I wanted to write and say that I am really moved by the comments on my "state of the onion" post. I didn't write it to fish for compliments or to tease you with impending doom.
I was also very impressed by the standard of grammar, spelling and punctuation in those comments. I didn't realise that I had cultivated such an audience of upright citizens. I have issued each of you with a gold star.
I tried to address any questions when they were asked but I will answer the most frequently asked ones again.
Q. Will you reprint books 1, 2 and 3? Or do PDF collections like Diesel Sweeties did?
A. I just can't afford to. I only print 1500-2000 of my books at at time and it takes three years to get through a run. This is as true of original stuff as the reprint books. I don't want to make PDFs when you can read the whole archive on the website anyway, it doesn't make any sense to me - plus the bandwidth consumed would be huge.
Q. What about print on demand?
A. Print-on-demand means very high book prices and/or next to no profit for me. I typed in the specifications for "Blame The Sky" into Lulu.com's price calculator. The manufacturing cost was a very reasonable £37. I would aim to have it retail at around £100. I take credit cards.
Q. How about a top publisher such as Farrar, Straus & Giroux reissuing the early volumes?
A. Publishers lose interest when they find out that my ouevre is as visually consistent as a folk art jumble sale.
Q. Why don't you offer premium content on the website and charge people for it?
A. I put the fullness of my faculties into the daily comic and have little left over to generate phantasmogorias of walled-off content. Every time I work out a nice little ensemble for Esther, that is your premium content.
Q. (This was more of an accusation and it was not all that frequently asked) You dump characters all the time and introduce new ones! This spoils my enjoyment.
Q. Is the end nigh?