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Further Thoughts

July 3rd, 2012

Yeah, wall of text on the “update.” And not the update anyone was hoping for, I’m sure. However, its what I think needs to happen, at least for now. I’ve still got a bunch of conventions I’m going to be going to this year. By all means, do come out to them and voice your displeasure and sadness to me in person.

Connecticon July 13-15th, Hartford CT

Otakon July 27-29th, Baltimore MD

SPX Sept 14-16, Bethesda MD

Intervention Sept 21-23, Rockville MD <– this one is a small and intimate con, so you’re sure to get maximum “whyyyyyyyyy?!!!” time with me.

AWA Sept 28-30, Atlanta GA

NYCC Oct 12-14, NYC NY

Nekocon Nov 2-4, Hampton Roads, VA

I will answer what questions I can. Thank you all for your understanding and being the best audience a guy could ever ask for.

I’m excellent at worrying people.

May 9th, 2012

Just a quickie update: I know it’s been too long coming, but I’m alive. I got Alice worked out (turns out my wireless card was being stupid). I’m not dead! (thank you for your concern though. nice to know I’m missed) I AM working on the comic, and I hope to have it updating again in the next couple of weeks. I know. More waiting. I’m sorry, I really am. In the mean time I’m slogging through the work that pays the bills as fast as I can. I will be back soon I hope. And I think it will be worth the wait. Thank you all.

If it’s not one thing…

March 7th, 2012

Hey guys. I know you’ve been missing the updates, I’ve been missing them too. My office space has been under renovation for the last four odd weeks, and it’s finally done. A lot of that time I was doing cons, true, but the last two weeks I’ve been relegated to a portion of the dining room table, which let me tell you… is not a proper work space. That really threw a kink into my system, and if that weren’t simply bad enough, now that I actually AM set back up semi-properly and truly raring to work, my darling computer Alice has gotten something mucked up to the point where so much of her processing power is in use that my cursor skips, effectively ruining any hope I have of doing art. I’m working on resolving that problem.

Assuming I can IT my way out of figuring out what driver error is causing between 5-15% of my CPU to be eaten up by System Interrupts, even then I am facing a mountain of backlogged commission work. I love doing this comic as much if not more than you guys love reading it, which is quite a lot based on some of the emails I get. However, I owe my clients the work first.

I am sorry that you guys are having to put up with delay after delay. It drives ME mad, and I can only imagine how disappointing it must be for you who have supported and encouraged me all these years. Please rest assured, FK isn’t dead. I’ll be back to update more. I’m just having a really bad bout of shitty timing right now. I’ll be back as soon as I can.

End of the Chapter

January 24th, 2012

Just a quick notice for you guys, so you don’t think I’m leaving you hanging: between the prepping for my first cons of the year and being sick, I threw off the emperor’s groove. This is even worse because I’M the emperor. I’m quite discontent.

HOWEVER! There should be an update this Friday, and again on Tuesday the 31st, which should wrap up this chapter and set us up for even more shenanigans! Dun-dun-dun! Be forwarned, I am going to take a short break to catch up on my writing and a few other projects, so Chapter 7 should begin on the 21st of February. Which incidentally is right after Katsucon, the last of my winter conventions. So we should be ready to roll back into things.

I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching lately, but I won’t bore you with that nonsense. I believe I’ve still got a few sneaky awesome tricks tucked up my sleeve. Soon to share with you all.

The Internet and Congress

January 18th, 2012

So, at this point in time if you’re not aware of SOPA and the PIPA legislation you must be living in a cave, or don’t use the internet at all, and so aren’t reading this anyway.  So I’m not going to bother explaining either of these bills.  You know what they are.

On the bright side, they’re effectively dead.  What supporters they have have backed out, opposition is rampant, hell even the White House is set to shoot them down if the House or Senate were to pass them, assuming they still have the numbers to make that happen.

Unfortunately, while these particular bills seem unlikely, this is not the first nor is it likely to be the last time such things will be proposed.  Which is troubling.  I understand the concerns of intellectual piracy.  Piracy is wrong.  Period.  Don’t try to defend it to me, such arguments are fallacies.  However, having a stranglehold on the distribution methods is not an acceptable answer.

There is a better way.  I don’t pretend to know just what it is, but I like to think that I am part of something that may just figure it out.  Webcomics give their content away for free.  I have to wonder, what would happen to sales if  Hollywood used our business model?  What would happen if a movie was released, officially, free for your viewing pleasure online with simultaneous release in theaters?  Would theaters really suffer?  As it is, no one really likes going to the movie theater.  It’s always full of noisy people interrupting your viewing experience, sticky floors, and that one drunk dude who inevitably pukes up his popcorn.  But maybe, having seen a film at 1600×900 pixels, Jeff would gather up his six best buddies and go see what he now knew for certain to be an awesome film on the big screen, and BE HAPPY to pay the $12 for the privilege.  Having seen the film for free, perhaps sales would actually spike.

Maybe that’s a fantasy.  I don’t pretend to know for sure.  But I have to say, the only way to really prevent piracy is to change how people feel about paying for content.  If they don’t know, or think it’s crap, or simply don’t care they’re not going to shell out.  But for quality, people will pay through the nose.  Changing people’s minds is the only way to bring about change.  No law, no regulation, no penalty, nothing will make things change until you change their minds.  Change their minds.  Make them care.

So how do you make an audience, a market, care?  You open up.  It really is that simple, as far as I can tell.  The most successful production companies are the ones that put themselves into their product, and truly wish to share it with their audiences.  When you put up pay walls and lock things down with regulation and excessive licensing, you push people away.  You give off the impression that you want to keep whatever media you’ve created for yourselves, that you only begrudgingly allow others to see it because they’ve bribed you with money.  Is it really so surprising that there are those who wouldn’t think twice about sneaking a peek without paying up?

