So yeah, 5 years! After all this time, this here comic has become a part of me. I love doing it, definitely want to keep on doing it and absolutely plan to.
But even so, as enthusiastic and proud as I am about all this, I just couldn’t come up with a good idea for a 5-year anniversary comic. I mean, after all; what is COMMISSIONED actually about? How would you describe it? And instead of trying in vain to come up with some crazy situation that I believe would best represent the weirdness that is this webcomic I felt that it would be a nice little experiment to ask the readers about it.
So I posted on Twitter (or “tweeted” as some say, which actually sounds like a tiny fart) for people to reply with how they imagined COMMISSIONED got made, and I said that the one I liked best would get made into today’s comic. The results were not so much surprising as they were eye-opening.
Most of the replies, in some way or another involved either me on a toilet, somebody or something else going on a toilet or simply a whole bunch of feces without a toilet. Normally, most people would saddened by the results, concluding that most people see their work as plain crap. But I firmly believe that even when everything else in the world fails and my life is ruined, I will still be able to look at a toilet and smile.
So, I’m happy.
There were plenty of great responses. We got answeres that had Ninjas, Zombies, a variety of animals, god, gnomes, elves, alcohol and drugs and even a very nice “O makes it, that’s enough” (@nvnetrobotics). In the end, I didn’t actually go with just one, but I mixed ideas from several posts.
@paradoxataur was the first to post that I produced the comic on the toilet.
@Evilseedlet posted that the comic was actually produced by ninja.
@Hoodoo said I pooped and worked it into a comic.
@mashupman said a unicorn poops the comic.
@fdgonthier posted that there are tibetan Ninja living in the Colombian mountains .
@tr00matt claims I have Ninja working in my home and that my cats are their masters.
@gratefulbastard posted that I read the poop, like tea leaves.
So I mixed up the ideas from these posts and came up with the comic you see before you.
Of course, I considered a lot of others. Just like that, I’ll point out some:
@Lelandcurry had an awesome idea involving the cats in dark, hooded robes performing ancient rituals. Real funny mental image.
@Hzurr posted that I made the comic through hip thrusts. I’ll have to try that.
@Cerverous said I use my university students as slaves. I’ll have to try that too.
@Reeshoward claims that I put all the materials into my mouth and vomit the comic. I wanted to draw that one as well.
@Bearbutt posted that I produce the comic in a rather sexual manner. I like that.
@spicypeanut tweeted that Gorillas drew it and pterodactyls flew it all over the world. I like his idea of how the internet works.
And also thanks to all the rest of you that posted ideas. I had great laughs reading them, and I wish I could’ve posted them all here. But then I would’ve just missed some and people would’ve felt insulted. So let me just say “thank you” to everybody for their ideas.
And of course, thank you to everybody that reads, supports or simply has warm fuzzy thoughts about me at least three times a week. It may sound corny, but it’s because of you all that this comic keeps on going.
So! It’s been a great 5 years – but now I have to get back to work. Thanks again!