Short version, cutting to the punchline as quickly as possible:
My mother-in-law sent us a plush nativity, complete with wise men and a camel. Its job was to sit under the tree and get played with.
About five years ago my son was playing with them, and from the other room I heard “Wap! Him dead! Now my take camel!”
That poor wise man was apparently unwise enough to get ambushed by some other toy (a Hamtaro, if memory serves.)
Today I celebrate the 2nd anniversary of “doing it full-time.” On Monday, September 20th of 2004 I resigned from my position at Novell, came home to my home office, and wondered how I was going to be able to make it work.
I didn’t really figure it out until May of 2006. There were some really rough patches in there – particularly July of 2005, when Ad revenues were in the toilet, commission work had dried up, and we had to pay bills using a home improvement loan. And then there was the $100 Christmas.
Sandra was there for me (and I was there for her) throughout all of it, and I could not have done it without her. Of course, without her it would not have been worth doing at all.
It wouldn’t have been possible without you readers and fans, either. Thank you, everybody.
ps. I’m celebrating by scripting, pencilling, and inking an entire week. I’d probably better get started.