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Nearing the end of our Johnny Wander: V1s

I didn't realize it was weird that I am right-handed but brush my teeth with my left - I actually do a lot of stuff with my left hand. Yuko doesn't! But she's learning. Johnny Wander, bringing you the finest in wiggly comics. 

So! It looks like we're nearing the end of our volume 1 stock VERY soon. We're debating our options, but in the meantime there are still some in the Topatoco store. We'll also be bringing the last of them to SPX!

We haven't talked about it much but we've been super buried by work the past few weeks. We're just keeping our heads down and trying to get it done. Gotta work work work it. 

Have a good weekend - catch you next week!

Comments

Ananth, you should peel

Comment by K. Ann Sulaiman (not verified) Thu, 07/26/2012 - 19:11

Ananth, you should peel Yuko's fruit for her!

Huh

Comment by ThunderGodNick (not verified) Fri, 07/27/2012 - 07:53

I'm seeing a generic touching movie moment here.

PEEL FRUIT: INSTANT STIGMATA.

Comment by mintcricket (not verified) Thu, 07/26/2012 - 19:25

I've never had my hand out of commission so I have no clue how right-handed I am! I suspect the answer is very. Though I do know that I apparently wring out my towels opposite to what righties normally do?

Also, can you even high five someone left-to-right? Would the elbow trick apply in this situation? THIS CALLS FOR SCIENCE.

Did she really stab through

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 07/26/2012 - 19:43

Did she really stab through her hand while peeling fruit?

Non-dominant hand(s).

Comment by marcuS (not verified) Thu, 07/26/2012 - 19:45

i suppose that's one of the benefits of having my left hand as my dominant hand: from an early age i learned (not always willingly) to do things with either hand. Mind you, my writing and drawing with my right hand is slower and less precise, but i can use welders and most other tools with comparable proficiency regardless of which hand i hold them in even if using my right hand is generally slightly slower.

That last panel has some

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 07/26/2012 - 20:22

That last panel has some straight lines! You can SEE the improvement.

Oof, I know how it is to

Comment by Psyzan (not verified) Thu, 07/26/2012 - 21:10

Oof, I know how it is to lose the use of the dominant hand. It almost makes me wish I had been forced to use my non-dominant one when I was young, like my grandmother had. Being ambidextrous would be great, but the process to become one when you aren't born that way is very difficult... Get better, Yuko!
Will you eventually print more volume 1s? D: I don't want to miss out! I love your comics so much... <3

Up until I turned 20, my

Comment by Tyler (not verified) Thu, 07/26/2012 - 21:45

Up until I turned 20, my left hand's dexterity was bad to the point where I could only hold things I placed in it. At that point, I strained my right arm and found I could only lift a single lb with the right. This when I normally walked around with a 53lb backpack and regularly tossed it around with my right only!

Since then, I've practiced alternating tasks with my left hand and I can use my left for anything except writing.

Good luck Yuko.

Handed

Comment by SamuraiArtGuy (not verified) Thu, 07/26/2012 - 21:56

Since I am hidari-te, left handed, I've had to learn to do many things right handed, as many tools, techniques, and cultural traditions are overwhelmingly right handed. But since lefties are right-brain dominant, apparently I'm in my right mind.

Surprise to me, too.

However this caught my eye. Taiko drummers use two handed drumming techniques. The Kodo troupe lives communally on Saito Island, and when they take meals, use chopsticks in there non-dominant (overwhelingly left) hands to inprove their ambidextrous dexterity.

You probably didn't see my

Comment by Person (not verified) Thu, 07/26/2012 - 22:07

You probably didn't see my post on the last page but have you looked into hand exercises?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hUyMNyrOHJQ

I'm the same way! In fact,

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 07/26/2012 - 22:44

I'm the same way! In fact, the only things I use my right hand for are writing, drawing, and using a computer mouse. It makes me wonder what my true dominant hand is, ahah. xD

Hand brace

Comment by Vox (not verified) Thu, 07/26/2012 - 23:07

Ok, there is a simple hand brace you can get from any drug store called a wrist splint. It will NOT inhibit your drawing in any way.

Do it!

Ananth, that thing where

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 07/27/2012 - 00:28

Ananth, that thing where you're right handed with some things and lefty with others is called cross dominance. It's similar to ambidexterity, but minus all the awesome stuff that ambidexterity entails.

Wow, thanks! Never knew

Comment by Ananth Fri, 07/27/2012 - 10:52

Wow, thanks! Never knew there was a term for it. Very cool.

