- Bry KotykBeing a Chritian my friends question my wanting to follow this online comic strip as they feel it does not do Christ much service. I see Christ as someone that can find humor even at himself possible, and for the most part you have seemed to represent inFirst off, thanks for reading the comic, and I'm glad you seem to like it. :)
I see it the same way as you - I'm not a Christian, but I agree with the mindset that you and many believers share, that God and Christ would have a sense of humour about themselves. (Considering that the Bible stated that people were created in God's image, it makes sense, right?)
I've tried my best to keep Lordon and Jesus (as well as the gods/goddesses of other faiths and cultures) overall likable characters, albeit ones with their own "human" flaws. Hopefully I'm succeeding at that.
Thanks a lot for the feedback. I'm always really interested in how Christians (and believers of other faiths) view the comic, and this has given me more to think about!0 likes0 hitsNov 18, 2012 | Bry Kotyk of Welcome to Hereafter
- Well, not for you. I'm delightful.0 likes0 hitsOct 16, 2012 | Julie Faulkner of Promises Promises
- A person who would do such a thing is not your friend. That said, always take the high road, remember your manners, and accept them graciously. After all, someday you may run out of firewood and need something to burn.0 likes0 hitsOct 16, 2012 | Julie Faulkner of Promises Promises
- Three small scars under my chin. One from a gym accident in grade school (playing "Parachute" of all things!), one from a go-kart accident a few years later, and the third I got last year by... well, just plain falling down.0 likes0 hitsSep 19, 2012 | Bry Kotyk of Welcome to Hereafter
- As far as the characters in Hereafter? Athena and Lucifer, probably. I tend to have the most fun with them, even though I don't use them the most. (Though I definitely have plans to expand their roles a in the future.)
As for the Multiverse Messiahs... well, you'll see. ;)0 likes0 hitsSep 07, 2012 | Bry Kotyk of Welcome to Hereafter
- I can guarantee that will happen. Not sure when yet, but it's definitely in the cards.0 likes0 hitsJun 25, 2012 | Bry Kotyk of Welcome to Hereafter
- Yep!0 likes0 hitsJun 25, 2012 | Bry Kotyk of Welcome to Hereafter
- Generally, phone call. Texting is great, and I honestly do it far more than I talk on the phone, but that's mainly for the convenience. It's nice to be able to send a quick message and not have to reply right away, or get information/make plans while you're busy without totally disrupting what you're doing. But any conversation that's remotely important, I always call.0 likes0 hitsMay 29, 2012 | Bry Kotyk of Welcome to Hereafter
- The Regatta season. Those rediculous blazers and boater hats, Ugh!1 likes1 hitsMay 15, 2012 | Julie Faulkner of Promises Promises
- Only if you're referring to meat, like lamb or ribs. But even then, the butler does my grocery shopping.0 likes0 hitsApr 20, 2012 | Julie Faulkner of Promises Promises
- It's not "late" if you're being fashionable.0 likes0 hitsApr 17, 2012 | Julie Faulkner of Promises Promises
- Diamonds. When in doubt, always choose diamonds.0 likes0 hitsApr 17, 2012 | Julie Faulkner of Promises Promises
- Originally, the P stood for Percival, a little nod to rock legend Neil Young, who shares the same middle name.
However, a while back I had a comment from a reader suggesting Lordon's middle initial should be R instead of P. I realized immediately that they were right -- the obvious joke is that the short form of Lordon (rhymes with Gordon) would make his actual name Lord God, and having his middle initial be R just added to that -- so I've been using R ever since.
As for what the R stands for? That I'm gonna save for later. ;)0 likes0 hitsApr 16, 2012 | Bry Kotyk of Welcome to Hereafter
- Bry KotykEight years ago, I swung by your house to bring you a piece of fruit. Did you eat it, or throw it away?I really can't remember offhand, but just based on knowing me, there's a 64% chance I ate it and was really appreciative, and a 36% chance I intended to eat it, got distracted, forgot it was there, then had to throw it out when it went bad and felt terrible about it.0 likes0 hitsApr 11, 2012 | Bry Kotyk of Welcome to Hereafter
- Bry KotykI could get really cruel with this one. BUT, I've heard through the rumour mill that you have the best "fake sister" in the world. True or False?Well, I can't really answer that, as I haven't experienced enough of the world to be sure. But she's gotta be up there. And she's also super awesome at fishing for compliments! ;)0 likes0 hitsApr 10, 2012 | Bry Kotyk of Welcome to Hereafter
- The show? I guess! I haven't seen it in ages, but I always found it entertaining when I happened to catch it.
