I said last week, after recycling a strip in order to meet deadline, I realized I couldn’t draw last-second strips anymore. So the next week, I clamped down and drew my strips a little bit ahead of schedule: I drew them the day before they were due, or at least the morning they were due, rather than the hour they were due. Slightly more responsible of me, I suppose.
First thing I realized I had to do was get rid of the “The Early Years” gag. As you recall, I killed Leonard off in December, and continued the strip by claiming all the current strips were just flashbacks to before I killed Leonard: “Mr. Squish: The Early Years.” But the flashback idea didn’t have legs: After a while, it’s no longer funny to remind everyone how your main character is dead.