Here are some quick photoshops of the final images of the comic. Feel free to use as you like, but please credit both Caldwell (if it doesn’t look stiff, he drew it and deserves credit) and myself where appropriate. If anyone asks you where you find it, you know where to send ’em.

If you really like one of these images, remember that all three are available on t-shirts and as a poster at HilariAwesome.com. It is a joint venture between myself and Caldwell, so if you decide to support us by purchasing something, we both benefit.

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See Something? Cite Something.

2018 Update: We did in fact make a followup to this chart called “So you’re MAD about something on the Internet…”  soon after that I suggest you also check out.

WHAM. That’s gotta be the biggest damn comic-chart there ever was, right?

UPDATE: HELP IRONY HAPPEN! Here’s today’s comic on Reddit. Here it is on BoingBoing. Post it in places and let me know where or post in the comments!

Thank you oh-so much to this joint endeavor of The System and Caldwell of Loldwell.com. Both of us have had plenty of experience with our work making its way across the internet, both with and without attribution to our hard work, and so we thought we would make a comic/chart about how to do it right.

Consider this reference material for the next time you find an artist’s work on a website without attribution to all the hard work someone put in. Next time you see someone posting something that isn’t theirs on Tumblr or Flickr or DeviantArt or wherever else, let them know what you really think. That they are killing the internet. And of course, every time you do that, the Internet (which, let’s face it, is a kitten) sheds a single tear. And then dies because IT HAS BEEN KILLED BY STUPID PEOPLE.

What’s that? You want this on a t-shirt? A poster? Not a problem!

Oh, you thought it would make a good shirt? Which part? The Googles? The sharing emblem? The sad kitten? Gotcha covered. Click on the images below to take you to the HilariAwesome.com store, where you can purchase any of the three shirts we’ve created from this comic. Proceeds go to the original artists, who worked hard to make you laugh and provide this public service announcement.

UPDATE: For those of you who were here earlier, there used to be a “sharing is awesome!” shirt based largely on the image in the above chart available right where this paragraph now lives. Due to using, oh, everyone’s logo in it, this infringed on some copyrights. If you think about it, that goes completely against the point of the chart in the first place, so we’ve taken it down for the time being. Caldwell and I fully plan to retool the design to not feature so many other people’s work in a way that goes against the spirit of the chart and then repost it as available for sale. In the meantime, hope you like the other shirts!


F%*k You T-shirt


To The Googles! T-shirt


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(NOTE: If you would like a “radio edit” of the chart for whatever reason, just place the order and put that in the “special instructions” and we’ll make it happen!)

Of course, talk it up in the comments! We hid a ton of little jokes into this chart, see if you can find them all and list your favorite!

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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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UPDATE: I’m now running a contest based on this thread, you should check out the latest comic post for more details. I also updated this with more as of Thursday afternoon. THIS IS NOT THE COMPLETE COLLECTION. Merely what I saw when I tried to search for them and pick out some highlights. Go search it on Twitter here to see more.

This morning I started a hashtag on twitter that started the whole world laughing. It’s called #futureworldproblem and here are some posted so far:

  • My super double hyper local blog only has 5 readers. 4 are my robot servants, the last is my mom. #futureworldproblems
  • The dream police start really cracking down. #futureworldproblems
  • Google Wave comes back as an actual tidal wave that wipes out the eastern seaboard. #futureworldproblems
  • My robot is only programmed to serve me single martinis and not doubles. #futureworldproblem
  • Teleporter is on the fritz. Going to have to fly my car to work. #futureworldproblem
  • Using tubes to zoom all over town sometimes makes me a little nauseus. #futureworldproblem
  • The phone in my head doesn’t great reception as the one in my watch and I have to transfer all my contacts manually. #futureworldproblems
  • I forgot where I parked my invisible spaceship. #futureworldproblems
  • Dammit George Jetson’s dumb dog peed on my lawn while muttering something about “ruh roh”. AGAIN. #futureworldproblems
  • The consumer version of the LHC, the Small Hadron Collider, only comes in black, white, and avocado. I wanted sky blue. #futureworldproblems
  • Just found out my girlfriend is a Cylon, but she’s Jewish. So my mom’s happy but Adama is pissed. #futureworldproblems

From @revvoice:

  • My interociter is on the fritz… http://tinyurl.com/2wasbvc #futureworldproblem

From @martyfnday:

  • This meal pill is overcooked! #futureworldproblem
  • The zipper in the only jumpsuit I ever have to wear, ever is jammed. #futureworldproblem
  • President Jeb Bush #futureworldproblems
  • Having TV in the eye is great! Minus the ads that take up your whole field of vision. #badfordrivingflyingcars #futureworldproblems
  • Facebook sure got weird when it mandated images of all of our genitals. #futureworldproblems #yourecrazyforthisonezuck

@Dernjg:

  • Betty White just won’t stop yammering! #futureworldproblems

From @scubaninja:

  • The vacusuck toilet is stuck on suck, and I didn’t notice it until *after* I sat down. #futureworldproblem

From @spkr4thedead51:

  • You mean #wmata is in charge of the global mass transit system? #futureworldproblem
  • Those bastards blew it up #futureworldproblems #amidoingitright?
  • Where the hell is my flying car #futureworldproblems
  • whose idea was it to use dilithium crystals anyway? they fry out every time there’s any sort of power fluctuation! #futureworldproblems
  • Still can’t watch movies in 3D without those stupid fucking glasses #futureworldproblems

