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 The first few, upon return, will be outdated, but I consider too good to be overlooked.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 #10: Nintendo Physics 101

Well, another week comes, and another Thrusday Binary Hangman comic! Though I have to say, I’ve been getting a little depressed at the comic’s status…it’s not that I don’t have any comic ideas, in fact I’ve got a whole Word document full of them, but every week they’re all either “Not timely enough” or “No way could I draw that” or, worst of all, “That’s awesome…but it deserves more artistic justice than MS Paint would do it.” At any rate, I’m glad that I can keep producing comics that are, if nothing else, funny. Also, this is the second week in a row where my idea came to me the day of the comic. For once, thank you, school.

Now, back to yearbook copy…

Comic #9: Scott Turkey vs. The Pilgrim

First, allow me to apologize for the video game subject material. I had an idea in mind for a non-video game one, really! …but then, as I walked into my kitchen about an hour and a half ago and saw the turkey, my mind just sort of put it all together…at any rate, Happy Thanksgiving!

New Site Content Plus News Regarding Upcoming Comics

First up, I’m glad to announce that I just posted my reviews of Super Mario Galaxy 2, Toy Story Racer, and Super Mario Land. You can now check them out under Video Game Reviews in the Miscellaneous Section.

You can also now subscribe to the blog”s updates and posts via email! Just sign up with the nifty button in the left column of this webpage.

I also posted a list of some of my favorite sites in which I do not have a part, again accessible in the left column. The fist two are blogs which I highly recommend. The next is a portfolio of Ray Hargreaves’ work in music, video, graphic design, etc. The next two are other webcomics that I enjoy, and the last is a podcast.

Also, regarding Thursday’s upcoming comic, some of you may notice that almost all of my comics thus far have been video game related. Well, Thursday’s won’t be, it will focus instead on Thanksgiving.

Also, in two weeks, I am proud to announce that we will have 10 comics all at once! Why? Because we’re Binary Hangman, and no other webcomic would do that for you.

(Disclaimer: In Binary, 10 = a base-10 system’s 2. In other words, you’ll get two comics…Am I overexplaining this?)

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!”].

Comic #1: Binary Hangman