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Thu, 10/14/2010 - 17:16 by Ananth in response to thank you, pterodactyl crazy band

Guest starring Mr. KC Green, who stayed with us for most of NYCC this past weekend, along with Kel. I used to have trouble with chopsticks myself, and that's how Yuko kept me from starving the first few times. My trial by fire was a piece of carrot cake ... you just have to really want it. 

SHIPPING UPDATE: If you placed an order on September 30th, your order has shipped! I've also added more copies of the special edition to the store. 

Super advance notice - we'll be at NEWW in November. 

That's it! Back to packing orders for me. We should be all caught up by the end of next week. See you Tuesday!


OM (oops) NOM (argh) NOM

Comment by Razor (not verified) Thu, 10/14/2010 - 17:19

I saw someone do this for a child at the Chinese restaurant the other day. =) I don't think they were any more successful than KC at eating noodles though...

But Ananth's right: If you're hungry enough, you'll figure it out in no time. Except if you're my dad (he always asks for a fork).


Comment by Angel (not verified) Thu, 10/14/2010 - 17:27

WHAT is with those crazy rubber band things? One day my little sister comes home with them by the dozen, and all of a sudden it's a FAD or something.

She's even asked what these bands were supposed to be on occasion. Just last week she showed me this odd orange one with lumps and wheels/bolts sticking out the sides? I just told her it was Frankenstein's monster because it's October and it's orange. INTENSE LOGIC

And yaaaay K.C. Green! :D


Comment by Pupsqueak (not verified) Thu, 10/14/2010 - 18:47

I totally don't understand it either. Neil Patrick Harris was wearing some when he was on Craig Ferguson and now all of a sudden BAM. EVERYWHERE.

Maybe I'm just too old to get it? ;-;

Naw, man, I'm 16 and I can't

Comment by elitepastafa (not verified) Thu, 10/14/2010 - 21:25

Naw, man, I'm 16 and I can't figure it out either. At least the companies aren't ripping those kids off as bad as they could. I mean, 99 cents a pack is good when I bet some people would pay $2-$3 per pack.

Some people *do* pay $2 - $3

Comment by LT (not verified) Wed, 10/27/2010 - 21:14

Some people *do* pay $2 - $3 per pack. The lowest unit price at either of the two places I work is just under 15¢ per band ($2.49 for a pack of 18) including sales tax. I sell these things like crazy ... they remind me of my school days, when Pogs were the fad, but at least they were associated with a game. Is there something similar for these???

Chopstick final exam

Comment by Renée (not verified) Thu, 10/14/2010 - 17:29

My husband's chopstick "trial by fire" was a whole pork chop! He can't decide which would be harder, that or carrot cake... strenght VS dexterity I guess

How I leant to use them

Comment by Big_Adam (not verified) Thu, 10/14/2010 - 17:32

Way I learned to use them was going to Japan then becoming very hungry 2 days in.

Hunger will make your brain do funny things. Or just shove the bowl in your face, much simpler.

By odd coinsidence...

Comment by Judy K (not verified) Thu, 10/14/2010 - 17:35

... I am currently eating ramen with chopsticks as I came to this page today. XD Personally I never had much trouble with chopsticks. I started using them one day just because they were there and because I thought it would be cool. It wasn't that hard at all. Maybe my hand is stronger because I draw? ^^; I've heard some advice on holding them is to hold them like a pencil, but that never really made any sense to me... maybe a REALLY HUGE PENCIL but a regular pencil? I have too much space between mine when I hold them.


Comment by Avaerice (not verified) Thu, 10/14/2010 - 18:14

She gets sick waaaaay too much

OH, crap

Comment by Avaerice (not verified) Thu, 10/14/2010 - 18:15

I just posted that^ on the wrong comic.
Also, I've never had a problem with chopsticks.

And on the opposite side of the coin...

Comment by Cyclops (not verified) Thu, 10/14/2010 - 18:17

... and I find it rather interesting that I learned how to use chopsticks from Wikipedia. Read the article a couple of times, tried it on real ones, and it mostly worked....

I learned how to use chopsticks

Comment by Ramiel (not verified) Thu, 10/14/2010 - 18:25

when I was bored in 1st grade. Played with my pencils then all of a sudden, I'm picking up my eraser and other stuff with it.

Then I failed math D:

Being half-asian myself,

Comment by Nn (not verified) Thu, 10/14/2010 - 18:38

Being half-asian myself, seeing people learn to use chopsticks never seizes to amuse me, in a heartwarming way.

It's like they're getting closer to a part of me that's been bullied for being the way it is all my childhood. Or something of that nature. I don't know, why are you even reading this?

My Opinion of this Invention?

Comment by Joe D (not verified) Thu, 10/14/2010 - 19:06


Chopsticks are the bane of my existence!

