Hello everyone. Drake and I are back from our trips. A good time was had. We saw
many friends and let's not forget the
They rocked! Although, I figured out that I'm about armpit
height and being immersed in a sea of rockers demands an
investment in a pair of platform shoes... or nose plugs ;-).
Oh yeah, don't forget to set your
clocks an hour back this
weekend (unless you live in a place that abstains from this crazy custom that
makes us cry because we "lose" an hour in April and happy because
we "gain " an hour in October).
Have a great weekend!
Hi folks. Jen and I will be out of town for most of next
week, so we are going to take a short break with the
comics. We will be back with an update on the 21st
(Monday), so we hope you'll come back then!
Meanwhile, for those of you who haven't yet seen
Microsoft's CEO dance around like an insane monkey, we
ask you to please check out this
Who has more soul?
Monkey boy or
Banana? You decide.
Our buddy Steve is the brains behind our latest poll -
thanks man. Not only is he a poll-thinking-up
machine, but he's got one of the coolest jobs of which I know (if
you watch Cartoon Network,
you've heard his sound engineering skillz). Plus he's
coming from Atlanta to visit us and catch some
Q And Not U
punk rock action this weekend. Rock!
We spent Friday night with friends at the retro "radical
prom", served up by Gainesville's own
Center. There is hardly a less coordinated beast
than a cartoonist geek (e.g. this one) dancing to
eighties alt-rock... it's true. One of the many cool
things that happend that night was meeting the friend of our
friend Katie (happy birthday, Katie!),
Comics. Now there are nice guys who will buy you a
drink when they first meet you, and then there
are uber nice guys who will give you a 50 lb.
stack of comic books because they like the cut of your
jib. Jeff is such a man.
These comics are seriously cool; among the artists
published by Alternative Comics are talent like
Kolchalka, and Nick
Bertozzi. Check 'em out if you haven't
already. Personally, I never felt I knew as much about alternative
print comics as I should. While my extensive
and Hagar the Horrible
trivia knowledge is a thing to behold, it really isn't
worth many "indie credibility" points. Thanks
Jeff, this stuff is great!
Chad from digimuffin.com
decided to target us for some friendly
SETI@home competition. I think
we're up to it. Whatever you do, don't join
Digimuffin! They are very silly people. Join
because we love you. Speaking of SETI@home, they have a
new feature (well, new to me) where you can
personal profile to your account, including background
info and a picture. We'd love it if any of you who join
would take advantage of this feature, so everyone can finally
know each other (yes, we need to do it too)!
Reader Asas sent us a fun link to the try2hack website,
suggesting that Preston try it (I estimated that Preston
could reach level 2 at most :D). Finally, here are a
couple of links I need to disseminate, due to their funniness:
Movies!!! and Rock
and Roll Confidential (for those who appreciate
rock). As always, thanks for reading our comic! Until
Hi everyone. We're very much behind on our mail, so sorry to all of you
who have emailed us and are still waiting for a response. We really do
appreciate all your feedback...
We just finished watching all of the show 24 that we borrowed from Sandy, the video pimp at my
work. For those who don't know, it's a TV show that covers 24 hours
(episodes) of a counter-terrorist agent's day in real time. This is,
without a doubt, one of the best and most addictive shows ever- we'd
been watching it in 5-6 hour batches just because it's impossible to
stop. It has really ruined television watching for me, in that normal
TV programs, and even most movies, just seem so crappy compared to
24. The new season starts in October... YAY!.
But enough of that TV talk. Yesterday Jen and I saw a lot of bats. We
watched an estimated 60,000 bats swoop out of their house to go insect
hunting for the night over Lake
Alice. Sometimes I realize how cool it is to live in Florida- it's
like having a swamp in your backyard, everyday. Jen
likes it too, though she's currently engaged in a vicious
battle against the evil fire
ants that have overtaken our yard. Go Jen!
Looking over our website logs, it seems that we were "sort
of" Slashdotted a few weeks ago, in response to a
book review. Look at one of the first comments: "if you
appreciate the 'humor' of UF, you'll love this
[hackles.org]". (Score:4, Informative!) Thanks kraf, that brought
us over a quarter million hits. To return the favor to Slashdot, we'd
like to link back to
them. I'm sure Cmdr Taco will appreciate the extra traffic we send
Our old friend Enrico (who we still need to write back to!) is
our comics into German, a gesture which flatters us to no end.
We really must learn to speak German soon - I think
half our readers must come from there :).
