Ted Lasso

I’ve been thinking about this twitter thread by Frisco Uplink about the Apple TV+ show Ted Lasso for more than a month now.

Go read the whole thing. The show is wonderful. I love it. But this thread made me realize a few things I felt about the show but couldn’t put into words.

  1. Ted Lasso actually makes me feel hopeful. Which I’ve been short on.
  2. Over the last several years I’d lost something that I hadn’t realized was gone. Something about the way I want to interact with people, with a certain kindness. Seeing it again in this show is like running into an old friend who I haven’t seen in years and discovering you get on as though no time has past.

Austin Kleon: on 15 years of blogging

I love it when Austin Kleon writes about blogging.

Every time I start a new post, I never know for sure where it’s going to go. This is what writing and making art is all about: not having something to say, but finding out what you have to say.

Austin Kleon

Three reasons he keeps blogging:

1. To leave a trace

2. To figure out what I have to say.

3. Because I like it.

It’s a good post.

“Incredible Doom” is being published by Harper Collins

I haven’t talked much about my comics for the past few months, because I’ve been harboring a secret that I can finally tell everyone.

The first six-issues of Incredible Doom, Jesse Holden and my comic about ’90s teens making terrible decisions over the early internet, are being collected into a giant 288 page paperback and hardback published by Harper Collins, to help launch their new imprint Harper Alley. It’s coming out on May 11th.

Over the last several months, the editors at Harper Alley and I have been getting the book ready. We’ve enlarged the pages to full graphic novel size, tightened drawings, added a ton of detail and tones, and even a few new scenes, all to make things look as good as possible.

THERE’S MORE!

Harper is so enthusiastic about where the story is going, they signed us for a second volume as well, which Jesse and I are already hard at work on. We expect to have another 288 page book completed in just 13 months. By comparison, the first book took three times that! We can do this thanks to your support here on Patreon, which has allowed me to hire an art assistant to help speed up the production time.

I can’t tell you how excited we are about this. Like so many things, this was not the plan at the start of 2020. But unlike most news this year, this is great.

There’s so much more to tell you about—like how this came together, and what it’s been like working for a major publisher. I’m going to be posting about that both here and on Patreon. So make sure to subscribe to those.

Until then, thank you so much for sticking with us while we had to keep this a secret. (It killed me, but they insisted.)

Daring Fireball: Online Privacy Should Be Modeled on Real-World Privacy

John Gruber of Daring Fireball, regarding Facebook complaining about the new privacy features Apple has built into iOS:

Just because there is now a multi-billion-dollar industry based on the abject betrayal of our privacy doesn’t mean the sociopaths who built it have any right whatsoever to continue getting away with it. They talk in circles but their argument boils down to entitlement: they think our privacy is theirs for the taking because they’ve been getting away with taking it without our knowledge, and it is valuable. No action Apple can take against the tracking industry is too strong.

I’ve tried to be mindful of my privacy choices, but one of the things on my to do list for this fall is to revisit this topic and make even more conscious decisions about what I allow these companies to know about me.

I’m not sure about the choice of the word “sociopaths”, I’m sure there are good people that work at Facebook, and in advertising. And, in general, I’m pretty open online. But, I’d like a say in what strangers do and don’t know about me, and I get the sense the strangers at Facebook would rather not respect my wishes about that.

Watching the wildfires.

A handful of stops on the light-rail away from where I’m writing this is a county that’s preparing to evacuate due to Oregon wildfires.

State of Oregon Fires and Hotspots Dashboard Map
Clackamas county, in green, a couple miles south of me in Portland, is prepairing to evacuate.

I’m tired of new reasons to be terrified.

Covid-19, police brutality, climate change. I want proof that the needle can be moved.

So, I donated money to Biden / Harris, and I’ll be voting for Sarah Innarone for Portland mayor.

About the Incredible Doom Slipcase

After my last comic ended, I made a list of everything I’d always wanted to do in comics but hadn’t. Inspired by Oregon History Comics by Sarah Mirk and Monster Box by Tien Pham & Lark Pien, making a series of pocket-sized books in a cardboard slipcase was at the top of the list.

Now, years later, it’s done. Incredible Doom, my and Jesse Holdens comic about teens in the 90s making bad decisions over the early internet, was designed from the start with a slipcase in mind. It’s finally here, and it’s a beauty.

The case holds Season 1 (issues 1-6), each feelie, and the rarities issue, Incredible Doom #0.

It also has several hidden features. The hole in the front frames the cover illustrations for each issue perfectly, so you can choose what cover you like best, but we’ve also included an insert with six new illustrations to choose from. Jesse designed a special wedge shape inside the case that keeps whichever image you choose pressed against the window.

Like each of the comics that inspired it, you can tell this is hand assembled, not by someone in a factory, but someone who cares about the project. That’s part of the reason these slipcases ship flat, to be folded at home.

It’s fun. This video shows how it’s done.

I think these boxes are amazing, the completion of a decade long dream. I hope it helps Incredible Doom find a place on your shelf for years to come.

If you’d like one, head over to Patreon and become a member. You also get discounts on buying the previous issues to complete your set. None of which would have been possible without the support of my patrons. Thank you so much for your support.

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Now for the nitty-gritty details…

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I’m not sure I should have quit my day job.

Two weeks ago, I returned home from visiting family in Canada. They’d given me a check for inheritance my aunt had left me.

On the ferry ride back to the states I talked with my girlfriend, and we both decided I should put in my two weeks at my day job, the store I’d been at for the last nine years, take a portion of the money and try to draw comics full time. Take six months to dedicate to comics. See what happens.

 

I’d been thinking of leaving that job for years, but I‘d been dreaming of doing comics full time all my life.

When I left for Canada three weeks ago, I had no concrete plans to quit, yet yesterday was my last day at that job.

 I’m thrilled, overwhelmed, and frightened about what I’ve done.

Guess I better go make comics.

Backup Story – The First Time Samir Ran off

I just posted a new 16 page backup story exclusively for Patreon backers. It was a experiment to try and write and draw 10 pages in 10 hours but ended up being 16 over 4 different days. Still fun though!

At the same time I’m hard at work on Season 2, Issue #0, and the slipcase to hold Season 1. Lots of fun stuff going on!