Asphyxiation

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  1. Reblogged this on Spartan Eye and commented:
    If you do not know the work of this amazing artist, writer, poet, photographer then please check out his site(s). Magical, angry, sad, funny, self-deprecating, oh and did I mention angry?

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  2. You are simply and provockingly amazing with creativity Tony ….I must add my double Wow !!! to all the others here ….love and hugs and smiles , megxxx

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  3. Your spore dreams are precious! You are so talented my brain cannot even process it! It is just overwhelming. I love your poetry with all my heart, and I love Ernest. He is like a Little Prince, isn’t he πŸ™‚

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  4. …Yet another reason for the WordPress button-fairies to create an “I FKN LUV THIS!” button. I fucking LOVE this – the ugly truths we tell ourselves are beautiful; aren’t they?

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  5. Tony, β€œASPHYXIATION” is OUTSTANDING, EXCEPTIONAL, so much taking place here. This strip is so perfect, the visuals, the dialogue, and the commentary. I think you have captured Ernest’s thought process, and how very complicated he is! Wonderful, I love this!

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    1. Thank you, Pepper! That’s exactly what I was hoping to convey! People can seem okay on the surface when really they’re not. I knew you would pick up on this aspect of the strip. πŸ™‚

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  6. Reblogged this on 21 Shades of Blue and commented:
    Amazing and highly relatable Tony! This is a minor edit of something I wrote once:

    “Asphyxiation from holding your breath gradually turns your face shades of blue, as does freezing from being out in the cold. The first mode of death, played upon, suggests waiting for something with the saying β€œdon’t hold your breath”… like I have at times, preserving my love like a death wish. The other mode of death, freezing, plays upon the idea of being slowed to a stop, or standstill, like I said of myself in the last line of the poem my site is named after – β€œWhere I stand frozen still”. But the red sun thaws, and melts the hold of the blue cold, and gives life to the body, or in my case of meaning, my brains, as in my thoughts. What is the “red sun” though? I don’t know if it exists, whatever or whoever it is, anymore.”

    I would pair the music video “Colours” by GROUPLOVE in this reblog, but I’m afraid it will remove your art! Anyone who reads this on my site, and wants to leave a comment, head over to Tony’s blog and encourage the artist directly there!

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    1. Ryan, I’m genuinely moved that you would share my strip on your site. That’s very kind of you. And I like your thoughts on the word “asphyxiation”. I think they are very much in keeping with what Ernest is experiencing here. πŸ™‚

      I see that you’ve added the video below. I’m going to check that out now!

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  7. Stunning work, Tony! How can you make things funny and sad at the same time?
    And… ahem… ahem… may I join to the fraternal society ‘Wednesday’s child’?
    I’m ready to pay membership dues&fees πŸ˜›

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    1. Welcome to the society, Tati! Pull up a pew! πŸ˜› As for making things funny and sad at the same time, I’ve often found life to be a lot like that. The ridiculously absurd and the deadly serious tend to exist side by side in many situations, so it’s usually something I like to represent in my stories.

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          1. Born on Monday, fair in face πŸ˜›
            (I take this armchair not for long, OK? I don’t want to miss one interesting show on another blog… OH! By the way… this armchair creaks too!)

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      1. Tell me about it! I’ve been at funerals and got a sudden attack of the giggles that just would not stop. As you say, it’s life and that’s why I always concur with people who think twice about the handling of certain mental issues. Everything does not need to be swallowed away with a pill. Mental pain is valid, balances the laughter and is part of life. I don’t believe it is automatically wrong to experience it (if manageable), or experience sadness and laughter together (even in what is deemed inappropriate moments) for that matter.

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        1. I couldn’t agree more, and I couldn’t have put this any more eloquently either! We are all fully rounded human beings with thoughts and dreams and hopes and aspirations and fears and sadness and pain and… well, you already know what I’m talking about. πŸ˜›

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  8. Beautiful work, as always. There’s a reason I tell people about you πŸ™‚ I, for one, am glad your spores landed here. Also that sounds a lot worse in my head. If you’re familiar with the WarHammer universe at all, you may be part Ork.

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    1. Alas, I’m completely unfamiliar with the WarHammer universe (blasphemy, I know!), but I do very much like the idea of being part Ork. Does this come with some special perks like… well, I don’t know what Orks excel at. πŸ˜› (And thank you for spreading the word about Crumble Cult. That’s very cool of you, Abi. Very cool! πŸ˜€

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      1. The reason I mentioned Orks is because they actually ‘procreate’ by sporing. Since they’re more a fungus than an animal, that’s how they tend to populate a planet. Well, that and crashing a hollowed-out asterioid into it. Both are pretty awesome, unless you’re the inhabitants of said planet πŸ˜›

        And why wouldn’t I? You always seem to be able to capture something very real about the human spirit in your comics and stuff like that deserves to be shared!

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