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01/21: New Site!

Hi guys, I recently launched my brother-in-law and my new site, Comic Rehab. This site is a pain in the ass to update since it's really shitty and isn't using Wordpress, so don't count on any updates here until I redesign it. In the meantime, all my comics will be updating on Comic Rehab, so change your bookmarks!

Archives of old comics, including ones that are now Out of Context, will stay here for the time being.

12/31: Rise of the Great Pumpkin Part2

Thus continues this tale of christmas absurdity.

This comic took an inordinate amount of time - almost every panel was as much work as I usually put into an entire comic. I ask no thanks for providing a comic that is six times as much work as a regular comic, but should you feel generous... well I don't really have a follow up for that since I am a bum with no shop or donate button or anything professional like that. I suppose you could send me an email, and I look forward to checking my inbox for your nonexistent communique.

Steam has their holiday sale on, so I rebought FEAR. The graphics are showing their age already, especially with my spiffy new widescreen LCD monitor, but the atmosphere is still well worth the purchase.

12/23: Rise of the Great Pumpkin Part1

Thus begins a special saga that will be going on for some period of time that I haven't yet decided. I do have alot of content, but I don't want to start celebrating Easter before the story arc ends.

Credit for much of the comic goes to kpenguin, who spells his name purposely without any capital letters, for which I often spell with capital letters if only to spite him. He created the story and herded the bunch of us together to play the roleplaying game that went along with it. Pictured are all the characters that participated - I played the Adorable Snowman. Stay tuned for their continuing adventures.

12/13: Momentary Confusion

Whelp, blew my load so to speak last week, and I have no comics this week.

I have been spending an inordinate amount of time on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, which I recently bought on Steam for $2.50. My knowledge of the game had been limited to 'it's good,' based on anecdotes from a variety of places, so even the fact that it was based on d20 systems came as a pleasant surprise. The game is in fact ridiculously awesome in terms of just the gameplay - it's a great compromise between the 'you control only you and only change the general behaviors of your one ally' of Neverwinter Nights, and the anarchic ridiculosity of manually controlling all 6 party members in Baldur's Gate - plus it gives a nice amount of gear customization without being completely overwhelming.

The sheer amount of NPC interaction present (and the fact that it's all voiced) is just astounding. The story itself is good - I would say 'great' normally, but the big jerkoff story twist was ruined for me when I stumbled through Wookipedia searching for a quick answer to a game question that I had. Suffice to say, don't ever go to Wookipedia if you are playing a Star Wars game and don't want major game plots to be revealed by casual statements strewn throughout it.

I have so far taken breaks from the game only to eat, sleep, work (and only when I couldn't get away with playing it at work) and making this comic.

12/06: The Great Escape Part5

Two weeks without an update but I actually have a pretty good excuse this time. I've been avoiding telling people about it because it's a subject that automatically monopolizes a conversation and it feels cheap to do so, particularly since I don't feel the sense of loss that people expect with a statment like 'my mom died the week before last.'

Why is it that everyone asks 'Are you Alright?' when someone close to you passes? It's not like someone is going to respond with something other than 'okay,' even if they aren't. Yet I found myself saying the same thing to my family. It's a lack of things to say. Maybe I would have had something better to say if me and my mom had had a better relationship and I could actually empathize with everyone in my family's feelings.

So it's been a long time since I actually reviewed more than one webcomic. (Who needs segues? Let's just collide with the next topic). I've told you about MSPaintAdventures multiple times, but according to a google search through my website I never told you about Epicsplosion, a space-themed comic inspired by it that kept with the branching storyarch that MSPA abandoned some time ago. It's got some nice shiny art and a nice sense of humor to it, but it doesn't have much of an archive built up quite yet. Something maybe to keep an eye on.

Secret Mystery Diary is from the same maker of Kinikofry, a comic that I previously mentioned at some distant point in the linear past. There are very few Journal Comics that I read that are not superior to mine by some unfathomably large margin, so I'll skip the normal bit of self-hatred and despair. Like Kinikofry the art is highly amusing and entertaining, and tends to be a bit washed out with a limited palet, while still remaining visually striking. It's not funny so much as just interesting - as most journal comics tend to be. I'm fascinated by how other webcomic authors live their lives so I'm an easy sell.

