not in the right headspace
first the bad news:
there’s going to be no new comic this week and maybe next week as well.
now the good news:
it looks like it’s rendo week at kukuburi! not only have i added a few words about our favourite quatropus to the CAST PAGE but last week i received a wonderful email containing a 3d modelling of rendo by australian artist tim streets! i’ve posted the piece to the FAN ART GALLERY with links to more images and a video (!) turnaround of rendo as well!
as i write this update i just received an awesome rendition of nadia entering the inbetween by michael maglio! though i’m going to save that one for next week :)
i can’t tell you how awesome it feels to receive these great pieces of art in my inbox. it’s like christmas!
and now the why:
just shy of 10 years ago i moved into the loft i live in now. when i moved in no one told me the building was zoned commercial. so technically i couldn’t live there. though i quickly found out, along with the 60 other tenants, when the city started posting eviction notices on our doors. the landlord appealed to us to fight with him and get the building rezoned for what they call live/work, an r4 zoning here in toronto. it took two appeals to the city committee but the minor variance was approved. we were now to be protected under the residential tenancies act.
or so i thought.
10 years and not a peep.
last month a received a new lease taped to my door. i’ve been leaseless for the 10 years i’ve been here. the lease was a commercial lease stating that i must be operating a business on the premises and not residing within them. well i knew this was wrong so i approached the superintendent. he told me this was a way the landlord was getting around tenants whose rent was in arrears as it is quite easy to evict someone under a commercial lease, even easier if they are living on the premises which the lease states they cannot live upon.
he told me this wouldn’t apply to me since i am a good tenant and always pay my rent.
i laughed and said i’m not going to take your word over a signed piece of paper. i sign that lease and i’m putting the noose around my neck and just waiting for the landlord to push!
so i refused to sign.
and now they are trying to terminate my tenancy at the end of this month since i am unwilling to sign their lease.
so i’m fighting.
but it’s taking a lot of my time and killing my creative headspace. i’ve tried to sit and work on kukuburi but my heart is just not in it as i fight to maintain my home. i don’t want to produce pages in a half-hearted way just to fill up the webspace. if i’m going to do it i want to do it right.
so for the next few weeks, depending on how things go, i will not be producing new pages. i will however produce new cast pages which add some insight into the world of kukuburi and post new gallery art from you the readers. i know it’s not the same, but it’s the best i can offer due to my current circumstances.
i’ll keep you all posted on how things are going.
till next week my friends.