Emerald City Comicon

Emerald City Comicon, you have stolen my heart… and perhaps some of my bone marrow. This was by far the most fun (and most profitable) con I’ve ever done. I actually brought about half the books and shirts that I should have. I WILL be back next year for sure. Look for me and Angela in a booth of sorts.

My next con will be Comicpalooza in Houston, TX, March 26-28. Come see me or I will… still have a fun time. Just not with you.

This “comic” is adapted from a commissioned sketch I did for Kitty at ECCC. When I get a sketch request like “please draw Josh vs. a Jedi octopus” my initial internal reaction is something like, “are you just fucking with me?” Then I start to see the inherent challenge and look at it as a… well, a challenge. A beast to be tamed. And tame it I did. Look how tame it is! With Josh and the sea creature and light sabres and struggling and futility and such.

In addition to hanging out with my awesome webcomics friends and making a few new ones, I finally got to meet Wil Wheaton in person. We’ve emailed back and forth a few times but it was nice to see him in meat space. He has a firm handshake that says “I am not Wesley. And don’t be a dick.” I introduced myself and he looks at another guy in the booth and says “this is the guy I was telling you about that does the webcomic and made those Edward shirts.”

So yeah, Rest Of My Life, you’re going to have to try pretty hard to top this weekend.

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  1. That's just… awesome. Jedi octopi rule

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  2. I am going frame hunting for this tomorrow! I love it so muchly. And I am so excited you are coming back next year!

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    • please tell your friend that I havent gotten his email about his commission and to please contact me before I completely forget.

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      • Dude, I completely forgot.

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        • Well email me I guess. I feel bad taking your money and you having nothing in return.

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  3. Aww snap, Wil Wheaton is referring to you in the 3rd person to his friends. Roles reversed!

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  4. That is clearly a Sith octopus, only they use red light sabers.

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    • While a Jedi octopus would never use tentacle rape, a Sith octopus would have had Josh's pants down by now.

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      • wow. disturbing and funny

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  5. I somehow can't help but feel that this is somehow, tangentially related to this…
    http://io9.com/5492977/the-most-self+explanatory-

    Though I do have to say Joel, your best quality as a comic writer and artist is your ability to commit to things. I am always amused by your convention sketches.

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      • I suppose that depends on where precisely those tentacles go

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  6. I want that pic on a shirt!

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  7. As one of Josh's tribe, I can attest that this is almost certainly NOT what the octopus would likely be doing in such a meet-up.

    Naughty, naughty tentacles…

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  8. Before I read the title of the comic I thought it was supposed to be Josh being raped by a octopus with lightsaber dildos.

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      • I was totally going to ask……"Why does it look like Josh is gonna get raped with a lightsaber?" lol

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  9. Clearly a Sith octopus. Josh is subdued, and frightened out of his mind, and a Jedi octopus at this point would be restraining him for the appropriate authorities. That octopus is looking ready to murder or torture Josh, so it must be a Sith.

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  10. Not to repeat myself…but, Josh is gonna get some loving, Josh is gonna get some loving, Josh is gonna get some loving, Josh is gonna get some loving, Josh is gonna get some loving, Josh is gonna get some loving…

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  11. Watch Lucas steal this idea for the new "upgrades" to General Grievous….lol Nice pic!

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  12. Somehow I always new it would end this way….

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  13. Josh's sexual proclivities are his undoing…

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    • I Jedi must control his emotions….he must never get involved with an octopus…

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  14. This gives me happy mental images. Well, mostly happy. Happy and jealous. Not sure if I'm jealous of the octopus or Josh. Maybe both.

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  15. I'm totally loving the swag I got at the ECCC. My Fancy Bastard Sticker now lives on my laptop! Booth sitting for you was a bit of a surreal event for me, especially when you consider that I missed the first part of a seminar on webcomics to do it. But it was totally worth it.
    http://www.facebook.com/MaggieBones?v=photos#!/ph
    Photo proof that I am, in fact, a geek. <3

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  16. Just got my OMGWTF book for birthday present. You really are the bastard child of all things speedy and religious, mister joel.

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  17. It's octopuses. And Jedi octopuses don't use red-bladed lightsabers.

    Except in the Bizarro world, perhaps.

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  18. that's not a Jedi Octopus that's Darth Uingili

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  19. The only thing it's missing is the speech balloon of "I've got a bad feeling about this" but I'm not entirely sure which one would be should be saying it :-)

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