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2016 memes

2016 memes

January:
•bad new year jokes
•if a dog wore pants would he wear them like this or this
•all these suggestion blogs
•orange soda please
i’ll have the strawberry soda
me too, the strawberry soda
•You fucked up a perfectly good x is what you did. Look at them. They got anxiety.
•kylo ren is shredded
•Jared Leto: *does something*
Director: oh my God…it’s like…is he Jared…or Joker right now?????
•tag yourself
•super mario 64 half a press
•this is x. be like x

February:
•the finebros suing something
•secret government agent: *punches me in the face* SAY IT
me: never
secret government agent: x
me: *spits blood in their face* fUCK YOU
•bernie or hillary things that have a ridicilous issue and even funnier answers
•jean something, jomething
•damn daniel
•ted cruz is the zodiac killer

March:
•the dad from kuzco being like 👌
•kazoo kid
•everyone who watched zootopia is a furry
•history of japan
•x or y? *insert similiar pictures here, like donald trump and raw chicken*
•get you a man that can do both
•going to papaw’s house for burgers
•no oscar meme is dead meme
•we dem boyz
•i’m you but stronger

April:
•marge simpson
•different variations of the hs panel where jade picks up the note
•tumblr’s lizard voting
•everyone’s a dirty homestuck
•lot of those powerpuff selves
•baby stevens
•ruining someone’s dream journal
•there’s no way out of it you’ll just have to decapitate me
•autocorrect in verbal conversation
person1: i love you
person1: *hate
person2: this is a verbal conversation
•WHAT WE REALLY AREEE
•don’t talk to me or my son ever again
•dark x show me y

May:
•dan backslide (and dover boys)
•dat boi
•stone age spongebob

June:
•are you x or y person? (tag yourself meme in text format)
•get a man who can do both is getting more popular again
•it’s june where the fuck are halloween memes???

July:
•america memes
•IT’S HALLOWEEN
•the vacuum cleaner playing a harmonica
•associating characters/songs/etc. with spongebob screenshots
•this👏emoji👏after👏every👏word
•(any videogame) go, go outside and x
•a picture of something with text, and more pictures after that, in every one of the pictures the picture starts getting waaay worse, but the text gets really detailed
•HANDSY👏CLAPSY👏IS👏A👏NEW👏TROLLSONA👏
•judge: how do you plead?
x: *looks at y*
y: *mouths ‘not guilty’*
x: hot milky
y: jc just lock them up
•hitting the blue button

August:
•arthur screenshot where his hand is a fist
•9-1-1 for kids
•Exeggutor
•harambe
•RANDY YOUR STICKS
•sausage party
•how (character) are you feeling today? *numbers from 1 to ten with silly pictures of the character*
•alola form

September:
•the thing with voltron fandom where there’s train tracks and “death in season 2” and two characters and u have to choose which one to kill
•someone: a basic word
me, an intellectual: that word said with synonyms to make it sound weird
•gonna prank dad when he gets home ((he never gets home))
•[song] but it keeps getting faster

October:
•userboxes
•the presidental debate, i can’t believe that there still are people who want to vote trump after that, yikes
•dedede
•you vs the guy she told you not to worry about
•photofunia retrowave
•picture of someone with those math things
•my longest yeah boy ever
•taking a picture of something that requiers two hands in a bathroom
•posting ur favourite vines

November:
•christmas stuff
•dick: out
•sir, you’ve been in coma
•kermit with a hood on his head
•blurred image that says perfection, after that an image where glasses are being cleaned, and then something u like
•WE ARE NUMBER ONE

December:
•BODE
• *picture of really basic or bad food with text that’s spelled wrong and the phrase “bon appetit” is spelled even more wrong"
•*dropping something, and it spells send nudes*
•x but every time y happens it gets faster
*bee movie but every time they say bee it gets faster
•several spongebob memes
•i described the meme about bad pictures with detailed text in july, it’s wildly popular now
•dramatic youtubers

apparently i missed a few things so, additions:
•steven’s knife
•joe biden
•aux chord
•dabbing
•a lot of spongebob memes, like the blurry mister crabs
•nebby get in the bag
•clowns
•harambe happened earlier than it says on the list
•several stranger things memes
•we die like men

