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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.


  • theletter6

    My deepest condolences to you and your family.

  • Mao

    Don't you dare feel bad about us! You've been part of our daily(ish) routine for two decades so we've come well past any kind of entitlements. You're a friend and we understand and share your sorrow. Go and have all time you need and draw only if/when it helps you.

  • LadyBlanc

    I know how you're feeling right now, Pete. I lost my mother on Thanksgiving morning of 2013. She was a friend as well as mother, and I still miss her.

    I am very sorry for your loss, and you need and deserve time to grieve and to be with the rest of your family. God bless.


  • shiri

    Pete, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, echoing everyone else's messages:

    • I'm very sorry for your loss.
    • Do. Not. Apologize. You have a right to your privacy, and to grieve.  Take as much time as you need. We love you and care for you and want you to be well. Please take care of yourself in this challenging time.

    I'd also like to echo Paradoxial's request to pay the full amount for this month, and for however long you need. (BUT, only if it doesn't cause you even more work and headache.)

  • sluggymacs

    My Deepest and Sincerest Condolences

    i too have lost my mother , it has been very hard too

    it is something that is very difficult to cope with, we are with you, we are here for you, 

    know that you have people out there that love you and appreciate the great things you do and the wonderful person you are.

    may she eternally rest in the calmest and tranquilest of peace.


  • joshuawilhoyte

    Take all the time you want.  God be with you and your family. 

  • scottlikely

    I am so sorry.  Take the time you need to grieve and get things in order.  I lost my parents within the last few years, and it was hard.  I hope her life was wonderful and her passing peaceful.  She must have been proud of you.

  • Lord Golbez

    I'm sorry for your loss.  Take your time to grieve.  The site, book, store and everything else will still be there when you're ready, so take your time.

  • BluDragon

    Pete, as everyone here has said, please take your time.  

    Thank you for letting us know what is happening, you are not beholden to us so please don't feel that you are.

    Also thank you for sharing a little about your mother, I know we are all very thankful for her gift to all of us

  • gracesonnet

    I'm sorry for your loss, Abrams family! Don't feel bad about the number of strips!! And I'd be okay with paying the "12 strips" amount anyway. Peace and love to you. 

  • HephaestusHugh

    Sorry for your loss. She sounds like a great mom. 

  • Permacrete_Juno

    You never need to apologize. You put 20+ in place specifically so you could be kinder to yourself. I am terribly sorry for your loss. Take all the time you need.

  • Natros

    My deepest sympathies to you & your family, Pete.  Knowing that these things happen to all of us doesn't ever make it easier to lose our loved ones.  Take all the time you need to mourn and process; your Sluggites will be here whenever you're ready.  

  • JustMyLuck

    All hugs and good wishes to you and your family Pete.  I understand completely.  I lost my mom last September.  Take your time.    We will understand as so many have said before me.  Watch out for depression sneaking up on you.  It definitely can in this situation.  Again.  Take care of you and your family.  We will be here when you are ready.

  • Bolger

    My deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your mother.  You are in my prayers.

  • smparadox
    cheshirecat said on 

    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.


    I second that emotion.

  • Placeboshotgun

    So sorry to hear about your mother.


    May God grant her rest and you comfort in this difficult time.

  • nechyfer

    sorry about your mom. She sounds wonderful! This is difficult and I wish her peace and you love that she gave you. 

    Its been a few months you posted about this, I’m new and grateful to find sluggy. I wanted to thank you and her....