2011 was a weird year for me. Granted, most of my years on this planet have been “weird” for the most part; this one was just… different.

2011 was the first year I had lived in my hometown in a decade. Although, I did some freelancing and lived off of what I made, I was technically unemployed — for the first time since I was sixteen years old — the entire year. I knew very few people in town who I wasn’t related to. I lived mostly as a hermit, emerging from my secluded home only for sustenance, out-of-town comic conventions, and, occasionally, for short bursts of human contact.

That said, 2011 also held a lot of big moments for me, as well.

I made more art in the past year than I have in all the years since I dropped out of art school. Some of it got used, some of it didn’t. Some of it I even got paid for.

In 2011, the Amazing David Brame and I stepped into the world of webcomics, with the February debut of Punch-Up.net.

2011 also marked my first time as a paid comic book writer as well as a paid comic book letterer (that book was only just completed and I have not been able to share pages from it as of yet).

And I’ve received shout outs from both Warren Ellis, for a book cover I designed, and Joe Hill, who had start reading my webcomic. I may not be a famous comic book creator, but famous comic book creators are becoming aware that I — or, at least, my work — exists. Hopefully, in a good way.

At the time of this writing, we are nearly through the first day of 2012 and I honestly cannot predict what this new year will bring nor how it will change me. I’m another year older and, hopefully, a little wiser and, with any luck, I’ll be able to say the same this time next year.

Best to you and yours in the coming year. Cheers.

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