First Interaction Starters
  • "Can I buy you a drink?"
  • "I've heard a lot about you"
  • "Welcome to _____ "
  • "Can I take your order?"
  • " _____, you're under arrest"
  • "Looks like we're room-mates"
  • "IT Support, how can I help you?"
  • "Do you know the bride or the groom?"
  • "Hi, I just moved in next-door"
  • "Excuse me, is this your dog?"
  • "Help, please! Somebody help me!"
  • "I guess I'm your new partner"
  • "Oh my god! Are you okay?"
  • Patty: Holtz baby, what the fuck are you doing?
  • Holtzmann: I wanna see how long I can stay upside down before passing out. Wanna place a bet?
  • Patty: No! God, why??
  • Holtzmann: my new robot dared me to.
  • Patty: your -
  • New Robot Friend: *bee - eep!* *rolls headfirst into a table leg*
  • Patty *walking away from Holtz and her upside down ass grin*: that's it. I'm movin out of this firehouse. Gettin my own apartment. A couple of cute dogs. A man. some fresh drapes from Home Goods, like ten bookshel-
The signs as things my friends have said at two a.m.

Aries: Am I the only one concerned with how much alcohol this dog has imbibed? 

Taurus: Why is the past tense of “grab” “grabbed?” Shouldn’t it be something more fun, like…I dunno, “gribben?” 

Gemini: I hope you realize that I’m not even a little bit interested. 

Cancer: shUT UP YOU ASSHOLES I NEED TO SLEEP

Leo: Okay, but…what if…what if we just…ordered like six pizzas…right now…

Virgo: Do anime characters know they’re animated??

Libra: God, your stupidity amazes me! It’s like a whole new level of stupid I didn’t even know existed!

Scorpio: Quitters don’t fucking quit. 

Sagittarius: *loud sobbing* 

Capricorn: Pineapples are so weird. I don’t trust them. 

Aquarius: See you next water time, you fucking assholes

Pisces: I AM A DELICATE FUCKING FLOWER 

how dazai got kicked out of the port mafia

Mori: *explaining what happened to the boss* he succumbed to illness

Dazai: yeah, worst case of stabbed-in-the-neck-itis I’ve ever seen. 

Mori: *glares at dazai* ANYway, he wrote a will proclaiming im the new boss of the port mafia. He told me this in his final breath

Dazai: of course, it was a bit hard to hear exactly what he was saying. His words were kinda muffled due to the scalpel pressing down on his throat and all that. Mori-san must have good hearing, because all I could make out were some vague choking noises and a scream of agony

Mori: … you’re kicked out of the port mafia

Dazai: thats fair

nct as texts in my class chat
  • Taeil: #whyareyouallsogay
  • Hansol: that was my plan and if you steal it i will break a coconut with your head
  • Johnny: *at 1am* what was the homework and did anyone do it and can you send it to me. *1:50am* please?
  • Taeyong: you all should be studying instead of writing here
  • Yuta: *only ever writes happy birthday and happy new year*
  • Kun: oops sorry, wrong chat
  • Doyoung: wow! great! i would've never! ever! thought of that!! you! deserve! a medal!!!!
  • Ten: *only ever sends dog pics captioned 'look how cute, just like me'*
  • Jaehyun: i just met my old teacher, should i fuck him?
  • WinWin: why did i even get up
  • Mark: i'll explain the homework to you but you gotta do it yourself i'm not THAT nice
  • Renjun: *the one who always sends the material*
  • Jeno: *uses fish and noodle as insults*
  • Haechan: Guys…I have to tell you something…IT’S MY BIRTHDAY TOMORROW YOU BETTER NOT FORGET IT
  • Jaemin: Shirts do weird things sometimes, you never know what they’re up to in your closet
  • Chenle: i'll bring watermelon. or some other fruit. fruits are great.
  • Jisung: *8pm* good night, i'm going to sleep

Even after all this time, there are still so many things I want to tell you. How I’m different now, but a good different. How after you left, I wasn’t sure if I believed in love or God or soulmates anymore. And that now, 9 months later, I believe again. How I kissed a boy who was nothing like you and I didn’t hate it. How I met a best friend at school and I really think you would love her sense of humor. I’m eating again. My parents are doing well. My dog is getting old. I moved into a new house you haven’t seen. I can fall asleep in my new bed without tasting your hair on my pillow. How I laugh again. How I don’t cry everyday anymore. You used to be the only one who could calm me down, and now I learned how to calm myself down.

