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Welcome to The Glass Urchin. My name is Auilix, and I’ll be your host for the moment. After many attempts to tame the rampant ideas and wild stories in my head through comics, I’ve finally decided to try my hand at one of my greatest adventures: my own life. I hope you’ll enjoy the comics to come, as much as I’ve enjoyed drawing them and coloring them in.

You reach me at a time when I’m not too sure about my future paths (who really is sure anyway?). Having just been laid off from a company, my first real job (and a great one at that), I’m not sure where my life will go. Likewise, I’ve no idea where this story will go. And with that, let’s step inside mysterious world of today.
As if my memory wasn’t already bad enough…
Whatever happened to the late, great genre of multiplayer coop games? Granted, there aren’t too many traditional, side-scrolling beat ‘em ups on the market any more (3D beat ‘em ups come close… but there’s always some kind of problem with them, usually pertaining to how they aren’t done in awesome 16-bit color).

Video gaming is just such a part of life for me… It actually had a hand in how I met Mike (although it might have been a deterrent as well…). Since it probably won’t ever make it to comic form, I’ll recount it here.

My good friend and roommate at the time Shivi had just met a nice guy at a party. We actually went back to his place to use his bathroom and that’s where I met Mike, his roommate. I think the first thing I said to them was “Why don’t you guys have a Playstation 2?” I’m good with introductions like that. A few days later, Shivi was going to go out on a date with her guy, but for some reason he also brought his roommate Mike with him. I, of course, was playing video games, so I declined the offer when she asked me to go out with her. “Pleeeease!! I don’t want to be there with him and his roommate!” she begged, but I could not be taken from my video game. Ironically, the video game was Suikoden IV and, as any fans of the Suikoden series knows, the game was utter crap. I hated playing nearly every moment of it, but I wanted the save file so I could play Suikoden Tactics, the sequel. Even so, it was only until she offered to buy my drinks did I give in… And that’s how I really met Mike (and noticed how cute he was). So I suppose it’s thanks to Shivi and not thanks to video games that I hooked up.

Later on though I had to ditch the “Do ya want a cup of coffee?” routine (since we both hated coffee anyway), and go for a “Do ya want to play some games?” approach. It actually worked… Our first few dates usually ended with us snuggling in bed playing and beating Zelda 1 and 2 together on Gamecube.

So I’m not sure what the moral of that story is, but… Keep playing video games kids! And try to use them to aid your social life, not detract from it!
They’re smelly, discolored, and undead… You know you love ‘em! That’s right, zombies! Everyone’s favorite creature of the underworld, zombies are just fun all around. I love zombies in my movies, comics, and video games, and was trying to think of ways to incorporate more zombie action into my own comic.

So here is an introduction to BRNZ (pronounced “brrrrraaaiiinzzzz…” or however you would like to pronounce it), the Board of Recognition and Neutralization of Zombies. We’re going to push the awareness of zombies and a possible zombie outbreak as much as we can. After all, it’s only sensible to be prepared. Where is your nearest head-bashing weapon? How many exits and entrances can you spot into your home? Should the outbreak occur near you, what location is best for you to proceed to? I’m still going to go ahead and assume zombies DO freeze in cold temperatures and try to make for a drive up north, but there are endless possibilities. Try to start thinking of your zombie course of action today!
This is dedicated to a friend, Katy, who wanted to be in a comic and I then thought of this. Her method of Pictionary is exciting and a little scary.

Ah Pictionary! It’s a favorite game of mine just cause you get to draw. Everyone thinks I’d be amazing at this, but it’s not really about your ability to draw, which makes it all the more fun. It’s about your ability to sense the essence of an object, and then communicate it through pictures tailor-made for your friend. You have to know your friend and the object well enough too. I think it’s a neat game, and I’m admittedly not stellar at it (unless I’m on Shivi’s team… either she’s awesome at guessing or we have telepathy or both), despite egging everyone to play it any time we suggest playing “games.” So… what’s everyone’s favorite game? Other faves of mine include Taboo, Scategories, Gant (Shivi claims it’s of Guyanese origin), Cranium, and the ever impossible Trivial Pursuit. One day, when I’m old, I’ll play Trivial Pursuit against young ‘uns and I’ll know all the answers!
This thought actually did occur to me the other week: What if I should lie on my resume? And, truthfully, this is the first thought that popped into my mind. If only those big companies could see my potential and my impressive array of abilities!! It’s true, I feel like I’d be a valuable asset to almost any team, as long as I’m into the company goals (Umbrella HR, please do not contact me), and I’m not a person who’d be pigeon-holed into one specialty (*cough cough* Masters of Unlocking, anyone?). C’mon, you know you want me on your team!

