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Archive for May, 2010

Before Finder’s

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

So, you may be wondering why no new page this week. Well, I’m in the middle of moving. Finishing up, really. I thought that I’d be done with it all in time, and truth be told I managed to pack up my entire life and relocate it in about 3 days. However, unpacking and sorting through the riff-raff has proven to be far bigger a chore than I imagined it would. And with, Animazement this weekend, I just don’t have the time to get a properly finished page done. There will, however, be a new page next Tuesday, so minimal interruption to our story will occur.

In the meantime, I found some awesome drawings from half a decade ago amongst my papers when I moved. These drawings, and what turns out to be about a paragraph and a half of text give me a brief glimmer of an idea for a story I apparently had before I dreamt up Finder’s Keepers. This story was ominously given the working title of “Project Jericho” and followed a priest/hunter/mage apparently named Malcolm Connelly. This project never went very far at all, as all the notes and memories I have of it are brief world outlines rather than anything resembling plot. Malcolm apparently could see and interact with Angels and Demons who played their unknowable games for the souls and fate of humanity in a city somewhere in Europe that I had code-named “Wall.” Obviously I had just read Neil Gaiman’s Stardust and was using “Wall” as a placeholder to tell me how the city was a crossroads of the real world and a world beyond and was super important. I’d come up with a better name later.

I’m not sure what all the tattoos on Malcolm’s skin are. Possibly they are magic seals or circles necessary to work his magic. Perhaps they are brands. Perhaps they just look cool. I do seem to recall thinking that the elaborate ones across the twin scars running down his shoulder blades might be seals to bind his own angelic properties, having perhaps fallen from grace. Who knows? The girl Rachael, I think was supposed to more or less play the part of being a familiar face for the audience to connect with, but the story (whatever it was) was Malcolm’s and not her’s specificaly.

I remembered the drawings of Malcolm that I did. This man who is somehow a cross between the brothers from the Boondock Saints and Harry Dresden (though I had not read the Dresden Files at the time). And I remember thinking how he was kind of a prototypical Cardinal. Not Cardinal, but enough of the vague ideas that made up this man were ideas that went into the creation of Lord Cardinal, Aspect of the Primary Directions. But what shocked me was the drawings of Rachael and the creature. I had forgotten I had done those drawings. While Rachael doesn’t look particularly like Cailyn, there’s something very much like her in Rachael’s expressions I think. And then there’s the three words that were written next to the drawing of that creature:

Torment of Darkness

I mean, wow. A whole year before I had dreamt up the Umbra I had drawn them for a completely different project. And then forgotten I had ever done it! I know I’ve been obsessed with monsters made of shadow for a very very long time. I personally find the dark quite terrifying if I let my imagination contemplate what might be just out of sight. I have a very vivid imagination. Yet I had totally forgotten I had drawn this thing, this thing which is so very much like the Umbra.

It’s really amazing how you have ideas that lurk in the back of your head, desperate for a chance at getting out. And perhaps the first time is not the right venue. Perhaps they need to noodle around in your subconscious a bit longer before they become the awesome things that they are meant to be. I think this is super cool, and I wanted to share it with you guys.

I hope to see you at Animazement this weekend!

Attention Forum Admins

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Right, so. I am highly displeased. Through either intentional malice or accidental good intentions, I’ve managed to be banned form my own forums. This is UNACCEPTABLE. I’m posting about this because lo and behold I was trusting and communicated with my admins mostly through the forum private message system and I can no longer find their actual email addresses. So, here’s the deal.

Either I get unbanned in the equivalent of 30 internet seconds OR…


Am I clear?

Fix it.

Panel Panel Panel

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

A quick hello to everyone visiting from Three Panel Soul. Hi.

In other fun news, do you guys remember my brother Cole (last panel)? Yeah? How could you forget? Well TJ learned bass and now truly rocks out. Check ‘em out, maybe you’ll like ‘em. Right now, the band Seven Days Past, is part of the Battle of the Bands and is striving for a shot at performing at Warped Tour. So, VOTE for them! Clicky Clicky!

I’ve also finally given into demand and in addition to the Twitter feed I started up a while back, I now have a Deviant Art account. Why? Because everyone asks if I have one. Chicken and Egg. If things go as planned, you guys should start seeing more sketches and doodles of mine in addition to my finished pieces and, of course, comic pages.

I need to go pack now. Moving. More news as it develops.

Not Dead

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

So, I’m very much alive and well. I know some of you have expressed concerns over this. Obviously I need to update this blog bit more frequently. So, MTAC was really awesome despite all the rain, and no it affected me almost not at all. I did not get trapped, or rained out, or submerged, or drowned, or anything like that. I cannot say this was true for everyone else in Nashville that weekend, but I was pretty damn dry despite the weather. I really should get one of those wicked awesome Bladerunner Umbrellas or something. All the flooding seemed to be primarily located to the west/north/south of us, but to the east (where I was headed back home), the roads were still open and passable. Though the road the con was on was flooded out down the opposite direction, so it was a little dicey. But chance and fortune favored me and I got out of there perfectly safe.

By the by, if any of you guys can help out Outland Armor I know they’d really appreciate it. As an extremely small business (like myself) crap like this is utterly devastating. It’s devastating to anyone, but when literally your entire livelihood, everything you’ve ever built washes away like so many tears in the rain, it’s just… impossible to imagine. Now, I believe that most of the Outland crew have day jobs (unlike yours truly) but still. Also, they rolled up in a bus, and that’s just fucking amazing.

In other news, Iron Man 2 is pretty slick. It was borderline on the “excessive number of important characters” that comic book movie sequels seem prone to, but it handled all the personalities (many of them very scene-stealing) quite nicely. Kudos! Marvel is seriously pimping the shit out of this Avengers movie though. I worry slightly. Anything pimped this hard has a difficult time delivering.

Trailer wise, it looks like a lot of cool stuff is coming out. I hate to say it, but the Last Airbender Movie looks pretty awesome. Despite being a huge fan of the cartoon, and being very wary of Hollywood doing anything with anything I love, AND being taken vaguely aback by the darker tone and questionable casting job, the trailer looks like an awesome movie. It probably will let me down, but I can hope that it’ll be just as excellent as the show. Though I doubt we’ll have enough time within the 2 hour time constraint for the characters to show us why it’s as amazing a tale as it truly is.

Last note for this update: I have T-shirts again!