Hi, Red-Heads! I’m sorry for the long absence from the comic and blog.  I’ve found myself swamped trying to catch up on work-related deadlines since my last post.  To briefly catch everyone up, let me start with the Reuben Awards in May.

Photo by Tom Richmond

2014 Reuben talk — Photo by Tom Richmond

My talk, “Why I Do A Webcomic” went well for the most part, despite my losing much of my voice in the days leading up to the event. But I received many compliments from the cartoonists who attended as well as regrets from those who missed it because they couldn’t make it away from the bar. I may possibly upload a movie or video of the talk in the future. The great thing about doing a talk like this is being able to showcase your work to people who may never have seen it before.  I’m happy to say it’s led to some great connections and new relationships. I was fortunate enough to be the first up on the opening day of the weekend, which allowed me to kick back, relax, and enjoy all the fun the rest of the weekend.

Photo by Keith Robinson

Formal wear. Photo by Keith Robinson

Saturday night’s award ceremony was a great time as well, emceed once again by the hilarious Tom Gammill. This was my first time being nominated, so it was quite the honor.  And though I knew I wouldn’t win this time around  (being up against Jeff Smith is like being up against Meryl Streep at the Oscars), it was a great feeling to hear my name called out as a nominee!

The weekend closed with an amazing party on the aircraft carrier Midway, where many of us had a chance to draw for soldiers and their families in support of the Wounded Warriors project.

There are also a couple of things that have happened just over the past week — both of which are very exciting — that I’m not at liberty to completely share yet. Still, let me at least tease you with what I can.

Phineas and Ferb Star Wars

While I was in LA, several of my colleagues, having heard many of my impressions and voice characterizations, encouraged me to pursue voice acting. I did a little bit of temporary dialogue (“scratch”, as it is called) in Phineas and Ferb and was preparing to put together a voice reel when we made the decision to move back to Florida. Last week I found out that Dan Povenmire and Swampy Marsh, the creators of Phineas and Ferb, have decided to use my voice for a small ( but important) part in the upcoming Phineas and Ferb Star Wars Special. I don’t think I can tell you the part I’m playing yet, but be sure to watch on the Disney Channel July 26 and stay for the credits! It’s really cool.

And lastly, on the Red’s Planet front, there are some things happening behind the scenes. Really cool things; jumping up and down, kissing strangers, calling-the-neighbors kind of things. And, though I can’t really tell you anything at this time, it will mean discontinuing updates for a while; and for that I am truly sorry.

Red_readsTelling this story as a webcomic has been one of the best experiences in my life. Many of you have been here from the beginning and have stuck with me, waiting patiently as I’ve put the comic on hold — when my daughter was born, or when I moved my family across the country, or when there were looming deadlines for actual paying work. You continue to be the best audience I could have ever imagined. You have embraced my characters, cheered me on with your comments, and, for the most part, never complained when your free comic hasn’t arrived on time.

But now, I have a chance to expand the audience for Red’s Planet — an opportunity that I have been working toward for some time —and it’s my sincerest hope that you will stick around and be a part of that story. For now, this site will stay up and will continue to post news about the next step for Red’s Planet, hopefully sharing some sketches along the way. You can trust that I’ll let you know whatever I can, when I can.

I do promise…Red’s Planet will be back and in a very big way!