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.

Boot Meditation (Comic #261)

The creator of the things has been meditating almost daily as well! At the start she was only able to do it while she was falling asleep. Then she was able to do it before going to bed. On very rare occasions she manages to do it when she’s sleepy during the day and has a refreshing meditation instead of a nap. Most recently she meditated when she had sad feelings and it was very helpful… She was able to observe and have the feelings without escalating them and that helped the sad feelings pass easier. She listens to a variety of guided meditations and is especially fond of the free mediations from UCLA.

Boot Meditation Comic Transcript

Boot: I didn’t believe in meditation, so I didn’t do it. Boot: Then I looked at the research and noticed meditation didn’t need my belief to be helpful. Just my attention. Boot: So I meditate most days. Boot: Not that meditation cares. Boot: I like it.

177: A Letter from Fran – PART ONE

Thank you worldcon magic and meeting people in real life. It has been incredible seeing people read the comics in real life. I love mini comics! Fran Wilde, food blogger extraordinaire and novelist sent a short note to the Things this morning and that has inspired several comics. More to come on Thursday. This comic has a few references from previous comics. The Things often like to stare at things. Most traditionally the sun (and the sun) although they also hang out with the moon. They also had fun during Mary Robinette Kowal’s Letter Writing Month (month of letters).

145: Hug Tanks (Tankin Bear part 3 of 3)

With love to folks who are exhausted or in the fray right now. It’s good to have a support crew. It’s good to have comrades at arms. Even/especially beartanks need hugs.

144: The Long Tanking Road (Tankin Bear Part 2 of 3)

It can feel like this sometimes. This is the first drawing I did with my new iPad. Here’s a larger version with the many layers of chalk more visible (click to embiggen). 2013-06-27 20.19.09

143: Tanking Mumma Bear (part 1)

Tanking is a gaming term. It means the sort of character or player that draws attacks onto themselves, allowing the other characters to fit the baddies without taking as much damage. Tanks are warrior characters, heavy on armor and hit points, who rely on others to heal them and keep them alive… because once you’re stuck in the fray it’s hard to get out. Some people, including myself, can have a tendency to tank in real life. It’s often combined with the protective mumma/momma bear instinct. Willingness to take risks and be exposed helps get stuff done and tanks can help others come forward. Elise Matthesen wrote a great report about a productive experience she had reporting harassment – it’s telling that part of what made her braver to advocate for herself was that she’d be protecting others. Many of us have the strong urge to protect and it’s often when we are at our finest. One of the tricky bits about tanking is that sometimes you can draw fire and create conflict (increase the aggro of an area) when the party needs to heal, or possibly with the people you are trying to protect would really rather go back to the village and have a pint. Tanking has value, but you need your healers, it can be too lonely and mad making alone… and sometimes creates habits that generate bone-headed self-sacrifice. Bone-headed self-sacrifice is a theme I often return to in my fiction. I think I did my best exploration of that theme in The Rugged Track (a roller derby fairytale). Anyhow, this is part one of three, inspired by several social media conversations, but most especially by Minerva Zimmerman ‏(@grumpymartian) saying “even bear tanks need healers. Don’t forget your support crew :)” It feels a bit vulnerable to do this series, and I don’t know if it will work/entertain, but that’s what making art is for. Lots of love and hugs to all the bear tanks (momma bears, papa bears and baby bears). edited to add Elise Mathesen stuff 🙂

118: Loud

On days that are loud, may the Things eat the noises for you. Also OMG only a dozen more comics to meet my pledge of 130 comics in a year!… yes, animated giffs count as comics!!! They’re totally sequential, a special kind of sequential, that’s totally a comic and not animation. During the Clarion Write-a-thon last year the Things Without Arms and Without Legs were born. I created 19 comics as part of my challenge. In the last week, and in a madcap attempt to reach $400 I said I would create one comic for every $1 I raised in those last gasps… Madness! But a good kind of madness and a madness that kept me creating when having a nap might have been easier. $111 were pledged and so I’d need to create a grand total of 130 comics by June 23 2013. Sometimes that number has felt huge, sometimes it has felt manageable. I fell off the comics making wagon in November and it took me a long time to get back on the wagon. I didn’t dare calculate the numbers, I just hoped that doing an update every second day would get me there. I also misremembered the number of comics I had to do and was convinced I needed to create 140 comics, not 130!… so anyway, I checked the figures, I’ve dared to look up and I’m so happy. I hope to keep creating these comics and I hope you’re enjoying the ride.


The Things are hanging out together. Thing 1 is all wavy jiggly lines and looks a bit sad. Thing 1 looks on in concern. Thing 1: The world is very loud today. Thing 2’s head becomes enormous in size and flips back like a flip top head. They’re smiling and looking happy in a massive bulgy head kind of way. Thing 1’s vibrations have become more intense in some spots and don’t have vibrations any more in other spots. They look a little scared. Thing 2 has reduced their head down to normal size Thing 2: I eated the loud. Thing 1 Smiles. Thing 2 has indications of a slightly burbly belly. Thing 2 (in large letters): Burrrp Thing 2 (in small letters): brrapt

Lifestyle Advice from a Small Pink Bunny, Part 3. Eggs (Comic #117)

Bunnies know a thing or two about eggs ;). A little pink bunnies don’t always give the most practical lifestyle advice 🙂 Imaginary Shark and her Husbandface took me to Rabbit Haven and I got to give snuggles to ALL the bunnies! It was very cute and delightful. There were some baby bunnies and an adult or too who were quite spoingey and strangely enough my pink bunny drawings have a little extra spoing now…

Webcomic Transcript

Bunson Hoppydew: Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Bunson: If you have two eggs and only one basket. Bunson: Balance one on your nose! Bunson dances around and frolics with an egg. Bunson is sitting next to a purple egg cup with half an egg. Bunson: Toast!