And, if you haven’t seen my wife’s Quidditch necklaces, you probably should fix that problem right now.
Austin, TX Fancy Bastards: I AM COMING FOR YOU! TWICE! You’ll hear more about these events from me in the coming days and weeks, but this is your fair warning that I will be at Wizard World Austin at the Dragon’s Lair Booth (along with Cyanide & Happiness) Nov. 22-24, AND the next month I’ll be returning to Austin for the biggest, baddest, best ever WEBCOMIC RAMPAGE! This year we’ll be in a new facility with longer hours, more panels, a preshow mixer, and a ton of new guests. If you are anywhere in TX, (or guhhhh… Oklahoma) it is so worth the trip.
So this flashback is (essentially, basically, almost entirely) over. So far we’ve seen the events that led Joel to become an artist and the event that led him to start trying to make it as an artist full time (SPOILERS: It works out pretty OK), but nothing in between. We’ll get to the meat and cheese of this (as of yet) all bread personal triumph sandwich eventually. Now it’s time to get back to the present. I haven’t drawn Josh or Eli in a good while.
COMMENTERS: If you have kids or even younger siblings, did you rush to fix/change something about yourself before that new person arrived?
remember when this comic was funny?
Makoto · 83 weeks agoLike.. today? Especially with the alt text. Feels and funny, all in one.
Mason · 83 weeks agoDammit, I’ve been reading this comic for like a year and never realized there was alt text. There goes the rest of day.Blocking you for being an asshole and contributing to the decline of politeness and common decency in online discourse, but leaving this comment here so people can see that typical “YouTube comment” douchebaggery is a zero tolerance offense.
Audrey Matthews · 83 weeks agoTHIS. 100% THIS. You are my internet hero, Joel.Sock it to ‘im, Joel! This is Hijinks Ensue, we have character here!
Protective Sibling · 83 weeks agoI got my mother out of an abusive marriage to save my baby sister, I was around 14-15 at the time. Didn’t really care about saving myself by that point, but my sister had her whole life ahead of her, I wanted to make sure she’d never go through what I did.
I suppose I did a brave thing, but I didn’t save us, my sister did. I never would have spoken out if I hadn’t had someone to save.And I can’t believe it took me until this strip to notice – the grays aren’t just reflective of a flashback. The color begins to leak back in as comic-Joel begins to leave the corporate life and begin his real career full-time.
Cool.And I used the word “begin” too many times there. Not cool, but what the hey.I quit smoking when my wife was pregnant with our second kid. I should have quit for the first, but I’m an idiot and all.
Paul1963 · 83 weeks agoHoly crap, Joel, you have the best wife in the world. That last panel is really moving.Thanks! She’s pretty much been that way the entire time. She never once really told me, “Maybe this won’t work,” or “maybe you should go get a job.” All she’s ever really said after I told her a crazy plan was more akin to “OK, what do you need from me?” She’s amazing.
Conrado · 83 weeks agoDamn you Joel!! Right in the feels!! And I’m at the office, and they are not supposed to know I’m human!!! I will not cry!! I will not cry!!
On a serious note: I can really connect with this. My two children have made me do things I never thought were possible for me… And I’m a better person for it, and for them…I know the feeling…
Damn feels!! Go’way!!! Not till 6pm!!!NNNNgg, so many feels! Must…not…cry…
OK Joel, you have the best wife EVAR!!! She’s got your back 24/7!
I cannot say I willingly changed any of my habits or aspects of my personality for anyone. If anything, the birth of my brother when I was 3 brought out something new. Then again, I cannot remember most of my early childhood anyway.
Oh! Wait! I just remembered, my mom finally quit smoking when I was in high school.
And we eagerly await the Robot Monkeys with Laser-guided Banana Cannons.
Kaidah · 83 weeks agoFinding out my (now ex-) wife was pregnant was the main reason I ended up switching to the job I have now. Finding out she was pregnant again prompted me to move to another, better company in the same field. It’s amazing how something as small as a baby can have such a large effect on your ability to get your shit together.