There are so many things I want to apologize for. I’m sorry for not being enough to make you stay. I’m sorry for all the mean words I said to you. I didn’t mean them. I was angry after you hurt me. I’m sorry for trying so hard to hold onto you. I know you didn’t want me to. I’m sorry for not allowing you to fully move on. I was just so scared of losing you. I’m not scared anymore. I think I lost you a long, long time ago.

There are so many things I want to thank you for. Thank you for leaving me. Thank you for forcing me to put myself into this city and finding my way all on my own. Thank you for breaking my heart again every time I try to speak to you. Each time it reminds me that you’re not what I need. 
But more importantly, thank you for the nights you loved me. Thank you for every “I love you.” I feel so lucky to have been in love, even if it didn’t last. I feel so lucky to have loved you.
There are so many things I want to tell you. But most importantly, I want to tell you that I’m moving on.

—  9 months later, there are so many things I want to tell you

rules: answer 20 questions and tag 20 followers you’d like to get to know better
Tagged by my faves @charitydingle @darlingaaron @itwasjustmisplaced

name: Rachel
zodiac sign: libra ♎️
height: 5′4″
orientation:  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (idk I’m gonna go with grey-ace for now)
nationality: American 🇺🇸
favorite fruit: blueberries & mangoes 
favorite season: summer but also spring how do I choose 🌞
favorite book: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara 😢 (come talk to me about the Aaron Livesy parallels)
favorite flower: tulips 🌷
favorite scent: rain 🌧, grass after rain 🌱, new cars 🚗, new fridges, sautéed onions, coffee 
favorite color: green
favorite animal: puppies 
coffee, tea or hot cocoa: coffee ☕️
average sleep hours: 7-8 😴
cat or dog person:  🐶 dog
favorite fictional character: Aaron Dingle duh
number of blankets you sleep with: 1 💤
dream trip: northwest USA
blog created: this one? almost exactly a year ago!

Tagging: @robertssofttouchxaaronssoftlad @bexwhite @gargoyles42 @inloveamateursatbest @dinglebrose @bartsugsy @stolemyhheart @aaron-clyde @apositivelifeaffirmingway @robertsuggles @foreverrhapsody @mylove4robron @livgbtqia @portinastorm @dingleautomotives @softladsugden @dasoni @aaronwozere @holyscrap @youslicetheginger

tagged by the lovely @myregardstosoulandromance thanks ♥ 

5 things you will find in my bag. birth control pills, pads, lipstick, my wallet, a compact mirror.

5 things you will find in my room. my makeup bag, a bookshelf, my basket of laundry, my dog’s bed, my dresser.

5 things you may not know about me. i have yet to own a physical copy of ‘sawdust’, i busted my head open when i was 5, i own a divergent series poster signed by veronica roth and the cast of the movie, i like eating popcorn with jalapeños or valentina hot sauce, i can kick your ass at kick ball.

5 things i always wanted to do in life. sky dive, scuba dive, have kids, graduate college, learn how to cook.

5 things i’m currently in to. baking, completing homework (lol), discovering new music, photography, going to movies.

5 things on my to-do list. finish my HS equivalency course, stop using social media more often, clean my room, lose weight, take care of myself.

i tag: @yousay-im-falling-behind @glamourous-indie-rock-n-roll @bronnie-shipping-on-ebay @blingcoak @gotlostinforeignlands @f-io do it if you’d like ♥ 

5

“How was your day Dear? Do you like Mystic Falls?”

“Well it’s not New Orleans but the people are nice. I met this boy today, a vampire just like us, he showed me around.” If my father was a dog, his ears would have perked up. Stefan had explained the relationship between them and how messy it got towards the end. 

