|March 28, 2008
April 1, 2008
So, my friend Bazil has started a new site called Suburban
Conspiracy. It's for casual geeks - people who like some geekery like RPGs, a little World of Warcraft, painting
miniatures, etc. - but aren't hardcore geeks who spend all their free time making new logarithm jokes or praying at
the altar of Sci-Fi writers. Give it a look over. I think you'll enjoy it.
I've been asked why I don't do April Fool's jokes on all of you. Every year, when April 1st rolls around, I get a
lot of emails. My reasoning is simple: I don't want to. It's not that I think it's a bad idea, just the only ideas
I've come up with would take a full year to work on and I don't have the time (or, let's be honest, drive) to do so.
Plus I know they alienate audience members a lot. And I do have a job that requires keeping my readers happy (to an
extent) so holding a big "fuck you" up that doesn't drive the story or entertain doesn't seem wise.
This does not, however, stop my friends from begging me to mess with all of you. The most popular is the,
"Take your site down for a day" request. They seem to think putting up a message of how I'm tired of doing the comic
and it's all over and the whole site is gone is a funny idea. It should be noted that Josh, who's long helped
me with my advertising sales, has been more than happy to point out for me why this is a constantly bad idea.
So, that's it. I ust wanted to answer the question I've been getting a lot of the past couple of days (well, second
place after con and AggieCon related stuff). I don't do April Fool's jokes because the ones I'd want to do would
take more effort than I feel like putting forth, and the easy ones just come off as a bad idea. But there are a lot
of webcartoonists who do it and do it well. Go seek 'em out and have a blast.
See? Sometimes I do hold back... unless it involves a Naked Avagadro. In which case I'm all about throwing
it all out there. -R