So it appears that the necessary stars have aligned with Chris Onstad’s brainmeats and selectively produced whichever bit of neurochemistry prompts the creation of Achewood, and there was … to be honest, scattered rejoicing. This is, after all, the first strip in 415 days, and only the 16th episode at all since the Ray In Rehab storyline started.¹
Not that I am complaining. I’ve written previously about how I try to regard Onstad’s schedule; it’s clear that whatever my desire for more Achewood may be, he has long since regarded his primary creative identity as something other than Achewood’s writer/artist. That’s cool; David Lynch doesn’t do comics very often, either². I’ll leave the indefinite hiatus descriptor over in the blogroll for a while yet, see if Achewood comes back on something resembling a schedule; if not, I’ll enjoy it whenever it drops. All I have to do is regard it as the webcomic with the waiting for the trade habit built in.
¹ On 23 November 2011, meaning that 16 strips have been spaced out over 625, or an average of one update every 39+ days, meaning that Aaron Diaz is pleasantly surprised to find he works faster than Onstad does.
² Or perhaps more aptly, Thomas Pynchon doesn’t give us novels very often.