What are the haps my friends

December 18th, 2006: Dudes it was my 900th comic yesterday! Sort of! I think some of the numbers are missing due to problems when I moved to my database-driven backend, but we will ignore that. 900 comics! That means in 100 comics it will be 1000 comics! Will Dinosaur Comics explode when that happens? WILL YOU?? There is one way to find out. Thank you everyone for making doing these comics such an enjoyable thing to do, and also my job! It is the best job in the world and I feel awesome at parties explaining to people what I do and they don't get how it is even possible

So hey, what about Child's Play? It is a charity organized by the Penny Arcade dudes that sends toys, games and money to hospitals in need, so that children staying there can have a slightly better time when they're away from their families. 100% of the money raised goes to this cause: there's no administration fees or anything! It is a very good charity.

Inspired by David's good example, I am putting up my own auction! 100% of the money raised from this auction will go to Child's Play. This is an auction for the second painting I ever did! Well actually it is the fourth, since I did the first three all at once and sold them as a set last year. THIS painting is black and white and shows T-Rex stomping on a tiny woman, who is so intense that a starburst radiates from her very head. Also there are halftone dots for that pop-art flair. I painted it when I was sad, therefore it is black and white! That is how emotions work, everyone. That is how emotions work in artists.

You can bid here! Imagine having this painting until the day you are dead.

Also my friend Poster Child is holding his own Child's Play auctions, and one's for a painting he's done of a Boomer from Battlestar Galactica as a retro Cylon. Is it not adorable? It is adorable. You can bid here, and also he's got another Child's Play auction here!

To make sure the best gifts ever in time get to you when you want them, here are the HOLIDAY SHIPPING DEADLINES. Orders placed before these dates will get to you in time for Christmas!

December 1st-4th: All shipping methods except U.S.P.S. First-Class Package International Service™ are safe.
December 5th: International orders made not selecting U.S.P.S. Priority Mail Express International™ shipping will likely arrive in January.
December 10th: USPS FIRST CLASS and STANDARD may not make it in time and neither will USPS EXPRESS MAIL INTERNATIONAL.
December 14th: ALMOST NOTHING IS SAFE. USPS EXPRESS is the only safe USPS option. For FEDEX HOME/GROUND shipping it depends on where you are: refer to this map!

One year ago today: crazy racists, you know, as opposed to the regular flavor

– Ryan

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