Can anyone tell me which search engine is the best? Oh, wait a minute… I’ll just Google it.
Okay… okay. So if you mis-type THAT particular phrase your browser is probably not suddenly going to be home to search results that will curl your toes. But alas, this is the parental dilemma: I wanted to draw a comic that implied every parent’s greatest fear as their pre-teen lunges independently and wide-eyes onto the unfiltered internet… while simultaneously keeping it family friendly. After all, the Kid herself co-authors a lot of these comics, and definitely reads them and shows them to her friends.
They’ve gotta grow up sometime, I guess.
If a search for the misspelled “public library” isn’t doing it for you… I dunno… think 47% dirtier.
Thanks to a suggestion from one of my Instagram followers PaddyWolfe, I’ve launched a new side project for This is Pi Day… greeting cards!
The first free download is for one of those modern, special occasions… how do you express your feelings of reserved empathy for a loved one who has forgotten their phone at home for the day. You can’t text them… they forgot their phone. You can’t send a sympathetic heart poke their way on social media… they won’t even see it.
It’s back to old fashioned paper cards.
Until Big Greeting Card admits that this is a serious problem, This is Pi Day has got you covered. Just download and print on card stock, cut, fold, then write your heartfelt message on the inside. Share & enjoy!
Did you hear the one about the pirate who liked to knit? Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrn!
The Kid learned how to knit a few months ago and promptly decided to master the skill by making herself a knit cap … or as we call them here in Canadaland, a toque.
She was also clever enough to figure out that doing a craft — any craft, like say, knitting — got her parents off her back about screen time or other kinds of entertainments that are… well, fun.
Screen time isn’t bad, per se, and kicking back to listen to music is something I enjoy myself quite frequently. It’s just that when you’ve got a dozen other things to do, homework, piano practice, or helping with chores, you have other priorities to consider. Putting on your headphones and listening to four hours of tween-pop while your parents do all the house work is not ideal.
We tend to operate on the assumption these things should be treated as one would treat a bowl of chocolate: small bites in moderation, and not slamming your face into the mix and only occasionally coming up for air.
I guess what I’m trying to say that if you want to gorge on chocolate AND knit at the same time, I’d probably be fine with that. As long as I get a scarf or maybe some warm wool socks out of the deal.
Chances are that if you’re reading this comic you’re one of two types of people: either the type of person who seeks out or just enjoys reading or watching independently produced content OR the type of person who is reading, watching, and otherwise gobbling up every bit of eclectic indie stuff out there because you want to make your own and earn a gazillion dollars while becoming forever famous for your genius.
I’d settle for a few hundred people enjoying the stuff I write, draw and make, but this becomes something of a parenting dilemma: dad is busy drawing comics, writing blogs, and making videos… so kid wants to be just like dad and get busy putting her own stamp on the world.
Great! Now if only dad could impart the epic patience that invariably goes along with all that work.
“When does my ad revenue cheque from Youtube get here, dad? I need to buy some expensive toys for me and my friends!”
How about you give it a few more minutes, huh?
If you’re really bored, I thought it would be appropriate to turn this comic into a “Let’s Draw” video: