Page 21! Woot! So glad to be chugging along on this storyline. If all goes well, we should be wrapping up in about 2 months! Hooray!

Last week I wanted to go into more detail about the comic, but didn’t have enough time to go into it. Anyway, here goes. This comic had a long journey from its origins as a strict parody comic to its current incarnation as the tale of three nerds and their adventures together. However, the one theme that has remained is that this comic is about being a nerd, and the stuff we nerds love. It sounds trivial, and in a lot of ways it is, but I truly believe we nerds get a lot more shit than we deserve. There is nothing wrong with liking things, and when it boils down to it, that’s all being a nerd is about. Loving something so much that you are unusually enthusiastic about it. Doesn’t matter if what you love is movies or math, science or superheroes. Nerds love the stuff they’re into, and sometimes when you love something a whole lot, it makes you do things that seem silly to the rest of the world. Like wear a spandex costume to a convention, or wait 48 hours in line for a new gadget’s release. A lot of people laugh at those who do this sort of stuff, and while I find a lot of it strange as well, I honestly can’t help but feel happy for anyone who’s found something they love enough to be that enthusiastic. Sure, in the end many of these things we latch onto are silly and petty and don’t mean a damn, but as long as you don’t lose your ambition to still do something with your life, it’s not a harmful lifestyle. Basically what I’m saying is this: Love life, and live it to the fullest. Nerds know how to do the first, and often struggle with the latter. That struggle is a large part of the reason I took Cartridge in its new direction. I don’t want to just bask in the fun of being a nerd. I also want to cover the way the nerd lifestyle fits into our daily lives. We sometimes get so caught up in enjoying certain things that we forget to be a part of the world we’re enjoying. Anyway, this has become a way longer speech than I planned, so I’ll wrap it up here.

One last thing before I go! I have decided to give away a copy of Cartridge: Mint Condition to one lucky reader, who just might be you! How can you be a part of this?¬†Follow me on Twitter!¬†Well okay, I need you to do one more thing. Send me a tweet saying “Nerdy nerd dance!” This time next week, I’ll randomly select one of the Twitter account to follow both rules and send them a shiny new copy of Cartridge: Mint Condition! So to summarize, to enter the contest you need to do two things: 1) Follow me on twitter, and 2) Send me a tweet sometime this week that reads “Nerdy nerd dance!” Best of luck!