UPDATE: I borrowed a scanner for the evening and was able to color and letter the comic.  I realized that I’ve sold enough t-shirts recently that I actually can afford a new scanner. So thanks everyone who bought a shirt!

Sigh… So my scanner crapped out this evening. I’ve only had it for about 8 months. I had just finished scanning a sketch and I slipped in today’s page so I could scan it for coloring and lettering and… error. The scanner is unplugged. The scanner is off. The lock switch needs to be released. The usb cord is unplugged, the usb cord needs to be unplugged and reattached. The device is unrecognized. The device is unpowered. the device driver is out of date.

One moment it’s working, the next it isn’t. No changes of any kind. No updates, no installations. Nothing.It works and then it doesn’t.

This is the second time this has happened to me with a Canon brand scanner. My previous scanner worked flawlessly for about a year and then one day just stopped.

It’s very frustrating to not be able to complete your work because a machine you rely on refuses to function. I’ve  spent 5 hours this evening trying to get the scanner to work, talking to tech support, trying different solutions. Tech support says that unplugging and then reattaching the device should do it, although they can’t explain why it just stopped working in the first place. A quick google search shows that this is a known issue, turning up hundreds of similar cases but no solutions. It looks like Canon sells a product that just randomly stops working sometime after 6 months.

Anyway… The new strip is drawn and ready to be scanned. Actually, the next 5 are. I worked extra hard this week to get a few strips ahead. I’ll be posting today’s strip as soona  s I’m able to scan it and finish it, but that probably won’t be till late this evening or early tomorrow. Right now I’m tired and frustrated, so it’s time to walk home and try to get a few hours sleep.

Sorry everyone!