FindChaos: The Official Blog of A. Stiffler

Professional illustrator, comic artist, graphic designer and avid birder. Stuff I draw and other nonsense.
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ChaosLife: Pocket Proposal

A personal proposal to pants purveyors.*

And thanks to our Patreon patrons, this isn’t even the last ChaosLife of the week! Thanks everyone and stay tuned!

*Of course, we know it’s possible to find women’s jeans with real pockets, but it shouldn’t be as ridiculously hard as it is, should it?
Asker Anonymous Asks:
I married early, at 19. My husband has cheated about 3 times now and it hasn't even been a full year since the wedding. Should I leave him?
findchaos findchaos Said:

In all seriousness, though, I think you already know the answer to that question.

It would be one thing if you guys had an open relationship, had discussed any sex outside of your marriage, or basically had made any plans at all for this sort of thing, but I’m willing to bet that since you refer to it as straight-up cheating, you’re not feeling okay about this and you don’t have to. I don’t really have a lenient side when it comes to people violating others’ trust, as in this situation, so if you’re looking for any reconciliation tips, you might have to seek those out elsewhere.

On the upside, you’re young, you’re catching this problem early instead of years down the road, and you’re likely only just getting started at being relatively independent in the world. If you decide to cut him loose and start fresh, you’ll barely notice this unfortunate hiccup in a few years. Things don’t always work out, especially not with chronic assholes. Doing what’s right for you will make you feel all the more self-assured and confident in the future.

Good luck!

FindChaos: Unkindness, Page 23

"It will be over soon."

Haku Exploring

Haku doing his favorite things: exploring from a hand-perch and avoiding the camera.

GTFO OF MY ROOM: Snake Edition


Having a weird day. My spouse said I had “the crazy eyes”.

Because we live in the sort of relationship where you can say “sweetie, you’re gorgeous, but you’ve got some serious crazy eyes today,” and it’s not divorce.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Hello gosh this is awkward but the girl I really like happens to really like red pandas. I mean she's really invested in liking them so could you lay off hating on red pandas? Or at least don't tag it. I mean your views are your views and to be honest I'm not a huge advocate myself but help me out here would you?
findchaos findchaos Said:


An amazing and AWESOME artwork by bennettslater

"Very Distant Lands"
oil on wood

Here’s my piece for Cartoon Network and Gallery 1988: LA's “Adventure Time Show”.

In preparation for this one, I rewatched all 150 existing episodes and took note of every object involved in the story. I fit as many as I could into this, but needless to say, the cutting room floor is insan

My equivalent of a prize in a cereal box. I just… really love DIY.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
How is your neighborhood? Current OSU undergrad who really wants to move to that part of town. Is it as wonderful as everyone says?
findchaos findchaos Said:

Clintonville is indeed a wonderful place! Apart from 2005-2006, I’ve always lived here and within the same 1/2 mile radius. That would sound a little sad if it wasn’t such a nice, liveable place. For example…

We’re within walking distance of several parks, including the nationally acclaimed Park of Roses (which holds free outdoor concerts all Summer long) and OSU’s Wetlands wildlife study ground; the Olentangy River is literally at the end of our cross-street along with its bike path that heads straight downtown through campus and the Short North (or if you head North instead, dead-ends on The Hills Market, a local gourmet grocer); you can find the city’s best Mediterranean and vegan/fusion cuisine here; Studio 35 is the ultimate old-timey movie theater experience where you can get a pizza and beer with your latest movies; it’s full of pub-style neighborhood bars which, depending on the location, can have high-style cuisine or simply the world’s best pepper-crusted burgers with a basket of sweet potato fries; the annual farmer’s market gets bigger every year, with vendors from all around selling and chatting about their wares.

Honestly, I could go on and on, but what I really love about Clintonville is its atmosphere. If the above links didn’t give you a clue, the neighborhood’s personality is thoroughly laid-back, progressive, eco-friendly, and quiet. To give context, the New York (freakin’) Times described Clintonville as Columbus’ lesbian stronghold — they weren’t wrong. A huge percent of our neighbors are lesbian, gay, or just outright queer people like us. It’s the sort of neighborhood where it’s not unusual to hear someone practicing the bagpipes at sunset or watch greyhounds in their most fashionable new jackets prance around the sidewalks.

On top of all of that, Clintonville is safe* with some of the city’s lowest crime rates. It’s the sort of place you can walk around in at night and not feel the slightest bit menaced or harassed. That’s largely in part thanks to Clintonville residents’ fervent investment in the neighborhood — they want it nice and quiet, so they keep it nice and quiet. Most police calls around here are because of noise complaints or suspiciously parked cars. Far too many college students have moved here only to find their parties thoroughly squelched by neighbors who are all too happy to call Officer Shut-The-Fuck-Up. I might be an old fart, but damn, do I enjoy the peace.

So, like any neighborhood with a very distinctive personality, you either love or hate Clintonville. Many other Columbus residents grumble that it’s too “granola,” liberal, or hippy (honestly, they could mean 60s hippies or current hipsters, both apply) — but if that’s your cup of tea, you wind up loving it.

And that’s my thoroughly-biased essay on my neighborhood. Thank you.

(Oh yeah, and don’t miss the neighborhood’s Gates to Hell.)

*At this point, I’m referring to “Old Clintonville,” the area it has always occupied before city officials changed the neighborhood borders to include Morse Rd. all the way to Worthington — sorry Beechwold, but you’ve always sucked a certain amount of butt.


Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

I enjoyed this song already but the video really sold it as a favorite.

This video features one of my favorite particular genres: “wholesome teenaged summer antics turned dark.” It’s pretty funny to realize how many movies fit that…