What are the haps my friends

December 18th, 2007: This weekend I thought, "I don't know enough about Spider-Man", so I spent a few hours reading Wikipedia about Spider-Man and now know I know a heck of a lot about Spider-Man. So that's something!

What I like about superhero comics in general are how they're like a chess game, where every once in a while the game ends and all their pieces go back to their starting position, and you can start again. Killed off Aunt May? No problem, we can explore how Spider-Man gets by without her for a bit, then bring her back. Batman's especially great for this, where you can have stories with Robin if you want, or without Robin, or even with your CHOICE of Robins, and nobody questions it.

Anyway DID YOU KNOW that Spider-Man in the future one day accidentally gives Mary Jane cancer because he's got radioactive semen? This is the sort of thing that Wikipedia makes up, but I verified it! Spider-Man felt real bad about this.

YOU LIKE TO READ: Probably, huh? Well GOOD NEWS: my book To Be or Not To Be (choose-your-own-path Hamlet!) is in the new Humble eBooks Bundle! Up to FIFTEEN books at a pay-what-you-want price, plus you support charity (and artists)! Definitely worth checking out, if you ask me.

NEW SHIRTS: As you may have noticed, I've spent the past all this year coming up with a new shirt design every month. Then I sold them for two weeks only! But now they're BACK... for two weeks only. Check them out! There are some PRETTY FRIGGIN' AWESOME shirts here. There's also a new one about dating, kinda?

One year ago today: panel five's dialogue of 'public love and recognition' was originally typed as 'public love recognition', and yeah, i guess both would be pretty good to achieve.

– Ryan

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