From @drewdernavich:

  • What’s the password for my kidneys? #futureworldproblems
  • Google Instant Mother-in-Law has some, um, annoying bugs that need to be worked out. #futureworldproblems
  • Senator Yoko Ono is once again running for re-election unopposed. #futureworldproblems

From @lionthetiger:

  • My twitter feed is stuck in open and keeps blocking my vision. I need to reboot my brain. #futureworldproblems
  • Facebook privacy is “broken” (by design) and is autoposting my every thought to the whole world. #futureworldproblems
  • #Fuck #and #damn #this #twitter #virus #forces #me #to #think #in #hashtags #futureworldproblems

From @JoshRockCity:

  • My iPhone still can’t make any phone calls. #futureworldproblems
  • I just know my flying car is going to fall out of the sky the minute its paid for. #futureworldproblems
  • My X-ray glasses can’t see through underwear anymore either. #futureworldproblems

From @ironsolo:

  • My sex robot is cheating on me with the robot maid.#futureworldproblems

From @bluntcakes:

  • My antigravity moonboots don’t have the 25+ feet bounce in them like they used to. #futureworldproblems
  • My roomba has demanded union representation. #futureworldproblems

@chrisimpink:

  • Introducing the new KFC DodecaDown. #futureworldproblems

@Fuzzface01:

  • #futureworldproblems Shortage of trash threatens use of Mr. Fusion worldwide.
  • #futureworldproblems Bacon prices continue to skyrocket.
  • #futureworldproblems Burglar’s Guild gives “Lifetime Achievement Award” to developers of FourSquare.

@tehyosh:

  • My sexbot’s batteries ran out 🙁 #futureworldproblems

@_struct:

  • Flash CS27 keeps crashing on me, argh stupid Adobesoft. #futureworldproblems

@reasrcheratlarge:

  • Taiwan accuses China of hurting it’s solar power production by forming big clouds from the ocean with submarines #futureworldproblems
  • We’ve already gone to Mars twice on vacation; let’s go someplace else this time. #futureworldproblems
  • You just plug yourself in and be grateful Z-39! Don’t you know there are starving robots in Africa?  #futureworldproblems
  • My holodeck cleaning service wants to raise the rates again! #futureworldproblems
  • I hate that the vaccine that cures everything for the rest of my life gave me the sniffles for 15 minutes #futureworldproblems

@Disc0Granny:

  • The line at the DHV (Department of Hover Vehicles) is SO LONG. I had to wait an entire MINUTE yesterday! #futureworldproblems
  • All of Raul Julia’s great works are lost, leaving him remembered as “That guy from Street Fighter” #futureworldproblems
  • Japan genetics experts to discover a way to birth children who look like anime characters. #futureworldproblems

@Drew_knute:

  • #futureworldproblems Ashton Kutcher starring in “Dude, Where’s My Hovercar.”

@Skawtnyc:

  • I don’t have time to teleport down to Radio Shack to buy replacement nuclear cells for my cyborg body. #futureworldproblems

@Sekelsky:

  • I can’t remember what singing sounds like without autotune #futureworldproblems

@tholzerman:

  • I remember when 300 lbs. was obese, not anorexic #futureworldproblems

That gives you some idea of how it works. As of now it’s still going strong, so let’s use just the plural #futureworldproblems moving forward, and see what we can come up with! Add them in the commentsor on Twitter.

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The System 407: The New Symbols (Internet Edition)

As per request, here are signs as twitter icons. After Venn F%#king Diagrams, I’ll see about shirts if anyone wants. If you use one of the icons, tweet me at either @systemcomic or @rosscott and say hi.

If you like these icons, check out more Twitter icons here.

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The System 398: Being Productive

What are all your daily rituals? Do you take breaks from your breaks? Sometimes, they can be a little much if they aren’t broken up.

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The System 393: Know Your Symbols (Part 4: Prohibitions)

Another in the growing “know your symbols” series. Here are some quick links to the rest:

As mentioned, I’ll be at Connecticon this weekend! We’ll have shirts, prints of comics, stickers, and pins. Come by Artist Alley and say hi, check it all out, and of course check out our big SUPER ART FIGHT show. If you don’t know about Super Art Fight and our show, CLICK HERE!

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The System 382: The Problem with Twitter

UPDATE: Greetings, those of you who came over from A Girl and Her Fed! Hope you like the comic, check out the archives and such.

This bonus comic is on behalf of my 1,000th follower on Twitter! Thanks, all! If you haven’t already, you can follow me too. I’m @Rosscott.

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Hey all! I am 90% sure the RSS feed issue is fixed. As a way of confirming, here’s a treat. A ton of cool Twitter icons for you to use. Clearly I made a template and copy/pasted in a bunch, but that makes them no less cool. Use them, then tweet me at @Rosscott!

Oh, and also let me know if you weren’t seeing images and still aren’t/are now so I know the problem with RSS is in fact fixed.

There’s more Twitter icons here.

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sxsw-2010I’ll be down at SXSW Interactive Festival starting Thursday in Austin, TX. Expect many a-tweet from the ol’ Rosscott account while I’m there. I tried to get on some panels and the like, but it looks like I’ll just be chillin’ with my friends and attending panels, seeing what I can see.

How about you? Any Systemics in the Austin, TX area? Whether you’ll be at the festival or not, let me know if you’re around. Drop a line on Twitter or in the comments.

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