The System 800: What Now?
It’s been, jeez, three and a half years since I last did one of these recap comics. And over nine years since I started The System. If you don’t know what I’m talking about when I say “recap comics”, every 100 comics (like numbers 700, 600, 500, 400, 300, 200 and 100) we take a step back and review what we’ve learned. To say that three and a half years ago feels like an eternity feels like an understatement. Here’s some updates from the world here at System HQ:
- 5 years ago I started a design firm. 3.5 years ago there were three of us. Now there’s seven.
- A relationship didn’t work out. You may have picked up on some subtext about that.
- There was a bout with anxiety and depression.
- I moved! Twice. From that one-bedroom to a studio, and that studio to a house.
- Oh yeah! I live in a house now! And that house also has an amazing girlfriend in it.
- That house has a very nice bike commute to work.
- And of course, it has felt oftentimes like the world is going to hell.
I have debated calling the comic quits here at comic number 800. As it is, I can take every 200 comics and catch up on publishing books, and it will make for a nice four-book set. They can each be color-coded as C-M-Y-K (the first was yellow, the second is going to be cyan, we’re going a little out of order but we can get there). Truthfully though, I don’t want to put a giant period at the end of this project. As much as it sucks to have it lingering, when I do find the time to put one of these comics together it still means a great deal to me, and I’ve heard from some of you it means a great deal to you as well.
So for now, consider the project moving at a colossally slow rate for the time being. Book 2 is actually all designed and ready to go, and as soon as I find some time I’ll be putting together a Kickstarter for it so y’all can order your own copies. Hopefully the last two books will follow, and with them more comics.
Also, if you are a convention-going type, I still am hitting up the convention circuit with shirts, books, prints, and touring with the Super Art Fight gang.
Meanwhile, I’ll keep posting comics until morale improves.
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The System 773: Enough Coffee
The System 753: Caffeine Fix
Eventually, I’m sure the cup will run out. But in the meantime, it’ll be a fun ride.
Super Art Fight in NYC This Weekend!
Super Art Fight, the live-action art competition* I co-host and help run, is coming to NYC this weekend! We’re doing a show Saturday night at Palisades Bar and Music Hall, in Brooklyn. This is our first-ever NYC show, and we’re hoping it paves the way for many more.
We’re ART-FIGHTING against the College Humor team of artists, so you can come see:
- Caldwell Tanner,
- Amazing Super Powers,
- Nathan Yaffe,
- Jacob “For Lack Of A Better Comic” Andrews,
- and Julia Lepetit
- (aka the illustrators of College Humor and Dorkly)
get straight-up taken down to beat-town by the heroic artistic stylings of
I have a DRINK BOUNTY going for the night. If you come, and you tell me you came because of this post, I’ll buy you a drink for every friend you bring. Yes. Really. Bring 3 friends, get 3 drinks. Your friends get no drinks. They are your problem.
SO BUY A TICKET ALREADY HERE »
*Super Art Fight is “Pictionary meets pro-wrestling, where competing artists each round have 25 minutes to cover the same canvas with artwork and win over the crowd with everything they do. Every 5 minutes we spin the WHEEL OF DEATH, random topics that the artists have to work into the artwork somehow, somewhere. It’s funny, fun, and ridiculous. Check out a video of what that can look like here.
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The System 751: Bicycle For Our Minds
He totally said that.
I think this is my masterpiece. It has coffee, bikes, computers, cats, and poop. I should stop now.
The System 746: Office Clichés
I was talking this one over with my friend Clay and almost had a big ending around humping. In the end, this felt right.
What’s your favorite office cliché?
The System 740: What Should I Be Doing?
So now you know what to do.
Bad News About Otakon
I was hoping to be at Otakon this weekend. I bought a table and everything. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend due to some family issues. Have to put family first, gang. Sorry.
Good News About Small Press Expo
I have a table at SPX! See you there in September!
The System 730: What Is The Best Gift?
But what’s the real best gift?
This was last week’s Medium chart. Of course, this week’s chart is up now.
The System 728: The French Press
This one was last week’s Medium post, but I added some details and tweaked it into a poster design. It’ll be for sale at HilariAwesome.com soon.
Speaking of which, this week’s Medium post is pretty awesome. It’s called “What is the best gift to get someone?” and here’s an excerpt:
You can read the rest here »
Help Make Super Art Fight The Best
We’d like to be voted Best of Baltimore, and with your help, we can make it happen!
Every year, Baltimore Magazine does a Readers Poll for the Best of Baltimore.
We’d like your help getting voted in. Just vote for us under Arts & Fun, under the Play or Performance heading.
We realize, there’s a remarkable Baltimore arts scene, so you’ll probably be split – but it’d make our day to make this happen for us!
Click here to vote, through JUNE 30th!
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The System 720: New Symbol, Coffee Ahead
Long time no see, guys!
Well I’m moved into my new apartment, Awesome Con is over, and life is starting to get back on track. Have an awesome weekend.
Remember I always read the comments and respond if you ask me something. Be chatty! Say hi.
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The System 708: Room for Improvement
Let’s talk about having room for milk in your coffee.
First off, that is less coffee than you asked for. You ordered a 16 oz. cup of coffee, you should get a 16 oz. cup of coffee. If I wanted a smaller cup, I would order one. For that matter, WHO WANTS LESS COFFEE?
Also on notice is anyone that orders a cup of coffee, goes over to the “milk station” with the sugar, milk, stirrers, etc., and pours out coffee into the trash can. Do you know what kind of mess that creates for those cleaning it up? And again, you there, who ordered a coffee, why did you go wanting less coffee?
I decided to rant about this into a camera:
Super Art Fight 100
After 6 years, thousands of miles, and countless jokes about Ninja Turtles, Super Art Fight is celebrating 100 shows with a blowout in Baltimore! It is this Saturday. Details here. Tickets here.