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A Respite From Everything Being Terrible

Know who will always make my day better? Yuko¹ & Ananth², that’s who. Johnny Wander may focus on stories other than autobio for now, but everything those crazy kids touch is great. And last night, they announced a project in keeping with the Kickstarter Make 100 manifesto that I must point you towards.

Presenting the Tarot Riso Printset, a collection of three tarot deck images (if I make them out correctly, Strength, Death, and Temperance) by Ota, done via risograph for that old-school look combined with modern digital convenience and cost efficiency.

Ota’s been creating tarot images in her jewelry designs for a while, and those who want a nice big version of her graphic design (bigger is better than the pendant sizes because you can enjoy it at length without staring at somebody’s chest like a creeper) now have the perfect vehicle to satisfy their itch for pretty things.

As of this writing, 35 of the 100 limited rewards have been claimed. Designs are done, paper’s bought, risograph time arranged. Campaign ends in ten days and the check clears, the spend an afternoon making prints and signing, then the shipping can begin. Quick, no fuss, and backers get an extremely limited-edition set of art prints that will never exist outside this edition of 100.

Oh, and ten minutes ago I got a package from TopatoCo — my copies of Girls With Slingshots, books 9 and 10. If you’ll excuse me, I have some reading to do. Try to not let the world burn down while I’m busy.


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¹ Ota.

² Hirsh.

New York Times To Genre, YA, Comics Readers: You Suck

Well, this is some bullshit right here; from literary agent Charlie Olsen:

Graphic novels can no longer be @nytimes bestsellers as of February 5th. No explanation for change, I think we deserve one. Please RT!

Olsen was commenting on the edition of the New York Times Best Seller List that isn’t publicly available yet, as he gets early access. Here’s what it looks like today, dated 29 January 2017. Olsen indicated that there’s no presence for graphic novels, manga, and a slew of YA/genre fiction from the 5th forward.

I poked around the the NYTBSL site and found an email, and wrote to ask what the hell. Specifically, I wrote:

My name’s Gary Tyrrell. I write about webcomics and independent comics. One of the things I’ve followed closely and written about frequently has been the NYTBSL for graphic novels.

I hear today that the Times is discontinuing the lists for graphic novels and manga. Is this actually true?

And if so, will the books be treated as regular books in the appropriate category (MARCH, to name one, in nonfiction; Raina Telgemeier’s work in fiction or nonfiction as appropriate)?

If not, what is the rationale to decide that such a vibrant part of American publishing is no longer worthy of inclusion?

I got an autoreply that led me to believe I wouldn’t get a substantive response, but this morning there was an actual reply which reads as follows:

Hi, Gary –

Your query was forwarded to me. [Note: I’m not naming the person that wrote to me; she caught the question but undoubtedly is not responsible for the decision.]

It is true. Beginning February 5, The New York Times will eliminate a number of print but mostly online-only bestseller lists. In recent years, we introduced a number of new lists as an experiment, many of which are being discontinued.

We will continue to cover all genres of books in our news coverage (in print and online). The change allows us to devote more space and resources to our coverage beyond the bestseller lists.

Our major lists will remain, including: Top 15 Hardcover Fiction, Top 15 Hardcover Nonfiction, Top 15 Combined Print and E Fiction, Top 15 Combined Print and E Nonfiction, Top 10 Children’s Hardcover Picture Books, Top 10 Children’s Middle Grade Hardcover Chapter Books, Top 10 Children’s Young Adult Hardcover Chapter Books and Top 10 Children’s Series. Several more including Paperback Trade Fiction, Paperback Nonfiction, Business, Sports, Science and Advice Miscellaneous will remain online.

Readers will be notified that individual lists will no longer be compiled and updated by The New York Times on the relevant article pages.

Okay, props for all that info, but this is some straight-up nonsense right here. As I noted, comics are a dynamic and rapidly expanding part of American publishing; shall we note that Raina Telgemeier’s Ghosts launched with an intial printing of half a friggin’ million copies? Show me one book on the surviving lists that has as large a print run and is still present 18 weeks later. Show me one book on the surviving lists that is as (justly) celebrated as MARCH.

