4.01 Open Road 19

March 19th, 2012, 12:01 am

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Gibson Twist, March 18th, 2012, 10:00 pm

Cameos this page: Christopher L, Stephanie H and our own Hankerchief. Cheers, folks.

Gibson Twist, March 18th, 2012, 10:27 pm

You might have noticed the reappearance of the Donate button just above these comments. The reason for this is very simple, I am putting down the hat. Not to put too fine a point on it, we're broke and getting broker with bills mounting and, well, in peril of losing our house.

It's a strange thing to ask for help, especially for something that feels to me like a great privilege such as owning a house, but at the same time I am not sure what else to do.

Let me say, I know we're by far not the only ones who are having financial difficulty, and no one who cannot afford to give should feel in any way obliged. Nor should you feel bad. Not in any way. I know there are a lot of you out there that would love to help out, but your own bills are the same kind of monster ours have been. Please don't feel that you have to say anything about it, we understand so completely. There are good causes to which and people in trouble to whom we want to contribute too, but are just as unable.

This is a call to those who want to contribute and have the means to do so. We can promise nothing in return but our thanks...and I guess, the continued presence of Pictures of You.

I suppose I should say that too...if we lose the house, Pictures of You will have to be put on hold for at least a while, until we get back on our feet, no idea how long this will be.

Any amount donated is appreciated and is a help, no one should feel that they're not giving enough. Even if that amount is nothing, I know many of your thoughts are with us. We love you folks.

I apologize for the need of this request and thank everyone for their donations, whatever those may be.


User Comments:

SoupCandy, March 19th, 2012, 12:08 am

Bro, I wish I could lend you a hand, but I'm in the same boat. Good luck. Keep up the good work and don't lose hope.

Falconer, March 19th, 2012, 12:30 am


I can't give much (hell, I'm wearing shoes that are duct taped together right now), but at least since being at school guarantees me a roof and food for another month and half, I can afford to give a little bit. I hope it helps. :C

Good luck to you both; I hope things work out alright! Hang in there! *hugs*

Gibson Twist, March 19th, 2012, 12:34 am

@SoupCandy: No worries at all, and 100% understood. Honestly, so many people are in this spot right now, I feel bad even asking. Cheers.

@Falconer: Nah man, you kick ass. You know I love you. Thanks for everything.

Djer (Guest), March 19th, 2012, 12:51 am

I know it's not much...
But I sent a little something your way. I may send more later (stupid bank page wouldn't load, so I couldn't see what I had available at the moment).

Also, gotta love post-breakup awkwardness.

Gibson Twist, March 19th, 2012, 1:01 am

@Djer: Literally everything is appreciated, especially people wishing they could give more. It's stunning the idea that anyone would give at all, to think that it wasn't enough seems like a form of mania to me. But it is mania that touches the cold dead potato that is where my heart should be.

Djer (Guest), March 19th, 2012, 1:09 am

I've been called a maniac more times than I'd care to admit. :-P I'm happy that I can do something, though. I don't donate nearly as much as I'd like to (mainly because college=huge moneysuck), so being able to do even a tiny bit to help is more than enough reward for me.

tezzle, March 19th, 2012, 1:20 am

I only have a few bucks left in my paypal account that I couldn't possibly ever use for anything else, so there you have it. No problems parting with it. I just hope it contributes to a larger whole sum.

Teenlink, March 19th, 2012, 1:23 am

I'll see what I can do about sending something your way when I get my check cashed. You're doing a great thing here with this comic, and I know between the materials for the comic itself and to host it can't come cheap. Plus, I'm well overdue for a random act of kindness, so it's like you're doing me a favor.

The_Hankerchief, March 19th, 2012, 1:33 am

Speaking of hats, I must say, you are infinitely better at drawing my own hat than I am. I'm not sure what to say to that. (Teach me your secret!)

Anyway, I'll see what I can do for you guys. I'm just coming out of being broke, so I hear where you're coming from. I'll talk to my brother and see what he can do, too. (He's a fan, but can't read as often. Being at sea kinda sucks like that).

Anyway, cheers, Gibson, and good luck to you and Rori!

Gibson Twist, March 19th, 2012, 1:42 am

@tezzle: It is absolutely appreciated and you're darn tootin' it helps. Cheers!

@Teenlink: @The_Hankerchief: Don't give anything you can't afford to give. We don't want anyone going without or putting themselves into a spot to help us. The thought itself is huge.

The_Hankerchief, March 19th, 2012, 1:47 am

Oh, not a problem at all, man. I'm leaving for the Air Force in less than a month, as of today, my bills are all paid for and once I'm on base, they're paying for me all the way. Don't worry, man, I'm taken care of.

Hopefully once I start getting my paychecks, I'll be able to give more, but for now, that's all I can do. Anyway, take her easy, Gibson, and thanks for the cameo!

yayness (Guest), March 19th, 2012, 3:24 am

I had some PayPal change left over from my freelance writing work, not a huge amount but hopefully this is all adding up for you. Best of luck with everything, I'm thankfully not in the red myself anymore but I know how tight things can get.

