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Your Spine and You by kevinbolk Your Spine and You by kevinbolk
Read the NEXT "I'm My Own Mascot" comic here.

Hiya, gang! So I'm finally back from my forced 2 month hiatus brought on by my recent spinal injury. Over the next few weeks, I'll be giving you a humorous look at the particulars about what happened during this time. But first, here's a massive, full-color public service comic (with good ol' Dr. Ooven-Schtooven) to help you to avoid the same mistakes that landed me in a whole lotta back pain.

"Dashing" in this strip is actually based on my good buddy, Wes, over at Scary Crayon. He was one of my many friends who came by to hang out and help me while I was stuck in bed. He's told me on several occasions that his biggest dream since we've met was to have a cameo in one of the "Mascot" strips, so here ya' go, buddy! Don't say I never did anything for ya'!

Seriously though, thanks to Wes, all of my other dear friends, and you guys for being so helpful and supportive while I was out of commission. It's great to be back!
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Stettafire Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I had (and still do) some problems with the base of my neck. I find that sitting over a desk while drawing is really bad, but since I have been drawing on an easel, the pain is gone. I have also been strecthing and excersising a lot more:) In our modern society back problems seem to be more freuqent beacuse people (like me, studying for a degree in computing) sit hunched over their laptops all day. 
I used to be a dumbass :P Not anymore:)
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shadowdelta47 Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I've been going to the chiropractor for years....yet my back is a train wreck due to laziness.
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:iconjmuth561:
JMuth561 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
Dumbass...
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:iconspikeramos:
SpikeRamos Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
I'm a dumbass...
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:iconwakawakapow:
WakaWakaPOW Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh heh. "Dumbass thinks he's He-man".
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6Phantom6 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
That spine puppet is bringing back horrific memories. But it's good that we can all benefit from your pain. Way to serve the community! We salute! :iconsaluteplz:
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lobogalleta Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very educative and funny, just the perfect way to learn. :D
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WhiteLynx57 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
XFD I"m lazy but I'm not THAT lazy. Lolz this is some priceless stuff man.
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:iconobeliskgirljohanny:
Obeliskgirljohanny Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
you're not that lazy are you?
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ChrysophylaxCreates Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Snorking unabashedly here...so funny!
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Vigilo Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Writer
Hi - this is just to say, I used the title of your amazing piece in a poem of mine, for #TheTitlePage's contest, over here! If you'd prefer for me not to use it, please let me know, and I'll change it immediately. Thank you! :heart:
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CelestiaLily Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Ugh, I'll be needing a scoliosis surgery in a few months...

I guess I'll have to follow these rules when I'm recovering, although my school seems to think that 20-pound backpacks are the norm for homework. (Gah!)

Spiney is really freaking creepy... O_O
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Yourpainitamusesme Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I am Dumb-ass all the way. I also got a back injury, ignored it for a couple weeks, and while waking down the hallway to the principals office, collapsed and laid there for a half an hour.... -__- no one came looking for me....
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MetaLatias5 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with panel 18, I don't see the negative either XD
also I'm a dumbass, too XD
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disneydamsel98 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
why on earth were you carrying a lawnmower up the stairs??? is itbecause you wanted to comedicaly drop it on someone???
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:iconconspir:
conspir Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist
Panel #12 is the definition of America. LOL
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emerald-dragoness Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I *love* the dumbass panels. They made my day.
And the 4th panel with the spine going all creepy evil on us was terrifying. ._. I promise I'll do everything Mr. Dashing does!!


Loveddddd it :D
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libraxbunny Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i do all things dumbass does. But i lay down on my bed when on my computer. i still spend hours on end in at my desk though..........................
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ForegoneConclusion Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I had to go to the ER last night because I moved couches by myself... I was thinking of this comic the whole time.
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XxXXzZ Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it bad that the only thing I could think about when reading this is why on earth someone would need to carry a lawnmower up a flight of stairs? There's no grass to mow on the stairs...
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ToastWizard Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
Maybe he has a lawn on his roof!
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Minken Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Did you really collapse in the middle of a parking lot? O__O
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victory1945 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i like the fourth panel.
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disneydamsel98 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i made a small scream when i saw that panel but couldn't stop laughing when i read it
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victory1945 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
same here.
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RoninZylle Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
As someone who has worked in places like Goodwill stores, where extremely heavy furniture and appliances are often donated, I have to say this comic is incredibly accurate. I have not yet met any Dashings -- mostly just Dumbasses.
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SUG4RD3MON Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
In this I would be the dumbass all up to the carrying a lawnmower up a flight of stairs.
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SaphireCruz Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Did you really collapse in a parking lot?
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:iconheroud:
heroud Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Omg, so many truth on this comic.
Thanks, Kev!
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TiggyTy Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
lol
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Bluelisamh Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Student General Artist
:) Hope you are on the road to recovery. Very informative. I can totally relate ( for me it was a fateful trip to the hairdressers instead of the car park) Note to readers: NEVER ignore the warning signs, like numb toes!
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Kechuna Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
did that parking lot thing really happen?
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:icon54viruses:
54viruses Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Wow... I need to post this in the office.
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:iconroninzylle:
RoninZylle Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, me too.
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Ch3rriCh3rry Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol xD
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Gyrin Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
...That was priceless material right there :D
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ParaChomp Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
Just realized, nice socks and saddles.
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PeachPrincessToadsto Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YAY! :lol:
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PeachPrincessToadsto Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think I'm one of the dumbasses.
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HeroGear Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
Funniest, most informative webcomic I've read!
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:iconizucatdrawing:
Izucatdrawing Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Cuz you're the herooooooooo!
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YyanaOni Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
Did you really collapse in the middle of a parking lot? :(
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EEAE-fan Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
OMG I love comic so muc- ARGHH MY SPINE!!!!
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SunsetDaughter Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
I'm studying medicine, and when I just saw the spine, I just remembered all the stuff I learned there... so ... true. (talking about the ways you need to take care of your back) Thanks for making my day :3
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Musakcritiq Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Student General Artist
I do all those except the sit ups (which i enjoy)

note to self: 100-200 sit ups a day xD
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Fangirl-45 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Reminds me of Goofus and Gallant. They were comic characters in some kid's magazine, and they were pretty much exactly like this. Except with slightly less cussing and a bit more photorealism.
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Fangirl-45 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Gah. Comments, why are you never on the right pages?
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:iconsierra627:
Sierra627 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
this is hilarious XD

glad you're better
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ForeverIrritated Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I learned something...
-Nneth
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aktigerlily Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
bahaha that was great :D
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