So this is it. The end of Moon Freight 3. A project that first formed in my head in 2005 and finally made it to paper, and your screens, in 2008. A project that has seen me through two homes, two jobs, and a brief period of unemployment. A project that I’ve stuck with longer than almost anything else in my life. And I keep calling it a project, but it was so much more than that. A project implies it was nothing but work, but Moon Freight 3 was fun. It was a learning experience. It was an opportunity to travel all over the country for conventions. It was a discovery of myself and finding skills I never knew I had, from the crude pen-and-ink drawings of the early days to something much more toward the end. I’m glad Moon Freight 3 was there to help me grow as a writer and, surprisingly, as an artist. I’ve told this story many times, but if you’ve never heard it, I never intended to draw MF3, just write it. But I couldn’t find an artist to work with so I had to learn how to draw enough to do a four-panel strip three times a week. There’s never been a time I wasn’t happy I forced myself into this new challenge.
There are a lot of people I need to thank. First and foremost, there’s Brian Cross, my logo designer, my web master, my best friend, and the king of funk. Tom Chu, the guy who colored all the Moon Freight 3 and Gang From the Store book covers. Shawn Pryor, who hosted The Gang From the Store on his old PKD Media web site, which allowed me the time to do a second comic for eight months and still focus on MF3.
And a special shout-out to the new cartoonist friends I made, for without MF3 I never would’ve had the chance to meet them, and this alone makes it all worthwhile: Joe, Scott, Corey and Rob, Christiann, Ted and Greg, and last but not least, Alina, the first friend I made in this business and still one of the best.
If I didn’t mention you, charge it to my head and not my heart (to steal a line from Mr. Pryor). Trust me, I couldn’t have done it without all of you.
Larry and Bolts have been quiet in my head for a while now. But that’s okay. Their story has been told, and I’m glad I told it. But Fingullet, Nick, Oakland, and Turbo have taken their place, and their story – as well as the story of many of their friends we have yet to meet – has just begun. They live in a little place called The Center of Somewhere. If you haven’t checked it out, it’s a new all-ages (think Pixar, not preschool cartoons) comedy strip that updates every Monday through Friday. It’s been a lot of fun so far, and I think/hope it’s a good successor to Moon Freight 3.
So that’s that. The chairs are up, the lights are off, and the station has been blown up. Larry, Bolts, X, Katie, May, and everyone else are off on new adventures, adventures they don’t need me for. Thanks to each and every one of you for giving me the opportunity to tell this story, for your support, your feedback, everything. I sincerely couldn’t have done this without you.