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davecuttingroom asked: 1. Will we ever see Holo-kara again? 2. What does keep circulating the links mean?

1. Maybe

2. Link people to the show. Promote it. Talk about it.  Circulate the links.  ^_~

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nascarcatcar asked: Why is your staple weapon, the magic gun, typically ineffective in a fight?

Because some weapons work better for some situations and some work better for others.

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castingmysilver asked: Where did you find the Blake's 7 gun prop you used in the 300th episode? Or is it homemade?

Homemade, and I can already offer some suggestions for stuff if you want to make your own.

For starters - I used shower curtain rings for the ring of it.

That is a bad idea.

Took copious amounts of hot glue to keep the thing attached to the PVC coupler I used for the main body of it and it shows in some parts. Instead, find a water bottle with straight ridges going up and down (usually generic water bottles have them, I’ve found). They’re lighter and probably easier to seal in gaps than the plastic rings.

The light is generated by a basic flashlight I got at Target that I painted black and put the PVC coupler on top of (surprisingly perfect fit). The phone cord you can get at any hardware store, along with an empty telephone/outlet box with a cover and the plugs for the phone cord. Those can just be painted black and the plugs glued onto the back of the flashlight and inside the box (usually there’s an opening on those boxes you can just slip the cord into).

The barrel was the thing I was having trouble with for the longest time, since transparent tubes that size tend to be pretty heavy. I eventually found a knock-off cheap lightsaber toy at a hobby store that I was able to cut off the saber portion of and just glue that to the flashlight.

It’s not perfect and not exactly show-accurate, but it’s cheap and effective since replicas of the things tend to be pretty expensive.

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therelativelydispleasedhatter asked: Hi! I know you don't work with webcomics or the like for AT4W, but I'm wanting to get into comic book writing and webcomics seem to be the best place to start. Problem is, I can't draw at all and cause college have $0 to commission art. Would you have any advice about how to go about starting up? (I mainly ask you because, besides obvious reason, I seem to remember you being involved in a wc back in the day, and you're an awesome person in general.) Thanks so much and keep being awesome!

I am honestly not the guy to be answering that considering my webcomic was preeeetty much a failure.  XD

What I can tell you is that you either need to have a friend who can draw who is just as passionate as you are about the project OR just draw it yourself, regardless of the quality of artwork (and sadly you WILL get critiqued for it, sorry) OR pay someone, even if you can’t afford it.

But if you really are interested in making it happen and determined to do so, negative critiques on it shouldn’t matter beyond “They’re right, I need to do better.” Because when you’re working on a creative endeavor that you really care about, you’re determined to have it done come hell or high water.

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gregtheterrible asked: Why is it for some blip videos I can jump past the buffer and others I can't?

I’m not entirely certain. In some cases it’s because of the way they were uploaded (may have been saved as a flash file and therefore it’s outdated with the player) or it might just be the player itself being wonky.

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duperderedere asked: Can I just say how it makes me so happy that you and David Willis are like, buds and talk to each other online? I love it. It's so great knowing two great dudes like each other.

Well, I’m not going to try to overstate our friendship - it’s certainly not to the level of his second marriage to Joel Watson.  XD 

We’ve met in person all of once and he was kind enough to donate Transformers comics back in the day and even had me in Shortpacked once, which is an honor I cannot begin to thank him for. I sometimes fear I look like an idiot in front of him, though, since the dude honestly tends to be waaaay smarter than me on stuff.

But yes, David Willis is a great guy and everyone should read his comics and talk about Butt Taco.

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skeletonmeme:

bandgeek1207:

So I was at my friends house and she opens her freezer and This WAS THERE. AND I WAS DYING AND SHE LOOKS AT ME AND GOES “ah yes, this is Henry, the freezer skull” and I can’t…

ay yo got any freezy pops in dis bitch

hes chillin

dammit-jim-im-a-blog:

skeletonmeme:

bandgeek1207:

So I was at my friends house and she opens her freezer and This WAS THERE. AND I WAS DYING AND SHE LOOKS AT ME AND GOES “ah yes, this is Henry, the freezer skull” and I can’t…

ay yo got any freezy pops in dis bitch

hes chillin

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animedavidbowie:

unrecognizedpotential:

forgottenawesome:

Do You Love Someone With Depression?
If you have a partner or are close to someone who struggles with depression, you may not always know how to show them you love them. One day they may seem fine, and the next they are sad, distant and may push you away. It is important that you know that as a person who is close to them and trusted by them, you can help your friend or partner have shorter, less severe bouts of depression. Mental illness is as real as physical illness (it is physical actually, read more about that here) and your partner needs you as much as they would need to be cared for if they had the flu.
Your relationship may seem one-sided during these times, but by helping your partner through a very difficult and painful affliction, you are strengthening your relationship and their mental health in the long term.
1. Help them keep clutter at bay.
When a person begins spiraling into depression, they may feel like they are slowing down while the world around them speeds up. The mail may end up in stacks, dishes can pile up in the sink, laundry may go undone as the depressed person begins to feel more and more overwhelmed by their daily routine and unable to keep up. By giving your partner some extra help sorting mail, washing dishes or using paper plates and keeping chaos in check in general, you’ll be giving them (and yourself) the gift of a calm  environment. (I’m a fan of the minimalist movement because of this, you can read more about that here.)
2. Fix them a healthy meal.
Your partner may do one of two things when they are in a depressed state. They may eat very little, or they may overeat. In either case, they may find that driving through a fast food restaurant or ordering a pizza online is just easier than fixing a meal. Eating like this, or neglecting to eat will only degrade your partner’s health, causing them to go deeper into their depression. Help your loved one keep their body healthy, and their mind will follow. This is a great article that talks about the “Brain Diet” which can help the symptoms of depression, and this article talks about how our modern diet could contribute to the recent rise in depression. Here is a recipe for a trail mix that is quick to make and has mood-boosting properties.
3.Get them outside.
 The benefits of getting outside for a depressed person are huge. And it is possibly the last thing on earth your partner will want to do. Take them to be somewhere in nature. Pack a picnic and lie in the sun, take a leisurely hike or plant a garden. Being barefoot in the dirt, or “earthing” helps ground the body and reverse the effects of living in a world of emf’s, and digging in soil can actually act as an antidepressant, as a strain of bacterium in soil, Mycobacterium vaccae, triggers the release of seratonin, which in turn elevates mood and decreases anxiety. Sunshine increases Vitamin D production which can help alleviate depression. My friend Elizabeth wrote an excellent post about Vitamin D and its link to depression here.  For more information about other sources of Vitamin D, this is a great post as well as this.
4. Ask them to help you understand what they’re feeling.
If your partner is able to articulate what they are going through, it will help them and you better understand what you are dealing with, and may give insight into a plan of action for helping your partner. Also, feeling alone is common for a depressed person and anything that combats that feeling will help alleviate the severity and length of the depression.
5. Encourage them to focus on self-care.
Depressed people often stop taking care of themselves. Showering, getting haircuts, going to the doctor or dentist, it’s all just too hard, and they don’t deserve to be well taken care of anyway in their minds. This can snowball quickly into greater feelings of worthlessness since “Now I’m such a mess, no one could ever love me”. Help your loved one by being proactive. Tell them “I’m going to do the dishes, why don’t you go enjoy a bubble bath?” can give them the permission they won’t give themselves to do something normal, healthy and self-loving.
6. Hug them.
Studies show that a sincere hug that lasts longer than 20 seconds can release feel-good chemicals in the brain and elevate the mood of the giver and receiver. Depressed people often don’t want to be touched, but a sincere hug with no expectation of anything further can give your partner a lift.
7. Laugh with them.
Telling a silly joke, watching a comedy or seeing a stand up comedian will encourage your partner to laugh in spite of themselves. Laughing releases endorphins and studies show can actually counteract symptoms of depression and anxiety.
8. Reassure them that you can handle their feelings.
Your partner may be feeling worthless, angry and even guilty while they are depressed. They may be afraid that they will end up alone because no one will put up with their episodes forever. Reassure them that you are in the relationship for the long haul and they won’t scare you away because they have an illness.
9. Challenge their destructive thoughts.
A depressed person’s mind can be a never-ending loop of painful, destructive thoughts. “I’m unlovable, I’m a failure, I’m ugly, I’m stupid”. Challenge these untruths with the truth. “You’re not unlovable, I love you. You aren’t a failure, here are all the things you’ve accomplished.”
10.Remind them why you love them.
Look at pictures of happy times you’ve had together. Tell them your favorite things about them. Reminisce about your relationship and all the positive things that have happened, and remind your partner that you love them and they will get through this.
(via The Darling Bakers)

More people need to know this.

This is so incredibly important. I’ve seen people with depression ostracized so many times, and I cannot stress how much it means to each and every person I’ve tried to reach out to after whatever “falling-outs” they’ve had due to depression. Remember to always be compassionate and kind to all friends like this, because you never know what they’re going through.

animedavidbowie:

unrecognizedpotential:

forgottenawesome:

Do You Love Someone With Depression?

If you have a partner or are close to someone who struggles with depression, you may not always know how to show them you love them. One day they may seem fine, and the next they are sad, distant and may push you away. It is important that you know that as a person who is close to them and trusted by them, you can help your friend or partner have shorter, less severe bouts of depression. Mental illness is as real as physical illness (it is physical actually, read more about that here) and your partner needs you as much as they would need to be cared for if they had the flu.

