This is what Mufasa meant when he talked about the circle of life.

Next time, we’ll cover the bit about how Twitter is turning into Facebook.

This comic was my last one for the “I Love Charts” collection, which was unfortunately has shut down for the time being. So you can expect a few less charts around here, as I won’t be cross-posting the ones that were premiering on Medium.com.

I did, however, post my full “bike theft” story on Medium as it seemed to lend itself to the format. I’ve been amazed how many people have commented (mostly in person) how much they followed along with the story. So, you can read the whole thing here.

Baltimore Comic Con

That was this past weekend,and it was a lot of fun! I went into the weekend expecting to set up and have a table and sell comics and things, but unfortunately my busy work schedule and lack of stable mental reserves of energy got in the way. If you looked for me at my table, I apologize. I was there both afternoons socializing with the rest of the Super Art Fight crew, but I didn’t have it in me to lug giant suitcases 160 miles round trip and spend every waking moment worrying about selling things. So, like many of you, I spent my “time off” hanging out at a convention. I haven’t just hung out a con in so long, it was glorious! Thank you to all of you who came by and chatted. I even somehow wound up selling 2 books, despite not really having a table “set up” at all.

SPX Next Weekend

SO. EXCITED. FOR. SPX.

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That show I talked about from last weekend? Rounds 2 and 3 are now online, thanks to a fan in attendance! Check out why Noelle Stevenson is one of the best art fighters I’ve ever seen.

This is a convention show from Anime Expo. For the full experience, you want to come to one of our “club shows” we do in Baltimore and DC (and hopefully soon other cities).

So WATCH THIS. Kill an hour. Post below who’s funnier, Ross or Marty.

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Appearances and Conventions!

I’ll be bringing the new book (soon to be in the online store) to a bunch of conventions, along with t-shirts, ties, prints, and tote bags. Oh, and my charming personality. If you’re a convention goer, mark these on your calendar! I always like it when fans come and say hi, even if they have no money and can’t buy anything. It’s wonderful to meet the people who read my stupid comic.

Also if you are a part of a convention that would like to have me as a guest, reach out through my email (systemcomic at gmail dot com) and hopefully we can get me to you!

PAX East
(Boston, MA / Next Weekend)
Going with my girlfriend and hanging out! Woo! If you’re going to be there, say so in the comments and let’s meet up!

Awesome Con
(Washington, DC / April 18 – 20th)
I’ll have a table with the Super Art Fight gang, who will be performing on Sunday!

My New Apartment
(Washington, DC / April 25th)

Seriously, I’m moving in with my girlfriend. It’s gonna be awesome. SEE YOU THERE!

BMore Into Comics
(Baltimore, MD, De Kleine Duivel / May 17th)
More info soon!

Super Art Fight at the Black Cat!
(Washington, DC / May 17th)
A big show for us as we are TAKING OVER THE UPSTAIRS OF THE BLACK CAT. There will be kaiju action as giant monsters destroy an entire city on stage. Yes, really. Tickets here »

Anime Expo
(Los Angeles, CA / July 3rd – July 6th)
I’ll have a table in Artist Alley with the Super Art Fight crew, and we’ll be doing shows all weekend. Please help me pay for it.

Connecticon
(Hartford, CT / July 10 – 13th)
Where it all started for The System, we’ll be having Art Fight shows, another “Jamie Noguchi System” panel, and a whole bunch more. Also, I’ll have my books!

Otakon
(Baltimore, MD / August 8 – August 10th)
I’ll have a table in Artist Alley! Join me as I try and figure out what people are cosplaying as and realize that I’m too old to not be creepy at an anime convention.

SPX
(Bethesda, MD / September 13th – 14th)
Unfortunately, I’m on the wait list. Cross those fingers!

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They were Michael Bracco's ties.

If you’re wondering which shirt this woman is talking about, it’s this one. Also, this has happened 13 times in the last day.

At Connecticon

I’m at Connecticon all this weekend in the Online Media Guests area (OMG) with the rest of the Super Art Fight crew. Just come to Exhibit Hall B and look for this table:

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Be sure to come by and say hi. High fives are free.

Also, we have two Super Art Fight shows this weekend. The first already happened and went well (I think) and the second is Saturday at 5pm in MAIN EVENTS. There will be a t-shirt cannon.

If you’re not at Connecticon, follow our Facebook page for The System, I’ll be posting any sketches I do there all day. I already did one of me as Super Mario 3′s cover. That’s right. I drew things.

The Kickstarter

It’s happening. In a big way! Unfortunately I didn’t get to finish the video before the con, but you’ll see it on the site in the next week. It’s my way of saying “Happy Five Year Anniversary, Systemics!” It’s also my way of saying “buy my book!”

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If you've ever seen me at a convention, you've probably seen this happen.

This is happening all weekend at Wizard World Philly! Come see me there (here), I’m at booth 895 with Super Art Fight.

Speaking of which, we’re doing Super Art Fight twice as part of the convention, on Friday at 8:30pm at Tavern on Broad and again on Sunday at 2pm in room 111. See you there!

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This being the start of a new year (the Jewish New Year, but a new year just the same), I can’t think of a better way to have started it than working SPX for Ross.

It was an excellent experience and I thank Ross for asking us to do it.  (Not that there would have been any question about it.)  I know Ross was not happy he couldn’t be there, and I totally understand that.  (I think he would have made more sales had he been there.)  Still, if one of his friends hadn’t been so inconsiderate as to have planned his wedding this past weekend, well, I wouldn’t have gotten the opportunity to have had as much fun as I did.  (Plus, I had a chance to see Ross–can’t ever pass on that!)

