To follow up a little bit on the blog post from yesterday, I wanted to let all of you know how Pearl was doing.

Apparently, after being very cranky and moody at day care all day, she was telling us that her ear was hurting. Fearing an ear infection (and another night without sleep), Cami took her to our pediatrician and - sure enough - she had an ear infection.

This is the second ear infection Pearl has had in a month. She had one for Mother's Day. Looks like she'll have one for Father's Day. Parenting is fun!

I don't know what it is with Brazelton kids and ear infections. Between Henry and Pearl, I've lost track of how many they've had. They've both had tubes put in their ears. Henry's ear infections were so bad, he eventually had his adenoids removed! I don't know if we're on the same path with Pearl or not. She just went to the ENT for a checkup last week and was given a clean bill of health. Just goes to show how fast these things knock the little ones out, I guess.

Anyway, I won't bother you with that stuff anymore. Just wanted to give you a little background information.

I'm trying to move the ball up the field a little bit with today's comic, getting closer to the finale. Feeling rejected, Victor takes out his aggression in the closet where he kept all his photos of Tom. This was a concept that was introduced in a guest strip by Brandon J. Carr back in 2006 and it totally changed the direction of the character for me.

I decided to adopt what Brandon had played off as a joke into the comic. Originally, I intended Victor to be a standard authority figure for Tom, Cami and Jared to play off of. But his secret infatuation with Tom made him more interesting. Can't thank Brandon enough for that idea!

Incidentally, I'm still accepting guest strips from anyone who wants to say "goodbye" in their own artistic style. Keep it clean, 525 pixels wide and in a JPEG format and we should be cool. You can send it to me at theaterhopper@hotmail.com.

I'm trying my darnedest to increase the production schedule on the comic. I have the last few weeks plotted out in my head and I'm starting to worry I won't make my self-imposed August 6 "deadline."

I suppose if I go a little over, that's not the worst thing in the world. But when I've been making the rounds since January telling everyone "I'm ending the comic on August 6! I'm ending the comic on August 6!" failing to hit that mark is kind of embarrassing.

I guess we'll see how it goes! Keep your eyes on the site and I'll talk to you soon!

↓ Transcript
NO DIALOGUE