Hello With System (Guest comic by Dern)

I was in a bike accident on Sunday and beyond any physical damage (stitches in my chin and a severe blow to my pride) I’m playing catch-up all this week, so you guys get some guest comics!

Dern is a jackass. Yes, he did a guest comic for me. Here was the email I got from him:

TO: Rosscott
SUBJECT: This came to me in a dream
ATTACHED: Comic

weirdest part about the dream? It was a system comic.

So why, when I’m being provided a guest comic by one of my closer comics friends, do I call him a jackass? He laid out the whole thing in Arial. He knows how I feel about Arial, just like how I know how he feels about people never returning pens. And even so, he lays out the whole thing in Arial. Of course, I couldn’t just let that go. So, in my pain-killered, drug-addled, injured stupor I re-set the type in the appropriate Helvetica, complete with some art touch-ups (this is why you’re seeing something nice above, and a nice straight line across the lower case “t” just like the lord intended).

Dern is the writer behind Hello With Cheese, if you can call that writing. Strange thoughts appear in his head, and he sends them to his slave artist who tries to make sense of it all and then turns it into a comic. I admit, half the joy of this comic is thinking about how that went down sometimes, as most of the ideas range from groans to jokes I’m ashamed at laughing at. Still, at least it’s not a pirate advice column. If you’re looking for a place to dive in, I had a comic come to me in a dream one time, and he made it into a comic. Hell, twice. Check out a HWC comic I helped write HERE.

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Will my webcomic get me laid? (Guest chart by Jessica Hagy)

Thanks to the amazing Jessica Hagy, creator of the truly amazing Indexed, a site full of fun and interesting charts less about numbers and more about relationships. I had a chance to meet up with Jessica at SXSW a few weeks ago and, after a rather poignant conersation, she decided to make this chart. Want to know the minute I knew me and Jessica were going to be friends? She’s embraced my motto:

It couldn’t come at a better time! As I mentioned the other day on The Tweepers, I was in a bike accident on Sunday and beyond any physical damage (stitches in my chin and a severe blow to my pride) I’m playing catch-up all this week. Those comic remixes I asked for a little while ago will be making an appearance this week, as will some guest comics from friends and colleagues.

Btw Nerds, where you at?

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The System: Future World Problems – The Human Element

This is from a series of comics by my fellow webcomic creators and the creme de la creme of visual entries to the FutureWorldProblems contest I mentioned the other day. If you like this charming entry, check out the original post with FutureWorldProblems here, or the first comic on the subject here.

Today’s comic was done by the amazing Michael Lalonde of Orneryboy. I’ve been reading his stuff for years, it’s worth your time. I remember finding Orneryboy back in 2005, and loving the art style as being something very different than what I was used to seeing. I’ve been keeping up with it ever since. It’s the story of a boy named Ornery, his girlfriend Dirtygirl, and their pet zombie Brian and a pet cat all going through insane adventures. I’m pretty sure the whole thing is laid out in Flash because every once in a while pages are animated to give them some great effects. Like this. And this.

About a month ago, I tweeted something or other at Michael and he decided to check out The System, which apparently he liked a bunch and read through the archive. That was very cool of him. There’s nothing more satisfying than finding out that someone whose work you appreciate appreciates yours right back.

Tomorrow finishes up our extended guest comic time with a great one by Bill Ellis, and back to me on Wednesday!

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Future World Problems: Damn Earlibirds

This week will be full of comics by my fellow webcomic creators and the creme de la creme of visual entries to the FutureWorldProblems contest I mentioned the other day. If you like this charming entry, check out the original post with FutureWorldProblems here, or the first comic on the subject here.

UPDATE: Ah, dernit! In my sleep deprivation and idiocy I forgot to mention that today’s comic, while drawn amazingly by Ami (mentioned below) was written in the car while Dern from “Hello With Cheese” and I were driving back from Wild Pig Con last weekend. We spent half the ride writing jokes for our own comics, each others, and generally being clever. Hello With Cheese is an amazing comic I talk more about below.

Today’s comic comes from Ami “Auilix” B of The Glass Urchin. Ami and her partner-in-drinking Bree have been around the East Coast convention scene for the last couple of years, though I can’t remember exactly when we first met. I do know that I was a fan of her comic long before, as it is adorable. It is autobiographical, though she depicts herself and all the other recurring characters as adorable animals living in a normal-people sized world. Trust me when I say it’s worth reading from the beginning, as the evolution of her art as well as her storytelling has been amazing to watch. Maybe some day I’ll do something interesting enough in her presence to get drawn into the comic, though I wouldn’t ask for it. She’s already complained about people doing that.

The most recent news is that due to excess submissions from artists (and a lack of complaints from you the readers,) #FutureWorldProblems will extend into next week! I love the all the submissions I’ve received so much I may put all these and any others I find on their own site, as I know Registered Weapon has already gotten in on the action on their own site, and rumor has it a few others are in the works. If more artists send me comics, I will find a way to post them. SOMEHOW.

UPDATE AGAIN: In addition to today’s comic featuring FWP, Obsidian and his cohort Dern have put together a FutureWorldProblems comic over at Hello With Cheese today, as well as O putting together one of his own over at Commissioned Comic. Thanks to O and Dern for the posts, taking the idea a step further, and for being some of the friendliest webcomic artists I know.

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Future World Problems: Loldwell Edition

This week will be full of comics by my fellow webcomic creators and the creme de la creme of visual entries to the FutureWorldProblems contest I mentioned the other day. If you like this charming entry, check out the original post with FutureWorldProblems here, or the first comic on the subject here.