Most importantly, show me one way for readers of books — not lit-er-uh-chooor, but goddamned books — that will see their favorites getting the attention and promotion and word-of-mouth that would result from being recognized on the BSL. The Times is selling out people that wait eagerly and devour a book over and over until the next one comes along, because you know what? Most YA and Middle Grade books aren’t hardcovers.

But at least they can focus on people that get the Book Of The Season and skim it so they can drop bon mots at the best parties. And the argument about having more room to discuss things by reducing lists is a complete crock since most of the dropped lists (including GN/manga) only appeared online where there’s no lack of space.

Well, let this bear witness, then — until whoever did make this decision removes the LitCrit stick from their ass, on the last week that the Times deigned to look at comics, Raina had five books listed on the Paperback Graphic Books list:

  • Ghosts (#1, 18 weeks)
  • Drama (#2, 179 weeks)
  • Smile (#3 240 weeks)
  • Sisters (#8, 117 weeks)
  • The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s Great Idea (#10, 77 weeks)

Pretty sure that she had at least one book on the list every damn week that the list existed, with her four original works totaling five hundred and fifty-four weeks, or a bit more than ten and a half cumulative years. But no, nothing to see here.

Jackasses.


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Speaking Of Political Art

At this point, "no side effects" sounds pretty good.

You bet, all Art is political. And because sometimes the awful comes too fast and we all feel like Randall Munroe‘s nameless protagonist du jour, a roundup of recent (and some old but prescient) Art:

  • Nazis. Hate ’em.

  • But for reals, those reveling in their power over others? It has a way to coming back on you¹.

  • Trying to ban Science is like Wile E. Coyote casually strolling off a cliff; gravity works whether you believe it or not².

  • But no matter how much the forces of stupidity try to drag us backwards, heroes will resist. Some have Smokey The Bear hats.

Be good. Force those who aren’t to be better. Take care of each other. Hold the line³.


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¹ Or pursuing the absence of rules because it makes you feel important; Uncle Randy had your number nearly 15 years ago.

² Munroe put it more succinctly a decade ago.

³ Or, as Internet Jesus once wrote:

This is the line.

HUGE WALKING MONSTER-THINGS WITH DEATH-RAY FACES! What are you waiting for, boys and girls? This is what we do!

No lie, that statement of purpose always makes me tear up a little.

Because Everything Is Political

There’s nothing in Art that’s not political, pretty much by definition. Art shows us what life is like, or what it could/should be like, and how we got to where we are and how we get to where we could/should be are all things that must be decided across the entirety of a population. I bring up this thought because of something that came out of the imperial mouthpiece on Coruscant:

People “don’t want their kids looking at a cartoon with a bunch of lesbian mothers.” — Kellyanne Conway

Oh, it is on now. Because as I happened to be talking with Christopher Hastings about on Friday night, what Rebecca Sugar, Ian Jones-Quartey¹, and the rest of the Steven Crewniverse have accomplished is nothing less than a story about how to be a better, more rounded, more empathetic person. It’s precisely what people should want their kids looking at, even if don’t realize Steven’s moms are genderless magic space rocks and not lesbians, come on.

Steven Universe. Adventure Time. We Bare Bears. Ghosts. Goldie Vance. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. And lots more comics and cartoons and graphic novels, with what in common? They’re fairly dripping with empathy; they go out of their way for their protagonists to find ways to try to understand whoever is in opposition to them², and when it comes to fighting? It’s a last resort, one done out of obligation rather than joy³. This is exactly what anybody should want their kids looking at, learning, becoming. Or as Saladin Ahmed put it:

this is true. a bunch is not enough. my kids deserve nothing less than a *battalion* of cartoon lesbian mothers.

Well said. Oh, and a reminder that the next Steven Bomb hits next week; let’s all watch it and do our best to live up to its ideals.


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¹ Yes, yes, Ian’s no longer working on the show; he was all over the development of SU and he’s a pretty damn complete walking embodiment of the show’s best instincts so I’m listing him.

² Then again, sometimes you gotta punch a Nazi. There’s no saving or understanding the corrupted, only protecting the rest of the world.

³ And in Steven’s case, when realizing that there is a form of death involved, and that even imprisonment is damaging to foes? Traumatic fear about becoming a bad person. But I bet even Steven would be pretty okay with punching a Nazi.

