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*blows dust off site*
Wow... how long has it been?

I've been in the midst of my final APPE rotations...and then I graduate in May! Wh-hoo! At graduation I will be sure to:
1) Cry
2) Sway and clap in my graduation robe like a gospel singer

A lot has happened since I last posted...had some really great rotations and definitely had some unique experiences (I've worked in places like internal medicine, psychiatry, ICU to even more random things like a managed markets agency). I also have been working on my part-time job as an illustrator consultant (which eats up a lot of my drawing energy), but going back to drawing this comic was really fun!

And...oh, yeah! In the midst of all the final year craziness (job applications/interviews! Boards prep! Working three jobs (if you include my unpaid full-time rotations)!), somehow I met a really cool person who potentially is as weird as I am! And...it's his birthday today, so I decided to post this comic to celebrate! And now...online comic proof that he is a thing!

Happy birthday, Pen! If you are reading this, well...hey!

And now... will work on two written assignments due for two different things at the same time tomorrow! Yaaaaaaay!
Happy Independence Day!
Yes, this person didn't work out in the end, but he was loads better than some of the ones I've met up with.

So far, it is a small trend that if I start playing with my ice or my cold water glass in general, I am most likely uninterested. D-:
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I've been listening to a lot of Belle & Sebastian, but also the new album by Stornoway ("Bonxie") has finally grown on me! I am SUPER pumped at the thought of them crossing the pond for another tour.
My favorite tracks from Bonxie:
"Love Song of the Beta Male"
"Lost Youth"
"Man on Wire"
Happy Father's Day!
I hope you all are celebrating your dads or father figures today! My family always makes fun of my Dad's MiO pods, how he mixes with water with other squirtable energy drinks and gets WAY more caffeine and sugar than he really needs.

The first panel is actually the front of the envelope that I presented to him.

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Also, sorry I haven't really updated. The whole comic-every-week thing started to feel more like a work assignment rather than a way to de-stress. I have been feeling more enjoyment making personal cards for friends and family with esoteric inside-jokes, and, because of the dissolution of a more than 2-year-relationship, I was going through a period of anhedonia for a few months. Shout-out to family and friends who helped talk me through things!

I had been listening to a lot of Bahamas (stage name for Afie Jurvanen) in the past few months, not only because I could relate to a lot of his songs, but also because my friend and I were seeing him June 19th (he was great!). We stuck it out after the show and we got autographs from him and some of his band members. I "Aaaaaafie?'d" a second time and got a photo op with him. He stood in-between us and HE TOUCHED OUR SHOULDERS. What a babe. His wife and newborn daughter are lucky ducks!

Here's an unplugged favorite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Tw17XPs1Dg&feature=youtu.be

Also, he and his band were so dang polite (ex/ "We aren't used to so many people nicely swaying and singing along, thank you" and, "I've never seen people get so riled up over sad music before").
This was for part of my group's final project for Pharmaceutical Advertising!
Be sure to click "previous" if you haven't read part one yet!

This is part two for the storyboard portion of my group's final project (cut out a lot of the storyboard text for posting here, though). Yes, these are not the best drawings I ever made, but considering that I knocked these out after a whirlwind of my last finals (EVA'!), I am pretty proud of the overall result.

My group had to create a dossier of sorts with creative briefs, SWOT analysis, mock journal ads and sales aids, etc (not posted here on my webcomic, obviously). Credits to Matt for the name, Christopher/Binks for the ideas of the Spartans and the concept of "forging metals" (I immediately thought, "SWORD. ALLOY" right after he said it), and Prianka for her ginormous laptop screen, laughs, and hilariously heightened aversion to the Mucinex dude.
This was for part of my group's final project for Pharmaceutical Advertising!
Be sure to click "next" to read part two!

This is part one for the storyboard portion of my group's final project (cut out a lot of the storyboard text for posting here, though). Yes, these are not the best drawings I ever made, but considering that I knocked these out after a whirlwind of my last finals (EVA'!), I am pretty proud of the overall result.

My group had to create a dossier of sorts with creative briefs, SWOT analysis, mock journal ads and sales aids, etc (not posted here on my webcomic, obviously). Credits to Matt for the name, Christopher/Binks for the ideas of the Spartans and the concept of "forging metals" (I immediately thought, "SWORD. ALLOY" right after he said it), and Prianka for her ginormous laptop screen, laughs, and hilariously heightened aversion to the Mucinex dude.
A gorgeous day!
It's crazy how I only have a few weeks left of classes...and then I get kicked out of my nest and start to frantically flap my wings with hopes of soaring in the real world (with a year of rotations starting at the end of June)!

