FILLER: Black Friday

Whoops! I’m behind again, thanks in part to trying to get everything ready for the holidays! Which reminds me, you know what’s coming up soon?

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That’s right! The infamous start of the shopping season! To celebrate (no matter how hypocritically), everything in the Good Tickle Shoppe will be 20% off. The flowchart poster will be back in stock, along with a brand-new Shakespearean Insults t-shirt! Stay tuned for more details!

Unfortunately, I still have a lot of work to do on this front, so I am taking next week off from new comics. But fear not! A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be back before the month is out! Thanks for understanding.

FILLER WEEK(S): Snacks

Oh boy, you know I’m behind on everything when I fail to post filler content here. First, a comic, and then, the excuses.

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Some people have muses. I have potato chips.

ANYWAYS! The reason for my recent delinquency? I’VE BEEN DOING THINGS! I had an absolutely marvelous time last week, giving a talk at Washington College and running a three-panel comics workshop with undergraduate students at Washington College, and then running the same workshop with graduate students in the Shakespeare & Performance program at Mary Baldwin University. Check me out, being all professional and authoritative and stuff:

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Speaking at Washington College

 Workshopping at Mary Baldwin University

Workshopping at Mary Baldwin University

(I would like to note that I had two separate red shirts. I didn’t wear the same stinky shirt for both events.)

Having got this extremely fulfilling work out of the way, I finally visited the American Shakespeare Center. The ASC is famous for its gorgeous recreation of the Blackfriars Theatre. Look. So pretty.

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ASC very kindly provided me with tickets to all four shows in their current Summer/Fall season. I saw As You Like It, Restoration comedy The Man of Mode, a new adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma, and Richard III. For the last production, I sat on one of those stools onstage, which was a terrifying but also exhilarating experience.

I had an absolutely wonderful time and am already planning a return trip in the hopefully not-too-distant future.

And that’s why I’m currently behind in absolutely everything. Now, if you’ll excuse me… I have some potato chips to eat.

FILLER WEEK(S): Normalcy

So, the first and most important rule of making a webcomic is “ALWAYS STICK TO A REGULAR UPDATE SCHEDULE”. I’ve done a fairly good job of that, only unexpectedly missing my own self-imposed deadlines a couple of times in the five years I’ve been doing this.

Unfortunately this is ONE OF THOSE TIMES. I’m currently on the road for various work-related events and, despite my best attempts to get ahead of myself, have completely depleted my backlog.

So, operating on the principle that “something is better than nothing”, this week (and possibly next week) I’ll be featuring some bonus comics drawn for my super-awesome and patient and lovely Patreon supporters.

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Thanks for understanding! A Stick Figure Midsummer Night’s Dream will be back once things… get back… to… normal… oh no…

Stratford Festival Photo Comics (part 4)

I’m still playing catch-up, so here are some MORE Stratford Festival comics!

Here is Eduardo de Filippo’s Napoli Milionaria:

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And this one needs no introduction:

Next week I will be giving a talk at Washington College in Maryland! Here are the details:

WHO: Me!
WHAT: A talk about Good Tickle Brain, Shakespeare, humor, and the meaning of life. Possibly.
WHERE: Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall, Washington College, 300 Washington Ave., Chestertown, MD 21620
WHEN: Wednesday, October 3, 4:30pm
WHY: Because it'll be SO MUCH FUN!

Stratford Festival Photo Comics (part 3)

I’m still recovering from my trip to the Stratford Festival (and preparing for my trip to the East Coast next week - details at the end of today’s post), so here are a few more production photo summaries from Stratford’s 2018 season!

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Rocky Horror was really hard to summarize, folks. I’m still not sure what it was about. But it was FUN.

So, next week I will be giving a talk at Washington College in Maryland! Here are the details:

WHO: Me!
WHAT: A talk about Good Tickle Brain, Shakespeare, humor, and the meaning of life. Possibly.
WHERE: Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall, Washington College, 300 Washington Ave., Chestertown, MD 21620
WHEN: Wednesday, October 3, 4:30pm
WHY: Because it'll be SO MUCH FUN!

I will also be visiting the American Shakespeare Center for the first time later that week! I am so excited. The ASC has been on my to-visit list for YEARS now.

Anyways. That’s why I’m behind in absolutely everything right now.

Hi Ho The Glamorous Life

It's the last installment of "Stay Sane September"! Thanks so much for putting up with my recycled material from social media and Patreon. It's allowed me to relax and enjoy my visits to the Stratford Festival and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival without having to worry about all the work that wasn't getting done.

Being a full-time Shakespearean comic artist and author is pretty much the best thing in the world, but the creative process is not always straightforward. To wrap up "Stay Sane September", here's a behind-the-scenes look at the ups and downs of my chosen career, as originally seen on Patreon

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Thanks for sticking with me through "Stay Sane September" and special thanks to my supporters on Patreon (from whence I re-appropriated these comics) for helping me continue to develop Good Tickle Brain!

Upcoming Appearances

**TODAY!!!**

September 28: Cincinnati Museum Insights Lecture

WHO: Me! Again!
WHAT: Talk followed by Q&A on the development of Good Tickle Brain and approaches to making Shakespeare accessible to new audiences. 
WHEN: Thursday, September 28, 7:30pm
WHERE: The University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
WHY: Because they have a cool Shakespeare exhibit going on right now! 
HOW: Reserve a FREE ticket at the Cincy Museum website!