Excellence All Around

So some things have happened since Friday afternoon; for example, Christopher Hastings wrapped up The Adventures of Dr McNinja without the customary end-of-chapter Final Thoughts. I suspect that this is because there is no Dr McNinja any longer, only Dr Patrick Goodrich, and so nobody to give said Final Thoughts. Not to worry, Hastings’s wife, Carly Monardo, brought a Final Thoughts cake to the wrap party Friday night, and somebody else brought Dr McNinja cookies! They were delicious.

  • In other news, a slew of awards for youth literature were announced this morning in conjunction with the big ALA convention going on, and surprising absolutely nobody, March, Book 3 is going to have to find some more room on the cover for more stickers indicating more laurels. Unless I missed anything, March is now the recipient of the Excellence In Nonfiction for Young Adults award, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Author winner, and the Sibert Medal¹.

    Not to be left out, the Alex Awards recognized Ryan North’s Romeo And/Or Juliet, and Vera Brosgol took at friggin’ Caldecott Honor (again, basically the runner-up to the actual winner, but it’s only the most prestigious award for picture books) for Leave Me Alone! Webcomickers are in some seriously good company this awards season. Can’t wait to see what the NCS, Eisner, Harvey, and Ignatz awards bring.

  • How about a moment for just a terrific comic? No huge event, no big conclusion, just an example of excellence on an ordinary day. Boulet is kind of the autobio equivalent of Stan Sakai; the work he turns out is uniformly excellent, comic after comic, to the point that you can lose sight of what an accomplished creator he is. Just as writers on comic books must get tired of writing every month Sakai was amazing, again, do you really need me to mention it, any random update at Bouletcorp is going to be beautiful, funny, insightful, or a combination of all three.

    Thus, last Thursday’s update, which is now making the rounds in English. While we haven’t all dodged that particular bullet, I think we can all appreciate just how horrible it might have been; I’m not even on Facebook and I’m sweating over here. Anyway, on a day marked by excellence all around, a tip of the hat to Boulet for making art that grabbed us all by the panic gland.


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¹ As a side note, the Sibert Honor books — basically, the runners-up — mostly dealt with themes of governmental oppression in some form or another.

You had one about the White Rose youth movement against Hitler, one about surviving Nagasaki, one about being Japanese Americans being interned during World War II, and one about … um, giant squid. Squid are cool.

T+59 Minutes And A Coping Strategy

So here we are; my plan for the day is to play the video above on repeat and to give away some money¹. I’m posting in advance of making the donations so that you can see where the cash is going, and I will update with receipt images later.
[Editor’s note: updated; see the links in the last table.]

The Fleen Fight For Fungible Futures Fund saw donations in support of 12 organizations for a total of US$6409. The totals received were:

American Civil Liberties Union 2929
Brennan Center for Justice 40
Campaign Zero 150
Electronic Frontier Foundation 40
International Rescue Committee 185
NAACP Legal Defense Fund 155
National Resources Defense Council 190
Planned Parenthood 2190
Pro Publica 40
Sacred Stone Camp’s GoFundMe 110
Syrian Civil Defense / The White Helmets 75
The Trevor Project 305

I hate to see anybody getting less than US$200, so I rounded everything up to that minimum:

American Civil Liberties Union 2929
Brennan Center for Justice 200
Campaign Zero 200
Electronic Frontier Foundation 200
International Rescue Committee 200
NAACP Legal Defense Fund 200
National Resources Defense Council 200
Planned Parenthood 2190
Pro Publica 200
Sacred Stone Camp’s GoFundMe 200
Syrian Civil Defense / The White Helmets 200
The Trevor Project 305

And heck, I pledged up to US$10,000 and I have a fetish for round numbers, so let’s round things up again:

The Six-F thanks (in no particular order) Magnolia Porter, Mary Roth, Auilix, Bree, Matt Kuhns, Lia Herriott, Sean Kleefeld, Dave Kellett, Roo Khan, Red Wombat Studio, Mark V, Pierre Lebeaupin, Stephanie, Frank Gibson, Pamela and Kurt Mosiejczuk, CK, JB, and additional donors that wished to remain anonymous.

