The System 600: WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED SINCE THE LAST TIME WE DID THIS

Like numbers 500400300200 and 100, another recap of what we’ve learned in the last 100 comics. I enjoy putting these together, but they do take quite a while. All the panels are from comics from the last 100 comics. Can you name where all of them are from?

Also, we have something else to celebrate! We also recently passed the four-year anniversary of the comic as well. 400 comics! That’s pretty good, right? That officially makes The System my longest-held job / relationship.

<I’ll insert more words about what it’s like to do 600 comics here soon.>

Anyway, if you want to help me celebrate, there’s a few things you can do:

  • Share your favorite comics from the archive with friends.
  • Comment on posts.
  • Buy prints of any comics you like from HilariAwesome.com, our online store.
  • Buy shirts from HilariAwesome.com, our online store.
  • GET READY to give me more money, because I’m going to be launching a Kickstarter for The System Book 1 in a few weeks. As soon as the book is mostly built and I have a quote for the number of books, it’ll all come together. Stay tuned!

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The System 595: Better At Things

Today’s comic/poster/thing (which is available as an 11×17 print) is based on an experience yesterday I had after seeing the adorable wedding RSVP website of Jessica Hische and Russ Maschmeyer (jessandruss.us). Most of you will just look at that site and say “aww cute” or “that’s nice” or something. But every designer I showed it to had pretty much the same opinion, that I will now describe as The Creative Shitstorm. Here’s some highlights from what that swirl of emotion feels like, pulled from conversations in the last few days (and I swear only some of them are mine):

  • Fuck, that’s really nice.
  • Dammit, why am I not making awesome shit like that?
  • I need to stop everything shitty I’m doing and only do awesome things.
  • Crap, I’m incapable of that level of quality.
  • That’s it, I either need to give up my career or the rest of my life.
  • Why aren’t I dating a graphic-designer-creative-type that I can collaborate on awesome projects with like that?
  • I want to get paid all the money in the world to do amazing projects that everyone loves.
  • Shit, well back to the email I was writing to a client about why the color I chose isn’t “too new” and they still have to pay me.

That led to me tweeting “I need to work harder to be better at things.”

I think all artists feel this way sometimes, and it is probably the best example I can think of artists “toiling”. In my case it’s led to missing out on time with friends, gaining weight, losing sleep, failing in relationships, and hopefully getting a little better at what I do. There are days when it is the worst thing in the entire universe.

But at the same time, in some way it’s actually healthy. It’s a fire that makes you refocus and hopefully decide to improve for it. Double down on your goals. And that is important because it’s the only way to improve. Have goals and do lots of work, and decide that you want it to be good. If you want it to be good and you keep your eye on what you think is good and think about what makes it good, you can’t help but get better. At least, that’s my hope, and I’m trusting that process.

Who’s with me?

 

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The System 593: Tasks

Based on today’s trip to the Apple Store. Turns out the only thing wrong with my MacBook Pro is that I use it for things.

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The System 589: Passwords

So that happened. Sorry for the delay on posting this, it has been a weekend without Internet. A new comic tomorrow!

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The System 579: Lucky 2.0

What else used to be really hard not that long ago?

Also, I had an AMAZING time at ROFLcon, thanks to all who came out for the show! I’ll post more about it soon.

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The System 567: Tally

Thanks to all who made it to Super Art Fight at The Ottobar on Saturday! Hopefully soon, I’ll tell you more about it. Needless to say it was awesome.

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The System 537: Universal Truths

It’s true. Most popular comics in the archive are:

Oh, and what’s that? A new poster? OKAY! It’s only $10 and is, as you can guess, AWESOME. For more jokery in the description, or to purchase, click THIS HERE.

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The System 532: Any Questions?

Now let’s be clear. I’m not against reusable bags, in fact I am all for them.

That being said, think it through. Just how many of those do you need before they start to be wasteful just like the disposable bags they’re replacing? Every craft fair, grocery store, conference and gala event seems to give you one these days, and most of them are just crappy enough, small enough, or an odd enough size and shape that they really aren’t that usable in the first place, much less reusable.

So by all means if you use a bag, use a reusable one. But sometimes, do you really need a bag at all?

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The System 523: Great Mometsi N Typo Histry (Oh Good)

Another installment of “Great Moments in Typo History”. Check out the other typo-related comics here.

By the way, I just put the “Road Sage” poster into the HilariAwesome.com store. Check it out!

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The System 510: The Hobby Problem

Hobbies are funny that way. They have a way of turning around on you, and the joy you start getting out of them is replaced by how bad you feel when you let them down. I’ve had this happen with going to the gym, drawing, biking, and just about every website I’ve ever run. Consider this some comic-therapy.

Am I the only one that goes through this? Share your stories and possible solutions in the comments.

To those of you at Connecticon, THANKS SO MUCH for making me feel missed all weekend! It was great to hear all the updates on Twitter and via email. I’ll be there next year of course, and back to hosting Super Art Fight. In the meantime, I’ll be at Otakon in a few weeks, so hopefully I’ll see some of you there.

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