HEAD'S-UP: Monday will be some kinda filler art doodle, for the holiday!

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Comic for 05/22/15

Chapter 67: Full House - A Queen of Diamonds


My youngest just turned 8! What a great age to be!

So most of you who have followed me over the years have seen Leah’s artistic talent grow. Let me tell you she has competition.

One day around 6 months ago Sarah came into my office and said she wanted to do a comic like me. She was currently reading a Junie B. Jones book in which Paulie Allan Puffer had Junie B. terrified to go to the farm because he said roosters are mean and would “peck your head into a nub.”

She was enjoying that gag so we wrote a quick joke together and I laid out a comic template and gave it to her to ‘fill in the art’. This is what she came up with! At the age of 7.5!

Sarah's Comic

Look at the gesture, expression and communication!  I was truly blown away because, while she always could draw well, I hadn't seen her motivated to do narrative art.
I clearly saw her creativity moving more towards music and dancing than art, but this comic proved to me she’s a creative triple-threat! Plus shes a bouncing hug-machine of joy. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SARAH! I LOVE YOU!

Wrath of Kings and Pulp City!

So a couple of Kickstarters I promoted have delivered, and I thought I'd give a little report on how they turned out!

Bun-bun overlooks his growing Pulp City Army! OF BUN-BUNS

2Look at all the Grimm Bun-buns! I've got plans for these guys, oh yes I do! PULP CITY is the premier Super Hero miniatures skirmish game and I love the way the game mechanics work! I've only played a few games of it (thanks to my day job) via proxy models and then at Templecon, but now that I finally have the starter sets painted and finished up I'm READY TO PLAY FOR REAL! The miniatures are fantastic, brilliantly three dimensional in game-abilities, and a lot of fun to paint. Currently the international Pulp City team are wrapping up shipping on the kickstarter. I'm not sure how quickly they'll be available for retail in the new Supreme Edition version,  but I'll keep you posted.  The tiny Grimm Bun-bun model sits on a pile of nerd-skulls! Can't wait to show you guys a finished painted version when I get the chance. I've included a close up of three of the starter set models I've painted (Tekkna and Wildman from the Heroes Starter and Aurelius from the Villains Starter) so you can check out my paint-skills! PULP CITY LINKS: Official Website. Facebook group.

Wrath of Kings... SO many figures! SO many fantastic figures!  Check out the Vamps and Werewolves! (ya-ya i know zeti and skorza)

4OK so I've had my Wrath of Kings miniatures for a while but now that these figures are actually available for sale, I wanted to give them another shout-out. Whereas Pulp City I have targeted for quick small skirmish games, Wrath of Kings is when I want to throw a ton of models on the battlefield  and still have a game that plays fast and smooth so I can focus on strategy and tactics over rules-minutia. The proxy games I've played have delivered that, but now I want to play with the actual minis. So I've been building and building where I can (dang day job). Unlike the metal and resin Pulp City models (wonderfully old school) the Wrath of Kings models are plastic. Compared to some OTHER plastic models I've dealt with, the Wrath of Kings models have all been easy to prep and assemble. I was expecting some degradation in detail but I'm just not seeing it. And the design of these minis are amazing! (hat tip Edouard Guiton). I have no illusion of finding time to paint all the minis ( I have literally hundreds (and I literally know what literally means)), but I'll be happy to assemble enough for some cool epic wars. By the way, everything you need to proxy some games to see if it's your cup of tea is available on the site, from rules to model cards, all free. Check the "Downloads" dropdown at the top of the main WoK page. Miniature Basing Sidenote: Here's my trick for the cobblestone I'm using for the Zeti and one of my Blood Engines.  I cut little rectangular "bricks" out of a k-cup box and glued them down to another piece of the box, then took a mold of it with "Instant Mold". I use it to press the cobblestone pattern into greenstuff I apply to the base of the mini. The template is big enough to do an 80mm base and provides a variety of options for smaller bases. WRATH OF KINGS LINKS: Official Website. Facebook group.

A Couple of Shout-outs!

Here's a couple of shout-outs! (Re)Generation Who was a total blast for me and my family and we're looking forward to the next one! One of the things I got to do was spend a couple of hours with my daughter Leah watching an official representation of the Rifftrax version of "Dr. Who: Daleks - Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D."! It cracked us up and reminded me to throw those Riffrax guys a link! Like the convention, they are also a family favorite! Be sure to catch them when they do live theater simulcasts, watching with a crowd makes it even better!

Elbow Room vs. Writers Block

So the short of the story is this. Spring Break has killed my week for scripting.
Here’s the long version: Family-family everywhere has killed my week for scripting! There are other things to throw in like the Monday I spent zombified coming down off of the amazing (Re)Generation Who convention and tonight where the Malifaux league that I’m involved in ran hours later than I thought.
So I promise you I wasted no time and tried to get my work done but the few windows of opportunity I had, the scripts weren’t coming. Here I find myself after Midnight with no comic and no script and an unsure plan…. And no focus or energy. I supposed I could have cancelled the Malifaux game but I had already cancelled the last one (elbow room for ealier-in-the-week scripts)and someone volunteered to meet me tonight for a make-up game so I felt kinda locked in. Rightly so.

You guys might remember when I suffered that massive bout of Artist block and Writers block, like, a month ago. This is different. This is the thing I refer to as having ‘elbow room’. I’ve been fighting for ‘elbow room’ all week and it has not been coming. The good news is it means next week should be better. The bad news is me not being sure what to do about today’s comic (April 3rd).

Currently I have two plans:
Plan 1: Wrap this Chapter in one comic and run it sometime late tomorrow (like tomorrow afternoon probably) assuming Good Friday with a full house again gives me the ‘elbow room to script’.
Plan 2: If I determine I need more than one strip to wrap what little I need to wrap in this Chapter I might opt for holiday filler of some kind and hope to get more ‘elbow room’ over the weekend.

In either case it involves me getting some good rest now and seeing what tomorrow brings.

In any case happy holidays and don’t trust rabbits!

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