I wonder what you're doing tomorrow night?


I'm an official graduate with a degree (drawn by the AMAZING Aaron Renier!)and everything! It was an incredible ceremony, absolutely perfect for our class. Lawrence Derks gave a hysterical speech that was a laugh riot, shocked and awed and made you well-up a little. Followed by the very first CCS class dance number, which was partially captured here through the photography of Ms. Colleen Frakes, there's also a video by Momma Swardlick but if you're not friends with Betsey you might not be able to view it. Kyle took one too but I haven't put it on the Youtubes yet. After that Nomi and I gave out the Faculty gifts which were a set of playing card of each of us from 2011. Printed by Momma Kane! (THANKS!) Then, as if things couldn't get any better, our speaker at graduation was FRANCOIS MOULY who gave an amazing, incredible, inspiring speech that had all the right things to say to us. We received our diplomas and marched off (behind a bagpiper!) to the reception at the Colodny where we dined, took pictures, met families, and most importantly, drained two whole root beer kegs. :)

UPDATE: here's the link for the whole ceremony... It's really quite good, I recommend watching the whole 43minutes of it.

I'm so glad so much of my family was able to come see me graduate from one of the most amazing experiences in my life. And of course, the Wondertwin was there, (even though we look like we're not actually friends in this picture hahaha)

It was great because he took it upon himself to document the crap out of everything so I have a bajillion photos from him (but again haven't posted or uploaded yet)

However, this was one of my favorite moments that Kyle captured, a gaggle of my professors gazing upon my degree with me. From left to right, James Sturm (co-founder of CCS), recent graduate, Jason Lutes (Creator of Berlin, and teaching me to the very end!), Ana Merino (Member of the Board of Directors at CCS and she read our names with "lots of love, and a strong accent"), and Steve Bissette (Swamp Thing, and second Dad).

One more thing and I'll let you go, here's an excellent blog post by Alec Longstreth who graciously put his pinball machine on freeplay for a good chuck of the weekend so our families could play! And there's another favorite moment of mine, Me, Alison and Dad playing pinball!

Thanks everyone who came out, and thanks everyone who sent well wishes and congrats, and now there's one more journey before I can feel the relaxation of post-grad... ALISON'S WEDDING!


  1. Thumbs up Bethicus Maximus!

    So... you're coming back to chicago now?

  2. Thanks Ty! I'm workin' on it, I'm workin' on it... Don't do anything stupid like move away!!

    PS- CHAPTER 4 GARY IS LOOKING GREAT! (boo you took down chapter 3!!)

  3. Great post! Congratulations--looking forward to seeing what you do next.