I'm not much of a casual television-watcher these days, though. I have certain shows I follow religiously, but I'm usually too busy to just sit and see what's on.0 likes0 hitsApr 10, 2012 | Bry Kotyk of Welcome to Hereafter
- As far back as I remember, it was always blue. Blue of any kind. Still likely my overall favourite, but my personal palette has expanded quite a bit.
Aside from blue (bright "highlighter blue" is a current favourite), I wear a lot of green and red, and recently got some purple shoes. I try to dress with some decent colour as much as possible, and enjoy pretty much anything that's coloured or painted bright and interesting. I think people wear/use too much grey, brown and black in daily life - let's have a little flash, huh?0 likes0 hitsApr 10, 2012 | Bry Kotyk of Welcome to Hereafter
- Huh, good question. I don't claim to be an expert on the series or anything, but off the top of my head? I'd have to say Tigger, for his joyful enthusiasm, confidence and energy.0 likes0 hitsApr 10, 2012 | Bry Kotyk of Welcome to Hereafter
- I followed you because I've known you online since the Airsick Moth days. I am just realizing I don't understand how apps work as I just found your question 142 days late.0 likes0 hitsMar 19, 2012 | Tovias of Reality Amuck
- Bry KotykHey Bry, just curiously, if Lordon created the Universe, how does all the other creation mythologies play in? In norse paganism, the creation mythology is waaaaay different. Does that make Lordon the one true god and Odin a false one?This is definitely something I plan to get into more as the comic continues. But it's a running theme that not everything in these characters' histories went down *exactly* as mythology says, or even exactly as they would claim.
But I WILL say that I approach the comic from the mindset that all the gods are equally "valid". Lordon's the main protagonist, but he's still one god in a city full of them. As for how it all fits together in the long run...? Well, keep reading. :)0 likes0 hitsMar 12, 2012 | Bry Kotyk of Welcome to Hereafter
- Drew FairweatherSo back in 2001-ish, I spent some time reading things you wrote about working in an office (there were other topics, but the office antics are what stuck with me). What was that website called, and does it still exist?It was called "Drew", it doesn't exist now, and good luck googling that, sorry.1 likes3 hitsFeb 06, 2012 | Drew Fairweather of Toothpaste For Dinner
- Drew FairweatherIf you could trade your pug in for any animal (real or fictional), what would it be?A stuffed pug1 likes1 hitsFeb 06, 2012 | Drew Fairweather of Toothpaste For Dinner
- Ask your mom1 likes1 hitsFeb 06, 2012 | Drew Fairweather of Toothpaste For Dinner
- Bell's Hopslam, I just tried Dogfish 120min IPA though and it was pretty good.1 likes2 hitsFeb 06, 2012 | Drew Fairweather of Toothpaste For Dinner
- Drew FairweatherWhat is owning a pug like, and how can I get my boyfriend to get a job and a pug? I'm really worried about retiring, and working to support him forever. You're awesome, and I would love your advice. Thank you!A pug is a dog, it's not a unicorn, he shits in the yard and eats dog food. The boyfriend I can't help you with, never had one of those.1 likes1 hitsFeb 06, 2012 | Drew Fairweather of Toothpaste For Dinner
- Whiskey1 likes2 hitsFeb 06, 2012 | Drew Fairweather of Toothpaste For Dinner
- And here I was wondering why I didn't use my Formspring account for months.1 likes2 hitsFeb 06, 2012 | Drew Fairweather of Toothpaste For Dinner
- I don't think any country is weird, necessarily, but we've shipped to Brunei, Lesotho, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kuwait, Chile, Canada... something like 80 countries. I haven't counted in a while.1 likes2 hitsFeb 06, 2012 | Drew Fairweather of Toothpaste For Dinner
- Hi, Sheri. ;)
MY theory is it comes from my own inherent greatness!
