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Thu, 12/16/2010 - 15:55 by Ananth in response to fueled by various teas and coffees

We weren't originally going to post this, but what the hell! The internet issue is fixed! Sadly it's still freezing in here. All of us are wearing some combination of layers like Yuko is - she wins for most layers, though. Brrr.

All holiday shipping deadlines have passed! At this point you are still more than welcome to put in an order and we will ship it as soon as humanly possible, but we can make no guarantees on a timely delivery. After December 20th we'll likely suspend all shipping until the New Year, although I'll try to keep up as best I can. 

John is selling photos in his Etsy! You can read more about it here, or in the Etsy listing - basically, John got his equipment stolen out of a car a little while ago and he's selling some of his work to help recoup the costs. 

Here's another sketch from Yuko:

Pretty cool. 

I think that's it! We'll see you guys next week, hopefully in a much warmer state!


Cold eh?

Comment by Jedifreak (not verified) Thu, 12/16/2010 - 16:03

How cold does it usually get in NY? We get into the 20's where we live.


Comment by Razor (not verified) Thu, 12/16/2010 - 16:19

I live in CA, but a few years ago I used to live in a house that was made of cinder blocks. Good GRIEF it was cold in the wintertime. I remember being so cold I felt like crying.

Thankfully my Mom got me a set of flannel sheets and an electric blanket for Christmas that year. Then I was so warm and toasty I felt like weeping for joy.

(it was an emotional year)

Stay warm you guys!!


Comment by Lislet (not verified) Thu, 12/16/2010 - 16:25

Yeah, we've been in Sicily (my roomies and I for study abroad) and they don't believe in heat, apparently, so we were without any heat in our apartment while the weather got down to 40 degrees.... :| And of course, these apartments are not only built to keep in the cooler air (cos the summers are horrible), but they have cracks in the walls and windows and under the doors so the nice, chilly wind and rain comes in and floods the floor and windowsills and... it's... super fun times. So! We know how you feel. :] I hope you get the heat soon! It's not fun being cold! D:

Too Damn Cold

Comment by Erith (not verified) Thu, 12/16/2010 - 16:29

I know exactly how you guys feel. The heating in my apartment doesn't seem to function after the temperature drops below 30. I resolve the issue by forming a cocoon of blankets in bed, having some ridiculously hot cups of tea and marathoning series (currently that series is Torchwood and it is hysterical).

I am still of the belief that humans should either:
A) Hibernate during the winter like all the other sensible mammals do.
B) Adopt the migratory habits of certain birds, specifically those who venture south for the winter.


Comment by Sven (not verified) Thu, 12/16/2010 - 16:40

D'awwww you guys must be cold. Hope it gets warmer somehow.

Wait a second, don't you

Comment by Robert V Aldrich (not verified) Thu, 12/16/2010 - 16:46

Wait a second, don't you guys live in one of the coldest cities in the US?

Ha, glad to see I'm not

Comment by R (not verified) Thu, 12/16/2010 - 17:10

Ha, glad to see I'm not freezing alone! My windows are old and crappy, in the winter the draft will blow out any candles on the sill. Also, there was a thick layer of ice on the inside of my kitchen window last year. :| Then I taped (three times) the little gaps between the window and the wall so it got a bit warmer, but multiple layers of clothes and wool socks as well as blankets and a thermos full of hot tea are mandatory.
I can say I feel your pain :| Would it help to tape the windows closed, or does the cold get in some other way? (Just don't use an extremely strong tape or it'll tear off the paint.)

I loath winter

Comment by Jasmine P (not verified) Thu, 12/16/2010 - 17:43

Ridiculous. I'm in Norfolk, VA, it snowed today, so bad my campus rescheduled finals because the roads are terrible. It's not that bad a snow/ice storm, this region doesn't know how to deal with it. I have my heat on and I'm still freezing. Happy I have a heated blanket and I'm about to make some tea, in a pot (a normal pot), my water kettle is a bit on the skeevy side and I don't have vinegar for it :(

Best of luck up there, I dislike New York winters, which is why I'm taking a train to the Bronx to visit my Grandmother between Christmas and New Years!

On the bright side

Comment by Joe D. (not verified) Thu, 12/16/2010 - 18:27

If the apartment catches fire, you already have all your clothes on you. Literally.

Oh man. Late last month, the

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 12/16/2010 - 18:29

Oh man. Late last month, the heat decided to go out in my house for approximately two days... It decided to be -40 C (including windchill) the first day, but only a balmy -20 C the next day! Needless to say, I was thankful we had a fireplace.

