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dinosaur body pillow is the best pillow

Thu, 02/05/2009 - 02:14 by Aido in response to three dollar comfort

 I spent a bit of time last week making a heating pad out of two $1 bandanas (one for a pillow case), half of a $2 bag of rice, and some chamomile and mint teas that no one was drinking.  If you are poor and cold a lot, THERE IS NO REASON YOU SHOULD NOT MAKE ONE OF THESE.  Here are the instructions I used (although I segmented the bag and added some tea to make it smell nice), here are some instructions to make one out of an old sock.  If you do make one, make sure not to use instant rice or wash the rice bag.

Ananth and I are in New York City right now -- we just came back from the second Scott Pilgrim book release shindig, and we'll be at New York Comic Con (as attendees) on Saturday.  I should also note that we will both ALSO be at Katsucon next weekend (Valentine's day weekend >_o ).  There is a chance that myself, Ananth, Conrad, and maybe-maybe-possibly John will be there at the same time.  But no promises.



Comment by Aido Thu, 02/05/2009 - 10:47

 Help!  I am in a pocket!

what is going on

Quick, find a loose penny

Comment by Michael M. (not verified) Thu, 02/05/2009 - 12:19

Quick, find a loose penny and start digging

Comic Con

Comment by jGolrathF (not verified) Thu, 02/05/2009 - 03:03

Sweet. I am now incredibly happy I bought my tickets to comic con...except I have no idea what you guys look like and would be to embarrassed to say anything if I did and happened to see you anyway...
Right so i will be the fat guy next to the Superman cosplayer that actually looks like superman (its creepy and if you see him you will understand)see you there!

 Aw, dude, you should say

Comment by Ananth Thu, 02/05/2009 - 14:15

 Aw, dude, you should say hey if you see us! Yuko and I look remarkably like the way she draws us, and we might have J*W prints to give away, so there's a little incentive. ;)


Comment by jGolrathF (not verified) Sat, 02/07/2009 - 01:11

Chill. Now I might actually talk to you or at least drool near you.

Down here they all seem to

Comment by Fletcher (not verified) Thu, 02/05/2009 - 03:08

Down here they all seem to be made with wheat grains. They're called wheatbags. I wonder if it works with all cereal grains, then?


Comment by Aido Thu, 02/05/2009 - 10:51

It is possible!  I was originally used to ones made of buckwheat, but rice works just as well.  Someone commented below saying it works with beans!  I had no idea.

dried beans are a good

Comment by mrbiggles (not verified) Thu, 02/05/2009 - 04:31

dried beans are a good substitute.

I had no idea!

Comment by Aido Thu, 02/05/2009 - 10:52

 That's crazy!  I wish I'd known that, beans are cheaper than rice.  XD  And we have a bag of lentils no one is using.

You can just put dried rice

Comment by Sovy Kurosei (not verified) Thu, 02/05/2009 - 06:26

You can just put dried rice in a microwave for ninety seconds and it'll be warm? I'm amazed.

Just an observation (maybe?)

Comment by Bryce (not verified) Thu, 02/05/2009 - 07:17

Not sure if its your art style or my eyes....but to me it kinda looks like you got a haircut


Comment by Aido Thu, 02/05/2009 - 10:50

Actually, I did!

I didn't mean to, but I guess it came across.  XD  I've been trying to sweep my hair to one side to help me not get mistaken for a boy.

You are the coolest. Just

Comment by Megan (not verified) Thu, 02/05/2009 - 07:28

You are the coolest.

Just saying.

Call me if you get a chance this evening, or any evening- I want to hear about stuffs!!!


Comment by Aido Thu, 02/05/2009 - 10:54


Sorry for being hard to get ahold of, I've been in NYC since Tuesday.

I must've been the only one

Comment by Yenian (not verified) Thu, 02/05/2009 - 07:50

I must've been the only one who drank that mint tea.

I bought some of my own after you guys left. It is delicious.

dinosaur body pillow is the best pillow

Comment by Wise guy from Belgium (not verified) Thu, 02/05/2009 - 09:01

try it with cherrystones :) at first it will smell a lil' from the cherries, but that goes away after a couple of times.


me ;)

mm, cherries

Comment by Aido Thu, 02/05/2009 - 14:06

 I never thought of that -- wouldn't that mean you'd have to eat a lot of cherries, though?  I can't imagine you can buy them in bulk.


