Well, remember, you can change it's position to make it seem more like your existing drafting table. (though with Zoom capability)
In talking with my wife about it, I compared it to learning a new medium: I go into with all my skills as a draftsmen...but am presented with a new type of canvas I've never worked with before: The angles are weird, the feel of it is weird, the scale and scope and sights of it are weird. But it's good...and exciting to be drawing digitally.
Sheldon, as you know, will be staying a traditional, hand-drawn strip...archival inks on acid-free paper. But Drive will become an all-digital strip. So keep an eye out on Saturdays for a strip that's drawn without paper.
As suggested by Fleen's editor Gary Tyrell, I won't tell you when the first, all-digital Drive shows up: It'll be more fun to see if I can make it "pass" for ink-on-paper. :)
But rest assured, it'll be a few weeks until I'm up to speed on this thing. The phase I'm currently in could best be described as "grandfather setting up a DVD player for the first time" phase. I need to fly up to Seattle and watch Scotty draw on his for a few hours.
I have loved the last few strips Dave! It comes at a very timely moment for me, having spent a day last week in the hospital for, you guessed it, food poisoning! Its nice to be able to laugh about it now. Thanks for the great work, and I hope the cintiq works out for you!
I remember when I first picked up a digital pen. It felt so familiar, yet so frustratingly different. I imagine that's what re-learning skills after sustaining a head injury must feel like.
I'll guess that today's Drive cartoon was done (at least partly) on the Cintiq. The lettering is different, and your signature is a consistently thin line-weight. There are fewer places where lines gradually fade out or gradually get thicker. It's subtle. Congrats on your new medium!