February 16 - Hello, everyWOMP. How are you doing? Great! As for me, I have had the last couple of days off from the dreaded "real" job, so I've been attending to some more of my commissions. I've been so busy with art work that I've done little more these last few days than eat, sleep, and draw. That's all well and good, but I don't have much completed to show for it. Everything so far is in the "preliminaries" category. I have done several character designs and such, but nothing that resembles "complete." I understand that this is just how it goes, but it's kind of frustrating, too. It's part of why I often feel like I'm getting nothing done on a particular project, even after I've worked hard on it. I was explaining this to my lovely wife (The WOMP Staff), adding that I just never seemed to have enough time, when she shocked me with a wild suggestion. In a nutshell, she wondered whether our proposed "Magic Rebate" from the government (you know...the "stimulus package" check supposedly coming in May) would be sufficient enough to allow me to take a couple of months off from my dumb "real" job to concentrate on my cartooning "career!" I was stunned! It's not as though my wife doesn't support what I do or anything, but this was a shockingly charitable proposal, even for her. Why shouldn't she get a couple of months off from work? At the time, I politely dismissed the suggestion...but it's been on my mind ever since. The Magic Rebate, even if we get as much as some news reports say, wouldn't be enough to publish the mythic fifth issue of The Adventures of Monkey, but it might be enough to take some college courses in computer rendering or figure drawing. It might cover bills while I developed some scripts or comic book proposals...or even an actual portfolio. It's tantalizing, for sure....but I don't think I could ever be that selfish. Could I? Maybe...maybe we could plan on something between purely selfish and boringly practical. With the Magic Rebate, both of us could attend the San Diego Comic-Con International in July! The Staff would enjoy a visit to sunny California, while I'd enjoy joining the geeky throngs. Hmm. Of course, being an optimistic pessimist, I know that the mere thought of making such plans inevitably dooms them. Oh, well. I suppose I should get back to work. Here is each African American Cartoonist of The Day for the 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th - Vern Grant, Matt Baker, Tim Jackson, and Robert "Buck" Brown!