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Back in Japan! Hello 2012 :D 01/07/2012

by Joe

Little late, but Happy 2012, everyone! :D

2011 went by in a flash, but when I think back on it, it was definitely the most challenging and lesson-filled year of my life. It started off with the cries of my newborn son, Nathaniel, as he came into the world on January 15th. Three months of raising a child with our parents and family halfway around the world wasn’t easy, but with the help and support of our amazing friends, care packages, and late-night Skype calls (and Google! ;D) we survived and learned how to be the best parents we could be.

Then, on March 11th, Japan was hit by the 9.0 magnitude Tohoku earthquake and tsunami – the disaster that reminded me just how small and vulnerable we all are. Followed by the Fukushima nuclear scare, March and the following few months were the ultimate test for us new parents. Bombarded by conflicting news reports and wild rumours, we didn’t even know if the air we were breathing was safe or if the water we were feeding our child was clean. But, against all odds, my family pulled through. We stayed strong and held our ground, despite the entire world beckoning us to flee. I will never forget those few months. I will never forget the support we received from my family, friends, and all of you. I am a stronger person now and I know that I can handle absolutely anything that the world wants to throw at me. Everything always works out and I will never forget that.

Raising Nathaniel continued as normal as everything cooled down in Japan. My wife went back to work and I was left to babysit, run The Pocalypse, and make indie games with my friend, Rich, who was awesome and understanding enough to work with me, even with a 14-hour time difference separating us. Green Pixel was born, we made The Pocalypse’s first flash game, and we developed our first iOS game, BlockHopper (which is coming out soon, just waiting for Apple!).

A lot of seeds were planted in 2011. Now, imbued with all the lessons and experience gained from a wonderfully challenging 365 days, I have the confidence, inspiration, and motivation to make those seeds grow into something great. The future looks bright as always and 2012 is shaping up to be another year to remember. Don’t end yet, world, there’s still so much to do ;D

We made it safely back to Japan from Canada last night and we’re recovering nicely! My batteries are charged and my food cravings have been satiated (I sound pregnant), so, as the crew said, the next scene should be up on Monday! Thanks a lot for waiting!

Please continue to vote and check out the new Scrufflebeck’s sketch! :D Thank you for voting everyday!

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Pit idea… Genious!!!

Alex apocalypse on January 7, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Except… how would it fit in a plane?!

Alekzander on January 7, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Well, it would have a protrusion at the bottom, just like… a pregnant plane!

DramaNoMore on January 7, 2012 at 7:39 pm

YEEEEAH! THE POCALYPSE IS BACK!
Jess,Bernie and Joe now seem three brothers.. at the beginning,they seemed only friends,now they appear to be brothers – even if it’s not true.

Happy Vampire on January 7, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Google ‘Airbus Beluga’ – if all planes were like that this idea could be easily implemented ;)

Idunyken on January 7, 2012 at 10:54 pm

OK I must say, the pit idea is awesome. Obviously there’ll have to more thoughts put into it, but gosh, Author Joe, I agree with you fully!

Baby pits with milk sprinklers for the win!

Nicholas Huang on January 7, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Yaaaaaaaaaay! I can’t wait!

yinello on January 8, 2012 at 1:01 am

For the pit, it can be right next to the emergency exit seats where there is already a bit of extra room.
Having regular seats is totally worth watching little ones crawl all over each other instead of constantly screaming; dinner (maybe..?) and a show!

sh4d0wfl4re on January 8, 2012 at 4:26 am

@Happy Vampire, Jess a girl, so include sister somewhere.

Decifer on January 8, 2012 at 8:12 am

I especially liked the “copyright 2011” part. A great parody of all the lazy copyright updaters in the world.

ComicGourmet on January 8, 2012 at 9:14 am

awesome i’ll be back monday

luigi on January 8, 2012 at 2:55 pm

…. wasn’t there going to be a new comic put up yesterday?

luigi on January 10, 2012 at 3:11 pm

can’t wait for the next comment, amazing job so far. its only been a year and you’ve done over 100 comics, you are a hard working man :D

ME on January 10, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Um, there was a typo, i meant comic.

ME on January 10, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Also I completely agree about the babies, do they even belong on planes?

ME on January 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm

good to know that post-pocalyptic airlines still take suggestion lessons phew

ph4ntom s33ker on January 11, 2012 at 1:53 am

@ComicGourmet – Haha yes! That was totally intentional social commentary :D

Joe on January 12, 2012 at 9:19 pm

hi, just wanted to wish you a very happy new year, already loading every chapter i have missed so far, so im on my normal pocalypse dosis, so happy you have those optimistic thoughts, hope life brings you more happines and you will keep sharing your talent with the world, my good wishes from uruguay, latin america :D

lionel on January 20, 2012 at 3:48 am