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a new paradigm

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 17:09 by Ananth in response to an alternate interpretation

We were in Boston a few weeks back for ROFLcon, and in the evening we had the opportunity to grab dinner with Ming, EmmyNeil and Jamie. We went to Wagamama - try the apple-lime juice and their desserts, they are pretty tasty. Afterwards they showed us around town a bit and then we bid each other adieu for the night ... in the midst of our farewells, Neil dropped this knowledge on us. 

The remaining Pony Rocks will be in the store next Tuesday. We're going to get back to work - have a good weekend! 


This is why it should just

Comment by Samm Neiland (not verified) Thu, 05/20/2010 - 17:16

This is why it should just be okay for guys to normal hug. Hell, I'm gay and find anything extra totally awkward an unnecessary :U

Would Ananth/Neil Slash just

Comment by Zak (not verified) Thu, 05/20/2010 - 17:24

Would Ananth/Neil Slash just be awkward at this point?

the most awkward

Comment by Aido Thu, 05/20/2010 - 17:25

 Fairly, yes.

too late, I'm allready

Comment by KumaZone (not verified) Thu, 05/20/2010 - 17:52

too late, I'm allready typing up the script, it will be sold at every comic convention ever :V

Can I... ask for royalties

Comment by Neil Cicierega (not verified) Thu, 05/20/2010 - 20:40

Can I... ask for royalties ...without implicitly condoning it?

If it ever gets released,

Comment by Samm Neiland (not verified) Fri, 05/21/2010 - 00:59

If it ever gets released, you realize you will have to be the reader for the audiobook version, right? :U

oh dear.

Comment by Zak (not verified) Sat, 05/22/2010 - 11:21

I was joking...but the enthusiasm...!

Neil Cicierega

Comment by Foxy (not verified) Sat, 05/22/2010 - 07:05

I sincerely hope/wish to believe that the real Neil Cicierega reads Johnny Wander.

Are there pictures of Pony Rocks anywhere?

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 05/20/2010 - 17:31

Don't really know what they are...

I no longer consider myself a good bro

Comment by Joe D. (not verified) Thu, 05/20/2010 - 17:39 I have never participated in this brand of Bro-hug. Shameful!


Comment by RikaNeko (not verified) Thu, 05/20/2010 - 17:45

It's a small world.

All you awesome people know other awesome people who know more awesome people and then some more awesome people and....


And then...

Comment by Mev (not verified) Mon, 05/24/2010 - 09:13

Then they all know me XD

Just kidding, I'm not that awesome... yet.

hahahhah aaaawwwwww

Comment by Emmy (not verified) Thu, 05/20/2010 - 18:14

hahahhah aaaawwwwww

just a moment of fan girl crazyness:)

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 05/20/2010 - 18:41

I totally love you guys:) I came here following a link from Questionable Content and I've been hooked on you guys too ever since! keep up the great work because I, and I know a lot of others, am totally loving it:)
Thanks for dealing with my fan girl moment, but anyway, I am proud to say that, as a girl, I have done the bro hug. Severly messed it up- but done the bro hug nonetheless:)


Comment by Emi (not verified) Thu, 05/20/2010 - 18:59

Oh my goddddd, Wagamama. Is it not amazing? It's a huge chain in the UK, and I ate there all the time when I was in London. I miss it so. I'd love to check out the new US location; if only it would expand...


Comment by Alain (not verified) Thu, 05/20/2010 - 19:11


aaaaaaaaaaaw :D

Comment by Bettina Marie (not verified) Thu, 05/20/2010 - 19:13

OMG!! Aren't Emmy and Neil the nicest kids ever! XD

Why I remember when they were still in elementary/middle school and were in the comicbook art classes I was teaching at the local art studio XDehe I KNEW those kids were so full of raw natural talent that they'd be stars some day...STARS I SAY!!! XD and look at them now!! All grown up and saving being STARS! XD I love watching young artists growing up and really REALLY making a name for themselves with said talents in this crazy world of ours! ^_^<3

Tis wickedly fantastic that they grace your MIGHTY FINE Johnny Wanderer pages!! ^_^V Many props as always to you two, Yuko and Ananth!! XD But of course, your works are ALWAYS wickedly fantastic! ^_^<3

*skitters off back to her drawing board and continues drawing...bear pay the bills*:P


Comment by Ming (not verified) Thu, 05/20/2010 - 19:21


Oh god...

Comment by PT (not verified) Thu, 05/20/2010 - 19:35

These ways of saying hey or goodbye to people in action is something I am too shy to do...*hides in a corner due to lack of social skills*


Comment by ??? (not verified) Thu, 05/20/2010 - 19:39

Ah. One thing I miss from living in Boston: Chilling out having noodles with friends at Wagamama. Especially the one in Harvard Square (the one in Quincy in Quincy Market). I like the orange-passion fruit juice a little more, but the Apple-Lime Juice is still good.

It's totally exactly what I

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 05/20/2010 - 20:15

It's totally exactly what I saw from my perspective.


Comment by Jamie (not verified) Thu, 05/20/2010 - 20:16

I forgot to fill in the name. :#|

MAN you guys know some cool

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 05/20/2010 - 20:22

MAN you guys know some cool people
you guys shoulda brofisted

Summer conventions?

Comment by MarkyMark (not verified) Thu, 05/20/2010 - 22:23

Hey guys, are you gonna be at Otakon this year? Kei and I are coming back to the States for the summer, and were thiking of hitting up Otakon for a day and see who's there. Drop me an e-mail or facebook msg.