On a final note, I'd like to thank the handful of you who've joined
SETI group. There isn't any membership card, newsletter,
or prizes, but it's neat to see who decides to join up. I'm confident it's only a
matter of time before we kick Team
User Friendly's butts... ;-)
Wow, it's been a long time since we did a news
update. Jen and I have been as busy as mallets in a
machine (to coin a phrase). I'm busy
working, reading action-packed
coding, and trying to play
Linus and Lucy
on the piano (a lifelong pursuit of mine).
Jen has been prognosticating nonstop on the subject of
architectures for our backyard, and lending a hand to
our friend Kimberly who just gave birth. Meanwhile the
has somehow figured out how to ring the doorbell
whenever she wants Jen to come out and pet her. It's a
The wedding last month was fun, and it was good to see
our old friends from that whole North Carolina era of
our lives. We also visited the famouse Albright-Knox Art
Gallery in Buffalo, where we tried to sell the curator
some framed Hackles strips (I kid!). You can see some
pictures of our trip to New York
if you're the kind of person that likes
looking at random people's vacation pictures
My job involves constantly learning and doing new stuff,
which is great- although lately my duties have
included talking to a number of software vendors.
Now admittedly, this is an art form which I haven't
mastered yet. Judging from the truly skilled guys in my
office, it is a delicate verbal dance, involving mostly
browbeating them into silence and then hanging
By the way, yesterday's
strip marks our 200th cartoon!
Hooray! Let's have some cake. To those of you who've
written to us lately: Thank you! And if we've been slow
to respond: Sorry! We really do appreciate your feedback
and support. Our free time has been whittled away
by that tedious demon, Real Life, and his elusive partner,
Healthy Social Life.
Just kidding about the social life part ;-).
Hello everyone! I hope you are all enjoying life out there. Drake and
I have been very busy, but we are taking a little break to see our
and Mike get married in Buffalo, NY. So we will not be
posting on the 12th or 15th, but we will be back with more strips for
you to enjoy on the 17th. Until then, you might like to take a look at
the links on our random comic
generator for your comic fulfillment. Have fun!
Sunday (June 30th) was Drake's birthday! This is his last year as a
twenty-something. Some friends and I went with him to the closest
Indian restaurant we can get to, about 40 minutes away. It was great!
Of course he also got some new computer books for his birthday.
In our last poll, Coke beat Beer only by a few percent. With all that
caffeine being consumed, I started to wonder how much sleep people out
there get. Lately, I've become addicted to
Arizona Green Tea. Unfortunately, it's been
interfering with my sleep at night. So,
our new poll askes how much sleep you get per night. Are you guys
night owls too?
In other news, we wanted to mention that Drake's brother, Tod, helped
produce a neat short film for Nintendo's film contest
based on their new Eternal Darkness game.
It's called "Carnal Noise" and you can check
it out here
along with the other entries, until July 4th (oops! that's tomorrow!).
If you rate all ten films, you are entered to win a Nintendo Game Cube!
Yay, at long last Mozilla 1.0
is available! No, Jen and I didn't attend any of the official
parties, but we did celebrate at home with some ice
cream (Hey, we like our parties small). I
used to prefer Opera
greatly over Mozilla, but lately
(especially after discovering Mozilla's awesome
tabbed browsing feature)
I've been using the two browsers in about equal amounts, depending
on my mood. Jen pretty much sticks with Mozilla, 'cause
she's cool like that.
Oh yeah, check out the new poll. Of course, I firmly
prefer Mountain Swill...
err Dew :). Also, check out Jen's new bookcase-
she built it herself! Pretty handy gal, that Jen.
Hello everyone! So, Drake and I finally saw
Attack of the Clones. It was pretty good. Definitely a big
improvement from Episode
I. Maybe a little slow in the middle, but the special effects were
cool. And it was nice to see Yoda in action. We'd go again.
Drake and I went mouse shopping this weekend. I got a
cool IBM optical
mouse. It's totally ergonomic and the most comfortable one I've ever
used! I feel like I have much better control than with
style, and I'm finding the electric-blue-glowing
scroll wheel to be quite useful.
Well, the results so far are pretty positive for our Star Wars, Attack
of the Clones poll. Drake and I have not placed our votes because,
amazingly enough, we have not seen it yet. We are very excited to see it soon.
For you X-Files
watchers out there, yesterday was the
where you hoped all of your questions would be answered. So how many
people will freak out as December 22, 2012 rolls around? I guess the
truth is still out there... and yet to be seen.
In other alien news, Drake and his old work pals from North Carolina
have a SETI group.
They changed the group name to "Hackles" and
all of you out there are welcome to
in as well! You may wonder, what is
SETI? It's a
distributed computing effort to Search for
Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. You may have heard of it
in the movie Contact.
