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.

Transcript

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

112: When Spoing is Lost

Transcript:

Bunson Hoppydew sits sadly by himself.
Bunson: I’ve lost my spoing

Bunson sits sadly, ears drooping.

Buson looks down

Bunson looks up and to the left.

Bunson looks to the right.

Bunson’s still sitting with his ears drooping, but he’s smiling.
Bunson: But I’ll find it again.

100: Practice

Zomg! 100th comic!! It’s kinda exciting, kinda strange to think so much time has passed, so many comics have happened, and hopefully this is just the start of the journey for the things.

I tried do a big elaborate pinup plus process video for the 100th comic, but software crashed and deleted my process scribbles, plus random layers, and I wasn’t happy with how anything turned out anyway.

Today as I was walking to breakfast with my sweetie I found myself thinking about practice, practice in many different parts of my life and how much I struggle sticking to a practice schedule… I struggle and I could say I suck, but then I thought about all the practice schedules I have stuck with, especially the ones with external motivators. I thought about what Chip Delaney said in one of his essays somewhere, we are what we practice.

Practice is so hard and practice in one thing builds practice muscles for other things… And so I came up with today’s comic. The Things have been an ongoing practice for many months (a year come the end of June). I have not always practiced them consistently, but I try. I’m learning to build my rhythm, learning to be ok with not being perfect, learning to sit with the knowledge that maybe none of my comics will be as good as some of my early comics like Belief or Bad or Thinking or Vulnerable, but if I keep creating who knows what other surprises will come round the corner… I didn’t know those comics were coming to me until they happened, so I just have to keep going and keep discovering and keep wondering what the Things will teach me next.

Thank you for helping me in my practice, may you travel well in yours.

Transcript

Thing 2: I’m going to practice!

Thing 1: Practice what?

Thing 2: Practicing

Thing 2: it’s really hard

Thing 1: I admire you

88: more feelings

Transcript

Thing 1: so

Thing 1: so

Thing 1: so
Things cries a little

Thing 1: so

Thing 1 and Thing 2 hug
Thing 1: happy

61: Wasted Hugs?

Transcript

Thing 1 and 2 are hanging out togeher.
Thing 1: I didn’t earn those hugs

Thing 1: I licked the electric fence I wasted those hugs

They look at each other.

The two Things head boop.
Thing 2: I like hugging you

50: Sleep

Transcript

Thing 1: zzz
Thing 2: I can’t sleep

Thing 1: zzz
Thing 2: I’m too sad too worried too grumpy too stupid too lazy too tired + not enough

Thing 1: zzz
Thing 2: Things I have done + haven’t done I don’t know what to do

Thing 1: zzzz
Thing 1 snuggles onto Thing 2 in its sleep. Thing 2 smiles.

42: We like you

The Things are pretty good at vulnerability and yesterday I wrote a letter to them. Ze’s lovely song of acceptance has earwormed me thoroughly and last night the Things and I made this:

The words are ze’s.

I’ve lost most of my graphics software, but my hope is that one day this shall be an animated giff.

Dear Things

Thank you for being in my life.

You’ve only been in my life for a few months, but you are very special to me.

I’ve been sitting for a while in the hot LA sun trying to figure out what to say.

And describe what you mean to me and why I like you so much.

But when I try to put words and labels on to you they don’t seem to fit. The words are too complicated or cloying or lacking magic.

I thought and struggled some more and I figured something out. Well, actually Ze Frank helped me figure something out.

Dear Things, you don’t carry shame. Shame that slowly steel the stars, creeping up like pollution and city lights. Stars diminishing in number, the weakest lights smothered first, then a narrowing field of the brightest lights, and maybe the smog will take them too.

Things, you don’t carry shame. Sometimes you feel guilt, but that is different. Sometimes guilt can face the risk of turning into shame and presses against you, but it is a puzzling thing to be looked at, to be asked questions, treated firmly and kindly and put down. There is no shame in worry, no shame in vulnerability, just an open, natural questioning. For you, shame is not a natural piece of star stealing virtue. Even shame is something you look at without shame.

You are curious and kind. You are what I aspire to be.

Wrote the heart of this when I was in LA, sitting on my suitcase while waiting for a store to open. This is the post by Ze Frank that inspired me.

I like you.

PS: It stunned me when he said check out Brene Brown. By that time I already knew that I wanted to write this letter. We both like Brene Brown this is Things being vulnerable and my shout out to her.

32: Bad

Transcript

Thing 2: Sometimes I’m not as good as I want to be

Thing 2: does that mean I’m bad?

Thing 1: no

29: Worries

Transcript:

Things 1 & 2: Sometimes I worry

let People down
not good enough
too loud
too quiet
might hurt someone
fault

Things 1 & 2: but then I remember

learning
space
peace
play
worthiness
joy
hugs
simplicity
teddy bears

Bunson: And don’t forget Bunnies!