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omgcheckplease: ★ Notes on Year 4, Comic 26 - Check, Please ★In the summer of 2013, I was fully mourning my completed time as an undergraduate at Yale. One of the college’s traditional songs—which they strategically have students sing during their first weeks as Yalies and then again at the moment we’re conferred our degrees—goes like this:Bright College years, with pleasure rife,The shortest, gladdest years of life;How swiftly are ye gliding by!Oh, why doth time so quickly fly?Et cetera. The first time you sing it, you mumble the words and don’t know a single person around you. The last time you sing it, wearing the mortarboard and gown, you’ve got the lyrics memorized and you’re surrounded by some of the most important people in your life.That summer, with “How bright will seem, through mem’ry’s haze/ Those happy, golden, bygone days!” still ringing in my ears, I started CHECK, PLEASE. The comic’s first panels emerged on an ancient laptop, through a borrowed bamboo tablet, and on a free drawing program called gnu-IMPShop. I had no plan. I wanted to explore my newfound fascination with hockey and share silly cartoons on Tumblr. But unconsciously, I also wanted to pour the nostalgia of those bright college years into the Haus, Faber, Samwell, and Bitty’s story. I wanted to bottle up those moments where we grow and change and fall down and pick ourselves back up. Drawing CHECK, PLEASE was how I revisited those experiences and how I sifted through the bittersweet feeling of concluding something I loved. Perhaps this is why finishing CHECK, PLEASE calls back those same emotions. Just as Bitty would bake affection into a pie, I might have encoded into CHECK, PLEASE the heartfelt fondness I had for my time in college, the love of the friends I made there, and the gratitude I have for my own growth.I have always found it easier to express gratitude face to face. And even though I would not have gotten to meet all of you, the greatest downside of being unable to participate in a book tour is that I can’t say thanks in person. I could write a thousand words, yet they couldn’t replace a high five at a bookstore signing or a handshake at a convention. I could write the blog post to end all blog posts, but it’s not the same as yelling with you about an episode or chatting about a fandom we both happen be in. For me, it’s those moments that somehow equate to my abundant appreciation for you, the reader.I look forward to the day when I can let my actions speak louder than my words!In the meantime: thank you. I am incredibly blessed to get to create a story and then share it. This is all I want to do in life. These characters get to have a readership overflowing with love and enthusiasm for them. This comic, somehow, has found ambassadors. This story gets to be told. Thank you! I’m excited to share with you the unusual, fun, and hopeful narratives I’m working hard to develop.So with that, I’ll sign off on the last blog post! Thank you for reading this comic. Thank you for sharing it with friends. Thank you for caring about Bitty’s story and CHECK, PLEASE.Thank you!John J. Johnson.Just kidding, it’s Ngozi. :^) Tee hee. Bye now!: omgcheckplease: ★ Notes on Year 4, Comic 26 - Check, Please ★In the summer of 2013, I was fully mourning my completed time as an undergraduate at Yale. One of the college’s traditional songs—which they strategically have students sing during their first weeks as Yalies and then again at the moment we’re conferred our degrees—goes like this:Bright College years, with pleasure rife,The shortest, gladdest years of life;How swiftly are ye gliding by!Oh, why doth time so quickly fly?Et cetera. The first time you sing it, you mumble the words and don’t know a single person around you. The last time you sing it, wearing the mortarboard and gown, you’ve got the lyrics memorized and you’re surrounded by some of the most important people in your life.That summer, with “How bright will seem, through mem’ry’s haze/ Those happy, golden, bygone days!” still ringing in my ears, I started CHECK, PLEASE. The comic’s first panels emerged on an ancient laptop, through a borrowed bamboo tablet, and on a free drawing program called gnu-IMPShop. I had no plan. I wanted