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Three Cheers And A Tiger For [You]

The hotel I’m at has an in-room heating system that sounds like a lawn mower having a tonic-clonic seizure when it cycles off, so I’m short a couple hours of sleep right now. Nevertheless, I have found Things, Things that are worth celebrating today.

  • The second piece I ever posted at this here thang — goodness, nearly nine years ago! — concerned the output of Lore Sjöberg, whom I have always foudn to be frighteningly cleverfunny and an all-around stellar fellow. So it gives me no little joy to announce that after various problems around hosting/spamming bastards, Sjöberg has resurrected one of his sites, Bad Gods, and you know what that means: I get to gorge on Bandwidth Theater! Rudolph! Overmom! Lousy Transformers! And, of course, the depleted-uranium beholder statue that goes GRAAAGH! Dig in and enjoy, y’all.
  • It’s been perhaps six months since David Morgan-Mar (PhD, LEGO®©™etc) became the first known successful webcomicker to launch a new comic with the express intention of learning to draw. Planet of Hats has reached the end of season one of Star Trek, and he’s recapped the 29 installments so far with one panel from each.

    It’s wonderful watching the art improve — particularly the staging of elements within panels and the expressiveness of the bodies of characters (Morgan-Mar could never have managed the sneaky-sneaky posture in this strip even two months ago), and I hope (as I’ve expressed to him via email) that when he reaches the end of the 79 episodes of classic Trek, he continues with some particularly stinkeroo episodes of later series. I believe that Planet of the Joggers should do nicely.

  • Know what’s better than a book launch party? A sexy book launch party, such as that which will happen on Sunday, 7 December in Portland to celebrate Hurricane Erika’s first collection of Oh Joy, Sex Toy. Free exclusive print! 10% discount on toy purchases! Erika’s favorite dear perverts! And on a personal note, I will pay you five American dollars if you go to the party dressed as the Anal Safety Snails. You know you want to.

Spam of the day:

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Yeah, you know who does that? Dudes who suck. Sure as hell ain’t my scene.

Happy Birthday To You, And Us As Well

Grab yer stuff and start walking.

When I think of the spirit of raw entrepreneurship in comics — that do whatever it takes to make it scrappiness — I think of two people who take very nearly opposite approaches. Today, we’ll be talking about Spike¹; she’s the master of logistics, wrangling ever-growing numbers of creators onto her anthologies, setting deadlines, making arrangements for projects sometimes a year or more in advance, and doing it all for the absolute minimum cost and maximum return spread as widely as possible². She knows how to do things in a frugal fashion, and having sufficiently shared that advice with the world, she’s now giving it away for free, so she’s a damn philanthropist as well.

Did I mention that today is Spike’s birthday? And that in celebration, she’s giving all of us a present? Yesterday she launched her latest Kickstarter, for the sequel to Poorcraft, dedicated to the notion of traveling on the cheap. Poorcraft: Wish You Were Here, years in the making, is once again illustrated by Diana Nock, and written by perhaps the most intrepid wanderer that comics has ever known, Ryan Estrada³. He’s been everywhere, man. In other words, she’s chosen the two best people to work on this project, and it deserves your support.

As of this writing, we’re at just about 24 hours since launch, and close enough to 40% of the US$15,000 goal as makes no difference. More importantly, the nearly 400 backers are overwhelmingly pledging at the low reward levels (US$500 tier [cover cameo]: 1; US$250 tier [interior cameo]: 1; US$150 tier [special thanks]: 0; US$25 tier [retailers only, five hard copies]: 1; US$18 and under tiers [various combos of hard and soft copies, possibly including the first Poorcraft]: 369), so while this will not be a record-setting pledge total, it’s going to be a project with mass support (or it won’t be a project at all). Go wish Spike a happy birthday, and snag yourself a copy of Poorcraft: Wish You Were Here.

Spam of the day:

This will be enough time that it will take to become free of debt all you need to do is visit the online site with the money lender you happen to be thinking about looking for a loan.

NO. Want to know why I’m saying NO? Spike’s gotcha covered, Sparky … start here and read forward to learn about the lowlifes that would prey on you. Then go back to page one and read the whole thing. As a reward, you can read the first thirty pages of Wish You Were Here, which Spike is posting one page a day during the Kickstarter campaign.

Note that you’ll have to mess around in the archive to find things; on the main Poorcraft site, pages are numbered backwards from the most-recently-added, so page 1 of WYWH is at today, but it’ll be at tomorrow. You’re smart, you’ll figure it out.

