Thank goodness for forethought! Rather unfortunately, the machine I used to do the art for Elf Blood and all my other comics packed it in on Wednesday night – I strongly suspect that the curse of the original Sandy Bridge Cougar Point motherboards finally kicked in. Gambled and lost, I suppose!

Fortunately for everyone concerned, my laptop has gamely taken over artwork responsibilities (though I had to go out and buy a USB hub to make it workable). With this change, I actually got some benefits – Windows 8 is better than Windows 7 at accurately processing my tablet’s input for Lazy Nezumi, and I get even more accurate lines now! Plus, I’m now using Photoshop CC, which is a step above my five-year-old Photoshop package I was previously using.

Unfortunately, repairing or rebuilding an art machine is money that I could otherwise be doing with saving right now – I’m still in the process of getting furniture for my house and paying contractors, etc. so having to drop up to a G on a new rig isn’t exactly ideal.

But I have to say, I’m nowhere near as anxious about the whole thing as I thought I might be (and if you guys know me, you’ll know that I can get INCREDIBLY anxious). I think it’s because I kind of saw this coming – the machine had been acting a bit weird, and I was sort of hoping it’d just resolve itself. Sadly, it gave up the ghost, and I knew exactly what I’d need to do to get myself sorted out as contingency.

So, net result, I get to continue telling Elf Blood’s story, and I now have a new summer project! So enjoy folks, and I’ll see you again on Monday!