Especially now that we’ve gone with the subscription model, I get a lot of (very fair and good) questions about how we choose what to run when, how we choose where series “breaks” happen, all that sort of thing.
Sometimes, bad luck trips us up–Troy Peteri’s been down with the flu for days now, but the next chapters of THE DAMNATION OF CHARLIE WORMWOOD will be up any moment now, as will the next THE HOUSE IN THE WALL. Troy’s lettering adds so much to those strips that over his own protestations, I’m not going to hand the work over to someone else and I’m banking on our fans giving us that leeway in this case.
That said, by and large, we’ve been every bit as diligent about hitting our deadlines as we’ve been all along, and I’m proud of us for that. For reasons that are equally editorial/publishing and budgetary, we tend to run each of our ongoing series anywhere from eight to sixteen chapters in a row (each set of chapters comprising one volume). In general, we schedule brief breaks in between volumes to (a) buy some time to get ahead of deadlines and (b) allow for new series to be rotated in as we gradually build our catalog of monthly offerings. That 8-to-16 number is hardly hard-and-fast, but that might help give you an idea why we take planned breaks with series like INSUFFERABLE, breaks that are built around strong, gut-punching cliffhangers.
The overall goal is to give subscribers far more than one standard print comic’s worth of content each month in exchange for their $3.99 subscription fee, and I feel confident we’re doing just that–and there’s much more to come. When I can finally come up for air, we’ll finally post the long-promised “upcoming” calendar to the site and app so you can see just how much you’re getting and when (and you’ll be pleasantly surprised).
Also, Troy just texted to say that he came back from Urgent Care armed with meds and cough super-suppressant and that he was jumping on WORMWOOD later tonight, but I told him to rest, for God’s sake. Thanks for understanding. We don’t and won’t abuse your trust in Thrillbent!