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High War - Chapter 6High War - Chapter 6 by ~Cobrateen
The distant knocking on the front door rebounds through the Orphanarium's darkened hallways to reach the bright dining room, where a woman with a canvas-white face looks away from the long and low-slung table surrounded by children of many races and sexes, “Oh thank Light, that must finally be Teal!” A large globe of water floating over the table quivers slightly at her loss of concentration, causing more that a few of the children to half-recoil away, but she steadies the hovering mass of liquid again with a curving wave of her hand. Working quicker now, she spools out dozens of twisting lines from the water and conducts them wit
The Case for FreeOne particularly persistent cultural meme for a while now has been naming each generation and ascribing certain traits to them, generally based on the times they lived in. Many of those named generations have made a lot of sense, but after Generation X a certain amount of apathy has set in; I'm just going to say it, calling someone a Gen Y or a Gen Z is plain uninspired. So what can we call a generation of people that has grown up with the Internet, a medium through which one may send files to anyone they know, a space in which we can find and share entertainment from across the world free of charge? In this world there will always be someoneThe Case for Free by ~Cobrateen
High War - Chapter 5High War - Chapter 5 by ~Cobrateen
“Agnes, dear,” Mrs. Barns looks up from her dinner and across the table to her husband, “I've just realized. I never told Reina that I was sending Teal out. She'll be wondering - .” Mrs. Barns is scowling at him, and Mr. Barns begins to look a bit flustered. “And so I really should … Yes dear?”
“Jack, would this sudden urgency of yours have anything to do with my cooking?” Mr. Barns looks down at his own mostly-untouched plate of boiled cabbage and asparagus salad, one-half of a grapefruit and several undercooked black pudding sausages. He gulps, licks his lips and then smiles at Agnes.
Sketch - The Bystander Effect“HELP!” The woman's cry rebounds up the walls of the two canyon-like buildings, their near-identical faces only the distance of a clothesline apart. “PLEASE HELP ME!” The alley-way below is shrouded in the evening's gloom, with not even a flickering light to illuminate the space. “OH GOD PLEASE HELP!” But as much as she screams, there is no response. Perhaps due to the time of day, or maybe the acoustic properties of that space, or even the fact that most every window has been closed against the night's light chill, not a soul seems to hear her cries.Sketch - The Bystander Effect by ~Cobrateen
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Last week was a weird superhero, and so it's nice how this week I get to reminisce on a superhero who also didn't quite fit the mold … but more than him, Next Gen [link] was about his daughter and her own adventures. In fact, that was exactly the idea that got me started for this piece, to see what the lives of superheroes are like when they aren't "on screen." I envisioned this series (this being the pilot episode so to speak) from that thought, which is why we start with the "end of an episode" featuring Fantastic Joe (as opposed to being a regular Joe, get it?) and the credits rolling; everything after that part where Joe flies off-screen is supposed to also be off-camera, which is why the revelation of Joe and his wife's open marriage can happen. I saw every episode starting like that: Joe saves the day, flies off screen like it's the end of some classic superhero show, and then his real life sets in. Kim was only ever going to be a side character, but then she was more interesting because of her desire to be a superhero like her dad and so it all basically became about her and this next generation of superheroes growing up in the world that their superhero parents had created. Jack is the son of a powerful alien super-villain, he and Kim have sort of a high school, "But we're just friends!" romance thing going on, the next episode would have introduced a trouble-making arsonist who might be convinced to join their fledgeling team … this was in other words one of my more serious pilots for an animated TV show, from back in the days where I was just starting to consider that. Do I like this? Heck yeah, partly for what it represents and partly because I think it came out quite well. What did I learn? Take everything you write seriously, and never be afraid to tell stories that don't quite seem safe.
This week I'll be sharing chapter Chapter 6 of High War! No idea yet on how many chapters there will be, I plan to write until it's finished! In case you didn't catch it in chapter 1, Teal owns and operates an orphanage and her orphans are sitting down to dinner when a knock comes at the door … but you already know who is knocking, right? Next week, things get dangerous in Issue 4 of Heroic Spider Man!
by Jim Hillin
There are many ways to do an author insert, but since they come off as narcissistic the trope is usually frowned upon. Perhaps the best is as a background character, maybe during a busy crowd scene or only showing the back of your head; you can point these out to friends as a private joke, but it won't disrupt the story for others. On the other end of the scale, the worst regarded of course is as some sort of ultra-important type who has it all and for whom nothing ever goes wrong. Even when you find this funny – and to be fair it can be in a sort of "this is not my beautiful life" kind of way – most readers won't. The one weird exception to the sliding scale of author inserts seems to be going all out and embracing the narcissism as who you and your author insert are, because there are readers who like that. In the end this trope seems to be one of those where you can go so far into bad that you wrap around to being funny again. And speaking of being a wrap, this is a webcomic … about Hollywood! Well, maybe not there exactly, but in fact a small digital effects company that does modestly good business working in Hollywood. The employees are a varied bunch, from the confused good guy to the self-important expert, from the plain Jane to the office den mother. If anything, this webcomic could be seen as a sort of dating guide for nerds: the good guy gives the den mother a single rose and they get together at a concert, the expert finds himself in sexy situations just by doing his job well and if the plain Jane would only tell the coffee guy how she feels about him something would definitely happen. Second most, this is a comic that gives an inside look at the digital effects industry, including the types of shenanigans that might go on during the crush of a big project or what to do while a render is going on. And finally, this is a comic about evil bunnies out to drag us into the land of slumber … yes, really. The art is decent but generally in grayscale, with color highlights occasionally.
Why you should read this: Decent look into the special effects industry of Hollywood, albeit from a small company's perspective. Some of the dating-advice type material is probably exactly what nerdy type guys and girls need to hear.
Why you shouldn't read this: If the many and varied instances of implied adult content would bother you, or the way that this comic continually relies on boob jokes. More importantly, this comic often went on hiatus and is now currently on a hiatus that has lasted several years … so, the comic might be over, but you wouldn't think so from where the story left off.
Other cool stuff: The cast page is nicely done but the cast pictures are a bit out of date, the blog is full of interesting posts but also hasn't been updated in quite some time, and the FAQ kindly fills in some knowledge that you may have been missing when reading the industry jargon used in the comic. The Links page, along with sending you to a few comics that influenced the author, also shares links to some neat resources and comic-making tech.