¹ For reference, the other is Rich Stevens; the guy comes up with an idea on Monday, puts it up for sale on Tuesday, takes it back down on Wednesday, and is dropping the packages in the mail on Thursday. Offhand whimsies become major sellers, sudden sales and clearances keep things fresh, and he approaches merchandise like it was guerilla warfare.

² Want to quantify it? Taking the published bonus schedules from the anthologies and multiplying by the number of contributors, you get US$17,550 for Smut Peddler 2012, US$7800 for Sleep of Reason, and US$40,000 for Smut Peddler 2014 for a total of more than US$65,000 over the past two years that she could have kept (she’d already paid her contributors) but instead spread around.

³ It is perhaps worth noting here that I first met Ryan the night before he walked out of San Diego Comic Con and across the border into Mexico, to start a commune dedicated to cartooning. That was more than seven years ago and he’s never stopped moving for very long since (although getting married seems to have rooted him to one spot for the past couple of years; then again, it’s in South Korea, a country that features a language that I don’t believe he knew how to speak before showing up).

All Hail

Nothing but people who are making the comics industry great today; it’s a good time to be a reader.

  • I know that you must have seen this already, but damn, I’m mentioning it anyway.

    This page has mentioned the New York Times Best Sellers List for paperback graphic novels more than once in recent weeks; we noted the debut of Sisters by Raina Telgemeier and Amulet book six by Kazu Kibuishi on the list, approximately three months back. We also observed with some glee the occasion of Kibuishi and Telgemeier making up a full 50% of the list all by their lonesomes two weeks ago; that phenomenon is still in effect, as Sisters, Amulet book six, Smile, Drama, and Amulet book one are all still on the latest iteration of the NYTBSL.

    What’s different is the relative positioning of the books.

    Specifically, Raina Telgemeier holds the #1, #2, and #3 spots on the 23 November list, released yesterday, ahead of obscure books like The Walking Dead and Persepolis. I don’t believe that this feat has ever been achieved by any single author on any portion of the NYTBSL, much less for books with a cumulative 207 weeks of bestsellerdom. Which just leads me to one question — with some three dozen comics-based movies on the release schedule in the next five years, who is going to be first studio exec to be smart enough to drive a dump truck full of money up to Astoria and the front stoop of Ms Telgemeier?

  • Most of a month back, I noted that BOOM! Studios would be launching a Munchkin tie-in comic, with the omnipresent Jim Zub contributing backup stories for John Kovalic&rsquo’s tender art mercies. What I didn’t notice at the time (and what’s not emphasized even at BOOM!’s own website) was who else is on the book. The non-backup stories will include writing by none other that Tom Siddell of Gunnerkrigg Court, and Kovalic will be joined on art duties by Rian Sygh and Mike Holmes. That’s a lot of webcomickers on one book, which shouldn’t have surprised me, given that it’s from BOOM!. Fleen apologizes to Siddell, Sygh, and Holmes for the delay in recognizing your contributions, and we are now looking forward to Munchkin even more than we were.

Spam of the day:

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True story — earlier today, I accidentally purged the spam folder instead of carefully curating which of the latest batch should be held for consideration as Spam of the day. Oh no, I thought to myself, what will I do if I don’t get more spam? Turns out, it wasn’t really a concern.

Like a Swear Jar

For those of you not blessed with encyclopedic recall of Fleen necessary to remember exactly what was written back on 2 January 2014, $25,196,670 is the total raised by Child’s Play in the first ten years of its existence. Well, ten calendar years, more or less, but eleven annual campaigns; regardless, it’s a big damn number.

And it’s getting bigger by the moment. Child’s Play runs year-round these days, but I always think of it starting on the first of November (despite the fact that the first Child’s Play started closer to Thanksgiving), and since then the total is up another US$170,000 or so. Things will really kick in around the time of the annual dinner/auction on 4 December. I know that I say this every year, but I’m wondering what the heck could be done for this year’s campaign to exceed last year’s US$7.6 million, but they’ve managed somehow or another each year.

I actually have a way to juice the totals, but it will require the good-faith efforts of a lot of people. What you do it set up a jar, and every time somebody you know sincerely complains about SJWs or feminazis ruining gaming or insists that’s it’s all really about ethics in gaming journalism, make them put a dollar in the jar. Count the money on, let’s say 23 December, and write a check or PayPal the amount collected to Child’s Play. Given that Child’s Play started as a mechanism to convince the world that self-identified gamers were not human garbage, it would be sort of appropriate.

