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Published: 12th Jan 2015, 10:10 AM

Life Lessons

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Jan 27: Thank you for all your help in the Webtoons contest! Thanks to all your help, within a day or two of the end of the contest, Woohooligan was still amongst the top 5% rated! :D Results of the competition will be announced in a few days at midnight on Jan 30. I suspect my LOL Rat submission won't be announced as a winner, not because it wasn't a great entry, just because there was a lot of competition and LOL Rat didn't get as many favorites or social media shares as many of the other similarly-rated strips. So you guys have really helped me see that I'm in a good place with Woohooligan, making the comics better every week! Maybe in another year or two, I'll be at that level where I might win this kind of contest. :D

If this is the first you're hearing of the contest and you've read through the Woohooligan archive, you can see the extra comics I made just for the contest over at the Webtoons site.

Stay Awesome, Hooligans!

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woohooligan 12th Jan 2015, 10:10 AM
woohooligan If you'd like a closer look at the art, there's a larger version of this on my DeviantArt Account.

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 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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Miaubol 12th Jan 2015, 12:25 PM
Miaubol very wise words :D

...and grumpy cat is so cute.
woohooligan 13th Jan 2015, 9:21 AM
woohooligan Thanks, Mia!
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