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Hello, kids. SLG's editor-in-chief Jennifer de Guzman here to bring you some news and allay fears that are possibly floating around. As you might have heard, the SLG office had a run-in with a drunk driver. At about one a.m. early Saturday morning, a drunken woman plowed her car through our front doors and windows, taking out part of the store and our editorial and production department. No one was in the office at the time, so no one was hurt. We don't anticipate any significant delays in production or shipping.

We're still a little dazed, but we're tough SOBs here at SLG, and this hasn't come close to knocking us over. We'll just need a little time to clean up and set things in something close to resembling order. As Dan just said to me, "You can drive a Honda Civic through the heart of our business, and all that we'll say is, 'Hand me a broom.'" Thank you, everyone, who has exressed concern for us.

And, treats: Witness the carnage!

This is the far end of the office area, a good distance from the entrance. On the right is production assistant Eleanor's desk. On the floor on the left is my desk. My computer lies near the wall. My scanner is in the foreground in the right corner. My Spooky lends a nice sense of the ridiculous to the whole situation.

Amazingly, the scanner seems to have survived, as did my computer and all the juicy data it contains, against all expectations. SLG Prez Dan Vado was that sure the hit my computer took was a killing blow, but it seems the Mac G4 is tougher than we all thought.







The production station. Note the Bill and Ted's comic books scattered around. We're glad to report that none of them seem to have been damaged. They're still near-mint!
Our store. It's hard to tell in this picture, but this is where the Milk & Cheese comics were. We think the Dairy Products Gone Bad would approve.

The outside corner of Dan's office. The damage to that corner seems to have been done when the woman put her car in reverse as she attempted to flee the scene.

That is where our front windows and doors were. It's always a nice feeling to come to work and find yourself greeted with yellow police tape.

Skid marks on our carpet and linoleum.
Glass on a shelf in Dan's office. There was a large shard on his chair, too. Have you ever seen that part of The Omen where that guy gets decapitated with a pane of glass? Yeah, we have too.

Amazingly, the chrome front on my computer, which is handy for checking my make-up, suffered not a scratch. This is the most significant damage to my G4, a few cracks and scratches.
Some of my toys didn't fare as well. My Seven Gods were torn from their base, and one of them is still missing. Lucian lost his head.

Part of the contents of my desk went into cardboard boxes. I'm not sure why I had Zim t-shirts in my desk
The rest of my stuff went into this cart from the orders department.

I thought it would be fun to take a picture of myself as I sorted through my stuff. Okay, so it's not that interesting, but, yes, that is a feather boa in the background there.

Our art director, Scott Saavedra, stopped by to have a look. Here he's pointing and laughing at the skid marks on the floor.
One of the things on my desk at the time of the crash were some blueline proofs. Here is the chewed proof for Bear #1, titled, appropriately enough, "Bear Hurts."

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dwerenat
Mar. 8th, 2004 05:11 pm (UTC)
As long as Lenore wasn't hurt... *G*
koujaku
Mar. 8th, 2004 05:55 pm (UTC)
That mess somewhat resembles my room...good luck at clean up
a_cycle_broken
Mar. 8th, 2004 06:02 pm (UTC)
what a fuckin moron. "oooh let's get piss drunk and drive! WHEE! LOOK MOMMY A BUILDING!!!"

At least no one was hurt, I'd be distraught. :sobs for the injured SLG offices:
figbot
Mar. 8th, 2004 06:21 pm (UTC)
This is a tradegy! It will take awhile to clean that up.

Interesting news this is.
tuliptoe
Mar. 8th, 2004 06:28 pm (UTC)
Glad you guys are all ok. What a freak!!
molossidae
Mar. 8th, 2004 06:43 pm (UTC)
I wanted to drive by and see what the damage looked like on Saturday, but when Christopher posted the news in his LJ(or..when I saw it) it was only a couple minutes before I was leaving to go up to the mountains.
ianbrill
Mar. 8th, 2004 06:48 pm (UTC)
Note the Bill and Ted's comic books scattered around. We're glad to report that none of them seem to have been damaged. They're still near-mint!

Thank God. Thank God. Thank God. Thank God. Thank God.
mamahahn
Mar. 8th, 2004 07:02 pm (UTC)
Holy mother!

Are you sure it wasn't a sneaky artist dressed as a woman?!
*CoughThatCloselyResemblesJhonenOrRoman*

Just kidding <3

I hope all goes well with the recovery.. tough G4! w00t!
lostraven
Mar. 8th, 2004 07:08 pm (UTC)
Glad no one was in the building at the time.
Looks particularly nasty. If nothing else, it
will certainly make for good tales to tell at
the next comic convention.

Take care, guys.

