Too Weak Notice

A Bittersweet Announcement

As we close in on the second anniversary of the strip, I’ve been doing some personal evaluation, and have come to the decision that it’s time for Drop the Cow(!) to go on hiatus, at least for the near future.

Hasn’t been an easy decision, for several reasons. One, I’m still having fun creating the strip. Two, I feel that it’s a good product, and I still enjoy reading the strip myself (which for me, is surprising). Three, I’ve still got a backlog of strips written and larger story arcs planned out – including Penny getting her own reality TV show, and later seeking enlightenment in Nepal, where she hangs out with the Dalai Lama and Leonard Cohen. You might guess how well that enlightenment thing pans out…

For those reasons, I consider this a hiatus, not a cancellation. I’ve got strips in the buffer that will conclude on the second anniversary (June 7), and DtC will go out with a bang – at least an implied one.

Okay, then, What’s Next?

Fear not! Penny and Johnny will be back…

The stage lights are warming up in the Short Attention Span Theatre. In the true spirit of dropping the cow (what it’s all about, after all), I’m jumping immediately into my next project. I’ve had a concept for a long-form comic that I’ve never successfully executed on (despite at least three attempts), and I’ve decided to give it another go. Those hand-drawn strips I did late last year were a bit of a test-run for something like this, and the idea for this departure has been percolating for at least that long.

Since returning from the UK a couple weeks ago, I finally had the “eureka” idea for the story, and am reworking the entire thing around a new core premise that pulls it all together. I’ve been writing feverishly all week – wish I’d had that idea 25 years ago, but there ya go.

The book will almost certainly be published as a webcomic, and I will be posting updates here as well as at the new site (to be announced…) as the start date approaches. I don’t want to disclose much more right now, but I will say that Penny and Johnny remain the core characters.

For now, thanks for reading Drop the Cow! And watch this space for character & concept sketches, news and timing updates, and general blogginess. I plan to post about the new work at least once weekly, if for no other reason than to make sure I keep working at it. 🙂