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Kind Of Already On Holiday

I’ll keep it short, since we’re right on the cusp of a holiday weekend…

A friend recently recommended Christoph Niemann’s The Boys and The Subway, which while I don’t know if it qualifies as a webcomic exactly has left me smitten. I think everyone ought to read it, since the dang thing is so winsome, so, for you I link. Go read it. It’s utterly charming.

In news, though, from Matt Reisdma: As I near the 2-year mark of High Maintenance Machine, I can’t help but think of where I want to take my comics. And to be honest with myself, it isn’t into another year of diary comics. I never intended to draw a diary comic this long–it just happened. And while I did sometimes lose sight of my original purpose, the strip was always about drawing practice, about pushing my art and myself into new places.

So beginning August 5th I will be changing things up: I’m going to focus on longer stories–both true and fictional, about myself and others–rather than daily diary strips about my life. And because I feel that long-form comics work better in print, I will stop regularly posting pages online. Each month, a new issue of High Maintenance Machine will be released, either as a compilation of stories or a chapter in a longer work. We’ll see. I’m not sure what this will look like, or where it will go, but it’s a place I have to visit, and I hope you’ll come along for the ride.

Exciting, and at the same time a little sad. I love his diary strips (as those of you who’ve been reading for a while likely already know) and I’ll miss them. At the same time, having seen some of Reidsma’s longer narratives in other collections, it’s an opportune time for a change given the depth and range his work’s exhibited in the last two years, the shift in some of his techniques, and a kind of refinement of his line work. So, mazel tov! to Matt, and here’s to the last month of the diary work…

For the rest of you, have a decent holiday weekend. (And for those of you local to Western MA, don’t forget about the derby…)

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