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Help Me Name HE Book 2

I had set aside today and tomorrow for drawing the cover to the next HijiNKS Ensue book, in hopes of putting up the presale next week. But so far I can’t settle on a name. This is a big deal because it determines what I will draw for the cover. Here are my current title contenders:

HijiNKS ENSUE Volume 2: My Heart Is A Hate-Filled Pineapple
HijiNKS ENSUE Volume 2: A Hate-Filled Pineapple

[both in reference to The Evil Fox Executive explaining why he is so evil]

HijiNKS ENSUE Volume 2: The Doom Engine
HijiNKS ENSUE Volume 2: The Doom Furnace

[both in reference to The Evil Fox Executive stealing geek tears to fuel FOX’s empire] read more…

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HijiNKS ENSUE Podcast with The Nerdist: Chris Hardwick!

Once upon a time I made A COMIC about Chris Hardwick.

HijiNKS ENSUE Twitter Movie Comic With Chris Hardwick

Then, through the magic of Twitter and The Internet I was able to interview the very same Chris Hardwick while he was in Dallas doing a few stand up gigs. Chris killed with murder-style laugh-times on stage and was extremely gracious and kind off stage. I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation as much as I enjoyed… conversating it.

The HijiNKS ENSUE PodcastLISTEN to or DOWNLOAD the podcast HERE

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If you Fancy Bastards aren’t already clued in to The Nerdist, you must check out his BLOG, The Nerdist Podcast (Matt Smith is the most recent guest) and The Node (a crowdsourcing/nerdsourcing/problem solving online community). Much like The Freemasons, it is invite only. So you’ll need to learn the secret handshake and go through the spanking machine to get in.

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Austin, TX Fancy Bastards Get Ready for Webcomics Rampage!

Dragon's Lair Webcomics Rampage

My buddy David Willis has posted all of the relevant info:

Hey, dudes, there’s one last  hurrah for me this convention season, and it’s a doozy!  On December 11-12, Dragon’s Lair Comics in Austin, Texas, is holding Webcomic Rampage [link to Facebook Event]!  It’s Saturday and Sunday, each day beginning with a panel featuring all of us webcomics guests, and culminating in some Webcomics Christmas Shopping.  Who’s coming?

David Willis of Shortpacked!/Dumbing of Age
Danielle Coresetto of Girls with Slingshots!
Joel Watson of Hijinks Ensue
Bill Williams of Side Chicks
Randy Milholland of Something Positive
Jeph Jacques of Questionable Content
Josh Lesnick of Girly

These are all awesome people and Webcomic Rampage is going to be awesome.  Be there!

Last year this was a fantastic and informal show with tons of creators and readers just hanging out and talking comics. I had a blast and can’t wait to do it again.

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Austin Fancy Bastard/ Something*Positive Meetup!

HijiNKS ENSUE at Wizard World Austin!

This weekend (November 12-14) I will be sharing a table at Austin Comic-Con with Randy from Something*Positive (Randy will only be there Saturday and Sunday). Saturday night after the con we are going to have a joint reader meetup at [location to be determined by you!].

Velocirandy!

If you are an Austin local, please feel free to suggest a good place for the meetup within general walking (or short driving) distance from the Austin Convention Center (which is located at 500 East Ceaser Chavez). It’s right in the heart of downtown so there should be plenty of choices.

We are looking for a place that serves food and drinks (preferably BBQ), has more of a “hang out” atmosphere than a bar atmosphere and can accommodate medium to large crowds comfortably. Make a comment below with your suggestions and Randy and I will pick a winner.

These locations have already been suggested. Feel free to comment on these as well: read more…

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The Podcast Is Back!

After 10 months in the land of wind and shadows the HijiNKS ENSUE podcast is back. I know many of you enjoy the podcast more than the comic (which is 100% fine by me) and that the podcast was really the anchor of the hardcore Fancy Bastard community. I never had any intention of putting it on hold for so long but real life got in the way. It was hard to keep the podcast as a priority when the comic was the thing that was (almost) paying the bills.

The HijiNKS ENSUE Podcast!With that in mind, I have a plan. If the HE Podcast is going to continue it needs to contribute to my ability to make it as an independent artist. That is why I am starting a DONATION SUBSCRIPTION DRIVE to keep the podcast alive. If we can reach my goal of 300 recurring donation subscribers (at $5, $10, $15 or $20 a month) by the end of the year (and maintain 300 subscribers or above there after) I will keep the podcast going once a week for the foreseeable future. If by the end of the year we are nowhere close to that goal, I will have to consider retiring it for good.

The good news is there are already about 80 donation subscribers now, so there’s a decent head start. As a thank you for your subscriptions you will get access to The Vault where I will continue to post bonus podcast content and Podcast Post Shows (in addition to all of the regular comic-related Vault stuff). For our comeback episode I have already put up the Post Show and a special uncut version of Podcast Episode 66. Basically it’s the entire show with no editing, which comes to about 25 minutes of extra nonsense. It was Josh’s idea so if it sucks, blame him. If it’s great, it was totally my doing.

So there you have it. If you love the podcast and you can help with a donation subscription, please do so by STARTING YOUR SUBSCRIPTION TODAY. If you can’t swing $5 a month (or even if you can), you can also help by posting a positive review of the show on iTunes. If the show gets greater exposure, it will be easier to eventually attract sponsors.

Thanks!

~Joel

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Ewok Stare Shirts Are In The Store!

Holy crap-pants you guys! The Ewok Stare shirts [based on THIS comic] are actually IN THE STORE!

Ewok Stare Shirt

I am super proud of this design, as it took over a year and at least 6 complete do-overs to get right.

If you would like to support HijiNKS ENSUE, picking up this shirt would be a great way to do so. You can also submit this post to your favorite sci-fi and general geek interest blogs/news sites to spread the word. read more…

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Original Art Sale

Unpacking my convention suitcase I realized that I have some original art to sell. I will post pics, descriptions and prices below. You can comment on the post if you want something, @me via Twitter or email. The first responder for each piece (through whatever method) will be the winner. All payments will be via Paypal.

1) Original “Scott Adsit” comic art from Heroes Con 2010 w/ comic print: $35 + $4 shipping US
Comic is drawn on Bristol Board in India Ink and Prisma Marker

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Bigger Better Comic Prints Are In The Store!

NEWS! Super giant HE comic prints are available at Topatoco now!
HijiNKS ENSUE Comic Prints

I’ve always thought my comics looked at least 60% better when viewed at a larger size. Now when you buy a comic print you can get them at the size I actually draw them! No more secret pixels that only I know about. Also, when you click “Buy A Print” beneath a comic it will autofill the URL of the comic in your order. Pretty cool stuff.

Just so you know, this is relative size difference between the web art you see on the site and the size of the art on the new prints: read more…

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