268: 1 Year Ago

Happy Anniversary, everyone!  This story really happened one year ago, after a year of waiting, I finally got my first tattoo to commemorate the beginning of my webcomic.  What is the tattoo, you ask?  You'll find out tomorrow!  It's been exactly one year since I uploaded my very first comic, and we sure have come a long way since then!  Remember when these comics used to suck even worse?!  Hard to imagine, I know!  That was a time before color, good writing, 4chan's adoring love, or proportional body parts ever existed!  And now I at least have color, so I'm 1 for 4!  And now, I'd like to use this anniversary as an opportunity to tell you guys about the future of the comic and to thank some people who helped me come this far.

Over the next year we'll be seeing numerous updates to the website, including new ads, new styles, and a search feature that will let you look up an artist to see if they've been mentioned.  I also feel the need to keep improving the comics themselves, and so I'll be making the transition to drawing them digitally over the next year.  I know some of you guys like the hand-drawn comics, and I love the charm and amateurism of colored pencils too, but going digital is definitely the next logical step forward.  And finally - I know you guys have been wanting this for a long time - I am going to begin the process of creating an online store for 3-Chord Dorks.  It's going to take a long, long time to get up and running, maybe even more than a year in order to do it right, but it is something you'll get to look forward to in the future.

Finally, I'd like to take this time to thank some people who have been huge influences on me over the last year, and without whom I would not have made it this far.  The first and most important person is my father, who has supported me both morally and financially through a lot of my endeavors, and who has been a regular reader of mine since the very beginning of the comic.  I love you dad.  And thank you.  Next is a person to whom I owe nearly all of my success, because without him my comics would still be looking like they did back at the very beginning.  The person I'm talking about is Caldwell Tanner, a fellow cartoonist and one of the team members over at CollegeHumor and Dorkly.  When I first started out, I emailed dozens of my favorite cartoonists to try to get their feedback or a link on their websites.  Not a single one responded, except Caldwell Tanner.  He offered to critique my website and my comic, which I enthusiastically accepted, and with his help I realized just how much improvement I really needed.  In the most friendly, polite way imaginable, he tore down every aspect of my website, and I was fucking crushed.  It's because of him that I started improving my writing and my artwork, and it's because of him that the website looks the way it does now.  I feel as though I owe my entire career to the man, and I hope I can find a way to thank him one day.  Finally, I would like to thank all of you guys, my readers who have been making this all possible and all worthwhile.  Whether you read the comics every day or months apart from each other, you are the ones I'm doing this for.  I love you all so much, and I hope you'll all stay for a long time to come.  (Tell your friends.)  See you tomorrow everyone, for the start of our second year of 3-Chord Dorks!

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