As some of you may know, my wife Emily has been on a job hunt since last fall. Well, as of last Friday, that search is over, and she has accepted a wonderful opportunity. In Boston.
So, we’re moving east. And while this means that I’m going to have to leave my beloved Chicago, I’m genuinely excited about this. I’ve known for months now that the chances that we could stay here were pretty slim, and I’ve had plenty of time to think about what it means. There have been job prospects from Long Island to the Bay Area, but not any here at home. It had me in a funk for awhile, but since this Boston gig has materialized, I’ve been in an increasingly better mood.
I’m torn about the idea of leaving Chicago, since I’ve invested so much here, especially in my artwork. But, I’ve lived here over ten years — all of my adult life, and I’ve lived in the Midwest for twenty years. If I have to leave, this isn’t a bad time. Obviously, it’s going to mean some major changes, but I think they’ll ultimately be for the better. Moving to the East Coast gives me an opportunity to expand more solidly into a new market, and puts me closer to more publishing houses. The first six months might be a little bumpy, but I’m confident I can make it work. In the end, Chicago will always be my adopted hometown, and my love for it will never go away.
In the short term it will mean I’ll have to put the comic on hold while we take care of moving, but in the long run, it’s going to mean I’ll be able to focus on long term planning for my artwork. I also plan on getting some scripting and planning done before I start drawing again, so I’ll be able to produce the comic much more quickly once I’m back.
We’ll be moving at the end of March, and I will continue to update the comic over the next few weeks to finish out the current scene. After that I’ll need to go on hiatus for a month or two in order to get our new house in order (quite literally) before returning. I’ll keep you posted once I have that final plan together.
Thanks for all your support and patience. I promise you this will be a good thing. Just don’t expect Kate & Mike to move to Boston, okay?