The Confluenza

THE HIJINKS ENSUE STORE IS BACK!!!

Funny T-Shirts, Geeky shirts, Doctor who parody shirts, Team Edward James Olmos shirt, Groverfield Shirt, Sci-Five Star Trek Parody T-Shirt in The HijiNKS ENSUE Store

The newly relaunched HE Store is up and running over at Blind Ferret. Please go check it out and maybe buy a book or a shirt or something. Shirts will begin shipping soon, now that we are all back from Comic-Con.

My friend Amy has referred to the SDCC/w00tstock experience several times as “transformative.” Rather than going into an in depth play by play of all the incredibly amazing things that happened last week, I will just say that I concur with her assessment.

Guest appearances in this comic by: Stepto, Dammit Liz, Storm, Paul, Wil Wheaton, Ryan Wheaton (who has quickly become one of my favorite people, Adam Savage (who is indeed wearing a custom suit of leather Batman armor), Amy Berg, and Kevin Murphy. Unseen in these panels are a dozen other fantastic people who I shared at least one life altering moment with over the course of the week.

One last thought: if you have never been to a w00tstock show, PLEASE do yourself a favor and rectify that situation at the next available opportunity. I can’t stress enough how amazing and… well, transformative w00tstock is for a geek like me. It’s a solid 4 hours of knowing that you belong, that you are with like-minded people and that you are EXACTLY wear you are supposed to be, which for a geek can often be a feeling severely lacking from your day to day existence. I am so grateful to Adam, Wil, Paul, Storm and Liz for putting w00tstock on and for letting me hangout in their clubhouse.

 

HijiNKS ENSUE At San Diego Comic-Con 2011

San Diego Comic-Con is this week! I will be with Ryan and Lar and Danielle at the Blind Ferret Booth [Booth 1332] in the Webcomic area. I will have books 1 and 2, prints, sketch cards, stickers and nearly all of my shirts.

This will be my debut show as a part of Blind Ferret Entertainment. This is a great partnership for me in that it will allow me to focus more on making comics and less on the administrative aspects of running a small business. Blind Ferret are going to be producing all of my T-Shirts, my books (no more 4 month preorders!), managing many of my convention appearances (which allows me to do bigger shows that I can’t afford to do on my own), and opening up possibilities for new kinds of HE merch like plushies and what not. The new Blind Ferret powered HE STORE will be opening soon. Hopefully right after comicon.

If you are going to be at the show, please come by booth 1332 and say hi. I will be the one going on 2 hours of sleep and propping my self up against Lar deSouza.

 

PROtest & CON

The Doctor Is In T-Shirt

“The Doctor Is In” shirt based off the “You’re The Last of The Time Lords, Charlie Brown” comic is here!

HijiNKS ENSUE Joel Watson At San Diego Comicon

San Diego Comic-Con is in a week! I will be with Ryan and Lar and Danielle at the Blind Ferret Booth in the Webcomic area. Booth 1332. I will have books 1 and 2, prints, sketches and nearly all of my shirts.

I am spending all available time before SDCC getting ready for the con and completing projects that MUST be… completed… to completion. I have NO IDEA what the comic schedule will be like during SDCC. A smart person would place a bet on ERATIC and possibly NONEXISTENT. SDCC is an incredibly stressful week, because it combines all of the normal convention stress (times at least 10 due the size and scope of the show) with the additional stress of wanting to see and hang out with all of the friends and various amazing people that congregate at that shrine of geekdom annually. It’s sort of an “OMG TOO MUCH FUN TO HAVE!!!” stress, which I do not expect you to feel sorry for me about.

Follow me on Twitter if you want to be kept abreast of all the SDCCnannigans. I have also created a Google+ account and I am really enjoying how much it is NOT Facebook. I’ve been doing 10 person video “Hangouts” with readers and other cartoonists for the past couple of nights and it is incredibly enjoyable.

COMMENTERS: Do you have strong feelings either way about the DC Reboot? Is something like this necessary to breathe new life into an aging industry? Is is needed just so fans and creators alike can finally keep the continuity straight? Is is Supersacrilege? Whats with all the extra lines and popped collars on the costumes?

The HijiNKS ENSUE Store is closed for now so I can make some big, exciting changes. It will be reopening VERY soon. In the meantime you can still get shirts from Sharksplode and HE Book 2 from this very site.

