Cardboard Thor! I bet you didn't see THAT ONE coming, didja?

Well, maybe you did. You guys are a pretty perceptive lot.

Although I'm sure some of you are wondering why Jared didn't got with Tom and Cami to see The Avengers at the same time. I actually thought up a reason for that. I was going to make a comic about it, but then I realized it wasn't funny.

Basically, it involved confusion about what time they were supposed to me. Tom said 7:15 and Jared thought it was 8:15. Y'see? Not really funny? Besides, I got the whole "casual conversation inside a burning building joke" done with this comic. No need to drag it out.

I have to apologize for there not being a new comic from me last week. It's inexcusable, but allow me to explain.

Cami and I went on a little vacation the week before last to Chicago. We got back last Tuesday. Then last Wednesday was July 4. Then I pretty much spent the rest of last week getting caught up on work and life. So, no comic.

I'm starting to wonder if I'm self-sabotaging a little bit. I've been producing Theater Hopper almost 10 years and for 98% of that time, I never missed deadlines. If I did, I always made it up with an extra comic or at least a better explanation than "We went on vacation! Hurrr!"

Now that the comic is supposed to be ending in a month, I'm blowing deadlines left and right. It's not acceptable and it's not the way I want to go out.

I've been trying to hit a Monday deadline each week and that hasn't been working out so great. The comic ends in a month and I think I have WAY more than 4 comics left in me in order to bring this last story across the finish line.

So here's the thing: I'm throwing the Monday "deadline" out the window and I'm going to try and update as often as I can leading up to August 6. If I make it to August 6 with the story completely told, that's great. All's well that ends well. But if I go a little long... well, there are worse things that can happen, right?

The point is, from today forward, be sure to check the site frequently. With any luck, updates are going to be coming a lot faster. And don't forget the guest strips I'll be tossing in from time to time!

By the way, if you still want to get in on that action, I'm still accepting guest strips. Feel free to e-mail me what you've got to theaterhopper@hotmail.com and help me send Theater Hopper out in style!

In the meantime, make sure you don't miss an update by following me on Twitter or Facebook. I know that sounds a little counter-intuitive since I'm ending the comic soon, but I intend to keep updating those accounts.

The Twitter account is my "main" Twitter account anyway and I'm pretty likely to continue sharing movie news, thoughts and reactions on the Facebook page.

That's it for now. Thanks for your patience and I hope you enjoyed the comic!

↓ Transcript
C'MON! We gotta get out of here!

BONK!

Jared?!

TOM?!

"Cardboard Thor," Huh? I like it!

Well, War Machine isn't in The Avengers, so I had to mix it up a little!