Twenty-Four - A Long, Long Trail A-Winding


     And on that romantic note...

     Years ago, I heard Oliver Sacks on the radio talking about Temple Grandin, the woman whose case gave Sacks the title of his book An Anthropologist on Mars. The thing that's stuck with me all this time was the way Grandon, a high-functioning autistic, wanted to be hugged but didn't like to be touched. How she resolved this quandary I'll leave to you to research if you care to, but it became the central concept of Jolene's character back when first came up with this whole Daily Grind thing three years ago. I just haven't had a chance to have her really express it till now.

     But that wraps up three years of comics as well as storyline number 24, "A Long, Long Trail A-Winding," and Book Four, Till There was You. Next, we'll start the fourth year, the Fifth Book, Written on Water, and the 25th storyline, "Saturday."

     Oh, and as part of the 3rd anniversary celebration, I commissioned a series of portraits of the main characters from artist Mary Minch. You can see all five over on the appropriately-titled Portraits page.