Stalwart practically did do that. He didn’t want to get his suit dirty though. Maxima’s boot probably should have exploded when she kicked the tank though. Mythbusters needs to get on that. “Will your boot explode if you kick a tank hard enough to flip it over?” Grant would have to build a hell of a robot to test it, but I can imagine the maniac laughter when they got it to work.
Actually those guys and really every skeptic out there would really have their work cut out for them in a world with superheroes in it. If one person in a million or so really could run on water or heal with a touch, the number of scammers would increase explosively. Actually it would probably become so rampant the government would actually have to start regulating it. You couldn’t claim you were psychic unless you actually were. Of course that would lead to people suing for the right to continuing to scam people. That would certainly be an interesting side effect of superheroes, which is one of those things I love thinking about, the extended what if’s of a world with one thing different. It’s nerdy unless you call it alternate history, then it’s academic.
If Max really did get to throw out the opening pitch, I can just imagine the catcher sweating bullets until Anvil tapped him on the shoulder and offered to stand in. She’d be the best option our of anyone to be on the other end of that. The pitch speed radar gun thingy would top out at 999 mph then explode.
I want to thank everyone that’s donated or bought something through the Amazon link so much. I really appreciate the support and it means a more than I can say. Seriously I’ve been sitting here for like an hour trying to figure out what to type. I’ve always been bad a accepting compliments just because I don’t know what to say other than thanks. I wanted to personally email everyone back who donated but it quickly became apparent that I could either do that or I could spend that big chunk of time working on the next page, so I opted for that route. It’s gratifying and validating and… I would say humbling, but it’s not like I was walking around town with a giant gold medallion that said “Webcomic Artist” and telling people to step back lest their mundanity interfere with my creative meridians. (Speaking of scammers)
I’d very much like to do two comics a week for a while as a way of saying thanks, but I don’t want to promise anything because if a job does come along I’ll need to jump in. I’ll try and keep everyone updated with posts here and on Twitter.
Oh and the vote incentive should be updated sometime today (Monday.) I have something roughed out but it’s really rough at the moment, so give Dabbler one more click and check back later.
… stunt at the bank… Is it just me or does Arianna look a little… dead shark-eyes in panel 4? I thought it was perfect for her though so I didn’t try and fix it.
Safety really does seem to be a bit of an afterthought here, though to be fair, it would have been harder for Sydney to shoot the tank while shielding everyone. So bonus points to people who surmised that the 3 rings on page 161 were from Max and Sydney testing her shield at different sizes. Obviously whatever Max is planning on doing to the tank, she expects shrapnel.
I have an announcement, but go comment first then come back up here and to read this so there’s at least some chat about the page. Ok, done that? Good.
So currently I am finding myself sans-job. It’s not a huge deal – I’ve been at the same place for as long as I’ve been working on the comic and people change jobs all the time. So what does this mean for the comic? At worst, nothing will change. I’ll keep putting up a page a week like always while I go on the hunt. I have a little in the bank and can eke by for a month or two.
Of course it’s crossed my mind that this might be the crisatunity needed to make me take a stab at doing the comic full time, the problem being the amount I made at my job vs. the amount I make on the comic from ads is… really significant.
Randy Milholland who does Something*Positive once famously told his readers that if they could match his salary in donations he’d quit and do his comic full time. As it happens, they did it – of course he also has 10x my audience so lets not get our hopes up. But in the spirit of things, I have actually finally created a donation page here which some people have been asking about for some time.
So with all that out of the way, I hope everyone stays tuned, there’s some really fun stuff coming up in the comic!
I kind of wish I had left Sydney’s eyepatch on, and the bump on her forehead from the head desk on page 122 to have the accumulated “battle damage” even before she gets into a proper fight.
The point of this page, besides showing some immediate fallout from Sydney’s… well, fallout, is that I think I’ve neglected to show Maxima’s animosity with the press enough. Though really mostly her complaint with the press is the bias and fear mongering and shoehorning complex issues down to sound bites, and the press have given them like 2 hours of undivided attention. Of course that doesn’t mean there won’t be all that stuff going on once the endless news cycle and decidedly non-expert analysis starts up. (Though who is an expert at this sort of thing I guess?)
Thanks to everyone who did some shopping via that Amazon referral link, I only get a tiny bit from each sale but it adds up and helps with defraying the cost of emergency hard drives and whatnot.
BTW I know I haven’t updated the vote incentive like I had planned, but I do have an excuse. I’ll just say this; I’m not sure what it says about French Onion Dip that I couldn’t tell it had expired 10 days ago… so, yeah. The following day was… slightly less productive than I had hoped. I’ll try and put up something different soon.
I don’t know why I gave Sydney an explodey cutting beam. Drawing cross sections of things is a pain in the butt.
There was lots of discussion of Dragonball Z in the comments last week, so I thought I’d link this – A group called Team Four Star has taken DBZ and edited it down to just the important parts (they get all the way up to the androids in just a few hours), then redubbed it (really well I might add – even if the first few episodes are a little rough) and it’s really funny.
