Surviving the World

A Photocomic Education by Dante Shepherd

Lesson #3283 - Endings

Today is September 1st, which to me, has always felt like the true start of the New Year. It's the Academic New Year, and it only lasts 9-ish months, but to me, it's the true New Year. Maybe it's being a teacher, maybe it's the 22 years of schooling, but this is the time that feels most appropriate for reviewing the past year and preparing for the oncoming year, setting what your goals will be and challenging yourself to do what you want to, as well as figure out where everything should be when the Academic Year is over.

So with that in mind, I'll be ending Surviving the World on June 1st, 2018.

I started Surviving the World because I needed it, and it was crucial to my happiness and success through the end of grad school and through my post-doc. It started off my professorial career on just the right note. And then in what has been my dream job of being a teaching professor, not to mention the raising of two awesome kids, STW slowly became less and less important in my life and to my happiness. And while I still love STW, I know this should be the year that STW graduates, if you will, if I want my love for it to persist. So I'll pack away the chalk at the end of the Academic Year.

I hope to make good comics straight through the end of STW. I hope you'll enjoy them. I'll try to crowdfund the one and only STW book (finally) early next year, and hopefully that will be successful. I don't know exactly how well it will finish up, but I never expected many of you to be along for this ride in the first place, so I guess we'll find out together.

So let's roll into this last Academic Year together. I hope you liked what the class has been so far. I hope you like what's left. Thanks for being here, either way.

(Also, June 1st will be one day past the 10th anniversary of STW, so I'll be able to honestly claim that STW ran for 10+ years! It's a small and ridiculous detail, but STW has always been about both small and ridiculous details, so it feels appropriate.)