to explore my newfound fascination with hockey and share silly cartoons on Tumblr. But unconsciously, I also wanted to pour the nostalgia of those bright college years into the Haus, Faber, Samwell, and Bitty’s story. I wanted to bottle up those moments where we grow and change and fall down and pick ourselves back up. Drawing CHECK, PLEASE was how I revisited those experiences and how I sifted through the bittersweet feeling of concluding something I loved. Perhaps this is why finishing CHECK, PLEASE calls back those same emotions. Just as Bitty would bake affection into a pie, I might have encoded into CHECK, PLEASE the heartfelt fondness I had for my time in college, the love of the friends I made there, and the gratitude I have for my own growth.I have always found it easier to express gratitude face to face. And even though I would not have gotten to meet all of you, the greatest downside of being unable to participate in a book tour is that I can’t say thanks in person. I could write a thousand words, yet they couldn’t replace a high five at a bookstore signing or a handshake at a convention. I could write the blog post to end all blog posts, but it’s not the same as yelling with you about an episode or chatting about a fandom we both happen be in. For me, it’s those moments that somehow equate to my abundant appreciation for you, the reader.I look forward to the day when I can let my actions speak louder than my words!In the meantime: thank you. I am incredibly blessed to get to create a story and then share it. This is all I want to do in life. These characters get to have a readership overflowing with love and enthusiasm for them. This comic, somehow, has found ambassadors. This story gets to be told. Thank you! I’m excited to share with you the unusual, fun, and hopeful narratives I’m working hard to develop.So with that, I’ll sign off on the last blog post! Thank you for reading this comic. Thank you for sharing it with friends. Thank you for caring about Bitty’s story and CHECK, PLEASE.Thank you!John J. Johnson.Just kidding, it’s Ngozi. :^) Tee hee. Bye now!

omgcheckplease: ★ Notes on Year 4, Comic 26 - Check, Please ★In the summer of 2013, I was fully mourning my completed time as an undergr...

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ineffabells: wicked-universe: gingersrants: nail-bat-lesbian: ariminiria: libertarirynn: edge-has-no-chill: theunvanquishedzims: ironwoman359: jewishdragon: Remember how fucking hilarious Phineas and Ferb was? I like that this implies that Ferb DOES lead a bizarre double life that we the audience don’t know about or see, but since PHINEAS already knows about it it doesn’t get brought up or explained. It’s heavily implied that he goes to Hogwarts or a similar school at the end of the series Want to know another fun fact? Remember that weird kid with the psychic visions from Game of Thrones? Ferb’s voice actor. I knew him as the kid from Nanny McPhee first, then the Maze Runner kid Reading this post was like getting punched in the gut six times in a row THATS ONE OF THE NANNY MCPHEE KIDS?????? yeah and his name is thomas brodie sangster. oh also, Nanny McPhee came out in 2006. He was born in 1990.  He was 16.@gingersrants​ he’s the LOVE ACTUALLY kid you pathetic, uncultured swine. : ineffabells: wicked-universe: gingersrants: nail-bat-lesbian: ariminiria: libertarirynn: edge-has-no-chill: theunvanquishedzims: ironwoman359: jewishdragon: Remember how fucking hilarious Phineas and Ferb was? I like that this implies that Ferb DOES lead a bizarre double life that we the audience don’t know about or see, but since PHINEAS already knows about it it doesn’t get brought up or explained. It’s heavily implied that he goes to Hogwarts or a similar school at the end of the series Want to know another fun fact? Remember that weird kid with the psychic visions from Game of Thrones? Ferb’s voice actor. I knew him as the kid from Nanny McPhee first, then the Maze Runner kid Reading this post was like getting punched in the gut six times in a row THATS ONE OF THE NANNY MCPHEE KIDS?????? yeah and his name is thomas brodie sangster. oh also, Nanny McPhee came out in 2006. He was born in 1990.  He was 16.@gingersrants​ he’s the LOVE ACTUALLY kid you pathetic, uncultured swine.
