I have been offline for gawd knows how long this time, so it will take me a couple days to catch up on all the messages.
Four hours after my last post in April, I lost my computer. Zip. Nada. No way to replace it. Local guy discovered when I messed up the comp the first time, we missed something on the repairs. Something not real important. Like I apparently dropped a tool on the motherboard when I was doing the initial repairs...gouged the fucker right across the middle.
I have a MOTOROLA G5 Mag quad, not the Intel version. And no money. Bundled up comp, called friend near Philly and asked him to look for exact replacement board that wouldn't cost me arm and leg. Found one after three weeks of looking and agreed to trade some stuff I had for the motherboard.
While this was going on, I had to run across the state by bus to attend four funerals for family members, the last this past week--my little brother's wife died at 60 from brain cancer. I'm not in need of condolences here--we accept things like this as normal at my age. Life moves on.
My computer came home three days ago and I've been running tests and had it checked locally to make sure, so I...am...up...and...running...FINALLY.
While I was offline, I started to re-jigger POW! to make it more useful and maybe more attractive to others that haven't been teased to trying it out yet. Basically, starting June 5, POW will be back in operation and there will be three separate Challenges running at one time--you can do any one-two-all of them you want if you wish. (1) will be a comic decided by me, (2) will be a comic/project suggested by anyone here, and (3) will be a smaller project for things that relate to comics, like covers, splash pages, character designs and shit like that, or other types of comic formats. Starting June 5 will allow me to catch up with the poll posts and such, and I have to input all my handwritten notes so I can get a clear look at what i was thinking offline, as well as getting some help organized so these "time-outs" don't happen again. I'll probably ask three or four people to act as backup mods for me, and I'll get a list of stuff together they can chose from just in case I get hit by a truck or something.
The rest of you...use this thread to post suggestions for something you'd like to see as a challenge for (2) above--especially if we haven't done YOUR favorite subject before. List it anyway you want--simple scenario, type of genre, type of character or situation, etc. Childish, romantic, historical, bizarre, bloody, whatever floats your boat. I'd like to have enough ideas to start getting a usable list together before the 5th. I'll handle the rest.
It's nice to be back...and why does it stink like rotting snake balls here? Did we get a cafeteria or sumthin'?