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ChaosLife is the site for the humorous, personal and

sometimes political comics of A. Stiffler & K. Copeland.

ChaosLife updates every week!

ChaosLife is a semi-autobiographical comic. It focuses on a queer relationship between A. Stiffler and K. Copeland, who create the comic! It also delves into politics, GSM issues, mental health, pop culture, cats and other randomness. Since its debut in 2011, ChaosLife has been featured in numerous publications, including The Washington Post, The Discovery Channel’s Official Blog, The Australian Broadcasting Company, WIRED, Neatorama and MSN Japan, among many other online and real-world venues.
ChaosLife updates once a week, at least!

 

About A. Stiffler

 

A. Stiffler is a professional artist, comic illustrator and graphic designer.

Residing in Columbus, Ohio with two cats, they enjoy life to the fullest, even when it’s chaotic.

 

F.A.Q.

 

Is This Comic Free To Read?

Yes, always! ChaosLife is completely free to read. You can donate to its ongoing progress to help us put out more comics per week instead of spending time on other money-earning projects, but it’s not a requirement! Also, maybe turn off your AdBlock just for this site? Pretty please?

When Does The Site Update?

Usually on Mondays and sometimes Saturdays! The site does not currently have an ‘official’ update schedule. We try to update once a week, but sometimes between our regular graphic novel comic, commissions and our own personal life that’s not possible. You can subscribe to the RSS feed to get a regular reminder every time I update, which is pretty neat!

 

Your “Back” Button! The Arrow Is Weird and Squiggly! I HATE IT!!!

I know. Isn’t it chaotic? See, it fits! Honestly, originally it was a mistake that we couldn’t fix at the time because of how WordPress operated on our site — a PlugIn runs the site buttons, and it would have gotten rid of all the site buttons to change it manually with our limited knowledge. However, with some of the updates and K. learning some coding workarounds, we know exactly how to fix it. But now it’s a running joke, Poor Squiggle The Broken (that’s what we named the button) is hated and rather depressed about it. After enough e-mails and comments irate about Poor Squiggle The Broken, we decided we’d change it when Poor Squiggle had enough confidence to pull himself out of his mire. But every day, Squiggle gets more and more hatred and I’m afraid he’s just too downtrodden to change his current status. Maybe if he could just feel loved, despite his slightly off-kilt nature. Current estimate for Squiggle’s confidence boosting: Year 2016.

 

Are The Comics Autobiographical?

Pretty much!
Most of the humorous ones you’ll find here focus on our personal life, often hyperbolized. Others are just what interest us at the time, which can range from social networking to politics to socks.
The main characters  that appear in the autobiographical comics are meant to be us. A lot of people have confusion with that because the blonde haired person is androgynous looking. In real life, I have short hair and an underachieving chest, so in comic form, it translates to ‘androgynous’. Honestly, I don’t care whether or not someone mistakes me for male or female. Simply put, gender doesn’t matter much to me; I don’t make a big deal out of it. I’m just ‘me’. And in the comics scope, 99.999% of the time, it has yet to matter whether the person represented is male or female.
To expand on that sentiment, I never want anyone to feel bad for mistaking the character for a man or a woman. I don’t identify with either gender (this is called “agender”) so I choose not to over exaggerate any gender-specific features. If you read it as a man, identify with it and later find out I have crotch giblets or chromosomes you didn’t suspect me having, what’s wrong with that? You shouldn’t have to know what’s in someone’s DNA in order to relate to them. If you feel you do, then I’m sorry — but my DNA is here to stay, as is my personal identity.

 

So… You’re A Straight Couple?

Nope! A. Stiffler is a female-bodied agender person, and K. Copeland is a cis-woman. Neither of them identify as “straight.”

 

What’s Agender?

It means “lacking gender” — neither a man or a woman. Here’s a nifty comic about it!

 

Could you just draw yourself with boobs or longer hair or in a dress so I can identify you as a woman/female?

Simply put: No.
Not only would that be unnatural for what I perceive to be my interpretation of myself, but saying that all females have to have breasts, long hair and wear dresses is narrow minded. I draw the character of my wife and I almost exactly the same – except for the fact that she has large breasts and long hair and I don’t. In real life, she has large breasts and long hair and I don’t. None of the facial features on the characters are skewed to be perceived as female, the hips are not larger or smaller and the reactions the characters have aren’t meant to be boxed into ‘female reaction’ or ‘male reaction’. They’re just reactions. Some people have short hair, some people have small or no breasts and some people only wear dresses on cold days in Hell. If you’re offended or confused by this, eh… Sorry, it’s our comic. There are plenty with large breasted, long haired females in dresses out there, I’m sure you can find one you like better!

 

Who are the cats in the comics?

They’re our two cats! Konstantin (named after Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky, a rocket scientist) is the grey one, he’s a Russian Blue. Peter is the orange and white one, he’s a Flame-Point Siamese mix. They’re both pretty derpy, but we love them. We adopted both of them from a local shelter. Make sure to spay and neuter your pets, everyone!

 

Don’t you think you’re taking mental illnesses lightly?

These are comics. To be funny.
While we won’t say there will never be a serious one thrown in in the future, we can say that so far, the tone and appearance of any of our comics that tackle mental illness and those suffering from it (K.’s paranoid schizophrenia included), is one of understanding and acceptance. We don’t claim to be doctors or a psychologists, but we do know that humor is something people relate to, that gets them thinking, talking and understanding one another. There’s a huge stigma revolving around people with mental illnesses that we wish didn’t exist. Hopefully by expressing that we have a sense of humor about it, even though we have to live with the detrimental side effects, others will be inclined to break the barriers of stigmas and social isolation.
And if you don’t like it, you don’t have to read it! Magic.

