So first of all, it seems like a really odd day to be talking about this. We’re in the middle of a gorgeous Indian summer here in Chicago right now. I walked around the neighborhood in a sundress today, we ate out on the patio at Small Bar, it was really lovely.

One of the weird/neat things I’ve noticed about Chicago is that the city in winter bears almost no resemblance to the city in the summertime. In the middle of the summer, I almost can’t remember what it’s like here in February, and in the dead of winter I can’t even imagine what it’s like in Chicago in June. So on gorgeous days like today it’s a little hard to remember what it’s going to be like.

But every morning when my alarm rings, it’s a little bit darker outside, and I know that once we hit DST, the sun will set long before I leave the office each day. Winters here can be rough, and I know I’m not there yet, but I can feel myself bracing for it already. So I think I’m going to spend the week doing comics about this, to sort of work through this weird pre-emptive dread I’m feeling. Don’t worry though! I have a lot of weapons in my arsenal for this thing. Knowing what it is and recognizing that it’s coming is probably half the battle.

UPDATE: OH HEY here is a comic I did for Saveur Magazine. Enjoy!