The System 444: Types of Coffee Drinkers

COFFEE DRINKERS! Which one are you?

Btw, it’s my birthday! If you want to help me celebrate, I suggest buying something in the HilariAwesome.com store. If you like this comic, then maybe the “My Body Is Just a Filter” shirt would strike your fancy…

Also, if you like coffee, there’s this:

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The System 400: What Else We’ve Learned

Welcome to comic #400, and the 2-year anniversary of The System! I know what you’re saying, comic #1 was posted July 1st. True, but it went live somewhere around July 8th and y’know what? Close enough.

Since then we’ve seen lots of changes to the site, from some recurring characters to comics that have been across the internet and back (with varying amounts of credit thrown my way). I could not have made it this far if not for the help of my many friends (both those with websites and without) and fans who have encouraged and supported this project along the way.

Over the next few weeks you will start seeing some improvements around here, as some new personal opportunities have come up that will allow for some more time and effort to be put on the comic and its various accoutrement. If you’re a fan of the site and would like to do your part, check out the online store and consider supporting the comic and taking something home while you’re at it. If you don’t see something you like don’t worry, preorder for BOOK 1 of The System will be going up soon along with other pieces of amazingness.

For those of you less monetarily inclined but with plenty of free time, it always helps when you share comics on StumbleUpon, Reddit, forums, blogs, BoingBoing or any other sites you frequent. Or for that matter just participating around here by commenting on posts and talking back as I use this site (and Twitter, and Tumblr) to talk at you. I know RossMom always appreciates it, and at this point I think we can pretty much call her a moderator. And yeah, that’s my mom.

Also upcoming, I’m going to start posting a bit of a retrospective on how The System is doing in an effort to show you guys what goes on behind the scenes and also get some thoughts out. Posts about how I’ve gotten this far (if you call this far) and what I’ve learned along the way. For those who like that kind of inside baseball I think you’ll appreciate them. For those that don’t, well, there’s always the comic.

Speaking of the comic, can you pick out where all the panels are from? The art is all from previous comics starting between comic #304 and #399. See what you can do and post it in the comments!

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After much ado, I present to you the results of the Coffee Wins Shirts contest! First, a quick preamble:

This was an awesome contest to see, and the results are amazing. Thanks so much to all who entered, I think it was a great success. Before we talk winners, here are all the entries from my recently revived Flickr Account. If you can’t see the slideshow below, visit the set on Flickr here:

Winners below the cut!

↓ Read the rest of this entry…

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The System 388: Know Your Symbols

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Did you see Wednesday’s comic about latte art? Did it hit a little too close to home? Now’s your chance to win something for all that frivilous frothing time, that precious pulling, that precise pouring.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Look at the awesome “My Body is Just a Filter” Coffee Shirt you can win.
  2. Make some awesome art made with or about coffee (latte art, coffee grind sand art, coffee comics, whatever it takes.)
  3. Send a cool picture of it to me (systemcomic at gmail, with the subject “I WANT COFFEE”) by June 11th.
  4. Sit back and wait.

What’s at stake? The best one wins one of the new and awesome “My body is just a (coffee) filter” shirts (shown here):

It's this, but on a shirt.

2 runners-up will win 25% off any order from HilariAwesome.com, The System’s online store. Results will be announced on June 15th. I’m not letting the winners go as long as I did the last contest. No, we’re getting this shirt together! Some other details:

If you have already preordered this awesome shirt and win the contest, I’ll contact you and you can choose to get your money back for the one shirt, or just have 2 shirts (the one you paid for and the one you won). If you have already pre-ordered the shirt and are a runner-up in the contest, I’ll count that discount towards your already-placed order as best I can.

Don’t feel like you have to be a barista to qualify! You totally don’t! Any piece of art (photo, illustration, etc.) captured in an image will do! Need some inspiration? Check out all the coffee comics I’ve done over the last 2 years. I’m sure one will get you started.

Now go! Start arting! Spread the word! Other things!

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The System 376: Lattes

UPDATE: Since Reddit is the reason the coffee comic mentioned below was so popular, I posted this one there as well. Yeah, I posted my own comic on Reddit.  I was “that guy”.  Still, if you want to vote for it on there, it would make it infinitely less lame.  Like when you throw yourself a party and nobody shows up.

Is your life less complicated than your latte art? Feel free to discuss in the comments about this, coffee in general, etc. Speaking of coffee, now might be a good time to check out all the other comics on the site about coffee. There are more than a few.

Speaking of which, coffee fans! A NEW SHIRT HAS ARRIVED.

One of the most requested designs I’ve ever had. Based on the most popular comic ever featured on The System (in prints, comic form, etc), “My Body is Just a Filter”. Now available IN PREORDER from the HilariAwesome.com store. GO PREORDER IT NOW »

Why preorder? Why not just order? Preorders is how I can tell how many people really want this thing, and how many I should order. In the case of the last shirt to go up on the site (the “Beards Turn Laziness into Awesomeness” shirt) the preorder was able to pay for the first run of inventory (thats tens of shirts, not hundreds. I’m not running H&M over here). Now’s your chance to get a shirt with coffee on it and support the site until I can finish book 1, or at least work more on it so you can give me money in exchange for that.

So do your part, Systemics. Especially you newcomers. Show your appreciation and invest in the site by investing in a t-shirt. Check out this shirt and the others from the HilariAwesome store »

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If you’re an NYC dweller or a big fan of Lennie “Careless Disregard for Human Life” Brisco, you’ve seen the iconic coffee cups pictured above. Unfortunately the designer of this famous cup, Leslie Buck, has passed on to the great coffee cup in the sky. May his bodega keep stocked in all his favorite foods.

BoingBoing had a shout-out to this, as did the NY Times.

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The System 359: Coffee Angel

Who’s there to protect you from making bad coffee decisions?

A little back story: This comic started with a barista far away feeling a million voiced crying out and then suddenly silenced. That joke seemed too odd, so I had a guy standing in the “background” talking with the guy in the “foreground”. Once I realized it looked more like a floating little guy than someone behind him, it seemed like an obvious way to go. The rest wrote itself.

By the way, stay on the lookout! A new shirt (about coffee) is on the way! Coffee drinkers, you’re gonna love it! Others might too.

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Every once in a while I find someone that seems to share the System ethos. The ideals and philosophy that set us, here, apart from the rest of the world.  Phronk, author and creative force driving Putting Weird Things in Coffee, is such a man. The idea is a simple one. If coffee is so good and often tried with things like “milk” and “sugar”, why not expand the palette to other things like “curry” (pictured above) and “peanut butter”?

Here’s where the Internet kicks in.  An idea like peanut butter coffee sounded right up my alley, especially considering previous comics here on both peanut butter and concocting things with coffee. I let him know, and now we’re friends on the internet.

I hereby welcome him as an honorary Systemic.  Welcome, sir.

Check out his site, y’all. LINK.

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This video makes me want to:

  1. Visit Intelligentsia Coffee in CA.
  2. Drink an espresso.
  3. Take all my coffee needs more seriously.
  4. Wear more vests.

Espresso, Intelligentsia from Department of the 4th Dimension on Vimeo.

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