So, in light of recent world events, I've been doing a lot of thinking. One subject I've ruminated on is my art, and the relevance it has in the state of the world as it is now. People have a lot of things on their mind, concerns and fears and so forth. They want to focus on the issues facing them now. So I kinda have to wonder if a comic strip that deals in skewering the pop culture of 25 years ago is really the best use of my time anymore.
Pretty much all year long, I've been thinking about taking an extended break from Nineteen-Ninety-Something so I can work on other projects. Particularly, I would like to start writing Off the Deep End stories again. That series is set in the present (I think I'm gonna pass on setting it in the 2000s like I postulated about a while ago), and I have stories in mind that deal with topics like environmental preservation and freedom of expression, the sort of things that weigh heavily on America's mind right now. Plus, it's a lighter and softer series overall, especially compared to Nineteen-Ninety-Something and its crapsack world of verbally abusive parents and teenage attempted rapists. I feel like people could use something cute and uplifting and optimistic right about now. And on top of that, I just really miss writing for those characters.
Obviously I would not leave Nineteen-Ninety-Something hanging. I would keep going until the last week of 1991, whereupon all of this year's story threads will be wrapped up, albeit in an open-ended way so I could still delve into them further once 1992 starts. But after that, what do you think? Would you guys be okay with me going on hiatus for a while to bring you something different?