Our monster being adorable! If you don’t remember, here he is!
My father wrote two comics which we have published in the last week. The first was They All Want To Win! and the second was today’s comic It’s a Hard Life. Like many comics we do in Random Encounterz, these comics are based off of my fathers real life experiences. Both are true stories, simply told from my fathers perspective.
One of the more popular comics I’ve created was this week’s D&D Lessons. In the first panel, you’ll note a ranger with a giant spider behind her. This ranger was my very first D&D character. I don’t know much about her, because my father (who was DMing the game) killed her off the first time I played her. To his credit, it was not done out of any sense of malice. I remember the mix of shock and humor on his face when he looked up at me from behind the DM’s screen. The roll of the dice determined her fate, but he chose to follow through on it.
She went into his special ‘kill box’ and that was that. (My father keeps a ‘kill box’ filled with notecards, describing every character he has killed, who was playing them, and how they died.)
At the time of this unfortunate death, I was pretty sad. I had worked hard on my reading and math skills to be allowed to play Dungeons and Dragons. The rule was, I could not play D&D until I could read and understand the material. Dad did not do this to exclude me. Some of my first memories are of sitting on his lap behind the DM screen and rolling dice for him and the players. He made it very clear that this rule was in place because I needed to be able to be a full fledged player to play a game. I never needed to be good at a game to play, I only needed to be capable of improving myself while playing it.
I wanted my ranger to live longer than the first game, but I was not particularly mad at my father. I appreciated the respect he showed me by treating me like a player, and not a child. It is because of this respect that my Dad is also one of my best friends.
I can’t decide what to play this week. Dragonage: Inquisition? Poke’mon? Smash Bros? There are so many games coming out this week!
…its so hard being me…
This week we went on a feminist binge. It was a lot of fun and it felt good!
I was going to write more about this but then I realized, I am expressing myself fairly well in my comics. So I will just say: I just want characters to make sense, regardless of what lies betwixt thine legs.
This friday is Yuji’s birthday, and I have a lot of work to do to get the house ready. We have been slow moving into our home because Mom and Dad are working very hard to make our old house rentable. Bear and I have a very limited amount of time where we can function and Yuji is at work all day. So instead of writing a big blog post, I am going to go clean the house. This includes setting up his Birthday present on his bran new Xbox one. Apparently, I need to ‘install’ Halo: Anniversary onto this console. INSTALL it, as if buying the physical copy was not enough. Then, I get to gather the ingredients to bake a cake and birthday meatloaf. Yum!
Starting this Sunday, we will be posting regularly. Sundays comics can be drawn by either Yuji or I, but they will be written by Bear. He deserves his own spot after all the hard work he’s done to build our website and social media networks.
Next Tuesday I will be posting a comic written by my Dad. Its a awesome Father Daughter collaboration 😀
I’d just like to take a moment and thank all the Sailor Moon fans who enjoyed Yuji’s recent comic and shared it with their friends. Thank you! Come back Tuesday for a new comic by Tea. Yuji’s comic will be posted on Thursday as usual.
Thanks again for sharing us!
This is Bear thanking the mods of /r/comics and potentially other wonderful subreddits for doing an awesome job!