Posted December 21, 2013 at 01:41 pm
I don't make very many of these posts, do I? Sometimes I feel like I'm neglecting you, but at the same time, I like to think my comics encompass the important things I want to tell you about me.
Either way, I'll chat at you a little.
Christmas is here, and that means something different to everyone. Some people are invested in the faith that surrounds it, and others just enjoy a season of cheer and giving. Personally, I enjoy giving gifts and selfishly savoring the reactions they give.
A majority of people don't celebrate Christmas, and that's great, too! Because, people around the world have their own traditions that are just as important to them as my traditions are to me. I love to learn about what holidays they find special and to share in that whenever possible.
Most of all, however, I hope you find your peace and happiness every day. If you're the kind of person who gets really depressed around the holidays that everyone else is enjoying, I'd like you to do your best to find your own joy in any way you need to. Don't let anything bring you down, especially not the happiness of others.
Now, obviously you can't just think yourself to happiness, but if you're feeling down, try and do something that involves leaving the house. Maybe go somewhere you've never gone before. Go to a pet shop and look at the lizards and birds and hermit crabs. Eat lunch alone in a diner (and buy a slice of cake!). Despite what you and I think, no one is actually judging us when we eat alone!
If you can't leave the house, watch a favorite movie you haven't seen in a while. Don't look at your phone at all! If you spend all your time on your computer, try turning it off and finding other things to do for the day.
These are all very specific examples, but the most important thing to separate yourself from a rut is to do something different for a whole day. We're so connected in so many ways that perhaps, just a bit, we lose a bit of ourselves sometimes, and it can help to shake things up. When we think we're supposed to always be part of the whole, we feel incomplete when we're alone.
Suggestions like this can seem very empty, and if it is all just peeing into the wind for you, just know it all comes from one place.
That place is that I love you, and I want you to be happy. I hope that can be enough for any day of your life, holiday or not.
Posted October 13, 2013 at 03:20 am
I recently re-opened the store. There are a couple of cool new posters in there, so check them out! You'll find the link to the store in the menu bar at the top of this page.
Also, I had forgotten to update the quantities on the books, so any time someone tried to check out, it told them it was out of stock. This is fixed and should work normally, now.
If you placed an order last week and wanted to order books but were unable to do so, please let me know via e-mail (email@example.com) with your full name and I will refund any shipping you spent on the items you bought.
Volume 3 is still not yet ready, because there just aren't enough comics for a book yet! It'll be out as soon as that's the case.
Posted July 27, 2013 at 11:56 pm
A buddy of mine who helped early Whomp!
find its footing in literary adequacy gave me a shout out in his newest podcast where he talks at you about classic films (and by classic, I mean B-movies). He's a knowledgeable fella, so if that's something you're into, check out Camp Counseling
Posted July 15, 2013 at 02:12 pm
Update: Fixed some of the image links and stuff
And by con, of course I mean the weekend of having cool people tell me they like what I do!
So I'll start by saying thanks to Connecticon for inviting the Hiveworks family to attend the convention. I had a great time, and I wanted to share with you the pictures I took of all the great people who came to see me!
Not pictured are some terrific people whom I either did or didn't meet. A lot of them were fellow cartoonists such as Dave Lumsdon, Phil Kahn, Kelly Turnbull, and more terrific people who, if I haven't named you, I assure you that I love you guys. Also to any of the fans whom I forgot to get a picture with, I'm also sorry about that! I was either too busy or too forgetful. But you're in my heart forever (in the form of grease from Chikky Nuggz I will eat while thinking of you).
Anyone I didn't mention, and you know who you are, you made this convention one of the best experiences of my life, and I hope to have many more like it.
Day one started great, except I forgot to show my teeth. I never took a ton of pictures of myself before, so I never really cared that my mouth hardly opens enough to show off my teeth. So I swear, I do have teeth!
I totally, totally do.
(Click "Read the rest of this entry" to go to the pictures!)
This is the first fan who came to see me! Now you can see him... forever.
This guy's hair was kinda pointing at me. I can appreciate that kind of commitment.
I was going to make a dumb comment about the pointing in this one too, but my god, my head is huge. I can't think about anything else.