Comment by Karuko (not verified) Thu, 10/14/2010 - 19:27

But I can't live without them. D: Being raised with them really puts a dent in your eating habits sometimes. -totally asked for chopsticks at a Chinese diner once, to eat spaghetti-

Oh and I got my book today~
Thanks to both Ananth and Yuko~ <3

Aw, that's exactly how I

Comment by Elaari (not verified) Thu, 10/14/2010 - 19:29

Aw, that's exactly how I learned to use chopsticks as a little kid! :-)


Comment by Deviant (not verified) Thu, 10/14/2010 - 19:33

I dont understand why he didnt use a fork instead?

We have the technology, folks.

What are you suggesting?

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 10/15/2010 - 13:58

What are you suggesting?

I have the same problem that

Comment by Deviant (not verified) Fri, 10/15/2010 - 22:39

I have the same problem that he has. I just give up and use the fork instead.

That would be admitting

Comment by Joe (not verified) Sun, 10/17/2010 - 15:59

That would be admitting defeat.

Chopstick is about the

Comment by Hikki536 (not verified) Thu, 10/14/2010 - 19:40

Chopstick is about the timing. When I was a kid, I pretend that I was playing the crane game with all the stuffed animals whenever I ate with chopsticks.

I can eat with chopsticks now... but I still suck at the crane game. D:

I always get confused when

Comment by Samm Neiland (not verified) Thu, 10/14/2010 - 20:19

I always get confused when people can't figure out chop sticks. Like... I've tried to teach people many times, but to no avail.

Also, I'd like a shirt that says "Food"

noodle manners D:

Comment by robocotte (not verified) Thu, 10/14/2010 - 20:29

Chopstick life is all cool and breezy until you get to a giant delicious bowl of noodles and you can like barely tease them out without making puddles. No shame when you're hungry enough though.

Also can't help but keep thinking the little Death maws in the wallpaper are slurping up noodles, ha ha.

Good thing to remember when

Comment by Yubi Shines (not verified) Fri, 10/15/2010 - 08:50

Good thing to remember when eating noodle soup: Don't pick up too many strands at a time! It will end in tears. Messy, messy tears.

I learned how to use

Comment by Jeremy Wiles (not verified) Thu, 10/14/2010 - 20:30

I learned how to use chopsticks in 3rd grade when we studied Japan. I haven't forgotten yet. X)

Chopstick hero

Comment by Lurklen (not verified) Thu, 10/14/2010 - 22:52

I love how, just by the script Yuko could be appearing out of nowhere to render aid to chopstick users everywhere.


Comment by Kevin (not verified) Thu, 10/14/2010 - 23:41

Isn't it おてもと, not おともと? ;)

so much for trying to make it look like calligraphy

Comment by Aido Fri, 10/15/2010 - 09:44

 I-I DID write  おてもと!  I think the top of the "te" made a little swirl that doesn't read well under the halftones. :|

I went to a Chinese

Comment by MuchJokes (not verified) Fri, 10/15/2010 - 00:03

I went to a Chinese restaurant with some friends. They showed me how to hold them properly and after that one time I've never had trouble with chopsticks.

I suppose, after reading all this, their excitement over my achievement may not have been as overblown as I originally thought...

Hashi are our friends!

Comment by Kuragari (not verified) Fri, 10/15/2010 - 00:20

Hashi... they bring the delicious ramen to your mouth!
Hashi... they help delay Alzheimer's!
Hashi... just don't stick them in your food straight up (it has to do with death).

Japanese is wierd

Comment by Koru (not verified) Wed, 10/27/2010 - 18:47

Hashi... to cross the river safely!
Hashi... the noise you make when you sneeze!

Huh. Wouldn't tying it like

Comment by eli (not verified) Fri, 10/15/2010 - 01:02

Huh. Wouldn't tying it like that actually make it more difficult, since you can't force the tips of the chopsticks to close when it's a bigger piece of food? Although I guess it's fine for noodles.

This is foolproof

Comment by Sven (not verified) Fri, 10/15/2010 - 01:54

My last-resort-methods are:
1. Stab the defiant food! It deserves (further) death!
2. "Excuse me, can I have a fork please?"

Although I have no problems with chopsticks because I'm used to eating with them. So the above advice is usually what I tell my friends to do (after I mock them a bit).

Chopsticks are uncooperative sometimes.

Comment by Not A Robot. (not verified) Fri, 10/15/2010 - 01:44

It's such a great learning tool!
Also, my favourite part of this comic is how KC Green's facial expressions and hair, combined, make him look like a cartoonist-version of Oscar the Grouch.

Korean chopsticks are even

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 10/15/2010 - 01:51

Korean chopsticks are even worse. They're flattened pieces of shiny metal that seem to mock you with its reflective surface. I'm Chinese and know how to use chopsticks, but even my veteran-chopsticking parents have troubles using the Korean kind (it took me a couple of minutes but then I got it! hahaha suckers).

