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sweet freedom

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

I was chatting with a very cool fashionista girl in Second Life this week about convergence13, a goth oriented convention coming to Portland in late May. I wish I could make it there and maybe pass out some GingerDead stuff, not to mention check out the art, fashion, music and film festival. I was looking at the site today and this thing sounds incredible. Oh well, maybe next year.

I will be designing some virtual threads for the fashion show and ball held in SL that coincides with the festival, so that’s something. The theme is dark victorian this year. Perhaps, I’ll post some pics here of the designs.
While we were chatting, she told me that GingerDead is ‘loved in the Seattle goth scene’. If that’s even remotely true, I want to say hi and thanks to Seattle for following my little comic.

Earlier this week, I got an email from a desperate R.T. Barnham who was having a crisis with his teeth and asked if i could throw together something for his comic so he wouldn’t miss an update. Since the previous comic featured his teeth talking about being pulled, I followed it up with this. That link is harmless, but if you are at work you might want to be careful about checking out the rest of R.T.’s archives. The World Explodes is not exactly PG.
That’s all for now. See you next week. 🙂


14 Responses to “sweet freedom”

  1. Gabe Lippmann Says:

    Lovely as always. Who doesn’t love a good ‘ol shoppe? I hope that little dood is prepared for life in the wilds.

  2. Blixa Shirakawa Says:

    I remember when I lived in Seattle during the mid and late 90’s and Convergence came. I never went. I don’t think I was “goth enough” for it, even though I was going to the clubs.

    This time around, Skinny Puppy is kicking off their new tour at C13. Should be interesting.

    To this day, I still get comments from people at school about the Gingerdead shirt. Everyone seems to be a bit fascinated by it. I think the comment I get the most is that it reminds them of Nightmare Before Christmas. I just recently bought your leg devoouring Haiku shirt so we’ll see what reaction that gets.

    Say hi to Trin and all the girls for me since I’m no longer in SL.

    Love & Light and Caio. 🙂

  3. calan Says:

    Blixa! I didn’t know you left SL or that you were still reading my comic. 😛 It’s great to hear from you. Thanks for the feedback on the t-shirt. That’s awesome to hear. Keep in touch. calan at gingerdead DOT com.

  4. R.T. Barnham III Says:

    Again thank you for bailing my sorry, ungreatful ass out. It is greatly appreciated. They ended up having to take two of the bastards, one having gnarled roots splaying in three opposite directions. You’re wonderful guest strip managed to buy me that much needed recuperation time. It went over well too, which is refreshing… considering that most of my comics go over like a lead baloon, and that’s with my regulars.

    Convergence13, huh? They have somethin’ like that here in Snowy Minnesota… I don’t recall if there was a 13 on the end of it, but I know Convergence was the title. I went to it once… Definitely not my scene. Way too much cheap wine Marlboro Lights, not enough martinis and cigars.

    It, on the other hand, would have been a blockbuster crowd for GD, and (as per usual) a terrible crowd for TWE (this crowd was purdy gothy as far as my uneducated eyes are concerned, and I figured out that TWE’s target markets were definitely the 25-55 hardcore alcoholic malcontents, doomsayers, and 16 year old high school girls).

    Ah, you need to start settin tables up though, cuz I can tell ya, if’n you find a good crowd, those Con’s can be awful lucrative (keep in mind ladies and gents that Calan is completely reliant on her SL work and GD to eat, you know, a professional artist, unlike myself… a professional drunk asshole).

    Anyway, don’t stop a ‘rockin lil lady, thanks for your help, and keep up the good work.

  5. Seraphine Says:

    The cookie lingers
    tempting the hungry pigeon
    who eats eyes out first

    Skinny Puppy playing C13 reminds me of a very good read- Go Ask Ogre: Letters from a Deathrock Cutter by Jolene Siana.

  6. PerhapsToast Says:

    Yay Gingerdead saved the day. (:

  7. calan Says:

    seraphine, i just checked out that book on Amazon and it does look really good. i’m a sucker for journal, memoirs, etc. Thanks for the recommendation.

    cute title, too, it’s a nod i suppose at , Go Ask Alice which was supposedly a diary of a young girl whose dabbling with drugs gets out of hand. The author was ‘anonymous’. I wonder know if it wasn’t written just to scare kids off trying drugs, but as a young teen I thought it was an awesome read.

    I seem to enjoy books where the author recounts their battles with mental illness. You know, just light hearted stuff! 😀

  8. calan Says:

    R.T. if i relied even a tiny bit on GD to eat, i’d have died by November.

  9. R.T. Barnham III Says:

    Eh, I tried to get a frenzy goin’… you know I commiserate a lil on that front, being one of the few innernet denizens who know what I do from 9:00a-7:00p every day.

    If it was just TWE, I’de of had to sell organs.

  10. Seraphine Says:

    An average of 17 people die each day while waiting for organs…

    Waiting list candidates: 95,929 as of today 3:12pm
    Transplants January – December 2006: 28,931 as of 03/30/2007
    Donors January – December 2006: 14,754 as of 03/30/2007


  11. Chris Says:

    Yay, I hope we get to see the little guy sometime in a future comic. 🙂

  12. R.T. Barnham III Says:



    Gawd, I need moneys and whatnots so I can stop using this awful fucking hosting, and get on some kind of fuckin CSS comic engine…


  13. calan Says:

    seraphine, thanks debbie downer! :/

    lets try to keep the links on topic, even if they are for a good cause. i let one or two in the comments and i’ll have to let grammaspankings.com in too. i kid you not. you should see the stuff that bots try to post on here. thank goodness for askimet or i’d be filtering spam all freaking day long.

    chris, maybe we’ll see him…maybe he’s already in my belly 😛

    r.t – you can get hosting that supports comicpress for the same amount if not cheaper. ask around thewebcomiclist forums or the comicpress support forums and you’ll get tons of reccomendations. good luck.

  14. R.T. Barnham III Says:


    Ok, it is only half money: right now the ol’ day job is kickin my ass anywhere from ten to fifteen hours a day six days a week. Three of those nights I draw a comic and jimmy my crappy website to barely functional.

    I’m tired… so tired…

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