Vaya, March 19th, 2012, 3:31 am

I've been reading this wonderful comic for almost a year now - I'm way overdue in paying something back for all I've got. It's not much (we're living a bit tight too), but I hope it contributes to a bigger sum. I'll certainly spread the word!

DemonicMRX11 (Guest), March 19th, 2012, 5:58 am

Woohoo, Michelle pops back, and then an awkward encounter with Christo on my birthday, AWESOME! I'll send you some of my birthday luck, as I'm avoiding the streets as well :P

Shaz, March 19th, 2012, 6:35 am

Donated. As I said in the PayPal comments, 'Best hopes & wishes to you & Rori', and I mean it.

I wish I could have given lots more. Hubby & I are doing fine right now, but I have the black cloud of M.S. floating over my head, so I never know when things will go all sideways and inside out. But, right now, things are fine, and it makes me feel good to be able to help, even if only in a small way.

I have wanted to make a donation for a while now. I'm glad I was able to, but I'm sad that donation was enabled due to dire straits. Best of luck to you both!

Quadrant, March 19th, 2012, 7:48 am

Same... being jobless sucks, especially when they're are no jobs... and people still have the audacity to strike ¬¬

I'm sure everything will work out fine.

Was gonna say poor Cristo needs a hug... but you need a hug even more.

lordphulish (Guest), March 19th, 2012, 8:43 am

Have you considered a Kickstarter for Pictures of You?

Also, who else totally heard the Metal Gear exclamation point noise in panel 2?

shalahoyden, March 19th, 2012, 8:46 am

Agreed, giant hugs to both you and Rori! Friday is payday for me, I can't send much but what I can do is send a little each payday until you guys get better and that's my pledge to you (at least as long as you keep reminding me. My memory is shot so it has to be right in front of my face, in big screaming letters for it to register. Twitter me or something every other Friday and I'll get it done!)

darkamnios, March 19th, 2012, 11:42 am

Best of luck to you, Rori and the kittens. Right now I'm in quite a predicament myself since our car broke down and the tax return is gonna go towards that (rather that buy the chairs we still need) But after I do some numbers I'll see if there's anything we can do. Im so sorry to hear you guys are in that situation as well :S Best wishes <3

Gibson Twist, March 19th, 2012, 12:21 pm

@darkamnios: Don't give what you can't afford, our bills aren't more important than anyone else's. Besides, you do a lot to support us already. You're the best.

Djer (Guest), March 19th, 2012, 3:42 pm

@lordphulish: He actually mentioned applying for one and getting accepted on Facecult, but hasn't said anything since. At least, not that I know of. I think they were still working out the details.

Ace (Guest), March 19th, 2012, 4:08 pm

Wish I wasn't in the same boat or I'd at least send a pittance your way. An entire pittance, not just one of those namby-pamby pittances either.

In all seriousness though, Pictures of You has been a thrice-weekly vacation from all that ails me, and I'm sure the same goes for the better portion of we readers as well.

Bealtaine (Guest), March 19th, 2012, 4:31 pm

Unfortunately I have no credit card and my parents refuse to let me use theirs.Damn being a young adult!*stamps foot in annoyance* I'm sorry!:(

WhisperALullaby (Guest), March 19th, 2012, 4:46 pm

I'll be sending some this Friday when I get my paycheck. I was laid off at the end of last year (yay for education cuts) so I feel the financial pain too. Best of luck for you guys.

Kyle (Guest), March 19th, 2012, 5:24 pm

If, through some strange awesome luck and circumstance I win the euromillions lottery tomorrow I promise that I'll donate £50,000! (Whatever that is in dollars...)

blorb (Guest), March 19th, 2012, 5:56 pm

Hey Gibson, I wish you and Rori all the best through this f%&$@ absurdity of a crisis.

Having a house should not be a privilege, it should be a bloody right. For everyone, everywhere, always. Having a JOB should be a right. It's incredible.

It makes me so angry that normal working people have to pay for a crisis that is actually making a bunch of bastards richer.

I'll donate, hang on in there! You are both fantastic and will pull through!

Midsie (Guest), March 19th, 2012, 8:15 pm

I wish I could send something your way. I've been enjoying this comic since I found it. However my hubby just lost his job so we're in the same boat. I'm sending prayers your way. Best of luck!

The_Hankerchief, March 19th, 2012, 8:19 pm

@Blorb. Well put. Of course, nobody owns property anymore, they just rent it from the government.

Oh, property taxes, you suck.

Lunair (Guest), March 20th, 2012, 3:51 am

I hope I can help you.

Gibson Twist, March 20th, 2012, 1:46 pm

@Lunair: Everything has helped. Everything.

dangerface, March 20th, 2012, 6:56 pm

Hope you pull through, man. Take care.

Drewster, August 20th, 2012, 7:58 pm

I can't tell if Peter or Christo is sadder in the last panel.

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