I lost count of the number of times I called it quits on 8 Easy Bits and then picked it back up a few months later. A sprite comic is as hard a habit to break as smoking, it seems.
This little self-contained arc is 8EB’s most recent (temporary) resurrection. I decided to completely abandon the old storyline (with which I had completely written myself into a corner) and do a side-story that either takes place in the future or in a parallel timeline; you can decide which version you prefer.
This was written about a year after the “indefinite hiatus” was declared. For about seven or eight months I had been going on outdoor excursions with Jen on a regular basis, which probably inspired the Author’s embarking on a rehabilitative hike as a premise for these strips.