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Lil’ Wil Wheaton Plushie Presale!!!

Wil Wheaton Plushie from HijiNKS ENSUE, Wil Wheaton Plush toy doll

A little Ferret tells me that the Lil’ Wil Wheaton plushie is going to go on presale this coming Monday (6/11) at midnight (Tuesday morning 6/12). The ONLY way to make sure you get one by the holidays is to order during the presale which I believe is going to be one week, maybe two.

The presale will be HERE in the HijiNKS ENSUE StoreThey’ll be $20 + shipping. 

We’ve been working on this thing for a year, and we’re REALLY proud of it. I hope you guys like it too. Who’s going to be the first to knit him a little clown sweater? Who’s going to give him a tiny Sparks McGee hat? Ohhh, what about a tiny Utilikilt or a complete dicebag conversion?

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I Will Be At Phoenix Comicon May 24-27, 2012!

PHOENIX COMICON IS THIS WEEKEND!!! I will be there with Blind Ferret at booths 707/806. Other fine webcomicers in attendance will be RandyDanielle, and Spike at booth (table #517), and David and Rob (Artist Alley at table 649). Little Vampires (booth 712) will be there too! WHEATON will also be there and I suspect we will get into shenanigans[TM].

Last year was my first year at PHXCC and it was an absolute blast. The fans were great, the sales were great and the show is just incredibly well run. Next to Emerald City in Seattle it was certainly one of my favorite shows of 2011.

I will have: books 1 and 2, most of my shirts from the HE Store (not from Sharksplode), sketches, stickers and unexpected, nonconsensual chest bumps, bro-hugs and that move where a bride and groom drink champagne with interlocked arms. YOU are bringing the champagne. read more…

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4 Year Experimentiversary, 5 Year Anniversary & More Experimenting

I didn’t realize until after I got home from Emerald City Comicon that I had forgotten to mention the 4 year anniversary of The Experiment. I have officially been professionally unemployed making comics for 4 years as of March 31, 2012. People used to ask me all the time, ” How is the experiment going?” To which I would reply, “It’s going. I’m still doing it. There are ups and downs, but I haven’t given up.” The more and more I gave that answer, which I thought to be a bit an over simplified response seeing as how I didn’t want to get into the details of nearly missed mortgage payments, mounting credit card debt due to travel expenses and rest of the struggles that come with self employment with every person that asked, the more I realized it was actually the most honest answer I could give. There wasn’t actually an end goal for The Experiment. I never said, “If I can do this for 5 years, I have won.” The goal was to just keep doing it. To keep making comics for a living. To sustain myself and my family through following my passion and doing what I love. The unspecified addendum to that ideal was that in order for it to be a success, I had to keep doing it forever. So the actual and honest response to, “How’s The Experiment going?” is “As long as this is my job, I am winning.” read more…

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HijiNKS ENSUE At Calgary Expo April 27-29, 2012!

I am going to be at Calgary Expo this coming weekend with Blind Ferret at booths 925/1025!

The whole cast of Star Trek: TNG is going to be there as well. Maybe you wanna come get a Star Trek themed sketch from me and THEN have your cast member of choice sign it? I can’t even guarantee they will do it, but it seems like a reasonable request, right?

This is my first big show in Canada. Please don’t let me down Canadian Fancy Bastards. My fragile Texan constitution is not suited to your frosty wilderness. Though I do hear that Calgary is basically the Dallas of Canada, what with all the oil and cowboy hats and what not. Is there also a lot of racism? Who-boy if there is, I will certainly feel at home (or just as uncomfortable as I always feel at home). read more…

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HijiNKS ENSUE @ C2E2 In Chicago April 13-15, 2012!

Give me two C’s! Give me two E’s! Now rearrange them! Not like that! CEEC isn’t a thing! OK, that’s better! Yes, C2E2 is what it spells! STOP YELLING!

HijiNKS ENSUE at C2E2 2012

C2E2 in Chicago is this weekend! I’ll be with Blind Ferret at Booth 432. I will have books 1 and 2, prints, shirts, sketch cards (new bigger sketch cards too!), stickers and firm handshakes coupled with sheepish glances. That last one is designed to confuse you concerning how I felt about our meeting.

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Emerald City Comicon 2012!!!

Hey, Seattle Fancy Bastards! I will be in your wonderfully overcast hamlet this weekend!  Emerald City Comicon is without a doubt my favorite convention of the year and I am entirely too psyched to be exhibiting at it once again.

Even though the website and the program say I will be at booth 307, I will actually be at booth 306 (just around the corner) with Blind Ferret. You should still stop at booth 307 and spend all kinds of money, because my friends Gordon, Tom and Angela will be there. Angela will be debuting her new book (available for purchase now) and I highly recommend it. I won’t bother listing every other cartoonist or famous geeky person that will be there, because it’s essentially all of them. Seriously, this is THE BEST show.