Spam of the day:

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Promises And Fulfillment

Two Kickstarter stories bookending the creative process coming up; but first, something to do with your hands. I maybe should have mentioned this yesterday, but this has “weekend project” written all over it: courtesy of Adam Whittier at The Nib, a set of plans for a DIY portable drafting table that will cost you an hour or two, a trip to a hardware store, and the price of two Chipotle burritos. Get building, then get drawing.

  • On the one hand, Sam Logan has paired up with Damocles Thread Development — whose usual gigs appear to be more along the lines of large scale event training¹ — to design an RPG set in the Sam & Fuzzy world. The campaign to produce it went live yesterday and is already 70% of the way to goal. It appears in Damocles Logan has found people that know how to handle logistics and deliver things for which there is no possibility of delay, so I’m pretty sure that rewards are going to be delivered with more promptness than most Kickstarts see.

    I’ll be very interested to see how the game plays, though, as there’s a good deal of difference between an RPG and, say, running triage drills². It appears that the physical production is the only step left, which means that Logan and DTD (hopefully) are able to pay out whatever they raise to their vendors between 12 December (when the campaign closes) and 31 December (when unspent money plays merry hell with their FY 2014 taxes).

  • On the other hand, about a year and a half ago, the Kickstart to produce a Cyanide & Happiness TV show on the internet wrapped up with about 300% of the US$250K goal. The plan was to have the show launched back in February, but better late than never, yes? Episode 1 of The Cyanide & Happiness Show hit YouTube (yesterday for backers with a season pass, today for everybody else), resulting in ten minutes of the most chaotic mayhem this side of Tex Avery on a meth bender.

    It’s got a recurring set of short on the theme of bugs and humans swapping roles, two extended pieces (both dealing vaguely with extended struggles ending in last minute head-screwing of dudes with goatees), and a couple of briefer pieces. Oh and butts. Hell of butts.

    On the creative side, all hands were on deck, as Rob DenBleyker and Dave McElfatrick split directing duties, Kris Wilson busied himself with sound editing, everybody split writing duties, and lots of people got in on voice acting. Matt Melvin may have separated from C&H a few months back, but he worked on the show and is credited as both a creator, and for the story on the first long piece, “Ultrasoldier”. Per the Kickstarter’s stretch goals, expect to see ten more episodes of the show, along with weekly shorts.

Spam of the day:

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¹ Think everything from emergency services training to convention running.

² Although trust me when I say that putting together even a small Mass Casualty Incident training event is tricky as hell. It’s all worth it, though, to see the looks on the faces of the little baby EMTs when everything goes to hell and they don’t know what to do next.

Because Nobody Else Brings Big Concepts Down To Scale As Well

I don’t know if you noticed, but today humans from the planet Earth (specifically, the European Space Agency) landed a probe the size of a refrigerator on a comet, ten years and literal billions of kilometers after it was launched. In terms of sheer audaciousness, this may out-do landing a semi-autonomous rover the size of an SUV on Mars via rocket-powered sky-crane, in that it’s much harder to miss Mars than a lump of rock the size of Midtown Manhattan in the inky void of space.

Not that hitting Mars is easy, mind you, but at least we’ve done that before. Seriously, look at the course the Rosetta probe took over a decade — somebody had to do the math to figure that path out. Somebody had to figure out how to pack the Philae lander into Rosetta, and program in all the details for landing ahead of time, because human assistance isn’t possible — comet 67P is so far away, radio signals take 28 minutes to travel the distance.

Naturally, this is the sort of thing that calls out for technical explanations and details, and no matter how fancy the graphics and explanations, such approaches only make the technological achievement more distant. It’s so improbable, so detailed, so complicated that you can’t wrap your mind around it. That’s where we lose the sense of pride, mentally file it away as very complex and of little direct bearing on my life and end up forgetting how very, very impressive this is. It needs to be just a little smaller, a little more intimate.

So I guess it’s a good thing that we have Randall Munroe, whose update today has (as of this writing) featured 136 frames, updated whenever something significant has happened. Rosetta and Philae aren’t just blocks of circuits and rockets, they’re worried and brave and wheee! and those of us back on Earth are nervous and anxious and AAAAAAAAA. Oh, and there are whales, because if there are harpoons there have to be whales.