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bscully: soufcakmistress: etrianodysseyobsession: babyfacerae: eccentric-nae: dickscentedroses: eroticallyyou: eccentric-nae: psychedelicfelon: All facts though 🤷🏾‍♂️ Because [cishet]men don’t have or really understand indepth friendship. They depend on ALL of their emotional support from their parents (read: mothers) or their spouses (read: wives). So when they are expected to care about the well being and feelings of a woman they aren’t fucking they think the world is ending. I GUARANTEE somebody got their feelings hurt after reading this LMAO ^Facts For those who didn’t understand 10/10 post “Women aren’t vending machines you put compliments into until sex comes out.” They’re slaves to their dicks I hate how accurate this isI instantly notice when someone only Talks to me to get laid (or to get other forms of “reimbursement”, e.g. attention) and I absolutely hate itFuck off with that shit. If ya dont see me as person i dont have to deal with your ego, either: bscully: soufcakmistress: etrianodysseyobsession: babyfacerae: eccentric-nae: dickscentedroses: eroticallyyou: eccentric-nae: psychedelicfelon: All facts though 🤷🏾‍♂️ Because [cishet]men don’t have or really understand indepth friendship. They depend on ALL of their emotional support from their parents (read: mothers) or their spouses (read: wives). So when they are expected to care about the well being and feelings of a woman they aren’t fucking they think the world is ending. I GUARANTEE somebody got their feelings hurt after reading this LMAO ^Facts For those who didn’t understand 10/10 post “Women aren’t vending machines you put compliments into until sex comes out.” They’re slaves to their dicks I hate how accurate this isI instantly notice when someone only Talks to me to get laid (or to get other forms of “reimbursement”, e.g. attention) and I absolutely hate itFuck off with that shit. If ya dont see me as person i dont have to deal with your ego, either
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m00kieblaylock: inevitable-anna: groot-scamander: an-gremlin: octoberfutch: kvngkoala: caramelmacchiatoshawty: amroyounes: Capitalism at its best.  Some role models we should all consider.  I am a fan of Hagen Daz, but after reading this, I need to get me some Cherry Garcia! I just need to work for them tbh  And they openly support Black Lives Matter. They are GOLD ❤️ they also have an AMAZING dairy free almondmilk ice cream. changed my life They’ve also gone in front of congress to testify that every shitty business’s claims that minimum wage hikes are bad are complete bullshit Ben and Jerry have also been arrested for peaceful protest at least one time, so we know they’re the coolest Support Ben and Jerry’s! I basically lived on Ben & Jerry’s the entire year I turned 18. I know the price upsets some people, but it’s really worth supporting the causes behind the brand. : m00kieblaylock: inevitable-anna: groot-scamander: an-gremlin: octoberfutch: kvngkoala: caramelmacchiatoshawty: amroyounes: Capitalism at its best.  Some role models we should all consider.  I am a fan of Hagen Daz, but after reading this, I need to get me some Cherry Garcia! I just need to work for them tbh  And they openly support Black Lives Matter. They are GOLD ❤️ they also have an AMAZING dairy free almondmilk ice cream. changed my life They’ve also gone in front of congress to testify that every shitty business’s claims that minimum wage hikes are bad are complete bullshit Ben and Jerry have also been arrested for peaceful protest at least one time, so we know they’re the coolest Support Ben and Jerry’s! I basically lived on Ben & Jerry’s the entire year I turned 18. I know the price upsets some people, but it’s really worth supporting the causes behind the brand.
