Welcome – Site is going through an upgrade!

Welcome to Thingswithout.com. The site is going through a bit of an upgrade and with over 700 comics it may take a little while. Things may move around a little bit and should become easier to explore and navigate.

If you’d like to read comics that aren’t in the new comic, scroll down to read the comics below, access it through archives, or do a search.

If you have any feedback about the new site, wishes, nominees for what to go in the Favorite section, let me know in the comments section of this post!

Thing 2: I have a sad Thing 1: Are you looking for solutions or comfort? Thing 2: I would like to be angry, then sad, then comforted, then adventure for solutions, then giggles Thing 1: Let’s start! Thing 2: Raar

It’s been many years since I created A Sad and I’m honored and humbled by the stories folks have shared with me about this comic. I love that it’s been used as a tool for folks to express their emotional needs. I love that folks can pull this out and say thisThis is how I want to be treated when I have a sad. I treasure all the stories I’ve heard and it’s so amazing to think of the secret life the Things have out in the world.

It’s nice to have these reminders that sometimes just being present is enough. Asking what a person needs is often better than diving in with a solution. It’s such an easy habit to fall into, and I need a reminder from my own comics sometimes. Thank you for visiting Thingswithout, I’m so grateful the Things and all their friends came into my life, they certainly help me when I have a sad.

I hope you enjoy your stay, here are a few I’m particularly fond of:

  • Stories featuring Boot. Boot has been through a lot, but still keeps caring. 
  • Bunson Hoppydew is a wonderful little boy bunny who loves dancing, friendship and cake. His lifestyle advice is sometimes a little peculiar, but always brings a smile to my face.

If you have any favorites, I’d love to hear them in the comments.

FYI, comments for most comics get closed after a few weeks (sometimes a month or two, I’m not always good at remembering, but forgetting to close comments is a way to tell google you’re lame if there’s no activity!), but I’ll keep comments open on this one. Though if you want to license thingswithout art etc, please e-mail me, rather than use the comments section!

A Sad Support

Checkpoint (a non-profit providing mental health resources for gamers) has a great looking list of resources and helplines around the globe. It’s better to reach out for help than suffer alone. I also love how Checkpoint’s mental health guides (handy for anyone, not just gamers) come with fun monster illustrations and the writing is so down to earth and approachable. The Depression monster looks so cute and is a grumpy jerk!

Lifeline 13 11 14, is a fantastic general support line in Australia. The Creator of the Things called them once because she had a really rough day at work (police stations were involved, and she held someone’s hand while they were brave). It felt a bit silly to call, she wasn’t in massive crisis, but she reminded herself they said nothing to small and not to self censor yourself out of accessing support. It was nice to be able to talk through some stuff in a confidential anonymous way that respected the privacy of the person she had helped. Calling definitely pushed her comfort zone, but it was also really empowering. She went and got the help that felt best for her needs, not the oughts society tells you (especially the you ought to just deal with it).

The Australian Institute of Family Studies maintains a much larger list of help lines for specific issues and specific regions.

We Need to Talk About Mental Health talks about stuff that’s much bigger than sadness. But is a handy resource in these complex and crazy making (literally crazy making) time. I hope it helps folks navigate some of the bigger issues and have a resource to share to make certain conversations easier.


Do you know about Patreon? It’s a place where everyday folks can become patrons of the arts. One of your favorite artists might be there right now, creating exclusive content and supported by a community of patrons. The Patreon that supports the Things is https://www.patreon.com/lizargall


Transcript

Thing 2: I have a sad

Thing 1: Are you looking for solutions or comfort?

Thing 2: I would like to be angry, then sad, then comforted, then adventure for solutions, then giggles

Thing 1: Let’s start!

Thing 2: Raar

Happy International Women’s Day!

I have remastered one of my favorite Mayara comics, celebrating one of my great influences and inspirations.

I love that one of the great feminist writers, who wrote Room of One’s Own and Orlando amongst other delights, has such an answer for what is a woman.

Onwards to adventures and explorations, to the multitudes of verbs inside a seemingly simple not so simple noun.

It is a noun that has plenty of room and curiosity to fit trans and cis women, for non-binary and intersex folks who feel that this is noun that has meaning for them.

Happy International Women’s Day, who is a woman that inspires you?

Happy International Women’s Day (Careers with Mayara) Comic Transcript

Mayara drawn as a philosopher, artist, farmer, bouncer, code monkey and irrepressible

 “I mean, what is a woman? I assure you, I do not know. I do not believe that you know. I do not believe that anybody can know until she has expressed herself in all the arts and professions open to human skill.” Virginia Woolf, Professions for Women

Hello World 2021, a moment to breathe for the New Year.

To quote from another comic of mine, “May you get what you need, from this liminal space.”

Much love to everyone.

Liz

Transcript:

Goodbye 2020

Hello 2021

What can we hope?

