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5 Year Experimentiversary

Today is the 5 year anniversary of The Experiment. That means HijiNKS ENSUE has been my full time job for the last 5 years. That also means it’s the longest job I’ve ever held. What I’d like to say is, “Thanks for sticking with me and making it possible for me to do what I love for a living. Without your support I would still be in some soul-sucking, creatively bankrupt job, but instead I get to do exactly what I want to for a living. It’s the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done and I’m humbled and honored that I get to share it with you.” And while those statements are EXACTLY true, they are not the whole truth.

I started The Experiment with the goal of  being extremely transparent about the successes and failures of trying to turn my passion into my job in the hopes that someone else would read about my experiences, be inspired to do their own thing and hopefully not have to make all of the same mistakes I’ve made. Over the last 5 years I’ve heard from at least a dozen people that started “experimenting” for themselves after following along with my adventure in self employment/ dream fulfillment. Other than being a father, I think that is probably the most important thing I will ever do. If even one person allows themselves to lead a full life of risk and passion and reward and danger and all of the things that are the antithesis of punching the clock, being miserable and constantly waiting for things to get better because of something I wrote or said or did, then I’ve left the world a little bit better than I found it.

If you are a fan of The Experiment and would like to see it continue, please consider making a donation, buying something from the HE Store or Sharksplode or checking out my Amazon Wishlist. I am quite literally 100% dependent on the kindness of strangers. It’s a weird job, I know.

If you want a ZERO DOLLAR way to support HijiNKS ENSUE, please post a few of your favorite HE comics to your site, blog or social media outlet of choice with a few words as to why you think your friends might enjoy reading HE as well.

Hearing from other “experimenters” is certainly one of the most positive outcomes of this whole ordeal. But transparency isn’t just about sharing the positivity. It’s also about sharing the hardships, and the uncertainty. read more…

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HijiNKS ENSUE At Emerald City Comicon 2013!!!

Emerald City Comicon is THIS WEEKEND in Seattle! It is my favorite show of the year and I will be at the Blind Ferret Booth (#1106) all weekend.

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I’ll have books, prints, shirts, Lil’ Wil Plushies and sketches! Check out the new mini-banner/ price sheet I made for ECCC on my Tumblr. It mentions a negotiable fee for AWKWARD STARES, but bring me some Starbucks Doubleshots and tiny bottles of booze and I’ll totally waive that fee.

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Tesla Uncoiled Prints And More Prints And More!

GAH! My store (and everything else hosted on Blind Ferret’s servers) got massively hacked! Every day the store is down means money (that I depend on to meet my monthly obligations) out of my pocket. Since I have no ETA on when the main HE store will be back up, I am offering the a new “TESLA UNCOILED” print (signed by me) for sale here in my makeshift Print Shop.

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It’ll be on presale for about a week, and ship before I leave for JoCo Cruise Crazy 3 on Feb 9th.

You can also grab some of my most popular large prints for only $15 while you’re at it!

 

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JoCo Cruise Crazy 3 Fundraiser

 

Ahoy Fancy Bastards! I just posted my JCCC3 Fundraiser page. Just like last year I am selling 100 limited numbered and signed prints (this time it’s my characters [and Wil Wheaton] on a multiversal mashup starship bridge – Star Trek, BSG, Firefly, etc) as well as some of my most popular large prints and a few themed packs of HijiNKS Ensue comics.

Every signed, numbered print comes with a free additional print of your choice and a desktop wallpaper of the “Bridge Collapse” print. Please check it out, boost the signal and help me get back on the boat. Thanks!

[I promise you, that If I make it on the boat and IF I make photo comics of my adventures, I will NOT post them in the main comic area. I understand they are fun for some but not for all.]

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Holiday Shopping HijiNKS And Shipping Deadlines

Ahoy, you Fancy Bastards! Now is the time of year that we feel obligated to purchase things for people. You are neither immune to or excused from this sense of obligation, so you might as well embrace it and support an independent artist while you’re at it. I’m here to facilitate all of those needs.

The HijiNKS ENSUE Store: 

There are T-Shirts (also in Ladies Sizes), Books, A Lil’ Wil Wheaton Plushie (A Lil’ Wil on the ‘sil is so much better than the Elf On The Shelf), Holiday Cards, DISCOUNT T-Shirts and AWESOME high quality prints of ANY HE comic.

SHIPPING DEADLINES: For US and Canada, orders need to be placed by Dec 9th. International orders can’t be guaranteed for delivery by Dec 24th at this point, but ORDER NOW and hope for the best.

SHARKSPLODE:  read more…

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HijiNKS ENSUE At Toronto Fan Expo!

Toronto Fan Expo is THIS WEEKEND August 23 – 26.

