[ Funny to make its appearance shortly after noon. -K ]
I know it's around here somewhere...ah, yes, here it is, stuck between the couch cushions along with this...ooh...handful of change....right, today's dose of Funny.
Exactly five months ago today CXM put out its first comic strip. It's hard to believe it was that long ago! So many things have happened since then, not the least of which is that I've been living in Scotland pretty much since we came online. I think we've gone through a lot of changes with the strip since that point. Take a look at some of the early strips and see how the looks of the characters have evolved since then (other than the fact that Jason and I have swapped shirt colors). We've come an awful long way in the last five months, and I'm very proud of us; overall, I think we're a better comic now then we were then. Most of the credit goes to my esteemed colleagues: Jason's willingness to hand draw as much of the strip as he can, even with his severely limited time; Kai's coloring skillz, which further amaze me with each strip he does; and Tony's bouts of what can't be described as anything less than comic genius. And of course, let us not forget some of our best guest appearances: where would we be without Optimus Prime, Smokey, and Tyler Durden. As much as I'd like to go on tooting our own horn, and by necessity embarassing horn players everywhere, I want to save some of my effusive praise for the much bigger event of our six month anniversary, coming up exactly one month from today (didn't see that coming, did ya?).
But there is one thing related to this momentous occasion that I would like to ask of you, our readers. While we have done very well in the last five months, and we have a pretty devoted following, most of you real life friends, I don't think that we've completely explored the potential that CXM has to offer. Which is why I'd like to try a little exercise, if you don't mind? You see, we've made an assumption that you like CXM (which, admittedly, risks the time-honored fate of making an ass out of you and mption). Otherwise, we'd be hard-pressed to explain why you keep coming back...probably not my witty banter. And we'd really like to believe that you have friends, and that perhaps your friends might likewise enjoy CXM.
And so, we introduce the Comics Ex Machina Tell-a-thon 2001 in which we invite each of you to share CXM with a friend (or, perhaps, if you dislike us, with an enemy). Pick a strip that you like, and send it to someone you know (or that girl you've been secretly stalking). Have a friend who's looking a little down lately? Cheer 'em up with a good chuckle. Print a strip out and take it to your workplace. Think of it as CXM Awareness Day. You might even drop a link to us to someone who runs a popular webcomic. Go wild! If each one of you tells even one person, it doubles the amount of people who read our comic (check out the mad math skillz). Some of you might see this as just a blatant attempt to get a lot of hits, and in the words of Tony, "Yeah, it kinda is." But, as always, we don't make a cent on the people who come here; the people who profit from CXM are the ones who enjoy the strip.
And, most importantly, by reaching a bigger audience, we can determine if we're doing things right here. We want to amuse people, and if we're not doing that, then why the hell are we taking up valuable bandwith? So if you find CXM funny, it's your privilege, nay, your patriotic duty to pass the good fortune on to others.
As incentive for this (read: bribe), I pass along this incredibly brief trailer for the Cowboy Bebop movie. Perhaps now you want to help us, hm?
In all seriousness, if you enjoy CXM, share the love. We would really appreciate it. Have a good weekend, and we'll be back on Monday.
Dan Moren will do his part too!
Quote of the Day: "Come and see us...or we'll come and see you."
-Funny Ikea Commercial