2017-03-31 - Significance


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March 31, 2017 - News Post

Oh hey there. Welcome to Friday.

This week flew by, as did the day. I should really consult my brain about the way in which it perceives time. Things were hectic and stressful as always, but for personal reasons, I had a pretty great week.

An interesting thing happened to Tuesday’s comic. Moments after posting, it began to dominate a couple hashtags on Twitter. I awoke on Thursday to discover that the comic had found its way into an article in the Washington Post. Granted, it was just a tiny link describing the web’s mixture of “fury and fear,” but I honestly can't think of a better way to link to my comic.

Thank you to author Travis M. Andrews for the link. It’s brought me a large number of new readers that probably wouldn’t have ever bothered reading webcomics… let alone crappy ones that reuse the same art all the time. I only wish it was under better circumstances.

So I promised you guys a little more info on my travels. Last week, I drove up to St. Louis for a haunt convention. What’s a haunt convention? It’s where seasonal haunted house attractions go to buy and sell masks, costumes, props, and animatronics.

Once upon a time, I worked at a year-round haunted house called Skull Kingdom. Like many of you who work in the data recovery industry, I got paid to scare the crap out of people. I worked at a few other places (Universal Studios, some weird haunt out in Texas), but I mention Skull Kingdom because it holds a special place in my heart. It was a giant maze that, from the outside, resembled Castle Grayskull from He-man. In this Styrofoam castle, I made lifelong bonds. High school and college were nice and all, but some of the closest friendships I’ve ever had were made while chasing people with rubber knives.

As luck would have it, there were a bunch of former Skull Kingdom employees at this convention. It had been over a decade since I had seen most of these people, but it was as though we hadn’t skipped a day. Everyone had advanced in their careers, moving on to bigger, better, and scarier things… except me. I was still tinkering on the computer and making webcomics. Oh well, I know what I like. But hey-- to Bill, Dan, Allen, Ivan, Nick, Jonathan, and anyone else I had forgotten, it was truly awesome seeing you guys.

That’s about all I have time to share for today. I know something big is brewing over at King of Slackers, so if you’re still looking for something to read this weekend, check that site out tomorrow. Who knows, there may even be a weird guest appearance from some familiar faces.

See you Tuesday!