Click Here to Comment on Hunter Black Page 920 – You’re Probably In For A Shock

Okay, this isn’t exactly a shock for most of you guys, but Madzinah Golbrith was kept in the dark about her husband’s work and her daughter’s. I’m not 100% that Jusdava would have chosen this course of action…but then, she has magic at her disposal.

Man, what a week!

This past weekend, I knuckled down and finished a draft of a pilot. I sent it out to the people to whom I send such things, and we’ll see what people think of it. Then I’ll prep it for a rewrite. In the meantime, I have ANOTHER pilot that I have to brainstorm for, I have jury duty, and oh yeah, Star Wars Rebels just finished.

I’m not allowed to discuss the case I got selected for. So stop asking me. (I actually got selected as an alternate in a civil case. Shouldn’t last longer than the end of the week, but I still got the short end of the stick. I have to go to court, but I don’t get to be involved in the deliberations!)

The ending of Rebels was…well, it was something special. I don’t mind admitting that I got a little bit emotional at the end there, and it lit a fire in my belly to get the next Star Wars cartoon! I wish every TV show was that good. I wish everything Star Wars was that good.

Sabine Wren might have become my favorite character on that show.

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Click Here to Comment on Hunter Black Page 919 – ” Brace For It, Old Woman!”

I really have no complaints about my collaboration with Will, but here’s one, just for [REDACTED] and giggles: why is the moon in The Known World always full? (This is me yanking Will’s chain. I could give two [REDACTED] about this. I mean, I’ve never mentioned it in 900+ pages.)

So, I don’t know how much I’ve actually told you guys about #Squirrel’s health issues. #Squirrel is diabetic, and diabetes is a bear of a disease. It’s difficult to manage under the best of circumstances, and our lives are really the best of circumstances. She’s had it for way longer than she and I have been together, and long-term diabetics often eventually have vision problems.

#Squirrel suffers from what is called diabetic retinopathy, and I’ll probably make some factual errors in this explanation, but basically it causes extra blood vessels to grow and occasionally burst on the back of her eyes, where the retinas are. These vessels basically push the retinas off of the back of the eyes, which ruins your vision. She’d had partial vision loss in one eye for a while (although we didn’t know the cause), but she woke up on New Year’s Day with blurred and obstructed vision in both eyes.

Getting her treated was a bear that reinforces for me how truly immoral and wrongheaded our medical system is in this country, although we eventually got into the Stein Eye Clinic at UCLA, which is one of most prestigious centers for eye care in America. Her left eye, the one that had been bothering her for a while, was in full detachment, which meant that it wasn’t going to get any worse, and that the prognosis in that eye is iffy. But her right retina was only partially detached, so time was of the essence. She had surgery on that eye almost a month ago now.

Her visions is back to about 90% in her right eye, according to her, and the surgeon is super pleased with how #Squirrel has responded to the surgery, so much so that she allowed her to go back to work today (Monday). She can read, drive, and do all the stuff she needs to be able to do to feel independent.

We’ve scheduled surgery for her left eye on April 6th. The results of that surgery are pretty much a crap shoot. She could regain plenty of her vision, she could regain none of it, but it’s worth a try.

2018 has been a stressful year because of this, but SO much of that stress has been lifted with this successful surgery. We hope for more, but if this is as good as it gets, my wife will still live a good life, and that’s all that matters to me. I want to tell you guys that lots of you have sent us kind words of encouragement during this ordeal, and that has meant a great deal to us both. There’s no doubt that you guys are the best part of doing this comic, so thank you. It means a lot to me to be able to share this with you.

Thank you!

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Click Here to Comment on Hunter Black Page 918 – You’re A Fool If You Think I Won’t Leave You Behind

I don’t think we’ve ever used this panel layout before! I could be wrong, because I certainly don’t keep all 900+ pages in my memory, but I don’t think I am. I don’t know about you guys, but I really dig it.

Today is one of those days that I don’t have much to share. I did just finish everything that Hulu seems to have of Rick and Morty, and yes, it’s awesome. It’s rare that even the funniest shows actually make me laugh out loud, it takes something genuinely surprising for that to happen, but Rick and Morty does it with some frequency. Maybe it’s because it’s so unabashedly geeky, I don’t know.

But that’s about it. This week and the next are largely about finishing up the first (well, kinda second) draft of my pilot. That’s an important hump for me to get over.

As always, thanks for reading!

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Click Here to Comment on Hunter Black Page 917 – She Shuts Him Up

Small but gorgeous detail: In Panel One, Tyne’s eyes are filled with blood and magic. In Panel Two, both the blood and the magic are disappearing into the air. Those are NOT details that were in the script.

So, a follow up to Monday’s blog post: #Squirrel and I did indeed see Annihilation, and as predicted, it is not a film for everyone. If I was going to oversimplify it, I’d describe it as John Carpenter’s The Thing meets 2001: A Space Odyssey. (A buddy of mine sees Heart of Darkness in there too, but I’ve never read that.) It’s the very definition of cerebral SF, while still being something of a thriller. I think I liked Ex Machina more, but my brother, who loves good SF, liked Annihilation a lot more.

Do any of you watch Star Wars Rebels? Have any of you confessed that to me? Because next week is the series finale, but Monday’s episodes were nothing short of astonishing, just for the high quality of the storytelling. But when you consider that this cartoon is CANON, and that it’s introducing aspects to the Force that make Luke Skywalker’s interstellar Force Projection seem mundane, it becomes more amazing still. If you’re a Star Wars fan and you’re NOT watching Rebels, then you’re leaving some of the best stuff that the franchise has to offer.

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Click Here to Comment on Hunter Black Page 916 – Woman, What Does It Look Like I’m Doing?

The relationship between Jada Nilthrex and Madzinah Golbrith is a complicated, but not original, one. Madzinah would be happier if her daughter had settled down and married a rich man and THAT was how she was getting grandchildren. Instead, Jusadva has taken up with an assassin, and worse than that, another woman. Oh, and she’s pregnant by Hunter Black, a man she didn’t like as one of her husband’s business associates. It galls Madzinah to need Jada…and it galls Jada to have to look after someone that doesn’t approve of her.

I’m a terrible SF fan. I didn’t go see Annihilation this weekend. I think I’m forcing #Squirrel and my brother to go see it this week. I’ll be ignoring your comments until I’ve seen it, most likely.

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