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11-04-11

Pretty big update on life in general, my art stuff and job stuff. For EE readers the short version is: Pain+Spinal recovery= Sporadic Updates and a very angry NJ.

Arg, painful week. Whether it be just my body adapting to all the work done on it or just being screwed up more I have been in more pain after these past 10 sessions with my chiropractor than before I started. I also know that I have a injured part of my back that wasn't there before. So for now I have ceased my sessions and trying to recover from it. I am still trying my best to exercise and stretch as needed and avoid sitting on chairs as much as possible (did you know yoga balls are a BLAST? Why sit when you can AND bounce). Giving that a couple weeks then I am probably going to start up a Back Strengthening program at the chiropractor center (doesn't involve any chiropracting-is that even a word?). From what I have read, heard from the doctor and from people who have been through similar back strengthening seems to be the key.

This has been probably the most miserable past month or two of my life. Being in pain all the time and being in most pain when I try to do my artwork and therefore having to NOT do anything has been so insanely painful emotionally more than my body could ever do to me. I have cried so much recently. Next paragraph is venting.

I see all these other artists my age just pouring out beautiful art and comic pages nonstop like it's nothing, and I just am physically not capable of doing it. Bitter much? Hell yes. I hate all artists right now. I just recently graduated earlier this year and this was supposed to be my big year in getting my dreams started (and I am my favourite number in age! This was supposed to be it!). I was finally going to get some stuff finished for publishing, going to start booking conventions, work a bunch on UF create a great portfolio and get commissions and I freaking was doing it. The first few months after I graduated I was working every day, I got so close to getting an original EE book of strips finished, I was redoing EE in colour, writing a bunch of stuff for UF and I was making new art daily, I was really starting to actually for once feel like I was a worthwhile artist. Now I just feel like a failure compared to others.

Anyway, right now EE is on sporadic update schedule cause even typing too long can act up my shoulder again and moving around is when I tend to feel best. I have been improving every day this week with no sessions so I am feeling a bit more hopeful right now.

I know my readership isn't exactly at its highest because of all this, but I am thankful to those who stuck around and all the people who purchased Archive Packs last month, it was for some reason a really good month for that product and it helped make me feel better as well as paid for a couple sessions (pouring out $80 a week for sessions was not so great).

One bit of good news is at least while I am a hack of an artist I have a real job now that will allow me to make money back on what I lost in medical bills and save up for my future ones and allow me to save up for conventions and whatnot. My brother-in-law works for Google and was able to hand in my resume for a work from home job and after being put on a waiting list for a few months finally got picked for a open position (I actually got use out of my two degrees! Not in either of the categories I studied but still!). I am a Google Ads Quality Rater, and I basically just judge ads for approval or disapproval. I can work anywhere from 10-35 hours a week at my own pace, and it's $15/hour. Not like we were poor or anything, Orion works full time and gets pays moderately well and I always have a good amount of emergency savings, this will just really help with making me feel less of a leech and allow us to have comfortable savings, help with his student loans (I am awesome and have no loans) and as I said before, help a lot with conventions and publishing and merchandise for the future. I may rely on Orion for rent, but I try to rely on myself for my own ambitions.

So that is how I am feeling and where I am right now. If you read all this you are more interested in my than I deserve.

-NJ
  • Listening to: They Might Be Giants
  • Reading: Manga
  • Watching: Kujibiki <3 Unbalance
  • Playing: Nocturne
  • Eating: Seasoned Rice with Nori
  • Drinking: Sparkly Water
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AlexiaandErica Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
I really hope you feel better soon! I just read through the EE archives and just started the main and I love it! It's probably going to be the only one I'll remember to check, it's that awesome! Don't strain yourself though, take it at a good pace and relax. It's for the best. All of us here who truly love your comics can take the wait. We just want you to be at your best. You are So NOT an failure! I'd donate if i could.
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MoonKatXIII Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist
Don't Ever Give UP! I love EE and am an avid reader. If you need to take a break to get better, power to ya! Your health comes first.
I will content myself with checking the site every week for an update and I will enjoy it.
Don't you DARE come back until you're at 100%!~

I wish you a good Recovery and a Merry Christmas!!

Moonkat
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eecomics Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm doing a ton better now, and it turned out to not be a serious injury just one hard to detect. I am on my way to a steady recovery!
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Keep-it-chill Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oh my gawd you get a robo-spine? That's no fair, I've only got a bionic arm!!!
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eecomics Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wanna swap them?
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Dmingurl1 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd hardly call you a failure. Emergency Exit remains one of my favorite comics, and I know it'll be worth the wait when it finally updates again.

