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We’re Ready To Party, We’re Ready

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FUNDRAISER UPDATE: 40/100 prints are sold. I have to sell the rest by the end of January if I’m going to be able to pay my taxes. The “Daddy/Daughter Digital Drawing Time” print is signed by both of us, numbered and limited to 100 pieces. [More details HERE.] hijinks ensue fundraiser print 2013 web

All proceeds are going to pay an unexpected IRS tax bill. Your support and help are greatly appreciated, plus you get a pretty sweet piece of art for your wall. Hate art? Hate walls? Donations are also incredibly appreciated, if that’s more your style.

I got some big plans for 2014. Check them out in the blog post under THIS comic.

Part 2 of a interview I did with The Anglerfish is up HERE now. Part 1 is HERE. It’s a good read if you are interested in why I’ve made the recent changes to HE that I’ve made. I talk a lot about parenting and creative work and softball dads. Also I ramble a bit because I was actually drawing a comic while they were interviewing me.

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The Sign On The Door Says Pull

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FUNDRAISER UPDATE: 33/100 prints are sold. I have to sell the rest by the end of January if I’m going to be able to pay my taxes.

The “Daddy/Daughter Digital Drawing Time” print is signed by both of us, numbered and limited to 100 pieces. [More details HERE.]

hijinks ensue fundraiser print 2013 web

All proceeds are going to pay an unexpected IRS tax bill. Your support and help are greatly appreciated, plus you get a pretty sweet piece of art for your wall. Hate art? Hate walls? Donations are also incredibly appreciated, if that’s more your style.

Where has HijiNKS ENSUE been? I took some time off for the holidays to basically relax, enjoy my family, finish some WAY overdue digital sketches and make some plans for 2014. Here’s a bit more of an explanation.

Here’s a short list of what I’ve got planned for 2014: 

  • Finish selling all of the fundraiser prints THIS MONTH and pay dem taxes!
  • Finish the last handful of Fancy Digital Sketches (6 or 7 of you are still waiting)
  • Start a Patreon campaign for HijiNKS ENSUE to will ensure more frequent comic updates and an actual update schedule (a FIRST for HE)
  • Do WAY LESS conventions. So far I am only scheduled for 2 conventions in 2014 (and a handful helping out the guys at Cyanide & Happiness). I want to focus on comic, comics, COMICS this year and all the travel and con prep is too much of a distraction from the one thing that should be the most important. COMICS.
  • NEW BOOK! I am hoping to release a book that will contain most if not all of the remaining HE pop culture strips, so I can have them all in a nice collection and move on to making books of the story based comics in 2015.
  • Website improvements! A friendlier layout, updated character and about pages, a better archive, separating the pop culture and story strips so it’s easier for new readers to get into the new comics, but still very easy to find and read the old ones, maybe less tan and brown…
  • LOTS MORE! This is just the start. 2014 is sort of my “start over” year. I’m taking everything I’ve learned as a self employed pro-cartoonist over the last 6 years and making the changes that need to be made so I can still be a self employed pro-cartoonist in another 6 years.

Lots to do, lots of fun, lots of work and hopefully lots of support from you Fancy Bastards. Hey, here’s a weird idea. Come back tomorrow and I bet there might (maybe) be another new comic. What?! I know. More on that (and more on a solid update schedule) after the Patreon Campaign launches.

Part 2 of a interview I did with The Anglerfish is up HERE now. Part 1 is HERE. It’s a good read if you are interested in why I’ve made the recent changes to HE that I’ve made. I talk a lot about parenting and creative work and softball dads. Also I ramble a bit because I was actually drawing a comic while they were interviewing me.

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I am currently planning to attend ECCC in Seattle and PHXCC in hell. The rest I do (SDCC, NYCC maybe one in Canada) will be with Cyanide and Happiness.
I might be going to Calgary, but probably not as HijiNKS ENSUE. I might just be going as a hired Sharpie for Cyanide and Happiness.
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Richard Kane · 75 weeks ago

That’s a wonderful moment ! The day my 4 year old son found my old Calvin and Hobbes books was a life changer for both of us.

1 reply · active 75 weeks ago

Especially when he started playing his own version of Calvinball?
I remember when I discovered Calvin and Hobbes and The Far Side. I can’t wait to pass that along.
according to my mom, I started reading “The Far Side” when I was 4 or 5, when I was too young to get all of the jokes. According to her, she can tell it had an effect on my life and sense of humor. If I ever have kids, this noble tradition will be passed on….
new book?? <throws money at you> when???….hang on, better yet, release it when you’re good’ and ready, just know that we will squeal, then throw money at you across the Internet
Welcome back and happy New year! 😀
Happy new year!!!!
Awww man, good on Joel here for doing this! I was introduced to Calvin and Hobbes when I was about 8 and The Far Side shortly thereafter. Haven’t looked back since.
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lou · 75 weeks ago

SCIENTIFIC PROGRESS GOES “BOINK”
One of my favorite Calvin & Hobbes books, and possibly my first. You gots good taste, man.
So THAT’s why it disappeared off my wishlist. I thought someone had bought it for me, and I waited and waited for delivery like a sad-eyed puppy. I realized someone must have gotten it for themselves not realizing it marks it as purchased on my list so I re-added it.
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Jingy · 75 weeks ago

Oh wait… you mean YOU actually wanted the stuff of you wishlist?
I thought those things were just like, things you wanted us to buy… you know… for US.
I guess I’ve been granting peoples “wishes” all wrong. I feel bad for that.
But on the upside, all this great stuff I’ve gotten myself makes me feel a LOT better!

Excuse me while I go play with these Legos off my nephews wishlist.

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Richard Hendricks · 75 weeks ago

I made my son buy his own copies of C&H, he ain’t getting his grubby hands on my hardback 3 volume collector’s edition, no matter how much he promises to take good care of them…He’ll thank me when I will them to him on my deathbed. 🙂
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Kathleen · 75 weeks ago

I got the kids Calvin and Hobbes books for Christmas….

Such a good mommy am I

Have you seen “Hobbes and Bacon” yet? It’s tribute comic that takes place 26 years after Calvin and Hobbes. Calvin has a daughter named Bacon and he gives her Hobbes. It captures both the art and the sensibilities of the original comic. The feels factor is through the roof.

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Jingy · 75 weeks ago

Weren’t there only a handful of those made?
I remember reading them and being sad it ended so quickly.
Did the artist end up continuing it at a later date? because the project seemed dead back when I came across it.
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Bruceski · 75 weeks ago

Good timing, I was humming “how much is that tiger in the window” this afternoon.
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petsinwinter · 75 weeks ago

But I like the tan and brown!

1 reply · active 75 weeks ago

I like it too, but the site has been unchanged for years.
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Adrienne · 75 weeks ago

Way less cons? Whew, glad I made it out to Austin this year then. I have a signed book and it was worth the horrible death diseases I got from all the grubby people.

1 reply · active 75 weeks ago

Yeah I need to take a break or else I’m going to get burnt out and never want to do cons again. It takes a toll.