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An Incredibly Touching Comic About Looking Ahead in Time Seven Years After Being Treated for Cancer

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7 years

In November 2010, Megan, then fiancée (now wife) of Randall Munroe, the illustrator behind the brilliant webcomic xkcd, received the devastating diagnosis of stage III breast cancer. Throughout her eight months of treatment, xkcd posted several comics about the diagnosis, treatment options, T-Cells, gaining perspective, getting tattooed for radiation, and fear of looking too far into the future. Now, seven years since the end of Megan’s treatment, the couple has gotten married, embarked on different adventures and started to look ahead to the future, while still staying humorously guarded about the past.

Full disclosure: I was diagnosed with Stage IIb breast cancer in March 2011 and treated for roughly the same amount of time. This is only relevant in that I find myself doing the same things as Megan – being careful about the past, hyper-aware about the present and hopeful for the future. And like those two, Scott and I are planning to go see the next eclipse in seven years too.

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Seven Years

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[hair in face] "SEVVVENNN YEEEARRRSSS"
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OKAY I'M CRYING AT MY DESK NOW.
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sfrazer
3 days ago
God damnit, Randal.
deezil
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For those that don't know the whole story: Approximately 7 years ago (imagine that) Randall posted this on the blog https://blog.xkcd.com/2010/11/05/submarines/ and made some vague references to tough times in the comics. On in to 2011, he posted this on the blog, and things seemed to be scary but hopeful. https://blog.xkcd.com/2011/06/30/family-illness/ . He's made mention several times about it over the years inside the comics, and I really believe that "Time" was made for some express purpose as to get his emotions out. But this update seriously is making a grown 32 year old man weep openly at his desk (thankfully I have a door that closes), as I always wondered how things were. Things look good, and this makes my heart happy.
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😢
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rjstegbauer
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Touching and beautiful! One of your best.
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[hair in face] "SEVVVENNN YEEEARRRSSS"
ameel
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<3
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MaryEllenCG
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::sniffle::
Greater Bostonia
kyleniemeyer
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😭
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marcrichter
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Awesome. I'm speechless.
tbd

12/07/2017

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I have a certain set of skills. None of which are useful.

 

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deezil
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I need to do this to mom, but it will stop my canned good pickups when I visit home. This is fucking infuriating though.
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FX Develops ‘Welcome To Night Vale’ Podcast For TV; Two New Books Set

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EXCLUSIVE: Welcome to Night Vale, the popular, spooky podcast and book series, is heading to television. FX has struck a development deal with Sony Pictures Television for a Night Vale series. Gennifer Hutchison, currently an Executive Producer of Better Call Saul, will adapt the podcast for television and executive produce the series under her Sony Pictures Television overall deal.

Joseph Fink and Joseph Cranor, creators of the podcast and authors of the franchise books Welcome to Night Vale and It Devours!, will also serve as executive producers on the series.

In addition, Harper Perennial, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, has signed up Fink and Cranor for new script books of seasons three and four of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast. The companion volumes feature guest introductions by the authors and cast members and original illustrations by series artist Jessica Hayworth.

“We’ve never met anyone in the industry who understands our world and approach to storytelling better than Gennifer does,” said Fink and Cranor. “We are lucky to be working with her, as well as FX – a network with a long history of creating excellent television.”

Night Vale Presents

Seasons one and two of the podcast were previously published as the script books Mostly Void, Partially Stars (Vol. 1) and The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe (Vol. 2).  Fink is the author of the forthcoming novel Alice Isn’t Dead, based on the podcast of the same name.

“So many readers have passionately embraced the Welcome to Night Vale novels and script books,” says Amy Baker, Vice-President and Associate Publisher of Harper Perennial. “I can’t wait to see the same enthusiasm for what I’m sure will be an amazing television series from Gennifer and FX.”

Welcome to Night Vale is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

Fink and Cranor created the podcast in 2012, having met through the anarchic, award-winning theater group the New York Neo-Futurists. The show quickly became an underground success and, to date, has been downloaded more than 180 million times worldwide. Welcome to Night Vale has also become a touring live show, performing in 16 countries and 35 U.S. states.

Kassie Evashevski at Anonymous Content on behalf of Jodi Reamer of Writers House brokered the Welcome to Night Vale rights deal with Sony Pictures Television. Reamer negotiated the book deal with Amy Baker at HarperCollins. ICM Partners represents Gennifer Hutchison.

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deezil
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I am so very excited.
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deezil
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Twitch Man Plays Super Mario World Theme With His Nose, Says He Has Perfect Pitch

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Jason Yang is a musician and composer who live streams on Twitch, taking song requests to play on his violin, keyboard, and nose. Pulling up a Super Mario World video, Yang nose-whistles the game’s overworld theme.

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The Republican Party is a disgrace.

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The Republican Party is absolutely devoid of morals, ethics, and principles.

The Republican Party and the propaganda apparatus online, on Fox News, and on talk radio has conditioned its members to believe anything, except the truth.

The Republican Party is, right now, destroying everything that America stands for, both domestically and internationally.

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deezil
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Right on
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