Hi Samsonites,

I don’t want you all to get the wrong idea that I am against marriage, but getting married doesn’t mean you’ll live happily ever after. And it doesn’t mean you’ll never feel alone again. Falling in love is easy, but staying in love requires commitment, honesty, trust and communication. Marriage is not a fairytale ending, but a beginning to a commitment that takes work form both parties, if it’s to continue.

This project is really about how Suzy deals with the fact that she had to give up so much of who she was to be with the man she loved, and what happens when it falls apart. It is not so much a journey of self discovery as it is rediscovering the person she was always meant to be. And that sacrificing that to please someone else was the greatest sin one could commit against themselves.

Anyway, I hope you all have been enjoying the banter between detectives Dixon and O’Neil. I have really had a great time writing them. They were meant to be the Roseencrantz and Guildenstern to Suzy’s Hamlet, but they are beginning to take on a much larger role than I had originally intended. I can’t wait to see where they go. O’Neil reminds me of many of the friends I had growing up, who had no filter and couldn’t speak without cursing every other breath. I’ll be the first to admit he’s a jerk, but he’s my jerk. I’d like to hear your feedback on these two detectives and if you have been enjoying their characters as a window into Suzy Samson’s world.

I hope you are all having a great Memorial Day weekend.

-Anthony Summey

P.S. I know Suzy is excited that she is in the majority of the panels in this week’s strip.