Being sick with Day 5 of Kill Me Now has really affected my comic creating. I should have next week’s comics up as usual, but this is your “it may not happen” post.

In other comic news, updates may be sporadic starting in May. I’m proctoring exams for my hub’s school (gods help them), and in June I’ll be preparing for Comic Con Seoul in August.

Non-comic news: It’s a buddy-o-mine’s birthday today, and he’s streaming some glorious fun today at 11:30 a.m. EST. He will be playing Hearthstone and Dauntless, so be sure to check out the fun and give him some birthday wishes!

Did you know that certain chemicals used in sunscreen harms coral? From a UCFToday article by Zenaida Kotala (2015):

The researchers found that oxybenzone, a common UV-filtering compound, is in high concentrations in the waters around the more popular coral reefs in Hawaii, and the Caribbean. The chemical not only kills the coral, it causes DNA damage in adults and deforms the DNA in coral in the larval stage, making it unlikely they can develop properly. The highest concentrations of oxybenzone were found in reefs most popular with tourists.

I bring this up because Hawaii is looking to ban coral damaging sunscreen. Much of our coral reefs worldwide are dead and gone, but we can do our part to help the coral reefs we do have, and perhaps revitalize the delicate ecosystem it provides for other marine life species.

What you can do:

Laura Wagner from NPR wrote that “the U.S. National Park Service for South Florida, Hawaii, U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa recommend using ‘reef friendly’ sunscreen (those made with titanium oxide or zinc oxide, which are natural mineral ingredients) and wearing clothing and hats to protect the skin from the sun.”

So protect yourself from cancer with these oxybenzone free sunscreen brands (notable brands picked from this slideshow on Livestrong):

  • Badger Sunscreen Cream, Unscented, SPF 30
  • Sunology Natural Sunscreen for Body, SPF 50
  • Thinksport Safe Sunscreen, SPF 50+
  • Tropical Sands Sunscreen, SPF 50
  • True Natural Neutral Sunscreen, Unscented, SPF 50