Today I Read… Hijinks Ensue

Today I Read Hijinks Ensue, Godspeed, You Fancy Bastard Volume 1 and My Heart is a Hate-Filled Pineapple Volume 2, written and drawn by Joel Watson.

Hijinks Ensue is a webcomic strip, which can be found online at In Joel Watson’s words, it is about Geeking for the Sake of Geekery. It features cartoon versions of Joel and his friends Eli and Josh going about their nerdy, nerdy lives, as well as a cast of recurring characters such as Boxcar Pete the stabby hobo, Josh’s girlfriend Denise, and the Evil Fox Executive (I knew this had to be an official position!). Since there is no real arc or storyline to tie the strips together, the best that I can describe the volumes is to say that if it’s nerdy, it’s probably mentioned. The two volumes collect the first two years of the comic strips, and include brief comments and asides for each strip, as well as bits and pieces of concept art, old drawings, and basically anything he thought might be interesting. Anyone who hasn’t lived under a pop-culture rock for the last few years will understand at least some of the jokes, , and the nerdier you are, the more jokes you will get.

I got a lot of them.

I met Joel at FanExpo 2012 (and thanks to Sheena for telling me he was there) (and yes Sheena, you totally are a creepy stalker fangirl). I’ve read and loved his comic before, but only sporadically, so it was nice to buy the trade paperbacks of the comics to read all at once (so I’m a Luddite, I like paper, sue me).

Plus, paper means I got my own sketch in the front cover! The Doctor’s statement refers to my thanking Joel for contributing to my fun-things-to-do-to-avoid-homework pile. Though really, I do think reading should be homework for librarians, amiright?

I also thanked Joel for the donations of signed comic strips that he has sent every year to Toronto’s Can’t Stop the Serenity charity auction. Thanks again Joel, much appreciated!


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