-Shawn
morfiend
Mar. 8th, 2004 07:41 pm (UTC)
holy ol jesus. im glad you guys didnt get hurt. i almost had some driver run into my house a few months ago. the dumbass said he was trying to avoid some dog on the street.
she_is_a_zombie
Mar. 8th, 2004 08:11 pm (UTC)
~Balls on that~
plattcave
Mar. 8th, 2004 08:17 pm (UTC)
Damn......
Well, at least she hit a building, and not a person.

Good luck on the cleanup and repairs.
algoreatemybaby
Mar. 17th, 2004 05:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Damn......
too bad it hit a building and not a person...
nubsofwrath
Mar. 8th, 2004 08:30 pm (UTC)
damn i want tiremarks in my house
sk8outsidedabox
Mar. 8th, 2004 09:08 pm (UTC)
Aww Poor bear...

But im glad nobody was hurt, because that would have been bad...really bad...
nikki_star
Mar. 8th, 2004 09:58 pm (UTC)
Well, at least no one was hurt ^^;;
mostly_painless
Mar. 8th, 2004 10:23 pm (UTC)
Poor Lucien! So calm and collected and then off with his smart, pointy head.

xdarkxsunrisex
Mar. 8th, 2004 10:27 pm (UTC)
dude, what a dumbfuck. Atleat your week was a bit more exciting though, right? always gotta look on the bright side.. I hear this moron was on her first day out of jail, for a previous charge of driving while intoxicated. What the crap!?!
stitch_vicious
Mar. 9th, 2004 06:10 am (UTC)
"I hear this moron was on her first day out of jail, for a previous charge of driving while intoxicated. What the crap!?!"

Unfortunately, some people never learn. Hopefully, they'll have this woman breaking rocks in the hot sun for this heinous act.
wolfenm
Mar. 9th, 2004 07:22 am (UTC)
And all the more reason to be glad no one was hurt, too -- what IS it with the judicial system?? The place across from me was robbed by a guy who had 5 previous B&E convictions! Oh yes, let's spend our time harassing the soccer mom who drove 3 miles over the speedlimit because she was running late and didn't even realise she was being a tiny bit lead-footed for all of 10 seconds, but let's let sex offenders, petty thieves, and drunk drivers commit the same crimes over and over and over ...

And the thing is, if she HAD hurt someone, they still would continue to let other drunk drivers (and maybe even her!) run about willy nilly with little more than a day or two in jail and no rehab, eh?
kayjkay
Mar. 14th, 2004 11:53 am (UTC)
I have a worse story. In our neighborhood, a woman with several DUI convictions was getting suicidal. So...what does she do? Takes a fucking liter bottle of vodka in her car, drinks to her hearts content, and then drives down what we call "the grade" into another city, and hits and *kills* five teenagers who had stopped on the side of the freeway to fix a broken tire.

So what happens to her? I mean, thats involuntary manslaughter charges right? She gets off, and is seen drinking and driving again several months later. WTF?!
jdeguzman
Mar. 9th, 2004 11:02 am (UTC)
As I understand it, she had just gotten her license back after having it suspended for either reckless driving or drunk driving.

Your icon is truly, truly disturbing.

-Jennifer
xdarkxsunrisex
Mar. 9th, 2004 05:01 pm (UTC)
Crazyass. I admire the fact that you can all laugh at it, and not let it get you down, I'd have shit my pants.
jdeguzman
Mar. 10th, 2004 02:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, we're those certain people that Morrissey knows:

We look at danger and we laugh our heads off.
flemco
Mar. 9th, 2004 07:19 am (UTC)
O_o
Holy fackin' cow!

A) Glad, and I mean REALLY glad you folks are okay.

B) I sent you folks a package back in Nov, and now some swamp-stomping little part of my brain insists that the inebriated hooligan smashed into your offices, where her bumper caught my first SLG submission and knocked it out into the street. I coulda been a contenda. DAMN THE HONDA!

C) Have the police thoroughly discounted any possibility that this was a gangland-style hit by Fireman Press Ltd? Was the driver of the car yellow, and non-human? I know that SLG has trod on some toes over the years, and it's not unthinkable that one of your competitors could have hired a woman to go out drinking in her... Honda... with the express mission of... on second thought, it is unthinkable.

Hope the cleanup and repair goes smoothly.

J. Grant
====================================
BEFORE ANYONE GETS IN A SNIT, YES, PARTS B AND C ARE, IN FACT, A JOKE. PART B IS NOT ANY ATTEMPT TO HARANGUE SLG INTO ANY KIND OF CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT. THEY HAVE BETTER THINGS TO DO RIGHT NOW.
jdeguzman
Mar. 9th, 2004 11:05 am (UTC)
Re: O_o
Do not fear. The shelf where we keep our slush was not in the trajectory of the Honda.

Who the hell is Fireman Press?

-Jennifer
flemco
Mar. 9th, 2004 11:12 am (UTC)
Re: O_o
The folks who do SCUD.