IT'S HAPPENING.

Also- JOSH is releasing an album of Broadway hit covers soon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpA511j_-5I

No more talk of darkness, he croons! Forget these wide-eyed fears!
This was drawn a while ago, but not finished until today!
My hair is now significantly shorter than it is in this comic!

Sorry I cannot update as frequently as I would like!

So...anyway...what is new with you? Yeah? Yeah? That's great! :-)
Jess and I both really like animal and travel docs
Jess was telling me a funny story how she was in the dining hall and how "All By Myself" and how terrible it was how she was in fact eating all by herself.

Similarly, yesterday at the dining hall, the radio just so happened to be playing Janis Joplin's "Piece Of My Heart"- otherwise it's a good song, but in certain circumstances, it makes you want to hurl projectile vomit at the speakers in the ceiling (yuck)!

If you don't have a special significant other on this lovely commercialized holiday, don't forget that you're never alone, and, when you spread positivity in the face of adversity, good things usually come your way!
"Just a little homework! Tonight!"
I usually don't get homework assignments in which I am allowed to utilize my drawn' skillz, so this was a nice change of pace. It was even...fun? I also enjoyed getting homework grade points for talking about myself (oh ho ho ho...).

Also, I will most likely be going "full throttle" again with illustration commissions and 2nd drafts for one of my side-jobs, so you may find that updates will be even slower again, but do not fret! Comics will come (...eventually)! D-:

Also also, I was in a thrift store with Shannon today and there must have been ~20 Johnny Mathis records and all the clothes seemed to be one size/type (1970's prairie Mom)...I wonder if it was from the owner's Mom's old closet 0__0.
How has everyone's winter holiday been?
Mine has been pretty nice. I've gotten the time to catch up with friends, family, reading...vidja games...
Just in time for the holidays!
Probably because of his science background, Steve has a pretty good knack for baking (you're essentially following a protocol, like with an experiment). I, on the other hand, have no patience for exact measurements and little room for error.

I was especially proud of myself (oh, ho ho ho) for making an awesome (oh, ho ho ho) improvisation with my Thanksgiving contribution this past weekend. I was assigned the task of whipping up some candied yams, and I found Emeril Lagasse's recipe for them (where he "kicks it up a notch!"). My Mom got really mad when she found this out ("Why you got to do a harder recipe? Now we all won't be eating until TEN". FYI, my recipe only took about 30 minutes longer in prep and cooking than her usual recipe).

Here is the recipe I used for a foundation: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/rhodas-candied-sweet-potatoes-kic ked-up-recipe.print.html

We didn't have any oranges or orange juice, so I substituted a grapefruit (I used grapefruit rind and squeezed out the juice). We didn't have any bourbon, but I substituted it with rum since I had had rum in grapefruit soda before, and I knew the flavors complimented each other well. The result? My Dad saying my dish was the highlight of the Thanksgiving dinner (oh, ho ho ho) AND I witnessed my Mom helping herself begrudgingly to two portions ;-) I only tease my Mom, though- she gave me the tip to scoop out excess fluid prior to baking the yams to prevent them from getting overly soggy.

Anyway, my dear American readers, I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving...and...to all my other readers, thank you for continuing to check into the site! :-)
"Long time no post, eh?"
Hi, friends!

Sorry again for the sporadic updates... I can't say for sure when the next comic will be up, but... let's just say it'll be a surprise- wh-hoo!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1czCNnPyHlw
A jammy, unintentionally-sway-in-your-seat-in-public kind of song. I like the womens' vocals- reminds me a lot of Lucius. I can't say I enjoy much of their other stuff (at least from the one album I listened to), but "Sonsick" is definitely a must-listen!
And it burned, burned, burned...
How is it going? Are you as excited as I am to wear patterned layers, leggings...and most importantly...HATS?!?!

Anyway, if you have yet to listen to Johnny Cash, and just want to listen to a max of 3 songs by him, I recommend:

1) "Hurt"
I'm pretty sure this is the last single he sang before his death. Even when old, arthritic, and legally blind, he still is able to croon tunes that sway one's soul. OH- and the music video gets to me every time D-':. My Dad was obsessed how it looks like the the ghost of his wife is haunting him in the vid.

2) "Man In Black"
When I first heard this for the first time, I was just like, "UNH! So much SOUL! Yeah, Johnny Cash!" The lyrics here are probably my favorite he's ever written.