Those...are a lot of layers though. I don't even think I wore nearly as many around my house.

Bonus Tip: Save up your

Comment by psychogaze (not verified) Thu, 12/16/2010 - 18:35

Bonus Tip: Save up your coins and trade some of your current equipment, and you'll be able to purchase the Heat Armor of the Salamander Princess. Yeah, it's clunky as hell, but DAAAAMN is it worth it in this weather!

Joking aside, yeah the cold sucks. I feel for you, having to suffer in your own domicile. That's just not right. Meanwhile, it's snowing here. Snow is good for three things: playing, looking pretty, and making yourself feel relaxed when you're inside watching it outside. NOT FOR FEELING OR DRIVING IN.

I can only hope...

Comment by RobotMaster3 (not verified) Thu, 12/16/2010 - 18:42

...that it gets warmer for you guys soon. It's starting to warm up here down in southwest GA, since the large cold front was moving away from us.


Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 12/16/2010 - 19:11

A space heater over a blanket is an oasis in cold weather. Fire hazard? More heat for me then!


Comment by KayAussSama (not verified) Thu, 12/16/2010 - 19:17

I know how you feel about the cold, Yuko, I live in florida and i thnk its in the 40s? and I hate it. I could NEVER live anywhere further north than Miami (where I live). Visiting is nice though. I'd hate to have no way of heating the house when its cold! luckily all houses have air conditioners, so we're good here :)

I'dsay I know how you feel

Comment by Hyle (not verified) Thu, 12/16/2010 - 20:00

I'dsay I know how you feel but I don't. One I live in Houston, TX. So it rarely even dips below 40 let alone freezing. Plus, I'm not comfortable putting on a jacket or long sleeve t-shirt unless it dips below 50 and have been known to sleep with a fan on during said temperatures.

If the heating is a problem...

Comment by Ramiel (not verified) Thu, 12/16/2010 - 20:11

You can invest on separate electric baseboard heaters or fans for your rooms.

No bra?

Comment by Kat (not verified) Thu, 12/16/2010 - 20:16

You shameless hussy you!

The camisole is probably

Comment by Tazatemi (not verified) Thu, 12/16/2010 - 23:28

The camisole is probably acting as a bra! o: It is but one of the many uses that garment has.

Also, that's a really cool design, but I first read it as Hippy and I was confused. <_<


Comment by Hannanymous (not verified) Thu, 12/16/2010 - 20:24

Brr. recently a heating element in our furnace went out, so I feel your pain a bit.
It got fixed, but when it wasn't I was curled up in a scarf, hoodie and hand/armwarmers..
One morning my wii weather channel said it was 3ºF..And damn did it feel like it.

I live near St. Louis, Missouri, by the way.So I get the frigid midwest weather AND the dry unsnowmanable snow of my birth state of Colorado.Yay.


Comment by Katie Taylor (not verified) Thu, 12/16/2010 - 21:05

So cute!

ALSO, they sell small heaters at Home Depot for about nine bucks right now! I didn't think it would make much of a difference, but it surprisingly did. Still have to run hands under warm water every half hour or so to keep the ole blood flowing XD Oh man, if it wasn't for that and heated mattress pads, no work would ever get done due to frostbite.

Come to think of it, you guys probably have plenty of those things already. That or you use Rook as a stylish and warm muff. <3

I guess?

Comment by Jingseng (not verified) Thu, 12/16/2010 - 22:29

though to be fair, were wearing that many clothes, it'd be bothersome to check and see if i were wearing underwear too.

Left 4 Cold

Comment by Jingseng (not verified) Fri, 12/17/2010 - 16:16

hadn't noticed it at first, but nice impression of Francis =)


Comment by cspradlin (not verified) Thu, 12/16/2010 - 23:20

I guess it's cold there.
I'm stationed in Fort Wainwright, Alaska, where today's lowest temperature was -42F.
I live in old-ass barracks (that were previously condemned) with questionable heating. On "warmer" days it burns up, on colder days I still freeze.
I can ALMOST take you on the number of layers! But they only gave me a couple thinner layers. I can't run around in my "marshmallow suit" all the time (at all on the job). Two thermal pants, windproof outerpants, thick socks, boot liners, insulated boots, two thermal shirts (one thin one thick), windbreaker, jacket over that, and sometimes a big fleece jacket between them. Top it off with big gloves+mittens, a neck gaiter, and a balaclava.

Arctic Wolves!