It's cool to imagine that we could someday interact
with beings from another world. Maybe some of you out there already
In a way, Web Comics
Awareness Day is a quite the conundrum. Promoting
webcomics by writing a webcomic about webcomics? You've
got to love the self-referential tomfoolery there.
So, it's not just about making people aware that
webcomics exist (if you're reading this, then you
already know that, right?). To me, it means much
more. It's about making people aware of just how
freakin' many webcomics exist.
Online cartooning is an endeavor shared by thousands of
people. It's a lot of fun, but it's also hard work, and
99.99% (well, roughly) of us don't profit financially
from what we do. Jen and I have no problem with that, by
the way, since we're doing it purely for the fun. Geek
that I am, I sort of equate it to writing code for a
non-profit, Open Source software project. Except they're
cartoons, not code, and well, our cartoons are not
really Open Source either... hmm, I've got to work on
Anyway, I'm pretty sure that most cartoonists don't expect to make
a living from posting comics to the Internet (although
some do manage this). What nearly all cartoonists do want, however,
is simply for people to look at their darn
work. It doesn't seem like a lot to ask for,
really, but there are so many web comics out there that
a lot of deserving ones just don't get noticed.
If you have the time, try
web, and see if you
can find something new that you like (just don't forget
to come back to us :D). And if you like what you find,
why not send the cartoonist an email telling him/her so?
We cartoonists can live on praise like zombies live on brains :).
In other news (although I suppose this relates to
comics), we saw
on opening day. It was
absolutely great! The casting was genius-
makes a perfect demented goblin, I must say- and
did what he does best, which is to make a cool and funny
as all-get-out action flick. Jen loved it too... she kept
daydreaming about Spidey all day. I don't blame her
though- Spiderman is extremely cool.
Wow, this is great! The
team recently offered to
translate our comics into
the German language. Legacy "is a german group with
the purpose of preservation the 'Oldschool' and free
publishing of information." Despite having only
started a couple of days ago, they've already finished a
bunch of comics, starting from the earliest. The plan is
eventually to catch up to our regular update schedule, and
offer translations as new ones come out. Jen and I
have wanted to learn German for a while... maybe the best
way is to read translations of our own comic! Thanks
for your hard work guys :).
Hey, what do you know? Aleni submitted another
fun gift art,
depicting what might happen if Hackles had built Vic
with a certain OS from Redmond. Vic's expression rules,
and the gorilla picture is a nice touch I must say!
OK, it's link time... Want to see something a little
creepy and wrong? Check out these trailers.
Of course, we're still gonna see it despite the
disturbing CGI- don't get me wrong!
Our Belgian pal Ronnie sends us the latest
parallel processing technology news. That's
some powerful stuff. He is also responsible for sending this
insane piece of funny
our way. Apparently, OS X and BSD users will all go to
hell- and will God forgive me for all the times I've
typed "chmod 666"? Nope, guess not. Speaking of God, if he
does exist, I'm sure
is exactly how he's feeling these days...
I must give a shout-out to my brother, who sent me a
GameCube for X-mas. With a gift this cool, I suppose I
can forgive him for being four months late. Oh sure, there
might be a slight shortage of
this time, but Nintendo always comes through in the end. Thanks, man!
Matt Trepal of Fight
Cast or Evade is currently running some guest comics,
and one of them is made by us! You can see our contribution
FCE is a well-written cartoon following a band of animal
adventurers' medieval hijinks- what more can you ask for?
Drake rearranged our sidebar to include a gallery
link. This area includes art that we receive, as well as
cartoons that we send to others. We'd like to
thank Aleni for
the second addition to our fan art gallery. Take a
There's a new poll up today. It may be a hard choice for all you
Trekkies out there. I've only watched a couple of the series, but any
show with Chakotay
in it gets my vote :) Some say I'm strange...
In the last poll, the penguins win the smartest animal
award hands down (or flippers, paws, and hooves down in
this case). Drake and I would like to update the polls
more often, but sometimes a fitting question is hard to come by. So,
email us if you have any
burning questions or new ideas for our poll updates.
Uh oh! It looks like someone with tourrets took the time
to grace our guest book with his or her loving
slight of Hackles. Oh well, can't please 'em all.
Luckily, most of our feedback is positive and we thank all of you out
there who fuel our fire to keep cartooning.
Something exciting happened this weekend... we got our
very first fan art
from Tariq De Vore of Ban the
Basics!. It's cool to see our characters through the
ink of another artist's pen. Thanks Tariq!