“One of the Salvatores I assume.”

“uh, yeah, he said you used to be close many years ago, Stefan.”

“Ahh, yes. Complicated past. Don’t get too close to him. People who get close to those brothers usually end up dead.” I decided against telling him that I promised to go to dinner with Stefan later that day, he’d warm up to the idea eventually. 

Stefan was sweet and sort of cynically poetic, it made him interesting to talk too. Not to mention he was the most beautiful person I had ever seen. I swear gods would weep at the sight of him. The more I thought about him throughout the day, the more I swooned. 

Father never let me talk to the boys in New Orleans, claiming they were “not good enough to talk to my girl.” Joking with Stefan at the Mystic grill and even walking around town with him gave me a sense of new found freedom. I’ll admit, living only 18 years didn’t give me much experience with love compared to Stefan but being around him roused feelings in me that I never thought I’d get to feel.

3

This is a series of photos to show you what life looks like when you are trying to teach your glutes how to work properly but you are also dogsitting the world’s most annoying dog.

Semi-related: My PT’s kid is pretty much my favorite child ever at work but he has sadly moved up into the classroom after mine. Today he visited my room for a little bit and we had this conversation though:

Me: Hey, do you like being in your new classroom?
Kid: Yes!
Me: Do you like [your new teacher]?
Kid: Yes!
Me: Awesome! I told you you’d like it there.
Kid: Yeah, but when I’m in my new classroom, I’m missing you.

And then I literally died but it made my entire day/week/month/year/life.

tagged by @surfthewayyouwantto 

I was gonna do this WAY earlier but I’ve been so busy with mine and Ryan’s new dog, Abby. We named her after the NCIS character, lol.

Rules: Tag nine people you want to get to know better.  Nah, how ‘bout five: @surfthewayyouwantto, @locktobre, @majorabbey,  @frangonamesa, @princessbarbiemovies

Relationship status: Taken and very happy. My boyfriend and I have been together almost eight months now. We’re planning for me to move in soon, I just have to land a job first.

Lipstick or chapstick on a normal day? Either, depending on my outfit and eye makeup. Like, on a t-shirt and jeans day it would be just light brown shadow and chapstick but on a leather jacket day it would be smoky eyes and red lipstick.

Last movie I watched: Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper.

Last song you listened to: “Halo” by Starset

Top 3 shows: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (90′s anime AND Crystal, fight me), My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and either Criminal Minds or NCIS.

Top 3 characters: Erika from Princess and the Pauper, Belle from Beauty and the Beast (animated), and Elphaba from Wicked.

Honorable mentions: Sunset Shimmer from Equestria Girls, Santa Christ, any of the cast of Stranger Things

Top 3 ships: Karbie (Ken x Barbie, OTP for life), Miracle Romance (Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon x Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask), and Sunlight (Sunset Shimmer x Twilight Sparkle)

Like, I respect that we all like different things...

But people are horrible about some things. I have no major feelings on the new Arrow team (Wild Dog, Terrific, Canary, Rags etc.), John is cool but not my fave, I could do without flashbacks at this stage, and I’m just not going to like the random sassy reporter red herring with the Russian vodka bottles. This has not been an entertaining season of Arrow for me.

But I’m not posting up about HOW FUCKING HORRIBLE WILD DOG’S ACTOR IS, OR SHOULD I SAY, “WILD SHIT” IT’S ALL FUCKING ABOUT HIM. Because, get OVER it, if you don’t like him, it’s actually NOT all about him. Being nasty about the actor is horrible (unless they’re being snide and nasty themselves online, y’know) and saying an episode is MUCH better because someone you don’t like doesn’t have as much screentime is NOT really a good criticism.

[I kinda like Wild Dog, by the way. Not interested enough to care much, but I was just using him as an example. I actually don’t even know the actor’s name.]

