I thought it might be funny to draw Gabe and Tycho social distancing in the strip. This was not long after we got back from PAX East and none of us had any idea how long this would last. Well it’s been five months now and I’m sick of drawing characters talking into phones. I hope that if you have been taking your public safety cues from our comic strip, you will continue to socially distance and please wear a mask if you’re out and about. With that said, these cartoon characters are going to take advantage of the fact that they don’t exist in this nightmare realm of ours. So when you see them on the couch together again don’t panic, they will be fine. Meanwhile in the real world, I have not been in the same room as Tycho since the final round of the Omegathon at PAX East. Fortunately our friendship works online with essentially zero signal loss.
Obviously global pandemics suck and the news is worse every single day but, this pause in normal life has given me some time to reflect and being home with my family all the time has been awesome. My oldest son Gabe who is a teenager by no fault of his own was never really into streaming. That is until I started letting him mess around with the production tools. He was already building up his coding skills and he was excited to get his hands on Streamlabs and my Streamdeck. Our family streams are getting cooler by the day thanks to his handiwork. He’s sixteen now and working with him on a project like this is the sort of thing Dad’s dream of so I’m just eating it up. He is currently building a Gabir Motors website to serve as a homepage for all our racing stream nonsense. You can use this site to submit a favorite quote from the stream, a made up middle name for my alter ego Mike Racecar, or a racing themed haiku. These submissions are then incorporated into our pre and post show while the middle names appear during my “magical girl” transformation into Mike Racecar.