Remember that time when

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 07/27/2012 - 01:02

Conrad got toothpaste in his eye? This is how you do that. http://www.johnnywander.com/comics/144

You're in NY, you can find places for non-domestic lefthandery

Comment by Alain (not verified) Fri, 07/27/2012 - 05:10

Since you're in NY you can find all kinds of interesting places where Yuko can practice using her left hand. Places where you can learn how to use swords, throw knives, throw shuriken.

In other words, all the ninja skills that go along with climbing walls rapidly.

terrifying

Comment by Droqen (not verified) Fri, 07/27/2012 - 06:17

there is nothing about this comic that does not fill my heart with terror D:

Oh man...

Comment by ThunderGodNick (not verified) Fri, 07/27/2012 - 07:51

This brings me back to when I was in 6th grade. Busted my left hand (I'm left handed) playing basketball. Hairline fracture down one of my hand bones...(No fingers were harmed, although a few knuckles did chip).

Two days after I had my cast put on, my family and I went to a well known Mexican restaurant in Lincoln Nebraska (Where I lived >_>) called Taco Inn. Glorious Deluxe Nachos were had...and entertainment for my family. Got friggen sour cream all over my face and I think my ear at one time.

Decided after that that it MIIIGHHHTTT be best if I learned how to do things right handed as to prevent this kind of horror. Learned to play Golf right handed and I can hit in baseball on both sides of the plate, among other things.

TL;DR I know that feel.

Wishes For Speedy Recovery

Comment by howlingmadjack (not verified) Fri, 07/27/2012 - 07:55

Hope all goes well with the Doc and that Yuko is on the road to feeling better.

I also really hope she did not actually stab her already hurting hand.

Oh no!

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 07/27/2012 - 08:12

With that knife through the right hand, looks like she's in for more left-handed shenanigans!

practice practice practice

Comment by JHE (not verified) Fri, 07/27/2012 - 08:14

Hey guys,

I can pretty much relate to what you're going through. I completely smashed the wrist of my dominant hand a year ago and had no other options but to to everything with my other hand for over 4 months. It's a tough one at first but you get used to it and actually learn pretty quickly. I found that chop-sticks hand be handled within about 15minutes. Whereas putting on socks one-non-dominant-handedly will remain a pain for a loong time ;-)

Hang in there and look at it as a game. It actually can be good fun to find out what you're able to accomplish after all :-)

Cheers,
J

I think we can all learn a

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 07/27/2012 - 08:43

I think we can all learn a bit of perserverance from Yuko. Hey, maybe Ananth can draw the comics until her hand heals. :P

Keep up the good work

Comment by Sanguine (not verified) Fri, 07/27/2012 - 09:41

Kudo's to Yuko for still going on! And honestly, the wiggly comics have an extra cute factor ^^

high five

Comment by Leah (not verified) Fri, 07/27/2012 - 11:07

I'm left handed and I give the worst high fives. I used to think it was because I just suck at high fives. Now I think it may be because my dominant high five hand might be my other hand.

Hilarious

Comment by Pumunk (not verified) Fri, 07/27/2012 - 16:50

I've been reading for about a year now and this has got to be the funniest comic you've done. Thank you for bringing such a genuine moment(s) to the web. Please keep it up!
... unless you need time off for hand recovery. Either way this comic is WONDERFUL!

Heh..

Comment by Andrew Dionne (not verified) Fri, 07/27/2012 - 20:32

I know this all too well. I broke my right hand a few years back after getting into a fight with a bench. Long story short, I'm right hand, and not being able to use my right hand for two weeks was a pain in the rear.

Facepalm

Comment by Mr. Morningstar (not verified) Sat, 07/28/2012 - 06:02

Panel 1 takes facepalming to a whole new level.

As Vox said, Yuko should

Comment by Caroline (not verified) Sat, 07/28/2012 - 09:01

As Vox said, Yuko should really look into getting a wrist brace. I worked with a neurologist this summer and every time a patient came in with carpal tunnel syndrome he urged them to get a wrist brace. Aside from surgery, the only thing you can really do for an injured nerve is allow it to rest. If she doesn't like wearing the brace during the day, she can at least wear it at night when she sleeps to make sure there is no pressure on the nerve--that's a good 8 hours (assuming she gets 8 hours of sleep) of rest for her median nerve. Good luck, Yuko! I hope you feel better soon.

Cross-dominance is weird

Comment by Chris D. (not verified) Sat, 07/28/2012 - 09:54

I know because it's what I've got. My parents are right-handed, so everything they taught me to do (eat with a fork, write, paint, things that require fine motor control) is all with my right hand. But when it came to teach me to play baseball, and they gave me a glove for righties (goes on the left hand for those not versed in baseball) I'd catch it, pull the glove off, and throw it with my left.

So, I consider myself left handed since my left side is my strongest side, but if anyone were watching me in a school or office setting, it'd be easy to assume that I'm a rightie.

