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On a hoppier note...

Happy Holidays!

Question about "Mail" program

Does anyone use the Mac "Mail" program, the basic one that comes with the computer?

If so, does anyone know how to export your address book, or otherwise copy it? It seems like it's designed to automatically save the e-mail address of anyone that you ever write or respond to, but there's nothing in the basic drop-down menu that seems to let you save addresses or create an actual address book.

Fun stuff from the Couscous Collective Store

I've got a new William Bazillion mini-comic, "Fatty Camp," that's now available in the Couscous Collective store! (Thanks to the lovely and talented Pancha Diaz for updating the shop!)

Please check out the store here and load up on "Fatty Camp" (which is not available online, and probably won't be) and other fine Couscous products today. These make great stocking stuffers for those special comic fans in your life, and you should pick up on some of these quality items for yourself while you're at it.

Orders will be extra, extra appreciated right now as our home computer is in the shop, and we're bracing ourselves for a steep repair bill.

Wireless router? More like functionless router.

Yeah, that's not a very funny joke for the subject line, but I've got a boring, technical computer problem question.

For the tenth time, I've tried setting up a wireless router at home, and once again, the setup process leads us all the way through, then has no useful troubleshooting tips whatsoever to explain why our system doesn't work.

(Usually this involves us buying a router, trying to set it up, failing at that, exchanging the router for a different one, failing at that, then giving up for a few months until we decide to try again.)

And please skip ahead to someone else's photos or Twitter-stream if this stuff bores you. I'll try to be brief, though.

Anyway, we've got a little black box that provides us with a DSL connection for our "land" computer, and we're trying to set up a wireless router so that we can use that same DSL for our laptop. So far, so good, right?

For the three of you reading this who don't also read my wife's blog...

I may be biased, but my favorite comic strip these days has got to be Skin Horse, written by Shaenon K. Garrity and Jeffrey Wells, with art by Shaenon. A brand-new storyline starts today, so if you haven't checked it out yet, please click on the link and bookmark it. You'll be glad you did.

For those of you who don't want to read through the entire archive (and haven't ordered your copy of Skin Horse, Volume One yet), here's a brief recap from the helpful cast page:

This was funnier a month ago...

...but I haven't had time to draw it and scan it until now.

Click here for my attempt at topical humor.

Tokyo Drifter

Here's the first batch of photos from our recent trip to Japan. Cheers to Facebook for changing their programming so that those of you who haven't joined the Facebook cult yet can still look at photos that are posted there.

Short explanation of our trip: In 2007, Shaenon and I curated an exhibition for the Cartoon Art Museum called The Art and Flair of Mary Blair. It was very well-received, prompting Studio Ghibli to plan their own much, much, much larger version.

Shaenon and I were hired on as consultants, assisting Mary's nieces with the process of gathering all of the art together and making arrangements for the art to travel to Tokyo back in April.

Sequential Tart interviews me & Shaenon!

Patti Martinson of Sequential Tart has been interviewing all of the Couscous Collective members (minus the elusive Konstantin Pogorelov, who lives in a small cabin in the woods with Bill Watterson, Steve Ditko and J.D. Salinger), and she's kicking off October with me and Shaenon.

Enjoy these, then meet us in person at the Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco on October 17 & 18.

So that's what he sounds like...

I was interviewed by Tom Racine for his Tall Tale Radio program a while back, and forgot to post the link. Click here to find out everything you ever wanted to know about my job.

I also turn up again in a newer broadcast, at the tail end of the Nick Gurewitch/Monsters of Webcomics feature. Shaenon's on that one, too, so it's obviously worth a listen.

A hit! A palpable (press) hit!

Gary Tyrrell of webcomics news site Fleen has read the entire archive of The Chronicles of William Bazillion, and apparently he liked it enough to write about it at length on his site. He does a pretty good job of summarizing the plot, too, so if you've been on the fence about checking it out, you can tell at a glance if you're likely to enjoy it or if it's something you really need to avoid at all costs.