FUNDRAISER UPDATE: 33/100 prints are sold. I have to sell the rest by the end of January if I’m going to be able to pay my taxes.
All proceeds are going to pay an unexpected IRS tax bill. Your support and help are greatly appreciated, plus you get a pretty sweet piece of art for your wall. Hate art? Hate walls? Donations are also incredibly appreciated, if that’s more your style.
Where has HijiNKS ENSUE been? I took some time off for the holidays to basically relax, enjoy my family, finish some WAY overdue digital sketches and make some plans for 2014. Here’s a bit more of an explanation.
Here’s a short list of what I’ve got planned for 2014:
- Finish selling all of the fundraiser prints THIS MONTH and pay dem taxes!
- Finish the last handful of Fancy Digital Sketches (6 or 7 of you are still waiting)
- Start a Patreon campaign for HijiNKS ENSUE to will ensure more frequent comic updates and an actual update schedule (a FIRST for HE)
- Do WAY LESS conventions. So far I am only scheduled for 2 conventions in 2014 (and a handful helping out the guys at Cyanide & Happiness). I want to focus on comic, comics, COMICS this year and all the travel and con prep is too much of a distraction from the one thing that should be the most important. COMICS.
- NEW BOOK! I am hoping to release a book that will contain most if not all of the remaining HE pop culture strips, so I can have them all in a nice collection and move on to making books of the story based comics in 2015.
- Website improvements! A friendlier layout, updated character and about pages, a better archive, separating the pop culture and story strips so it’s easier for new readers to get into the new comics, but still very easy to find and read the old ones, maybe less tan and brown…
- LOTS MORE! This is just the start. 2014 is sort of my “start over” year. I’m taking everything I’ve learned as a self employed pro-cartoonist over the last 6 years and making the changes that need to be made so I can still be a self employed pro-cartoonist in another 6 years.
Lots to do, lots of fun, lots of work and hopefully lots of support from you Fancy Bastards. Hey, here’s a weird idea. Come back tomorrow and I bet there might (maybe) be another new comic. What?! I know. More on that (and more on a solid update schedule) after the Patreon Campaign launches.
Part 2 of a interview I did with The Anglerfish is up HERE now. Part 1 is HERE. It’s a good read if you are interested in why I’ve made the recent changes to HE that I’ve made. I talk a lot about parenting and creative work and softball dads. Also I ramble a bit because I was actually drawing a comic while they were interviewing me.
Oh no, just a handle full of cons? Does that mean none in hell, I mean Phoenix?! 🙁I am currently planning to attend ECCC in Seattle and PHXCC in hell. The rest I do (SDCC, NYCC maybe one in Canada) will be with Cyanide and Happiness.Please come to Calgary again! I have a two year old tradition now of giving you money to draw a cartoon of one of the guests that I can get signed by them later. The reactions of Will Wheaton and Nathon Fillion to what I brought them was worth every penny!
Plus I’m bringing my daughters this year so they can see what a real working cartoonist looks like. 😉
Richard Kane · 75 weeks agoThat’s a wonderful moment ! The day my 4 year old son found my old Calvin and Hobbes books was a life changer for both of us.according to my mom, I started reading “The Far Side” when I was 4 or 5, when I was too young to get all of the jokes. According to her, she can tell it had an effect on my life and sense of humor. If I ever have kids, this noble tradition will be passed on….I’m actually planning on getting the hubs the Calvin & Hobbes hardbound collector edition so that he feels more compelled to gift his paperback collection to his nephew when he’s old enough. There’s something about passing things on to the next generation that makes you feel incredibly old, but having the COOLER edition softens the blow.Not gonna lie, I took a look at your Amazon wishlist last month, saw the complete hardbound Calvin & Hobbes . . . and bought it as a Christmas gift for myself.
So, I feel vaguely guilty I didn’t buy it for *you*, but I wanted to thank you for bringing it to my attention. Been re-reading it all over the Christmas break and man, Calvin & Hobbes just gets better and better every year. It’s not just timeless, it somehow grows and deepens with time.So THAT’s why it disappeared off my wishlist. I thought someone had bought it for me, and I waited and waited for delivery like a sad-eyed puppy. I realized someone must have gotten it for themselves not realizing it marks it as purchased on my list so I re-added it.Oh wait… you mean YOU actually wanted the stuff of you wishlist?
I thought those things were just like, things you wanted us to buy… you know… for US.
I guess I’ve been granting peoples “wishes” all wrong. I feel bad for that.
But on the upside, all this great stuff I’ve gotten myself makes me feel a LOT better!
Excuse me while I go play with these Legos off my nephews wishlist.Oh! I had no idea it did that, especially since I redirected to amazon.ca instead when I ordered, so I’m doubly surprised it took it off.
Anyways, as it so happens I impulsively just bought it for you in the end after all! So expect it in 5-8 business days, then I guess your kid can read your old copies while you re-read your grownup copy 😉Have you seen “Hobbes and Bacon” yet? It’s tribute comic that takes place 26 years after Calvin and Hobbes. Calvin has a daughter named Bacon and he gives her Hobbes. It captures both the art and the sensibilities of the original comic. The feels factor is through the roof.Weren’t there only a handful of those made?
I remember reading them and being sad it ended so quickly.
Did the artist end up continuing it at a later date? because the project seemed dead back when I came across it.Yeah, the entire webcomic seems to have died. The Hobbes and Bacon ones are:
I’m not sure I want it to continue, though. I think it might have ended just right, which is fitting.
petsinwinter · 75 weeks agoBut I like the tan and brown!
Adrienne · 75 weeks agoWay less cons? Whew, glad I made it out to Austin this year then. I have a signed book and it was worth the horrible death diseases I got from all the grubby people.My eleven year old girls, who have been drawing obsessively since they could hold a crayon, go the Complete Calvin and Hobbes this year. They actually have a bunch of the individual books but I found the whole collection on sale right before Christmas. It’s amazing how well it holds up, there’s very little in it that’s dated.
And now I should go find them some Far Side books too. 🙂