As an update to overall progress of bringing the comic back, I keep looking at the calendar and thinking that I probably can't get everything done by the February deadline without rushing things. I'm considering pushing the date back to March 5th so that I make sure that I do a good job and get things sorted out just right. I can't imagine needing more time than that, at least. I'll make a news post on the homepage to that effect soon. I got an email a couple of days ago and there's a bit more guest art for me to post there this week, too, so I'll have some good news to mix in with the less-good news. Hurrah!
(Photo courtesy of Tim, the only one of us who could get tall enough by standing on my desk chair to photograph all of the pages in one go. Thanks, guy!)