Good lord, man! You

Comment by Ananth Fri, 12/17/2010 - 11:44

Good lord, man! You win! 

Every time I feel cold I'll think to myself, "Arctic Wolves! ARCTIC TOUGH!"

In the month and a half I've

Comment by cspradlin (not verified) Sat, 12/18/2010 - 18:50

In the month and a half I've been here, I've gotten so used to it that when I took the weekend trip to Anchorage (which I'm on right now), I downgraded to jeans, a long sleeved shirt, and a hoodie for the 3-5F temperatures.

haha "and underwear, I

Comment by Kuragari (not verified) Thu, 12/16/2010 - 23:54

haha "and underwear, I guess" not sure about the underwear? It got lost under all those layers? Haha XD

I Hate It

Comment by CamoGirl (not verified) Fri, 12/17/2010 - 00:29

I hate cold weather. D:<

I believe I'm descended from desert lizards. Like the Gila monster. Or possibly some kind of snowman murdering dinosaur beast.

Well whatever. All I know is that I am not happy unless it is 90+ degrees. And that I've worn that exact combination of layers to school for the past two weeks. >:[

Happened to me a few days ago

Comment by Addking (not verified) Fri, 12/17/2010 - 00:49

No power/No heat for a night. it's plenty cold in Michigan. Fully dressed sleeping under a pile of blankets - whee!

Hope it's fixed for you guys soon.

I love winter for that very

Comment by Aube (not verified) Fri, 12/17/2010 - 00:57

I love winter for that very reason. It rationalizes my love for dressing in layers. Not having heating makes it necessary however and is pretty lame, but how comfy is three layers of shirts, come on, its like wearing a blanket.

Maw and Puppy

Comment by Jason (not verified) Fri, 12/17/2010 - 01:09

This sketch of Puppy, and the one of the Maw you did a while back... would you mind if I got them tattoed on the back of my lower legs? After seeing them both, I thought they would just look awesome together. Wanted permission first though.

You might have missed something...

Comment by Buschgroll (not verified) Fri, 12/17/2010 - 04:30

All those layers of cloth but no bra? Well theres your problem!

Over here in Europe (Germany to be precise) we have a blizzard. And I can't find my Winterjacket... Yay me.

I feel bad for you guys

Comment by Joe Fox (not verified) Fri, 12/17/2010 - 04:36

Hopefully the heating issue is fixed - as much as I love the winter and snow and cold, it is no fun if you are inside.

Reminds me of my roommates and I earlier this month - we were freezing and the heaters weren't working in our dorm room, so we'd thought that maybe the heat hadn't been turned on yet in our building, which we thought was odd since no one was complaining about it. About a week into when it was actually getting cold, we realized that since our dorms are refurbished apartments, each dorm has a breaker panel... and we hadn't turned on the breakers for the heaters yet. D'OH. We felt pretty stupid about that.

Well duh it's cold outside, it's winer

Comment by Sochsun (not verified) Fri, 12/17/2010 - 04:42

If you're that frozen from that weather, come up to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, right now. Even you're Alaskan friends would agree the weather we're getting right now is way more hellish than what you're getting at this second.

Give us two weeks, and we'll train you to live in the cold weather, and you'll only complain that "Calgary was colder".


Comment by Hikki536 (not verified) Fri, 12/17/2010 - 04:59

... Come Down Under! To Australia and New Zealand, and celebrate a warm Christmas without the snows! :D
Come Down Under! Coooommmmeeee~~

Christmas without snow? D:

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 12/17/2010 - 14:35

Wouldn't be a real Christmas in my mind! No matter how awesome Australia and New Zealand are!

Hello fellow Canadian Sochsun! I do not envy you right now, I've heard that winter on the prairies can get pretty wicked. I myself am sitting at a balmy -4C (about 24F), but I miss the snow! Ontario got dumped on for a while but it's all melted now :(

PFFFFFFFFT!!! Calgary?

Comment by Denis (not verified) Tue, 12/21/2010 - 16:07

Try Edmonton, or better yet Bonnyville. You guys get some of the balmiest weather in alberta, what with your bloody Chinook! edmonton was the second coldest place next to SIBERIA for a day last year, hit below -50C!

Hmm.. opposite perhaps?

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 12/17/2010 - 06:01

Seems like I'm having the opposite scenario over here in Australia. It's summer and it's bloody hot. The AC is hopelessly broken thanks to possums and I wear nothing but shorts and singlets everyday :\

Oh no, broken heatings suck!

