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638: New Hello!?

Transcript: Thing 1: What are you doing? Thing 2 is inflating their cheek and making it all bulgy. Thing 2: I’m practicing new contactless ways of showing hello. Thing 1: How will people see under that mask? Thing 2: Hmmmmm. Thing 2: Got it! Thing 2 inflates the top of their head. Thanks to all my patrons and a special big extra thanks to Mike Decuir, Kate Webb, Erik Owomoyela and Sandra M. Odell.
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637: Toothpaste

A little bit of silly! 🙂   Transcript Thing 1 has a foamy weird looking mouth. Thing 2: Are you ok? Thing 1: Too much toothpaste. Thing 2 looks at Thing 1 with some startlement. Thing 2 also now has a weird foamy looking mouth and the end of a toothbrush sticking out. Thing 2: It’s a lot of fun!   Thanks to all my patrons and a special big extra thanks to Mike Decuir, Kate Webb, Erik Owomoyela and Sandra M. Odell.

633: Music is the best medicine (thanks Baker Boy!)

The only words in this comic are from Meditjin (medicine) a recent-ish single by Baker Boy. Baker Boy is delightful and full of joy. Here’s a bit about him:
Marryuna (dance with no shame) was one of his first songs, soo good, so fun.
Meditjin (medicine) is a lovely sequel with lyrics where if you can’t dance, don’t worry, he’s got you 🙂
Good for smiles on a grey day or company and dancing on a great one. Music is the medicine 🙂 Transcript: The Things are looking at a tv with Baker Boy on it (the image is from his video clip Meditjin. The Things are dancing to music. The Things are head booping each other. Music is the best medicine.   Thanks to all my patrons and a special big extra thanks to Mike Decuir, Kate Webb, Erik Owomoyela and Sandra M. Odell.
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632: Loud

Today’s comic (and there is another one scheduled for tomorrow! On a roll! :-)) Transcript Thing 2 is outside the house wearing a mask. Pumpkin Cat is big, loud and scary. Thing 1: Welcome home! Thing 2: hi. Silence Thing 1: You’re very quiet today Thing 2: That’s because it’s very loud in my insides   Thanks to all my patrons and a special big extra thanks to Mike Decuir, Kate Webb, Erik Owomoyela and Sandra M. Odell.
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631: Ritual of Life, attend to the work

  Transcript: When the coffee grounds get full Take the coffee pucks and sprinkle them where they could help. Shady garden? Compost heap? Rubble near a shared fence that might take years to support happy plants? Attend to the land with curiosity and patience. Encourage complexity. Visit plants like they are friends and take time. Mentally apologize to weeds. It’s not their fault they are a plant out of place.   Thanks to all my patrons and a special big extra thanks to Mike Decuir, Kate Webb, Erik Owomoyela and Sandra M. Odell.
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630: Today, Tomorrow and Yesterday

Big love to everyone. It’s taken me a while to figure out what to say in this space. I’ve been trying to do my best in other spaces, donating, listening, signal boosting, signing petitions. I want to improve my game writing unique e-mails to politicians as well as finish some non-Things comics I’m part way through. If you want to know where to donate, or who to write to, there are smarter folks than me to listen to. Instead I give you this poem I wrote in 2016 where there was a brief concept that folks wear safety pins to communicate they were allies.

