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Looks Like I Started A New Webcomic

Hey, guess what? I started a new webcomic called Sharkspode! You might remember the name and URL from the t-shirt site I used to run with my friend Wil. Since all of those shirts were either retired or folded into the HijiNKS ENSUE Store I decided not to let a good, weird URL and a logo featuring an exploding shark go to waste.

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I’ve posted 4 comics to get you started and there will be a new comic every day this week. Please share the site and the comics with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and however else you see fit. It’s a bit scary feeling like I’m starting over from scratch wit zero readers, so every little push in the right direction helps.

Make sure to bookmark the site or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Enormous thanks to Hiveworks for helping me get the site up and running while I was out of town this weekend and away from my normal tech and reliable internet access.

I’ve worked really hard on the comics and this site, and I hope you enjoy them. I have the benefit of 8 years experience making comics to put into this new endeavor, but it is still incredibly young. I expect it will take me a while to really find a voice for Sharksplode and hone in on what exactly I want to do with it. I had planned to launch with 10 comics on day one, but I actually ended up redrawing the first strip from scratch 5 times trying to get the new art style right. Anyway, I an excited and I hope you are excited.

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Hey, Phoenix! I am going to be at you this weekend!

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I’ll be with Rob Denbleyker at the Cyanide & Happiness booth (#14076) from Thursday to Sunday (May 28-31). I’ll have HijiNKS ENSUE and FANEURYSM prints for sale, and Rob and I will be doing C&H sketches all weekend. Hope to see you there!

I get home on Monday June 1, and I’m also launching a new webcomic that day! (Assuming I do not fall prey to the BLOODWOLVES)

Stay tuned for a link and details.

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HijiNKS ENSUE Is 8 Years Old, And It Is Ending

Eight years ago today, I posted the very first HijiNKS ENSUE comic on this website. Roughly (if not exactly) one year from today the comic, as it currently exists, will come to an end.

Short Version:
When I rebooted HE in 2012, I had ideas I wanted to get out and stories I wanted to tell. Once those ideas and stories are out in the world, I am going to put the comic to rest (or at least on an indefinite hiatus). Staring today HijiNKS ENSUE will update once a week, on Mondays, and it will end in about a year. I will be launching a new comic that will run 4 days a week on June 1, 2015.

Long Version:
When I started HijiNKS ENSUE in 2007, it was just a pop culture commentary strip
. I put myself and my friends into it and tried anchor the gags around this core cast of characters. That turned out to be mostly a mistake for the kind of humor I wanted to do. The writing I did back then wasn’t about characters. It was about jokes and ideas. Trying to shoehorn every joke into coming out of these 3 characters’ mouths turned out to be very limiting on my writing. That’s when I started just doing strips “out of universe.” If the joke was about a movie, I would just draw the characters from the movie. Then, when that strip was done, I’d bring the characters back. Sometimes, I wouldn’t do either of those things and I would just do a geeky pinup/mash-up. This actually wasn’t a HUGE problem until I started experimenting with story lines.

The non sequitur humor and the on-going story lines both using the same characters eventually seemed very schizophrenic to me, and probably to you. I was taking far too many liberties with what exactly HE was, and the audience got confused and shrank accordingly over time. So I decided to give up the gags and tell a story about my life, my family, parenting, etc. I wrote an outline for the basic story lines I wanted to address in the first year of the rebooted comic, finished about three of them, then sort of accidentally went back to writing gags using my characters (only now the characters were myself, my daughter and my wife). The difference is this time the gags weren’t about specific episodes of TV, instead they were about things going on in my actual life. The strip almost accidentally became a hyperbolic auto-bio comic without me noticing. read more…

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4 NEW PRINTS and POSTERS IN THE STORE! 

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Coffee Is Life, There Are Four Lights, Such Darmok and the remaining (25 or so) signed and numbered Daddy/Daughter Digital Drawing Time Posters have just been added to the HijiNKS ENSUE Store.

The regular prints are available in 8.5×11″ for $9.95 and 11×17″ for $17.95. The Daddy/Daughter prints are marked down from $35 to $15 while they last!

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Emerald City Comicon 2015 Is Basically Right Now!

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Seattle Fancy Bastards need to know these things:

  • I will be at booth 110 with David Willis all weekend.
  • I will have lots of awesome prints, new and old, big and small (ask to see the big ones because they are in a book).
  • I will have the Sketch-A-Matic!
  • If you buy two prints, you get something free from THE MYSTERY BOX!
  • I will have some of my wife’s fantastically geeky jewelry!
  • There is a handy map to the booth here.
  • I have new flyers, and many of them have coupon codes to the HE online store. GRAB ONE!

As is our tradition, Seattle, you may present me with coffee, confections or tiny bottles of booze to receive my favor. Oh such favor upon thee will I bestow!

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Potter And Daughter Is Here!

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Potter and Daughter (the new Harry Potter podcast I am making with my 7 year old daughter) is live! You can download and listen to episode 1 here:

http://podcast.hijinksensue.com/…/potter-and-daughter-01-b…/

New episodes come out Wednesdays.
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Our Patreon Patrons get the first TWO episodes and get each episode a week early! 

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Webcomic Rampage: The 6th One

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I’m loading up the car to drive to Austin right now for WEBCOMIC RAMPAGE! I’ll be debuting an all new MYSTERY BOX and a cool new contraption I’ve devised for sketches called THE SKETCH-A-MATIC. If you want to see what it is, and what THE BIG RED BUTTON does, you’ll have to come visit me at Dragon’s Lair this weekend. D-Lair was nice enough to do a write up about HE here.

Here’s dem deets:  read more…

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NEW STORE NEW STORE NEW HIJINKS ENSUE STORE!!!

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http://store.hijinksensue.com

Use code “cyborgmonday2014” to get 15% off today (12/1/2014) ONLY!

If you are a Patreon Fancy Patron, you can get a 20% off code HERE.

There are 5 new HijiNKS ENSUE T-shirts, 6 new HijiNKS ENSUE Hoodies, 2 new HijiNKS ENSUE prints, and all of my books are 50% off (and they are going to be unavailable after Jan 31, 2015 so, you know… GO GET THEM)!

I have been working on this new store (the image mockups, the web design, the backend, the integration with my fulfillment partners and printers, shipping, plugins, etc.) and the new shirt and hoodie designs 12-15 hours a day for at least the last 5 days straight. I say “at least” because I honestly don’t know anyway as that time and space and the confines of mortal existence have all become meaningless as my mind has been slowly unmade.

This past week as been a blur read more…

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