People just don’t take the impending zombie threat seriously.
Sorry to start being melodramatic, guys. I know I’m still not certain where this comic will take me, but I knew from the beginning I did want to talk to the things that make me who I am today. And, like all of us, I have a slew of childhood memories, be they painful, bittersweet, or happy, that make up “me.” I wanted very much to do this comic, and there will be others which I’ll use to try and convey times like these. Do let me know what you think, and don’t worry- the lighthearted tone will be back for the next couple of pages at least
Why do people automatically think that women love babies? You never see people unloading their babies on hapless teenage boys, but as soon a gal is able to hold one, they dump them on you like they’re all you ever wanted in life. I’m not saying I hate them or anything… I’m fine with babies as long as they’re not in my immediate vicinity or screaming like a mofo. I actually kind of like kids, once they’re up to the point in their life when they can say stuff and they learn that staring incessantly isn’t proper human culture. But babies… Yes, show me a picture of yours and I’ll say the appropriate cutesy girl things, but please don’t make me hold them. Actually I think there must be a lot of girls out there like me who refrain from holding or interacting with babies. Last time I held one, it squeezed my boob and everyone laughed. Just cause you’re a baby kiddo, doesn’t mean you can get away with that!!
Why do people automatically think that women love babies? You never see people unloading their babies on hapless teenage boys, but as soon a gal is able to hold one, they dump them on you like they’re all you ever wanted in life. I’m not saying I hate them or anything… I’m fine with babies as long as they’re not in my immediate vicinity or screaming like a mofo. I actually kind of like kids, once they’re up to the point in their life when they can say stuff and they learn that staring incessantly isn’t proper human culture. But babies… Yes, show me a picture of yours and I’ll say the appropriate cutesy girl things, but please don’t make me hold them. Actually I think there must be a lot of girls out there like me who refrain from holding or interacting with babies. Last time I held one, it squeezed my boob and everyone laughed. Just cause you’re a baby kiddo, doesn’t mean you can get away with that!!

This story is all true (although Mike claims that it was actually Super Mario that he beat with one hand during the time when his arm was broken, the beating of Punch Out with one hand was several years later, when he was in college).

Little Mike really did break his arm (a compound fracture, he still has the scars where his bone came through… *shudder*), and really did spent a lot of time indoors playing video games as a result. I suppose a lot of us did stuff like that as a kid (I don’t know how I had the patience to ever get as far as I did in Rocket Knight Adventures)… I have another friend who’s beaten some games with her eyes closed, and although they were Disney titles, that’s still saying something about our childhood.

Anyone else have crazy video game skills out there? Something weird they did? Like perhaps, beating Zelda 2 with your chin? Ever beaten a game while in a state of hand-stand?

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A blantant rip-off innocent parody of Bree’s original strip on Sex, Drugs, and June Cleaver, Where Those Resumes Go. It’s sad but true, nowadays it’s hard enough to get a call back from a place, let alone complete and interview with them. And yours truly is going through the stages of unemployment: brief joy (lasts about 2 weeks), depression, boredom, and finally… productivity! You can thank the offices of Pokemon USA for letting me go… Otherwise I would’ve never had time to write and draw the fine print comic which you see before you.

Still, I’m going through the application process, tirelessly hacking at submitting resumes after resumes. Too bad I’m in marketing, which appears to be the least stable area to work in (Why am I in marketing? I’ve never studied it, but an internship after college seems to have lumped me into the field). Anyone know of any company that’s hiring for someone with a wide variety of apparently useless skills? I can translate, draw, use Photoshop, market, and I can even whistle!

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An err in webcomic character making goes unnoticed

So, Shivi pointed this out as we were on the train not too long ago - I didn’t even realize it myself that I accidentally made two main characters similar to two other slightly more famous main characters. I swear I didn’t do it on purpose!! Someone else pointed out that, haha, the sexes on my comic for the hedgehog and the fox were reversed. At which point he learned that Tails was a guy. How could you not know that? And who names a girl “Miles” anyway? Anyway, the choice of a hedgehog and a fox really didn’t have anything to do with Sonic and Miles, and I also don’t really think they’re very reminiscent of each other. Did anyone else think that? Hopefully I don’t get all those weird yaoi/furry-obsessed boys/girls thinking that this is a comic about how Sonic should be gay for Tails. Seriously, that would make Sonic a pedophile, and surely he’s not. Plus, everyone knows Sonic has the hots for Knuckles.

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