Thanks to Munroe for giving Rosetta and Philae their voices, for making the entire thing a little more personal and comprehensible. It’s a proud day for us all: ESA, probe, lander, whales, and everybody back on Earth.

Spam of the day:

The first was a request to comment on Susskind’s alleged suggestion that we could be at the end of physics in that we are at the “end of the reductionist paradigm”.

We threw a fridge at a comet from ten years away; physics are not ended. It works, bitches.

Lots Of Stuff Happening, Hooray

Where to start, where to start? How about in Yorkshire? I love their pudding.

  • Convention Season is almost done, with what I think is the last sizable comics show of the year going on in Leeds this weekend. Actually, the Thought Bubble Festival runs this entire week, but the bulk of the events are in and around the exhibitors/panels event this weekend on 15-16 November.

    Webcomicker (and related independent artist type) guests of Thought Bubble include Natasha Allegri, Danielle Corsetto, John Allison, Becky Dreistadt & Frank Gibson¹, Boulet, Emily Carroll, Gemma Correll², Darryl Cunningham, Hope Larson, Phil McAndrew, and Cameron Stewart.

    Additional webcomics types who will be exhibiting in the various venues include Rembrandt le Compte, Tom Siddell, Marc Ellerby, Paul Duffield, Lucy Bellwood, and many, many more. Tell them all I said hi.

  • As long as we’re talking about conventions, Howard Tayler³ wrote up a bit about a medical emergency that happened at the World Fantasy Convention in Washington, DC, this past weekend. His part in resolving the issue was minor, but utterly necessary: nobody else and taken the initiative to simply report the person in distress to those that could help. He did, and in short order the situation was resolved. As Tayler put it:

    I’m an Eagle Scout. I can staunch bleeding, and feel for a pulse. I can do the Heimlich, and though my CPR skills are rusty, if I’m the only guy around who can do it, I’ll do all I can. But the critical skill in this particular situation, and in most of the convention medical emergencies I’m likely to run into, was the ability to speak clearly.

    Oh, and the ability to decide to speak.

    I concur with everything that he said, with the exception that you shouldn’t let your CPR skills get rusty. Going into a place with a lot of people (alternately, hanging out in the bar until the wee small hours)? Note the exits, where any public AEDs may be, and where the nearest place to get assistance (hotel reception, security post, whatever) is. That’s all. Oh, and take a CPR class, it ain’t rocket science4.

  • I mentioned Gemma Correll and The Nib up above; news comes from that esteemed aggregator of comics (esteemed because they pay) that they’re doing a calendar for the coming year if only they get enough orders. Your favorite Nib contributors will be illustrating obscure holidays, so if you ever wanted to see what Rich Stevens would do with National Fetish Day5, now is your chance. As of this writing, 183 more orders are needed over the next 15 days, or no calendrical joy for you.
  • Speaking of funding/pre-orders, Kel McDonald is now crowdfunding the first volume (of two) for her omnibus reprint of Sorcery 101, which will be a 750 page book covering the first five years of the story. Guys, that book is going to be friggin’ huge, and McDonald is offering it up as a backer reward of as little as US$30 which is insane.

    Oh, and did we mention that she had to redraw more than 450 pages because in their original form they weren’t suitable for print? Or that she’s hired colorist par excellence Mary Cagle to apply her magic? Let’s repeat it once more: thirty bucks for 750 pages in color is stupidly cheap.

  • Finally, speaking of crowdfunding and colorists, Ed Ryzowski does color duties for a bunch of your favorite webcomics and now he’s Kickstarting a new self-published comic book series. Normally, I wouldn’t recommend a comic project for something new to be created, but I make exceptions for creators who’ve proven themselves on other work, and Ryzowski counts by any measure.

    Season of the SHARK issues 1 to 4 will chronicle what happens when your underfunded espionage agency has to sell video rights to reality TV in order to do its work. It’ll be released digitally starting in December, with special low pricing for you early adopters. Honestly, this one looks like a hoot.

Spam of the day:

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Lots of gingers in the UK. Just saying.

¹ As part of their Capture Creatures debut tour.

² She’s rapidly become my favorite regular contributor over at The Nib.

³ My evil twin, etc.

4 Didn’t take a class and somebody’s got no pulse? Call 911, or the appropriate emergency services number wherever you are. Open the shirt, make a fist, put in the center of the chest midway between the nipples. Wrap your other hand around the fist. Lock your elbows and push down hard and fast and don’t stop. Substitute somebody else in every two minutes because you’re gonna get tired. Now go take a class.

