Hi, I'm Sam and my cancer was hilarious! It also made me a better person and my friends and I want you to help us make the world better! I'll tell you about that in a minute. First I want you to laugh at my cancer, that had a kind of Grumpy Cat quality. You didn't want to kill my cancer as much as post photos of it on the internet with captions like "I'm in ur flesh, stealin' ur mojo!"
But with cancer, even when you know you're safe, there's always a small part of you that freaks the fuck out! It's true my cancer was no threat. I had just been slowly letting my soul die, little by little, engineering software for start-up yuppies to sell cars and condos. The cancer reminded me that I still had a soul, and a voice, and damnit, why shouldn't I do something with it?! Why wasn't I out there getting in trouble and challenging the status quo?! Why wasn't I solving real problems and raising consciousness about important issues?! Why wasn't I telling more dick jokes?!
So I changed. I quit my $80/hr engineering job to make laughter for a better world! What do I mean by that? Like many of my inspirations, people like Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, Larry Wilmore, John Oliver, and Adam Conover, my goals are to make you laugh, and also to help raise consciousness about important issues and share solutions to problems we all have. You might call me a philanthro-comedian, a humor-nitarian, or a laugh-tivist! I'm joking it forward!
Since 2006, I do most of this on my webcomic, Woohooligan! So far I've made cartoons and articles about the meaning of life, Star Wars, the election of Donald Trump, Star Trek, gender equality, comic books like BatMan, racism, video games, autism, human nature, fake news, and free speech.
The coolest part of all of this is that you can help! Are you a helpful person? Do you want to create a better world?
There are several different ways you can help. One way is by hanging out and talking with us in the comments on the site. You can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr (mostly webcomic reviews). You can also join our mailing list on our site (just below the comic). It's often conversations with friends and fans that inspire my work.
Another way you can help is by sharing the comics with your friends or blogging about them. Personally, I think some of my work would be great for an article on Upworthy! If you could help me write that pitch, that would be fantastic! :D
Here's another way you can help. My friend Andy shocked me the other day when he volunteered to help me get a new seat and tail-light for our car at the junkyard. If you've ever moved, you know most of your friends are harder to find than Waldo, so Andy's offer to help with repairs was surprising enough. Then he slaps down sixty bucks on the counter before I can get to my wallet! On the way home, he explained that he'd been thinking about my Patreon page, because I asked for advice about how to improve it. I didn't ask for a pledge, but he said he was thinking about pledging and didn't have much to spare in his budget. Then he said, "I thought about pledging a dollar, but it felt really douchey. Hey, you're a friend, here's a buck!" But there he was, explaining why he didn't pledge, having just given me five YEARS worth of that pledge, because he wanted to help out!
And I get it, I'd probably feel the same way. Then I realized that I might have a lot of other friends and fans in that same position, wanting to help us make the world a better place, and feeling bad about that dollar pledge. After all, the world is a big place with a lot of problems, how could a dollar really help? Well don't feel bad! I don't want our laughtivism to be a burden for anyone, I want it to be affordable. That dollar pledge is only three cents a day, you probably lose that much in your couch cushions! Patreon makes it easy to support your favorite artists every month, with no obligation, cancel at any time. And how cool is it that those pennies support important social change? More gender equality! More GLBT rights! More dick jokes!
Most of my work is free for everyone to enjoy on our website and your three cents helps me pay bills and buy groceries so I can keep joking-it-forward and making the world better. If you're ready to help support our laughs and a better world, just click on one of the pledge levels on the right. Even for that three cents a day, I'm always looking for ways to reward you for that generosity, with bonus comics, previews, etc. Whether you pledge or not, thank you for being an important part of our cause, a laughtivist, a rebel, a hooligan! Stay awesome!
p.s. If you are a webcomic creator, I'm now offering reviews to help you out, because I know how hard you work and how hard it is to get exposure. You can see my previous reviews and my review rules on my Tumblr.