You just focus on getting better.
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eecomics Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hope I don't forget how to draw XD
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Dmingurl1 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, yes, there's always that. XD
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kitttieluv Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I am a fan of your comics and I just wanted to say good luck with your health. I'd donate if I could. Take care of yourself and at least some of us will still be waiting for you when you are able to work on them more.
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eecomics Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Donating isn't important, just hearing from the fans is enough.
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PrincessDemona99 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
i hope you get well soon i absolutly love your comics your a great artist with a lot of tallent i only wish i could find a way to buy from your shop or even donate to the comic but every time i get money it gose to my familys medicals bills or put away for my wedding
please have a safe and speedy recovery and remember your artwork brings smiles to a lot of people =^_^=
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eecomics Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I can understand the medical bills. The money isn't important, just knowing you guys are willing to wait is enough.
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AngxelaohTewna Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
We love you.
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eecomics Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
DAWW.
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Tacotownusa Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Student General Artist
there's a reason i read your comic. it's because eddie reminds me of myself, and everything else is freaking funny. i've been reading it since i found the link in A skewed Paradise, and you gave me the link tp Phil Likes Tacos, one of my favorite comics EVER. so get better soon. i don't know if i like the recent change to the comic, because i don't understand a frigging thing that's going on, but the archives are still there for my nostalgic amusement.

and not all artists churn stuff out like that. for example, my stuff sucks bollocks, and i can barely get it done to update on time.
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eecomics Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hoping after a few chapters the current version will make more sense. I was going for a throwing readers right into a semi action/humorous scenario then back peddling with a setup. Doesn't work for everyone.
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Tacotownusa Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student General Artist
that makes sense to me for a new comic, but not for one already established. either way, i'm not going to tell you how to do your comic, it's your brainchild, you do what you want with it.
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eecomics Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well it is basically new. The comic's continuity has been rebooted too.
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Tacotownusa Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student General Artist
i see.
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InsaneXade Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Mmaybe it's time to change chiropractors I just started this one and he is amazing! He went to National, and did most of his post grad seminars at Palmer. The Top two schools in one doctor. I highly recommend that combo cause he gently adjusted me before the xrays and wow, I was walking upright and only minimal pain compared to the almost crippled woman who went in at 9am. I was able to endure the xrays with relative ease ^_^
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eecomics Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This one is who gave me my injury, and I was finally able to find something less intrusive to help with it. Part of the problem is I never needed it in the first place, unfortunate mistake but moving on from it.
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InsaneXade Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
yeah....you got a bad doctor. Just like all the other medical doctors you can find quack chiropractors. (Quackprators? XD) Dr C told me that he will not touch a healthy person. "If the spine is fine I won't waste our [his and client's] time." The only reason he adjusted me before the Xrays is because I needed it. However, he trued the tinge unit therapy first to see if it was muscle related.

I am glad that you are feeling better, but please dont judge all chiropractors by that quackpractor. You just got one who didnt know his waste hole from a hole in the ground. :)
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eecomics Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I know enough people who swear by them to know that it isn't all a joke. People were upset to hear he didn't even massage me first just sat me down and cracked and sent me out. So now I can see he defiantly wasn't the right doctor for me.
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InsaneXade Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
what an idiot, I would try to sue for malpractice, especially if you had someone there to watch. Maybe he was the deans son or some crap. Massaging loosens the muscles and allows the back to be more supple, making it easier to "crack the back" to you your term. A good one would have at least checked you out with his hands to see if the spine required adjustment. I used to swear by just any old chiropractor until a quackpractor did my dad. He too had a heck of a hard time. Dad was jumpy, you touch him wrong and he jumped, you set a firecracker off and he would be out any door like a shot, or bounce off a wall and fall on his behind. Chiropractors use a special tool to help loosen the spine and allow for easier adjustment that feels like a gentle flick to each vertebrae. Dad told him not to use it because he is jumpy. (Even if he expects it he was jumpy.) The idiot used it on him and messed up his back. I dont know what school he went too but if it produces quackpractors then it needs to go out.

I posed the same situation to my chiropractor, and he said he would not have used it and would not have even touched Dad until he had a full set of xrays and possibly an mri in front of him so that he would have known exactly how to adjust him with minimal discomfort. As I said the only reason he did me was he examined my spine after he gave me therapy. Spent a good 5 minutes doing it too and only after I asked. I could not even stand upright I was stooped over like a little old lady. So, I knew the risks but I also had questioned him about his education before even stepping foot into his office. I've had lots of experience with the Palmer school of Chiropractic. If he hadnt done at least his after grad seminars there then I would not have even considered him. Once I got off the phone I did a search on National and found out they were regarded as the best, with Palmer as second best. Good students of one often go to the other as post grads so they can actually help people.

