I’m bound to thank everyone for their recent posts and emails of encouragement – I wasn’t fishing for them, I assure you.  Actually, my mother (who loyally reads my comic – thanks, Ma!) called me the other night and said “I don’t understand why you’d post such a downer statement on your blog.  Be more confident!”  Well, I will.  Frankly, I was really just tired at that point and my self-doubt got in the way.  Really, in the end, I am satisfied with the page.  Joost hit it on the nose (see his comment on Page 25) that the problem I had was probably that the page happened not to have a single “masterpiece element” like some others do, but he pointed out, quite correctly, that if EVERY page has some single super-drawing on it, it’ll lose its impact.  Some artists like Geof Darrow and their ilk can get away with that kind of thing, but I don’t really like to have every page at full volume.  it makes the story into a kind of sensory overload.  And in the end, this was a tension-building transition page, and suited its purpose quite well.  So I am happy.

By the way, I don’t know if it’s a sign of increased noticeability on the net, but the past two days have seen a titanic fusillade of spam on the site.  My lovely spam filter has caught it all so far, but don’t hesitate to contact me if you suspect you’re getting some bad mojo off this site (unsolicited email, browser redirects, and associated spam hijinks).  To combat the problem I’ll shortly be installing a Human Verification System for comments.  I know these things can be a hassle, but it’s best to nip spam in the bud and keep the site nice and clean.  So just, you know, fair warning.

And finally, I have to say that I love the localization function on my analytics screen.  It doesn’t give me personal information about anyone, of course, but it lets me narrow down visitors by city, ISP, and a lot of other criteria.  I mention it because I was scrolling idly through the lists this afternoon, and noticed  we had a visitor from the Baikonur Cosmodrome checking out the site on Monday.  I apologise if this puts you on the spot, whoever you are, but I find it just unbearably cool that someone at Baikonur took an interest in 6-Commando.  Keep ’em flying, friend!

Alright, enough outta me.  Back to the drawing board – where I belong!