Another thing I don’t pay that much attention to is show ratings, because that backward fucking system is dying on its feet. Thanks Netflix. However, the online clamour of this Arrow season does not match the ratings, no matter how much people claim it’s SO MUCH BETTER THAN SEASON FOUR. I haven’t and won’t read the comics/graphic novels. I READ though. I know what it’s like to see something you read turned into something else on the screen. I have come to accept that they are TWO. DIFFERENT. WORLDS. Just because things did or didn’t happen in the comics doesn’t mean they will on screen, and you need to get the fuck over yourself and ACTUALLY stop watching, or just adjust to a new version.

The comics ARE. NOT. BETTER. They are something different. SomeONE different. lol. If you prefer them, then stay with them, YOU ARE ALLOWED.

I love Olicity, it’s not a secret. But I love the show too. If I just wanted romance drama I would watch something else. But I have always loved my shipping in the context of really entertaining stories. Stargate was my first show like this, and the trend has continued. I am not personally ruining the show for comic book fans or long-time Arrow enthusiasts by liking a different aspect to them. Nor are the millions of other shippers.

I was going to say “I don’t often see”, but the correct thing is “I almost NEVER see” shippers deriding other aspects of the show. I mean, tell me if there’s someone horrible out there. But the ABUSE that comes from some so-called fans to the shipping is just sickening.

And in particular, the abuse towards Emily Bett-Rickards is HORRIBLE. She is doing her job, and she’s doing it VERY WELL. It’s actually incredible how she has worked her character into the show. It’s not something I’ve ever seen before. And even if everything really was awful in the show, she is simply an actor. Not a writer, producer, editor, director, publicist - not anything that actually made the storyline she’s doing. I can’t sit by and just keep reading the rage against her for no fucking reason, when all I want to do is see the trailer for next week.

Some people really need to get a life and get the fuck out of hers.

I don’t even know if I would like her as a person. I don’t know her, or any of the actors because I JUST DON’T KNOW THEM. They might as well be a fruitcake in someone else’s house for how real they are to me. Maybe I’d actually love Laurel’s actress in real life, but I really did not like the character until season 4. And then she died and I kind of felt sorry she was gone just when I was starting to like her. AND THEN SHE WOULDN’T STAY FUCKING DEAD and I really didn’t miss her anymore… But I don’t know the actress and I put up with her scenes because: guess what. They ended. Even if she was still there, her scenes wouldn’t be all the time. I would deal (if I wanted to watch the show). And do you know what I’d do if I was really sick of her? I’D STOP WATCHING. It’s amazing what you can do with your independence.

So someone either needs to free these poor tragic victims that are forced to watch non-stop Emily Bett-Rickards, and let them out into the real world; or they could do it themselves.

anonymous asked:

Hello! I am very impressed with what you are doing. I am a first year college student and I am considering a service dog for my mental health issues (after talking with my therapist). I was curious how having a service dog is working for you at a college and what you are doing with regards to training and such. Thank you

Hi! Thank you, it’s a mess but worth it. This summer, I’ll be helping train four service dogs, one of which is my new PSD.

So first off, if you like, you can message me for more details and information. The more educated people are, the better! Just a side note, I’m in the US so I’m not helpful about anywhere else.

So honestly, having Cody with me is the only reason I’m even still in college. Since he’s basically trained (except task proofing), everything is really smooth. My biggest reminders are that you need to bring poop bags and doggo does need breaks/play time. Breaks are also the easiest way for me to unwind.

Like I said Cody is basically trained however my new 10-week old puppy is not. My training is a mash up of everything - I mostly use clicker training, positive reinforcement, forming or luring, lots of targeting, etc. Also, I’m going through Petsmart classes to eventually get Roman’s CGC while working with other handlers and organizations to work on task training and proofing.

Again, if you want, feel free to message me!

Rules: Always post the rules. Answer the questions asked, then write 11 new ones. Tag 11 people to answer your questions, as well as the person who tagged you.

Thanks @thetwilightroadtonightfall for tagging me 

1. How many photos do you have on your phone?
I have 926 pictures on my phone

2. Do you have a favourite flower?
My favourite flower has to be Lupin. They look so pretty.

3. Do you have any pets?
I have a dog and a cat. 

4. What is your first language?
English

5. Name a friend and sum them up in three words?
@bisexualchocolate . Awesome, Pretty and a good listener

6. How many blogs do you have?
2. My blog of a mess and my other one that I’ve neglected for months. (I should really put up my edits on their but that’s so much work.)