If you wear a safety pin

If you wear a safety pin, make it for yourself. Make it a commitment that means, it starts with me. Make it a reminder when you transfer it from article of clothing to article of clothing that you will do the work. Make it a reminder that like first aid training, anti harassment, anti bigotry training must be ongoing. Make it reminder that watching a bystander intervention video or seeking out and listening without interruption to marginalized people speak is something you should do, without prompting, regularly. Make it a commitment. Make it a conversation starter with other people who need empathy bridges and communicate the experiences to marginalized people. My mother wore a reconciliation pin until the day she died. That was the smallest part of that daily commitment. It was a reminder for her and the ongoing work. It was to prompt and remind. It was not about being a savior Or asking harassed people to see beyond violent threats to someone that needs to be prompted to help Instead the pin is there for you to remind you that you made a promise and you must keep it. My mother’s pin did not force a connection And it was less coded than a humble pin and made a stronger statement. If you wear a pin and you use it as a promise, as an expectation for how you conduct yourself in the world, this is strong work. If you wear a pin as a marker of tribe, be aware of how broad this tribe may be. You cannot ignore the whole of it or take it from its broader conversations. If you wear a pin and you make a promise, be prepared to talk about that promise, be prepared to communicate how you are doing the bigger work. If you wear a pin, own it, know the depth of your promise and do not freak out if a person questions or criticizes. If you own your work you should be able to listen, you do not need to snap or burn or be derailed if you understand your work. If you own your work it is not about an approval stamp, it is your pin, your commitment to work. So listen, act, do top ups, have the hard conversations with people you care about, the intimate relationships where it is most hard and you have most power. Wear a pin as a symbol of work And then work.   Transcript Today and Tomorrow and Yesterday We stared at the world and expected more of it. Together or apart Tired or full of energy In hope or in sadness The world needs to change Black Lives Matter   Thanks to all my patrons and a special big extra thanks to Mike Decuir, Kate Webb, Erik Owomoyela and Sandra M. Odell.
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629: May Dune Dog

Every month cartoonists in Seattle meetup at Cafe Racer to draw comics. These days we meet up virtually, drawing a comic on one specific day and submitting it to the group. Nothing quite like the pressure of making up something in the moment.
After I drew this I put together some improved thumbnails for a longer form comic I’m poking at that is a bit about me. Drawing this comic helped 🙂
Thanks to all my patrons and a special big extra thanks to Mike Decuir, Kate Webb, Erik Owomoyela and Sandra M. Odell.
Transcript:
Dog: Mum has stories she wants to tell.
Dog: About her self.
Extreme closeup of an eye.
Extreme closeup of a closed eye.
Extreme closeup of an open eye, gaze cast downwards.
Dog prancing.
Dog: But drawing me is much more fun!
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628: Dogged Creativity

  Transcript Panel 1 Dog: Creativity is a bit like being a dog with a bone. Ideas are the bone. Panel 2 Dog has big meaty bone. Dog: Some are just there, easy and delicious. Panel 3 Dog: Many you have to chew and chew to get anything out of it. Panel 4 Dog is digging a hole. Dog: Some you need to bury in the back yard, so it gets nice and ripe. Panel 5 Dog is dejected Dog: Sometimes you forget where you buried it. Panel 6 Dog stares out of the panel. Dog: So I try to bury a lot of bones. I don’t know if that’s a good idea, but I’ve dug a lot of holes.   Thanks to all my patrons and a special big extra thanks to Mike Decuir, Kate Webb, Erik Owomoyela and Sandra M. Odell.

626: Helping!

I hope your pets, imaginary or real, are keeping you good company!
Transcript:
Dog: Mum’s been digging holes and filling them in for days!
But now, she’s stopped.
I don’t know what seeds are.
I do know that losing interest in things you used to like is a sign of depression.
So I’m making lots of holes for her to fill in.
I‘m helping!
 
Thanks to all my patrons and a special big extra thanks to Mike Decuir, Lisa Jenkins, Kate Webb, Matthew Noe, and Erik Owomoyela.
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625: Dance Party with Danny Ngan

Danny Ngan is a delightful and generous of spirit photographer https://www.dannyngan.com/ Bunson Hoppydew started out in life as a roller derby mascot for NSOs (Non Skating Officials), and Danny has often photographed roller derby. When Danny made a short video of his sweet dance moves, I knew he needed to be dancing with Bunson (in a safe social distancing sort of way). Thanks Danny! Transcript: Danny Ngan on screen doing sweet dance moves. In Panel 1 Bunson Hoppydew watches the dance moves and dances along. In panel 2 it’s Sock. Panel 3 it’s Mayara. Panel 4 it’s Boot.   Thanks to all my patrons and a special big extra thanks to Mike Decuir, Lisa Jenkins, Kate Webb, Matthew Noe, and Erik Owomoyela.
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