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This is the first comic posted here at an earlier time. I'd like to say that this has been a good day, but it really hasn't, I've been arguing with Dustin.

On a more positive note, I saw Men in Black 3 and enjoyed it.
  • Listening to: Drown by Three Days Grace
  • Reading: News
  • Watching: Men in Black 3
  • Eating: Orange Chicken
  • Drinking: Kool Aid
Starting on May 28th, the comic is getting released at nine to make it easier on me with the new job.

I got Apollo 13 and Network on Blu Ray today. Both movies rank in my favorites.

I also got Sepultura's Roots and Red Fang's Murder the Mountains today, both bands I would highly recommend.

I saw the Avengers over the weekend and it was good.

Damn, I should get paid to sponsor the above products.
  • Listening to: Roots Bloody Roots by Sepultura
  • Reading: News
  • Watching: The Avengers
  • Eating: Grilled Chicken
  • Drinking: Tea
So, I haven't posted a comic here in two weeks. Last week, it was a special issue, so it just went on the site. The week before that, I just didn't give a damn. I did release to the site two weeks ago, but early.

My new schedule is brutal, and I always end up sleep deprived. It reminds me of the early days of the site, which is unpleasant. I would get so little sleep. The difference is now that I'll nap here and there to lessen the effects, and I'll sleep a day away if I need it. Even getting an hour or two in the evening after work helps. I also have some stuff going on in my life. I've had worse, and I've had better, but it's stuff all the same.

Tonight's issue is about the constitutionality of the Individual Mandate. I firmly believe it to be constitutional. What is lost in the comic, however, is that I still disagree with the Individual Mandate itself. I feel the problem is not that people do not buy insurance, it is that they cannot afford it.

I run into this issue quite often. I have some criticisms of the liberal side of things, too, and of Obama. But then the Tea Party pipes up about Obama's birth certification and it's so racist and ignorant it warrants bashing. It's more that one side is more annoying to me than the other. Sure, Obama has made some poor policy decisions, to put it lightly. I disagree with almost all of Obama's foreign policy. Still, Obama strikes me as more rational. He doesn't make the other side out to be the Anti-Christ, and that appeals to me. Then you have the Republicans, who just try to obstruct everything.

It's a mess.
  • Listening to: Slipknot
  • Reading: News
  • Eating: Hot Pockets
  • Drinking: Tea
I get up at five every morning now, so being tired is the standard after releasing a comic.

Tonight's comic is my take on the killing of Trayvon Martin, and my general thoughts on racism.
  • Listening to: Toonami Tunes
  • Reading: Wastelands
  • Eating: Hot Pockets
  • Drinking: Tea
Tonight's is an issue I can talk a little bit about.

This issue is based upon a news article that I read in which a child accidentally brought a pocket knife to school. The knife dropped out of his pocket, his gym teacher called the "school resource officer", and the kid then left the school in handcuffs.

I can compare and contrast the above news story with an incident from my childhood in which I tried to buy a pocket knife from another kid. This was at day camp. My parents didn't want me to have a pocket knife, so I tried to buy one. Long story short, I got caught. There were no handcuffs. I did get in trouble. Eventually, many months later, my parents even let me have a pocket knife.

My point is, I never again brought a knife to school. Not once. Why couldn't the kid above have gotten the same treatment? Especially when there is no malice, I see no need for zero tolerance.

Also, in this comic, all the kids have scissors. At schools, they give kids more dangerous weapons than they are punishing the kids for having. It's reactionary and paranoid. At best these schools are teaching kids that authority figures suck.
  • Listening to: Judas Priest
  • Reading: Wastelands
  • Eating: Chicken Fried Rice
  • Drinking: Tea
This is a comic I can actually talk about and give some behind the scenes information on.

For one thing, I've had the script for this comic lying around since the summer. It was written during the time when we were doing a lot of strips about the economy, and I thought it would be good to frame Climate Change in the context of the economy.

I never got it to really work, and I suppose it still doesn't work well here, but it works well enough to post.

Now then, Cedric. We have officially killed Cedric off, and this is his first appearance since this took place. It was always my intention to make it so that Cedric would still appear in the comic, but not in a way which reverses his death. Not in a way which diminishes it or makes it seem less.

Killing Cedric off was not my idea, it was Dustin's. I ignored it for a long time until last November when I finally thought of a way to make it interesting. Plus, I wanted to shake up the comic. I can't say much about our plans, but I will say that this is merely act one of a longer play, and that Cedric features prominently in the story I want to tell.

