What is HijiNKS Ensue about?
-Geeking for the sake of geekery. If you are into sci-fi, technology, geek TV, geek movies or geek life in general you should find something to laugh at here.
Where should I start?
-HijiNKS Ensue didn’t have much of a narrative thread until around May of 2012. Before then each comic was basically a self contained geek culture editorial cartoon, usually featuring the three main characters – Joel (the one with the hair and the sideburns), Josh (the bald, gay one) and Eli (the Mexican). The closer you start to NOW the better the art will look and the more topical the jokes will be. Otherwise, knock yourself out and read them all however you like.
Are the characters based on real people?
-Joel, Josh and Eli are based on myself (Joel) and my friends Josh and Eli. Their looks are caricatures of their real world counterparts as are their personalities. Their shoe and hat sizes are exaggerated for dramatic effect. Very early on many of the comics were inspired by conversations with Josh and Eli. Eventually their comic-selves began to take on personalities of their own and as of today they don’t resemble their meatspace dopplegangers nearly as much as they used to.
What is “The Experiment”?
“The Experiment” is the chronicling of my attempt to make a full time living from my webcomic, HijiNKS Ensue.
In keeping track of my attempts, successes and failures I hope to create a road map for other creative individuals (artists, writers, bloggers, podcasters, film makers, musicians, etc.) to more easily turn their passion into a full time job.
What do you use to make the comics?
-Photoshop, a Macbook Pro, a Wacom Cintiq 21UX, WordPress, Comicpress, and the Internet. You must never forget the Internet.
I really like Hijinks Ensue. How can I help?
- Link to the site
- Tell your friends
- Submit a comic to your social network of choice
- Buy something from THE STORE or from SHARKSPLODE!
- You can drop $5 or $10 (or $20 if you are so inclined) in the donation bucket.
Do you have a questions that isn’t answered here?
-Email comics (at) hijinksensue (dot) com, use the contact form or leave a comment on a comic. If you email me, I WILL DO MY BEST to respond. Maybe not right away, but I appreciate your questions, comments and ideas and I will try to get back to you.
About the Artist
Joel Watson lives in a suburb (of a suburb) of Dallas, TX with my wife, daughter and our two cats, Tivo and Replay. Hijinks Ensue is my only job. Whatever I’m observing, I’m typically getting ready to turn it into a joke and then drive that joke into the earth so deep that you thought you were watching The Core. Much like The Core, the experience can be funny, frightening and ultimately disappointing.
My hobbies (aside from comicing) are playing guitar, playing piano poorly and picking apart your insecurities and exploiting them for fun and profit (and to mask my own).
This is an old picture. I have a pretty epic man-beard now.