What might still be lost?

What changes or lack of changes could swallow us up?…….

To be HERE

in this pause

in this breath.

hello world.

Thanks to all my patrons and a special big extra thanks to Kate Webb, Erik Owomoyela and Sandra M. Odell.

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653: Conversations While Perched on a Nose

Spending time with this interesting new character is quite a bit of fun, it’s such a delightful face to draw 🙂 I hope you’re having fun too!

Transcript:

Mayara sits on the doodle monster’s nose for the whole comic. The doodle character has loopy ears inspired by a doodle and a large, shapely nose.

Mayara: Why are your ears like that?

Doodle creature: No reason.
Mayara: Do you mind me sitting on your nose?

Doodle creature: No, why would I?

Mayara: I think we’re gonna be friends.

 

Thanks to all my patrons and a special big extra thanks to Kate Webb, Erik Owomoyela and Sandra M. Odell.

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652: Boot isn’t the only one to have thoughts about curves!

Knock knock

Who’s there

Interrupting Cow

Interrupting Cow wh..?

Moo!

As a kid that was probably one of my favorite jokes, especially because if you were little it was easy to get the timing wrong and not interrupt. It was so exciting building up all the energy to go moo! in time.

I think the new doodle character in the Things has a little bit of interrupting cow energy. It’s not mean, but it unexpectedly pops itself into things. I’m looking forward to exploring it’s new surreal energy in the comics. It’s also interesting to have a new character that has… HANDS!!!!

Transcript:

Doodle Creature: Curves are pretty cool!

Boot: Who are you?

Doodle Creature stands there in silence with a smile on its face.

Doodle Creature: I get that a lot!

 

Thanks to all my patrons and a special big extra thanks to Kate Webb, Erik Owomoyela and Sandra M. Odell.

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651: Boot Has Feelings About Its Curves

This comic came about while I was drawing Boot and thinking about the distinct physical experience of drawing Boot. Boot is a series of connected curves more than any other character. It was interesting to think of how boot is my curviest character and also a really stoic and enduring character.

Our society often has negative or narrow perceptions about curves, who has them, what they mean about a person’s capabilities. Curvy bodies are often seen as weak in ways that are not fair or accurate. I liked the idea that Boot likes its curves, its curves are part of what it is.

Transcript

Boot sits in silence.

Boot sits in silence.

Boot sits in silence.

Boot: My curves please me.

Thanks to all my patrons and a special big extra thanks to Kate Webb, Erik Owomoyela and Sandra M. Odell.

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650: Foolish and Stupid Goals (Bunnies and Epictetus)

I was reading up on various stoic philosophers, because I wanted to create a comic starring Boot. Looking up stoic philosophers seemed like a good place to get inspiration for Boot. I didn’t expect Bunson Hoppydew to be the one that got inspired by stoic philosophers. Though it must be said, our Bunson is very very good at being in the present and he does try to lead a good life. I reckon stoics would approve of Bunson, especially some of the more funtimes stoics like Epicurus.

Transcript:

If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid – Epictetus

Bunson looks up.

Bunson: ok!

Bunson pulls a series of foolish faces and gestures, sticking his tongue out and rolling on his back.

 

Thanks to all my patrons and a special big extra thanks to Kate Webb, Erik Owomoyela and Sandra M. Odell.

New Designs in the Things Redbubble Store!

I’m pleased to share with you the latest Thingly offerings on my Redbubble Store, now you can get The Many Faces of the Things in black and white or brown and blue!

Aaaand! Given how much fun different colored backgrounds can be, the Many Faces of Boot design is now available with a green background!

It’s been so interesting creating designs for a very different medium, I hope these can bring you some festive fun!

New Things Face Masks and Even Leggings on Redbubble!

You can now get Things face masks on Redbubble. The 3-layer ones are two layers of cotton plus one layer of synthetic with comfy adjustable ear loops.

I’ve also created a new Boot print for the store, it took me many hours to draw and arrange Boot that many times, but I quite like the sort of cow print look you can get. I think the t-shirt pattern needs a little bit of work, I’m still fiddling about with it, but I’m quite pleased with how it looks on other products. You can now get everything from Boot Socks, Boot Masks, Boot Leggings, Boot Apron or even a Boot Backpack

One of the things I love about Redbubble is that it has local shipping in many countries. I can send presents to family in Australia and friends in America for a similar cost!  

649: Build Castles in the Air

I got this quote from the most excellent David LaMotte, a truly amazing musician, speaker, and activist. If you like nourishing food for the soul, there’s a good chance you’ll like his stuff.

Transcript

If you have built castles in the air your work need not be lost.

That is where they should be.

Now put foundations under them.

–  Henry David Thoreau

 

Thanks to all my patrons and a special big extra thanks to Kate Webb, Erik Owomoyela and Sandra M. Odell.