Hi! It’s still March and I’m still taking the month off! Why? Because keeping up with the endless conveyor belt of new Good Tickle Brain content is super-fun, but it also takes a lot of time and keeps me from working on various importer longer-term projects. This is usually what happens when I find some free time:


….but this month I’m going to be WAY MORE DISCIPLINED. I PROMISE.

This comic was drawn for my marvelous $5-and-up Patreon supporters, whose generosity helps me to keep doing what I’m doing.

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?


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.


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


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:

Speaking at Washington College

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.


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.


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

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


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


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!

The Joys of Bicycling

I've recently been trying to bike more (something not made easier by the fact that I live in a rather hilly neighborhood). My good friend here is inspiring me by biking everywhere, but, as you see, she has an ulterior motive. 

I try not to do two non-Shakespeare comics in a row, but I really wanted to do this one and I've got a big multi-part Shakespeare coming up next week, so here you go. We return you to your original Shakespearean programming next week!

(Also, my apologies for this comic being up a bit late - I shifted my day job schedule around this week, with the consequence that my brain was totally befuddled as to what day of the week it was at any given moment.)