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  Some days off around the 21st, etcSep 12, 2018 12:33 AM PDT | url
 
Added 2 new A* pages:Thanks to everyone who wrote to me with kind words after yesterday's blog about my father's passing. I don't know if it will ever stop being amazing to me how people can reach out over this crazy internet, and the little things I write and draw on it, and share their lives and time and feelings. How does that happen? What's the math on that? Well, whatever it is, it's pretty great. Thanks, everyone. : ) And I'm really glad you all gave me a chance to share something about him.
 
It looks like the memorial service will be the weekend of the 21st, back in Seattle, so I expect I will be missing a day or three of comic updates around that time. And I'm setting the next three or so auctions of the daily comic page's original art as 10 day auctions, rather than the usual 7 day auctions, so I can get back in time to ship them to any winning bidder.
 
One more thing I feel oddly compelled to add about my dad: he was about 2/3rds of the way through a special medical trial of a new immunotherapy treatment; he was too weak to keep doing chemotherapy, so, basically he had exhausted the usual treatment options for this cancer, meaning the game was going to definitely be up, but finally his oncologist was able to call in a personal favor and get him into this trial on late notice. And while he didn't make it to the end of the trial, initial signs are it was nonetheless having some positive effect; in any case, with all the tests they were able to run on him, I have to think they at least got a few useful data points to help their research.
 
So, my dad was helping science. : ) And sure okay it's maybe silly optimism—or more likely, fearful hoping—but I still can't help thinking that in another...20?...30? years, at least some of these immunotherapies or gene therapies or whatever else is being developed now will have got us to a place where we—okay we will need advances in public health care administration in certain countries, too!—don't have to live in fear of cancer.
 
At any rate, I think that day *will* come some day. And what a day it will be!
 
 
 
 
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