You know, it's funny. When I announced that I was ending Theater Hopper back in January (which feels like a lifetime ago), one of the things I highlighted was how I was finding it difficult to advance my art forward in a way that was not so time-consuming.

Well, I would say this final arc is certainly pushing my art forward, but it is no less time-consuming.

Things were so much easier when all I had to do was come up with a joke and draw a couple of characters facing each other to deliver it. Toss in the occasional visual gag to break things up a little bit and we had a formula for success!

With this last arc, I'm drawing fire, splatter, characters in different costumes - COMPLICATED costumes - and drawing 2 to 4 additional panels per comic. It's madness!

Maybe there's some truth about art and suffering. I'm punishing myself a little bit for ending the comic. Or maybe I just want to try to end things as best I can?

Either way, I appreciate everyone's patience as we head into the last month. July's pretty much it and then NO MORE THEATER HOPPER! Can you believe it? I can't.

Actually, I'm not sure I can wrap this up in 4 or 5 more comics. I'd like to produce more, but the way I'm going, that doesn't look feasible. Am I gonna have to break my August 6 deadline? I might...

I'm embarrassed that I might not hit deadline I set for myself almost 7 months ago. Maybe I should have planned better. But maybe I don't want to say goodbye just yet, either?

Hell! It's my comic! I'll do what I want!

And I have! A theater engulfed in fire? Victor engulfed in rage? What does this mean for Tom, Cami and the rest! Stay tuned, true-believers! You'll find out soon enough!

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"That's my secret, Captain."

"I'm always angry."

GRAH!!

Victor??

ARRRRRGGH!

oh my god.

This has to be the COOLEST thing I've ever seen!

RUN, you moron!!