San Diego Comic-Con Fancy Photo-Comic Pt. 2

Part 1, and the first half of my post-SDCC write up is HERE.

[Thanks to Jeph Jacques, Kevin McShane (Fake Stan Lee), Randy “Bringin’ Homeless Back” Milholland and Wil “Evil Wil Wheaton” Wheaton for unwittingly appearing in this comic. If any of you don’t like it, please email and I will remove your image.]

I hope you are enjoying the Fancy Photo-Comics. This is the last one and they have given me a chance to decompress from SDCC and catch up on a few freelance secret projects that are due at the end of the month. There should be a real HE comic on Friday.

In the previous post I touched on the more life changing moments of SDCC (w00tstock, Tommy Wiseau, et al). While those events have left me wonderfully scarred they actually only made up a small percentage of my time at the annual NERDvana gathering. I’ve been exhibiting at conventions pretty heavily for the last year (I’m averaging about 1 a month) but SDCC was the first convention that I exhibited with a large group. The fine folks at Topatoco allowed me to stand beneath their towering wall o’t-shirts with such internet giants as Jeph Jacques and David Malki!, and actual giants like Ryan North (I’m sure he is average height by Canadian standards but in America we measure a man with feet, not cubits or syrup bottles or whatever). Mr. North has an embarrassing excess of feet… or footage. I forget the proper conversion metrics. HE’S TALL!

It was also a pleasure to finally get to spend some time with Sam Logan of Sam & Fuzzy, who was launching his first book “Fix Your Problem” at the show. He is also a Canadian but one of much more manageable stature. He had this wild theory that webcomics can be composed with characters who are NOT drawn from the waist up,  facing each other at a 3/4 view. Personally I don’t think it’s possible but who I am to deprive a madman of his dreams.

At most conventions I am engaging current readers, attempting to attract new ones and hopefully selling my own things to my own people. SDCC was a drastic departure from this routine. You could see the sense of urgency in everyone’s eyes. They had to get in and get out between panels. They had little time for idle conversation about robots and who they ought to be able to marry. It was more of a retail expo on the show floor than a comic convention. When I wasn’t talking to an existing HE reader I was essentially working retail. It was frantic to say the least. I passed the time inventing rappers and their subsequent rhymes with Mr. Malki!. His flow is considerable and not to be trifled with. I would have liked to chat more with Jeph but his line of adoring indie kids blotted out the Sun (or it would have, had the sun been directly on the floor of the convention center and constantly to his right in a sigle file line). I’m saying he was busy is all.

All in all the experience was great and I look forward to doing it again next year. I’m especially grateful to Topatoco for taking me along as that otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to even attend the convention. You literally have to wait for someone to retire or die before a table becomes available (I’m looking at you Randy. When are you going to DIE!?).

SDCC Protest Print

I have a few of the SDCC exclusive “Protest” prints
[based on this comic] left over from the con.

If you want one, order a comic print from the store
and put “SDCC Protest Print” in the notes.

Also make sure to let me know what you want written in the blank sign.

Did you miss the COMIC-CON EXCLUSIVE “Browncoat vs. Red Shirt” SHIRTS?

I designed these shirt for Quantum Mechanix, but they were only available at Comic-con due to licensing issues. If you would like for them to be available online I strongly urge you to email beth[at]quantummechanix[dot]com and let her know just how much you like these shirts. The more positive emails she gets the more ammo she will have to prove to the studios that these shirts should live on. [NO ANGRY EMAILS AT ALL, PLEASE. BETH AND QMX ARE ON OUR SIDE]


San Diego Comic-Con Fancy Photo-Comic Pt. 1

[Thanks to Amy Berg, Aaron DouglasCristi Jacques, Ryan North and Tommy Wiseau for unwittingly appearing in this comic. If any of you don’t like it, please email and I will remove your image.]

My first San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone and I live to tell the tale. I don’t want to just list everything that happened in chronological order (since I am still decompressing and processing the longest convention of my life), but I would like to relate a few highlights.

SDCC Protest Print

I have a few of the SDCC exclusive “Protest” prints
[based on this comic] left over from the con.

If you want one, order a comic print from the store
and put “SDCC Protest Print” in the notes.

Also make sure to let me know what you want written in the blank sign.