I'm both but not equally, so I'm not ambidextrous. :-)

PS It actually really sucks for hammering because I'm left eye dominant, but my mind needs the hammer to be in my right hand, so my aim is off...

pain

Comment by herio (not verified) Sat, 07/28/2012 - 17:53

i get it a lot of the time and its not carpal tunnel well porably its the mussels in the wrist

get some Flexall 454 pain relief gel rub it around the wrist it sold ease the pain

get a splint whack a heat pad in there becase it will help a LOT and see if you can get some anti informatory painkillers that sholud clear up the pain

This article--

Comment by Caroline (not verified) Sat, 07/28/2012 - 23:30

Ananth, I just read about you (and George!) in this article! Very exciting. I really loved Tessa Stone's "Hanna Is Not A Boy's Name" while it was still running, so I am super stoked to read a new comic written by you and drawn by her. It was kind of weird for me to realize that two people from totally different online comics that I read/have read know each other, but I guess that just makes sense. URL below in case others are interested...

http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2012/07/sdcc-12-oni-announces-diese...

Y'know, if you're having

Comment by 0ArmoredSoul0 (not verified) Sun, 07/29/2012 - 00:49

Y'know, if you're having that much pain, maybe you should try stretching your wrists between sketches. I was having some severe hand and wrist pain for a long while, and I was afraid I was getting carpal tunnel, so I did some research on what I could do to prevent carpal tunnel.
I came across this site: http://www.eatonhand.com/hw/ctexercise.htm
They're very simple stretches that do wonders to ease wrist and hand pain, and you can do them at your desk whenever you feel like. :)

sbahj?

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Sun, 07/29/2012 - 03:58

sbahj?

Invest in a brace and some anti-inflammatory medication

Comment by Kilaicious (not verified) Sun, 07/29/2012 - 04:38

As a chef/pixel artist who's dominant wrist goes out frequently thanks to tendonitis, I can totally relate to this.

If it's carpal tunnel or tendonitis (neither of which can be repaired by surgery until there's numbness, unfortunately), I've found that wearing a good stabilizing wrist brace really helps when the pain flares up. Even if you don't wear one during the day, wear one when you sleep (it keeps the joint straight and helps relieve pressure). It makes a big difference, and usually the cost of a brace is covered by insurance if you get one from the doctor, or you can find really good, comfortable braces in local drug stores.

The biggest piece of advice I have is that when you start noticing the pain, wear the brace at night and take some Alieve, sodium noproxen--something to take care of the pain and inflammation happening inside the tendons and nerves.

Best wishes and a speedy recovery, Yuko!

aw Poor Yuko peeling fruits

Comment by Stella (not verified) Sun, 07/29/2012 - 05:29

aw Poor Yuko peeling fruits with a knife is a top tier level. *A* Especially with your Left hand. <3 It's way better than what I can do left handed any day of week.

Hah, I'm the same way. I can

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Sun, 07/29/2012 - 08:11

Hah, I'm the same way. I can only brush my teeth with my left hand, though I'm right handed for almost everything else.

I can do decent drawings with my left hand too though.

My god, it's like the first

Comment by Galen (not verified) Sun, 07/29/2012 - 11:50

My god, it's like the first time I played WarioWare

Your high fives look

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Sun, 07/29/2012 - 12:42

Your high fives look dangerous "The Yuko Five" It vanquishes all in it's path.

Massage Therapy

Comment by Sixcolors (not verified) Sun, 07/29/2012 - 21:56

Poor Yuko! I don't know how bad her condition is, but my wrists get pretty tore up from work, drawing, and gaming, and I find that massage therapy really helps loosen them up.

The wife said that the "High

Comment by CorpsieMcGibb (not verified) Mon, 07/30/2012 - 06:57

The wife said that the "High Five" looked like she was just about to start a Naruto-style Air Combo.

And she has problems with her wrist too, and what helped her was that she'd go for a swim and do some laps just to stretch out her muscles and get the tention out of her arms.

Be very carefull

Comment by Chrispynutt (not verified) Mon, 07/30/2012 - 13:51

I was speaking with friends, one works in IT.

Apparently RSI has 3 stages. Each stage you can recover down from. So stage 1 RSI you can recover down to stage 1, stage 2 to stage 2 and finally stage 3 to stage 3. They are like bands.

Stage 3 you just can't use that hand, you can't even hold a coffee.

If you want to do this long term you need to either rest more or essentially spread the load.

I had a scare a couple of years back and I taught myself to be 30/70 ambidextrous.

Basically at home, unless I have to do photo editing or fine control I am left handed. For work I am right handed.

