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26 November 2018

Getting back in touch

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   One year ago tomorrow, I posted a comic about wanting to get back in touch with people but having a hard time doing so. That comic spread much faster and farther than anything I had ever made before,. Tens of thousands of those sharing it used it as a way to reach out to someone they missed.
   For Remake Monday, I've redrawn the image and improved the typography of the original. I'm going to start calling the 27th of November "Getting Back in Touch Day"; please feel free to use this comic and/or that made-up holiday as an excuse to reach out to someone you want to keep in better touch with. And read the now-public post about it at: [patreon.com/posts/getting-back-in-22837722].
   Full transcription:
* Basic text of the comic:
I want to get back in touch with you, but I feel like I'd have to start by apologizing for being so bad at keeping in touch and reassuring you that your friendship really is important to me, but I'm always paralyzed by the dread that this apology will inevitably devolve into a lengthy explanation of why I've been incommunicado for so long, which would make the whole thing all about me and my problems and would make me feel like an even worse friend, this sudden reaching out only to suddenly unload a crushing amount of personal baggage on you, without warning or context— But so anyway...hey. How's it going?
...and the same text but with structural line breaks, if you prefer it that way:

I want to get back in touch with you,
but I feel like I’d have to start by apologizing
for being so bad at keeping in touch
and reassuring you that your friendship
really is important to me,
but I’m always paralyzed by the dread
that this apology will inevitably devolve
into a lengthy explanation of why
I’ve been incommunicado for so long,
which would make the whole thing
all about me and my problems
and would make me feel like
an even worse friend,
this sudden reaching out
only to suddenly unload
a crushing amount of
personal baggage on you,
without warning or context —

But so anyway...hey. How’s it going?

3 comments:

  1. I just wanted to say thank you; I only just found your original one today and sent it to so many friends that Facebook locked my account! Once I got it back open, though, got to chat with several friends with whom I'd been meaning to reconnect for far too long.
    Perfect and humorous excuse, like a re-ice-breaker, as it were. So I want to add to the hordes and also thank you for making it.

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    1. Also for the record I actually like the typography in the original too, because the "I want to get in touch" and then convo starter of "Hi" are the large things so it grabs instant attention and the rest people can either read or know is me making excuses. Serves a function either glossed over or read in detail

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    2. I'm so glad to hear this! Thank you for taking the time to comment.

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