in a rubber monster suit
Simple sketches is a great idea, I think I might suggest it next time it happens. I'd also suggest to an author that they update their comic page with news. One author that comes to mind is updating sporadically on Twitter, but her comics are dead as a doornail right now, which isn't a great look.That's reasonable. Still, some authors manage it just fine, or bring in guest comics, or do simple sketches, or whatever. But I guess in a creative medium, there's going to be more than one solution to many things.
But it's hard to know each individual's situation too. Some don't like to release sub-par work, and some folks are doing web comics more as a means of self expression and sometimes self-therapy. Their lives tend to be more of a mess.