Every once in awhile the internet can do good things. It’s not often, but once in awhile the stars seem to align and good things can happen. On February 15th 2018, the internet did just that. The planning began months in advance, Co-President Kim Belding took the lead to create a day to honor the highly esteemed Co-President of the Root Beer Party Jon Esparza. Not only is Jon the Co-Founder of the Root Beer Party, but he is also one of the most tireless promoters of it’s members and just webcomics in general. He is always there over on twitter @Joncrazytweets bringing encouragement and even a measure of exposure to a veteran comic genius as well as a newly discovered talent.
He has created challenges and contests which have kept the webcomic community engaged with each other and really became a driving force behind the unique sense of comradery which underlies the webcomic community. It seems all the other internet groups are torn apart by factions and divisions over any such nonsense, but Jon has given us a Co-President which has united us rather than divided us, and it is to this man that we intended to pay tribute.
We expected a small turnout, maybe 10 to 15 people and what we got on that fateful Thursday was overwhelming. It seemed that everyone was stepping up to acknowledge a great guy who always had time for a positive word and a funny comic. It is often easy to overlook the impact that one person can make in the world, but every now and then we are reminded of the impact that one positive and encouraging voice can make. So Jon, Today we mark #VivaBubblefoxDay and we all lift a hefty, frosty mug of Barq’s Root Beer for you. But Don’t take my word for it, here’s what everyone else said:
We began the day at midnight with a message to Jon to be on a lookout for the #VivaBubblefoxDay hashtag and a triple posting from the Official Root Beer Party Account. A quiet beginning to an amazing day. Then the posts began:
It seemed like the comics just wouldn’t stop coming in. Jon’s phone went down several times due to notification overload as the technology struggled to keep up with the plethora of art which flooded the internet. It was a great day in the annals of Root Beer Party history and we are marking it here today in the Official Root Beer Party Records. So for everything you have done Jon, For the Root Beer Party and for always having a witty or friendly or encouraging word: We thank you. Your spirit of generosity has inspired our little “Ragtag” bunch of comic creators and turned it into a massive group over 150 strong, dedicated to making the world smile a little bit each day, for little reward and a lot of effort, the Root Beer Party continues to reflect the values and principals of it’s founding member. So lets all share some comics and a root beer with the world. So let’s raise a frosty mug of Barq’s root beer to Jon Esparza and recite The Official Root Beer Party Motto: “For the Glory of Comics and Root Beer!”
As for all the doubters out there, this is the power of a “True Believer,” And as always, until next time, “May your mug always be frosted and your root beer always foamy.”