New comic! “Doctor, It Hurts When You Do This.”
New comic! “After Con Special”
New FANEURYSM Comic!
"Think Only Tree"
New comic! “Nth Class”
Webcomics Worth Wreading review of HijiNKS ENSUE.
This is a really well written and thoughtful review of my comic. I often cringe when I see reviews of my work pop up online, because I KNOW I am going to read them and I KNOW I am not going to like everything I read. Reviews of my work are often complimentary, but tend to zero in on the one or two aspects of my work that I am either insecure about or ashamed of. Even if those aspects are wading in a sea of compliments, I always get the feeling of “I was kind of hoping no one had noticed THAT,” or “maybe everyone forgot about THAT.” This review by Robynne Blume caused no such cringing on my part.
This isn’t to say it was sycophantic or brown nosing. Flaws are mentioned, but the author seems to have a genuine appreciation of the comic and the evolution it’s undertaken over the last 7 years. I’m happy to say, and she seems to agree, that most of the stuff I am not proud of (violence instead of punchlines, insensitive language, overly specific pop culture references that require you be ingesting the exact same media that I am exactly WHEN I am, lack of character depth, etc) are in the past.
She details the various incarnations of HijiNKS ENSUE (the early pop culture years, the Lofi’s, the photo comics, the convention photo comics, and the current semi-autobio version) in a way that should give the uninitiated an easy to follow roadmap of a body of work that might otherwise seem unfocused or, at times, flailing (another one of those things I hoped people didn’t notice or remember). She points out that the archive system can be confusing to new readers and I agree. I separated the various types of comics into categories last year in an effort to give focus to the new stuff while not abandoning the old, but the usability of the actual menus and layout has always been confusing at best. The good news is I am redesigning the site and fixing this problem is one of the main things I am addressing.
There are times (lots of times) that I feel like planning and ending for HijiNKS ENSUE and moving on to a different project. My audience splintered after I changed the comic’s format and I fear it will never fully recover. I tell myself that it’s not that no one “gets” what I’m trying to do (It’s not THAT ambitious or deep and I am not THAT deluded), it’s just that no one really cares. Of course, I know these fears are mostly overreactions (with some truth), and that some people do enjoy my work. It’s just really nice to see that someone, ANYONE really, honestly, truly GETS it.
Thank you, Robynne for your thoughtful words, and for a much needed boost in confidence.
New comic! “If You See Something, Say Something”
A direct follow up to this one: http://hijinksensue.com/comic/where-wings-take-dream/
"Where Wings Take Dream"
New comic! “The Show Is Over, Say Goodbye”
New comic! “Candy Is Dandy, But Liquor Is Quicker”
I haven’t felt much like being funny since I heard of Robin Williams’ passing. Beyond his massive talent as an actor and comedian, he was a mainstay of the world I have always lived in. Until this week, I have never been a resident of a planet that wasn’t blessed with his frenetic, insightful and joyous energy. He was a constant, and now that he’s gone I feel his absence in a way that I had not anticipated. Robin Williams was like a song that everyone you’ve ever met knew and loved. He was a unifying force for happiness in an all too often harsh and confusing world. The fact that he was unable to find his own happiness in the very world he made so much brighter is so fantastically unfair.
There are only a handful of movies that honestly changed my life; made a different person than I was before I saw them. When I read about Robin’s death, I started to list them off and realized, of that handful, four were his films. I posted this list and these quick, gut reaction thoughts on Twitter and Facebook within moments of reading the news, and I want to share it with you here now.
Dead Poet’s Society, Bicentennial Man, What Dreams May Come, & The Birdcage were all films that changed my life forever, for the better.