I’d like to thank everyone who stopped by to say, “Hi”.  I would thank you by name but I wouldn’t want to offend anyone if I left them out.  There were a number of people who thought we (Ross’s Dad and his brother) were the artist and when I explained that we were just subbing, they seemed surprised we would do it.  I don’t understand why, I am Rossmom, after all, why think I would do anything else?

Just to make it clear–there is absolutely no way I could come close to doing what Ross does–I don’t have his imagination and I certainly can’t draw.  Believe me, you would have a tough time being able to decipher one of my stick figure drawings.And, yes, there were still some people who came by and were surprised to see Rossmom–a real, live person.  Really guys, I am real; I do exist; I really was there!  (I am glad no one wanted to pinch me to make sure.)

As to what I expected, well, I hadn’t realized how much work is involved in preparing for a convention:  determining what items to bring and how much; deciding on the best layout; transporting everything to the venue; setting it all up to view at the best angle; making sure you are covered for breaks (of course, I didn’t want to miss anything so I really didn’t believe in any breaks except those when your body says–”Now”); getting a chance to see the expo; breaking the table down at the end of the show; transporting it all back; recounting the inventory, etc., etc. etc.  Whew, I’m tired just thinking about it.  And, Ross does it by himself!!!!!  Kudos to you!–that’s dedication and lots and lots of stamina!

Of course the payoff is worth it–meeting fans, making new ones and, last, but not least, selling merchandise!

I definitely got a glimpse of the work and the payoff:  I met many fans of the most excellent The System; hopefully garnered new fans and sold merchandise.  I made many new friends which is terrific and what I knew was verified–you are a great bunch!!!  I wasn’t at all surprised to see Ross has so many loyal fans; it was great to have a chance to meet and talk with some of you.

Anyway, thanks to all of you who were there and most of all, thanks, Ross for letting me in on some of your fun.  (I’m available anytime.) :)

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I was going to write something funny, but then someone in the room just said

I need to buy more RAM, right now my state-of-the-art computer (that you guys helped me buy, thanks!) only came with 2GB and FREAKS THE HELL OUT whenever I ask it to do, yknow, things. I’m adding more, don’t worry.

Come see me at Connecticon!

I’m here at Connecticon already! All weekend I’ll be at a table with posters, comic prints, and some shirts from the online store. You should come by and see it! It’ll look something like this:

Also, if you come by, I’ll give you free stuff if you mention you read the comic. It’s that easy. Just say that you read it. I won’t quiz you! High fives are free.

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The System 560: Types of Clients

Valentine’s Day. That’s a thing.

Happy Valentine’s day! I am doing nothing on the site to celebrate it, but I did something great to celebrate it last year. So go forget you maybe saw it and check it out all over again!

Come see me at Katsucon THIS WEEKEND!

I’ll have a table and be signing things / meeting people / selling wares at Katsucon all this weekend, and performing two (count ‘em, TWO) shows with Super Art Fight. The table will be in section GG 13-15 with Dern, Jamie, and Mikey, which should be fun. If you don’t want to buy a damn thing, stop by and mention you read the comic. I don’t mind, honestly. I’ll probably even give you something free, because I’m a nice guy like that.

As for the shows, on Friday night we are doing Super Art Fight: UNLEASHED which will be a complete shit-show of ridiculousness. Let’s put it this way, no pictures are allowed and it’s 21+ 18+! to get in. And considering what goes on at other shows, this will be… something. On Saturday, we’ll be performing in the Main Events area, with a big extravaganza of a thing! We have a super secret special guest that I’m really excited to meet. He won’t be at the Unleashed show, which is probably for the best.

If you like this comic…

Also check out these other chart-jokes here. Aaaaand if you like making fun of clients, here’s all those comics! If you’re a huge chart fan, you may want a print of this or any other comic on the site, and chances are you’d also really like this t-shirt:

Buy it from the store for only $20!

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The System 519: True Stories from Otakon

It flew out of my mouth before I realized I’d said it. Sorry to the fan that came up and had this happen!

By the way, the chart in question is the Types of Typsos chart, seen here.

Otakon, which I haven’t had time to talk about what with CHART MADNESS on Wednesday, was LOADS of fun! Lots of you fans in the surrounding area came by and made me feel welcome, and I really cannot thank you enough for that whether you bought something or not. Of course if you bought something, all the better.

I mostly spent the weekend at my table, so I didn’t get a chance to chat with other artists that much or go to any panels, but I was on a “collaborating in comics” panel thanks to Dern, and was in the same row as most of the Super Art Fight crew all weekend. Best of all was the chance to chat with Caldwell, since he lives out of town and the chances we get to hang out are great. We got to talk about the chart that you all saw on Wednesday which, officially, was the biggest day of The System ever.

While I posted this in the last post and in it’s own, the new Professor Internet shirt is now available, and is in preorder through next week. You should check it out here.

 

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I’ll be in Artist Alley, on the same row as some of my Super Art Fight friends. You can see all of us if you walk up the lefthand side. That isn’t to say that there aren’t awesome people like Digital Pimp, Alex’s Guide, and PLENTY of others throughout, but you can rest assured the lefthand wall is going to be partying hard! Oh, and in the C-block is Devil’s Panties? THIS is going to get interesting…

To those of you not attending Otakon (I know the biggest anime con on the east coast isn’t a priority for many), please let me know where you WOULD like me to go. When I pick out cons for next year, the best way to know where to go is for fans to tell me where they want me. Of course, getting convention committees to have me as a guest helps immensely as well, just sayin’.

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