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Life Lessons

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This comic has been challenging for me for more than technical reasons. I'm usually comfortable and have little anxiety when I publish comics with a punchline. When I publish a comic like this, one that's more sober, I'm expressing something more personal, and that's always a little scary for me. I guess that's the point here. I don't like using the word "should", although learning to have a thicker skin about my work would probably be good.

What's that old expression? "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind."

I'd like to take more risks with my art and what am I really risking? Rejection? Everyone experiences that. Having a reputation or losing one? Is it worth the effort to defend a reputation if it's not who you really are? Being physically attacked over cartoons? As much as it's become apparent recently that it could happen, is it really more likely than my having a heart attack? Even in the US where I live and where the violent crime rate is higher than in all other developed countries, I'm forty-times more likely to die of heart disease than to be murdered. So that's it, just another in a long-line of unfounded fears. Let's face them, why don't we?

I've been pushing myself extra hard this past month, since I entered the Webtoons.com contest. I've taken time away from software engineering to work on my comics, because as scary as it is to struggle with finances, these comics are a lot of what I want out of life. I'm lucky that you hooligans support me and are helping me out in the contest, although it's still been challenging and painful (particularly when we've had to put off shopping and make do with the food we had left in the pantry). There are just two weeks left in the contest and your support means so much to me, it's hard for me to express. I may struggle, I may fail, but I will pick myself up and I will keep trying.

That's why I chose Jack and the Beanstalk to end this comic instead of something more traditional, like a trophy or a graduation ceremony. Life isn't always easy or safe. Sometimes growth is scary and painful. If we want the rewards that come with it, we have to get out there and slay those giants.

What are your giants? I'd love to hear.
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AuqaKissGrabbit's avatar
I wish I had discovered this sooner! This is such a great mini comic > < And gave me a great message about life...and the visual is great too^^
woohooligan's avatar
Thanks, Haru. ^^
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JWthaMajestic's avatar
Amazing words. I believe that this should be spread all over.

I even have a friend, JirouTheFolf, who's going through tough times, and he's almost 18. I think this might serve as great encouragement. :)
woohooligan's avatar
Thanks, Jordann! :hug:

Yeah, share it around. I'm always grateful when I'm able to help people through whatever challenges they're dealing with. :nod:
Shameista's avatar
a nice addition to my saddeningly small "strength"folder.

don't forget car accidents...damn cars.
woohooligan's avatar
Thanks, Vin. :hug:

I've had my fair share of 'em, yeah... ran into a car on my bike at 16. Totaled my mom's Saab when I was ... I guess I was 18. Several others, but those were the worst two. I lost the engine in one of my later cars to some front-end damage that left the car drivable right up until the engine burned up due to restricted water flow through the radiator, despite never seeing the temperature gauge peak. Yeah, lots of challenges on that front. :nod:
Shameista's avatar
Wow! That's a lot of car troubles! Fortunately I haven't crashed into anything...yet.
woohooligan's avatar
:nod: If you're lucky you never will, although I think most of us eventually have at least a fender-bender... oh and I forgot the car we bought out of desperation in Orlando that lost its transmission as soon as we pulled off the freeway in Ft Lauderdale a couple days later... eventually managed to pay to get it out of the transmission shop only to realize that Ford decided to replace the traditional (and very effective) motor mounts on the Taurus with hydraulics that give out quick and then have to be replaced at the cost of an arm and a leg, causing the engine to sort of flop-around under the hood if you can't afford to fix it right away. ;P Incidentally, stay away from the Taurus (for that reason -- no other car that I know of will do that to you).
Shameista's avatar
Alright, I will!
pearwood's avatar
Well said. I haven't owned a TV in years.  No time for one.

And I shoot with classic film cameras because I like the way they slow me down and make me think.
woohooligan's avatar
Mmm... instead of just shotgunning whatever you see with a hundred photos from semi-random angles. :nod:

Tiff and I actually have a TV in our bedroom now, which I've never had before. I'm 40 now. Most of the people I know had a TV in their bedroom growing up and I was an exception. We spend remarkably little time watching it though. We do watch it. Mostly the MythBusters and the Daily Show, which ... the latter I know you can watch all the episodes online for free. I'm not sure about the MythBusters. It's mostly just something we do together to unwind at the end of the day before we crash. :nod:

We still end up with a lot of stuff piled up in our DVR because we recorded it and didn't find the time to watch it.
pearwood's avatar
Hey, it costs real money every time I hit the trigger.  I try not to waste a lot of shots. :D
woohooligan's avatar
I'm pretty sure I'd do the same thing. :D
Skasha's avatar
I really needed to hear that right now. Thank you for making this. :)
woohooligan's avatar
:aww: Thank you so much. :hug:

I love when I'm able to be there for someone.
LuigiStar445's avatar
Wow, that was powerful, man! Life does like to hit us hard with some conflits and challenges, but we'll soon realize that those are just a progress to improving your lifestyle.

So a great work on this.
woohooligan's avatar
Thanks, man! Really appreciated.
Jburns272's avatar
Great work!

I guess I should browse DA a lot less then. :P
woohooligan's avatar
:lmao: Well, yeah, I mean... the comment really is about media addiction more than TV addiction (the key word being addiction), but it's easier to find studies that are about TV specifically than studies about media in general. But either of them are easy addictions to develop and harder to break. If you can do either of them in moderation, I think you end up okay. :nod:

Thanks for the complement! :highfive:
Jburns272's avatar
No problem! :highfive:

Yeah, I thought that's what you had in mind. At least I've posted something today. :)
StineTheKitty's avatar
You did a great job on this!  Everyone's life has it's own unique challenges and it means something different for each person.  I think you did a fantastic job illustrating this.
woohooligan's avatar
Thanks, Christine! :hug: It's not perfect, but I think it's my best for today and it's certainly shows the time I've spent developing my style. So overall I'm pretty happy with it. :nod: And it seems to be pretty well received too! So that's gravy! :la:
StineTheKitty's avatar
Shows that you got to take some risks!  Keep at it! :hug:
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