Today’s comes from webcomic pal and internet cohort Caldwell “Loldwell” Tanner of Loldwell.com. He’s blended The System and Loldwell together! Of course, you’ve probably seen his stuff before even if you haven’t seen it there, as he is also a full-time cartoonist for CollegeHumor.com. That’s right, he gets paid for this stuff, which is more than most of us can say. Of course it’s all warranted, his work is great.

Even if you’re not a huge CollegeHumor.com fan, you probably have seen some of his more famous comics before. The “what kind of artist are you?” comic is how I first found him (due to a link on Crooked Gremlins, thanks for posting that Carter). Caldwell was even nice enough to give me a poster of that one, which hangs right next to my desk. There’s also two of his “cycle comics” that I then based my “Cycle of Time Suck” comic on. I guess people love cycles.

Tomorrow we finish up guest comic #FutureWorldProblems week, but the hashtag is still going strong on The Twitters. If you post a good one there, I’ll retweet it out myself. If it’s the best thing ever, maybe I’ll do a comic about it.

So how are you guys liking #FutureWorldProblems guest comic week? A departure from our usual content I know, but a chance for me to showcase the work of people whose comics I love. Post your thoughts on this comic and also the whole series in the comments!

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Future World Problems: Light Cycle Lanes

This week will be full of comics by my fellow webcomic creators and the creme de la creme of visual entries to the FutureWorldProblems contest I mentioned the other day. If you like this charming entry, check out the original post with FutureWorldProblems here, or the first comic on the subject here.

Today’s FutureWorldProblem comes from James “In His Likeness” Hatton, a man of quick wit and an a fellow brother in the world of minimalist comics. His comic, In His Likeness, is an existential comedy featuring G-d, the Devil, Buddha, and other religious figures as the main characters. If you like The System but wished I’d stop making so many design jokes, you should check out IHL.

This past weekend I got to hang with Jamie at Wild Pig Con in Springfield, NJ. We spent most of Saturday night with some of our other cohorts sitting around a table trying to make up new #FutureWorldProblem ideas. He’s good at it.

Jamie was actually also the driving force behind the theme in the first place. It was an original post by Jamie on Twitter that made me write the first one, which then proceeded to make me write 10 more immediately. What was that first tweet of his?

@revvoice: Comic is running late due to not being able to remotely login to my home computer.  #stupidthefuture

Sure, #futureworldproblems had more of a ring to it than #stupidthefuture, but he’s definitely the g-dfather of the meme.

Btw, as for the FutureWorldProblems contest I mentioned earlier in the week? Results will post on Friday. Another guest comic will be up tomorrow, see you then!

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Future World Problems: Basketball

This week will be full of comics by my fellow webcomic creators and the creme de la creme of visual entries to the FutureWorldProblems contest I mentioned the other day. If you like this charming entry, check out the original post with FutureWorldProblems here, or the first comic on the subject here.

As of this writing, I’m still looking for a one more solid entry! Put them together or email me (systemcomic at gmail) for questions.

Today’s comes from Justin over at Lefthandedtoons.com. While I haven’t known him as extensively as Chris Impink, I can say that I’ve been a big fan of LHT for a while. My absolute favorite is this one about predicting the future. Connection to #FutureWorldProblems? QUITE POSSIBLY.

Fun fact: I myself am lefthanded, so I don’t really see what the fuss is about.

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Future World Problems: The DodecaDown

UPDATE: Here’s today’s comic on Reddit. Consider giving it a vote here or on whatever site you like to share things on.

This week will be full of comics by my fellow webcomic creators and the creme de la creme of visual entries to the FutureWorldProblems contest I mentioned the other day. If you like this charming entry, check out the original post with FutureWorldProblems here, or the first comic on the subject here.

As of this writing, I’m still looking for a few entries for the guest comic week! Put them together or email me (systemcomic at gmail) for questions.

Today’s comes from the incomparable Chris “The Impact” Impink who is the artist behind Sledgebunny, a fairly new webcomic about a girl trying to make it in a roller derby team. But he’s no newbie to the webcomic arena, Chris has been working on Fragile Gravity since before you knew what a webcomic was. As you can see with the comic above, the man is amazing. Sledgebunny is 43 pages in, that’s enough to get you hooked and want to bookmark it, and clearly you should. He’s on Twitter too. Also, ROLLER DERBY ZOMBIE FIGHT.

Check the blog soon for some details about the last two cons I attended (Intervention and Wild Pig con) and stay tuned for more FutureWorldProblems week!

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I did a guest comic today for my friends over at Explosm.net, creators of Cyanide and Happiness. These are the first two panels. Click the picture or here to see how it turns out!

To those C&H fans who have come over, hi there! Welcome to The System. Check out the growing comic archive, comment on posts, and generally enjoy. If you’re looking to become one of the true fans, here’s a post I put together the other day about how new fans can get involved on the site. Just take everywhere it says “Slashdot” and replace it with “Explosm”. Or you and the Slashdotters can fight it out like something out of West Side Story.

You can start by commenting on this post and saying hi. What did you think of the guest comic?

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The System Guest Comic: Brandon J Carr

More like Brandon J Awesome! The other day on Twitter, Brandon asked for what to draw.  A comic for me, I sez.  Here it is.

As a note, I’ll be posting the big recap poster / comic about the last 100 (201 – 300) tomorrow, so consider this a week of extra comics as we try and get life back on track.  Enjoy!

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