Mike, the answer to your questions is pretty much what Jeff just said. To be fair to Universal, they gave me the chance to fix what they thought was wrong with the strip (too many characters for a just-launching strip...I had five, they usually like starting with 2, 3 max). But I was so burned out at that point, I didn't feel like looking at the thing. I still haven't looked back at it.<P>At the same time I got this rejection, my treasured daughter went off to college. That was extremely hard for me. I use writing as therapy, and started a strip about this situation...it became very autobiographical. It was a pleasure to write again. <P>After I had 6 weeks or so, I sent the script to Lee. So it started all over again, only this time not with a development contract (which I would never do again...it was an interesting process, but not really very helpful). Universal was considering this strip, my panel and one other for launch in Sept. They chose the other guy. They want me to change my strip in ways I don't really want to, so that leaves the panel, which they will probably launch in Jan. Right now I'm working on a stand alone Sunday-only strip that Jon and I can do together. Jon has decided not to do Cloud 8...trying to force a more cutesy style isn't comfortable for him. Lee is going to give it to two artists he thinks will work. But I have final say, of course.<P>Actually, I'm very proud of the Sunday strip that we just started working on. I've never made that claim about any strip I've done before. This one if very different, like nothing anyone else has ever done, to my knowledge. It's not the kind of thing most in the Toontalk crowd will like, but I think it's very good. We'll see.