Holiday spirit

Some notes about things

Friday, December 17, 2004 | 02:18 PM | by
First of all, thank you to everyone who emailed this week to show appreciation for the comic. You didn't have to, but you did it anyway. I was attempting to respond to them for a while, but after the sixth bout of answering a hundred emails, only find that during that time I have received one hundred and fifty more, I just gave up. I don't know how many emails I got, I lost count somewhere between one and ten-thousand, but although I couldn't respond to them all, I did make an effort to read them all.

I've been getting a lot of questions about Winter-een-mas. I am in the process of setting up a massive FAQ that should answer all of your inquiries, as well as a whole bunch of new information for this year. In the meantime, you can check out last year's write-up found here, for some preliminary info.

Winter-een-mas is going to pretty big this year. I've gotten word from a few video-game store managers that are interested in holding Winter-een-mas contests and tournaments. If you manage, or work at an establishment that is planning on organizing some sort of Winter-een-mas event next month, feel free to email me with the information. I will try to compile a list of locations where things may be happening in celebration of Winter-een-mas, so gamers can congregate at aforementioned places.

That being said, I must stress that I will list public events only, being held in a public extablishment like a game store or LAN center. That means don't send me an email that you're having a LAN party in your basement and you want me to announce it.

Furthermore, I know many of you are anxious for Winter-een-mas, but please don't forget that the season doesn't get going until January. We have enough to worry about right now with all of those other holidays.

The actual Winter-een-mas holiday is always the last seven days of January, the 25th through the 31st.

I hope to be able to show you the Winter-een-mas shirt designs later on this evening.


Friday, December 17, 2004 | 05:35 PM | by
So here's a peek at the Winter-een-mas shirts I'm working at. This would be the "logo" of sorts, with this image appearing on the front and the thirteen verse Winter-een-mas story on the back of one shirt. And on the other shirt, this image will be on the back, with Ethan as the King of Winter-een-mas on the front.

Give it a rest

Saturday, December 18, 2004 | 11:18 AM | by
Really guys, is it that big a deal that there's an "xbox" controller on the WEMas shirt? I mean I was going to have to use some sort of controller as a base, and quite frankly, the GameCube and PS2 controllers didn't fit the design. The Xbox controller had the best overall "generic game controller" look to it when I stylized it like above. It's not like I plastered XBOX!!! all over the front. There are no logos of any sort.

But that only leads me into something I've been meaning to mention for a while...

This may come as a shock to some of you, but I own and enjoy all three major consoles, as well as computer gaming. And while I'm at it, I don't hate Macs. Get it? I don't use them, because I'm a gamer, but just because I have no use for them doesn't mean I automatically think they suck. What goes on in the comic is humor, because as you may have picked up on, I make jokes for a living here. I make fun of things that I love just as much as I make fun of things that I don't. If you can't laugh at yourself, you're in for a lifetime of hurt.

Some of you fanboys seriously need to learn to check your video game prejudice. It's fine to like one system more than the other, but to automatically disqualify every other system in existence just because you're too busy sucking the cock of your choice gaming company is naive. As far as I'm concerned, you're not a true gamer if you don't open yourself up to enjoy gaming no matter what console it arrives on. A good game is a good game. End of story.