I suddenly noticed my hairy chest in this one. Why hello there handsome.
Your hair reminds me of twizzlers and cotton candy and I am so hungry, you guys.
I SEE YOU BACK THERE TRYING TO SNEAK IN ON OUR MOMENT
AH HA, I GOTCHA. Come here and hug me.
Most of these people I just had a death grip on their shoulder and demanded they smile or that I'd start crying.
TF2 Soldier. Best class? Or GREATEST class? (Both)
But seriously, why is my head so big?
Who let these handsome people near my booth? Everyone's so good looking. Hi there handsome guy. Remember me? I was the one who made you take a picture.
Gundam is anime. I like anime!
My hair has started on its 'I've been moving around a lot' journey into an Irish afro.
Trying desperately to prove I have teeth.
My face doesn't look nearly as excited as I was to be in this picture. I was pumped to be in the presence of pure rock!
This guy is cosplaying as my friend. XXXOOO
I didn't even see Mio-chan on this guy's shirt. I was just psyched about the beard!
More great teeth. Agh, I am so jealous. Hey look at my tongue. It's like, totally right there.
Then I met the real Lara Croft. I was so excited I couldn't get the camera to focus.
Let's try agai- nope. Hey Mike.
There we go! And then I stressed so much about getting a good picture, I suddenly look horrified at the very concept of capturing light.
oh god why
We're in the Similar Glasses Club. It meets behind the nowhere!
I loved the tall people most of all, because they made me feel safe
My face looks like I just heard about some particularly juicy celebrity gossip.
Future and past meet in the worst place ever- my booth!
Another kind soul to make me feel safe in this dangerous world
Lemme just get my head in front of yours like I'm not taking up enough of the photo real estate as it is...
I SAID GET BEHIND ME. I'M THE STAR. ME.
No, put those cards away! Ahhh my drawings, I'm so bashful.
I will pull on you so hard that you disappear into my body. We're nearly there, heave ho!
Keep? KEEP WHAT? If it says keep away, I'm going to be very embarrassed that I didn't read his instructions properly. Always follow t-shirt rules.
HEY MY HEAD IS THREE TIMES AS BIG AS YOURS HEY LOOK AT MY CAMERA WHILE I PUSH BUTTONS ON IT
I really REALLY hope my anti-antiperspirant is working.
Sometimes we wish not to smile. Let's take a moment of silence to remember those times.
Yeah! A great look at my ill-planned booth layout! I swear it'll be better next time I do this!
Get behind my head. I must be the focus at all times
Someone throw popcorn in my mouth. Just grab a big handfull and toss it. Something will get in there
I got legit excited that this might be Demetri Martin, but I'll bet he's cooler than like twenty Demetri Martins.
The last day begins, and I'm down to my last Hawaiian shirt. In case of emergency, a fan-gifted Green Lantern shirt lies beneath, waiting.
Let me put my hair in your face. I demand you smell it and tell me it's nice
This one managed to get away, but worry not. The enzymes will consume him.
No but seriously, I always knew I had a big head, and maybe the way I'm taking the pictures is distorting it a bit, but god dang you guys
Michael Lunsford unwittingly in my selfie. Just remember that I'm the star
And last but not least, Jojo who is the one who ultimately made it possible for me to make it to Connecticon when I never would have done it myself. Thanks Jojo
Thank you to everyone who made this a fun convention. I hope to see you all again real soon.
Posted June 18, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Just postin' again to say look for me in the Online Media area at the Hiveworks booth on July 12th through the 14th. I'm not sure if I'll have enough books to bring, so if you have the option, come on the first day. If my books run out, I'll still be supplying commission sketches and like, awkward stares.
Also, I don't know if I'll have a way to process credit/debit/checks on the day, so you may want to have cash on hand if you want to buy something.
But if you already have books, don't have the cash or anything at all, just come by anyway and say 'Hi'! We'll get our picture taken, it'll be very romantic.
Posted June 17, 2013 at 01:49 pm
Update: Everything should be cleared out. If you see something, it could be that you need to clear your cache or restart your browser. If an actual issue arises again, we've probably already spotted it and are dead on its trail. So rest assured, dear Whomp!ers, you're safe in my warm, warm beard.
