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Okay I have to defer the meat of this article to tomorrow, as it’s rather late, but let’s just say that we’re really cooking now!  A couple bits, though, just to keep it in perspective.

First, special thanks to Hilvon for the Russian interpretations on this page.  This go-round I am trying, with his help, getting the language correct the first time through.  Second, I have moved entirely to hand-lettering, and I’m really happy with the freedom it gives me, so I’m sticking with it.  It also makes the Cyrillic look a lot better than when I was using a derivative of the Mistral typeface.  So, double score!  The Russians here are actually saying real things.  You Russian-speakers out there will know, hopefully, what’s going on, but don’t wreck it for the the non-Russophones, okay? Just keep it between us, for now!  Unless there’s a mistake I’ve made – please DO tell me that!

Also, I’m aware that panel one has no background.  That’s deliberate.  It’s meant to be indicative of a sudden shock and pain that blocks out all else from one’s experience.  And for anyone who hasn’t experienced such a thing, believe me, it feels a lot like this.  About two years ago I had pneumonia, which caused a tear in my abdominal cavity.  And let me tell you, it hurt like hell, and a thing like that basically takes over your entire perceptive capacities.  So that’s how I depicted it.

Anyhow, I guess I don’t need to update later after all, as that was pretty comprehensive.  Anyhow, that does it for now.  If I think of anything else, I’ll add it later.  But until then, all the best for another week, folks!  And oh!  Thanks for the votes on TWC!  Once again, let me reiterate that it’s really silly and meaningless in the grand scheme of things, but it helps publicity to be higher up, so please help me get there and vote every day!

Thanks again, and be well, folks.