Dustin would disagree with me, but I've always thought Cedric served an important narrative function. He represents the fringe part of the left wing of politics, he gives Rick an intellectual equal, he will go into situations that John will not go into, and he also actively encourages Rick's antics while fully knowing the ramifications.

Cedric is a good foil to John. Cedric is adventurous while John is not, Cedric is cool, John isn't. There is a certain antagonism to the two men. It stems partly from the fact that Rick can connect to Cedric in a way that he never can to John, and this makes John jealous. Cedric also represents, as mentioned above, the fringe of the left wing. The true progressives and free thinkers, while John speaks for the Democratic party. John supported intervening in Libya while Cedric did not. It was good to have the two oppose one another.

Cedric also served as Rick's intellectual equal. Cedric and Rick would play chess in the comics, you would never see John and Rick playing chess. It's a thinking man's game, and John just doesn't measure up to Rick, especially in creative thinking. Cedric does. No one understands Rick and what goes through his head very well, Cedric does, and from the perspective of a man who has lived it.

Cedric is also more adventurous than John. Cedric is the one who Rick takes to shows, and after a point, takes with him to speak at schools against the whims of teachers. That's because John just wouldn't go for it, even though he envies it, he would never take this risks.

Going along with that point, Cedric is the one character who never wants to restrain Rick that actually understands what Rick is doing. The kids mostly go along for fun. BOBK comes close to understanding, but he has a youthful mindset. Cedric does not have this. Cedric never thinks Rick has gone too far, because Cedric has done everything Rick has and more. Cedric has lived that life and survived. Cedric sees life as an exciting adventure where it is worth it to take risks.

Dustin feels bad that we're torturing Rick for entertainment purposes. I felt for Cedric when we killed him off. I like Cedric and I am excited for where this storyline of ours takes him.

We will also be adding new characters in the coming months to fill some of the void from Cedric. I don't want them to be Cedric disguised as another character. These characters will be different and have their own flaws, traits, and things to bring to the table. But they will fulfill some of the functions as listed above.

As it is in life, when our friends make their exits, as time passes we will often make new ones.

I mentioned in my previous journal that I got promoted. I am enjoying my new position so far.
  • Listening to: Amon Amarth
  • Reading: Wastelands
  • Eating: Compleats
  • Drinking: Tea
I just got my new Android Tablet last week, and I am enjoying it immensely.

Tomorrow is my birthday, and I just got promoted last Saturday to Department Manager at my job. That takes effect next Saturday. I am excited.
  • Listening to: Megadeth
  • Reading: Wastelands
  • Eating: Hot Pockets
  • Drinking: Tea
I have survived inventory at work, and I'm now on day one of three straight days off.

I'm also getting a tablet. I ordered it today, and I've been enjoying Broken Saints today.
  • Listening to: Disturbed
  • Reading: Wastelands
  • Watching: Broken Saints
  • Eating: Buritos
  • Drinking: Tea
Our government's War on Drugs is being waged with lies and does not focus on rehabilitating the "criminals" it locks up.

This comic was also originally thought up while I was at work, and wasn't a Rick concept. I had to shorten it and get it to work with the Rick characters. Had this strip been longer, it probably would have involved the school officials taking the work completely seriously and dismissing Chase's line as the work of a hoodlum.

Next week is inventory at work, and should be interesting.
  • Listening to: GWAR
  • Reading: Wastelands
  • Eating: Mini Cheeseburgers
  • Drinking: Tea
The provisions of NDAA which allow for indefinite detention of U.S. citizens and allows the military to be used domestically as a police force go into effect March 1st. Tomorrow as of this writing.

Welcome to the American Police State. And I don't mean the American Fascist State, at least not of today, I mean the police state.

Mitt Romney supported this bill, saying that Americans must trust their leaders not to abuse their powers. Yet, it is a critical Republican tenant of governance that we are a nation of laws, not of men. Indeed, what point is there to the Bill of Rights or the Constitution at all if we are to simply trust our leaders to make things up as they see fit? 

George Washington had a cult of personality associated with him that was comparable to that of the one surrounding Joseph Stalin and other dictators. He was also a man of legendary nobility and integrity. Yet he declined the powers which we now have given to our president. 

Washington, for all his integrity, for all his nobility, even with within his presidency facing an armed rebellion against the government and hostile natives within American soil, knew better than to trust himself with such power. Not in the name of security, not for his own gain.

The Tea Party has long argued that the modern United States could learn a thing or two from our founding fathers. 

I very much agree.
  • Listening to: Led Zeppelin
  • Reading: Wastelands
  • Eating: Stragonoff
  • Drinking: Tea
This comic is the first one since we killed Cedric off.