You may have gotten a warning trying to get here, but there's no malware. We looked into it, and it's much more harmless than it would have you believe. Unfortunately, the site has been tagged as harmful, so now everyone's getting warnings.
Regardless, we have people on the job working hard to get this taken care of. I'm sorry, and thank you very much for your patience.
Posted June 17, 2013 at 10:51 am
If you wanna see ol' Ronnie in the flesh (and there's a lot of flesh, I assure you), then you can do so at Connecticon in the Online Media section on July 12th, 13th and 14th. See me on the first day, because I am not sure how many books I'll need, and I'm unsure if I'll sell out early, since this is my first convention.
See ya there, Whompers!
Posted May 17, 2013 at 03:01 am
So I did it, you guys. I went into the hospital and said "Give me the best surgery you got." So they took out my gall bladder, and threw in a bonus hernia repair. Apparently it was worse than previously realized! I forgot to tell the surgeon about it until the last moment, but let's back up a bit.
I went into the hospital at 7:45AM. That was my check-in time, but I like to be early. My car started making a knocking noise, so I had to hurry and get a different ride in case it was a serious car problem.
So I immediately got into room 6 where a Nurse took good care of me until it was surgery time. She stuck an IV needle in my hand, and for a while I was freaking out because apparently I had metal in my hand! Should I not move my hand? Won't the metal cut up my veins? I remembered from a time my cat got surgery that his IV insert was a plastic tube, but I didn't think such a luxury would be available to humans. However, when the nurse finally explained to me that the insert was indeed a plastic tube that replaced the needle, I felt much better
Next the fluids started flowing in me; painkillers, sedatives and anti-nausea medication. I can't tell you how glad I was for all the anti-nausea stuff (I even asked for seconds) because man, I was sick all day.
After we took care of some paperwork, the anesthesiologist came in and talked to me. He seemed very nice. Everyone seemed nice, in fact.
By now, I was naked except for a robe. They said I could keep my socks on, but that somehow seemed even worse than being naked.
The nurse then shaved my belly. I am very ticklish on my belly, so it was mostly me trying to look tough while my belly jumped and jiggled like a cat fighting to get out of a burlap sack. When she shaved my belly button, it reminded me that they may use my belly button as a point of entry for the laproscopic surgery. I explained to the nurse that I probably have an umbilical hernia, so the surgeon should be careful not to nick my intestines. Of course, I knew I'd be speaking to the surgeon later, but it was a precaution nonetheless.
Next I was rolled into the surgery room, and this is where it got weird for me. I looked over at a woman sitting in the corner. I smiled and waved at her and she smiled and waved back. Then, I immediately woke up in the wakeup room, at least according to the memories I retained. I've never had general anesthesia, so I didn't know there was actual memory loss. It was kinda cool and scary. I know at some point I probably talked to my surgeon and agreed to him fixing my hernia if it was worse than expected. Also they probably put a mask on me and had me count backwards from 10, right? That's how it is on TV, anyway.
So I woke up in a lot more pain than expected, but I'm glad it got fixed, and I'm feeling better already. What surprised me most was how much my throat hurt. The anesthesiologist explained before that he would be intubating me (inserting a tube in the trachea to help control airflow and anesthesia) but it would happen while I was asleep so I wouldn't have to experience it. So the sore throat was a very interesting side effect of that procedure.
The ride home was probably the worst. The motion made me ill, but I held it together, and my god am I glad I didn't take the barf train to Pukestown.
Posted May 7, 2013 at 11:19 pm
I'm gonna keep this short because it's not even a big deal.
I went to the doc and he said I gots gall stones. Gonna get my gall bladder out on May 14.
Just figured y'all might be wondering from some of the comics.
AIGHT I'M OUT!
Posted April 7, 2013 at 11:39 pm
Hey guys, I didn't realize it, but my address firstname.lastname@example.org wasn't working for a while. If I didn't respond to your e-mail, that was why. I'm going to spend the next day responding to every message I missed in the last few months.
Sorry about that, we're getting it fixed right away!
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