And thus concludes Chris Onstad’s journey through the holidays, December 24th 2008.
It would stand to reason that this year’s Christmas strip is right around the corner, so make sure to start following the strip at http://achewood.com.
As for why I’ve chosen this rollercoaster of emotions, good-to-bad-to-confusing, to showcase on my blog? Well, honestly, I have a complex relationship with Christmas myself. I don’t want to go into the details, but the music, the bright lights and decorations, the joy of the season is something I embrace because the darker parts of the holiday are always creeping around the edges. I know a lot of people who can’t stand Christmas, because for them it represents bad times. I empathize. It’s a bit like the song Fairytale of New York I think? People with problems singing them away in the hopes of something better… Achewood is a pretty marvelously complicated piece of work, that touches on all of those sorts of feelings and many more besides. Hopefully you get it. Hopefully at no point during this week does my family call to worry about me (this is being written a week prior). Hopefully you all have a good holiday.
And I promise, for the rest of the month it’s nothing but brightly coloured cartoon and comic fun. :)
Christmas 2007 (actually January 2nd 2008), and it seems Ray has made an annual occurance out of writing people a book. And having it professionally printed. ISBN and everything. Teodor’s face in Panel 5 is actually perfect.
I laughed about this one for hours.
Get ready, tomorrow’s strip is intense.