It’s not enough, but it’s a start. Take care, stay safe, help each other.


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Well, that and the fact that any family, friends, or co-workers I gave one of those coins to would punch me in the face and rightly so.

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¹ Also, I have to take a dog poop sample to the vet, which seems somehow appropriate to where we are as a society now.

One Day To Go And Finding The Good Where We Can

We live, damn it all, at a time of great transition; things are ending and other … things … are starting. As it turns out, such is occurring in Webomicstan as well.

  • It’s been a long time coming, more than eleven and a half years since we first met Dr McNinja, as written & pencilled by Christopher Hastings and inked by Kent Archer. In the decade-plus since, color duties have been assumed by (briefly) Carly Monardo and Anthony Clark, and Doc has been written/drawn by everybody from Benito Cereno & Les McClane to Kate Beaton to Becky & Frank.

    A good 18 months back, Hastings warned us that Dr McNinja would be ending sooner rather than later; he warned us as well that there were no guarantees which characters would survive (spoiler warning, it’s all bad guys that died; it looked like Gordito might but he got better and thankfully Gary The Barber appeared to never be in danger).

    Since the announcement, Hastings has only increased his comic book writing, having graduated from miniseries (various humor-tinged 3- or 4-issue runs at Marvel) to ongoing (Adventure Time, and being the originating writer/person most responsible for shaping Gwenpool). He’s got lots of irons in lots of fires, and when things finish up — as is imminent — it will be with the knowledge that damn, this was completely a thing¹.

    You done good, Doc (both docs, Hastings and McNinja). The world will be a bit less radical and insanely fun next week, but you’ve taken us on a hell of a ride in the meantime. Thank you.

  • Announced today: the imminent start of an administration that has no truck with capital-s Science will not stop Zach Weinersmith from promoting a love of knowledge and critical thought. Namely, the latest iteration of BAH!Fest will take place at the hallowed Kresge Auditorium on the campus of MIT. The call for submissions is now open, and this show will have an open theme — any bad ad-hoc hypothesis, on any topic, is fair game.

    The most exciting part? The keynote will be delivered by Marc Abrahams, co-founder and editor of the Annals of Improbable Research and founder of the Ig Nobel Prize. It’s probably fair to say that there’s no inspiration for BAH!Fest that Abrahams hasn’t had a hand in², so this is very exciting … there’s pretty much a straight line from the seminal A Stress Analysis of a Strapless Evening Gown (Seim, 1956) to BAH!Fest, so if you’re anywhere near MIT on 23 April 2017, 7:00pm-ish³, tell Zach & the rest they’re doing great things.

  • Speaking of great things, we’re down to the waning hours of the Fleen Fight For Fungible Futures Fund, which will cease its activities at noon EST tomorrow as Barrack Obama leaves the office of President of the United States and glob help us all. The next while is going to be a struggle (genteel for some of us, existential for far too many), so the Six-F will be matching any donations you make from Election Day to Inauguration Day to:

    American Civil Liberties Union
    Brennan Center for Justice
    Campaign Zero
    Electronic Frontier Foundation
    International Rescue Committee
    NAACP Legal Defense Fund
    National Resources Defense Council
    Planned Parenthood
    Pro Publica
    Sacred Stone Camp’s GoFundMe
    Syrian Civil Defense aka The White Helmets
    The Trevor Project

    As of this writing, you have approximately 19 hours to send me (that would be gary) a receipt at the address of this website right here (which is a dot-com). I’ll match it. And as needs require (and I am able) between now and the end of the retrograde nightmare about to break upon us, I’ll repeat this exercise.


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¹ Reminder: I met Hastings for the first time at an Andy Bell art show, where he was wearing a Great Outdoor Fight t-shirt. I would, by coincidence, be standing next to him at the Great Outdoor Fight signing in Brooklyn, when he and Onstad met. It was an entirely appropriate bookending.

² The other likely inspiration: the Journal of Irreproducible Results (which I was very fond of reading back in college), which Abrahams edited for a time before leaving and founding AIR. Alas, the JIR is not what it once was.

