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Hey, gang. Yet again, several weeks since my last news update. Sorry about that, but I have a darn good excuse this time....

Turns out that besides the fun memories, kewl ideas, nifty sketches, and awesome goodies I managed to acquire from our trip to UberCon, I also brought one thing more: a nasty head cold. Normally, a cold wouldn't do much other than slow me down for a few days, but unfortunately I'm rather susceptible to lung ailments. In the course of a couple weeks, that head cold progressed into bronchitis, then degenerated into full blown pneumonia. This put me out of commission for well over a week. I'm still taking antibiotics and I'm doing a lot better now, but I still have this nasty lingering cough. By now, Halls and Robitussin ought to be sending me medicine by the case.

Luckily, I've managed to keep the comic going without missing a week. Unfortunately, that's been at the sacrifice of keeping up with e-mail. As a result, I'm horribly behind at the moment, so if you've sent me e-mail in the past several weeks, you have my apologies. I'm trying to catch up, but it's going to take a while. I'll do what I usually do and let some messages slide if all they contain are generic kudos ("Great strip, man!") and such. Don't worry... even if I don't respond, I always read my mail, both good and bad. If you sent me a more detailed question, I'll try to answer it as soon as I can, so please be patient.

As a good number of you have noticed, I "misspelled" Sony VAIO in several recent strips. While I thank you for pointing this at, the "misspelling" was intentional, kind of silly twist on a brand name without actually using it. Of course, this kind of confusion has happened before, so I guess I deserve the scolding.

There's not much else to tell you about this week (another reason there haven't been many updates lately). I do have some really big news that's coming up very soon, but I don't want to spoil any surprises. However, I will note that thanks to the diligence of showler from the forums, I've gone back and added some old news posts back into the News Archive. In the drop down, you'll find them under the heading "News from the Wayback Machine," since showler resurrected them from the Wayback Machine Web archive. There are also a few others news posts I managed to find on my own and added back in. I tweaked most of the links so they should work, but don't be surprised if they don't. Note that the archive is very incomplete; a lot of these old posts are taken out of their context and don't have the posts immediately surrounding them. However, then do present you with some interesting snapshots of what was going on with the comic at interesting points in time, like my first "I'm a Thief!" campaign and my patriotic September 11, 2001 rant.

Don't forget that the Fred plush dolls are still available, and that you can help me decide what to do with my Microsoft anti-trust settlement in this poll thread on the forum. Check out the Shows & Cons site for updates on where we're planning to be in the near future.

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