(But there is a slight -- SLIGHT -- possibility it that comes from the Irish Spring.)0 likes0 hitsFeb 03, 2012 | Bry Kotyk of Welcome to Hereafter
- "Only the best".0 likes0 hitsJan 29, 2012 | Julie Faulkner of Promises Promises
- I'd say medium. It's not especially deep or especially high. (I don't think, anyway!?)0 likes0 hitsJan 29, 2012 | Bry Kotyk of Welcome to Hereafter
- I've been putting this question off for a while. I don't really know how to answer it (I've got a lot of happy moments and it's tough to pick one out), so I'll just list off some favourite memories:
- My dad surprising me as I walked home from school one day with a Nintendo (I think it was my birthday maybe?)
- The days I met each of my dogs - Maya and Logan.
- That one magic day in high school when I finally felt good about who I was. (It was a slow burn.)
- Seeing my final student film screened in a full theatre.
- Honestly, the thing that makes me *crazy* happy these days is just getting comments and feedback on the comic. It feels great knowing people are enjoying what I'm making, and that gets me really excited to keep at it and keep improving.
Beyond that? I don't know, I have a lot of happy moments. I'm pretty lucky. I've got a great family and lots of awesome friends, a lot of love and support I'm so thankful for.0 likes0 hitsJan 27, 2012 | Bry Kotyk of Welcome to Hereafter
- Bry KotykI have heard about this act and i thank you for telling others about it. It must be stopped!I was just jumping on the bandwagon, really. It says a lot that so many sites/individuals in the Internet community spoke up and protested. I was glad to be a very tiny part of that. ;)
Thankfully SOPA/PIPA have been put on the back-burner for now, but ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) is something to keep aware of as well:
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- The Regatta season. Those rediculous blazers and boater hats, Ugh!0 likes0 hitsJan 26, 2012 | Julie Faulkner of Promises Promises
- I would have to experience an imperfect day to know the difference.0 likes0 hitsJan 26, 2012 | Julie Faulkner of Promises Promises
- Julie FaulknerHow do I deal with my friend who insists on answering their mobile at the dinner table?How vulgar!
My butler has a basket that he keeps in the hallway outside of the dining room. All communication devices must be remanded there before sitting at the table thus eliminating temptation. If it so happens that someone hears their phone from the hall and simply must answer it (allowances for Doctors, firemen and the like), at least they've been removed from the table.
If someone actually had the unmitigated gall to answer their phone and carry on a conversation while remaining seated at the table?! Such an offence would warrant mention at the least followed by an apology and if it happened a second time, I suggest rallying the entire table to sing as loudly and obnoxiously as possible for the duration of the call. Perhaps then they will realize that there are people in the room who deserve their undivided attention.0 likes0 hitsJan 26, 2012 | Julie Faulkner of Promises Promises
- Julie FaulknerWhat should I do when someone gives me a Christmas gift but I don't have one in return?Accept the gift! Clearly you deserved one more than they did.0 likes0 hitsJan 26, 2012 | Julie Faulkner of Promises Promises
- Julie FaulknerHow do I deal with embarrassing photos that my friends post on facebook without asking me? Can I tell them to take them down or should I try to laugh it off?Don't be shy about asking friends to remove unflattering or embarrassing photos. After all you never know who might stumble over them and quite frankly it was rude presume they could be posted without your concent to begin with! Etiquette hasn't quite caught up with social networking just yet.
Perhaps offer an exchange for one of your own 8x10 glossies? Personally autographed with kisses!0 likes0 hitsJan 26, 2012 | Julie Faulkner of Promises Promises
- Remember our manners. Smile politely and thank them graciously:
"Why thank you! This will look lovely in my garage sale!"0 likes0 hitsJan 26, 2012 | Julie Faulkner of Promises Promises
- Julie FaulknerMy friend is a lovely person but she has really terrible breath! Should I say something and if so, how do I tell her without embarrassing her?There are subtle solutions like offering a mint (never refuse a mint if offered, someone my be trying to tell you something) or giving her an electric toothbrush, tooth paste, mouth wash and floss for her birthday. The less subtle but more effective solution is to carry a small battery-powered fan in your purse, then turn it on and point it at her while she's speaking.0 likes0 hitsJan 26, 2012 | Julie Faulkner of Promises Promises
- Julie FaulknerHi Baroness, I was wondering if you could recommend a pair of socks/sandals for the shower at my local gym. Thongs are out as I am a diabetic. Thanks for making the gym fashionable.Diabetics can't wear flip-flops? I've never known them to be very high in sugar.
