Since the Ending of the World

I’m glad that the year-long hiatus began, at least, after #42 and a comic about the ending of the world. I have no idea how managed to go almost a year with no new comic, of course. It seems odd, and of course, I regret it. The year altogether, however, which included a trip to Europe, doing tech work for multiple stage productions, quite a few parties, and great academic success, is hard to regret. It naturally would have been nice for a full portfolio of comics to have joined the mix. Then again, could it have been (easily) otherwise? Charles Schulz, of Peanuts creation, wrote how sad times create humor. It seems to agree with my history – I began Binary Hangman in sophomore year (inspired largely by 2P START!) and, in a miraculous twist of poetic irony, the day the first comic was published saw the first of many violent strokes that made sophomore year the worst of my life. Compared with suffering the slings and arrows of that, drawing silly comics that made me (and, ideally, others) smile was idyllic. It was a full escape into which I delved constantly and headlong. Junior year, for various reasons, was infinitely better, and thus, comic producing seemed like work, and the longer the impromptu hiatus continued, the more I felt like going back to Binary Hangman would invoke shame. Nonetheless, though I couldn’t make myself draw, I kept having ideas. Good ones. My mind just warps what I see and hear, giving life that sort of flavor that is comedy. I’ve decided that such a hiatus demanded a word first – but that’s as far as my mind went. After that, it’s back to the drawing board.

Within the world of the comic, I’ve constructed scenes, places, and characters, plot ideas and arcs, which I hope to mold in the future. Gag ideas won’t stop, either. The first few, upon return, will be outdated, but I consider too good to be overlooked. Following these, there should be completely new material.

I do have plans. Comic 50 will still be special, and 100 will see a story arc for sure. Thursday marks the return of Binary Hangman, and I hope that not until I have completed the canon will another Thursday go by without my two cents thrown in.

-Noah Diekemper


Comic #38: Remedial Poetry

Wow; it’s been way too frickin’ long since a comic. With summer and no scanner, though, it’s just been harder to get ideas all the way through to WordPress (ideas themselves, though, are just fine). Hope this isn’t too obscure or repetitive for everyone.

No Comic This Week

Sorry everyone, but there won’t be a comic this week.

I apologize for the inconvenience.

Comic #15: Keep Dreaming, Sega

Sorry if today’s comic seemed cut/paste, unimpressive, or both. Once again, I let the comic sneak up on me, and then I got sick last night. At any rate, I think this comic is mildly amusing, and I’ve got a pretty solid comic (once again Sega related 🙂 planned for next week, if I can just manage to draw it all…

And speaking of the Dreamcast, I actually got one for Christmas! Very fun.

Comic #14: C Challenge

I don’t have a lot to say about this comic, except that if you haven’t heard of either Chip’s Challenge or Chuck’s Challenge, please do check them out. Absolutely phenomenal games. And Merry Christmas, everyone!

Comic #13: Your Brain

Wow…long day. I really had no idea what I wanted to do for a comic today, and came up with one about fifteen minutes into study hall, thanks to two of my friends. Coming home, I still had a very shifting idea of what I wanted that last panel to be, with ideas of drugs, SEGA, the NES, &c. swimming around in my head. In retrospect, I wish I had had that last panel drawn, and I’m not sure what I was thinking pulling out a blue pen to use, but here it is, and I hope you enjoy it!

Comic#5: Wisp Predictions

Bonus Panel that was deleted because it didn’t really go with the style of the other panels: Honey Wisp. [Picture of a Blue Pikmin with green eyes and three leaves on its head, in drooping quill fashion, wagging its finger and saying “Yeah, that’s the power of teamwork!”].