Lady Gaga: Defender of Those Suffering from Fibromyalgia!

First and foremost!  For those of you not in the know a purple butterfly is the symbol for Fibromyalgia sufferers.

Okay, this comic is a little bit silly but so is Lady Gaga (in a awesome way!).  I was not happy to hear that Lady Gaga has Fibromyalgia because I would not wish this condition on my worst enemy.  I am a fan of Lady Gaga and she continued to impress me by turning her suffering into a positive force.  I don’t often talk about my battle with Fibromyalgia on the website because its a constant grueling never ending battle with a faceless enemy.  It’s depressing and that is not the atmosphere I want to create for our comic.

The form of Fibromyalgia I have is rather severe.  I get symptoms in every part of my body and the pain is constant.  I will never be able to leave my house without someone with me because if I fall, I can’t recover easily.  I can’t drive and likely I will never be able to because it would be akin to driving drunk, or worse.  I can’t work any conventional job and as a result I’ve begun the process of applying for disability.  The only hope I have for a career is through my art, but that is a long shot.  (We are actually going to be taking a break from doing this comic to finish up something we hope to find a publisher for.  Scroll down for details.)  Currently I am stuck in my house, unable to leave with only my dog and cats for company during the work day.

If you want to know more about my battle with fibromyalgia, I’m more than happy to share.  I just don’t want to bog this comic down too much.  I worked too hard on the coloring job to depress everyone 🙂

I just want to say thank you to Lady Gaga for using her fame to bring attention to a chronic condition that nobody knows much about.  Funding research is EXACTLY what we need because currently we don’t even know what causes this condition or how to properly treat it.

Lady Gaga, if you are reading this; if you need anything for this battle you are waging all you have to do is ask.  I want to fight this in any way I can.

Remember Fibromyalgia sufferers, the only way to deal with pain is to laugh.

Thyrza

Hello everyone!

I am announcing that random-encounterz will be taking a break from our regular online comic posts until the beginning of the New Year. We are currently working to finalize the first chapter of a graphic novel that we are seeking to publish. We will still be posting occasional images, and updates from our progress on the graphic novel. Wish us luck, and we will see you guys in the new year!

Yuji

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The Almighty Allergy Man

This comic is an anthropomorphized version of your allergic reaction. Allergic reactions are basically your body overreacting to the presence of a particular allergen, which your body reacts to by effectively attacking yourself. It’s like your own body is giving you a beat down, from mild to potentially lethal. Our immune system is just weird like that.

– Yuji

Choices Choices

My Uncle John is blind and for the most part, we do things that we can all enjoy.  Unfortunately, there are those occasions where you can’t please everyone and Uncle John is given the choice between two things that are not all that fun when you can’t see. He laughed about it when I realized his choices were not the best and suggested I make a comic about it.  I am really glad Uncle John is in my life.  He reminded me that sometimes you can’t get upset and you just have to make the best of it.

We went up to a place about an hour outside of Bend, OR that has the biggest thunder eggs we have ever seen.  Because this rock bed is newly discovered we were some of the first people to dig there.  I will post pictures when we get these rocks cut open to see what is inside of them.

And no worries, Uncle John got to do plenty of things he enjoys 🙂

Sorry for not shading this comic, I’ve gotten sick and we had a minimal amount of time to complete this.

-Tea

Poke’mon on the Brain

This is a real thing that happened.  Because I had a stroke and I had been previously diagnosed ADHD and Learning Disabilities, I’m having to be re tested.  During the test, I was asked to define evolution and while I KNOW the definition of evolution and I know what evolution is, I could not stop thinking about Poke’mon.

Just my luck they used the word ‘evolution.’  Just my luck…