Grrl Power is now available on Comic Chameleon, which is an iPhone app that lets you read webcomics one panel at a time, which is ideal for the small screen. (An iPad and Android version is coming) The other nice thing about the app is that 2/3 of the ad revenue they make on the app comes back to the comic author. A paid, ad free version of the app is in the works too. I think it’s just two guys making it. Really the coolest thing about the app for me is that Grrl Power is now listed alongside some rather notable comics like Girls with Slingshots, Dumbing of Age, Chainsaw Suit, Oglaf, etc. The only drawback to the app is that someone has to set up the panels for you to advance through. In this case my wife sacrificed a whole Saturday, like literally 12 hours doing it.
In other news, I lost a hard drive this weekend (two actually… sort of – I won’t bore you with the gory details.) The comic is all in my Dropbox so I didn’t lose anything critical, but I did lose all day Saturday and a few hundred bucks reinstalling Windows, Paint Tool SAI, Illustrator, etc. The next page might have spartan backgrounds or something, I’m not sure how losing a day will affect my schedule yet. On top of that, I renewed the hosting for the comic for another 5 years, so there went my portable drawing tablet fund. That being the case I’d like to point out that if you’ve ever had the urge to support the comic (besides liking/tweeting/telling your friends) the Amazon link in the “What I’m Reading” widget is a great way to do that. You don’t have to buy the book I have linked, just visit Amazon via that link and buy whatever you were going to buy anyway in the same browsing session, and it will drop a few pennies in my hat. Well, it’s a percent of what you buy, like… 6%, unless a lot of people are referred through the link then it goes up… there’s a chart. It doesn’t cost you a dime extra. Anyway if you were planning on getting a next gen console through Amazon, or a $5,000 plasma TV, or maybe even doing all your Christmas shopping there. You know. Just saying.
Edit: With so much else going on I forgot to post this. I recorded myself coloring this page -well, 2 hours of it anyway – which means I got though the foreground characters. The coloring was done in Paint Tool SAI. It’s not sped up or anything as I was trying to show the exact process. Here’s the link.
The erratic Sydneyhameha attack is simultaneously less powerful yet more dangerous than the proper Kamehameha.
Related but… not – Something I learned while I was googling Kamehameha to make sure I was spelling it correctly (I thought it was Kame Hame Ha) is that Kamehameha is also the name of a dude that conquered the Hawaiian islands in 1810. His full name was Kalani Paiʻea Wohi o Kaleikini Kealiʻikui Kamehameha o ʻIolani i Kaiwikapu kauʻi Ka Liholiho Kūnuiākea which is awesome. And now, half of your battle is won. You’re welcome. Edit: Turns out the DBZ attack was actually named after this guy, so go figure.
Oh I’ve added the ability to click on the comic to advance to the next one, which… if you’re caught up doesn’t do you any good but I guess for the next time you go back into the archive.
November really snuck up on me so I don’t have a new vote incentive yet, so instead I’ll show you a really old piece of art from a page that hasn’t happened yet. I know that’s maybe a little confusing but I have a bunch of pages still from when I was gearing up to do the comic. I was drawing scenes that I knew would eventually happen while figuring out my process. This one doesn’t spoil anything, other than confirming that Dabbler has sass. I’ll try and have something fresh up next week.
Taking a break from all the explosions for a second, this page establishes one important fact, which is that Dabbler doesn’t share her tech – not even with her teammates. Basically she has a prime directive kind of thing going on. Polluting an economy with tech that can be likened to magic has far reaching consequences.
In some ways, Dabbler represents the biggest threat to global stability of any character in the story, good or bad. After all, if you wanted to topple the world economy, find a way to power every automobile that doesn’t use established fuel sources and start selling it (along with conversion kits.) If it was tech that would take humans 20 years to reverse engineer, all the oil companies would go out of business (or be reduced to a handful of much smaller businesses – oil is useful for a lot more than just fuel after all.) Unemployment would skyrocket and the global economy would be turned on its ear. That’s one reason of many that Dabbler was under surveillance from Arc-DARK, but she has no interest in that sort of thing. She’s essentially here on a working vacation. That isn’t to say she’s the first alien to discover Earth of course…
Dabbler does actually have tech that she can release without it immediately disappearing. Live grenades for instance. :)
Edit: Fixed Pinkie’s hair in the first panel and played with Dabbler’s breasts a bit (hur hur) since people were finding the water balloon breasts distracting. Nothing too drastic, just making them look a bit more squooshier and attached.
AKA Coilgun, Gauss Gun, Scram Cannon (sort of), Kinetic Bombarder. I think we’ve mostly settled on “railgun” as the common name for the things, though I sort of have a soft spot for Gauss Gun. Really big one would still be called mass drivers I assume. Deciding on where the railgun/mass driver demarcation is the next debate I suppose.
Drawing debris is tedious. I probably should have drawn more crap flying out of the tank, but I need to figure out how to do that without making that take up the bulk of the time I spend on the page.
