I never really read comics as a kid and was more influenced by Warner Brothers cartoons. "Cane" is my attempt to channel some of that spirit into my own work. Also, with the new year I plan to start working on my more "serious" stuff and this is just me getting my ya-ya's out before I go back to using a crow quill. Next year I plan to finish "Art & Life" and "Warlock Hotel" as well as some other shorter stories I have sitting on the shelf. "The Toad" if anything speaks to a need to escape from reality rather than anything in particular happening in my own life.