7. Natural hair colour?
Sandy blonde. But I like dying my hair to be a redhead. 

8. Cupcakes or muffins?
Oh god I love both. (But I have to go with muffins on this because Tim Horton’s chocolate muffins are awesome.)

9. Coldest and hottest temperatures you’ve ever experienced personally?
Being near Canada I always experience below 0 weather during the winter. I think the highest temperature has probably been 101.

10. Sunset or sunrise?
Sunrise because I like something pretty to look at while I curse at why scholl has to be so early in the morning.

11. If someone took some of your food and started eating it, what would you do?
Either slap them or body check them. (Nobody takes my food without me saying so.)

11 Questions

1.Favourite band/singer?
2. Favourite history period you studied?
3.What recent book did you read??
4. Favourite animal(s)?
5.Time period you would want to live in?
6.What book do you wish you could read over again like you did the first time?
7. Which band/singer would you want to see in concert?
8.Favourite subject in school?
9. Who is your favourite character and why?
10. Who is your favourite villain/Morally Grey character and why?
11. Favourite season and why?

Tagging- @bisexualchocolate, @notelun, @riallasheng @aph-history-nerd @aphetagirl @niconeedsasolace @average-mex @theshaddowedsnow @hobihobiii @littlehobbit13 @supernaturally-percyjackson 

asdf movies sentence starters
  • “ got your nose! ”
  • “ you gotta help me, man! ”
  • “ please don’t hurt me… ”
  • “ [evil laughing] ”
  • “ hm. ”
  • “ oh, what the hell’s wrong with you?! ”
  • “ why would you DO this?! ”
  • “ you fool. ”
  • “ this does not help. ”
  • “ hey buddy, look over here! ”
  • “ what’s going on, guys? ”
  • “ hey, cool hat! ”
  • “ i am a stegosaurus! ”
  • “ you’re a diiiick! ”
  • “ well, we failed. ”
  • “ hey, you know who’s gay? US. ”
  • “ i like singing! ”
  • “ hey, it says ‘gullible’ on the ceiling. ”
  • “ i brought you some cookies! ”
  • “ how did i GET here? ”
  • “ look at my new dog! ”
  • “ what is wrong with you?! stop it! ”
  • “ what is happening?! why would you do this?! ”
  • “ don’t even think about it. ”
  • “ oh, no, no, no, wait —- !! ”
  • “ whose idea was this? ”
  • “ throw the cheese!! ”
  • “ i’m going to punch your face. ”
  • “ you lied to me. ”
  • “ hey, are you an angel? ‘cause i’m allergic to feathers! ”
  • “ [loud panicked screaming] ”
  • “ oh, baby, i love you baby! ”
  • “ what have you done? ”
Interview with Lisa Hanawalt

Illustration from Hot Dog Taste Test (Drawn + Quarterly), by Lisa Hanawalt.

I recently chatted with illustrator and character creator/producer for the animated show Bojack Horseman on Netflix at the Small Press Expo (SPX) in North Bethesda, Md. We talked about her new book, Hot Dog Taste Test, how she got into comics, and advice for new artists.

On her new book:

This book is a collection of work I’ve done over the last 2 years. I did an interview with a professional chef for Lucky Peach magazine, I go to all-you-can-eat buffets in Vegas… there’s a lot of food in there and then there’s a lot of other stuff that’s kind of not really about food. Like comments about birds and about my family. So it’s sort of like a one-woman anthology.

And its hilarious title:

I do really like hot dogs, but not as much as I just like the way “hot dog taste test” sounds. I just like the grouping of words. It sounded funny to me. It kind of gets to my weird sense of humor. 

I was just on tour and I was going to different locations around the country and a lot of them had hot dogs at the signings. Like, “Here’s a special hot dog that we had designed for you for your signing!” But it would be like blue cheese and whiskey soaked meat and I’m like, “Oh, I’m not going to eat that.”

