I feel like I'm making lame excuses, but yes, technical difficulties... again.
Complete hard-drive crash - unsalvageable. Had to do a complete system re-install. Thankfully, all comic files were on a second hard-drive and escaped harm (knock on cyber-wood.) Between that, and then reinstalling software and regaining connection to the comic server... there was not enough time to draw the strip. Should be back on track for next week.
Usually Friday the 13th is a good day for me (it is my birthday after all), but I got bitten this time. ;)