 

When will this comic be available as a printed version?

Hopefully, soon! It takes a lot of work (and money) to self-publish! We’re already planning on it and I can safely say the printed version will have extra content and some of the comics will be expanded, so maybe it will be worth the wait!

 

What do you use to draw these comics?

Pencil, paper, a kneaded eraser and a bit of time in Photoshop CS6 with a Wacom Intuos4.

 

Can I use one of your comics?

See below for details on how to share our comics!

Please don’t steal! Stealing is bad. If you’re not making profit from it, and you give ChaosLife proper credit with a link back to this specific site, then that’s fine (i.e., posting on Reddit, reblogging on Tumblr, sharing on Twitter, linking on FB, or reviews etc. are a-okay — all with proper attribution). Just notify us to let us know where it is, please.

 

Do you take commissions?

Check out my Commission Page to see if I’m open! You’ll find all of the pertinent information there, too! I don’t work for free, so please don’t ask.

 

What Do You Weirdos Actually Look Like

Like this, I guess?

Cats
AnnieField

KWine

 

How Do I Contact You?

You can contact us via any of our social media, site comments (newly allowed!) or shoot us an e-mail!

 

Why Haven’t You Answered My E-Mail?

We answer all professional (i.e., commission or other work-related, including inquiries for interviews, invitations to speak at public forums, etc.) e-mails within 7 days of receiving them, on average. If you haven’t heard back from us, yours may have been marked as spam — try sending it again or telling us what to look out for! Anything else may be lost in the fray, sorry! We used to be super awesome at answering back every single person that sent us an e-mail, but unfortunately, these days we’d be doing nothing but answering such sweet folks and not getting any other work done! Still, we appreciate any correspondence and always make sure to at least give them a once-over! If you still feel ignored, you can always reach us on our public social media platforms, like Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr, and we’ll do our best to help you out or answer any lingering questions! :)

 

WHY DO I HAVE TO REGISTER/GET APPROVAL TO COMMENT?

Spam. Well, at first it was to weed out spam-bots, of which we get a shit-ton of. Now it’s also because some people have failed Wheaton’s Law and are just dicks in the comments, and it’s not right to ruin everyone’s experience! The Oatmeal doesn’t even allow comments, and we didn’t either until recently — it’s an experiment for us, but there are limitations to folks posting stuff on a site that we pay for and maintain.

Why Didn’t My Comment Appear/Get Trashed?

It could be for one of several reasons! For the most part, we try to keep comments open and fair, and we don’t even mind criticisms and welcome any questions — but there are exceptions:

 

  • You linked to an outside source that we don’t endorse. It’s all well and good to link to a related article or website, but linking to a blog or comic that’s unrelated is considered spam and will be deleted automatically. And some websites are just a no-go for us (because of their repeated transphobia, homophobia, etc.), so we won’t give them any of our inside traffic.
  • You Were A Jerk. It’s cool to question, criticise and even lightly poke fun at things, but it’s not cool if your very first comment is a rampaging attack on our persons, our comics or the topics they contain. Homophobia, transphobia, biphobia, racism, and any other bigotry etc. won’t be tolerated on a site that we pay for. Not only is it in poor taste, but it can diminish the experience of other readers if they have to read hostile content.
  • You Haven’t Read the Comics. You want to let your voice be heard, that’s awesome! But you do realize that these comics aren’t just here to bounce your own ideas off of, right? If you haven’t actually read any of the content, and instead just surmise from your own knee-jerk reactions, you’re not doing anyone any favors and not contributing to the conversations.
  • Your Comment Was Inappropriate For The Comic. Either you got lost somewhere, or you don’t understand the nature of the comic. Any way you cut it, your comment would have derailed the conversation or been an odd contribution to it. We even tolerate things like “YAY!” or “:(” but going off on a tangent about celery probably isn’t relevant.

In summary, we’re very laid back about the sorts of comments approved. As you can see, we often allow any and all discussion, even those that get into negative territory. However, we don’t approve of troll-ish behavior, hate speech or blatant exploitation of our audience. The comments section should be an informative, fun and engaging environment, not one filled with hostility, misinformation and awkwardness. Commenting on our site is a privilege, not a right, and since we pay for the extra servers to make commenting possible, it’s only fair we moderate accordingly!

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Other Comics:

FindChaos: An Ongoing Graphic Novel
Every Day: A Short Story Comic
Forever: A Short Story Comic
Lesbians 101: An Educational Series
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How to Share The Comics:

For Online Publications:

  • Please DO NOT HotLink
  • Please DO Link to This Website
  • Please DO NOT Edit the Images/Comics/Text In Any Way
  • Please DO Give Proper Credit
  • Please DO NOT Claim It As Your Own
  • Please DO Send An E-Mail To Ask Any Pertinent Questions, Gain Permission or Let Us Know Where You Posted It
  • Please DO Share Anywhere You Want When Following These Rules!
For Physical Distribution:
  • Please DO NOT Print Our Comics Without Permission
  • Please DO NOT Alter the Images/Comics/Text In Any Way
  • Please DO NOT Try to Sell Our Comics
  • Please DO Inform Us Of Any Distribution or Publications
  • Please DO Give Proper Credit

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Not always, but sometimes, failure of these very simple do’s and do-not’s will result in a DMCA Take Down Notice for web publications. Very rarely, they will result in legal action. Basically, use Wheaton’s Law and don’t be a dick about sharing. Share all you want, where-ever you want! Just remember: Give proper credit, link back to this site and don’t alter our stuff. Got it? Awesome, go forth and share!

 

 

 

 Any other questions, concerns or comments, you can contact us directly at:

[email protected]