It's really not good when something that normally has water in it is also on fire.

This is one in the “Rules and Terms” series, aka “The System’s Guide to ______”. Also considered for the series on home ownership (maybe to be revisited at a later time):

  • How and when water heaters know when to break.
  • Why all home owners love to rub it in when something goes wrong and say things like “ah, the joys of home ownership”.
  • The number of trips necessary to the hardware store to get what you actually needed.

Some Convention Updates

DINK! Denver! See you next weekend!

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If you are in the Denver area (Denver! Yeah!) I’m coming to DINK, the Denver Independent Comics and Art Expo this weekend, April 14-15. I have never been to Denver for a show, and would love to see some of you there. I’m bringing books, prints, and hopefully shirts if I can get them all into checked baggage. I know my friends Nick and Danielle will be there, so come hang out with us. I have no idea yet where my table will be but if you keep an eye on my Twitter account, I’ll announce it when I figure that out.

Awesome Con! I did it, was of course awesome.

Two weekends ago, I had a table at Awesome Con, and met a ton of sweet people. To all of you that came by and said “oh yeah, I’ve read this comic before” or “I used to read this when I was in high school” (*cough*, Enzo) or “why haven’t I heard of this before? I can’t wait to read it” (which, if you’re now reading this, I assume you’ve corrected), a sincere thank you. I know this project is not what it once was to me. It’s turned from “maybe The System is my route to fame and fortune” to “maybe I can make a ton of friends making comics” which has been a much happier place for me, and not to mention more sustainable. But more on that another time. I’ve gotten discouraged in the past by my lack of huge readership numbers, as much as I know I shouldn’t. But conventions always help to remind me that one “view” is oftentimes one reader, sitting at home, who maybe hasn’t read the comic in a while but gets a laugh out of it. And that really is a great feeling.

PAX East: Old friends, sushi boats, and nobody died.

This past weekend I was with the Super Art Fight gang doing a panel at PAX East (no table, just the show), which was loads of fun. A huge shout out to our friends that came to the show to support us. Specifically Allison, Pete, and their crew of awesome people as well as Victoria, Alyson, both Nicks, Animal Jenkins, and their entourage of people. Together, we sunk a sushi boat. I’m not kidding!

Boat record: 15 minutes. #paxeast2018

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That’s all for now, gang. See you next week!

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What can I say, I'm into hot dogs.

I have to give a shout out to this tweet for the inspiration:

People have been trying to kill off the Hamburger Menu for years. Personally, I think it’s here to stay whether we like it or not. So I like the idea of variations.

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Good news, most Internets have cute puppies on them.

We are entering a new era. Things feel like they are both unifying and fracturing. As the “decentralized web” dies a slow and painful death (though I’d love to help bring it back), the big social media platforms feel more fragmented than ever. So finding people that have experienced the same cultural references as you is becoming more difficult than ever.

So if you remember Homestar Runner, the early Flash animations of the web, or saw that one thing that one time, I like to say that we’re on “the same Internet”.

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Other room titles: Sit, Work, Sigh, Sleep, but I think Sit is really the most reusable.

Be sure you buy the whole set of Eat, Love, Poop when you’re next shopping. I’m sure this will be in the sequel to Eat, Pray, Love aka Eat, Pray, Poop which really changes the meaning of why you’re praying and what it may have to do with the eating.

Thank you to my wonderful girlfriend Laura, who has great taste in home decor and also in my sense of humor. Make of that what you will.

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We've all been there.

Ah, our friend the Anxiety Duck has made a reappearance.

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