Some people do not like to plod through archives of ancient comics that, let's face it, suck. If you are one of those people, you might want to start your perusal of the Snail Dust archives with an early 2001 storyline, Dangerous?. I think it's at about this point that the redeeming qualities of the strips finally start to consistently outweigh the suck factor.
Of course, I think that now (5/11/05). No doubt as I keep improving, my assessment of that turning point will keep being pushed forward.