The Order of the Splint
Those who follow the Order of the Stick – one of the best web comics there is – will have noticed it has been a long time since the last update. There’s a good reason for that.
Rich Burlew, a/k/a The Giant in the Playground, the guy who draws and writes the Order of the Stick, had an accident involving broken glass and his right hand.
Rich is notoriously private; we don’t know about how it happened. Here’s what Rich’s wife posted on the Kickstarter blog:
Rich had an accident earlier this week; he injured his right hand pretty badly on broken glass and was rushed in to have emergency surgery. They repaired some severed tendons in his thumb and he’s home now and recovering. But he won’t be able to draw for at least six weeks (maybe longer, depending on how quickly the nerves in his thumb heal). And he didn’t want to keep you guys in the dark for all that time.
You can see that there is both a cast and some serious slicing involved. Ouch. Rich has since reported that the doctors are pleased with his healing so far. And that’s good news. But nerves can take a long time to heal.
WC hopes you will join WC in wishing Rich a speedy, complete and uneventful recovery. But for the next month or two, there aren’t going to be any new cartoons.