Princess Planet is strange, but not in any mind blowing way. It's a pretty standard serial strip with a good chunk of random that orbits around the central character, Princess. The art is mediocre but clear, the jokes are okay but there's alot of them. Not a bad comic to spend a couple of hours on, but nothing to change your world.

The Port is a bit more of a find, but once again nothing to change your underwear over. The art is crisp and storyline is solid. Three bullies, The Givers, find themselves recruited to destroy the incoming forces of evil. It's fast paced, smooth and enjoyable.

A Path to the Greater Good is the featured webcomic today though, and it's not just because I actually kind of know the guy that does it. It's a sprite comic, but the sprites are drawn by the artist and are fairly high quality (if you are somewhat forgiving about hand/arm proportions). The comic also starts with a fairly blunt dialogue method which eventually changes for the significant better, so if that's your only complaint about it, know that it gets better later. As for the actual story, it follows about three different characters - Burke, Tobi and Noah. Each of them have a small supporting cast and follow their own storylines.

Tobi is my favorite - she's an action girl from a desert land of monsters who finds herself in a strange foreign land. She's a decent fighter, has a healthy rebellious instinct, tinkers a bit with inventions and gadgetry, and is generally sassy and smart. Noah is an unlikeable little shit who thinks he knows everything, and upon discovering a unique power thinks he's gonna take over the world a la Code Geas. Burke is the most fun character- a superman adventurer with an IQ that comes and goes like the wind. It's a fun comic with a good sense of humor that gets better and better as you progress along (except for the Noah segments which you may just want to skip through).

11/19: The Great Escape Part4

Let me sow you a tale of disillusionment and disappointment.

I started playing pokemon soon after it came out - although just after they had started releasing the patched versions of the games that had removed some of the more common bugs. I loved them - I played every version of the game that came out - I even played a couple of the versions twice. Once they released Pokemon Stadium, with it's better AI and artificially inflated pokemon stats, it naturally led me to minmaxing. I learned the best pokemon types, the best stats, the best moves (although I didn't find out until later that there was a whole extra level to the game that I had been blissfully and probably blessedly unaware of).

Pokemon Crystal was probably the pinnacle of my pokemon obsession. You see, Pokemon Stadium has a collection of 'Registered Pokemon' that ship with the game that you can use in pokemon battles. The problem was that they grossly inferior (both in stats and learned moves) than their imported-from-GB cousins. In Pokemon Crystal I resolved to make level 50 versions of every available pokemon that were actually good to be used in pokemon battles so that I could play awesome competitive battles with my brothers and sisters in full epic 3D. At some point (probably around hour 500 or so on the cartridge) I abandoned the goal, as a new generation of pokemon had come out.

By the time Ruby and Sapphire had come out, my attention span to pokemon was waning. It was just another bunch of pokemon afterall, some of which seemed to have the exact same roles and general shape as pokemon that already existed (Swellow? Another 3 stage normal/flying high attack/low defense high speed bird pokemon, Nintendo? Really?). There were some neat new gimmicks - berries, beauty contests, Double Battles. It was really just more of the same though.

Soon, Pokemon Coloseum games came out. It even had a new story compared to the games. An Ex-Team-Rocket agent? Stealing pokemon and cleaning them of 'darkness?' Only double battles? Starting out with a pair of awesome pokemon?

Fuck.

Yes.

Such enthusiasm was of course short lived. It coasted me through the remains of Ruby and Sapphire, although there was no headlong rush to get to 100.

At the tail end of the generation, Pokemon Coloseum XD came out. What was to follow was a disappointment. The game was pretty much a copy of it's predecessor, except it was less interesting. No crazy awesome anti-hero straight out of Total Recall who stole his machine from a criminal organization. Just another loser kid, handed his experimental machine by an old stooge. It had a few cool post-apocolyptic vistas and neon undergrounds, but all frankly underwhelming.

And then I saw it. On a trip to visit some kookie professor's house his crazy assistant pops out, telling me I cant' get in. When I insist, the pushes a button and the yard opens up to reveal a HUGE FUCKING ROBOT with him in the top.