Chopstick helper

Comment by Alli (not verified) Fri, 10/15/2010 - 08:53

We have also successfully used the spring from a clothespin to help chopstick newbies!

I'm half Filipina

Comment by Rachelle (not verified) Fri, 10/15/2010 - 09:41

But my best friend who is Korean was so upset with me when we first met because I could use chopsticks better than her.

I think I just kept playing with it until I got into the swing of things.


Comment by Riin (not verified) Fri, 10/15/2010 - 15:03

Whenever I go to a restaurant with friends and they have trouble, I just tell them to make their thumb stiff, against their hand like a 'stop' motion, jam one in the crook of their thumb, and make them balance the other between fingers and move -only- that one under their fingertips.

It looks HILARIOUS compared to the correct way, and I end up laughing at them for the rest of the meal, but it at least gets them to where they can pick things up, albeit badly. :(

Oh chopsticks!

Comment by Wellflower (not verified) Fri, 10/15/2010 - 15:13

My parents did that for me, too! :D

I had one heck of a hard time learning how to use them properly until some nice lady at a Mongolian restaurant had the brilliance to ask me whether I was, perchance, left-handed.
I still can't believe I never thought of that myself.

That's Horribleville guy.

Comment by Mapache (not verified) Fri, 10/15/2010 - 15:52

I love him. And I love you.

Guess I am just weird

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 10/15/2010 - 17:21

When I lived in South Korea I decided that I would learn how to use chopsticks from first principles. I just put them in my hand and tried various ways until I was able to finally get good enough to eat rice. But I hold them in this completely strange way, and I constantly has old Korean ladies trying to show me how to do it 'correctly'. :)
Basically, I use my pinky and second to last finger to manipulate the bottom chopstick a bit, and my index and ring fingers for the top one, both sticks braced with my thumb, It looks a bit weird and it's really hard to describe in text, but I can eat rice, which is my measure of success with the chopsticks...

Good Idea

Comment by John Will Balsley (not verified) Fri, 10/15/2010 - 17:55

Eating noodles is damn hard with those things I ain't gonna lie! An art on to it's own!


Comment by Mel (not verified) Sun, 10/17/2010 - 00:51

I hate to say it, but I actually find eating noodles, especially in soup, without chopsticks, rather hard. I much prefer using them to a fork.

I learned as a very WASP kid just by asking for them every time we went out (I was 10 or 11?) for Chinese or whatever and plugging away with it. With a child's total lack of embarrassment in public I didn't really care that I fumbled with them a lot at first. And waiters were so damn bemused at the little frizzy haired bespectacled kid insisting on them in the table full of fork-using patrons. I think I would have been insulted had anyone tried this technique on me :D

To this day I have no idea why I got the bug into my head I wanted to learn how to use them. Now I'm pretty natural at it (it IS 20 years late though)

Whoaaa, that is really neat.

Comment by Ananth Mon, 10/18/2010 - 10:22

Whoaaa, that is really neat. Thanks for sharing! I'm going to be reading about that all day. 

Also, that spread looks pretty good. 

I can use chopsticks! I'm

Comment by Joe (not verified) Sun, 10/17/2010 - 16:02

I can use chopsticks!
I'm not sure I use them the official correct way, 'cause I kinda figured it out myself, but I can use them!

I got my book!

Comment by Stephanie Salazar (not verified) Mon, 10/18/2010 - 07:22

My very sweet boyfriend ordered me the special edition for my birthday. I really love it. I plan to carry it with me daily to keep my spirits up during tough times. Thanks so much for your hard work!

PS I love the hat on my maw! (Girl with the skeleton hand's hat)

So glad you like it! I seem

Comment by Ananth Mon, 10/18/2010 - 10:27

So glad you like it! I seem to recall your boyfriend being quite nice in making his request. ;)


Comment by Neonezko (not verified) Mon, 10/18/2010 - 16:56

I received my book in the mail today! Sat down and spent who knows how long reading through it all again and it was wonderful. I think I'll see if I can't get family&friends to read it, I think they'd enjoy it~ Thanks much for all the work and for putting this wonderfulness (a real word, I assure you) out there.

PS. Adore the hat on the maw! (Top hat + monocle)

I had the opposite problem.

Comment by eet (not verified) Tue, 10/19/2010 - 09:01

I had the opposite problem. I couldn't use fork and knife up until early 20's. We use chopsticks all the time at home and I'd never eaten at a place that required knowledge of proper knife/fork etiquette. So along comes the night of the graduation ball and I can't eat because it was at a fancy European establishment (the whole multiple sets of knives/forks/spoons etc.). My poor date had to show me how. After that night, it became sort of tradition that I receive chopsticks on my birthday every year. -_-"

AAAAAAAGH! You got your

Comment by LT (not verified) Wed, 10/27/2010 - 21:17

AAAAAAAGH! You got your shaped silicone bands in my webcomic! >.<