Well, I've gotten a lot of people's opinions on the matter, given it a lot of thought myself, and ultimately...I'm going to keep Nineteen-Ninety-Something going. But I am listening to everyone's concerns, and keeping them in mind from now on.
The tone of the strip will definitely get less dark and cynical as it goes on. That was a result of me trying to firmly establish just how bad Joel has it before all these other people come into his life, but I realize I overdid it a little bit. That longer story for the month of August still has to run, but after that, expect things to lighten up a fair bit. And worry not, folks, because Michelle comes back in the first week of September - and the rest of the main characters will follow shortly after As for Off the Deep End...well, I guess it'll just remain a side project for now. I'll keep doing standalone drawings whenever I have the time, but we'll see what the future will bring.
So many people have grown fond of the Nineteen-Ninety-Something characters, and frankly, so have I. I really don't think I could abandon them this quickly. Rather, I think it's in my best interest to keep working with them and try to make them as great and endearing as I can. So don't worry, folks - 1990somethingcomic.com isn't going anywhere!