CLINT: We had scheduled that this week would be the start of Episode 10. As you can see from the above, that did not happen. The woman in Dawn’s tribute illustration is our dear Aunt, Susan Rose, who passed away this last Friday after a few months of battle with cancer.
We had a really bad scare just before San Diego Comic-Con which I’d already talked about in a past writer’s blog, but although she recovered from that the prognosis was still not a good one. Still, much like her namesake in our comic, Suzie was always a feisty fighter and she remained positive to the last. The names are a coincidence, but some similarities were certainly there.
Aunt Suzie was also someone who along with her husband were the self-admitted biggest nerds of the older generation in my family. They loved going to the comic-cons, not just in support of us but getting their own geek on. Nowadays we do fairly well when exhibiting, but when we were first starting out Suzie never failed to come to the show and buy something from our table, back in a time when we were still unsure if anyone else would ever care about what we had to offer.
We have dedicated many pages in Zombie Ranch to the subject of familial loss and grief, and how the world the people of the Circle Z have to live in is one which has numbed them to such things. This week, as Dawn and I try to come to terms with the loss of a woman who was a relative, friend, and staunch supporter, has been a reminder that we are not so numb. I don’t think we ever hope to be that numb, even though sometimes it can hurt a lot not to be.
There have been many times we have worked through adversity and sickness to bring you the next installment of the story, and a lot of those times have occurred without us so much as mentioning them. You don’t come here to read about our personal troubles, after all, you come here to read a comic. But this is a time when we must simply ask for your understanding, or at least your patience.