5 Or possibly Erika Moen, Zach Weinersmith, Gemma Correll, Matt Bors, Jen Sorensen, Brian McFadden, Eleri Harris, Andy Warner, Matt Lubchansky, Liza Donnelly, or Scott Bateman.

Variations On The Theme Of The Best

So much good stuff today; it’s kind of unexpected for a Monday.

  • Hope Larson is one of the very best people working in comics, when she’s not working in filmmaking, that is¹. Her work always feels honest, the kind of honesty you get between close friends who don’t bother to be polite. Today she released an autobiographical account of her life this century told via cameras and lenses, and it’s sticking with me hard. It’s honest. It’s unvarnished. It’s maybe got more questions than answers. It’s really damn good and you should go check out Reframed right damn now.
  • You know who else is one of the very best people working in comics? Meredith Gran². She’s got a comics-writing mojo that can turn from slapstick to introspection in a page or two, without ever feeling unrealistic or unearned. She gets her own characters down to their DNA, and chronicles not just who they are, but who they have been and are in the process of becoming, better than anybody else in the business. She understands how to bring up those depths in other peoples characters, too.

    Having proved herself as both an animator [warning: laugh chuckles ahead] and webcomicker, returned to her alma mater, where she’s teaching the next generation of comics creators. In her spare time she has honed her physical presence to the point that she could probably take Tom Richmond in an arm-wrestling match.

    And she did all of that before today, her 30th birthday. Happy Birthday, Mer. You’re the best.

  • Contrary to what a casual reader of this page might think from what’s been written so far, there are also dudes that make comics that I like. I know! Weird! And one of them is Eric “Colossal” Feurstein whose Rutabega: Adventure Chef, is making the leap to print courtesy of Amulet Books. If you’ve got th bloodberries and Pyka palms and other exotic ingredients, Rutabega’s recipes are the best. And if all you have are the ordinary bits from the local store, they’re still pretty adaptable. To get the lowdown on the best eats in a world of monsters and magic, pre-order Rutabega: Adventure Chef Book 1.
  • Speaking of books, do you like the porn? Of course you do, porn is the best (mathematically proven here), and now that Smut Peddler series wrangler Spike has gotten her Kickstarter pre-orders shipped³, availability has opened up for the general reading public. US$30, softcover, hundreds of pages and more than US$1600 in bonus payments for each contributor/team? Plunk down your cash here.
  • We’re approaching the end of the year, and with it we may expect to see lists of what people considered to be the best of 2014. Amazon (yep, that Amazon) chimed in today with a list of the year’s best comics and graphic novels, where one may note contributions from Matthew Inman, Emily Carroll, Gene Luen Yang, and Box Brown, webcomickers (past/present) all. Nicely done.

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¹ And if you haven’t seen her short film, Bitter Orange, or her music video for Did We Live Too Fast for Got A Girl, what are you waiting for?

² Disclaimer: I met Ms Gran when she was still an undergrad — holy crap, about a third of her life ago — and she remains a good friend to this day. Also, she designed our masthead image up top there.

³ Which has the added benefit of providing a mini-academy in Kickstarter costs accounting: shipping costs must be factored in, especially international. Those 400 international shipments (barely 7% of the 5700 backers) accounted for a full quarter of the shipping costs.

So much good stuff today; it/a



  • This is perhaps the most perplexing thing I’ve ever laid eyes on. It all started out innocently enough, via the tweets of Toronto Man-Mountain himself, Ryan North:… hey guys I’m making my STAND UP COMEDY DEBUT tomorrow night in a smelly basement in Toronto, you should come

    None of that is particularly troublesome or confusing; webcomics creators have performed in public comedic styles for some time now, although one might have though there would be a rivalry between those on the west coast and those on the east coast, peace seems to have held. Nor is North’s description of the venue as a smelly basement in Toronto particularly unusual, as recent studies have shown that fully 37% of all worldwide humorons¹ are generated under exactly those conditions.

    Following the link to the event page itself reveals further details, including the news that this particular show is wrapping up its association with the venue (not weird), and that Scott Thompson (the Kid in the Hall², not the onetime CEO of Yahoo!, although there is a slight resemblance) will be on stage. Thompson’s not nearly the continuous presence in the Canadian comedy scene he once was, but this doesn’t rise to the level of bafflement.