JESUS CHRIST I think to myself, imagining all of the episodes of the accompanying show that ended pretty much every episode with Team Rocket blasting off in their latest building sized contraption. I'm gonna get to fight something other than a pokemon in a pokemon game.

And then it throws out 2 pokeballs.

It was there - that exact moment, that the magic died. I played a bit more after that, but eventually I got wiped by some random guard dude, and would have needed to go grind up my party to pass him. I never got the motivation to do so. And for years, despite being surrounded by adult friends picking up emulators for the games just for nastalgas sake, I couldn't bring myself to look at a pokemon game again.

Until this.

Wow, I can see you thinking. That was an awful lot of setup for a webcomic. To that I say - yeah that was pretty long winded. Jesus christ, what is wrong with me? I'll bring it up with my shrink next weekend. It'll be on the list just after dealing with my inability to express myself without sarcasm and unrelenting obnoxiousness, and my inability to express love.

Anyways, Nuzlocke (a handy cross reference of Pokemon and Lost, if you are an idiot like me and don't realize it right away) is a comic LP about a run through pokemon with a set of special rules:
1) You can only catch the first pokemon you find in each region. If you don't catch it, you don't get a pokemon until the next route.
2) If a pokemon faints, you release it. That's right - Faint=Death.

If you don't play pokemon much, I'll summarize: this is pokemon HARDCORE MODE. An Ironman Run, so to speak. I've actually started running a version of this myself in Pokemon Emerald, and it does add quite a bit of enjoyment I must say. So many lost friends.

Well this wound up being a huge post, so I'll save other webcomics for another, less therapy oriented blog post.

11/08: The Great Escape Part3

I have a few webcomics to talk about, but my friends are waiting for me to play League of Legends, so stay tuned next time!

11/01: The Great Escape Part2

So the Halloween Resolution starts off with me making excuses. Last week was a big conference for work, so I postponed what was supposed to be Thursday's update for today. The plan is still to have one go up this Thursday as well, but...

Well, November is National Writing Month (their website is down as of this posting), which I have been looking forward to participating in since April when I entered Script Frenzy. I have lots of bits and pieces of story that I want to try to get on paper, so I may be pushing the comic slightly to the side on that. Don't worry, I still plan to make weekly updates, but bi-weekly updates may have to wait.

I came across The Intrepid Girlbot after it was linked on Gunnerkrigg Court (the traffic from which is probably the reason it was down when I first checked it out). It's nicely polished art, and I'm a sucker for robots, but it gets confusing at times (particularly during scenes that focus on Racoon). I actually preferred the earlier strips which were mostly nonsequiter scenes of the titular character rivetting flowers to her head or picking up butterflies (and accidentally shocking them) - scenes that invert traditional imagery of the kind with cold 'wrongness.' That is, before they showed that Girlbot is dominated by self esteem issues of being a robot.

It's actually a issue I take with most robot-focused works - this need to be human, rather than simply accepting what they are. It would be far more interesting to me if Girlbot was unaware that anything she did was wrong, and continued to fry butterflies and ruin flowers but for some program she was given to do so, unaware of the disturbing imagery her imperfect attempts at mimicry created.

10/25: The Great Escape Part1

So this comic is late. Like really, really late. There are several reasons for this, only one of which is even remotely passable as a valid excuse so I'll give you that one.

My video card, an old 8800 GTS crapped out on me. I've since replaced it with a new EVGA GTX 460. The problem is that this new card can't run photoshop nearly as well as my old card. It stalls out every 10 seconds while I'm drawing. I put the blame mostly on my venerable Windows XP operating system (although my 3-year old ram and CPU may also be bottlenecking it).

I also managed to accidentally close this file without saving after it was 90% colored, so I had to start the color from scratch. >.>

Anyways, barring some additional technical problems, I've reapplied myself to go back to the twice a week schedule. Call it a Halloween resolution. Didn't want you guys to wait three more months before I got my ass back on track (all two of you).

