brightonchangedprioritesThose of you who have been long time followers of my little comic know that recently I haven’t been as putting out updates as reliably as I probably should. I must be honest and share with you that recently things have gotten kinda crazy for me and my family.

My wife has End-Stage Renal Disease and she has recently been put on dialysis while we wait for a kidney transplant. The good news is that dialysis is helping to make her feel better, the bad news is that the treatment has become a big part of our lives. Spare time is rare these days.

And so, I must come to terms with the fact that for a short while I am unable to devote the time required to creating two comics a week. At the same time I am unwilling to go on hiatus and let this comic languish. I love Robot Beach and hope to be still plugging away at it years from now. So, I will be taking a week off of Robot Beach to get caught up on a number of things, and will return again on Monday fresh with a brand-new strip. From there we will be on a new schedule of updates; Once a week, every Monday, until things start to settle down again around here. During this time, I hope to build up a good buffer of comics so I can avoid missing updates when I return to a more frequent update schedule in the next couple of months.

Thanks for your support and thanks for sticking with me through this, see y’all on Monday!

Discussion (17) ¬

  1. Josh Jones says:

    So sorry to hear about all you guys are going through. I hope the transplant will come soon and will be completely effective. Thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  2. Tom Racine says:

    Wow, Matt…that’s a rough time. My father-in-law did dialysis, so I know a little about it, and how hard it is. I hope that the kidney transplant doesn’t take too long and that we can look forward to a lot more health in the VERY near future. It’s great of you to keep people informed and the comic going…once a week will be great and give you something to focus on. Best of luck and thoughts to you both.

  3. Samantha says:

    If there was EVER a good reason to delay comics…. ! I can’t believe you’re working on comics at all!

    I hope your wife’s transplant and operation comes through swiftly and successfully. You’re both in our thoughts.

  4. Martin Plante says:

    My thoughts are with you, and I wish your wife the best of luck, and a quick and successful transplant. We are priviledged to have those weekly updates, and certainly don’t feel obligated to produce them just for us. We’ll be there when you come back!

  5. Richard Weir says:

    My thoughts and sympathies with the two of you. And please don’t knock yourself out over us: your wife needs you a lot more than we do! So don’t worry if the plan doesn’t quite work.


    P.S. Of course, now is a good time for loyal fans to sign up for the RSS feed. It is an excellent way to view comics if there is any problem with regularity.

  6. Jerry says:

    I look forward to your strip to brighten my day … my wife was diagnosed 2 years ago with CML (Leukemia) and your strip always brings a smile. So I can totally understand. Priorities definitely change as we go through different seasons of life … and through sickness and health. So sorry to hear of your wife’s medical situation.

  7. David Burt says:

    Take care of your wife and yourself. I love your comic and we’ll be here when you have time to update.

  8. Skar says:

    All the best for all of you. Hope the transplant will get there soon. And each comic we love to see, but doing it once a week is often enough for now. Don’t worry, I think we all understand and respect your decision and we’ll all be waiting patiently. Now focus your energie on the more important things.

  9. Tony says:

    My best wishes are with you and your family. Don’t worry too much about the comics; we readers will be here whenever you update.

  10. Sorry to hear that, Matt. Prayers out to your family and hope things get better soon!

  11. wit says:

    Good luck, buddy. Take all the time you need. We’ll all be here doing what we always do. Picking our noses and grumbling about the weather.

  12. Matt says:

    Thanks for all of the encouraging responses everyone. It means a lot to me. :)

  13. Paul says:

    Good thoughts headed your way. I really wish you and your family the best!

  14. PJ Grogan says:

    Take your time. Family’s more important.

  15. Jande says:

    Hey Matt, best of luck to you and your family! I hope things go well for you as soon as possible.

  16. Laura says:

    All the best to your family Matt! We love tis “little comic” as you call it. Nobody’s going anywhere. And don’t you worry, these rough times will soon be a distant memory and everything will work out fine, you’ll see.