A HUMBLE PLEA... October 27, 2014
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
(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
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
, 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.