Happy New Year

Man it feels like 2012 was a year of building and rebuilding for PvP (the company) and 2013 is the year we get to reap the benefits of our efforts. I hope so.

2013 will be the year PvP celebrates its 15th anniversary (in May). It’s beyond my capacity for rational thought that this comic strip lasted one year, let alone fifteen. I’m so glad that PvP contiunes to entertain such a loyal and supportive readership. I don’t want to give it up yet. I’m excited to see where it goes next, excited about the challenge of re-inventing what PvP means as we move forward. Thank you all for alowing me that. It’s a real blessing.

2013 will also be the year I launch my next comic, Table Titans. I’m very nervous about this one for a couple of reasons: Mostly because I’m having such a good time writing, sketching and world-building. If you guys don’t like it, I’m going to be devistated. Table Titans is such a different animal from PvP, which I write by the seat of my pants. I’ve never worked this hard on a story before.

Guys, it’s been a weird year for me. We spent most of it helping dad recover from his stroke and I lost an and aunt that I loved very dearly. My mother was one of three amazing sisters and now only the oldest remains. Growing up I always admired my extended family. They were pretty cool cats who were all very close and loved to drink wine and laugh and hug and celebrate. It feels like their time is ebbing and it’s made me very hyper-aware how limited my time on this planet is.

That’s why I feel so compelled to create right now. I feel like the work I leave behind is the only thing that’s going to “stick” after I go. The sad truth is that we forget things about the people we lose. I know that sounds terrible but I think that’s just…life. There are details about my mother that are lost to me most of the time until someone or something reminds me and it comes flooding back like dream I once had.

I know that sounds more depressing that I intended it too. What I’m trying to say is: let 2013 be the year you finally do that creative thing that you’ve been putting off. Don’t worry about how you’re going to start, just start. Make something. Connect with people through your art. Just do it.

Art is humanity’s only real opportunity at immortality. People are finite, ideas are infinite.

Let 2013 be the year you create something that lasts longer than you will.

That’s my plan, anway.