It's now almost a year since I found myself in such desperate circumstances that I had to ask online friends for money. Even now I feel embarrassed about this. I was in a terrible state mentally, constantly thinking dark thoughts of suicide. I had no job, no way to access benefits, and my debt was spiralling out of control. I only had a roof over my head, because I'd moved back in with my parents.
Since then I've found a job, my debt is under control (and is slowly being paid off), I have a regular online webcomic to do, and there is a good chance that I'll be able to get paid publishing work next year.
I owe a huge debt to many people. One that can never be paid off, because it came not just in financial terms, but in support, in suggestions, and in solid practical help. A small army of people, composed of cartoonists, Open Diary friends, Live Journal friends and assorted good-hearted folk, banded together like a superteam to help save TallGuy. And as a result, TallGuy was saved. Hurrah!
There are far too many people to mention, but you know who you are. My thanks count even if you only left me a note of support or sent me an e-mail. It all mattered to me.
In particular though, I want to thank Kenny Penman and Joe Gordon of the Forbidden Planet Blog
, who helped me out in many practical ways, even going so far as to send me one of their computers, when mine packed up. I'm particularly thankful that they've let me create the Super Sam and John of the Night webcomic, which has allowed me over the past nine months (or whatever it is) to hone my cartooning style further, and develop a whole new colouring technique. I'm unable to repay the high level of support that they've shown me.
I also want to thank Tom Spurgeon for mentioning my troubles in his Comics Reporter Blog
. Thank you, one and all.