEA... October 27, 2014

Dear friends.

I did not expect to find myself revisiting this space, after my latest lengthy, unexplained disappearance. I fully believed that Butch and Mother had breathed their last, and that a fade into obscurity was all Chopping Block had come to deserve. Especially after your repeated, far-too-generous re-acceptance of me each time I came back from oblivion. And to those of you who have emailed or tweeted your concerns and well-wishes, I am truly sorry for not having replied.

I offer you no excuses, and only the explanation that I am often flighty and fickle, and prone to bouts of creativity sprinkled among longer periods of impenetrable gloom and severe self-doubt. I am sorry for repeatedly taking your support and faithful readership for granted. For what it’s worth, every time I have returned, I have always truly meant to keep up my end of the bargain. But, it always seems to be only a matter of time before---to quote one Mr. Trent Reznor---“I will let you down… I will make you hurt.”

Forgive me now, please, if this next smacks of begging. I suppose it is. Who am I kidding? It is. I return to Chopping Block now in large part because I am financially desperate. I have been unemployed for over a year, and, despite having some employment prospects hovering in limbo, I find myself approaching dire straits. In short, I need help. But I don’t want something for nothing.

I find that the one thing I have worth selling is Butch. I’m sorry to come across as an internet panhandler, and this is not the manner I would have chosen to make yet another return. You deserve better. But I don’t know what else to do.

If anyone who enjoys CB would like to purchase an original panel, please email me at (If the original in question has already been sold, I am always happy to make you a “new original”.) I ask $50 for an original ($60 outside the US). Greeting cards and signed prints are always available too. The “Call of Cthulhu” shirt didn’t go over so well, but I’d love to produce shirts people would WANT to buy. Suggestions are welcome!

In the meantime, I will endeavor to keep updating on a Monday-through-Friday basis, and if I find myself behind, I will at least provide a reason and keep you informed, rather than just vanishing as per my usual modus operandi. If you do not wish to purchase an original panel, but are in a position and of a mind to make a donation via the tip jar above, I am always grateful for those as well. I have seen other webcartoonists make a living wage from donations, offering incentives for various levels of giving. I would be more than open to trying this, and would love to hear suggestions as to what incentives you, the readers, might find enticing. EVERYONE WHO DONATES WILL PERSONALLY RECEIVE AT LEAST SOMETHING FROM ME IN GRATEFUL RETURN.

If you yourself are in a glum financial position and are unable to offer monetary support, your readership alone is more than I deserve. And know that every page you view contributes to my meager advertising revenue. Plus, if you’d care to comment in the forum or follow me on Twitter, I’d love to build some interaction there as well.

Thank you, as ever, for reading my humble offerings. I am indebted to you beyond words.

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