Tag: 8-bit Theater

Comic Links: Mega Cynics, Little Life of Leels

by on Jan.21, 2013, under Comic Links, Comics

MegaCynics: 2011-03-04: Damn Kids

Get off my lawn!

Little Life of Leels: 2013-01-13 (Attention)

I do not have this problem… most of the time.

Little Life of Leels: 2013-01-13 (Scratching Post)

Neither cats I live with know how to use scratching boxes… only chairs and couches.

8-Bit Theater: 2008-10-23: Informed Public

 

At least they had 100% of the population vote! Well turn in a ballot…

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Comic Links: 8-Bit Theater, Girls With Slingshots, Questionable Content

by on May.14, 2012, under Comic Links, Comics, Entertainment

8-Bit Theater: 2007-03-17: Early Edition

I’m still reading through the archive of 8-Bit Theater as I never finished it. I’m in a section of comics I never read before and this one struck me as rather hilarious. Particularly Red Mage’s comment in the second to last panel.

8-Bit Theater: 2007-03-22: Half of a Good Idea

That last line is golden.

Girls With Slingshots: 2012-05-02: Guest Strip: Dave Barrack

I laughed out loud at this one. Especially it being a work in progress.

Questionable Content: #2178: Graven Imagery

The girl’s interpretation amuses me greatly.

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Comic Links: NPC Comic, 8-Bit Theater, AoSG

by on May.31, 2011, under Comic Links, Comics, Entertainment

NPC Comic: 2010-06-25: Water Works

That is the saddest holographic otter in the world.

8-Bit Theater: #502: Technical Mumbo Jumbo

To be fair Thief already owns all those secrets. He contracted the rights to all secrets away from them at the beginning of the comic.

The Adventures of Superhero Girl: #59

This is totally what my cat does whenever I try to impart anything but food and pettings upon her.

The Adventures of Superhero Girl: #61

Obviously Superhero girl needs to get more friends…

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Comic Links: SatW, Shortpacked!, Dueling Analogs, 8-Bit Theater

by on Mar.24, 2011, under Comic Links, Comics, Entertainment

Scandinavia and The World: Mexican Gulf

An observation I have made that I feel like sharing. This comic calls it Mexican Gulf. Its official name is Gulf of Mexico. Every American I know, except for geography school teachers, called it “The Gulf”. Of course there are no other gulfs so we always know what we’re referring to. Still.

Shortpacked!: 2011-03-09: Furry

Way to FOREVER RUIN Batman for me David Willis! Batman is now dead to me.

Dueling Analogs: 2011-02-23: An Update is Available for Your Computer

So totally true.

8-Bit Theater: #436: Peek-a-Boo

It is good advice, what Red Mage explained to Fighter. I use it often myself.

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Article: How I Became a Comic Book Consumer, Part 5

by on Feb.07, 2011, under Articles, Comic Suggestions, Comics, Entertainment, Visual Media

This is the final part of an ongoing series inspired by Faith Erin Hick’s article “How I Became a Comic Book Consumer“. To read any of the prior parts, click here.

Last time I discussed the Marvel comics that started how I became a comic book consumer as an adult. I also made mention of Brian K. Vaughn, writer of a comic called Runaways. Like Warren EllisCraig KyleMasashi Kishimoto,Phil FoglioKaja Foglio, and Shirow Masamune, Brian K. Vaughn led me into other comics that would soon have a permanent position on my book shelves.

It was through Brian and a few friends of mine that I discovered Y: The Last Man and it quickly became one of my favorite comics next to Elfquest, Girl Genius, and Transmetropolitan. It focused on, literally, the last man on earth and the subsequent apocalypse society. It sounds like a cheesy b-movie plot or perhaps the start of a really bad porno but it instead molds itself into an epic story of survival. If you need proof, Y: The Last Man was nominated for a Hugo award and won an Eisner award.

In the comic we follow the story of Yorick who manages to survive a mysterious event that simultaneously kills off every other mammal possessing the Y chromosome on the planet, save for him Capuchin monkey, named Ampersand. We follow him and his friends and enemies, as people come to gripes with such a staggering event. Lasting sixty issues, the ending is something I wish I could get everyone to read.

Brian K. Vaughn then led me to Ex Machina, a currently on going story by him focusing on a retired superhero known as The Great Machine who wins the election to become the mayor of New York City in the wake of 9/11. The story explores his term in office as well as gives flashbacks to his life as a super hero and how the two bleed together, creating yet another compelling, and rather adult, drama.

By this point I was very much into reading comics again. I used the names of writers and artists I had collected through the years and began making lists of comics, using Wikipedia and Amazon to piece together what graphic novels I needed to complete story arches. Now, at least, I could read comics without worrying about missing issues! as long as I was willing to spend the money and/or hunt through good used book stores.

This actually catches us up to more or less modern days. I’m still reading comics, obviously. Here are some examples.

I still collect Masashi Kisimoto’s Naruto and a regular subscription to the American version of Shonen Jump keeps my interest in various other mangas such as One Piece, Dragon Ball, and Bleach. Shirow Masamune has made sure that I am always on the look out for some kind of Ghost in the Shell product, comics preferred but anime and books, I’ll gobble up. One of the current manga series I would like to read is called Bakuman, focusing on one teenager’s attempt to become a manga writer, and another is Hikaru no go, focusing on another teenager’s slow mastery of the Japanese game Go.

