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Published: 20th Mar 2015, 12:17 PM

I Am Groot

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woohooligan 20th Mar 2015, 12:17 PM
woohooligan Happy St. Patrick's Day, Hooligans! Did you get drunk? Did you wake up in jail or with unexpected tatoos? No? Damn... well better luck next year! :D

Groot really made the film for me. Sure, I would have enjoyed the film without him, but it just wouldn't have been very memorable... Think about it. Of all the scenes in the film, what are the ones you remember most? Groot drinking from the fountain and getting his arms cut off. Groot beating up the goon in the Kyln. Groot stealing the battery for Rocket's prison escape plan and then fighting the guards. Groot eating part of his own shoulder during a serious debate about their suicide mission. Groot lighting up the Dark Astor. Groot smiling after taking out a squad of Ronan's men. Groot saving everyone when the Dark Aster crashed... and finally, Groot yawning and dancing in the flower pot. That's what I'm talking about. Remove all of those memorable scenes with Groot, and even with Rocket still in the film, it's just another generic sci-fi action flick.

I knew I couldn't be the first person to make the Groot/Pokemon connection, so I searched online... oddly enough, all I found were a few photo memes and pictures of Rocket and Groot as a Zigzagoon and a Sudowoodo. On another note, you might think Yondu is apt to use his arrow on Groot after the end of this comic, but I'm not sure it would be too effective. After all, he did survive being torn apart by the wreck of the Dark Aster. He's one tough dude!

This week instead of having just a single bonus panel or an alternate ending, I continued this story with another complete full-color, 4-panel comic like this one. In the past I posted bonus content as voting incentives on TopWebComics. If you've supported Woohooligan by voting on TWC to see those alternate endings, I want to say thank you! A week or two ago I posted all of those previous bonus panels and alternate endings to our new Patreon page. Starting today, most new bonus features will be Patreon exclusives. I may have a new voting incentive once or twice a month from now on, but I'm not going to post a TWC incentive with every weekly comic like I used to. If you're already a patron, you can see the patron-only bonus comic here.

I started this crazy ride in '06, so I've been making Woohooligan for almost nine years now with two notable breaks in '08 and last year due to those life complications we all have. The truth is that while I love making Woohooligan and have no plans to stop, I have bills just like everyone else, and every hour I spend making comics is an hour I don't bill $80 for software engineering. So let me ask you awesome hooligans this: if you had the choice between spending roughly 8 hours making these two comics for everyone to have for free, or that same 8 hours earning $640 that you need to buy groceries and repair your house, which would you choose? It's hard to imagine turning down that $640 isn't it?

So that's where I'm at. Each comic basically costs me somewhere around $300 to make and they're not getting any less expensive, so that means if they don't become a source of income for me, I may not have much choice but to stop making them so I can take care of my family. I'd much rather keep making these comics for you awesome people! I love doing this and I want to keep doing it.

I know what you're thinking, "but Sam! I like you and all, but I can't afford $300 for one of your comics! That's insane!" Good news! Although it's really pretty easy to reach that $300 per strip goal, there are two things that help quite a bit. First, I'm not even trying to reach that amount per strip (yet)! If I only made $50 per strip, I'd be making a lot more comics! Second, there are THOUSANDS of people reading Woohooligan every month! So if just a tiny number of you guys pitch in, your portion of that $50/strip goal might be as little as a few pennies per strip! Every bit helps! How much is it worth to you to ensure more Woohooligan for everyone to enjoy? Is less than the cost of a cup of coffee every month within your budget?

You can be our Groot. If you want to help make sure Woohooligan sticks around for a long time to come, there are several things you can do:
  • Books: Thanks to our Kickstarter backers, we now have three brand-new E-Books in our new store, including lots of alternate endings and other bonus features! I didn't want to resort to degrading the quality of the books or adding watermarks on everything, so those three E-Books are high-resolution, print-ready books, that's why they're $2.99 instead of a dollar. As a result they take up a fair amount of space and that storage will cost $15/mo through our shopping-cart provider. I'm doing this because I want these books to be the best quality I can give you.

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  • Affiliate: Part of my reason for choosing our shopping-cart provider is that I wanted to offer a small thank-you for reading and sharing Woohooligan. This thank-you comes in the form of an affiliate bonus. A number of years ago I tried to do this on my own and ... well it was at best embarassing. ;P So to avoid making that same mistake, this time I've decided to sign on to a cart provider who've created an affiliate system that works. What I'm offering is a 30% bonus, so if you enjoy Woohooligan and you have a blog or comic with decent traffic, that means for each of your readers who purchses one of our E-Books at $2.99, you'll get $0.90. That's nearly twice as much as PayPal gets from that same sale. That's how much I appreciate your reading, enjoying, and sharing Woohooligan!

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Did you enjoy this? Want more? All of the bonus panels and alternate endings are now available on the official Woohooligan Patreon page!

What's on your mind?
Dick Smiverson 21st Mar 2015, 9:57 AM
Haha - Awesome. I actually thought of a pokeball myself when I first saw the film. I like your version better than the one in my head!
woohooligan 21st Mar 2015, 11:39 AM
woohooligan Thanks, Dick! :D
Evan Yeti 22nd Mar 2015, 11:18 PM
Haha! So was he fully pokevolved or is there an even bigger Groot?
woohooligan 23rd Mar 2015, 10:05 AM
woohooligan Good question! I'd have to think at full evolution he'd be gigantic! Either like a redwood tree or maybe even larger, like a grove of Aspen trees like Pando.
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