gabby's playhouse

a gabby schulz & ken dahl internet repository

postscript to the LSD (& a picture)


Regular readers might remember our recent Laughing Squid Debacle, in which we were presented with a $308 bill from our webhosts after hotlinking of our “Sick” comic blew up our bandwidth past all sanity. Well, our readers came to our rescue with extreme prejudice, erasing the entire sum of our debt in just one day!

And then, the next day, we get another email from Laughing Squid — it turns out that the Earnest Plea we’d written them, begging not to charge us (& offering, we thought, a couple trenchant reasons for it too), did not fall on deaf ears. Against our wildest, most jaundiced expectations, they did in fact decide to waive our entire overcharge bill (and rewrite a section of their terms of service to address the flaw i brought to their attention).

Haha, WHOOPS. Well: 1. Yay; but also 2. We sure as hell weren’t expecting that! And so 3. It appears we have had a (successful) fundraiser for nothing.

After a couple days of cursing/celebrating our ability to present email arguments so salient/pit-enducing that they can alter the very flow of capital, we were forced to address the obvious question: What do we do with all this money? You beautiful people just gave us no small amount of your earnings for a reason, and now suddenly, the Invisible Hand of the internet market has wisked that reason away ex post facto. Clearly, this is an ethical quandary of a caliber unlike any the Playhouse has yet faced, and might even lend truth to Adam Smith’s dictum, “mo’ money, mo’ problems.”

The good news is, figuring out what to do with extra cash is about the best problem we here at the GP could dream up. Our first impulse, of course, is to just give it all back. However, like any usurer worth their cloak of baby skin, paypal tacks fees onto every transaction, so returning your $12 digital donation would basically amount to you giving free money to a corporation — which strikes us as a bit tragic, considering this wasn’t either of our intentions — however, if you donated money and would like it returned, we’re more than happy to oblige.

There are other options as well: such as parlaying your donation toward another noble cause relevant to keeping Gabby’s Playhouse’s comics up & running. For example, our ride to&from the Small Press Expo might have just unexpectedly fallen through, and since this comics event is only a couple weeks away, we’re looking at a choice between a full-retail Dirty Dog ticket, and Just Staying In Ohio. Choosing Option 1 could alone quite easily dispatch with over half of our donation-box!

For the other half, we had all sorts of ideas — art supplies, a backup external drive, printing t-shirts, making some sort of puppet show, paying our federal income taxes. We even thought about buying a bus ticket to some terrifying out-of-the-way place, renting a room for a couple days & drawing a comic about the (probably painfully boring) results.

Or, we could just stow it in a special jar for the next time this website has a financial crisis.

What we’d like to make clear is that, since Laughing Squid doesn’t want their pound of e-flesh after all (and props to them for that), we still consider this bailout fund your money, in a way. If you have any bright ideas for how we should earmark these assets, please let us know in the comments!

But first, here’s a Picture (for sale in the Store):

OH! And we promised we’d put “Sick” up on the Playhouse if it was still standing after last week, and have been working hard to do so — but it turns out this thing is so huge that it requires some special attention just so it doesn’t tank our site again. We even tried making a tumblr for it, but the max image size was way too small. If anyone has any suggestions about how one might go about putting a comic that huge up on the website without Chaos ensuing, we’d love to hear about it.

19 Comments on “postscript to the LSD (& a picture)”

  1. 1) Keep the money for whatevs.
    2) Good ol blogger is free and does not charge for bandwidth and it has free templates I know at least one of which should allow the live space on the blog to be adjusted to be wide enough for how Sick was presented before. Plus, you can drop in their little html widgets and ad advertising or whatever and maybe make a few cents. If the images are super big you could link it to photobucket or something. I did that for this one
    3) tumblr has a max image size? Can you have it point to a photobucket url or something? I’ve seen some pretty huge things on there.
    4) Good luck.

    • cool thanks shannon, those are good ideas (although that reminds me my [dumb useless] flickr “pro” account [that i never use] is about to expire… mentioning blogger reminds me that a lot of cartoonists i know just use that & it looks fine, & now i’m wondering why i’m even bothering with wordpress & a webhost. i’m sure there was a good reason?

      thanks, re: #1!

  2. It’s been a few months since I’ve seen Sick pages, but could you slice them up so that they’re smaller images and then use Tumblr? I remember them being one long scroll with plenty of white space that you could eliminate/use a border.

    • yeah it’s looking like chopping it down by panel is the only way this thing is coming back. ugh i was afraid of that, since it’ll be so time-consuming & look like ass. this is why people get interns!

  3. I’m so glad they didn’t charge you!!! That was ridiculous!

    I think people donated to keep your website running. Even if the money wasn’t needed in the same way, it will keep your website running one way or another. You can send little somethings to folks that donated?! Or, yes get to SPX!

  4. Spend it on whatever keeps you and your site running. There’s no reason your readers can’t throw a few dollars your way. Personally, I think you should keep a donate button up all the time as a kind of tip jar . . .

  5. I just read sick and wow, thank you.

    On a more practical note, if you put your images up on Amazon S3 you will pay much less for the bandwidth (you pay $0.01 per HTTP request, size irrelevant, plus a trivial amount for storage), and you can link to them in your web pages directly, without any need to resize them.

  6. Yep I say spend my contribution however you see fit. I donated simply because I “dig” your “shit”, and what more beautiful reason could there be than… shit digging?

    One small request: if you could find a moment to hastily draw some kind of illustration / emblem / runic glyph for my all-but-defunct music “scrapbook” project I would hopefully feel inspired enough to start it up again (it’s been about a year…)


  7. Yeah, I saw this as “If you read SICK and enjoyed it please help me out.” It doesn’t seem any different to me than the “tip jars” that many people who post comics regularly on the internet have on their sites. Keep it and use it to work on new comics. Hope to see you at SPX!

  8. Gabby, I’ll splice it up and put it on a tumblr for you if you want, posting them backwards so they run in order. I take care of an elderly lady and night and I have lots of slow, grueling time for such tedious tasks.

    • that’s tempting but shouldn’t you be drawing comics dane?? i have been trying to do this myself (the tumblr thing) but it is too boring to stand as of yet

  9. I didn’t know about the fundraiser, so no input there, but… Please, DO eat my m*ther! Eat all of her. And if you want seconds, I’ll be more than happy to filet my f*ther for you, too.

  10. Gabby, I vote you use half of the cash for your ride, and lock the other half away in a mason jar and put a hammer next to it for A Rainy Day.

  11. Gabby,
    I am a college student who found “Sick” through the website Stumbleupon. I read it today and found it very interesting, I thought it was great. I just wanted to say hello and compliment your work! good stuff

  12. Gabby you deserve every penny of everything you get, just keep making the damn comics. I am so grateful for my Cardiff Skateboard Club sketch and the other stuff you sent me. It enriches my existence.

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