Comment by Ananth Thu, 02/05/2009 - 14:19


Cherry Pits

Comment by MagoFIrst (not verified) Thu, 02/05/2009 - 23:39

a few years back when natural gas went sky high we got a corn burner. it could burn corn, wood pellets, nut shells, and cherry pits. in our area the pellets and corn was much cheaper and easier to get but i figure the companies that make cherry stuff.

on a side note i normally sleep with a window open yr round. only time i closed it this winter was the 3 days it dropped to -30. =D

Lol watch me walk around as

Comment by Suki (not verified) Thu, 02/05/2009 - 09:13

Lol watch me walk around as a volunteer and then suddenly see u guys and randomly say your name out loud xD hmm I don't know what Jon and Conrad looks like... soo I'll see them somehow lol

 When you see them, you'll

Comment by Ananth Thu, 02/05/2009 - 14:20

 When you see them, you'll be surprised at how easily Yuko's drawings translate! They look remarkably like their comic counterparts. ;)

Scott Pilgrim!

Comment by Sophie (not verified) Thu, 02/05/2009 - 09:30

I was at the Rocketship release "party" (mob?) too! Bryan Lee O'Malley drew a picture of Wallace disparaging me on my poster. *swoon*

I am very inspired by your rice bag/heating pad. I think I know what I'll be doing this weekend (besides attending the con).

I love your comic!

Wallace <333

Comment by Aido Thu, 02/05/2009 - 14:01

Oh crazy!  We probably saw each other!  XD

I just read through your archives, I love it!  I'll definitely be checking back. :D  And good luck on the heating pad!  They are super nice to have.

Oh, thank you so much! That

Comment by Sophie (not verified) Fri, 02/06/2009 - 07:44

Oh, thank you so much! That means a lot to me, as I absolutely _love_ your comic. Have fun at the NYC Con. Rumor has it it will be even more insane then usual.

I am so making one of these!

Comment by cacodaemonia (not verified) Thu, 02/05/2009 - 09:38

I am so making one of these! I'm always cold! :|


Comment by Aido Thu, 02/05/2009 - 14:05


I am also always cold, mine has been allowing me to wean off all those hot caffeinated that I've gotten myself addicted to.  They make my hands shake.  :/

mmmm.... Dinosaurs

Comment by Reb (not verified) Thu, 02/05/2009 - 13:36

Good idea. I might try making one (though I suck at sewing) Nice work. :D

Good luck at the cons, be safe!

Curse my lack of a

Comment by Sono (not verified) Thu, 02/05/2009 - 15:46

Curse my lack of a microwave. This would have been perfect. I was just complaining today about how ridiculously cold it is in here.

Hope to run into you guts at NYCC!

Third option

Comment by Karen (not verified) Thu, 02/05/2009 - 16:21

Someone mentioned dried beans up above. I thought I'd add that deer corn is another great option that's profoundly cheap ($5 or so for a 40lb bag - makes 20 good sized heating bags) and hold heat longer than rice. Not sure how corn compares to beans for heating though since I haven't given beans a try.

Oh hey, I think I have that

Comment by Zaff (not verified) Thu, 02/05/2009 - 17:04

Oh hey, I think I have that exact same body pillow XD Blue with green and purple blue dinosaurs all over it.

This is a FANTASTIC idea :D Thanks!


Comment by Rachelle (not verified) Thu, 02/05/2009 - 19:27

It's totally the same pillow...

:< I miss it.

I have one of those filled

Comment by Emma (not verified) Thu, 02/05/2009 - 18:56

I have one of those filled with buckwheat and I agree, they are truly awesome! A heating pillow + tea makes for near perfect comfort in winter. Plus, unlike an electric pad you can sleep with those.

That's just what I needed!

Comment by HollyWoodCarCrash (not verified) Thu, 02/05/2009 - 19:22

That's gotta be the coolest thing I've never heard of! But I wonder, how long do you heat the bag for? Because over kill is what I'm good at when it comes to nuking things... *coughs*

I can't wait until I someday

Comment by conrad Thu, 02/05/2009 - 20:20

I can't wait until I someday stop working, so I can reappear in the comics. XD

Also: remember how Katsucon is on Valentines day? Not gonna make it, sorry kids. :( Send me email, as I will miss you all very much!

