Welcome fellow 1977 the Comic readers! I have some announcements. Good news/bad news kinda thing.
Briefly, most of you are aware of the financial issues I’ve faced here in these past few years. What I have not told you about is that since 2009, my family and I have faced impending foreclosure on our home. Yes, I’m one of those Americans. We’ve worked hard with our mortgage company and may have a solution in hand to keep us in the house. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it is not yet final and we may still lose the house. Add to that my wife’s medical issues plus trying to get my two adult sons started on their education/careers, and life here for me has been extremely difficult.
No one said it would be easy, so to a certain extent I’ve taken it fairly well. But it became obvious earlier this year that I was suffering from extreme depression. I am now on medication for that and it seems to have helped a great deal. So after several years, a good ending may be in store for my family and I.
“Okay, cut to the chase Wilkins, what does this mean to us 1977 readers?” Well, first, you will not see new comics until at least September 1st. Second is you may not see them at all and the comic may end here. I do not want to see that happen, but I like to put out the absolute truth so everyone can be on the same page. If the worse happens, yeah, I’ll retire the comic, but if the good things that have been progressing here in the past three months continue, then we’ll have a bunch of new 1977 comics to celebrate with.
So with that in mind, I prepared what I believe is one of the best poses I’ve ever done of the gang playing as Plan 9. I am in top form in my drawing these days. I am not comparing myself to some brilliant artists out there who can wipe the floor with me, but for my comic style and characters, I’m rockin’ the Casbah for sure. So I will leave you with this rockin’ image for the moment and pray that everything will work out for the best. If it does not, then it has been my absolute pleasure to have brought some joy and happiness into your lives these past 5 years. I know without drawing this comic I would have gone absolutely insane for sure. I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for your loyal support and for being the best damn readers a comic artist like me could ask for.
Some Facts for You:
Since August 1st, 2008 over 1.5 million people have visited the comic’s website! The Top 10 Countries were: 1. United States, 2. Canada, 3. United Kingdom, 4. Germany, 5. Australia, 6. Sweden, 7. Netherlands, 8. France, 9. Norway and 10. Belgium.
PS: You Members will get a lot more stuff and the commissions you all are owed, I stand by my word on that.