Craig Kyle and the Marvel Messiah Complex/Second Coming story-lines have kept me collecting X-Men graphic novels as they came out and introduced me to the re-start of X-Factor (Vol.3 ), which has quickly become my favorite X-Men title with its awesome writing of the character Jamie Madrox/Multiple Man and the introduction of the character Layla Miller (she knows stuff, be careful). There is also an ongoing X-23 series being published that I’m eagerly waiting to be collected into graphic novels.

I, of course, never stopped reading web comics. They’re the cheapest and most accessible of all the comics I love to read, plus I can easily share them among my friends and readers. Here is a small list of some of the best comics you can find online in no particular order.

Girl Genius, Scholock Mercenary, Gunnerkrigg Court, Templar, Arizona, Goblins, Guilded Age, Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic, Weregeek, Scenes From A Multiverse, Order of the Stick, Erfworld, Dominic Deegan, Something Positive, Evil Diva, Powerpuff Girls Doujinshi, Darwin Carmichael is Going to Hell, El Goonish Shive, Demonology 101, The Adventures of Superhero Girl, Freakangles, Bob and George: The Comic Strip, 8-Bit Theater, and many more.

So looking over it all, I guess you could say I’ve always been a comic book consumer. My initial entry into comics was due to overlaps between the comic industry and other media, and while I’ve taken hiatus, the adoption of collecting comics into graphic novels proved to be exactly what I needed to sustain a comic habit. Combine that with excellent writing, varying genres,  and stories for all age groups, and I will likely be a comic reader for the rest of my life.

The future of comics, like almost all forms of entertainment, will be undergoing changes in the digital age. Right now it seems to be trying to re-invent the old model, renting individual comics for prices only slightly less of their print versions for different reading platforms. One or two have adapted a subscription model. Both still DRM their content to make it inaccessible by means other than approved, and usually constrictive, methods. And there are still online comics, the particularly popular ones effectively earning their creators a living through donations, merchandising, and advertising. It’ll be interesting to see where this heads but unlike the music or movie industry, I suspect comics will fare better overall.

So I hope you enjoyed this article and found something in it you liked. Keep subscribed to this feed or keeping checking back now and again, as more articles of this type will appear, sooner or later.

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Article: How I Became a Comic Book Consumer, Part 2

by on Feb.02, 2011, under Articles, Books, Comic Links, Comic Suggestions, Comics, Entertainment, Visual Media

This is part two of an ongoing series inspired by Faith Erin Hick’s article “How I Became a Comic Book Consumer“. To read the first part, click here.

Last time I discussed Garfield, Heathcliff, and the X-Men. These were the childhood comics that TV led me to read but they were not the only comics. During this time I discovered a comic called Elfquest.

Please don’t think that because I am only now introducing Elfquest that it is, in any way, second to the comics mentioned in prior posts. I found Elfquest int he middle of my first Marvel reading arc but it was a chance meeting and, looking back, I know that my life would be poorer for had I not happened upon that one comic issue early in my childhood.

I was at a the fair. I believe the Texas State Fair. There were a lot of animals, and booths, and I remember bugging my parents for money to buy comic trading cards. In particular I was trying to buy a foil covered Archangel card I believe. At the same booth they happened to have, for free, a comic called Elfquest. It was free, I was a little kid bored at the fair, and so I took it.

I said above that I grew to appreciate deep characters. I don’t think that was because of the X-men or the other Marvel comics I read. I think it was because of Elfquest.

The comic I picked up was Elfquest #19. You can click here to read it, as all the Elfquest comics were uploaded and are now free to read by the creators Richard and Wendy Pini. You can find the links to all the collected volumes here and I highly suggest you find the time to read them, regardless of your age.

I think the cover was probably the most compelling cover of a comic I had ever seen, see here on the right. Reading of Redlance’s struggle to protect children despite his pacifist  nature. Suntop’s alienation from the other children over his special ability and how it saves them all. The confusing ramblings of my favorite character, Two-Edge, and a climatic battle of armor clad elves versus burly trolls. It was a memorizing comic full of back story that I had never read. I still have it, sadly rather beaten up over the ears from re-reading it too much.

That one comic wasn’t enough to get me anywhere, however, as there was no internet and the ability to find information about it was highly limited. I went years thinking that it was just some small independent comic nobody had ever heard about. It was another chance wandering through a Walden Books store, looking for, I think, Garfield comics, when I saw a collected graphic novel of Elfquest. This time in color! (Yes the links above are in color, the original comic was not, however). Collecting these graphic novels required lots of wheeling and dealing with my parents, as they were big expensive ($20!) affairs. I received them for birthdays and as big treats. I obsessed over them. I do think there was a time where one could always see me with at least one of these books in hand everywhere but in the shower or at school (and sometimes even then)!

Elfquest was a comic that took the standard fantasy genre and turned it on its side. Elves were not tall beautiful creatures but short fierce beings who lived and loved passionately in a world with little magic and much hardship. It actually set a standard for me in fantasy literature that I found hard to meet with some of the genre’s classics.

(continue reading…)

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Comic Links: Scenes From a Multiverse

by on Jan.24, 2011, under Comic Links, Comics, Entertainment

Scenes From a Multiverse: 2011-01-24: Any Given Sunday

10 yards is up from last season’s 5 yard penalty. Viewers might remember Benny’s run in with the choir  from the Nun’s of the Sacred Husk and the subsequent lawsuit.

Something Positive: 2011-01-20: Softer Rejection

I know I’d appreciate it if publishers would send personalized rejection letters!

8-Bit Theater: 2004-04-17: Corrective Measures

I’ve been re-reading 8-Bit Theater and deciding that it was funnier when I was younger. But still certain comics make me smile. Sword Chucks. Welcome to Cornera. And this one.

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