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How to Support Dresden Codak

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Some of you may know that Patreon announced, rather suddenly, a change to the way they will be charging patrons. This has already been devastating for many creators on Patreon and for certain patrons. Dresden Codak has taken a hit too, so if you’d like to continue to help us keep the lights on, keep reading. You might even find ways to help other artists you love too!

How Dresden Codak will respond to the changes to Patreon:

 

  1. We already planned a renovation of the Patreon page to give subscribers more bang for their buck and improve fulfillment. Those changes will be will be announced in a full post in January of 2018. Please stay tuned and stay active for that update.
  2. We’re looking into restructuring the reward tiers so charges to subscribers will be transparent. We do not want you to accrue any hidden fees. Assuming Patreon goes through with their inadvisable changes, these edits will go live before the end of the month with a post on Patreon explaining them.
  3. Please keep in mind that many creators on Patreon rely on the steadiness of income offered with the service. There are many Patreon accounts hit harder than Dresden Codak, but if you can afford the fees please stick by the artists you support. Even if you’re (rightfully) angry at Patreon, deleting pledges is hurting creators right before the holiday season.

 

If you’re not into Patreon:

Ko-fi

Dresden Codak is launching on Ko-fi! 

If you’re into the idea of dropping tips in gratitude, Dresden Codak now has a Ko-fi. Ko-fi is a tipping service for one-time donations in units of “cups of coffee.” Payments go through PayPal, and a PayPal account is all you need to sign up.

If you check out the Ko-Fi page, we also have small updates and rewards there as well.

 

PayPal

We already have a regular PayPal tip jar, where you can give ongoing or one-time contributions of any amount to Dresden Codak.

TopatoCo

Obviously, there are still the more traditional ways to help us keep the lights on and those are invaluable. Get your hands on physical merchandise at the TopatoCo Store (and there will be new merch in the next few months, hint hint)

Gumroad

If you’re more into digital merchandise, check out Gumroad for wallpapers for your computer, phone, tablet or social media.

 

Support without Spending

Sharing the comic site, new pages, or your favorite past comic pages on social media is always a great way to show support that doesn’t cost a dime! Dresden Codak is on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Tumblr if you want to share directly from our pages.

 

Thank you all for your continuing support of Dresden Codak over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to do this as my full time job since 2010 and it’s because of you all. We hope that all the instability 2017 has introduced into so many of our lives hasn’t hit you too deeply and that 2018 will hold better things for all of you.

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2017 Smart Bitches Gift Guide, Volume 5

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Blue gift box with silver ribbon on white background.Ready for round FIVE of our annual gift guide? So much adorable stuff, so much time to shop, unless you celebrate Hanukkah because then you’ve got less than a week (EEEP!).

In gift guides past, we’ve covered

This week, well, I don’t have a theme so much as I have a whole bunch of nifty ideas, some submitted and some discovered. We’re talking about crafting, personalized gifts, and a lot more. Are you ready? Let’s get to shopping!

Kareni sent me a few links that are just terrific, starting with this one:

Bamboo cutting board laser engraved with handwritten personal family recipe

Kareni wrote, “I saw mention of this gift elsewhere…. The person commenting mentioned that a man had bought one of these cutting boards for his wife and had it personalized with a favorite handwritten recipe from her recently deceased mother.”

How beautiful is that? You can send a handwritten recipe to this shop, PersonalizedJust4You, and they will laser engrave the recipe in the original handwriting onto a cutting board ($27+)Seriously. This idea just made several of my internal organs melt into a puddle of feels.

Kareni also sent some links to Bas Bleu, which is a dangerous website and I recommend you avoid it if you have an actual to-do list to accomplish today. A few of the links were out of stock, so I have found alternates. This one, however, Lady Macbeth Guest Soaps, I must share ($10). They also have Suds and Sensibility Guest Soaps (“to wash the land off the landed gentry”) ($10).

Carpe Librum long-sleeved shirt (XL – $21)

Bookmarks Are For Quitters long sleeved tee ($26)

Susan also emailed some links to gifts that she “really likes to give,” and they’re thoughtful and brilliant.

SmartWool socks ($18-24). Susan says, “This is one of my favorite thoughtful-but-generic gifts, especially for men. I’m not going to spend $20 on socks for myself every day but I love receiving them because they’re super well-made and cozy! And everyone needs socks. They also have running/hiking-specific models if your giftee is into those things.”

LED lights ($15 ). Susan says, “My sister got these for our whole family last year and they were a big hit. I keep one in my purse and one in my gym bag because I’m often walking home from work/the gym after dark. Also great for runners and people with dogs.”

