First of all, my sincere apologies for the flagrant lateness of this comic. I had pretty much spent all day Tuesday in front of the computer working on my final paper and presentation for my Communication Leadership Ethics class that is part of my Master's program. By the time I finished working on the paper and presentation, went to class that evening and came home, I was wiped out.

I tried working on the comic on Wednesday, but I had to catch up on a million chores that I had let lapse in the days leading up to my final presentation. So I spend most of the day straightening up the house and taking care of Pearl. I wasn't able to start working on the comic until late Wednesday evening.

It's crazy... Even though I'm at home now, I feel like I'm more pressed for time than ever. At least when I had a job, I had more of a routine. I could pretty much count on using my lunch hour to pencil and ink the comic.

These days, being home with Pearl means that I have absolutely no routine. I dedicate a lot of my resources to her needs and I can never quite predict exactly what she will need day to day.

Throw on top of that my household chores, working on my Master's degree and trying to find a job... there is hardly any time left in the day!

I will say I was also somewhat intimidated by the design challenge of Tom's suitcase armor built out of cardboard. Obviously there is a little creative license being used here. But I wanted it to look SOMEWHAT feasible.

In the end, I think I'm happier with the bad-ass vibe I'm setting up for the big confrontation.

Odds look good that I will be wrapping up this story line sometime next week. I don't think I'm missing out on much this weekend movie-wise to talk about.

Russel Crowe and Ridley Scott's Robin Hood comes out this weekend. But my interest in watching it is hovering somewhere around 0%.

I thought Cami made a good observation about the film that I think reflects some of the problems with accepting the film as a viable retelling of the Robin Hood myth.

"Robin Hood wasn't 50 years old," Cami said. "And Maid Marion wasn't 40!"

She is, of course, referring to the lovely Cate Blanchett.

I don't think either of us mean to be completely ageist about it. Certainly the talent that the film has attracted is intriguing. But I think most of us know the story of Robin Hood backwards and forwards. If you're not going to put a new spin on it, then it basically looks like a Middle Ages version of Gladiator.

Pass.

In the meantime, I'll be soon working on Friday's comic and hopefully have it online for you as scheduled.

Thanks again for your patience. I appreciate your understanding.

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