I'm so disappointed in you.
So disappointed I'm gonna stop reading DRIVE...
until the next one comes out. :P
For the next 4-6 months, I'm going to reduce the update schedule on DRIVE. Until we wrap production on STRIPPED, the schedule for DRIVE will change from every Thursday to "most Thursdays". Rest assured the strip's not ending or going anywhere...it's just that we may miss a Thursday or two.
It's a bummer, admittedly...but I have to acknowledge the elephant in the room: Producing a feature-length film is a huuuuge undertaking, and is going to monopolize my schedule until we finish it. And rather than continually disappoint DRIVE readers, I'd rather be upfront about it, and explain the reasons why.
See, right now in my professional life, I have two "jobs" and one "hobby." SHELDON, as my main job, will continue to come out every weekday on schedule...as it has for the last 12 years. That's a promise I've explicitly made to my readers, and I intend to keep it. Similarly, STRIPPED, as a project that was publicly funded under a huge auspice of trust, is a job that I've promised to complete.
But DRIVE is a different animal. As I've always said, DRIVE is a gift I'm giving myself. And in a time of immense schedule crunch, it unfortunately becomes the project that will have to take the temporary hit. But because I love the strip so much, I can assure you DRIVE is not going anywhere. It's just that, over the next 4-6 months, we may miss a Thursday, here or there.
SO! TWO RECOMMENDATIONS:
So that you're not continuously refreshing your browser every Thursday, might I recommend one of two things:
1.) Sign up to get new DRIVE strips in your e-mail.*
2.) Add the DRIVE feed to your RSS reader.
*(Existing Sheldon users: Trouble signing up for Drive? Try this trouble-shooting approach here.)
So, if there is no Thursday update on DRIVE, I can assume that STRIPPED is that much closer to showing up on DVD at my house. If there IS a Thursday update on DRIVE, I can be excited about the story progression (and assume that progress on STRIPPED is currently in the hands of someone else).
It's a WIN-WIN scenario as far as I can see!
(The glass is always half-full, unless you're an engineer, in which case you're simply using the wrong glass.)
For us C programmers the glass is not necessarily half full or half empty, it's implementation defined.
I'm disappointed at the new schedule but since I'm paying absolutely sod all for great entertainment, what can I do? Maybe I'll storm off and stop refreshing the page every Thursday and, err, save Dave some money on bandwidth. Yeah, that'll teach him.
Good luck with STRIPPED, Dave, and thanks for giving yourself a gift we can all enjoy.
I think that Drive is on hiatus untill the movie is over. I will keep on the email list, and look forward to seeing it again some time in the future.
RE: the discussion timelines, my first theory is that they close one month from the last post.