³ It’s doubtful I’ll be able to be there, as I’m applying for the Alaska Robotics Minicon Camp in Juneau that same weekend.

Two Days To Go And Looking To The Future

  • It’s the start of the year, and that means one of the things to do is look back at the last year. Specifically, the folks behind last year’s Fair Page Rates survey are back with a solicitation to see what rates were like in 2016. The 2016 survey is open to working comics pros and will be very interesting to compare against the results of the 2015 survey. Remember, this is a page rate, so no mistaking per-project bonus structures (as I did) or advances for page rates if you’re submitting data!
  • 2016 also saw a lot of references to KC Green’s most famous comic, not least being a response to this year from Green himself. But I think none of them have approached the melancholy of both of Green’s cartoons as a brief browser game by Nick Kaman. It’s actually two months old and I’m not sure how I missed it until now, but I did so I’ma talk about it now.

    Go play This Is Fine (assuming your browser is HTML5 compatible) and harness that feeling of optimism mixed with a horrific situation that can only be dealt with a little at a time. Maybe an extremely localized fine is all any of us can achieve in the near term; it may be a hell of a long time until things are better than This Is Fine. It’s going to be a significant struggle to resist the loss of gains that have been made towards a more equal society. I don’t really have an uplifting conclusion here … it’s going to hurt, but at least we get a head start while the firestarter in chief takes off the weekend after the hard work of being sworn in. I’m betting we can get significantly under his skin in two and a half days.

  • In that spirit, here is your daily reminder that I’ve established the Fleen Fight For Fungible Futures Fund and pledged up to US$10,000 towards organizations that will fight to maintain the progress made by marginalized groups as the American Experiment moves (in fits and starts and somewhat haphazardly) towards the ideals promised to We, The People. If you have given any money since Election Day to any of:

    American Civil Liberties Union
    Brennan Center for Justice
    Campaign Zero
    Electronic Frontier Foundation
    International Rescue Committee
    NAACP Legal Defense Fund
    National Resources Defense Council
    Planned Parenthood
    Pro Publica
    Sacred Stone Camp’s GoFundMe
    Syrian Civil Defense aka The White Helmets
    The Trevor Project

    (this includes creators that ran their own directed fundraisers), then get in contact (gary, who blogs at this here website which is a dot com). Let me know how much you gave (receipt images help), which group(s) you gave to, and how you’d like to be acknowledged (full name, part of your name, or anonymous). Stay informed, stay mad, stay in contact with your elected representatives, and stay safe.


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Three Days To Go And Progress Is Being Made


Any steps forward are a good thing. Hell, at this point I’ll take any day that isn’t a step backwards.

  • The thing about webcomics is, no matter how big and audience, or how big an impact on society anybody seems to have, there’s always somebody that’s never even heard of the concept of webcomics and is amazed these things exist. Case in point: Fleen Senior French Correspondent Pierre Lebeaupin pointed me to a story in Venturebeat, of all places, that ties directly into his beat of French [web]comics / bandes desinée [-web] française.

    You may recall that FSFCPL told us about Laurel [Duermael] and her French language autobio comic from Silicon Valley, Comme Convenu, in the context of crowdfunding to print a collection of her webcomics. A crowdfunding that exceeded expectations by about a factor of twenty eight / vingt-huit. Seems that nothing attracts the attention of SV press like success, so Laurel gets a feature about her experiences in startup culture which has to do double duty, explaining not just [web]comics, but also the importance of comics in French culture. And in the middle of that story, one very telling line:

    [Laurel] is now searching for someone to translate the book into English as she is planning her second crowdfunding campaign in early March for the next volume of Comme Convenu.

    If anybody out there is, or knows somebody who is, a qualified French/English translator, do us all a favor and contact Laurel, please. I very much want to read this work, as many volumes of it as there may be.

  • I’m going to be pushing the Six-F daily now that we’re down to the last couple of days before it concludes¹. Seems that mentioning it yesterday was a fruitful choice, as the Fund is up more than two thousand damn dollars since I hit Publish not quite 24 hours ago. This is costing me some money.

    Good. Keep it up.

