Yep. ALMOST a year after it started and ALMOST a hundred strips later, Quid Pro Quo has ended, permanently (i think.)
actually, i do think it pretty amazing that i got this far. i had seriously considered ending it at least four times in the past, and if you know me you'll know that i'm pretty pathetic when it comes to long term projects.
on October 2nd, 2001, when i drew the first QPQ strip (Oct. 2 is also the day Peanuts debuted in 1950, i'll have you know) i scanned it and named the file "qpq001.jpg," and i remember thinking, "why 001? i doubt i'll make it to 100." well. i DIDN'T, but i'd say 99 is nothing to be ashamed of. (well, James did one of those. the other 98 of them are (c)ME.)
anyway, here we are. reasons? well, i guess i'm just not much of a comic writer. even though i dare say i've partially succeeded as one in the annals of QPQ, i just don't enjoy doing it... it's something that i have to do as a catalyst for visuals. another thing is that the whole philosophy i had while doing QPQ wasn't very good... i had this sort of "joke-by-joke" frame of mind, and i didn't think very much about the universe that the characters were in. i worry that the characters were basically becoming interchangeable props.
this doesn't mean i will quit cartooning. in fact, i'd love to keep doing a strip if i can find a compatible writer with whom i can collaborate. i would even like to return to writing my own strip eventually, perhaps when i'm back in school in the spring. but until any of this happens, i will be doing other projects. feel very free to e-mail me if you want to keep in touch, i guess.
also. maybe this is pretentious. hmm. anyone want to buy QPQ originals? i have each and every one of them in a big envelope here by my desk. just post a thing, or e-mail me or IM me or something, and we'll talk about it. i'm not begging or anything, i'm just sorta curious.
so there ya go.