DAN STINEHART: Comic/Graphic Artist


Love Wins

I never thought this day would come, but I now can finally walk down the aisle, given of SCOTUS’s recent decision to make same-sex marriage legal in the United States. While this doesn’t resolve the other issues needed to be addressed, it is for the most part the first step (of many) toward equal rights for me and the rest of the LGBTQ community.

Not a lot of people in this country realize this but we Native Americans practiced equal marriage centuries before colonization. The term “two-spirit” is what I identify by and ever since learning about it nearly two years ago, I have never been prouder of my indigenous heritage since then.

One day I’ll find the Niiji-Inineg to be part of my life (or Ojibwe meaning “my fellow man”).

Until next time!


Navigationally Awkward: WordPress Panel Theme Issues Edition *UPDATED*

UPDATE 2 (6/17/2015): I finally updated the new page! For those who want to check out the archived comics prior to the July return, you can do so by heading to the below link:


Natively Awkward also has a Twitter if you want to follow that too: @NatAwkComic

UPDATE (6/16/2015): After contacting WordPress Support on the below issues, I might have resolved it based on their suggestions. I’ll continue to upload the archived strips on the new page and see if it goes smoothly. I’ll also update the page as I continue to rebuild the webcomic from the ground up.


For the past few months I’ve been encountering troubleshooting issues with WordPress(.)com’s Panel theme, then again I’ve been having issues with WordPress(.)com in general of late. First of all, I had to deactivate ~Natively Awkward’s former page due to the mistake of “I shouldn’t have went with a domain purchase” seeing it kept the page in idle unless I paid up for the following year to keep it afloat. The alternative options I may have chosen would have exacerbated the problem instead of resolving it, therefore I made the ultimatum by pulling the plug altogether.

Despite creating a backup WP browser page, for some reason when I made various attempts to published the archived strips, the navigation buttons would be completely messed up. Or in this case, the first strip lacked any navigational options whereas the later strips would omit ‘NEXT’ altogether. (This also reflects on the arrow keyboard commands per strip.)

Then comes the browser site’s forums page which made matters worse due to the fact it seems to aim more towards the plugin than anything else which doesn’t make sense in some sense, if any. I have no idea what they’re talking about as far as permalinks and Jetpack go seeing I’m unable to find either on the Admin’s setting or whatever. And so on and so on.

At this point, I’m beginning to question whether I should continue using the WordPress browser for this and future comics projects if such frustrations persist in the future. It’s weird that it’s this particular theme I’m stressing with the most and if it continues then I may have to consider other possibilities where I’ll move the webcomic to next.

A July 2015 return may not come to be (or at least delayed for a bit) unless I find out any resolve over this. So, until next time…


Hart & Usagi Podcast #63: Game Boy Advance

Originally posted on HartKnight's Archive:

On this episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we welcome back Dan (first time since ep. 52) to chat about the Game Boy Advance along with other news items as per usual. All this plus your feedback!

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* Dark Souls II
* 5 Video Game Reboots That Never Should Have Been Made
* Smash Bros. vs. Mortal Kombat pro scene
* Steam community-created content now for sale
* Valve abandons paid ‘Skyrim’ mods on Steam
* Comcast officially abandons Time Warner Cable merger plans
* Nintendo backs off of bringing Super Nintendo games to Wii U
* PS4’s P.T., a Teaser for the Next Silent Hill, Being Removed Soon
* Silent Hills Cancelled, Konami Confirms
* What Is the Value of P.T.?
* 10 Lamest Video Game Characters of…

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UPDATE re: ~Natively Awkward 1-year post

Original blog post for those who missed it:


Apparently I’m having technical issues migrating the comics to the newer WordPress page to the point I’m giving up trying to do so. The main issue I’m having is wondering why [NEXT] is omitted in some of the strips and despite the number of deletions and attempts resolving the issue, I can’t figure out why this is the case. Until then, I’m going to see whether the domain of the former may/will affect the content already posted and if the possibility its reverting back to (dot)wordpress(dot)com doesn’t affect what I already posted, then I’ll stick with the webcomic’s original page henceforth.

You can follow me as well as the webcomic on Twitter as well for further updates on this, if you’d like. (I’ll update this post on any developments in the next few days.)

@JiibayDan @NatAwkComic

Until next time,


~Natively Awkward (belated one-year anniversary + updates)

Seeing my current domain for my webcomic has expired, I [may] have no way of recovering the site page nor do I know how when a WordPress paid subscription comes to a close. Ahead of time, I documented the comic upload dates and created a back-up page WITHOUT domain subscriptions, just to be safe. For those wondering, here is the new link:


(still under construction but will be updated immediately)

Speaking of which, it never occurred to me until recently that said webcomic celebrated it’s ONE-YEAR anniversary! April 12 to be exact. I know I haven’t been active on the comic here and there and it has nothing to do with my lack of interest. Based on my ongoing experiences with webcomics and even conversing with some of them during that time, I never imagined it would be this much work in terms of [attempting to] keeping it at a pace. And that’s considered a positive in my part.

Nevertheless, I have so many ideas with the characters and what have you and am willing to explore into them as I continue this side project of mine. I have other comics projects in mind but just like any career, don’t start out big, start small in order to reach the big (if I’m making any lick of sense on the matter).

Comic 13 should be done sometime by the end of the month/early May and will try to work on at least one or two a week to maintain my artistic/creative juices; regardless of Indian Time/Native Time/Whateveryouwanttocallit Time.

Until next [see above] time!


@JiibayDan | @NatAwkComic