HijiNKS ENSUE Is 8 Years Old, And It Is Ending

Eight years ago today, I posted the very first HijiNKS ENSUE comic on this website. Roughly (if not exactly) one year from today the comic, as it currently exists, will come to an end.

Short Version:
When I rebooted HE in 2012, I had ideas I wanted to get out and stories I wanted to tell. Once those ideas and stories are out in the world, I am going to put the comic to rest (or at least on an indefinite hiatus). Staring today HijiNKS ENSUE will update once a week is, on Mondays, and it will end in about a year is on hiatus while I work on how and when to end it properly. I will be launching a new comic that will run 4 days a week on June 1, 2015.

Long Version:
When I started HijiNKS ENSUE in 2007, it was just a pop culture commentary strip
. I put myself and my friends into it and tried anchor the gags around this core cast of characters. That turned out to be mostly a mistake for the kind of humor I wanted to do. The writing I did back then wasn’t about characters. It was about jokes and ideas. Trying to shoehorn every joke into coming out of these 3 characters’ mouths turned out to be very limiting on my writing. That’s when I started just doing strips “out of universe.” If the joke was about a movie, I would just draw the characters from the movie. Then, when that strip was done, I’d bring the characters back. Sometimes, I wouldn’t do either of those things and I would just do a geeky pinup/mash-up. This actually wasn’t a HUGE problem until I started experimenting with story lines.

The non sequitur humor and the on-going story lines both using the same characters eventually seemed very schizophrenic to me, and probably to you. I was taking far too many liberties with what exactly HE was, and the audience got confused and shrank accordingly over time. So I decided to give up the gags and tell a story about my life, my family, parenting, etc. I wrote an outline for the basic story lines I wanted to address in the first year of the rebooted comic, finished about three of them, then sort of accidentally went back to writing gags using my characters (only now the characters were myself, my daughter and my wife). The difference is this time the gags weren’t about specific episodes of TV, instead they were about things going on in my actual life. The strip almost accidentally became a hyperbolic auto-bio comic without me noticing.

4 NEW PRINTS and POSTERS IN THE STORE! 

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Coffee Is Life, There Are Four Lights, Such Darmok and the remaining (25 or so) signed and numbered Daddy/Daughter Digital Drawing Time Posters have just been added to the HijiNKS ENSUE Store.

The regular prints are available in 8.5×11″ for $9.95 and 11×17″ for $17.95. The Daddy/Daughter prints are marked down from $35 to $15 while they last!

NEW STORE NEW STORE NEW HIJINKS ENSUE STORE!!!

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http://store.hijinksensue.com

Use code “cyborgmonday2014” to get 15% off today (12/1/2014) ONLY!

If you are a Patreon Fancy Patron, you can get a 20% off code HERE.

There are 5 new HijiNKS ENSUE T-shirts, 6 new HijiNKS ENSUE Hoodies, 2 new HijiNKS ENSUE prints, and all of my books are 50% off (and they are going to be unavailable after Jan 31, 2015 so, you know… GO GET THEM)!

I have been working on this new store (the image mockups, the web design, the backend, the integration with my fulfillment partners and printers, shipping, plugins, etc.) and the new shirt and hoodie designs 12-15 hours a day for at least the last 5 days straight. I say “at least” because I honestly don’t know anyway as that time and space and the confines of mortal existence have all become meaningless as my mind has been slowly unmade.

This past week as been a blur

The HijiNKS ENSUE store @ Explosm is closing forever after this week!

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EVERYTHING IS ON SALE! 

http://store.hijinksensue.com

$19 shirts are now $15
Some shirts are $5
$15 books are now $10
$20 Lil Wil Wheaton plushies (only 30ish remain) are now $10
$16 posters are now $10
$12 signed prints are now $7
$7.50 card packs are now $5

HijiNKS ENSUE Books 1 and 2 will be retired/discontinued 01/31/2015. If you’ve ever wanted to own these books, now is your last chance.