Actually, when I occasionally mix photography in with the comic, it's almost always stolen from google images. Eventually I'm going to invest in a digital camera, though... and from there, who knows what zany backgrounds and scenarios might ensue. I carved a very cool ARG! related jack-o-lantern, and wanted to find a way to get a picture of it and work it into the strip or something somehow, but it just didn't happen. Stupid "lack of free time". Or rather, I still have free time, but there's much less of it, and I don't want to spend all of it doing comic hooey.
I'm also not concerned with readership anymore. Well, that's not true, I'd still love to have the giant army of loyal readers, and to be able to get annoyed at the amount of mail I get from them, blah blah blah, but I no longer have any delusions about it happening any time soon, like I did when I first started. I have a story that I thought up, and I'm gonna tell it, even if it takes me a lot longer than I'd planned to. This "Star Wars movie" plotline was originally mapped out to happen when Star Wars actually came out in theaters. I wish I had an artist to draw this stuff for me, who I could just give the strip ideas too, but then I wouldn't be growing as an artists, would I? Some crap like that, I dunno. Everyone has delusions of being a good writer, I guess, but then most of the reviews I've gotten have been "Hey, great writing, too bad the art sucks", but then that I also have a style that grows on you. I like it.