Illustration from Hot Dog Taste Test (Drawn + Quarterly), interior page 39, by Lisa Hanawalt.

On coming to SPX for 10 years:

It’s a show that I first came to exactly 10 years ago just as a fan. It’s weird now that I can look back and reflect in a little bit on my career and see that 10 years is a long time but it’s also not that long. I hope it’s inspiring to younger cartoonists to maybe look up to me now to see like, okay it did take a while to get where I am, but you’ll get there eventually. It just happened step-by-step. It’s kind of cool to see the cycle turnover and the new comics people coming up now.

On not stressing out:

I’ve slowed down a little bit now that I’m older. I can’t generate work and stay up all night the same way I could in my early twenties, but even if that sounds a little sad it’s not. It’s actually a nice thing to be forced to take better care of myself and to value myself for things other than just making comics. I can relax in the park and I’m still a good person.  I’m trying to de-stress myself and it’s really hard because I’m a stressed-out person. I like to put a lot of pressure on myself.

I’ll watch relaxing shows like the Great British Bake-Off or rom-coms (romantic comedies). I take baths, paint my nails… just you know, stupid little things that seem really frivolous. I’ll go running with my dog sometimes I go horseback riding or anything physical is actually really good way to relax. It’s okay to sometimes just lay on the couch and not draw. I’m still trying to tell myself that.

Illustration from Hot Dog Taste Test (Drawn + Quarterly), interior page 5, by Lisa Hanawalt.

On keeping a sketchbook:

I do carry a sketchbook just in case. I always have it with me. I don’t always use it but sometimes it’s nice to know I can whip it out if I’m bored during a meeting or anxious or if I’m on a scary airplane flight I can always whip it out and draw people falling. That always makes me feel better for some reason.

I love to draw other people if they don’t notice.  I don’t like it if they notice me drawing. That’s always a risk. I had someone once say “Hey don’t draw me!” and I was like, “oh okay, I’m sorry… it doesn’t even look like you.. I was drawing you as a cat so, relax.”

On becoming a cartoonist:

I studied art at UCLA, but I don’t think you need to go to Art School.  I think for me it was nice to go to a very conceptual school so it help to teach me better how to think in a critical way. We had a lot of critiques where I had to walk people through my work and I think that’s actually super helpful for the job that I do now. I have to stand up in front of people and explain my design choices. But school wasn’t great for teaching me how to actually draw, which is fine–I don’t care about using proper perspective of anatomy or whatever. It didn’t quite prepare me to work as an artist. The school kind of made it seem like, “Well, you’ll just have gallery shows when you graduate,” and it’s not how it works. I had to start doing illustration jobs which they didn’t prepare me for it all, but it worked out.

It turns out it doesn’t matter what you go to school for. It really doesn’t matter at all. I know a lot of people who went to school for philosophy, but they’re not like philosophers now, they’re comedians and stuff, but I’m sure it informed them in some way.  I always tell young people you don’t have to figure out what you want to do right when you graduate. I got in my car and drove around the country for a couple of months and then I just got a job as a secretary for two years and made art on the side and it really helped to have that time to develop my voice on my own.

It takes a long time and there isn’t one direction or path to get there and you can’t really expedite or speed it along in any way.

On humor and her influences:

Illustration from Hot Dog Taste Test (Drawn + Quarterly), interior page 22, by Lisa Hanawalt.

Linda Barry is like the wisest person but also the funnest person to talk to. I got to meet her at Comic-Con this summer and she’s just magical. She’s also a very generous person she makes whoever she’s talking to feel very special. She talks a lot about keeping a sense of playfulness in your work and kind of making artwork the way a child would play with their toys. She’s also really big on going with your gut as far as what you want to make work about and not just following the money or whatever and not just doing a job because it seems prestigious, but just making whatever work your body and mind tell you to make.

I think I developed [my sense of humor] as a defense mechanism. I was always a really shy kid so I wasn’t one to say jokes out loud, but drawing became a way of being funny that felt safe to me. And then when Twitter came along, that made it easier to to make jokes. I’ve always been drawn to comedians.