Hey guys. So after some thinking, I will be putting Happy Jar on a kind of ‘indefinite hiatus’ for a while. I haven’t been entirely satisfied with the focus of the strip for some time now and, more importantly, have not enjoyed making it. I’m going to take some time to rethink what it is I would like to do with it and perhaps take the time to work on some unrelated projects as well.
Happy Jar will definitely return, but I’m not sure in what form.
In the meantime, fans of The Adventures of Business Cat will be happy to know that I will be bumping those strips up to a weekly update schedule (every Friday) and can now only be found at the Business Cat satellite site (businesscat.happyjar.com).
Hey guys, I’m going to be heading to Australia for a couple of weeks as of tomorrow and unfortunately that means no more comics between now and when I get back. I would have liked to have finished some comics to tide me over while I’m gone, but between my computer being dead the last two weeks and last minute preparations for my trip, that didn’t turn out to be possible.
As with last month, I would encourage my Patreon users to decline payment for the month of December as it looks like it’s going to be a bit haphazard again. Here’s to getting back on track with stable updates in the New Year (but probably a bit before then).
I sometimes forget that not everyone who reads this comic also follows me on Facebook or Twitter. So for those of you who have been left in the dark on this, here’s where we’re at right now.
Last Monday my computer up and died on me. It was functioning perfectly the night before and the next morning I go to turn it on and the LCD screen is a garbled mess. A new screen had to be ordered in for me and on Friday evening it was replaced. The screen looks perfect and I was ready and willing to get started on some new comics for Monday when it soon became apparent that the LCD screen was not the full extent of the problem.
Long story short, my computer is still entirely unusable and at this rate it looks like I may not even be able to get it seen by the appropriate parties until Nov 20. I’ve no idea how long it may take to resolve the problem after that. Until that day, however, I have no way of creating and uploading new comics. And if you think you’re bummed about that, I can tell you that I’m about ten times more bummed than you are.
From bad to worse, I will be in Australia for a few weeks from Dec 5. If I can’t get it fixed soon I may not have time to sort out some comics in advance of my trip. These are dark times. But rest assured, I will be back up and running eventually. Watch my social media for any updates.
Finally, here are the long boring details of my current problem for anyone who may be able to help. If so, shoot me an e-mail:
Fan is extremely loud upon booting up and the computer slows to a crawl making it almost impossible to do anything. Activity Monitor shows that CPU usage is around 80-90% even when zero apps are open. Process called ‘kernel_task’ is reading at 600-800% CPU usage. Multiple SMC and PRAM resets have yielded no results. Running 27″ iMac w/ SSD and upgraded to Yosemite about two-three weeks ago.
My content is and always will remain free, but if you’d like to help support what I do (and get some extra content and behind the scenes updates in return), then please consider taking a look at my new Patreon page.