I will be at booth 1244 with the Blind Ferret crew Thursday through Saturday. I have to skip out on Sunday because my daughter starts school the next morning and I don’t want to be the dad that regrets his kid’s first day of kindergarten for the rest of his life because he was eating nachos and doing sketches for Canadian Narutos. Don’t get me wrong, sketches for Canadian Narutos IS EXACTLY living the dream. I just know that I will have another opportunity for that in the future, where as my kiddo will embark on her educational adventure just the one time and I’d kind of like to be there to see it. read more…

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The HijiNKS ENSUE Podcast Returns (again)!

Long story, incredibly short: The HE Podcast is returning this week. The first new episode will be up for download (website, RSS, iTunes) on Wednesday morning. All 51 Post Shows have been moved from The Vault into the main feed. Only about 50 people have ever heard the post shows they were honestly some of our funniest stuff. So you can start by binging on a good 30ish hours of new (old) material.

The HijiNKS ENSUE PODCASTI NEED YOUR HELP! If you want the show to succeed and continue, please consider setting up a DONATION SUBSCRIPTION. Actually getting paid to do this job will make it SOOOO much easier to make sure it doesn’t fall by the wayside again. Also, please leave positive reviews on iTunes and TELL YOUR FRIENDS.

Long story, somewhat long: The HE podcast went on hiatus just over a year ago. The main reason was that my co-hosts were unable to find time in their busy schedules to record. I, being the only one of us who didn’t have a “real” job, had no right to complain or insist on them giving freely of their time but once Josh and Eli both entered a “crunch” phase at their respective jobs, the frustrations of trying to schedule the show became overwhelming. You might remember that I started recording more with “The B Team” of Alex and Roger towards the end. While those guys were more accessible (and certainly entertaining and hilarious), scheduling was still an issue. I knew I wasn’t able to commit to definitely having a new episode up every week, so I decided rather than constantly making excuses I would just hang it up and shut it down.  read more…

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Fancy Sketch Drive Part 2: The Air Reconditioninging

Initially when finances were tight in HijiNKS land a month ago I offered 100 personalized sketches to raise bill-paying type funds. About 50 of them sold and nearly $1700 was raised! I didn’t plan on offering the other 50 for sale so soon, but on August 1, 2012 my air conditioner died (one year TO THE DAY after my indoor air handler died and cost $3300 to replace). It can’t be repaired and it’s $5400 to have it replaced. It’s been WELL over 100 degrees in Texas every day all summer and living without AC is not an option. So it looks like time to offer those other 50 sketches.

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I obviously don’t expect to raise over $5000 in sketches, but every bit helps. If you would like to help and don’t require a sketch in return for your generosity, please feel free to make a donation of any amount. All donations received in the month of August will go straight to the AC fund.

So there are now 50 more pieces of very nice paper that I will happily ruin with the scribblings of your choice! 

I’m nearly done with the first 50 and they will be leaving in the mail this week. I’ve really been working hard to make them special. If you want to see some recent sketches, check out my Tumblr.

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Grammar Dalek Shirts Plus New Fighting Time Lords Shirts!

GRAMMAR DALEK SHIRTS ARE HERE! 

The preorder starts today.

There is also a new version of the Fighting Time Lords shirt (created by me and Wil Wheaton) up for preorder.

It is moving from Sharksplode to my Blind Ferret store so that we’ll be able to bring them to conventions (something fans have been asking about for a long time).

The preorders will determine how many of these shirts get made, so if you’ve been wanting either one please place your order in the next few days. If the preorder goes well, I should be able to have these shirts at my next couple of conventions rather than waiting until next year to take them on the road.

I also wanted to remind you that there are 5 HE shirts that likely won’t be printed again and are selling for only $12.95.

Several sizes of each are already selling out. If you want one of these, now is a great time to get it since we need to make room for the new designs.

Thanks!

~Joel

 

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HijiNKS ENSUE At San Diego Comic-Con 2012

I am leaving for San Diego Comic-Con in 4 FREAKING DAYS!!!PANIC!!!AHHHHGHGHGH!!!

SDCC con-goers will be able to find my merch (t-shirts and books) with Blind Ferret at booth 1332 in the webcomics area. Due to our booth accidentally getting cut in half this year, I will not have table space to sit and draw, but I will be hanging out during the weekend.

CHECK MY TWITTER through out the weekend for scheduled booth/signing times. I will have sketch cards and prints with me when I’m at the booth.

Since the Grammar Dalek shirts couldn’t be ready in time for SDCC, I am bringing a limited number of Grammar Dalek prints. I don’t know if they’ll be on display so you may have to ask me for them if you want one.

San Diego is a special kind of chaos that both invigorates me and drains the life clean from every cell in my body. I am going to run 1, maybe 2 new comics during the week of SDCC, then I am going to run sketches from the Fancy Sketch Drive for the rest of the week. Possibly for the rest of my life. I usually don’t want to do much of anything but sleep for about 6 months to a year after SDCC. See you there!

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