10/04: It Lies Beneath

Anyways I was talking to some friends and the topic of some good, polished, complete and story-driven webcomics came up. I was quick to mention a few that have managed a place in my compendium, and a few others were suggested that are personal favorites that I was not sure the target of my list would be happy with, and in the midst of everything I was pointed to some comics that I was not aware of.

I'm not talking about those today though. What I thought initially was a new comic was actually one I had seen before and passed up. That comic was Inverloch. The comic is by Sarah Ellerton, and is even hosted on Seraph-Inn.com, the home of The Phoenix Requiem, which is probably one of the first comics that would come to mind when the topic of mind blowingly good art, immersive world building, and solid pacing and writing in comics come up. So I started reading Inverloch (again), and started to get a sense of familiarity. And then I started to get the sense of the horrible pacing and floundering storyline. I started skipping 2 out of 3 panels of dialogue and the comic /still/ seemed to drag on too long. Most of the second chapter is devoted to retelling what happened in the comic's prologue.

Now, it's not actually uncommon for me to dislike one peice of work from an author, but adore others, and visiting Inverloch had another, hidden bonus - it showed me a comic that was not there last time I dropped by The Seraph Inn - Dreamless. Dreamless is not actually written by Sarah, only Illustrated by her. And by god did she illustrate it. This is art unmatched in any webcomic that I've ever seen. And it's written by the guy who wrote Marry Me, another personal favorite webcomic. The result is a romance with an unorthodox obstacle - a young girl and a young boy who've known each other since birth but live on opposite sides of the world. In the 1930's. Saying anything more would spoil the big reveal, so go check it out. It's a short comic.

09/23: Keep this Quiet

I've been spending inordinate amounts of time on the game Recettear, if it wasn't obvious from the comic above (or if you don't happen to be aware of all Indie Japanese games). If the game's news page doesn't sell the game for you, I might suggest checking out this informative ad.

I've read Kinokofry awhile back, although like many comics I haven't kept up with it. Recently after being directed to it from a guest strip in Nedroid, I became aware that she had since started a new journal comic. The comic has alot of polish, but it also manages to relate to me alot more than other comics I've seen thus far. Her environmental consciousness reminds me of Cat and Girl, but on a much more human, rather than satirical, perspective.

09/13: Rise of the Cameos

I lost my pineapple notepad that I write comic ideas in. Truthfully I've been ignoring those ideas for awhile dismissing them as unfunny, but reading through it and realizing how shitty all those old ideas were became a critical step in my writing process!

09/06: League of Complaining

I'd been itching for a way to do a League of Legends comic without trying to make some obscure comic that no one would understand - now if you don't get the reference, you can at least get a mediocre joke along with it.

I've gotten addicted to the Facebook game City of Wonder - a kind of social network version of Civilization. I've been playing it far too much so I'll probably get burnt out on it pretty soon.

08/27: Downer Comics

The laptop was a gift from a friend, so while it didn't technically cost me anything, I also doubt that I could claim insurance on it without a reciept. Plus it was like 10 years old, so even so they would have only paid out like 20 bucks.

I've been reading Schlock Mercenary. I'd been linked to it on numerous occasions, but each time i'd go to a place in the archive that either 1) was too involved in the story so I felt lost or 2) involved characters that were too flat and relied on implied violence for laughs. I finally went back earlier in the archive than the place I kept getting linked and I actually found that I could tolerate it a bit better. This hinged on the titular character Schlock not behaving like a simple violence obsessed disgusting blob (he seemed to actually have motivations, wit and the occasional dry retort) and a decent story hook (he was missing his eyes).

I might be tempted to go all the way back to the beginning of the archive (braving the horrors of what seems like MSPaint art) with a new appreciation for the characters.

08/16: Old News Comics

I am now fully caught up with Scary Go Round, Gunnerkrigg Court, and Girl Genius, all of which are old favorites that I had been putting off and had managed to gather up a few years of backlogs. Now I just need to prepare myself to go tunnelling through Sluggy Freelance again...

I'm actually not aware of how widespread knowledge of the Itunes eula thing is. I suspect that there is at least 10% of people on the interwebs that has not heard of it, hopefully more. That way the comic is still funny. Otherwise it is dumb. For those who have not seen it before, it is a real thing.