Black + Blum Lunch Pot ($25). Susan: “People come up to me in the office kitchen and ask about mine all the time. Originally my mother-in-law got us one for Christmas and we had to buy a second one because we were fighting over it.”

Pink earbuds

These earbuds come in a bunch of cute colors and are inexpensive (Panasonic ErgoFit, $10). Susan’s rec: “I own 3 pairs because I tend to lose/destroy headphones easily. They actually hold up really well to my careless ways and I can wear them for 2-hour runs comfortably.”

I’d also like to add that I buy these regularly, too, and have a pair in my ears right now as I’m working on this post. Thank you, Susan!

Drew sent in some wonderful knitting gift ideas. Knitting folks, I apologize in advance!

Drew says, “A chart keeper helps you keep track of and only focus on the current row [and it] is awesome because of the portability, magnetic tracking lines, and is self-standing. Great for lace/cable/colorwork in knitting, but could be used for anything with separate lines of pattern (cooking, cross stitch, etc.).

It’s available at Knitpicks‘ website, and also at Amazon ($15).

Drew: I love Baggu reusable bags ($10) for carrying around projects – I have an awesome elephant one, but some are even fiber themed like alpaca.

Baggu makes several different styles of bag, too.

Drew wrote, “Yarn bowls and project bags are awesome in general, and lots of great ones can be found on Etsy too.”

And then I went down the rabbit hole, and y’all. Y’ALL. I had no idea adorable yarn bowls were a thing, but WOW are they a thing.

Shiny sheesham wood knitting yarn bowl with a curved cutout for the yarn

Sheesham yarn bowl, $16+, Fashoknit on Etsy

Yarn Bowl with tabby cat hanging off the edge

Yarn Bowl with tabby cat, $45, from Misunrie on Etsy

And of course, there is a Game of Thrones one – for both knitting and crochet yarn!

Ceramic bowl with a wolf head logo from Game of Thrones and either Winter is Coming Knit Faster, or Winter is Coming Crochet Faster

Winter is Coming, Knit Faster bowl, $39, from Creativity Happens on Etsy.

Ok, I’ll stop now. But trust me, you could lose many hours looking at the adorable and clever Yarn Bowls on Etsy. Thank you, Drew!

And Michelle wrote in with some suggestions, too:

Michelle: OH, LET ME SHARE MY CRAFTY GIFT IDEAS. (Sarah: YES PLEASE.)

Michelle: First up: storage. I really like the IRIS Ziploc weather resistant totes ($40). They are sturdy, stackable, and relatively lightweight. They also have a foam seal to help keep out bugs, moisture, and dust. I keep my yarn in them (the 16 qt size is perfect to set balls of sock yarn on end). Also good for fabric, floss, any sort of crafty thing. They come in lots of sizes.

Ebony wood needles in a colorful silk wrapper purse

For the knitters out there, here’s a beautiful set of ebony double-pointed needles that comes with its own fancy case. I personally knit a lot of socks and these are on my wish list: HiyaHiya Nirvana Double Pointed Sock Needle Gift Sets, Ebony, $65.

Double pointed needle sorter by gauge

And for knitters that have a million double pointed needles, a storage container that automatically sorts them by size. It’s magic. Handwork Hardware Double Pointed Knitting Needle Sorter and Gauge, $26.

Handwork Hardware also has an awesome sauce knitting chatelaine ($15), to carry stitch markers, a darning needle, small hooks to pick up dropped stitches. I want one.

And finally, the Stitch Encyclopedia series ($15) – there’s one for knitting, one for crochet, and one for embroidery. They’re reference guides to stitches and pretty to boot.

Thank you, Michelle!

Tracy A also sent over an Etsy shop that is ridiculous adorable. “NerdyKeppie has pride animals, shirts, patches, etc) as well as kippot and identity goodies. They also do custom orders.”

Y’all. Social Justice Witch: bubbling over with righteousness shirts, $20+.

Social Justice Witch - bubbling over with righteousness

Their identity patches are spiffy, too – definitely look at the whole collection.

Two last things!

One: I LOVE hearing from you with suggestions for the gift guide. As I’ve said so often, if you’ve got ideas or suggestions, email me!

Second: Any and all holiday and every day shopping you do through our affiliate links is immeasurably helpful to keeping the site going. I’m including links below for your convenience. Thank you in advance!

Buy from Amazon.com

BN Logo Kobo GooglePlay Ibookstore  Etsy Icon

Happy shopping!