I don’t know how to end piracy.  I don’t know if my business model translates to any other media type.  I don’t even know if the webcomic business model is a viable model writ large.  Perhaps it’s only rare exceptions who make it work.  But I do know, without hesitation that I, as a consumer, will eagerly pay top dollar for media I enjoy and/or enriches my life.  And the harder it is for me to acquire my beloved movies and books and music and comics through official channels, the more likely I am to walk away.

And so in parting thoughts, I shall sum up the business model for the new millennium in four easy steps:

  1. Make it Awesome.
  2. Make it Accessible.
  3. ???
  4. Profit.

New Year, New Page, New Wallpaper

January 3rd, 2012

Annnd 2012 is here! Woo! 2011 was a year of ups and downs. When it was good, it was great. When it was bad, it was really bad. I’m looking to cut out the bad bit in 2012 and just keep with the good stuff. There’s a lot of great things in development, I hope to be able to share them with you soon. Until then, rest assured there will be an update today (the 3rd), it’s just going to be in the PM.

Also: I found the pencil work for a wallpaper I had intended to post OVER A YEAR AGO to coincide with the new website design. Ha. I should know better that to schedule shit around how fast I can get something coded. Anyway, I finished it up, and it looks AWESOME.

New Page Friday

December 20th, 2011

Oops. Sorry guys, I meant to post this earlier. I was out of town this weekend to pick up my grandmother so she could spend Christmas with us. So the comic has been delayed slightly. There’ll still be an update this week, but it’ll be on Friday. Updates should continue on a Tuesday basis after that. Thanks for your patience, and happy holidays to all of you!

Holidays on Clearance

December 14th, 2011

Hey folks.  I just found out that the vast majority of my T-shirts are now on clearance sale over at Shark Robot.  So, there’s no time like the present to pick one up.  Treat yourself or someone you know who is sadly lacking in awesome witty t-shirts to a fine screen-printed witticism this holiday season.  They may not be around much longer.

Updating Again

November 29th, 2011

You may be wondering why I seemingly spontaneously dropped the comic for about a month.  Yes, I had several events to go to.  Yes, I had and still have a fair bit of paid work to catch up on.  In the end, the updates stopped because this comic became intrinsically tied to a very serious bout of depression.  I’m better now, for the most part.

I’m updating again.  We’ll see how it goes.

Supergirl, Super Fine

November 18th, 2011

To minimize the differences, I’ve gone with Supergirl as our female superhero up for a sexy make over.

Supergirl has always been one of those characters that doesn’t really have a lot going for her except being the female version of Superman.  And that’s all well and good, but it really has lead to her really seeking an identity as a character, which you can see in frequent wardrobe changes throughout the years.  Unlike the iconic Superman uniform, Supergirl’s costume changes practically with every story line, artist, writer, title, crisis, or drop of a hat.  Most of the designs wind up being more or less Superman’s uniform but as a dress.  Some of them get more creative than others, but ultimately she always seems to come back to “what if Superman was a girl, and a cheerleader?”  I think we can do way better than that, and skirts don’t exactly scream “superhero” to me.  So lets see why I made the choices I made in her new sexy red and blues.

The Hourglass figure is the predominant shape that most people agree says “sexy lady,” so I wanted to emphasize the the width of her bust and her hips, but NOT her shoulders, as we did with Superman.  Going in the OPPOSITE direction, we extend the Super S delta across her breasts and downwards away from her shoulders.  This, emphasizes her bust, but minimizes her powerful manly shoulders (which are a result of being crazy strong).  We use the same darker-blue ribbing we did with Superman (to keep to a stylistic theme) to visually minimize her waist and show off her ever sexy abdominal core.  Everyone admires a nice pair of abs, male or female.  To emphasize her hips, we give her a wide, low belt, which also makes her red briefs seem briefer than they actually are.  As we showed with Superman, nothing’s sexier than a bit of skin, so we keep her thighs bare, and give her an off the shoulder neck-line.

I’m going to pause here, and address why I did this, because I think it’s worth stating.  Whereas men have sexy arms, women have sexy legs.  For whatever reason we have it in our heads that strong legs are feminine and strong arms are masculine.  I’m sure there’s an explanation, but I don’t know it.  But regardless of why we think this, we do.  So whereas we covered up Superman’s legs, and showed off his arms, we do the reverse with Supergirl.  And they look better and sexier for it.

Because of the big S on her chest, we can’t really show any cleavage, but we can give the impression of being undressed by highlighting her collarbones and tops of her shoulders.  It gives her a very sexy look without actually showing a whole hell of a lot.

We also give her boots a few more inches of lift than we gave to Superman (yeah, he had heels, go look).  I hear a lot of people complain that high heels make no practical sense in superherodom, yet they show up EVERYWHERE.  While I agree stilettos are kinda silly for an active life style, heels do wonderfully attractive things to a person’s calf muscles.  They give your legs a longer, sleeker, stronger, sexier look.  I’d also like to state that running in heels is perfectly possible and just because it hurts YOUR mortal feet, doesn’t mean the girl from krypton can’t take it in stride and look crazy hot all at the same time.  Over all you’ll note that Supergirl, while having many of the same design elements as Superman, uses a lot more curves and fewer straight hard lines.  This also accents her femininity which we want to celebrate rather than hide.

So there you have it.  Two iconic superheroes done up in costumes to be unquestionably hot, but refraining from being degrading, demeaning, or sexist.  A blend of practicality and killer fashion.  What do you guys think?