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Hey Austin! Dragon’s Lair Webcomic Rampage 2011 is Dec. 10-11th!

Me, Randy MilhollandDavid Willis, Danielle Corsetto, Jeph Jaques, Rob Denbleyker and MORE will be at the Dragon’s Lair Webcomic Rampage panel/signing event on December 10th and 11th. It is always a good time. Austin Fancy Bastard should NOT miss it.

I will have “The Doctor Is In” shirts, “Winter Is Coming” Shirts, HijiNKS ENSUE books, prints, sketches, stickers and furtive glances!

Saturday 8-11 pm
Sunday 12-5 pm

**Q&A panels by reservation only!**
Sat: 6-8 pm
Sun: 10-12 before signings
8-11 pm after signings

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I’ll Be @ Austin Comic Con Nov 11-13

HijiNKS ENSUE At Austin Comic Con 2011

Austin-style Fancy Bastards, I am going to be at Austin Comic Con this weekend (Nov 11-13)! I will have books 1 and 2, The Doctor Is In” shirts, Winter Is Coming” shirts and just a few sizes of Edward and Ewok Stare. I will also have prints, stickers and sketch cards upon which I will draw nearly anything for a monetary tip of some kind.

I will be accompanied by my old HE summer intern (HEntern), James. He will be taking your cash, fetching your shirt sizes, running your credit cards, acting as my personal foot stool and side table, and doing a little jig at random intervals for my amusement. If you must pelt someone with things, that it was he is there for.

Also appearing at the con will be Dennis of LAWLS, who recently nearly died updating and fixing the CSS on my website, and the illustrious be-DeLoreaned Ernie Cline, author of Ready Player One. Now it isn’t just going to be the three of us. There are about 100 comics and genre TV/ movie guests as well. Damn near half the cast of Buffy is going to be there, so will certainly be able to get your Scooby-squee on. It’s a fun show with plenty to see, but it’s not overwhelming. Come. You will have geeky fun.

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My Friends Are Making Great Stuff For You!

357 Lover

Corn Mo And .357 Lover need your help to finish their next album! They have a Kickstarter to raise $5ooo and they are over halfway there with a month to go. I have had a rough mix of this album for over a year and I have worn the mp3’s down smooth.

It is nearly impossible to explain their sound to someone that hasn’t seen them live, but imagine the power and melody of Queen, the gravitas of KISS meets Tenacious D and the musicianship of… well Queen again, mixed with the lyrical irreverence of They Might Be Giants. Also, throw in some Dio for good measure. I promise you that they are making some of my favorite music of all time and they deserve your help. Plus they have a traditional Jewish arena Metal song about “Hava Nagila Monster.” Also a song about “Event Horizon.” So there. [Corn Mo Twitter/Web/Band Site/Youtube]

Stepto's Audio BookStepto’s Audiobook is out now! GET IT HERE! It features a foreword be ME (also Wil Wheaton, Paul And Storm, Mike Phirman and other interest famous people)! A portion of the profits are going to the Child’s Play Charity, PLUS MY FOREWORD IS HILARIOUS! Oh, also the book which collects stories about 15 years of working at Microsoft and banning penis revealers from Xbox Live is pretty entertaining as well. DID I MENTION THE FOREWORD! It alone is worth the price of admission. [Stepto Twitter/Web]

How do you know these things are great? I get a lot of requests from readers and random people alike to post links to things. Maybe they have a blog or a company or whatever and they want to leverage the Fancy Bastards to increase awareness of their thing. The problem with asking strangers with a large audience to link to your thing is that it circumvents the authenticity and trust that gave me an audience in the first place. As a rule I only recommend products, services and sites that I actually like and would or do use myself. I’d like to think you read this comic because I am honest about my opinions and you either agree with my point of view or you at least find my way of looking at things interesting. So believe me when I say, these things are great and you should support them.

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HijiNKS ENSUE At NYCC!!!

Joel Watson of Geek webcomic HijiNKS ENSUE at New York Comic Con 2011

I am going to be at New York Comic-Con with Blind Ferret this weekend  (10-13 to 10-16, though I might be really late on Thursday due to my plane landing around when the show opens).

I will have books 1 and 2, T-Shirts (including the new “Winter Is Coming” shirt and maybe a debut of another new shirt), stickers, sketches and prints.

I am going to be staying in Brooklyn so I hope to hit up the Doctor Who themed bar, The Way Station. Maybe we can do a bit of an informal Fancy Bastard Meetup there.

While I am gone, I will be running a few guest comics created just for you by several of my webcomicing cohorts (Paul SouthworthSam LoganRandy Milholland and Alina Pete). Based on what I’ve seen so far, this will be the most epic HE guest week ever.

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