Sunday, September 18, 2011
A brief "hello" from the borderlands of the internet. I have been gone from the web for some time now & although I am finally "hooked up" again, I am not yet fully "back". Part of me is still stuck in that place beyond these things. I hope to rejoin all of my internet friends again before long.
Over the last few weeks I have more than once encountered notions which rise up from the deepest, darkest corners of the brain - where the primal fears and superstitions live - wondering if perhaps my difficulty getting "back" has some cosmic significance, some reason (either sadistic or benign).
One begins to think late night thoughts during the middle of the day: Am I being punished for my hubris or other failings? Or is it some form of heavenly "self-help" program designed to make me "kick" the internet habit? And (believe me) those are just the tip of the neurotic musings iceberg.
Some of you will know what I mean. You may have had nights where you can almost make out the outline of the hand of the universe as it holds you down, preventing you from moving in any direction at all except further back. Or those days where every one step forward is followed by three steps back.
Sometimes all one needs to "snap out of it" are the level-headed, reassuring words of a rational friend (when you can find one). Perhaps there is a way back. If only I'd remembered to leave a trail of bread crumbs...
In the meantime, while I'm still in a sort of limbo (that is, not 100% back on-line), here is a nice review of my new book The Hidden from the wonderful AV Club:
AV CLUB review
And many apologies to the kind folks who have tried to contact me for one reason or another in the last few weeks. I am still trying to catch up. The wonderful Jacq Cohen at Fantagraphics Books has been really terrific in keeping some of you informed of my availability or contact information. Speaking of which -- I have added a new email address at the top of this page. The old one still works (for now), but this new one is better (also, for now). And of course all letters are always welcome.
Thanks to those of you who have been checking back here for updates -- I really appreciate it and I'm sorry to have kept anyone waiting. I have missed posting work here and on my new tumblr. I look forward to getting back to doing that soon. In the meantime, some of you might like to know that I will continue to post work for sale here:
Artwork for sale
Well, I must sign off now. I hope to be back online again before much longer -- I mean, I have to believe I can get back eventually, that a solution exists. Until then, my very best wishes to you.