Slush indeed. Harrumph. ;)
flemco
Mar. 9th, 2004 11:18 am (UTC)
Re: O_o
Aside: "She talked to me! Squeak!"
ladylynx
Mar. 9th, 2004 09:29 am (UTC)
Bleed her dry! Muahahahaha!
sporks_rule
Mar. 9th, 2004 10:00 am (UTC)
I just heard about this through one of the Jhonen communities. I'm really sorry for all of you guys that this had to happen. Glad that no one was hurt, but I see how this can hurt the company just a tad bit. Will the company be able to get anything from the woman's insurance company? I hope she pays. Good luck cleaning up the mess and trying to save what you can.
kinucakes
Mar. 9th, 2004 11:05 am (UTC)
Was the Tiki room destroyed?
moskyok
Mar. 9th, 2004 01:17 pm (UTC)
The Tiki room is completely intact, as is the shipping department. It's only the offices that got trashed. My desk, Dan's desk and Eleanor's desk all came through just fine. Jennifer's desk and the scanning station are both timber. But new desks are already here and waiting to be assembled. And one scanner and the important computer (Jennifer's, natch) got scratched up but still work fine. So it's pretty much back to normal (at least until the construction guys start rebuilding the glass storefront and the wall of Dan's office. o_0)

Thanks for your concern, but don't worry. We are still capable of producing comics and waffles. As long as that's true, no one can stop SLG.
latexiron
Mar. 9th, 2004 01:02 pm (UTC)
Slave Labor Offices Before Attack Slave Labor Offices After Attack

 


Seriously, I'm glad you're all OK. I'm sorry if you think my sense of humour
is twisted, but I'm one of your customers. What did you expect?


flemco
Mar. 9th, 2004 03:27 pm (UTC)
THAT'S comedy.
jdeguzman
Mar. 10th, 2004 02:33 pm (UTC)
No, you're pretty much on the nose, there. "The mess? Oh, yes, please excuse the clutter ... errr ... um, you see ... it was a drunk driver! Yeah... a drunk driver hit my desk. Heh."
i_eat_ri0tgrrls
Mar. 9th, 2004 01:30 pm (UTC)
*shields her eyes from the horror*
Poor Bear...:(
stillvisions
Mar. 9th, 2004 03:42 pm (UTC)
As I suggested to christafa you need to put a "no parking" sign up in the office as a memorial.

That and keep the tire marks. Hope the rebuild goes okay, and that there's some insurance money forthcoming from the driver.
rstevens
Mar. 9th, 2004 08:52 pm (UTC)
between the smashed macs and the crumpled comics, my heart skipped a beat!
khyuffie
Mar. 10th, 2004 12:04 am (UTC)
Resembles my room... actually, looks better :O~
electricsinboy
Mar. 10th, 2004 01:55 am (UTC)
i'm really glad nobody got hurt.
then my laughter would make me feel guilty.

(Anonymous)
Mar. 10th, 2004 09:22 am (UTC)
I'm glad you're allright guys...

:)
Gerry A
divalea
Mar. 10th, 2004 02:02 pm (UTC)
Truly impressive. Glad no one was hurt except for Lucian.

Now tell me, on a scale of one to ten, ten being highest, what your level of WHAT THE FUCK was when you first saw the mess?

jdeguzman
Mar. 10th, 2004 02:36 pm (UTC)
When I eventually saw it, the mess was mostly clean up -- what I saw was the boarded-up front of the building, and I had a huge "OH HOLY FUCK!" moment. I thought that someone had broken in and stolen all of our computers. And then I thought that it was somehow my fault.

So I was actually kind of relieved.
vampyrekitty666
Mar. 11th, 2004 11:43 am (UTC)
first thing i saw when i clicked that link was my name lol.

Eleanora heh


anywho, thats a terrible mess. its a good thing no one was in there when it happened
nobodygetsme
Mar. 12th, 2004 12:35 am (UTC)
Avast ye heathens, for thee shall know a new meaning of vengeance and wrath for the decapitation of the great Lucien >:o

Excellent Omen reference too, and good luck with the rebuilding! *Yay for insurance monies and all new and better stuff* =)
the_red_light
Mar. 12th, 2004 02:59 am (UTC)
awww :(
No-one was hurt. thats whats important :) id help you clean Jennifer, but sadly being in the UK doesn't help.
onebyone
Dec. 14th, 2004 06:21 am (UTC)
Link to you image
Hi. You don't know me, but I've temporarily linked to one of your images (smash.jpg) from this page of my own: http://www.eschatonic.org/misc/bureauclasm. I found your image via a google image search.

Traffic will be very low (a handful of hits over the next few days), and I won't be using it long-term. If you'd prefer me to take a copy of your image (or not to use it at all) then let me know and I'll deal with it straight away. Otherwise, thanks for the unoffered assist and I hope everything worked out OK with your office...
onebyone
Dec. 14th, 2004 06:21 am (UTC)
Re: Link to you image
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