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July 7, 2014 8:04 AM   Subscribe

We go forward, a short and poignant comic about life challenges.

From the artist Shenanigansen, who has lots more good stuff at his site. He also does illustrated reviews of video games.
posted by jbickers (22 comments total) 37 users marked this as a favorite

 
Ow, my heart.
posted by fight or flight at 8:07 AM on July 7 [4 favorites]


Trying not to cry at my desk is not how I wanted to start my Monday.
posted by entropicamericana at 8:10 AM on July 7 [1 favorite]


Beautiful.
posted by maryr at 8:11 AM on July 7 [1 favorite]


Wow.

(poignancy only slightly marred by it being signed "owlturd.com")
posted by ominous_paws at 8:16 AM on July 7 [2 favorites]


i was just on twitter wondering if i should post this to mefi. i totally cried.
posted by nadawi at 8:17 AM on July 7 [1 favorite]


WHY DON'T WE GET SAVE FILES?!
posted by sourwookie at 8:21 AM on July 7


also genderbent Shen is pretty great
posted by maryr at 8:22 AM on July 7


If this was done by a 50 year old instead of a 20 year old, the comic would be identical except the last frame would be the parents trying to get to the next frame. You never really want to let go.
posted by gwint at 8:26 AM on July 7 [1 favorite]


Actual Tumblr post.
posted by Happy Dave at 8:30 AM on July 7 [1 favorite]


I discovered owlturd recently and have laughed pretty hard at some of them.
posted by curious nu at 8:31 AM on July 7 [1 favorite]


Where the hell did he get the building materials for that house, and why couldn't he just use them to build a bridge?

A poignant comic about the failings of our STEM education efforts.
posted by Behemoth at 8:31 AM on July 7 [23 favorites]


Like this one.
posted by curious nu at 8:45 AM on July 7 [2 favorites]


Where the hell did he get the building materials for that house

In the platformer universe, the z-dimension extends indefinitely as a probabilistic mesh; the fundamental layout of the X/Y plane is consistent, and so you can't get around geographic features by walking along the Z axis, but to a degree you can manage to chance out things like flora and fauna at different Z-sections along a potentially fertile grass "tile". If you're willing to stay put and choose your ground carefully, resources for a modest status quo life off the land are very doable.

There's rumors told around the fire, at night over wine when the children have gone to bed (you don't want them to overhear and try something foolish, and then again you don't want them to hear the fear and sorrow and hope in your own voices) that in some better universe you can go back. But it's just rumors, and you drink your wine, and you keep your voices down, and you make the life you can make.
posted by cortex at 8:50 AM on July 7 [17 favorites]


This made me sad. But then I checked out his other stuff and it made me laugh. So overall I approve of this post.
posted by billiebee at 9:36 AM on July 7 [1 favorite]


You get stuck in a rut, find someone else who's willing to settle, have a child that's a vain attempt at fulfilling a life you realize you'll never have, and when they actually do succeed you find that the gulf between you is too great to ever connect again and you're stuck in a hopeless situation with your spouse.

At least they're not in a level where the left-hand side of the screen advances. Those suck even harder.
posted by codacorolla at 10:20 AM on July 7 [3 favorites]


The Life of a Bullet Bill
posted by Rhaomi at 11:58 AM on July 7


Previously thematically related.
posted by Corinth at 4:21 PM on July 7


It's way off in tone from the (excellent) linked comic, but this Google ghost story got me to subscribe maybe a year ago.
posted by Monsieur Caution at 9:27 PM on July 7


Is it just me or something I'm doing wrong or what?? I read and so thoroughly enjoyed the long story about the sick girl that I can't get it out of my mind. I want to send friends and family a link to it, either through MeFi or through his website, but all I can get to come up now is a much shorter little story - also very moving - about working up the courage to jump over the pit. I can't access the original at all and

I want to be able to read it again and cry some more.
posted by aryma at 12:23 AM on July 8


aryma, here is the one about the sick girl.
posted by Monsieur Caution at 2:38 AM on July 8 [1 favorite]


aryma: "Is it just me or something I'm doing wrong or what?? I read and so thoroughly enjoyed the long story about the sick girl that I can't get it out of my mind. I want to send friends and family a link to it, either through MeFi or through his website, but all I can get to come up now is a much shorter little story - also very moving - about working up the courage to jump over the pit. I can't access the original at all and

I want to be able to read it again and cry some more.
"

You're probably zooming in to part of the imgur linked image.

Here's the whole thing in the original Tumblr post, correctly sized.
posted by Happy Dave at 4:31 AM on July 8


Many thanks to Monsieur Caution and to Happy Dave for the connection - this is something I don't want to lose - ever.
posted by aryma at 7:17 PM on July 8


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