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Birthdays, Anniversaries, And Milestones

Ira Glass is surprisingly tall in person.

Well, two out of three ain’t bad.

Today marks twelve years of David Willis doing webcomics, starting from Roomies!, through It’s Walky!, onto Joyce and Walky! and Shortpacked!; The Bangmark Quadrilogy, as it were. Throughout that time, from the goofball college humor strip to the sci-fi strip, the relationship strip, and the toy fetishist strip, he’s walked the balancing act between The Funny and The Drama, and indulged perpetually in a carnal desire for Transformers.

Then Willis caps the good times off next weekend by gettin’ married on Talk Like A Pirate Day. Readers are invited to speculate whether Mr Willis will be dressed in the traditional tuxedo, as a pirate, or perhaps as Batman. Y’know, a tuxedo could be justified as “millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne cosplay”.

At the same time, John Allison is but one day away from wrapping up the second of his related strips, Scary Go Round, to be followed by an interval of light music, then onto the start of his own webcomic trifecta. Assuming no disasters on par with the bird flu, Allison will be appearing at SPX in Bethesda, Maryland the very week of his own eleven-year stripperversary, making both Allison and Willis among the oldest of old hands in this young medium.

Given the way this recent SGR strips have been sending off characters (Eshter, The Boy, and Sarah to separate universities, Shelley to London), there are several possibilities for the focus of the next strip: stay in Tackleford with the younger generation, or perhaps with Amy & Ryan. Off to Wales with Tim, off to colleges with that crowd, off to London with Shelley (arguably the center of the past two strips, but surely writing somebody that capricious is tiring after a while). Once again, readers are invited to speculate wildly on Allison’s plans, with the satisfaction of knowing that we’ll all find out how wrong we were in about 10 days time.

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