Sorry it's been a while, as I'm guessing most people can understand, last week was busy! I spent most of the week cleaning, getting things ready for Thanksgiving, then Black Friday shopping on Amazon.
I've now got CS4, it's fantastic, already a ton of the things that irked me on CS2 are appearing to have been resolved. Drawing with the Cintiq finally works (the third pic was my first attempt). The top image is a pin-up that'll be in the last issue of Brit (#12).
Getting the Christmas cards printed through overnightprints.com. Can't wait to see how they come out. There is more to the design (interior, back), but I don't want to spoil everything.