megan rosalarian gedris

bigbigtruck said: up next: super happy funtime australian tour

I am so terrified of that continent.

I've been to Michigan (Interlochen, specifically), and it's lovely, and I want to go back, but god damn do the plants there want to kill everyone.

Since I started touring so much, I’ve learned every state has some kind of flora or fauna out to straight up murder me. Nowhere is safe.






Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) is an invasive herb in the carrot family which was originally brought to North America from Asia and has since become established in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Northwest regions of the United States. Giant hogweed grows along streams and rivers and in fields, forests, yards and roadsides, and a giant hogweed plant can reach 14 feet or more in height with compound leaves up to 5 feet in width.

Giant Hogweed sap contains toxic chemicals known as Furanocoumarins. When these chemicals come into contact with the skin and are exposed to sunlight, they cause a condition called Phytophotodermatitis, a reddening of the skin often followed by severe blistering and burns. These injuries can last for several months, and even after they have subsided the affected areas of skin can remain sensitive to light for years. Furanocoumarins are also carcinogenic and teratogenic, meaning they can cause cancer and birth defects. The sap can also cause temporary (or even permanent) blindness if introduced into the eyes.

If someone comes into physical contact with Giant Hogweed, the following steps should be taken:
  • Wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and COLD water as soon as possible.
  • Keep the exposed area away from sunlight for 48 hours.
  • If Hogweed sap gets into the eyes, rinse them with water and wear sunglasses.
  • See a doctor if any sign of reaction sets in.
If a reaction occurs, the early application of topical steroids may lessen the severity of the reaction and ease the discomfort. The affected area of skin may remain sensitive to sunlight for a few years, so applying sun block and keeping the affected area shielded from the sun whenever possible are sensible precautions

Extra note: if you live in Oregon, New Jersey, Michigan or New York and see one of these, call your state’s department of agriculture to report it, and trained professionals will come kill it before it can produce seeds and spread.

Frankly, if you see one in general, probably call your DOA and see if there’s a program in place.

Do not burn it, because the smoke will give you the same reaction.

If for some ungodly reason there isn’t a professional who can handle it for you (and please, please use a professional), the DOA of New York has [this guide] for how to deal with it yourself.


I found out this past week that these are in my yard. It’s not just me being a terrible gardener! My plants all died because this stuff killed them.


For the curious, I am still working on that Kickstarter how-to mini I promised to make. Pictured above are pages 19 and 20. It’s turning out to be a pretty long comic, but I want to be thorough.

I strongly believe that people should make videos for their Kickstarters; not bothering to do so is just leaving money on the table. But at the same time, a crummy video doesn’t do you any favors. I especially don’t like videos taking pains to emphasize that “This is my dream!”

Well… yeah. Of course it’s your dream. That much is obvious, you’re running a Kickstarter. Use your two minutes to tell me why I should care about your dream, not that you have one!

Anyway, I hope to finish this up next week. It’ll be on sale in the Iron Circus Comics shop as a PDF. (EDIT: Just caught the grammatical error on page 20, don’t worry.)

PS: Don’t forget to back Smut Peddler on Kickstarter!

I originally wasn’t going to have a video on my kickstarter, because I rarely watch them myself, but someone had to remind me that other people do watch them so I made one in like a couple hours.

And yeah, stuff like this is about building people’s confidence in you. This is one of those times where being overly modest and self-depreciating is going to destroy you.


well… does it???(read more comics over at!)

I’m pretty sure I have this conversation with someone every day.


well… does it???
(read more comics over at!)

I’m pretty sure I have this conversation with someone every day.

As someone hoping to eventually write at least ONE book, I'm facing a conundrum... I had something I wrote last year, ended up not liking the way I wrote it out, rewrote it for NaNoWriMo, found it more acceptable and then I just... stopped. Any tips on getting over a hurdle like that? It's not that I don't have things to write for it, just that I can't get past this one annoying point... Feel like an RPG character facing a wall and my pathway is fixed so I can't just go around it.

