Give thanks. Fight the tryptophan. Fear the doorbusters.

Happy Thanksgiving!  Long-time readers may have seen this post last year, but we’ve picked up a lot of new faces since then, so I’m going to dig it out of the archive and dust it off.

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Pop quiz: what’s the difference between these two scenarios?

Well, both involve a struggle for personal survival against hordes of inhumane, groaning glassy-eyed automatons trying to push, bite and claw their way to the object of their desire.

But sadly, it’s acceptable to bring shotguns to only one of them.

Black Friday almost perfectly encapsulates the schizophrenic nature of modern American society.  We spend all day Thursday giving thanks for what we have with family and friends, with most celebrants traditionally consuming a foodstuff that contains high concentrations of an amino acid which induces drowsiness.

Everybody should be pretty chill going into the weekend, right?


Less than twenty-four hours later, we’re out en masse engaging in mortal combat for cheap, non-essential creature comfort goods.  Gave thanks, now let’s get to gettin’ more.  It’s probably a good thing turkey is the usual main course for Thanksgiving dinner, and the tryptophan is perhaps taking the edge off of people’s aggressions, or the consumer carnage would only be intensified.

Hmmm.  It’s almost like some benevolent soul had the wherewithal to somehow warn our ancestors, in order to try to mitigate at least some of the mayhem . . .

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Holy Productive Hiatus! Public Domain Returns!


Okay, let’s see … turn the crank a quarter-turn to the left, then a whole turn to the right.  Flip those two toggles, pump the handle EXACTLY six times — no more, no less — and check the gauges.

Wait, is that hose supposed to be leaking that weird Day-Glo goop?

Foot on the pedal, count to three, turn the key, hit the start button and …

We’re back!  Welcome to Public Domain! Year Two.

Man, I missed this place.

*Sniff sniff* Although I probably should’ve emptied the wastebaskets before I locked up last month.  Downside of setting up your secret lair deep in an impenetrable underground bunker: no windows to crack open.

I wish I could say I took the month off blogging to relax, slipped off the cape and cowl and into a nice bathrobe, maybe have a drink and snuggle up to my Batgirl, like Adam West here, but that would be a blatant lie.


October was one of my busiest months yet, and I couldn’t be more pleased.

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One Year Later … Public Domain’s 1st Anniversary

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Hard to believe it’s been a whole year since the very first post here on September 30th, 2012.

A name change (this blog was, initially, called ‘Thought Balloons’ for the first couple weeks), one fairly extreme theme change makeover, and one hundred and eleven posts later, and most of the time, I still don’t really know what I’m doing … but I’m much more confident about my ignorance and ineptitude.

These past twelve months have been a pretty big year in terms of getting motivated and off the same-old, same-old hamster wheel.  It started a few months prior to launching Public Domain!, but really got rolling along when this odd little space popped into existence.

Since the September afternoon where I struggled with trying to figure out what to write in the inaugural post I have:

  • Launched a webcomic, DoorMan Online, on multiple hosting sites.
  • Formed a publishing company called Chimeratron and started the research to self-publish my own material.
  • Began work on starting a print and merch making studio, Vintage Robo Design Co.
  • Started developing about a dozen intellectual properties with various partners.
  • Took on an as-yet-secret project that hopefully will get underway soon.
  • Delved headfirst into social media and started both a Facebook page for PD as well as an accompanying Tumblr.
  • Met a lot of very cool, very creative people that I might not have crossed paths with otherwise.

The support and encouragement I’ve gotten from Public Domain! has lit a creative fire in my belly that I’d been missing for years.

I went from pining and daydreaming about getting my writing career back on track to cannonballing right into the pool with zero regard for the prospect of failure (or looking like an idiot).

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