‘Axis’ for May 2, 2022

Thomas Whitfield
3 min readMay 3, 2022

Hey everyone, this is me, Thomas’ pencil. Yeah, the dutifully-sharpened one that he always uses to jot down story notes and actually draw the strip here at the cartooning desk. Thomas isn’t really in the mood to say anything of substance or any measurable amount of self-indulgent bullshit tonight so he has sort of shoved me to the front of the computer keyboard and asked me (ordered me) to *stand in* for him while he goes off into some other corner of the room and masturbates for the rest of the evening (midlife sucks). I’ve seen aging Gen-X’ers need a *timeout* before when the chips are down but this is pretty fucking ridiculous. To be honest, Thomas is having one of those gut-check moments at age fifty-*hack**cough**snort**ahem* years old whilst he tries to decide what to do with the rest of his fucking life. You see, Thomas suffers from “Peter Pan Syndrome.” Meaning, he just doesn’t really know what he wants to be when he grows up. He’s still searching.

Having said all of that, and as his before-mentioned dutiful and loyal pencil, I’m just here to give a casual courtesy notice to all who are interested in “Axis” that it might be a while before anymore “daily feature” offerings of this strip make their way onto the platform and into this online publication. Thomas is needing a major Ctrl + Alt + Del right about now these days pertaining to a hell of a lot of different junk issues. So, it might be a while before more “Axis” strips get written, drawn, inked, produced, and delivered to the editors. Wait, Thomas doesn’t have any editors in his life — and that’s a super-huge and fucked-up part of the problem. He told me to tell all of you that Thomas needs an Editor. That’s “Editor” with a capital “E.” Thomas doesn’t have an Editor in his cartoonist life and he’s royally *pissed* about that demoralizing fact. He quite literally hates doing all of this in a vacuum. The solitude can be paralyzing at times.

So if you’re an artist representative over at Andrews McMeel Universal, King Features Syndicate, Creators Syndicate, the Washington Post Syndicate, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Post, or any other leading paper of merit, Thomas would like to strike up a conversation with you. To all who work daily behind the “Comics Submissions” desks of various publishing groups, syndicate divisions, features editors, or the like — please do…

Thomas Whitfield

Artist, rockstar, recovering designer, and general all-around do-gooder; that’s me. Please add to this that I am intrepid, dogmatic, and fastidious.