Next week will be a more clever comic, I hope.

08/09: Ursidcentricism

I am responsible for a crime.

No, not armed robbery. This time. No, I am guilty for not having even visited John Allison's website since well before he ended Scary Go Round to start his new comic, Bad Machinery. Bad Machinery manages all the lovely slice of life banter mixed with silly subdued magical-creature related detective hijinks that I fell in love with in Scary Go Round but does it with a new round of yungins. And this group is every bit charming from the start - unlike the fairly undynamic duo that SGR started with but was quickly replaced with by the lovely Shelley Winters.

There are many other webcomics that I will attempt to find attonement for neglected for so long, but I can only get so much redemption scheduled in between drawing this comic and wasting hours upon hours playing League of Legends.

07/27: On Costumes

I blame a missed Thursday update and a late Monday update completely on League of Legends. Not as a simple, addictive game that encourages skirting duties, but as a malevolent, machiavellian construct that exists solely to dissuade me from performing my sworn duties.

Besides that, I've just been working, drawing, and keeping up with MS Paint Adventures.

I'll post something more when I have something of material to say.

07/19: Phobias

A return of the hidden frame. I will try to hold myself back from overusing it.

The creature pictured was actually made for the characters I play in Imperium Nova. You can see more about the exhaustively detailed biology and culture on it's wiki page.

If you don't want to fritter away you're time on pointless things, then this isn't the blog for you. But if reading made up alien cultures isn't for you, then you can always check out a new comic discovery: The Toilet Genie. It's a decidedly less disgusting and infinitely more beautiful comic than it's moniker would otherwise suggest, and the archive is fairly short if you prefer comics that you can keep up with, and not have to worry about days long archive binges. FYI it's about a dog that's turned into a human, so if you can't stand that idea, it's probably not going to win you over.

07/15: Tolerance

I've been roped into League of Legends recently, the game that developed out of the Warcraft 3 mod Defense of the Ancients. The game is completely free to play - they make all of their money from premium content that only allows players unlock a specific character all the time, rather than be limited to the pool of the week, as well as bonus content like character skins. The game was addicting before they made it ten times better.

07/12: Running Late

Between actively participating in several Roleplaying Games, what's become an unhealthy addiction to Advance Wars, and trying to work on concepts for a graphic novel, I haven't had time to read any new comics. I've barely found time to catch up on any of the couple hundred that I have already.

I think someone stole my laptop from the back of my car while I was still learning about my automatic locks. It was free, but it was still a laptop. Now if I'm doing a roleplay on IRC and I have to go to the bathroom I have to take a break. It's a real drag.

I'm thinking of looking into some tablet PC's. I don't really want a laptop gaming rig. It would be nice to be able to draw form a laptop but I honestly can't afford a second main computer. So that leaves just using it for internet browsing and PDF reading, so a tablet is the way to go. I doubt that I'll be getting an IPad because I simple am too cheap to buy an overpriced feature whore of a machine.

07/10

Here you are, a colored Revenant Seal instead of two Out of Contexts.

Not much else to say. Not feeling too well after donating a triple unit of platelettes this morning on 6 hours of sleep.

07/02: Out of Context Adventures

I finally caught back up to MSPA, after literally an entire day of reading - split over 2 days so I could fit some work and sleep in there. The increasingly outrageous scope of MSPA continues to astound me.

I doubt you'd like to hear what I thought of Mad Max after seeing it for the first time, or hear news about how the ordeal involved in getting my car's passenger side mirror progress, so I'll leave you with a short post.

06/29: Odd One Out

Spent most of today working on The Revenant Seal, but was not even close to finishing coloring as the deadline for the comic approached. On the bright side, it gave me enough practice using the Pencil tool instead of the Brush tool in photoshop that when I went to do this comic I could color it in with just the Paintbucket tool, making the production time on this strip tiny (I already had the script done).

It feels lazy doing this art style, but I think these chibi comics are better than my normal ones. At least if I have less time to do them.