Never noticed that before

Comment by Kristina (not verified) Thu, 05/20/2010 - 22:38

It does seem a little more intimate. You guys are constantly opening my eyes to new things. :)

You got to hang out with

Comment by Abby Normal (not verified) Thu, 05/20/2010 - 23:01

You got to hang out with Emmy and Neil! Lucky!

Hmm... I don't know...

Comment by Hikki536 (not verified) Fri, 05/21/2010 - 00:12

There's the bro hug, and then there's that kiss-on-both-cheeks that you see a lot of people do in Europe. Which one seems more intimate?

The Thing with Bro Hugs

Comment by PenInHand (not verified) Fri, 05/21/2010 - 01:06

From an outsider's perspective, I've always thought the point of that whole hand holding ritual was to uphold a sense of solidarity whilst keeping physical contact of the chests down to a minimum. The thing is bro hugging doesn't really work for girls too well because of the boobs and what not.

Lesson: never attempt a bro-hug as a female. Then again why would you want to seeing as they are kind of bizarre to watch...

I've bro-hugged a man

Comment by Origamigryphon (not verified) Tue, 05/25/2010 - 07:10

I've bro-hugged a man before, but I'm flat chested enough to accomplish it without major damage XD

If ever I were to be able to

Comment by Casiopium (not verified) Fri, 05/21/2010 - 02:32

If ever I were to be able to get to a con or whatever where you guys were, I'd want to hug because hugs are awesome (and I'd secretly be getting a second hand hug from Neil).

But really I'd just stand at a distance and wish I could hug.

*sends hug vibes*

sweeeet. xD plus, getting to

Comment by freakypencils (not verified) Fri, 05/21/2010 - 05:02

sweeeet. xD

plus, getting to hang out with Neil and Emmy is just awesome.

Bear Hug > Bro Hug

Comment by Joe (not verified) Fri, 05/21/2010 - 07:36

My policy on hugging is the same as my policy on handshakes. If I don't have them in a death grip, I'm not doing it right. Bear Hugs are the best hugs.

I always thought the Bro Hug just physically felt awkward, but now I can see that it's because I've always just done it wrong. I've always used a normal handshake, which leads to elbows sticking out at an uncomfortable angle when you go in close.

Aww, you were in Boston

Comment by White Rhino (not verified) Fri, 05/21/2010 - 15:49

Aww, you were in Boston recently? Curse me and my inability to read stuff before it's in the past. D=

I live like an hour away...


Comment by Mike (not verified) Fri, 05/21/2010 - 17:07


I approve of this comic.

Comment by Shantal (not verified) Fri, 05/21/2010 - 20:41

I approve of this comic.

I like the little audience

Comment by ming85 (not verified) Sat, 05/22/2010 - 07:41

I like the little audience of girls in that last panel, enjoying the moment :D

Why are all females

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Sat, 05/22/2010 - 10:42

Why are all females proponents of bromance?!


Ming, Emmy, and Neil.....

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Sat, 05/22/2010 - 15:45

Ming, Emmy, and Neil..... Ciceirega?!?! Of Harry Potter Puppet Pals fame? *dies* I can't believe you got to meet them!

Dracula backwards is..

Comment by Oz (not verified) Sat, 05/22/2010 - 16:22

This changes everything!


Comment by Xek (not verified) Sat, 05/22/2010 - 22:21


Slight variation

Comment by lethal (not verified) Sun, 05/23/2010 - 12:25

I've always done my bro hugs clasping around the thumb. Maybe mine is a west coast variant?

Neil is an awesome, awesome

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Sun, 05/23/2010 - 23:13

Neil is an awesome, awesome guy. Then again, I've been a fan since the Animutations days. He's really remained relevant in a medium that is known for such quick turnover, he's like a renaissance man in that respect. Glad you guys got to hang out with him!

Neil Cicierega!

Comment by Jesper (not verified) Mon, 05/24/2010 - 07:59

Oh man, that's Neil Cicierega? He's been my hero since way back when I used to be a HP fanboy. And then came Lemon Demon. Awesome!

I've found you must do it

Comment by Kourtney (not verified) Mon, 05/24/2010 - 22:26

I've found you must do it quickly, otherwise the awkward lingering ruins it, and you get above result. I may not be a bro, but I can do the bro hug with skill.

On another, different note, Sunday was my graduation, and as I was walking down the aisle for pictures, a sudden bolt of secondhand inspiration hit me. Thank Conrad for the inspiration, my Upside Down Diploma got the front page (and made me queen of the Grad Party)!

I am -so- nabbing a Pony

Comment by Origamigryphon (not verified) Tue, 05/25/2010 - 07:11

I am -so- nabbing a Pony Rock as soon as they're available. :x

Hold up

Comment by Ralphomon (not verified) Fri, 05/28/2010 - 18:18

Neil? As in internet royalty Neil Cicierega? Way to downplay that.

ive never knew it was called

Comment by Roy (not verified) Thu, 06/10/2010 - 11:40

ive never knew it was called a bro hug it seemed too natural for me to do it i think it looses his mean by so many uses but then again ive only use it with my best buddy xD my respect yuko im an ilustrator aprentice and i can really tell that i like your style simple yet great it fills everything into the style of the storyline and so i love you guys too bad i live so far id love to meet you two in person

This is my first time to

Comment by double cut saw (not verified) Fri, 10/21/2011 - 02:02

This is my first time to visit here. I found so many entertaining stuff in your blog, especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the leisure here! Keep up the good work.


Comment by Keelan (not verified) Tue, 01/03/2012 - 21:58

Ahahaha, Bro Hug! I don't know if anyone has told you this, but adieu is actually meant as a permanent goodbye, like you would never see that person again. Au revoir would be the proper goodbye. Sorry for being a butt on this, ever since I took those French classes I constantly correct peole. o_O