Comment by Q-Rai (not verified) Fri, 12/17/2010 - 07:47

Oh no, broken heatings suck! We had the same problem here last year (during the coldest month that winter). My suggestion: Get a fan heater - they're not too expensive but very effective!

My heater's pilot light went

Comment by JCHudson (not verified) Fri, 12/17/2010 - 08:45

My heater's pilot light went out twice in a week, which didn't stop the heater from continually blowing out now-cold air in an attempt to keep up. I woke up both times to find it colder in my apartment than outside.

Empathetic Feelings

Comment by Jonathan B (not verified) Fri, 12/17/2010 - 10:28

You have my full empathy on the cold. I'm currently listening to the pounding of hammers over my head as someone works to replace our deceased heating system.

Cunning Hat

Comment by Virtual Bob (not verified) Fri, 12/17/2010 - 12:04

That's one cunning hat!
A person walks down the street in that hat, people know she's not afraid of anything.

It's 60°F in Houston -- usual

Comment by HopelessO (not verified) Fri, 12/17/2010 - 12:07

I just finished reading the entire comic through two or three days ago, and learned that Johnny Wanderer is a pretty fabulous angst buffer (I was also reading manga, and one of them happened to be "gritty realistic angst incarnate" to the point of "I want to cry but I can't cry why is this so depressing" levels -- continuing to catch up on JW did miracles to my mood before going to bed).

I have to say... I share Yuko's pains in short height, flat chest (I think that's just me) and boyish looks (from what I've seen in the photos, I usually have a haircut similar to hers -- though right now it's...shorter, er). I've been picked up and hauled off for fun at least twice in the past few years. More-so, absentminded people have mistaken me for a (...Hispanic, although I'm Bengali) boy God knows how many times. I'm younger than she is -- 19 -- but I've had this look since high school, so I have stories.

...Like that time I overheard a group of girls nearby me outside my high school, squealing about that "cute little boy over there" and "he's so adorable it's almost sexy" and "omigawd someone go hit on him" and general giggling while sitting on the floor in a loose t-shirt and jeans.

After a moment's deliberation as I saw my mom's car pull up in the circle drive, I stood up and...stretched my arms BAAACK to screams of "OH MY GOD ITS A GIRL AAAAAH" before going home amused as hell. (I was "fatigued" and "needed" to stretch, obviously.)

Mmm gamine

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 12/21/2010 - 12:51

If it had been me

that would have just made the whole situation even hotter.

... I like androgynous people :I

SO BE CAREFUL WHO YOU USE THAT ONE if it's a tall chubby girl in TN who needs to brush her hair and is wearing too many layers she might not be repelled properly.

Gloves. I only need two

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 12/17/2010 - 12:48


I only need two common shirts, I have enough heating that my core won't feel cold, but I can't properly type or PC game with inexplicably stiff and frigid fingers so I put on acrylic stretch gloves.

And then they interfere with my mouse/keyboard use anyway.

What is "cold"?

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 12/17/2010 - 14:27

Chin up guys! Or down, as you huddle in the fetal position to keep warm ;) Been there, done that. Definitely wasn't fun. I hope you get heat again soon and if I could send you some of my warmth I could! <3

On a side note, I love the comparison of what people from different regions think is "cold" weather. It's all relative I guess, and depends on what you're used to! ^^

getting used to the cold

Comment by Alain (not verified) Fri, 12/17/2010 - 15:49

It's a few degrees below zero farenheit outside, and less than minus 20 celsius when I last looked. I'm trying to get used to a house temperature of 70 F instead of 78, to lower my heating bills.

I somehow have the impression that the temperature inside your home is less than 70 F or even 60 F or even 50 F.


Comment by Tristan (not verified) Fri, 12/17/2010 - 21:54

When I saw that sketch I immediately thought, "that would make an awesome tattoo."

I'd like to see the Puppy

Comment by Kuragari (not verified) Fri, 12/17/2010 - 23:44

I'd like to see the Puppy sketch and Rook on bookmarks!

You don't have a proper

Comment by Shauna (not verified) Sat, 12/18/2010 - 10:18

You don't have a proper winter jacket?
I keep forgetting there's places it doesn't get as frigidly cold as it does here, it's only -4 now but it was -19 earlier in the week.

Green tea is supposed to be

Comment by Justa (not verified) Sat, 12/18/2010 - 16:44

Green tea is supposed to be really good for staying/getting warm, among other things. It opens up the capillaries throughout your body and increases circulation in general. Bottoms up!

Also doing a few pushups, and making sure to tuck in your shirt can make a huge difference.