Back in October of 2013 my mother was diagnosed with Leukemia. She had already beat breast cancer and we were sure it would be a hard road, but this would be beaten too. Obviously by the tone of this that didn’t happen and she passed about three weeks ago. That’s a pretty significant period of time where I didn’t feel all that creative for large chunks of it. I dreaded even simple things like telling people about a new song or new videogame coming out. So the month I was going to take off stretched further and further out.
My mother was a huge part in shaping who I became. She indulged every superhero and Star Wars obsession I had. She bought me my first D&D boxed set and defended my hobby during the time when the general public was sure rolling funny dice would lead to Satanism. She didn’t flinch the night I came home from my first Gwar show covered in fake blood. Since the birth of my son I don’t think I have gone more than three days without talking to her. I am very lucky to have an amazing group of friends and family in my life.The good thing is I have lots of things stockpiled to talk about. I fell off the Lego wagon big time during the hiatus, so expect to see a lot of that. I finally gave up on weekly comics and switched fully to trades. I was also in the middle of some cool changes to the site, that I have to work on getting running again. There are a lot of cobwebs here for me to dust off. That F’ing Monkey is back to regular updates, so I hope to see everyone again soon.