Foolish Child #100 🎉

This comic, I realize, sounds almost like a finale or a goodbye. It is not meant to be either of those things, just a little celebratory “hi” and a big thank you to everyone who has spent time venturing to this little corner of the Internet to interact with Foolish Child over the past couple of years.

I don’t often say much just as myself, outside of these drawings, but I want to express my appreciation for all of the support, comments, and love I have received from folks in the Autostraddle community over the past five years. This wonderful place has kept me creative, even when I lacked the energy and the motivation and the headspace to want to be so. This place has kept me going through so many untold stressors in these past five years, not the least of which was having a baby (going on four years old now!) and pushing through the wilds of postpartum.

Throughout the years, I have lost the time and energy to keep up with far too many of my favorite things to do. This community and this comic and all of the friends I have made through being perpetually online (and sometimes offline, A+ Camp!) has not only kept me drawing and writing, it has helped me grow as a creative and a person. And I am eternally grateful to every single person I have met and interacted with along the way.

Thank you all again, so very much. <3

Against a rainbow background, Dickens waves and says HI! They are excited to celebrate 100 comics, which they are declaring as "the best of times, and the GREATEST of times." In celebration they drew comic versions of their two editors at Autostraddle, Heather and Carmen, and thanked them both for "all their support and encouragement in rooting me on and lifting me up through the years." They end with their hands up and hearts drawn above them, "Love Alana Dickens, Foolish Child"

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I am a queer coparenting mama to Dickens Jr. Doodler by day, 911 dispatcher by night. All my favorite shows look better on Tumblr. I am two years and 450K words deep into constructing a fanfic called Ages and I'm never giving up on it. Bering & Wells.

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  1. You got me and Carmen both crying like lil bbs over here! ONE HUNDRED! Dickens, congratulations, my friend! You have made this world and my life a better place, you’ve made me think harder, dig deeper, laugh more, and wish like heck I had as much style as Junior. Here’s to a hundred more and a celebratory sushirrito and wine!

  2. I think I’ve hit you up on every platform where I know how to find you, but I cannot say enough: Congratulations on #100!!! Thank you for making Autostraddle better with your wit and talent. Thank you for sharing yourself with us.

    (And thank you for the Puerto Rican flag in my earrings, every detail just blows me away so much more).

    Ahhhhh! I’m still just overwhelmed! Sending you a lot of love on your anniversary day, Dickens. You deserve the world.

  3. dickens i have loved your comics so much! i was already emotional at this panel and then scrolled far enough to see the little heather and carmen faces and LOST IT. thank you for sharing parts of your life with us for the past five (!!) years, i am so truly grateful 💛

  4. Five years and 100 comics! That’s amazing. Congratulations Dickens.

    And thank you for pressing on during those stressful moments and for always bringing light and wisdom to Autostraddle.

  5. I’m always excited when I see a new Foolish Child because I always find your thoughts really insightful and interesting, and expressed in a way that’s clear and funny. Hooray for number 100, long may they continue!

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