Let’s give this another try…
You may well remember how lots and lots of fans were asking for Happysad tees, how I finally uploaded one of the most popular cartoons (the Lost in Translation one) to Cafepress.com, to see what would happen.
What happened was: ONE person bought the t-shirt. Can you possibly imagine what a unique item this person now owns? The only Happysad Lost in Translation t-shirt in the whole wide world! I don’t even have one of those! And can you imagine how incredibly filthy rich this person will be when they put it up for sale on eBay in a few years, when I’ve become world famous?! The best part is: they will be incredibly rich AND own a Lost in Translation shirt, because they ordered it twice!
So do you want to be rich too? Well now ‘s your chance! I finally followed the advice of all those visitors who suddenly feltÂ aÂ bit less like buying a shirt “because it was too detailed”, and I’ve uploaded a new design. It’s a slightly reworked version of the desktop background image I once posted here.Â ItÂ evenÂ contains…Â aÂ dashÂ ofÂ colour!
SoÂ goÂ andÂ checkÂ itÂ outÂ now,Â atÂ http://www.cafepress.com/kartoenÂ !
Hi. How are you all holding on out there?
To quench your thirst for golden nuggets of wisdom about life, and in anticipation of new Happysad cartoons, I’d like to share a quote with you. It comes from the book I’m reading, Timequake, by Kurt Vonnegut.
[Uncle Alex Vonnegut] said that when things were really going well we should be sure to notice it. He was talking about simple occasions, not great victories: maybe drinking lemonade on a hot afternoon in the shade, or smelling the aroma of a nearby bakery, or fishing and not caring if we catch anything or not, or hearing somebody all alone playing a piano really well in the house next door. Uncle Alex urged me to say this out loud during such epiphanies: “If this isn’t nice, what is?”
It just so happened I read this bit in the most perfect of circumstances. It was a calm, sunny Sunday afternoon. I had just been raking leaves in MY garden and cleaning up a bit in MY house. I put some music on, fixed myself a drink and sat down in my comfy chair, while the sun beamed down on me through the skylight. And then I read that paragraph, and it all made so much sense to me. If this isn’t nice, what is?
Sure life can be a bitch sometimes. But as that other (more famous) quote says: “Happiness makes up in height what it lacks in length”. And to finally quote myself: I’m not always sad and miserable, you know
If I haven’t lost count somewhere, this should be the 500th Happysad cartoon!
And now this one’s published, I’m going to take a break. Yes, I really need one. Digging so deep every day has been therapeuthic but also quite exhausting.Â I’mÂ kindÂ ofÂ wornÂ outÂ now,Â soÂ IÂ justÂ wantÂ toÂ haveÂ aÂ rest,Â reloadÂ theÂ mental batteriesÂ and look for some new inspiration.
I don’t know for how long this will take, could be a few days, could be a few weeks… but I’ll keep on checking the comments here and maybe publish some other stuff in the meanwhile.Â SoÂ don’tÂ goÂ away,Â I’llÂ beÂ back!
Sorry ’bout this one, I’ve just been listening to Burial a lot lately. Probably a bit too much.