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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The System 374: Scariest Thing About Facebook

UPDATE: Here’s today’s comic on Digg. If you liked it, vote it!

A hand to Jami “Angry Zen Master” Noguchi, who constantly encourages me to make mechas. Also, thanks to Slashdot to alerting me of Zuckerberg’s recent birthday (as well as his securities fraud investigation).

This seems like a great chance to invite you all to discuss how much you hate/love/loathe Facebook, it’s practices, and how creepy it is these days. I had someone know my cell # on his phone because we were friends on Facebook (my # used to be listed) and that’s about when I knew they were SkyNet.

If you don’t like Facebook, try a new social network! It’s changing the way… Oh Christ, forget it.

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The System 363: Surviving the Week

This past week was a week of survival. I had two Super Art Fight shows, a design conference talk, and a full week of work. This next week isn’t looking much better, as Thursday I head to ROFLcon with Super Art Fight. If you’re going, let me know. And bring some cash, as we’ll have some sweet new merch in store.

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Thanks to Systemic MichaelK42 for posting a link to this awesomeness in the (still raging) comments section of the “Bike Rep” comic from Friday. Too great to not share and bring up. Thanks, MichaelK42!

Next up is an infographic spotted about the overuse of infographics that aren’t really more than a chart or graph with some pretty colors on top. This is only the top section to give you a taste, go check out more here. LINK »

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Finally, check out this Awesome Parfait by Carolyn Sewell! It’s pretty awesome. LINK »

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The System 357: Bike Rep

Respect and reputation are very important. That’s why I wear my bike sniper shirt as much as my laundry schedule will allow.

Yesterday in DC a car seems to have intentionally run a cyclist off the road. What can bikers do to help show the cars around us whose boss? I want your thoughts! Keep it legal, or if not legal at least creative, and worth breaking the law for.

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The System 337: A History of Video Gaming

This one originally ran as a guest comic for Steve “Dueling Analogs” Napierski, and did pretty well for him making the rounds on Reddit and the like.  I couldn’t let him have all the fun, not to mention I wanted it somewhere in The System’s archive. An old addage says “the more things change, the more they stay the same”.  In this case, “the more things change, the more buttons you have to memorize”.  Sometimes less is more, simpler is better.

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Oh, and what’s that? You want a print? It’s even for sale in the store, Hilariawesome.com!

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The System 325: Ask Jimmy (Big Guns)

Welcome to week 2 of “advice time”! While I’m out of town, Jimmy the Murderdog has volunteered to answer some questions. All these questions were asked through the official SystemComic Twitter account, which Jimmy often answers personally. Thanks to all who wrote in, and I’ll see you on the 18th! Meanwhile, enjoy comics this Monday, Wednesday, and Friday!

Today’s question comes from Systemic VenomV who asked through Twitter. Also props to Systemic Maggie who asked a similar question. Let’s face it, when it’s about Jimmy, it’s probably best to stick to what you know. Weaponry (and possibly grooming).

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The System 320: New Decade

What do you hope for in the new decade?

UPDATE: Early comments are saying you guys want this on a shirt! Would you buy it on a shirt as the newest thing on my store, Hilariawesome.com?

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The System 200

Thanks, Systemics. I couldn’t have done it without you.

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The System 183

Not a jury in the world would convict her. Think about it. This is why celebrities are coming up with names like Apple, Tweetie, and Moxie Crimefighter. They’ll be plenty Googleable.

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