Secret Santa 2016 - Sign Ups!

HippieVan at 12:00AM, Dec. 2, 2016



I nearly forgot about Secret Santa this year! Fortunately the lovely Niccea is more on top of things than I am, and has kindly organized it in my stead.

Secret Santa is always one of my favourite community projects - it's a lovely way to spread Christmas cheer and get ...



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Characters based on Human Beings

HippieVan at 12:00AM, Nov. 25, 2016



In my newspost last week about the “No Hugging, No Learning” mantra, I mentioned that I was basing a throwaway character – a loveable misanthrope – on a real-life friend of mine. It’s something I’m tempted to do fairly frequently; I spend most of my time in an academic environment ...

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No Hugging, No Learning

HippieVan at 12:00AM, Nov. 18, 2016



Recently I wrote a throwaway character for my comic based on a real-life friend of mine. In short, he’s a loveable misanthrope. And because he’s based on a real human being, I felt like I owed the character something: he won’t grow, or change, or become a ...

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Consistency and Continuity

HippieVan at 12:00AM, Nov. 14, 2016



I recently posted the above image (click through to see the whole thing) as an extra in my comic. I drew it for myself after I realized something: I kept forgetting the details.

The positioning and style of furniture are trickiest for me. There were a few scenarios where I ...



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Comicking your feelings

HippieVan at 12:00AM, Nov. 4, 2016



I’ve been going through a bit of a rough patch lately in terms of my mental health. I don’t talk about it that often, but I don’t keep it a secret that I’ve always struggled with anxiety. Recently I started on medication for it for the ...

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Check out the last of this year's Drunk Duck Awards!

HippieVan at 12:00AM, Oct. 28, 2016



The 2016 Drunk Duck Awards is wrapping up with weekend, with a few last-minute presentations! You can also send your extras and acceptance/concession speeches to Niccea until November 4th.

Discover some of this week's winners below!


So many ways of comicking!

Best Use of Traditional Medium, presented by ...








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Jack-O-Lanterns!

HippieVan at 12:00AM, Oct. 21, 2016



Pumpkin carving! It’s one of those funny types of art like Easter egg painting or decorating gingerbread cookies that you only ever get to do once a year. I never seem to get much better at pumpkin carving, but that doesn’t stop me from getting pretty intense about ...

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Incomprehensible Notes to Yourself

HippieVan at 12:00AM, Oct. 7, 2016



I think we all do this – you leave a quick note to yourself with some great idea you’ve had, or something you need to remember to do later on. Days, weeks, or months later you re-discover the note and you have no idea what your past self was thinking ...

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On Calling It Quits

HippieVan at 12:00AM, Sept. 30, 2016



This newspost was inspired by a milestone of sorts sent to me by awsome owl 98, so I suppose I ought to start with that! His comic Powell and Derry has just wrapped up after five years and 374 pages. He’s also written a long post in the forums ...

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Getting to the Point

HippieVan at 12:00AM, Sept. 23, 2016



So, I tend to be long-winded. The mark of a historian, probably, or I maybe I just love to hear myself talk. But rarely does that become so evident to me as when I’m turning my comic script into actual comic pages. Suddenly what seemed like a brief remark ...

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