We have one of those neck

Comment by Carl L. (not verified) Thu, 02/05/2009 - 22:46

We have one of those neck warmer things, too, except ours is shaped like a bunny, and has lavender inside with the rice. :)

So about that Comic Con

Comment by Arkusaurus (not verified) Thu, 02/05/2009 - 23:16

You guys going to be at the San Diego Comic Con by chance?

 I will be there for sure,

Comment by Ananth Fri, 02/06/2009 - 02:18

 I will be there for sure, and there is a very good chance Yuko, John and Conrad will be there as well. :) We won't have a table - we'll be walking around - but we'll try to set up a place where readers can meet us if they like!


Comment by ritsuka (not verified) Fri, 02/06/2009 - 13:40

This would be awesome..

Ah those are great for sore

Comment by Mr. C (not verified) Fri, 02/06/2009 - 08:01

Ah those are great for sore muscles and or getting a stinger in the neck. Ah good ole remedies... i wonder if adding a little bit of coffee to them would add a nice smell... have several kinds depending on what kinda coffee mood your into. I could really go for some Banana Hazelnut when waking up in the morning or trying to sleep at night.

My friend has one of those,

Comment by Taryn (not verified) Sat, 02/07/2009 - 01:13

My friend has one of those, except she likes to call it a "kitty" since it's slightly fuzzy and keeps her warm. :) They're really are nice to have and you can make them from so many different kinds of material.

Good luck with all the cons, hope you have fun!

Corn Meal Southern Comfort

Comment by Cyndijo (not verified) Sat, 02/07/2009 - 12:01

Before common folk could afford Vick's Vapor Rub- corn meal was heated up in an iron skillet. Just pour it in the pan stir it around to keep it from burning to bottom. When hot put it in an kitchen towel or pillow slip. Laying this on your chest will break up the deepest congestion. I wonder which substance retains heat the longest? I haven't tried heating up corn meal in the microwave..sounds like a guy thing to try..I will try the rice. It's a lot cheaper here!

Pillow envy

Comment by Lori (not verified) Sat, 02/07/2009 - 19:45

I'm jealous of your dinosaur body pillow! Where'd you find one?!

And as much as I'd love to make a rice-bag-warmer, I unfortunately have no problems keeping warm in AZ. I think it only got slightly below freezing one night this winter? Ergh.

Subjects are for the weak D:

Comment by Johnny (not verified) Mon, 02/09/2009 - 03:52

I absolutely love the art style on this, and the name has a certain pull to me xD
I read Applegeeks almost religiously and I saw the link up there a while back and had to check it out, and I've been addicted ever since ^^
Looking forward to reading more of this wonderful comic =D


Comment by Ducky (not verified) Mon, 02/09/2009 - 20:13

Aw, this made me wish I still lived in D.C. But I have returned to the 'homeland' of Texas. I miss you Katsucon and Otakon! T^T Seriously, all the fun was up there. I miss the metro and being packed like a sardine. xD

My mum has made me two of

Comment by Rae (not verified) Tue, 02/10/2009 - 02:13

My mum has made me two of those for Christmas! They're also really good for period cramps. :o

This weekend I made one of

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 02/10/2009 - 08:40

This weekend I made one of these. It was excellent.

even easier

Comment by daed (not verified) Thu, 05/07/2009 - 18:58

My moms been using a similar thing forever, but it's even easier to make.

Put the rice in a long sock and tie it off. Presto


Comment by JesseT77 (not verified) Tue, 06/16/2009 - 15:53



Comment by Kyon (not verified) Sat, 07/04/2009 - 17:10

My shoulders usually want to kill me after class, I teach small children Kendo. Yesterday I got cut off and I thought about the old comic about John telling Ananth to shoot someone where it hurt and it made me laugh and suddenly I remembered this comic so as soon as I got home I looked it up and made one. JW made my life better. just thought you should know.


Comment by Brandy (not verified) Wed, 05/04/2011 - 08:57

Great common sense here. Wish I’d tghouht of that.