Domain Registration And Nameservers Are Different Things, Apparently

You may have noticed that REZ was down the last few days. Well, I can say with absolute certainty that I am an idiot. When we switched our web host a while back, I thought that was effectively changing the registrar as well. This is not the case because WordPress.com can’t accept domain registration transfers. I did not know this. As a result, I let our domain registration expire. Whoops! And of course everything in the universe conspired to to make renewing our registration as difficult as possible, because life. Everything is better now… clearly. You’re reading this after all. But I thought I owed you readers an explanation.

TL:DR I’m a moron and that’s why REZ was down a few days.


Halloween Comic!

For those of you wondering what happened to the usual Friday comic, fear not! Our Halloween themed comic will be up and ready to read tomorrow.

Now that I think about, the whole “fear not” thing isn’t really in the spirit of the holiday. So be very afraid! Our new comic will be here tomorrow!

Darn, that doesn’t really work either…


Power outage woes.

Hey guys! Bear here. We got caught in a pretty nasty storm the other day and lost power. That’s why there have been no comics. Sorry! I’m writing this from my phone using our crummy data plan. We will post a comic as soon as we are able. Thank you for your patience!


Sorry for not having a new comic posted.

Please forgive me!  The air quality on Sunday was horrendous, due to the wildfires in Washington State.  It set off a very horrendous pain attack, which I am still recovering from.   Our comic should continue as scheduled this Thursday (unless the smoke from the wildfires drifts our way again.)

I love you fans! I hate to disappoint you 😦



What do you do when one of your heroes (Alton Brown) likes your comic on Twitter and Facebook?

What did we do when Alton Brown liked us on Twitter and Facebook? (Specifically, he liked The Never Seen Episode of Iron Chef: America)

First we did a little of THIS.

We  spent all day reading peoples comments and laughing.  Our phones would not stop buzzing! (So glad people caught the Last Airbender reference.)

We particularly like the guy who made this:


The original post can be found in the comments section of Alton Brown’s original post.

While reading comments we decided to celebrate by cooking one of Alton Brown’s recipes from his Good Eat books.   (We own all 3 Good Eats books, of course! Everyone should.) YUM!  Cooking will commence when we can all agree on what we want 🙂

We cannot express in words how happy we are that our comic brought a smile to so many faces.  Its a huge boost for us!  We will continue to strive and create more awesome comics in the future.


Rainbow of Happy

Everyone in Random Encounterz is very happy that our country just legalized gay marriage on a federal level.  We happen to love a great many people who are apart of the LBGT community, including myself.  I could have easily fallen in love with a woman rather than a man.  Being bisexual is not easy.  Many people, including gay and lesbian’s, don’t understand how someone could be attracted to both.  I’ve been told to ‘pick a side’ among many other insults to my character.  Some people worry I would cheat on Yuji with other women, as if my integrity is intimately tied with my sexuality.

There is still a long way to go, but yesterday was a victory.  It should be celebrated!


Memorial Day Thoughts

I just wanted to say something on Memorial Day.  At first, I thought about making a comic but nothing I did seemed right.

I do not believe in blind pride for my country.  Memorial Day is a day to remember and never forget.

I think about my grandfather, who is buried in a military cemetery in Portland, Oregon.  I don’t think about his service to his country or what he did during World War 2.  I just want him back.

My family has been in America since the very begging of colonization.  I have ancestors who have fought in every major American war.  Despite all the faults of my country, I still take pride in this.

My Great Grandfather did not fight under an American banner in World War 1, despite being an American citizen.  Like many young men, he did not want to miss the action so he joined the Canadian military instead.  Because of the politics of his choice, he does not have a flag placed on his grave during Memorial Day.  This year my father and mother are traveling to his grave to place the flag themselves.  My mother loved her grandfather very much.  Apart of me wonders about how many people helped shape the world and never get any official recognition for it.

I think my Great Grandfather went to war for the many stupid reasons young people go to war.  Glory, honor, opportunity… What I take pride in is the reasons why young men stay in war.

My Great Great Great Grandfather was in Battery B, 4th US artillery during the Civil War.  What a gruesome horrible war.  I cannot imagine the fear he must have felt, the absolute terror that would have gripped someone in the heat of battle.  The emotions involved are complex, but I like to imagine that he was one of those many soldiers who thought to himself ‘I’m fighting for a better world.’

They never knew me, but they knew one day I would be born.  They kept fighting in the hopes that I would not have to.  There is this stream of love that flows down to me through the centuries.  I feel it, as keenly as when my mother kisses me on the forehead.

I understand why someone would choose to worship their ancestors.  Perhaps they are the only ones that are truly worthy of religious devotion.

I wish there was a way to let them know how much I love them.  It would be so much easier to handle.

‘I love you.’

‘I love you too.’

Such as it is, there is no way I would ever be able to meet them.  I must feel their love and in return I must do my part to make my world better.  When I have children I hope I will teach them well enough so that one day they can feel this love and pass it on to their children.

Happy Memorial Day