06/25

Depending on your perspective it was either good or bad that I wasn't in the mood for another OOC today and decided to start work on another The Revenant Seal strip. They are quite a bit longer, and I usually put alot more work into the color, so you just get lineart today. Come monday, I'll either have this one colored or I'll get a new journal comic up.

Spent today trying to catch up on the latest MSPaint Adventures. I am continually surprised at how well the artist manages to tie the story up considering it's audience driven.

06/21: Godwin's Law

I bought a new car. Well a 'new' car. My old one was an 07 Toyota Corolla. I bought it with 24k miles on it - it had just shy of 50k when it was wrecked during the trip.

I wanted another corolla, so I went shopping - it came down to an 09 Corolla with 35k miles for 12,700 or an 06 with 84k miles for 10,000. I opted for the 06 because I wound up bargaining the guy down several thousand dollars. I only realized after the fact that I had bargained him down from an outrageous price to a reasonable price. I probably should have gone for the 09. It's not a huge deal, since it was an S model, so it's nice and sporty looking and has most of the features that the 09 does - but I'll probably wind up paying alot more maintenance in the next few years, and the warrant isn't going to last nearly as long.

It still runs and looks great though, so I'm still happy with it. We'll see if I'm still happy next year when the transmission explodes or something.

Where did I find Shrub Monkeys? It was in the same recommended webcomic list that I found Para-10 and Happle Tea. Ah well. It's another journal webcomic, this one illustrated significantly better than my own (not that it's saying much). It's pretty hit and miss at the beginning, but it's really polished now. Other than that, there's not much to say.

I do like finding webcomics by women. See, while I love the idea of equality of the sexes, logically I'm constantly reevaluating whether something that I want to be true actually is true. I mean, there have been multiple studies talking about how certain sexes excel at this, certain sexes excel at that... one at logic, the other at multitasking. There is no end of comedians who love talking about how manipulative and double speaking women are while men are all simple-minded bear drinkers who love football. When I find a webcomic like Shrub Monkeys or Dar or Awkward Zombie, it reinforces my beliefs that women don't fit easily into stereotypes, sometimes even actively dislike them, and can be just as quirkey and weird as I am.

/rant

06/18: Product Placement

It's late. Wasted the afternoon watching the Laker game (lost 2 bucks on a betting pool) and then watching old episodes of Burn Notice. I do not guarantee the quality of the above comic.

06/14: Addendum

Still wrangling with my insurance company over my car. They think it's a total loss, which is actually good. Were they to try to repair it, I would be paying 30% of the cost, in addition to my deductible because of some stupid policy they have about preferred body shops and since my car is still in Texas. FYI, if you have Anchor General for a car insurance company, leave. Quickly.

Been awhile since I've done some webcomic news. I found Para-10 off of a random list of webcomics from another webcomic (which was more mediocre). I'm a sucker for experimental art styles and nature walks (it reminds me a bit of my Gray Matters comics, in fact) so I fell in love with it. When I found out that it was actually a reboot of an older strip, I fell in love with that one too. Para-10 follows Pavaline after she's separated from her brother during a storm. We find out about all the supernatural aspects of her world as she does. There are aspects of both strips that I like better than the other, but both are worth checking out.

06:11: A Tale of Two Cons

I trust this monster update makes up for the lack of updates for the past couple of weeks. I'm rushing to finish this up, I'll have a better update come monday.

05/27: Hijinks Elude

I am linked to many things on many occasions - and when someone links me a website that is full of nothing but large swaths of text, there's never really an incentive for me to set aside a large amount of time to check it out. This is still the case for Clarke's World, a sci-fi story web-azine (is that a word?) that sits on my bookmarks tab, unclicked, with only webcomics about fantasy battles and pornographic robots to accompany it. I haven't checked out the pornographic robot comic yet, so I can't vouch for it's quality. Don't judge me for having it in my bookmarks when you can more easily judge me by pornographic comics that I have actually read and really like.

