Greetings to all from the States!  It’s Independence Day here, and that means fireworks, barbeque, patriotism and, with any luck, the Boston Pops (although Pops Goes the Fourth hasn’t been the same since it left A&E).

In any case, for the BBQ, I have a brisket which has been marinating for a few days in the smoker.  For Patriotism, we have a really bright comic with the News Guy doing his part (and I promise to reflect on the blessings this country has brought me).  For fireworks… well… I actually have none.  Laurie’s done in the Big Easy.  Brittany isn’t home from her friends yet, so I never got around to picking any up.  Shame on me.  I do have to shop today though…

This comic/card actually came about because of twitter.  I had posted a quick and dirty sketch of a chibi News Guy which was going to be the last panel of a guest strip (more on that when it posts), and well… it was pretty late at night as I couldn’t sleep,  so the rough sketch was pretty rough.  @96th thought his hair and headset looked like a turban and asked why he was wearing it.  My mind, of course, would not then be satisfied until I came up with a reason for him to be wearing a turban.  A few edits later, this is the result.  I still can’t sleep, though…

…and don’t worry about the News Guy.  I’m sure our troops will keep him safe!