If you haven't been travelling through time like the rest of us, you can look here for an explanation.
So, this comic has been hell to make. New characters, problems with .pngs, .psds, and .psps; non-standard comic formats, DV cams, Bulder's Gate, and dbx license problems all slowed things down. It didn't help that this was basically three comics worth of work. Remind me not to do that again...
And yes, this is an homage to our beloved DrL. It's too bad that Michael felt the only way out was with a mouthful of pills. We'll miss you man.