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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:

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….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 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:

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.

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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…

Desdemona Ditties

It's "Stay Sane September"! That means I'll be sharing some of my "greatest hits" from social media and Patreon to keep you entertained while I take the month off in order to avoid burnout, take some theatre trips, and get caught up on various tasks and projects that I have been neglecting. 

Today's comic comes from Patreon, and features pretty much exactly what happened when some friends and I took a day trip to the Stratford Festival and were driving home at 2am, trying to stay awake by brainstorming Shakespeare musical parodies.

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2am on the 401 is apparently the best time and place to write musical parodies.

Thanks to my supporters on Patreon (from whence I re-appropriated this comic) for helping me continue to develop Good Tickle Brain! For $5 a month, you'll get bonus comics like these every week!

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!

Iamb What Iamb

It's "Stay Sane September"! That means I'll be sharing some of my "greatest hits" from social media and Patreon to keep you entertained while I take the month off in order to avoid burnout, take some theatre trips, and get caught up on various tasks and projects that I have been neglecting. 

Today's installment features two iambic pentameter-themed bonus comics drawn for my $5 supporters on Patreon

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I apologize for nothing.

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Every time I seen an uncapitalized "lambic" I get really excited until I realize it's beer. (I'm not a big drinker.)

Thanks to my supporters on Patreon (from whence I re-appropriated these comics) for helping me continue to develop Good Tickle Brain! For $5 a month, you'll get bonus comics like these every week!

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!

Good Tickle Brain is on Patreon!

Hey everyone! As I mentioned obliquely in yesterday's post, I am now working full-time on Good Tickle Brain! This is very exciting, as it means I have more time to devote to other cool projects (priority #1 = making that flowchart poster a reality) besides just rushing to get each week's comics out on time. 

Of course, working full-time on Good Tickle Brain does come with it's own set of challenges, so, if you're interested in supporting my work, I've set up a Patreon page. Here, let me tell you all about it in this dorky, awkward, yet hopefully somehow endearing video that I made!

You can read up much more about how it works, plus see examples of the various rewards, over at my Patreon page

Again, I want to stress that Good Tickle Brain will continue to be a totally free webcomic. If you don't want to support me, or want to support me but can't afford to, that's absolutely fine. You can still come here twice a week for Shakespeare comics, and I will still love you. But, if you have the means, your patronage will help me take Good Tickle Brain to newer and geekier heights than ever before.

It's going to be a fun ride! Thank you so much!