It's not common for Tom to show this much responsibility, forethought and restraint. But when it comes to ceremony and tradition, he's a total pro.

Hey. Funny story! Remember last week when I was all "Hey, guys! I have seven comics left to produce to wrap up Theater Hopper by the end of the year, so there are going to be weeks with double comics?"

So I made that announcement and then my hosting provider decided, "Nope." The site was down for three and a half days.

I never really got a good reason as to why the site was down, which was frustrating. But I'm not sure if I would have understood anyway. All I cared was getting it back up in time to get these comics published.

When I shared news of the site being down on Facebook, one of my readers suggested it was the universe's way of telling me not to end the comic. I mean, how do you contend with THAT?

WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO, UNIVERSE!?

At any rate, here's the first comic of the week. I have another comic inked and will hopefully have it posted tomorrow or Wednesday. I have a third comic that's been penciled, but not inked that I want to have out there by Friday.

After that... I'm a little afraid. Friday is my birthday. I work on Saturday from 11 to 6. I have social commitments on Sunday. Then there's Christmas and Christmas Eve. That means there won't be a lot of time to prepare the two comics I hope to publish next week. One of them in particular I want to post on Christmas. It would be a nice bit of synchronicity. But we'll have to see if I can carve out some time to do it.

We're racing toward the finish line, folks. Thanks for your patience after last week's downtime. Keep a close eye on the site for the next few weeks. LOTS happening!

See you again soon!

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As is tradition, I will empty out one half of my beverage on the curb in honor of this fallen theater.

As not to cause a flood, I have procured this crane to help tip the beverage more slowly.

We're going to be here forever.