Also apparently large movements are good, small tight accurate movements cause RSI. So consider some sort of exercise. Also variety is good, use a mouse, wacom tablet and anything else. Maybe one of those touch and pen Wacom tablets so the small stuff is you holding tight on a pen and the big stuff is your whole hand relaxed using it like a giant touchpad.

Please look after yourself Yuko (and you Ananth).

I've gotten weird looks for

Comment by Joe (not verified) Mon, 07/30/2012 - 14:53

I've gotten weird looks for being cross-dominant in some things. I tend to eat with my left hand, and it bugs the hell out of any righties sitting on my left. There's apparently a difference between tying your shoes lefty and righty, too. People have noted how I fold my hands, as well.

A lot of weirdly small things. But I still write righty.

Did anybody else hear "Like

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 07/31/2012 - 10:31

Did anybody else hear "Like a Boss" playing in their heads while reading this?

Advanced Massotherapy

Comment by Ceruse (not verified) Tue, 07/31/2012 - 13:22

Hey, if you ever find out that whatever cures you get prescribed don't work, I have one (not fun, but works).
Be warned, it is in the region of Montreal (Canada) and once or twice per year she goes to Europe to treat folks over there.

I had carpal tunnel problems (plus tendinitis) for both hands. Started with my drawing hand, the other hand decided to just say screw this and jump in the bandwagon.

At first, I couldn't draw, hold stuff, put any kind of pressure. None. Not the best when you like to draw and teach martial arts.

So I went to see this Massotherapist. She uses the type of massages where she unfolds any knots in your tendons and muscles (she doesn't touch the nerves). Its the kind of massage that hurts like hell. Its the kind of massage that needs a few visits to get rid of the problem, or at least most of it (2-4 times).

After my first visit, I could hold a pen again and draw for a while (about 30 minutes before feeling the fatigue/pain)
After my second visit, I was able to draw for hours without any problems.
After my third visit, I'd say 90-95% of the problem was fixed. There are still remnants, but nothing a visit once in a while can't fix.

Once again, be warned: this kind of massage is the kind that hurts. Really hurts. Like you'll be yelling kind of pain.

If you guys need more info, it shall be my pleasure to help out :)

Advanced Massotherapy

Comment by Ceruse (not verified) Tue, 07/31/2012 - 13:22

Hey, if you ever find out that whatever cures you get prescribed don't work, I have one (not fun, but works).
Be warned, it is in the region of Montreal (Canada) and once or twice per year she goes to Europe to treat folks over there.

I had carpal tunnel problems (plus tendinitis) for both hands. Started with my drawing hand, the other hand decided to just say screw this and jump in the bandwagon.

At first, I couldn't draw, hold stuff, put any kind of pressure. None. Not the best when you like to draw and teach martial arts.

So I went to see this Massotherapist. She uses the type of massages where she unfolds any knots in your tendons and muscles (she doesn't touch the nerves). Its the kind of massage that hurts like hell. Its the kind of massage that needs a few visits to get rid of the problem, or at least most of it (2-4 times).

After my first visit, I could hold a pen again and draw for a while (about 30 minutes before feeling the fatigue/pain)
After my second visit, I was able to draw for hours without any problems.
After my third visit, I'd say 90-95% of the problem was fixed. There are still remnants, but nothing a visit once in a while can't fix.

Once again, be warned: this kind of massage is the kind that hurts. Really hurts. Like you'll be yelling kind of pain.

If you guys need more info, it shall be my pleasure to help out :)

Hand exercises

Comment by jk (not verified) Tue, 07/31/2012 - 23:32

I don't know if Yuko's already familiar with this, but here's a link to a short video detailing some hand exercises to prevent tendonitis and carpal tunnel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUyMNyrOHJQ

This was recommended to me by a graphic artist also suffering from hand problems caused by repeated stress (ie. drawing).

BUZZ!

Comment by Suzanne (not verified) Wed, 08/01/2012 - 14:16

Maybe it's just me, but I can't comment on the haunted cat post.
So! I heard about BUZZ! about two days ago. I was - and still am! and will continue to be! - exceedingly excited about two of my favorite creators working together to make a comic. I mean, Ananth and Tessa? That's just so much of a wildest-dreams-come-true that I didn't even think of it before it happened. And now it's happening! Please oh please keep us updated, because I for one can't wait to read your creation.

Howdy! This is kind of off

Comment by Santos Thorade (not verified) Tue, 10/23/2012 - 10:24

Howdy! This is kind of off topic but I need some guidance from an established blog. Is it very difficult to set up your own blog? I'm not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast. I'm thinking about setting up my own but I'm not sure where to begin. Do you have any ideas or suggestions? Cheers Santos Thorade