Your relationship may seem one-sided during these times, but by helping your partner through a very difficult and painful affliction, you are strengthening your relationship and their mental health in the long term.

1. Help them keep clutter at bay.

When a person begins spiraling into depression, they may feel like they are slowing down while the world around them speeds up. The mail may end up in stacks, dishes can pile up in the sink, laundry may go undone as the depressed person begins to feel more and more overwhelmed by their daily routine and unable to keep up. By giving your partner some extra help sorting mail, washing dishes or using paper plates and keeping chaos in check in general, you’ll be giving them (and yourself) the gift of a calm  environment. (I’m a fan of the minimalist movement because of this, you can read more about that here.)

2. Fix them a healthy meal.

Your partner may do one of two things when they are in a depressed state. They may eat very little, or they may overeat. In either case, they may find that driving through a fast food restaurant or ordering a pizza online is just easier than fixing a meal. Eating like this, or neglecting to eat will only degrade your partner’s health, causing them to go deeper into their depression. Help your loved one keep their body healthy, and their mind will follow. This is a great article that talks about the “Brain Diet” which can help the symptoms of depression, and this article talks about how our modern diet could contribute to the recent rise in depression. Here is a recipe for a trail mix that is quick to make and has mood-boosting properties.

3.Get them outside.

 The benefits of getting outside for a depressed person are huge. And it is possibly the last thing on earth your partner will want to do. Take them to be somewhere in nature. Pack a picnic and lie in the sun, take a leisurely hike or plant a garden. Being barefoot in the dirt, or “earthing” helps ground the body and reverse the effects of living in a world of emf’s, and digging in soil can actually act as an antidepressant, as a strain of bacterium in soil, Mycobacterium vaccae, triggers the release of seratonin, which in turn elevates mood and decreases anxiety. Sunshine increases Vitamin D production which can help alleviate depression. My friend Elizabeth wrote an excellent post about Vitamin D and its link to depression here.  For more information about other sources of Vitamin D, this is a great post as well as this.

4. Ask them to help you understand what they’re feeling.

If your partner is able to articulate what they are going through, it will help them and you better understand what you are dealing with, and may give insight into a plan of action for helping your partner. Also, feeling alone is common for a depressed person and anything that combats that feeling will help alleviate the severity and length of the depression.

5. Encourage them to focus on self-care.

Depressed people often stop taking care of themselves. Showering, getting haircuts, going to the doctor or dentist, it’s all just too hard, and they don’t deserve to be well taken care of anyway in their minds. This can snowball quickly into greater feelings of worthlessness since “Now I’m such a mess, no one could ever love me”. Help your loved one by being proactive. Tell them “I’m going to do the dishes, why don’t you go enjoy a bubble bath?” can give them the permission they won’t give themselves to do something normal, healthy and self-loving.

6. Hug them.

Studies show that a sincere hug that lasts longer than 20 seconds can release feel-good chemicals in the brain and elevate the mood of the giver and receiver. Depressed people often don’t want to be touched, but a sincere hug with no expectation of anything further can give your partner a lift.

7. Laugh with them.

Telling a silly joke, watching a comedy or seeing a stand up comedian will encourage your partner to laugh in spite of themselves. Laughing releases endorphins and studies show can actually counteract symptoms of depression and anxiety.

8. Reassure them that you can handle their feelings.

Your partner may be feeling worthless, angry and even guilty while they are depressed. They may be afraid that they will end up alone because no one will put up with their episodes forever. Reassure them that you are in the relationship for the long haul and they won’t scare you away because they have an illness.

9. Challenge their destructive thoughts.

A depressed person’s mind can be a never-ending loop of painful, destructive thoughts. “I’m unlovable, I’m a failure, I’m ugly, I’m stupid”. Challenge these untruths with the truth. “You’re not unlovable, I love you. You aren’t a failure, here are all the things you’ve accomplished.”

10.Remind them why you love them.

Look at pictures of happy times you’ve had together. Tell them your favorite things about them. Reminisce about your relationship and all the positive things that have happened, and remind your partner that you love them and they will get through this.

(via The Darling Bakers)

More people need to know this.

This is so incredibly important. I’ve seen people with depression ostracized so many times, and I cannot stress how much it means to each and every person I’ve tried to reach out to after whatever “falling-outs” they’ve had due to depression. Remember to always be compassionate and kind to all friends like this, because you never know what they’re going through.

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Atop the Fourth Wall: AQLA: Top 15 Night Gallery Segments

A Quick Look At! He hasn’t did one of these in a long time! -Miss

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Patrick Alexander’s 22 Panels That Always Work!!

Useful resource for pros.

Suddenly, everyone’s a penguin.

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