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Author Comments:kotor, 10 Oct 2011 06:24 pm
Well, That's My Buffer Burnt Through... - In all the time I had on hiatus, I'd managed to draw three pages. You've seen two. The final one is the comic's epilogue, which you'll see long in the future.
It's times like this that I wish I had a blog - I have a journal I guess, but I really just want to be able to pour my soul out to some complete strangers (and many friends) on the internet. So because I of lack of alternative outlets, you have to sit there, shut up and read about how brilliant my life is. It is your punishment for reading this comic.
I haven't been this happy in a long time. Not since the last time I was in Hong Kong actually, and I suppose that constitutes a trend, but the thing that makes me happy now is very different to what was making me happy last time. I've never really talked much about what I did when I was a full time volunteer missionary for the LDS Church in Hong Kong, back when Totally Kotor went on its one and only hiatus, so let me shed some light now: I walked around, a lot. I taught english classes. I taught many, many lessons to individuals and families about Jesus Christ's gospel and about how simple values that most of the world ignores these days can really make a difference in your life. I believe this wholeheartedly, and while doing this kind of volunteer work was hard and stressful, and often demoralising, I was able to see a genuine change in many people's lives - people who grew to be among my very best friends. The happiest moment of my life came when I visited Macau briefly before heading home - I'd been assigned to work there for a period of six months, and to return and see all of my friends there again, to realise just how much of a difference I'd made in their lives, was a feeling more incredible than any I'd ever had.
I really didn't want to leave that all behind and return to England, but I had to. I made a goal to get back to Hong Kong one day for school or work or something, but part of me always knew it wasn't going to be the same - and here I am now, discovering that very thing. I'm not doing the same selfless, difficult, emotionally fulfilling work now - instead I'm just studying, which is also difficult from time to time but much less rewarding. The reason this time is going so well is, of course, all because of a girl.
She is fantastic. I hate that I'm so far away (she's back in England, waiting patiently for me to finish the year), and I've already managed to talk myself into two trips home to see her. But she's completely worth the hassle. I've never met another girl that I clicked with so completely.
So I hope that helps you to understand why Special Level is of significantly less importance to me than it was when I started it - strangely, I produce my best comics when I'm in a less-than-fantastic emotional state, and when I'm truly happy, as I am now, I guess I don't need the satisfaction of producing a regular comic twice as much.
So...yeah, that's all I have to say. I'm just really, super thrilled with life at the moment, and I'm sorry that my comics are taking a back seat to the more important issues in my life right now.
That said, have I mentioned Billy Hong Kong yet? I absolutely love the page I posted last Sunday, and I'm sure you will too! Go check it out!