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My mother died last week. There's part of me that wants to tell you about my mother. There’s part of me that wants to dismiss the whole thing, as I am, at heart, an introvert who wants to be left alone to grieve and who understands most of us will go through this sooner or later. The third part, the most demanding yet most unnecessary part (solely because of my messed up brain), is to let you know that this is the reason for me falling behind.

There will be less than 12 strips this month. Any other comics that arrive in April are only because I had scripts ready, and the art-part is a welcome distraction sometimes.

I’ve also decided there will be less than 12 strips in May. I’ve been determined to finish repairing the archives and get the next book ready to print, and actually had a bit of a lead on strips. But then we got that call and we rushed to be by her side. Now I’m even more determined to get that done even if it means falling further behind on strips. I’ll keep you all posted as best I can.

As private as I am, I do want to share a thing about my mom. She filled my childhood with science fiction and fantasy and creativity. She’s the reason I grew into the storyteller I am today, and that creativity carries through to her grandchildren. Thanks mom. We love you and we’ll miss you as fiercely as you loved us.


  • newjoiseyboy

    Take good care.

  • cheshirecat

    I'm pretty certain that everyone here would say, take as long as you need to grieve and don't worry about the comics. Some things are more important.

  • Wayren

    Please take as much time as you need. We'll be here. Much love.

  • Koako

    Condolences to you and your family. Your fans are with you.

  • Degenhardt

    This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.

    We can wait!

  • Paradoxial

    As a Defender, I request an option to pay the 12-strip amount despite the strips produced. You shouldn't have to worry about the comic right now; we all know you'll come back when you're ready. Any peace of mind we can contribute.

  • randomlanguage

    Take time you need for yourself and for your family. As others have said, we'll be here. You can come back to us when you are ready. 

  • squeepasaurus

    thank you, Pete, for trusting us with this part of your life. We will wait with patience and understanding for you as you take care of yourself and your family. 

  • KikiDee

    So sorry to hear this Pete.  Thinking of you and your family.  xxx

  • yakko

    Sorry to hear about this. Take all the time you need.

  • kiddoc73

    Prayers for you and yours, we will, of course, be patient and will await the return.

  • Thom Solo

    Take all the time you need, Pete... and if making strips helps you deal with the loss in any way, then do it for you, and for her memory. You don't need to anything for us.

  • garyfritz

    I can empathize, Pete.  My mother is not yet gone, but she's slipping away, mentally and physically.

    Like everybody said already.  Take care of you and yours.  Do what you need to do for yourself and your family.

  • Spirantz

    It's sad when the world loses such a wonderful person :(

    Please take care of yourself, Pete.

  • Kafitrar

    I am so sorry. You and your family have my condolences.

  • rfenster


    I am very sorry to hear of your mother's passing.   Thank you for sharing with your extended Sluggy 'family'.   As others have said, please do not worry about the strip but take care of your family during this difficult time.   

  • ronbarus2

    Do what is necessary to love and care for your family, and I pray you find the love and care you need in them.  We will be fine, right here, waiting for you, and wishing you comfort and peace.

    God bless you and yours, Pete.

  • ugly85chevy

    Sorry to hear of your loss.  It sounds like she lives on in her legacy and for that we are all thankful.  

  • RJReed67

    We will be here when you are ready. Take all the time that you need.

  • KampKounslr

    Take however long you need, Pete. That's a rough thing to go through.

  • Pete

    Thank you everyone for your understanding. I'll be back as soon as I am ready.

  • Pete

    And it' s not lost on me that until I return Dr. Schlock will be left singing, trapped in a Beyoncé loop.

  • YugenDojo

    No matter how old you grow, how much you accomplish as an adult, or how much responsibility you assume raising your own family, to your parents you will always be that small, young child who they first loved and cared for.  And for your part, underneath your veneer of mature gravitas, that child still exists, longing for your mother or father to hold your hand, wipe your nose, and kiss your forehead.

    It is the natural order of things for our parents' generation to prepare us for the day when they pass away and leave us to deal with the world alone.

    It may be the natural order of things... but that doesn't make it any easier.

    My sincere condolences, Pete.

  • jdrimm

    Sluggy has been a part of my life for 17 years now. Your work helped me get through losing my mother last year. Do what you need to for yourself, we'll be here when you are ready to come back.

  • Raul Tsi

    I'm sorry for your loss.  Take the time you need and take care of yourself and your family.  Thanks for letting us know.