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Saving the World One Dog at a Time

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We picked up our new rescue dog, Pepper, last Wednesday. He is a good boy. Pepper is a loveable, happy mutt, about four months old. He loves to climb up on the highest point inside the house and survey his domain. He enjoys stealing Indy’s toys and eating Indy’s food. Most of all, he enjoys sleeping up in the big bed with my spouse and I, snoozing and farting all night long.

A good boy.

Pepper was at a rescue in Indiana run out of a young woman’s house, called Underdog Salvation. I drove out there after we viewed some photos of him on Petfinder and my spouse said, “That’s the one.”

The day after we picked him up, the rescue owner received her official non-profit organization status from the IRS; she posted about how creating an animal rescue had been her lifelong dream, and how that letter was a huge step toward expanding the rescue. All she’d ever wanted to do was rescue animals, and now here she was, doing what she loved, making that shit happen. And you know, reader, I had a good cry over it. There are still people out there trying to do good in the world, trying to save what we have, one piece at a time.

I have tremendous amounts of respect for people who are not only passionate about something, but who put in the hard work and take the long, slogging steps toward making that dream happen. Animal rescue folks know better than most that yeah, they can’t save everyone, but to this pet, this single animal, it getting saved sure does matter.

This is how you save the world, one life, one act, at a time.

I’ve been thinking a lot about saving the world, or not saving it, lately. Folks overseas look on America now with a new emotion, something we’re not used to: pity. People are, rightly, leaving this country in order to ensure their children have a better life. The dystopia is here for everyone, the 80’s megarich Robocop 1984 cyberpunk future that’s totalitarian and heartless, a mad government pitted against its own people. This is our reality, and it’s tough to acknowledge that reality every day while still living within it. Like many, I get tired by the endless onslaught of terror, the newest debacle, the latest demonstration of our government’s lack of empathy.

But there is always hope, of course. It’s what we’ve been writing about, all this time, the people who fight back. The ones who challenge what’s broken, those who understand you have to save the world one life at a time. 

I am imperfect. I am tired. But there are folks who have survived their government trying to kill them here in America from the very beginning. I’m just newer to the party. Many of us lived with this story, this idea, of the America we lived in. We believed it would get better. I believed the backlash would come later, maybe another five years. I was wrong. I forgot that progress is not a straight line. I forgot the power of story and media. I forgot the power of human fear and ignorance. I assumed the best in all people.

But while I may have undertaken a transformation in my life, one I call “learning how to be an adult,” other people haven’t shared that journey. I get it. They didn’t learn empathy and compassion. I want to give in to my darker, selfish side all the time. But I don’t. Because I believe that creating the future we want, that utopian Star Trek future where no one wants for anything and we are united in our goals and aims, requires that we become someone different. That scares people. Fear is powerful. I know.

Yet… hope is powerful, too. Hope that there will be a future. Hope that one life can be saved. The realization that saving that one life means everything to the one living it. We are not all collections of numbers and statistics.

I am not hopeful for the immediate future, but I am hopeful for the future that comes after it. I keep trying to imagine that future, to set it down in my mind, to imagine how my grandmother endured under the Nazis, to imagine that maybe she was looking out at her own future, at the possibilities, not immediate, but someday… someday… and living for that day. And in the mean time, you know, to get to that future, you must hold tightly to your goodness, your better self. You must continue to be kind. To save these small bits of the world around you. 

I live for small kindnesses now, and simpler pleasures. The company of a happy dog. A good glass of gin. A walk out in my yard. The satisfaction of a completed story.

Someone on Twitter noted that when we write about time-traveler stories, we are always writing about a single person coming back to the present day and changing just one small thing that will completely alter the course of history. Yet, as we live here in the present – we don’t believe that small actions can change anything.

Folks, the little things still matter. I’d argue that they matter more now, as the country we know embraces the sort of regime that we once pretended was the enemy of everything we hold dear. Mourn that world, that belief, yes, but keep saving those dogs. Keep treating others with kindness. Keep taking those long walks. Keep creating. Keep calling your reps. Keep surviving. We are here. We may not survive to the future that comes after. But these little things? They all help us get there.

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If you would like to donate to Underdog Salvation, donations can be made directly to their vet account, under their name, at Southway Animal Hospital,  or purchase an item from their Amazon Wishlist.

 

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positive-memes:

The guy in Thor who looked like Jesus

Praise Jesus

WAIT YOU MISSED THE BEST PART

Oh my goddddd

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hey @ goyim could y'all reblog this if you're actually willing to listen to Jewish people and protect us?

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we really need allies right now, and I know seeing this on people’s blogs could be comforting to other Jewish people.

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pureslime:

pureslime:

Good people aren’t wealthy.

Let me make this clear here. It’s actually impossible to hoard millions in personal fortune and also live an ethical life.

- Jesus

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