3) "Jackson"
A sweet ditty duet with his wife.
Comics will be put up more sporadically for a while
The days are slowly cooling down! You know what that means, right? Driving in my car with its broken air conditioning (and I ain't payin' $700 for a new condenser when we will probably donate ol' Black Beauty next year) will soon become more tolerable! *0*

It also means that another school year will begin for me... my last full year of classes (I still have another full year afterwards of rotations- weh)! I'm still working on my commissioned part-time project, so comic-drawing will have to be pushed to the side.

But y'all can check the site periodically, folks! You may find a surprise comic update, yeehoo!
When I was in a grocery store with Steve, he was insensitively pointing at the plethora of magazine covers with Robin Williams face going, "Dead! ...Dead! ...DEAD! Isn't it funny how magazines want to capitalize on this kind of thing?" and then laughing to himself. >___>

I comforted him though when one of his idols, Roger Ebert died by telling him "At least in his illness, he still got to keep doing what he loved." :-^
If only we had a chimp to groom us
Hiking + humidity is a lot more fun if it's followed by ice cream!

Last week I went with the Zachs to a nearby state park (only about 30 minutes away). We actually saw what I think was a black rat snake: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/ensp/pdf/snake_broch07.pdf

I almost stepped on it until Tallzach pointed it out. Quoth Lil' Zach: "I actually saw it too, but I thought in my brain, naw, there are no snakes in NJ-that can't be one!"
100th post on this site, whee!
I finished inking and shading this comic to the Jeff Corwin Experience- which is now on Netflix- yaaay! I used to watch it when I was younger with my sister. It's fun to watch it now and point out where things have obviously been staged. I am also a big fan of how Jeff Corwin respects the animals he shows to viewers. He doesn't rile them up unnecessarily for TV drama.

EDIT: He does like to bring the animals close to the camera for viewers to get a better look though, if that means him picking them up when they are already scared out of their wits!

Also, Steve laughed pretty hard at the last panel before calling me a "little jerk".
So... I actually had time to do this comic!
Gee, I forgot how relaxing it can be drawing comics. My summer commissions/assignments/part-time job/"what-have-you" has kept me rather busy, so I can't promise that I'll be able to keep up a weekly comic, but I will try my best! ;^;

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In other news, on the 24th, I got all 4 of my wisdom teeth pulled, so now my face resembles that of someone storing acorns in his/her cheeks for the winter. Luckily, only my bottom two teeth were impacted. If all four were, I would resemble a Lego minifig.

In the meantime, due to my restricted diet (for now), I have been forcing myself to whip up soups, chowders, soft things... I have also been digesting a lot of milkshakes.

Stick a banana, ~5 scoops of ice cream (I've been favoring cookies and cream), and 1/2 cup of crushed ice in a blender, and you're golden. GOLDEN.

Also, speaking of food, I checked out from my local library two graphic novels by one of my illustrator/comic artist idols, Lucy Knisley, who is definitely one of the most talented and creative artists out on the scene. I just read, "French Milk" and "Relish: My Life in the Kitchen". She draws AND she likes to cook/eat! How perfect for someone like me.
I've just been professionally contracted for the next few months!
Long story short, I had submitted an application for a part-time medical writer position for a company, and it turned out that they needed an illustrator for a certain project more!

I signed a fancy contract to illustrate about 100-150 drawings for a medical publication, which I will be working on for the next few months. Hooray! Unfortunately, however, I feel that if I continued to commit to weekly comics I may end up with a combination of both psychosis and carpal tunnel. Yeech.

I hope you guys check back in with me at this site when the leaves begin to fall!
Today was a good day
1) The weather was perfect
2) Rode the beat-up, spray-painted Black Beauty with the top down, hung out with my chica, Maira
3) Got up close and personal with a smattering of baby duckies
4) Got two pristine-condition Cranberries CD's for two bucks each
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OH! And today, at church, the priest gave a really good homily addressing the horrible shooting in California. He mentioned that most people think it's corny and old-fashioned to say and admit that "God loves us" no matter what, but he also mentioned that even more old-fashioned way of thinking was that of fatalism and everything was in the hands of something supernatural.

However, we all know for a fact that we are in control of our own destinies. He noted that a child who is loved and cared for by his parents has the self-confidence to do great things, but one who is neglected often feels that no one at all cares about him at all (eg. the California shooter). HOWEVER, it is up to Christians to instill the knowledge in those neglected that no matter the situation, no matter how lonely you may feel, God is still with you, and he challenges (not threatens) us to realize that and build the confidence to utilize ones talents and resources to do good rather than bad.