I’m gonna kick your ass a little bit here.

Are you writing because you want to be a writer, or do you have a story to tell? Nothing wrong with writing for the sake of writing. It’s excellent practice. But it’s not always gonna be the best motivator for getting results.

I reeeeeeally want to be able to do the splits. I’ll work at it for a while, and then forget about it, because I realize I want to do the splits only if I don’t have to work at it. Really wanting to do the splits isn’t enough. I don’t have follow-through in that area. It doesn’t hold my interest long enough to accomplish it. There’s other things in my life I’d rather be doing.

But when it comes to my comics and writing, that’s what I actually want to do. I have so many stories to tell. I have something I want to say. I am willing to work at it, even when it isn’t fun. Because it’s often not fun. There are long parts of this job that are super boring. It gets done because I don’t stop. If something isn’t working, I find a different way to do it. There’s always another way to go at a story.

So first ask yourself why you’re writing this book. If it’s for the sake of being able to say you wrote a book, then just keep typing words until you have collected a lot of them and then write “the end.” But if you’re writing the book because you have something to say, then say it. Sit down and say the thing you wanted to say. It’s hard, but again, it’s work.

If you can’t write past this one annoying point, readers are even less likely to get past that point. If you’ve written yourself into a corner, back up. Keep hitting delete until you’re at a point where a character making a different choice leads to something more interesting that you actually want to write again. You might have to abandon some of the plans you had for its future. It happens.

Your path is never fixed when it comes to writing a book, because you can literally rewrite its history. Be patient. You’re not famous yet and there’s no editors hounding you with a deadline or fans demanding the next book in the series. You haven’t published anything yet so there’s no worrying about having to retcon something. Just write your story and don’t tell yourself these hurdles can’t be overcome. Don’t let yourself make excuses like that.

You work at a cheese shop Megan how do you even know if food is rotten

Hardee har har! :P

Fun fact: you can tell if a cheese has gone bad if it smells like ammonia. Never eat a cheese that smells like that. There’s other ways to tell, too, but they vary by style of cheese.

I really am trying to diversify my own stories. It’s hard, and I fuck up a lot, but I keep trying. Webcomics can be a really tricky medium to bring up big real issues in, since the pacing is so slow. I’ve introduced several threads and conflicts into my stories that deal with this stuff, that won’t be resolved for years, and it leaves things up in the air, unsettled, for a long and uncomfortable time. I’m constantly examining how I’m portraying my characters. I’m acutely aware that if I write a group I’m not a part of, I have a serious responsibility to not add any grief to them. And despite that pressure, and despite fucking up, I would never avoid writing more diverse characters because it’s something that needs to be done, and as I was talking about earlier, readers are hungry for it.

Every single time one of you writes to me with a story about how you related to one of my characters in a way you weren’t getting from elsewhere, I feel a sort of weight on me, but I don’t dislike the feeling of that weight. It keeps me focused, keeps me working hard. All I can do it be better than I was before. I appreciate when you guys give me feedback, tell me when I’m doing good or doing things that could be better. You guys don’t have to be patient, and yet you are. That’s so cool.

I really hope I can keep expanding my characters in a way you find exciting.

Are people seriously doing the "WELL DON'T WHINE ABOUT IT DO IT YOURSELF BLUH BLUH" dance at you? Good grief. Aside from the fact that not being a creator doesn't exclude you from being critical of representation in media, I just. Wow. It makes it painfully obvious that that particular line is more about trying to shut people up than actually giving a damn about diversity :/

Plus, not everyone wants to be a writer. Not everyone can be a writer. You shouldn’t have to be a writer in order to want to read something better than what you’re given. You don’t have to be a master chef to know if food is rotten.

B-but... don't you see? You could've written all of pop culture yourself, if you weren't so busy being mean to straight cis white dudes on the internet... YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO BE THE CHOSEN ONE!

I have let down the unicorns who delivered me to my parents as a booming voice from the sky announced that I and I alone would dictate our entire culture.