So this happened.

Happy Valentine’s Day, everybody!

So this is what I’ve been working on this past week: a book for my wife and baby girl (who I have not mentioned on this blog yet, but then again I haven’t posted here in so long there was a layer of dust about three inches thick when I logged in.)

It’s just a small book, 28 pages, but I poured my heart into it over the past week.  I really enjoyed doing it and it’s got go be my new favorite thing to make for people.

En Garde!

Enjoy, and may Cupid’s arrow find you, or at least find you a decent tub of ice cream and a good show on Netflix for the evening.  (I recommend House of Cards.)

-J

What’s going on in my brain: Halloween edition

So I’ve been getting notes together for an all-new comic over the past few months!

I decided that the few ideas I kept having were good enough to pursue, so I began making notes on the story and the characters. Here’s the skinny:

Imagine, if you will, the day the aliens/demons/ant overlords arrive and begin tearing the place up.
Now imagine there are no supergroups like the Avengers or the Justice League to take ’em down.
Why are there no superheroes? Because about twenty years ago, a bunch of supervillains got together and took them out.
So now, on the day the invasion happens and all Hell breaks loose, who ya gonna call?

A bunch of middle-aged supervillains who haven’t done anything in about fifteen years and don’t exactly play well together.

First up is LumberJacques, a French Canadian strongman and master of Savate. LumberJacques was once a legendary villain who sold his amazing martial arts skills (and love of maple syrup) to the highest bidder for whatever dirty deed needing doing.
Now, this aging Canuck just wants to be left alone to kick over trees and karate-chop bears in the face in peace.

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Next up is the Green Wiffle. He’s pretty much the worst idea I’ve ever had, committed to paper.
Imagine that if, when Abin Sur crash landed on Earth, his ring was intercepted by Carrot Top instead of Hal Jordan.Yeah.

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Finally, we have SpamBot. SpamBot is… well, a SpamBot that becomes sentient, downloads itself into a robot body, and turns to a life of crime. The catch is, it can only communicate via spammy-sounding speech.

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There are a few more to the cast, such as a planet-headed stand-up comedian, a master of puns who can only find work making up pun-related adult film titles, and a guy who is a living callus.

Anyway, watch this space for more character designs coming soon!

Stay tuned to this station…

New full-length comic coming soon!
Supervillains, aliens, exploding space stations, obscure references to song lyrics… All the things you’ve come to know and love, plus rude dolphins, pun-related super powers, and the single most tasteless joke I’ve ever come up with!

This is a thing I have now drawn.

If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go smash my own hands with a sledgehammer now.

If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go smash both my hands with a sledgehammer now.

Star Trek Continues: My Mind; she is blown.

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It’s not often that a fan-produced piece of work comes off with such spectacular shine and love for its inspiration. The cast here does a fantastic job of both channeling their original counterparts and building their own subtle interpretations of the characters.

Vic Mignogna as Kirk brings more manliness and gravitas per second to the screen than Chris Pine ever has. He reminds us of why series Kirk was so much better than film Kirk, playing the character as responsible, protective of his crew, and duty-minded.
The rest of the cast also shines in their roles, particularly Chris Doohan, here playing the role his father James originated in Scotty during the original series’ run. He eerily channels his father’s performance, everything from his tight-lipped line delivery to his fits of passion over the safety of the ship.

(By the way, Mr. Doohan actually had a bit part in 2009’s Star Trek reboot. Here he is alongside Scotty in the transporter room.)

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Speaking of the ship, the sets here are easily the best sets I’ve ever seen produced for a piece of fan work, from the materials down to the lighting. You’d swear the crew is running around a Holodeck simulation of the original ship.

All in all, this is a beautiful series that I’m going to keep a close eye on in the months to come. If you’re a classic Star Trek fan, or if you’ve never seen an episode and want to know what the whole thing is all about, watch this. It’s absolutely great.

I need to quit falling asleep with my headphones in.

This is a recurring problem.  I put my headphones in to drift to sleep at night while listening to podcasts.  Usually I can fall asleep pretty quickly if the podcasts aren’t making me laugh too hard.  I enjoy the Roosterteeth podcast, all of the Nerdy Show shows, and a couple of audio dramas that update every month or two.

Last night I was listening to my ipod and, while drifting in and out of sleep, kept hearing music on one of the Nerdy Show episodes, various chiptune covers of things, remixes, and some other stuff.  I then promptly had a dream that Wreck it Ralph was fighting off a bar full of Italian mobsters and ninjas with his giant hands.

I don’t even know where to begin with that.  Can I even Photoshop something that insane?  I really don’t think that I can.