    No, the thing that prompted my utter gobsmackedness is the photo on that event page, reproduced above, which is the most cognitive dissonance-inducing thing I’ve ever seen. Seriously, what the hell.

    PS: assuming that … thing … hasn’t completely melted your brain, you can enjoy the comedy stylings of Ryan North at the Crown and Tiger Bar in Toronto tomorrow night at 8:00pm EST. The event will not be recorded, so I’d advise that you sell all your possessions so you can afford transport, otherwise you will miss this once-in-a-lifetime event.

  • In completely unsurprising news, Scott McCloud goes to a lot of places and does a lot of presentations on comics, creativity, and suchlike. In fact, as I write this, he is on a flight to China³ for ten days of private events at Shanghai American School, the Western International School of Shanghai, and the YK Pao School (and, no doubt, spontaneously meeting and befriending the local cartooning community).

    Some weeks back, McCloud spoke at USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab on The Future of Comics (coming from anybody else, this title would be hopelessly overblown, but coming from McCloud, I want to hear more). Since very few of the people who follow McCloud ever get the pleasure of attending one of his presentations, I’m happy to say that USC have made a recording available at Vimeo, which is up now. If you like what you see, there was second part of the conversation with participants from the likes of Lucasfilm, DC Comics, and the New York Times.

Enjoy your weekend, and anybody that’s either near Toronto or on the invite lists in Shanghai, I expect a full report on Monday.

Spam of the day:

It was also a time when men were particularly fond of fitted blazers, checked and striped pants as well as breezy knitwear.

Well, duh. Unfitted blazers look like ass.

¹ The fundamental particle of comedy.

² Although we are getting dangerously close to What territory, considering that Thompson fellow Kids Bruce McCulloch and Mark McKinney got their start in a competitive improv team known as The Audience, and the name of David Malki !’s competitive improv team is The Audience. COINCIDENCE??

³ Since I started writing that bit, it appears that the flight has been delayed due to weather; I trust that you all are thinking good thoughts for Scott & Ivy’s safe travels.

What’s The Most Adorable Thing You’ll See Today?

Well done, Evan. Can't wait to hold the book in my hands.

Is it a Munchkin, a snake, or a dog/cat hybrid that speaks in song?

  • Welp, there’s a project that blew the hell out of the Fleen Funding Formula for Kickstarts; I shouldn’t be surprised that Evan Dahm’s illustrated edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz wound up so far above what the FFF would have called for¹, given that enormous bump near the end of the campaign. Dahm came in at roughly twice the midpoint of my projected range, with a total of US$61,324, or some 408% of goal.

    Take a look at the trendline data from Kicktraq; you just don’t see the long tail skew upwards like that, and in just two days near the end of the campaign, Dahm nearly doubled the number of backers. That bump, by the way, coincided with Kickstarter declaring the book a Pick of the Day, bringing in a horde of new backers. Whatever the reason, more than 1200 people will be getting copies of this sure-to-be-handsome volume in a few months, hooray.

  • Speaking of hooray, two new things out there in the aether that you will want to look at. Firstly, the inimitable Jen Wang² has a new webcomic going. More precisely, she’s releasing what looks to be a new graphic novel in chapter-length updates, and the first chapter dropped yesterday (the second will be released when it’s ready, don’t be greedy). Go get in on the ground floor of The White Snake³ now and beat the rush.

    Secondly, as I write this the Cartoon Hangover channel at Youtube is counting down live to the premiere of the Bee & Puppycat series, made possible by viewers like you. We’re at just over five hours remaining (which would make the debut at 8:00pm EST [GMT-5]), and B&P characters are being made out of fondant to decorate cupcakes. Hell, yes.

Spam of the day:

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Honest to dog, I read that quickly in the spam filter and I thought it said defenestration laws and thought it was going to be much more interesting than it turned out to be.

¹ The FFF would have taken the 24-30 hour trend predicted value (PV) from Kicktraq (US$130K), divided that by 4 (US$32.5K), with a range of +/- PV/20 (US$6.5K), for a final predicted range of US$26K to 39K.

² Who is responsible for one of my favorite original graphic novels ever, Koko Be Good, and more recently an adaptation of a Cory Doctorow story, In Real Life (which I’m still thinking about).

³ Not to be confused with Whitesnake, thank glob. Far too much of the background noise of my college years was taken up with David Coverversion’s hair-metal glam-shouting in the direction of Tawny Kitaen.