Nevertheless, if the thong strap is an issue for you there are options. You can get sandals that are similar to flip flops but have a wide band that fits across the top of your foot, or these little darlings that have a proper sole and slip-on mesh top that is still ideal for rinsing. http://tinyurl.com/72l2ylu
Whatever you choose please remember that although they may seem like a reasonable solution, friends do not let friends wear Crocks.0 likes0 hitsJan 26, 2012 | Julie Faulkner of Promises Promises
- A particularly awesome omelette. Is it dorky if I call it an awesomelette? If so, then good. Awesomelette.0 likes0 hitsJan 12, 2012 | Bry Kotyk of Welcome to Hereafter
- Well, looks like I *did* miss some questions! Whoops.
If I could wake up as anyone? Honestly, I'd just be myself. I like being me.
(Though on the other hand, it'd be cool to spend 24 hours as someone amazing, like an astronaut or a deep-sea explorer.)0 likes0 hitsJan 12, 2012 | Bry Kotyk of Welcome to Hereafter
- Jackie WohlenhausWhat animal are you surprised hasn't been the inspiration for a Pokemon? (by Atticus1128)Platypus.1 likes2 hitsJan 07, 2012 | Jackie Wohlenhaus of Between Failures
- I already am, to the best Boston Terrier in the world! :D
As for being a father to a *human* child? I don't know. I'm not opposed to it, but at this point in my life I'm not in a rush for it, either. It's a massive responsibility, and not one I would ever take lightly. I wouldn't want to make that decision until I was 100% sure I want it and was ready for it. It's possible I will, it's possible I won't. I'll have to wait and see how life plays out, I guess.
That said, if I *were* to become a father, I think I'd go with adoption. There are so many children in the world who don't have families, and I don't really care about passing on my genes. My opinion is, if we can't take care of the people who already live on this planet, what business do we have making more? (But hey, to each their own.)0 likes0 hitsJan 06, 2012 | Bry Kotyk of Welcome to Hereafter
- If you've got a few minutes, the full history is here: http://www.welcometohereafter .com/about/
/> But you asked, so I'll go into it a bit more!
Back in high school - around 2000, I think? - I was kicking around an idea I called "The New Adventures of God", which was basically about God getting into wacky adventures in the modern day, with Jesus and Satan popping up as supporting cast and nemesis, respectively. It was pretty basic, and I never really followed through with it at the time.
In college in 2002 (Film Production at Confederation College), I started a single-panel gag comic called "Fun with Blasphemy", which was basically built around Jesus returning to Earth and adjusting to modern life. It was published in the student paper. It wasn't very good, but I had fun with it and it kept the basic idea of sitcom-style modern gods rolling. Eventually it was banned (there were a few complaints), so I put it back on the shelf for a bit.
In 2005, I was at a Algonquin College in Ottawa, taking its Scriptwriting program. One of my projects was developing a concept and pitch bible for an animated series, so I basically dusted off the old ideas, combined them, and kept adding and building to it. I came up with the hook of God as the CEO of a company trading in souls, who is forced into retirement by a shady board of directors (patterned after, ahem, certain famous evangelical preachers) and then has to adjust to his new life. I decided to add in other gods and mythological figures - Jesus, Athena, Hercules and Buddha for starters - and have them all living in a city in the clouds called Hereafter, which was basically an all-in-one afterlife that had developed similarly to our world. It went over really well, and I even got to pitch it to some networks in Toronto. They all seemed to like it, but it was considered a hard sell.
Years later, in 2009, I had gotten back into drawing on a regular basis, and decided I'd had enough of just sitting on "Hereafter" and started working on it as a webcomic, which initially I was posting on my LiveJournal account. I had read a lot of webcomics for years, and really liked the idea of having a creative outlet that I could control 100% and have total freedom with. I really enjoyed doing it, and in 2010 I got serious about updating it on a regular schedule, so I built a website and kept making comics. And... that pretty much brings us to now.0 likes0 hitsJan 06, 2012 | Bry Kotyk of Welcome to Hereafter
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