Sunday, June 3, 2012

Why RKL? (Ryan K Lindsay)

A little over two year ago I received an email.  I’m sure I received many emails, but this one was significant.  Although I did not know it at the time, this email would change the course of my life forever!

Unfortunately the Prince of Nigeria didn’t hold up his end of the bargain. 

However, under that email was another from a chap whom I had been annoying on twitter – Mr Ryan K Lindsay.  From memory, Ryan mealy said he wanted to assemble a team of writers for a project, and was I in.  I said yes...obviously.

Fast forward two and a bit years later, and I am writing as to why we have chosen Ryan ‘Moneyshot’ Lindsay as our character for this week.  Purely and simply – this site would not be here without him.

Many of you would not know of the efforts Mr Lindsay puts into his writing.  He works a regular 9-5 (plus some) job, and in the time I have known him he has gotten married, stolen my daughter’s name and placed it on his son.  He wakes up at 5am every morning to cram in as much writing as possible.  He openly offers advice to those who ask for it, and works harder for his craft more than any person I know.

But alas, something had to give.  This Why? Is one that I hoped I had never had to write, but it is one that I had also hoped I would have to.

‘Moneyshot’ is leaving us as he has many exciting projects coming up – career advancing projects. Projects that have a very high possibility of propelling him into the comic creator stratosphere, like some thing that is propelled.  Not a propeller though.  If you are not familiar with his name, you will be soon.  Trust me on that.
So I present to you all, the tenured writer’s send off to our leader.  May he kick all kinds of ass, and thumb us a couple of bucks as he drives past us on his way to writing godhood.

Ryan, from ALL of us here at Thought Balloons, both past and future – thank you for bringing us together.  Thank you for our knowledge and friendship, and thank you for helping us all become better writers.
And thanks for the protein chain around my neck.


P.S – Ryan and I were at a war to see who would be the first to drop a week at Thought Balloons.  As such, I will not be posting this week so that we may both be losers together. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.



  1. I am beyond flattered and impressed. If Ben could organise this in his first week as my puppet leader then I think he'll do a great job.

    First person to make me cry with their script gets a NO PRIZE.

  2. But...I'm not writing a script. Dammit, I wanted to make you cry!

  3. I like how you've craftily kept me from writing this week as I can't seem that self-obsessed as to do it, ha.

    But if you want to, you can write one up, mate. The Quickening is rightfully yours. I'm sure your terrible skills would make me cry :)

  4. RKL - Always there - James Lindsay

    Classic 6 Panel

    Panel 1

    Baby Ryan is learning to walk while his 2 older brothers watch on.

    Panel 2

    Child Ryan is about to ride a bike with training wheels down a steep hill while his older brothers nod on in encouragement

    Panel 3

    High School Ryan is showing his older brothers a certificate he has won for the NSW Maths Competition. They have very proud looks on their faces.

    Panel 4

    Ryan is standing at the alter with his 2 brothers beside him as his bride approaches. All have massive smiles on their faces.

    Panel 5

    Ryan is on the phone holding a brand new bouncing boy. His hair is wet with sweat and his eyes have a mixture of fear and shame from what he has seen. His brothers are on the other end.

    Panel 6

    Ryan is walking through a bright golden door with one hand above his head holding a comic.

    Very proud of you bro!!! Don't forget who taught you to wipe your a$$


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