We've all seen the heartbreaking images and stories of devastation in the wake of the Oklahoma tornado. I'm sure many of you intend to make some donation to help the victims, and I thought I'd create another TOM THE DANCING BUG Challenge to help encourage generosity.
Make your donation directly to the American National Red Cross through a donation page I set up, http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/ruben-bolling/tomthedancingbugtornadorelief, and you could win a specially drawn illustration I would create just for you.
There will be two winners:
- The top donor to the Challenge (multiple donations from the same donor will be aggregated); and
- One random donor to the Challenge regardless of size of donation, $15 minimum.
The illustrations will be 6 inches x 8 inches, and you can tell me what you'd like me to draw (subject to the boundaries of law and propriety), or we can come up with something in collaboration. God-Man fighting Charley the Australopithecine, Hollingsworth Hound in a tutu, Percival Dunwoody riding a Giant Wombat... whatever you want.
The deadline to for the challenge is 11:59 pm, May 27, but PLEASE DONATE NOW.
Winners will be announced on May 28.
Thank you, everybody. Hoping you are fortunate enough to be in a position to help in any way.
UPDATE: Tell the great comics writer, philosopher and humanitarian Greg Pak that you donated, and get free CODE MONKEY SAVE WORLD (his Kickstarter launched comic collaboration with Jonathan Coulton) stickers! Details here.
(Clarification: To be absolutely clear, I don't get anything out of this. Nothing. I only use this page to keep track of donations for the purposes of the contest.)
This week's comic was a lot of fun for me -- it was one of the first times I acknowledged that more people read the comic online than in print. My entire career, I've been parodying print illustration, comics and ads. But in this comic, I directly parodied an online phenomenon by mimicking its look.
This caused some confusion, and my favorite example of it was this email sent to me today at 6:37pm...
...followed quickly by another email from the same correspondent, at 6:41pm.
This valued reader and INNER HIVE member generously gave me permission to republish his two emails, but I redacted his name, to spare him/her any embarrassment for hyperbolically calling the comic "Genius."
Superhero Fantasies for the Middle-Aged
Popular Around the Web
Freddie the Fusebox
Oh, That Nell Carter!
Cowboy Yodeling In Space
Piano for Quitters
Monkeys vs. Hermit Crabs
and MUCH, MUCH LESS!
Click here to read on Boing Boing.
Click here to read on Daily Kos.
Click here to read on GoComics.
That's right, it's Astronaut Academy Day! The second book, Re-Entry, comes out today.
My kids don't just like these books, they love them.
I've signed on to Greg Pak and Jonathan Coulton's "Code Monkey Save World" wildly successful, groundbreaking Kickstarter project. Their goal was to raise $39,000 to create a graphic novel based on Jonathan's songs, and they've currently raised over $280,000!
My involvement: I've agreed that if they reach their stretch goal of $300,000 (!!) by this Wednesday, I'll create a page of Super-Fun-Pak-type comics to be included in the graphic novel.
More information here.
Had a great time yesterday recording this latest installment of the Gweek Podcast with Mark Frauenfelder and Nate DiMeo. Click here for info and/or to listen.
In addition to the stuff Mark listed in his post, I also recommended and discussed the Comedy Bang Bang podcast. As a side note, I suspect that in so doing, I mispronounced Scott Aukerman's name, but I can't be bothered to listen to find out.