I just found this comic over the weekend and thought it was really funny. It’s called Superbitch. I’ll let you guess what it’s about. I’ll just say the titular character and Maxima would probably get along… for a little while anyway.
Update: Looks like linking to Superbitch took down their site (oops) but it’s sorted out and they’re back online if you didn’t get a chance to read it yesterday.
I need to go back through the comic and put little sparkles on Max whenever she’s out in sunlight. I have to say I’m fairly pleased with the art on this page. There’s always things that could be better, but when I loaded it up to post the comic my first thought was “Hey that’s pretty good looking.” Although I just noticed that Dabbler’s braids change color. :/ Something else for the fix list. Edit: Fixed the braids and I also boneheadedly reversed the colors on Maxima’s choker, which is also fixed.
Anyone who doesn’t quite understand what’s going on in the middle row of panels because you’ve just recently joined us might want to jump back to here and read the next few pages. Well. Dabbler is teleporting a gun to her hand. I mean the stuff about her looking like a purple demon.
Let’s see. To wrap up on some stuff I’ve mentioned over the last few weeks. Shadow Warrior was great. Wearing the Cape: Young Sentinels was a good read as well. Probably not as good as the first book in the series, but most novels are like that. That said, I did enjoy The Trials of Renegade X even more than the first one, for reasons I can’t really even hint at without spoiling stuff. Not that there’s tweests left and right, but… well even saying stuff like that can be spoilery. Are there twists? You don’t know! Bah. I need a forum for people who have read the same books as me. Or just more meatspace friends that read superhero novels.
We’re not going to go through the whole team, this page and the last are just to show a bit of a demonstration montage, then show a few of the main characters, and scene.
The radio show didn’t happen again. At this point just pay attention to this space or the facebook or twitter accounts, if it looks like it will go down I’ll update on all 3, but I probably won’t know till late on Saturday.
Fans of superhero novels should be pleased by quite a few sequels coming out. Two of my favorite series have updates. Wearing the Cape has Young Sentinels, and Kid Sensation has Extraction (which is just a short story but it’s still good and hey, it’s only $.99. I’ve finished both and they’re great. Currently I’m reading The Trials of Renegade X, then it’s on to The Impostor #2: The Blood Machine, while we wait for the sequel to Confessions of a D-List Supervillain. I’m not so insecure to admit that I also really enjoyed Confessions author’s other novel, Rider: Spirals of Destiny, even though it was about tweenage girls riding battle unicorns. I would also be pleased with a sequel to that.
In other nerd news, any PC gamers that like FPSs should really check out the new Shadow Warrior game. I’ve been playing it a level at a time when I get a little time in the evenings and it’s really fun. Since it’s PC only, it’s looks REALLY good. Not to diss on the console platforms, but the hardware in them is 8 years old at this point, and Shadow Warrior takes advantage of the power of a decent gaming rig. The use of color in the game, and the high res textures really impressed me. I was walking through a cave in the game and just stopped and stared at the wall for a bit. It’s been a long time since I’ve been impressed with textures in a game. (Mostly because of memory constraints in consoles, and nearly every game is built for consoles first since they’re the lowest common denominator, then ported to PC) Thankfully the next gen consoles have a lot more RAM, so that will improve quite a bit in the next few years.
Shadow Warrior runs like lightning on my machine, and it’s almost 5 years old (with an nVidia 660 ti I put in at the beginning of this year). It’s made by ex-Painkiller people, and those guys definitely know their FPSs. They put out another PC only shooter a while ago called Hard Reset, and Shadow Warrior uses an iteration of that engine. Hard Reset has a demo on STEAM, so if you’re worried your machine can’t handle it, grab that demo and check it out.
Is the press supposed to applaud? I asked around on twitter and the consensus was “depends.” I don’t mean sycophant press, like game journalists at E3 or tech press at an Apple unveiling. I mean proper, serious press. It’s hard to remember because news is mostly just entertainment these days, but it seems like the White House Press corps for example is there to report, not embolden. On the other hand, while these journalists obviously take their jobs seriously, someone did just take a chunk out of a tank with a haser. I’m trying to imagine if Ed Bradley, Tom Brokaw, Howard Cosell, and Walter Cronkite would applaud, or just nod seriously and ask an insightful follow up question. Not that this particular group of reporters ranks in that echelon.
That radio show I mentioned last week, Otaku Attack didn’t happen unfortunately. I had guests over and just plain forgot. I would feel worse about that, but apparently the show got bumped anyway for some sports thing. Tentatively we’re planning on doing it this Saturday (11pm-1am CST) but I need to confirm that. Keep an eye out here and on twitter for updates.
I hope to have the Anvil pinup colored by tomorrow. It’s mostly done, I just have to finish the background. In the meantime, I uploaded the highres inks here in case anyone would like to try their hand at coloring it.
Edit: For anyone checking up last minute on the radio show, it’s no go this week. Probably next week but I’ll update as I learn more.