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The Natural Way

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Sometimes the natural way isn’t always the preferable way. In fact, nature is doing it’s best to fuck you up at all times. I once bought a granola bar made completely from naturally occurring products and it turned out to be a solid block of arsenic.

But beggars can’t be choosers, and I was pretty peckish at the time.

You may notice that we have a new tab on the menu bar! “More Tales” is something we’ve been meaning to do for a long time now but now it’s finally happened. From there you can check out all the other projects we’ve been working on. These are normally full complete works that you can enjoy from beginning to end in one sitting. Check ’em out! The newest piece of work is Kristof’s The Reaper & The Shovelman story illustrated by Becky.

Perhaps when I see you guys again on Friday I might have another new piece of work up there for you all. You never know, we could even have a new ongoing strip going there one day.

Oh one other little update to the site. Mobile users should be enjoying a much more robust menu experience. ALSO, under this post you should also see a range of our products we have up in the shop, if on the off chance you want to help cloth and feed us.

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I used to think that people who got cesareans were sissies.

But I just spent 20 minutes birthing six pea sized poos and it’s changed my opinion on the whole thing.

Check on Yo’ Bud

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For the upcoming issue of M2 I wrote an intro for the Health section. Consider what I’m writing now as the intro for the intro. I thought it was important enough to share here.

A few months ago a raw message was delivered to us guys from Jono and Ben of all places. Jono Pryor took time at the end of the show to talk about the suicide of a friend. His message still brings a lump to my throat as I read it now.

“I just want to say one thing. What I’ve learnt this week is that if you are suffering a mental illness… No one thinks less of you for sharing your thoughts, no one thinks less of you for taking your medicine, and no one thinks less of you for dealing with a mental illness”.

It came at a time when a mate of mine started to go on medication for anxiety and depression. He took steps quickly when he saw the slippery slope he was on and dealt with it. He admitted to me later he was only confident to do it because the crew at Penny Arcade, an online webcomic, talked about their own mental health disorders openly.

Suicide is one of the highest causes of death in men in New Zealand, and other preventable deaths take up the rest of the list.

We like to go it alone and not talk about this stuff. I know that personally I need to be told by my wife that bleeding from places you shouldn’t bleed from is in fact cause to go and have a checkup with the doctor.

It’s this stoic attitude that is screwing us over and it’s why we need groups like Men’s Health Month and Men’s Health Week and Jono Pryor to occasionally come out and remind us to get our head in the game and check up on each other.

Men’s Health Month kicks off in June, and it’s not going to take growing a mo to start taking action. All they’re asking is that we start talking about it and chatting to our mates. It’s something that’s summed up in their #MenStartTalking hashtag pretty concisely.

As you dip into the health articles that follow, all with their hot tips on how to sleep better or lose weight, remember your mates. Ask them how they’re doing, and maybe open up a little about what’s going on with yourself. You might find you’re fighting the same demons.