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mighty-meerkat: bundibird: kaldicuct: vaporwavevocap: draconic-duelist: ranty9000: askshadetrixieandfamily: real-life-pine-tree: oddeyesarcpendulumdragon: based on a true story I don’t think Fortnite is to blame for kids nowadays not reading… That’s the joke. It’s the authoritarian overbearing parent. He was being sarcastic lol Reminded me of these That violin one hit close to home. I remember doing homework once, asked my grandmother if she was proud of me. “Do some thing for me to be proud of.” That hurt. That comic up there – I witnessed almost that exact scenario. Teacher wanted the kids to all pick books. One kid spots something on the shelf and gets visibly excited. Pulls it out and starts reading. Teacher sees it, snatches it off him and tells him that this is a book for 8 year olds (the kid was 15ish) and tells him to get a book more appropriate for his age. Kid slouches around the shelves for about 10 minutes, finally picks up a book at random and sits in his chair tucking the edges of each page into the binding to make that looped-page look. He didn’t read a word. He sat there and did this to his book for the remainder of the reading session: He had been genuinely excited about the 8 year old book he’d picked up. It was a new one in a series he used to read as a younger kid. He’d been actively sitting and reading, and then he was embarrassed in front of his classmates, told off for reading a kids book, and voila. He lost all enthusiasm for reading anything else that day. What’s worse? That kid had been hit by a car like a year and a half earlier. Severe brain trauma. Had to re-learn a lot of basic things, like how to speak and how to read. An 8 year old book would have been perfect for him. Easy enough to read that it would have helped rebuild his confidence in his own reading ability. A book meant for 15/16 years olds? A lot harder to read than a book for 8 year olds. Especially if you’re recovering from a relatively recent brain injury. And yeah, the teacher knew all about his brain injury, and the recovery. He just seemed go be of the opinion that the kid was 15, so he should be reading books for 15 year olds, irrespective of brain injury. Reading this thread I’m reminded of Daniel Pennae’s The Rights of the Reader, which can be found in a lot of bookshops and school libraries:  The child speaking at the bottom in Quentin Blake’s distinctive spiky handwriting is saying ‘10 rights, 1 warning: Don’t make fun of people who don’t read - or they never will’ : mighty-meerkat: bundibird: kaldicuct: vaporwavevocap: draconic-duelist: ranty9000: askshadetrixieandfamily: real-life-pine-tree: oddeyesarcpendulumdragon: based on a true story I don’t think Fortnite is to blame for kids nowadays not reading… That’s the joke. It’s the authoritarian overbearing parent. He was being sarcastic lol Reminded me of these That violin one hit close to home. I remember doing homework once, asked my grandmother if she was proud of me. “Do some thing for me to be proud of.” That hurt. That comic up there – I witnessed almost that exact scenario. Teacher wanted the kids to all pick books. One kid spots something on the shelf and gets visibly excited. Pulls it out and starts reading. Teacher sees it, snatches it off him and tells him that this is a book for 8 year olds (the kid was 15ish) and tells him to get a book more appropriate for his age. Kid slouches around the shelves for about 10 minutes, finally picks up a book at random and sits in his chair tucking the edges of each page into the binding to make that looped-page look. He didn’t read a word. He sat there and did this to his book for the remainder of the reading session: He had been genuinely excited about the 8 year old book he’d picked up. It was a new one in a series he used to read as a younger kid. He’d been actively sitting and reading, and then he was embarrassed in front of his classmates, told off for reading a kids book, and voila. He lost all enthusiasm for reading anything else that day. What’s worse? That kid had been hit by a car like a year and a half earlier. Severe brain trauma. Had to re-learn a lot of basic things, like how to speak and how to read. An 8 year old book would have been perfect for him. Easy enough to read that it would have helped rebuild his confidence in his own reading ability. A book meant for 15/16 years olds? A lot harder to read than a book for 8 year olds. Especially if you’re recovering from a relatively recent brain injury. And yeah, the teacher knew all about his brain injury, and the recovery. He just seemed go be of the opinion that the kid was 15, so he should be reading books for 15 year olds, irrespective of brain injury. Reading this thread I’m reminded of Daniel Pennae’s The Rights of the Reader, which can be found in a lot of bookshops and school libraries:  The child speaking at the bottom in Quentin Blake’s distinctive spiky handwriting is saying ‘10 rights, 1 warning: Don’t make fun of people who don’t read - or they never will’