I do hope you feel better and wont judge all chiropractors by that stupid quackpractor. (It takes a lot for me to call someone stupid but I must state thew truth, he was very stupid for treating you like that.)
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SandBlaster3000 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Slow and steady wins the race", right? As long as you eventually continue the content that your fans flock to find, you'll have readership. Don't worry about that bit too much.
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eecomics Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, after 8 years I'd think some people who be willing to stick around.
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InquisitiveLabRat Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
I came there from the EE site. Sorry you are hurting. I know from experience that chronic pain messes with your mind and body. Just...keep breathing

Warning: Zen statement.
Success is best measured as a distance, not by the final location.
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eecomics Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm hanging in there and improvement is finally happening, thanks!
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Forgecoldiron Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
I wish I could share some of my back muscle strength with you. Even at my advanced age my back muscles are so strong that when I need adjusting the chiropractor has to spend quite some time relaxing them before he has any hope of manipulating my spine. One person that gave me a massage described my muscles as bridge cables and jokingly said it would be easier is she used sledge hammers instead of her hands to massage them.
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DragonsShadow09 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
I feel your pain man. I've had to recover from back surgery before (scoliosis, FUN!) and I know how much it sucks to be in crippling pain. I wish ya the best in your recovery and hope to see more of your awesome comic soon!
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eecomics Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank goodness turned out to not need surgery. Thanks for your support!
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Paladin343 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
...I am so sorry. That seriously sucks. If I weren't a broke student...
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eecomics Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
People keep thinking the money is all I care about. Donating/Buying stuff is always an option for those who can, but what's more important is just people coming to the site and enjoying the content.
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Paladin343 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, that I certainly do. I didn't mean to imply that money was all you cared about, only that I know how expensive that kind of work can be and how hard it is to recover.
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Stormwind13 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
I hope you feel better. And no, you are not a failure.
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eecomics Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I try.
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TDHawkes Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You are not a failure! Art is a lifelong commitment. This back injury is just a small obstacle. You are too good to give up! I know you can do it.
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eecomics Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I just got to commit to the healing, it might be a while more until things are back to how they were but hopefully they'll be back for good.
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Golden-Flute Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Having a hard time seems to be a thing with both of us. I'm sorry that your shoulder has been acting up. I wish that your perfect job was handed to you on a silver platter the minute you leave college like most universities promise happens, but unfortunately it seems the two of us have to go the long way around. It sucks, but hopefully there will be more happiness in the future in store for us for all the pain we are going though now, physically and emotionally.

We should get together at some point and chat! :hug: Feel better!
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eecomics Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, for most people such things take time and effort. Bah.

And we do need to. Like I said on FB we're thinking of making another trip to that area in the not too distant future. What is your schedule like the weekend following Thanksgiving?
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Golden-Flute Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Stupid effort! It would be SO nice if things came easily, but then again, that might get boring after a while, huh?

The weekend following Thanksgiving? Well right now my Mom is trying to make plans for us to go up to Seattle to visit my sister, but since I have to work, I may have to stay behind. If you guys have some set dates you're coming, let me know! It'd be great to see you guys again!
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eecomics Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Well for me I was doing the effort and it is the part I enjoy, it's the not being able to do the effort and having to do nothing that gets me. But I'll get back to it eventually, healing is a type of effort too.

Nothing is set, Orion just has extra days off for Thanksgiving weekend so we figured it'd be a good time to drive up. We don't travel for holidays we just go to a friend's place in town. So if like the Saturday after or something you were still around and bored it could be a good time to hang. We'll probably be going up to Seattle ourselves next month or following for family too.
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Golden-Flute Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll totally keep that in mind! It'd be good to see you at some point!
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eecomics Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed!
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Dreamcatcher88 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your comic was my first and it's not in my Mains folder for nothing... nor is about to go anywhere anytime soon.

Get youself better - doing yourself an injury for anyone's sake is silly.

Deep breath, relax, and chill. You'll get well and be better for it.

Lyre.
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eecomics Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I have been doing better every day, so the future is looking more promising. I just needed to vent but I appreciate the support always.
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Dreamcatcher88 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Good to hear, and no worries - venting can be very cathartic. ^_^
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