The week pretty much started with w00tstock SDCC. I went on sort of a last minute whim only expecting to have a reasonable amount of fun and I left with a refreshed perspective on why it is I do what I do. Wil Wheaton, Adam Savage, Paul and Storm and their MANY scheduled and surprise guests certainly delivered in the entertainment department but what made that night special, made it unique was the palpable sense of “I am home.” I don’t often feel at ease on the road. I rarely sleep at all when I am away from my own bed and I usually feel displaced from reality until I return to my typical surroundings. w00tstock instantly replaced that unease with a sense of belonging and community. The weirdest part is that we (the audience) weren’t even interacting with each other directly. But we were REacting in the same manor to the same geeky stimuli. Each joke, each reference, each touching story were met with comunal LOLs, smirks and tears. I remembered why I make this silly comic. I make it for these people. These were my people. These were my friends. In our collective choice to be weird, we chose to belong. That may sound sappy but it was real. I felt it and I know you (if you were there) felt it too. I was particularly grateful that I got a chance to tell Wil how much that night meant to me when he came by the Topatoco booth a couple of days later. For a much more complete list of of the amazing, unexpected and special things that happened at w00tstock SDCC please see the write ups from Wheaton and Paul and Storm. Also listen to Paul and Storm’s heartbreaking podcast about how Joss Whedon was accidentally turned away at the door.

I am also grateful that during w00tstock I was able to finally meet long time Fancy Bastard and TV writer/producer extraordinary Amy Berg [pictured above with me and Chief]. Amy was a writer and producer on Leverage (still one of my favorite hours on TV) and is now a writer/EP on the geektacular Eureka. I tend to ramble when I’m excited so between w00tstock, meeting Amy, Amy introducing me to Eureka creator Jamie Paglia and Mythbuster Grant Imahara I was probably talking… err, spewing nonsense from my face-hole like a ruptured pipeline. Amy invited me to the Eureka screening the next night (Which was fantastic btw. Watch it.) and for the first time in my life I was able to watch a television show, get up from my chair and immediately walk over to the guest star (Wil Wheaton) and tell him “good job.” I’m sure that’s an every day occurrence for some, but for me it was truly special. Amy came by the booth on the final day of SDCC and I loaded her down with HE swag. She is a joy to be around and a prime example of living the pro-geek life to the fullest.

Thanks to my buddies from Cyanide and Happiness I was one of the first people in the world to see The House That Drips Blood On Alex, a short film starring The Room director, Tommy Wiseau. I will not be able to use human language to properly describe the levels on which this experience affected me so please feel free to assume that you should take whatever emotions or impact I am able to convey and multiply it by infinity. Room fans will be please to know that THTDBoA (though only 20 minutes long) was exactly as incomprehensible as it’s predecessor. It will eventually be airing on Comedy Central and you will all get to know the happiness-secrets that it contains. What you will never be able to do, however, is be present for the panel that followed the movie. When I tell you that it was like descending face first into the mouth of madness, understand that I am not exaggerating. If anything I am underplaying the sheer macabre, non sequitur experience of witnessing a (seemingly) ordinary human man display a complete disconnect, nay, disregard for coherent communication. I have NEVER laughed so hard for so long and with such utter confusion in my entire life. Tommy Wiseau will one day return to his home planet or dimension of origin but for now we on Earth are blessed with his ferocious insanity. Some videos from the panel are already on Youtube and I have a few that I need to upload myself. Hopefully the entire thing will be made available soon. It was glorious. I spent the rest of the evening giggling like a child.

[more on SDDC, my Topatoco boothmates and other happenings tomorrow in part 2!]

Did you miss the COMIC-CON EXCLUSIVE “Browncoat vs. Red Shirt” SHIRTS?

I designed these shirt for Quantum Mechanix, but they were only available at Comic-con due to licensing issues. If you would like for them to be available online I strongly urge you to email beth[at]quantummechanix[dot]com and let her know just how much you like these shirts. The more positive emails she gets the more ammo she will have to prove to the studios that these shirts should live on. [NO ANGRY EMAILS AT ALL, PLEASE. BETH AND QMX ARE ON OUR SIDE]

Special thanks to JustChristine and JonnyAce for hosting me at SDCC. They are indeed the fanciest of bastards.