23rd Oct: It's time for the second TV Tropes Halloween Avatar Contest, theme: cute monsters! Details and voting here.
So let's say, hypothetically, that you've gone to your favourite webcomic's site only to see last Friday's update still on the page and a message in the blurb saying "Happy New Year, see you tomorrow!". Assuming it's not mid-April, you don't exactly stop to ponder. "That makes sense," you think, "after all, webcomic artists need holidays too!" and you move on. There's nothing wrong with that, right? Well there's nothing morally wrong with it, but something isn't quite right. The artist took New Year's day off? But doesn't this webcomic automatically update at midnight in its local time zone? Obviously the comics are drawn at least the day before, and possibly weeks in advance! So what's really going on? Well, it's hardly malicious. When something that would have updated or aired on a holiday, doesn't and was obviously created earlier, it simply means the creator took a different day off — or they used the day they would have written the holiday comic to write the next one instead. It's hardly rude not to provide services on a holiday when people expect things to be closed down, but it could easily be considered rude not to update in the middle of next week when the buffer is short an entry because the creator took Easter off. So long as there isn't a Schedule Slip when that date hits, no one will really care which day the actual break was taken, and your favourite artist get a rare break when it's at least slightly more convenient for them. D'aww.