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NEXT WEEK: Seattle! With new stickers & Cast Cards!

I’ve made a new SECOND SET of Hyperbolic Upgrade Stickers! (The lower 8 stickers in this photo are new! The upper ones you can get right now.)

They will be available at my table at the Emerald City Comic Con (née Comicon) next week, and online in my store after that!

As per usual I’ll be at the TopatoCo booth, #1102, on the skybridge, alongside a dashing squad of cartoonist colleagues.

We’re also playing our Wikipedia game again, in a panel:

SUNDAY MAR 04 // 3:45 PM // TCC L3 – Room 3

The Lost in Wikipedia Game Show!

Ever fallen down a Wikipedia hole? Clicking from article to article until you forget where you came from? Come watch us trap our panelists deep within the Wiki web and make them race to navigate their way back out to freedom.

Featuring Dylan Meconis (Bite Me), Trin Garritano (Friendshipping, Cards Against Humanity), James L. Sutter (Pathfinder, Starfinder) and Dave Kellett (Sheldon, Drive), and hosted by David Malki ! (Machine of Death, Wondermark).

At the show, you will be able to get a Roll-a-Sketch drawing from me if you like, and I’ll award you (remind me if I forget) our new 2018 Roll-a-Sketch Cast Card, pictured here with several of its brethren:

I’ve just updated the Cast Cards Index Page, showing off the 40 different cards released or planned to date — including past years’ Roll-a-Sketch cards (claimable in retrospect if you got a sketch from me in 2016 or 2017), Patreon cards, and special Achievement Cards.

We award participants a card with every big project released (such as a Kickstarter or our annual calendar), and in the year to come, there will be a few new Achievement Cards available as well — I’ll hold another caption contest next month, for example!

Our subscribers on Patreon have been the main recipients of the Cast Card bounty, with a brand new card every single month.

In fact, I’ve just sent subscribers the January 2018 card — and there’s still a few days left to claim February’s (Dandra P. Wrentzling, pictured above) for yourself if you like, by becoming a Patreon subscriber at the appropriate tier before the month is out.

2018 will see the release of the FINAL BATCH of Wondermark Cast Cards, so join us for the home stretch!



Check out: EVERYTHING SUCKS! on Netflix

I just finished watching a new show on Netflix called Everything Sucks!

My film school buddy Michael Mohan is one of the creators, and several other of our friends also worked on the show, so I admit to being biased, but my wife and I both really loved it. (I hate some of my other classmates’ work, so I don’t think the bias is actually a factor.)

It’s set in 1996, in suburban Oregon, and follows the kids in a high school AV club as they clash with the drama club. It’s about a lot more than just that, though — the trailer gives you a good sense of it.

As the season continues on, I really like how the filmmakers manage to subvert many of the typical stories you think you’re going to see.

Mike also directed the short film This Is How You Die for the second Machine of Death book, and helped me out quite a bit with the MOD Kickstarter videos as well! His name has popped up on this site from time to time. I’m a huge fan of his work generally and was excited to hear he’d have the chance to make this series.

The show’s musical score is by musician/podcaster Hrishikesh Hirway, also a friend, and the cinematographer is Elisha Christian, who also shot the commercial I made for Zach Weinersmith’s Single-Use Monocles.

Elisha and I worked together in our college AV department nearly TWENTY YEARS AGO. DANG that is a weird thought.

[ Everything Sucks! on Netflix ]



Better Olympic Narratives

This post originally ran during the LAST Winter Olympics, in 2014. I think it’s STILL VERY RELEVANT.

Like lots of you perhaps, I’m watching bits of the Olympics, and it’s interesting to watch how the same basic narratives are played over and over in an attempt to add drama to the sports. Fundamentally, the Olympics is about world-class athletes competing with one another, so of course they’re all going to be dedicated, and the pride of their country.

But what if…THERE WAS MORE TO THE STORY???

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