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Why God created Atheists: Why Did God Create Atheists? There is a famous story told in Chassidic literature that addresses this very question. The Master teaches the student that God created everything in the world to be appreciated, since everything is here to teach us a lesson. One clever student asks "What lesson can we learn from atheists? Why did God create them?" The Master responds "God created atheists to teach us the most important lesson of them allthe lesson of true compassion. You see, when an atheist performs and act of charity, visits someone who is sick, helps someone in need, and cares for the world, he is not doing so because of some religious teaching. He does not believe that god commanded him to perform this act. In fact, he does not believe in God at all, so his acts are based on an inner sense of morality. And look at the kindness he can bestow upon others simply because he feels it to be right." "This means," the Master continued "that when someone reaches out to you for help, you should never say 'I pray that God will help you. Instead for the moment, you should become an atheist, imagine that there is no God who can help, and say I will help you." ETA source: Tales of Hasidim Vol. 2 by Mar razairazerci I started reading this and was worried it would be something attacking atheists, or bashing religion, but this makes me really, really happy. naamahdarling imagine that there is no God who can help, and say 'I will help you." Holy shit. Holy shit. Yes. YES. obsessedwithamedot THIS Why God created Atheists
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fandom: 2019’s Top Movies The only way to know whether people talked more about Detective Pikachu or Sonic the Hedgehog’s old weird teeth is is by reading this list.  Avengers: Endgame Captain Marvel Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Bohemian Rhapsody +32 Detective Pikachu IT Chapter 2 Sonic the Hedgehog Venom −5 Avengers: Infinity War −8 Spider-Man: Far From Home Steven Universe: The Movie Black Panther −10 Doctor Strange −5 Frozen 2  Twilight How to Train Your Dragon −1 Godzilla: King of the Monsters Lord of the Rings Rocketman Aladdin +21 Aquaman +23 Wonder Woman −9 Thor: Ragnarok −18 The Lion King IT Chapter 1 +1 Midsommar Shazam! Black Mirror: Bandersnatch Call Me By Your Name −23 John Wick The Goldfinch Guardians of the Galaxy −22 Mulan Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus Booksmart Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Spider-Man: Homecoming −13 Toy Story 4 Descendants 3 Bird Box The Little Mermaid Birds of Prey Cats Promare The Hobbit −1 The Favourite Heathers −24 Spirited Away Zootopia −29 Justice League −21The number in italics indicates how many spots a title moved up or down from the previous year. Bolded titles weren’t on the list last year.: tumblr Year in Review Movies 2019 2019 fandom: 2019’s Top Movies The only way to know whether people talked more about Detective Pikachu or Sonic the Hedgehog’s old weird teeth is is by reading this list.  Avengers: Endgame Captain Marvel Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Bohemian Rhapsody +32 Detective Pikachu IT Chapter 2 Sonic the Hedgehog Venom −5 Avengers: Infinity War −8 Spider-Man: Far From Home Steven Universe: The Movie Black Panther −10 Doctor Strange −5 Frozen 2  Twilight How to Train Your Dragon −1 Godzilla: King of the Monsters Lord of the Rings Rocketman Aladdin +21 Aquaman +23 Wonder Woman −9 Thor: Ragnarok −18 The Lion King IT Chapter 1 +1 Midsommar Shazam! Black Mirror: Bandersnatch Call Me By Your Name −23 John Wick The Goldfinch Guardians of the Galaxy −22 Mulan Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus Booksmart Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Spider-Man: Homecoming −13 Toy Story 4 Descendants 3 Bird Box The Little Mermaid Birds of Prey Cats Promare The Hobbit −1 The Favourite Heathers −24 Spirited Away Zootopia −29 Justice League −21The number in italics indicates how many spots a title moved up or down from the previous year. Bolded titles weren’t on the list last year.
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