    As a reminder, if you have given any money since Election Day to any of:

    American Civil Liberties Union
    Brennan Center for Justice
    Campaign Zero
    Electronic Frontier Foundation
    International Rescue Committee
    NAACP Legal Defense Fund
    National Resources Defense Council
    Planned Parenthood
    Pro Publica
    Sacred Stone Camp’s GoFundMe
    Syrian Civil Defense aka The White Helmets
    The Trevor Project

    (especially if you’re a creator that had a sale or dedicated a portion of your own profits to these organizations), then email me (gary, who blogs at this here website which is a dot com) because I’m matching your donation. Send the amount, the name of the organization, and how you’d like to be acknowledged (by full name, partial name, or anonymous).

    Matching ends at noon EST on Friday 20 January 2017; all matches will be made in the name of Donald J Trump, except for Planned Parenthood and The Trevor Project, which will be made in the name of Mike Pence.


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¹ At least for this year.

² Though very satisfying to type, that’s actually too facile.

Disentangling Walmart from the world economy without hurting anybody other than the billionaires that own it would probably take the rest of my life, so I can’t in good conscience say burn it down.

But I’d be willing to take on the job of carefully taking it apart, burying the remains, and salting the earth so that they never rise again.

Four Days To Go And An Amendment To The Six-F

Via the twitterfeed of Make That Thing majordomo Sara McHenry, a sentiment from Keith Olbermann that a lot of us are feeling right now. Right now.

  • So Jeff Zugale’s been in webcomics about forever (most recently as the artist on the currently-hiatused Not Invented Here, in and around his other careers (mostly doing concept art for videogame studios, fine art for John Scalzi, fronting a number of shreddy bands in his youth, and the task of bein’ a dad). A lot of what he’s produced for public consumption the last couple of years has been way cool spaceship drawings that he’s done for fun, one a day, from sketchbook to you (typically on Twitter).

    The thing about the VG industry is it can pay pretty well, but pretty irregularly. One day you’re just fine, next day 80% of the studio gets laid off. I think you see where I’m going with this.

    Zugale got laid off from his current concept artist job, so while he’s looking for the next job dreaming up fantastical vehicles he’s leveraging his strengths (cf: way cool spaceships, above) over at Patreon (which he’d rather fortiutously launched prior to losing his day job). Give him a peek, yeah? And if you’re looking for an artist that can turn out anything you’re looking for with skill and professionalism, give him a call.

  • I’m still mulling over what I will be doing at noon on Friday rather than giving any of my attention to a vulgar talking yam undermining everything our country aspires to¹, which is as good a reason as any to note that the Fleen Fight For Fungible Futures Fund² is still taking matches until the end of the Obama administration. If you have made donations since Election Day to any of ten organizations that work towards the attainment of a more perfect union, I’m matching them (in the case of recurring donations, I’m matching three months worth).

    Oh, wait, did I say ten organizations? Since I started the campaign, people have sent me receipts for two organizations that I hadn’t included on my list, but in retrospect I probably should have. So the list of supported causes now stands at (new ones in bold):

    American Civil Liberties Union
    Brennan Center for Justice
    Campaign Zero
    Electronic Frontier Foundation
    International Rescue Committee
    NAACP Legal Defense Fund
    National Resources Defense Council
    Planned Parenthood
    Pro Publica
    Sacred Stone Camp’s GoFundMe
    Syrian Civil Defense aka The White Helmets
    The Trevor Project

    I’m happy to say that every organization has received at least one donation, and that I’m receiving emails every day. Reminder: if you’re a creator that had a sale or dedicated a portion of your own profits to these organizations, I’m counting that. Send me (gary, who blogs at this here website which is a dot com) the amount, the name of the organization, and how you’d like to be acknowledged (by full name, partial name, or anonymous).


Spam of the day:

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Wow. A file that you helpfully include a password to open, which actually defeats the entire purpose of passwords? Yeah, no, random address that doesn’t even claim to be from a company I might plausibly do business with.

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¹ I know that Friday night I’ll be getting reasonably drunk at the wrap party of a longrunning webcomic; since I’m not throwing the party, I trust that you’ll forgive me for not supplying more details now, but I’ll give you a recap next week, deal?

² For the suggestion that resulted in the name, Faithful Reader Roo will be getting a $50 donation on their behalf.