The Blackout occurred in June of 2008. A power surge happened in Sean and John Pendleton's apartment shorting out the motherboard of their computer. With no means to create or upload the comic, it went on hiatus until November. The characters just went on vacation to the La Brea Tar Pits. Gar fell in after looking in the tar. Upon rescue, he said he thought he saw himself drowning in the muck. It turned out to be his reflection.