I seem to have lost track of things there. My point was, long ago I was linked to a wiki for the SCP Foundation. Confronted with a giant wall of text in the midst of a social gathering of actual people, I was disinclined to check it out. When linked again, months later, from a friend in IRC I was in a more receptive mood for large blocks of text (seeing as how I was in the middle of communicating in a text only medium with several dozen people). I was immediately drawn in by an elaborate, detailed archive of an organizations experience with a vending machine that dispenses a large variety of different liquids, be they coffee, liquified bread, or distilled medical knowledge. Unfortunately, this fairly long and intriguing article was actually only a minor, comical part of a much larger mythos. A mythos that has stolen perhaps 15 hours from me in two days. A mythos which I have taken perhaps a large bit of, but, like an iceberg, remains 99% uneaten.

In some part of the world, that metaphor makes sense.

05/25: Bobby and Ozzie

Awhile back, I watched an anime called Bokurano, billed as a giant-robot-anime deconstruction. I was warned ahead of time that the anime was an afront to the manga that it was based on, but I heeded not these warnings. By the end, I felt it was an interesting series, with an interesting concept that more or less was paced too slowly and had a poor, thoughtless ending. I recently started reading the manga though, and I am amazed at how different they are - entire characters are unrecognizeable between the two mediums, and I realize just how little of the manga translated to the screen.

05/21: On Mary Sues

Both of these characters (Aurora by me, and Grimfist by someone else) are in a message board game I'm playing in where every character is a Mary Sue. One of the difficulties in writing in a single continuity where there are multiple sues is that many of the defining traits of the Mary Sue - namely their ability to bend other character's opinions, or the entire world and plot, in their favor can't apply. You start using things like unexplainable superpowers, unnecessarily tragic backstories without consequences, and gratuitously beautiful/badass looks.

Well, it's late, and I have more Advanced Wars to play.

05/17: Improv Comics

Happle Tea is mediocre through most of it's archive, but has a few gems - particularly the latest ones. Happle Tea plays with mythology and religion of various cultures. The non-sequitive, non continuous comic follows Lil K as he talks to a handful of recurring characters and a much larger collection of mythological or historical beasts and figures. It's a pleasure to see how the art progresses, as well as the writing.

05/13: New Frontier

I have more detailed portraits of the elf and the dwarf on my Deviant Art page. If my use of a free social networking site drives you to an unquenchable rage, rest assured that I use it infrequently.

Went through my bookmarked webcomics and didn't find anything of note. Butternut Squash, while illustrated fairly adeptly, is fairly juvenile. Despite a fairly long archive, the strip has not managed to move beyond it's simple pretence of it's author avatar character not being able to get any sex. Most of the other characters are sharing this experience with protagonist. Those that aren't have comical relationships with women that don't have faces.

I actually read No Pink Ponies before, which explained why the strip was so familiar when I went back and started reading it again from my bookmarks. It's made by the artist of Marry Me, which remains a very solid graphic novel (that can be read in it's entirety online for free). NPP is quite a bit more squishy. The main character Jess is a female geek who has a crush on a comic book staffer. Her character does not get more complicated than this. Around Jess are a plethora of two dimensional characters. It hasn't updated since 2008 so I guess it doesn't matter either way.

While I was complaining of mediocrity, someone linked me Manly Guys Doing Manly Things. It has very few comics, since it started just this past february and only updates about twice a month, but it is fantastic. One of the few cases of a Video Game comic that isn't just a PA clone.

05/11: Imma Tired

I've been getting headaches fairly often now. They get better if I take my glasses off. I've been suggested that I have my prescription checked, but I'd say it's more likely that I just haven't been getting enough sleep.

Supernormal Step is a fun comic. It's not particularly funny, so it makes up for it for having very solid art, characters, story and world. It's something I should probably look into doing (*cough* The Revenant Seal *cough*) instead of working on a mediocre journal comic. Maybe when I'm confident that I can keep up a schedule on a more ambitious project I'll start updating it again.

Oh, I'm falling off topic. Supernormal Step follows Fiona, a woman who was dropped into a parallel dimension where geography and history are similar to her own native earth, but everything else - including technology, magic, and the presence of strange magical creatuers - is different. In a world where there are no guns, but relatively nonlethal magic is abundant, superheroes are common. The 'super heroes are common' angle reminds me of a tamer Plan B, but manages it's own feel.

I could go on, but, as mentioned earlier, lack of sleep. See you thursday.