When we did the issue where Cedric dies, which I did not post here, I got a message from Dustin as he was drawing it that he felt bad for Rick. I certainly agree, I feel bad for my characters as I write. But after that subsides, I feel sadistic glee. I enjoy torturing my characters. It's a release. Art comes from pain, and if my characters feel pain, it's pain that has been mirrored in my life. It's a release to write about it. Dustin continues to feel bad about it.

I don't think it's good to feel much sentiment for your characters. It happens, of course, but I think it's good to put them through hell and to let them grow. Bad things happen in life and they should happen in stories as well. I'm excited for the new opportunities created by our story development.

In life news, the Ethernet port on my motherboard is belly up. I've ordered a new one, along with a card for new USB ports, and a new card reader, internal. My basic idea is to get a PCI ethernet port, like the one I'm using now, because they seem to be powerful, and then, since I only have one PCI slot, to axe my PCI card with USB ports and replace it with an equal one for PCI express x1. I couldn't find a powerful enough ethernet card for PCI express 1.

I am currently using an old Ethernet card in my PCI slot, which means I'm four USB ports down. It's a sad day.

I'm getting the new card reader because I never bothered to replace my old one after it starting spewing smoke everywhere. No shit. My old card reader started spewing smoke and I assume would have eventually caught fire.

I'm getting Broken Saints soon, I have high interest in action comics.

That's about all for this journal. It's a long one. Makes me tired.
  • Listening to: GWAR
  • Reading: Wastelands
  • Eating: Buffolo Chicken
  • Drinking: Tea
There's never much going on in my life and tyically the comic isn't special enough to merit being discussed.

I went with an older comic for here tonight because the one we put on the site is a two parter with Monday's. Since only Wednesday comics go here, I thought it would be cheap to only post one part of a comic.

Blah.
  • Listening to: Black Night by Deep Purple
  • Reading: Wastelands
  • Eating: Yakisoba Noodles
  • Drinking: Tea
I don't think there is any surprise as to where I would stand on it. It's nonsense.

It hasn't been a bad day. I have two days off in a row this week, so I'm happy.
  • Listening to: Disturbed
  • Reading: Wastelands
  • Eating: A Drumstick
  • Drinking: Tea
In this issue, we lampshaded our tendency to not be topical.

There was all sorts of craziness today.
  • Listening to: Nirvana
  • Reading: Wastelands
  • Eating: Food
  • Drinking: Tea
This twice weekly thing is wearing me out. Tonight's is the issue that goes up here.

I watched the State of the Union last night and enjoyed it.

I have Applebees to look forward to on Friday and the possibility of it being free.

That's about it.
  • Listening to: Led Zeppelin
  • Reading: Wastelands
  • Eating: Compleats
  • Drinking: Tea
This comic was released late here because it was on our main site, which was blacked out for the protest earlier today. This is the first time in over two years I've released a comic late. It's weird.

Tonight's comic is not about SOPA, but about video game censorship.

I have two days off in a row and plan to enjoy them.
  • Listening to: Iron Maiden
  • Reading: Wastelands
  • Eating: Hot Pockets
  • Drinking: Tea
It's amazing how Iraq is happening all over again, and also amazing how things can change in a week.

Beginning next Monday, we are a twice weekly strip, but the Monday strip will only be posted to our site. Due to the pressure of making this change, I have become a tyrant, and the resulting argument with Dustin is a big reason why this comic is done from reused artwork.

Blah.
  • Listening to: Steppenwolf
  • Reading: News
  • Eating: Orange Chicken
  • Drinking: Tea
I work retail, and having the 2011 holiday season behind me cheers me up. This is Friday for me, and the next two days will be spent watching Twilight Zone, because I have no cable, this is my marathon for New Year's, and seeing some musician friends of mine, White Atlantic play at a local bar.
  • Listening to: System of a Down
  • Reading: Newsweek
  • Watching: The Twilight Zone
  • Eating: Ice Cream
  • Drinking: Tea
I'm still feeling rather indifferent to things. This week's contains a minor error, but all in all, it's a good way to end the year.

I have also recently acquired the Twilight Zone the Definitive Collection, and I am enjoying it quite a bit.
  • Listening to: Red Fang
  • Reading: Wastelands
  • Watching: The Twilight Zone
  • Eating: Ham
  • Drinking: Tea
Just kind of a terrible day.
  • Listening to: The furnace
  • Reading: Manga
  • Eating: Zatarains.
  • Drinking: Tea