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This week it's part four of High War's chapter 14! The conclusion of our heroes' fight to leave the city! Children are rescued, magic items are understood and we meet the first of the many big monsters to come! Next week, probably the Game!



Newman
by Josh Ulrich

Home: newmancomic.com/
First: newmancomic.com/behold/

Sometimes a writer just needs to give up on their old and tired characters, basically allow them to retire. Not exactly when the character is old and tired, but more when they start repeating themselves and definitely when they keep getting the same results. A character that tells the same story every time becomes more rote with every iteration; for a character to remain interesting, they must not become stale. And if the writer really wants to keep the character going, there's lots of ways to reinvigorate them. Change their sex and see how their life instantly changes, or change their race, give them new powers or take away the old ones, make them evil and see what happens when new protagonists run across them, change their hairstyle, change their weapon of choice, change the people they know and love or hate. If a character starts to become a tired cliché of themselves, either change them or retire them. Consider the titular character of this webcomic, a square-jawed gnome who seems to be in just such a character rut. He's a cop of sorts, a talented field agent working for a federal program that eliminates and removes the many dangerous pests and monsters living in his classic fantasy world set in modern times. He's good with a sword, more chop-happy than pretty but it works, and he knows a few good tricks and useful skills. Before this story begins his life was pretty great; he was dating his super-agent partner and thinking about proposing to her, he enjoyed and was respected for his work, and maybe he put on a gruff front but that was the hardboiled cop in him. But then he did propose and she turned him down and they broke up and she moved away and now he's unhappy again. Before he knows it he's got a new partner (who at first he hates because she steals his kills) who coerces (magically?) him into living a little and enjoying life again, and pretty soon they start dating and things are right back to where they were, except that now he's sort of a slave and a werewolf and somehow an ex-football star who was dating that previous partner since high school. But he gets to fight giant sea monsters like he always wanted and that's a plus! The art style varies greatly but stays professional quality with color.

Why you should read this: Fun fantasy pastiche world in modern day setting with various adventures and things to kill, or sometimes just encounter and laugh at. An interesting relationship dynamic that gives a whole new meaning to the magic of love, our hero will do great or just plain embarrassing things and it's not always clear whether any “real” magic was used.

Why you shouldn't read this: If you like romantic comedy for the “will they / why won't they” aspect, because these two are basically dating from day one, officially decide to do so a few short arcs in and our hero is already looking at that ring in his pocket again. This is not the creator's first try at this character by far and even though it may be the best yet that's not a great track record, the story is a side project for the author and might end up on hiatus or unfinished on a cliffhanger like the last few.

Other cool stuff: There's a blog with random and not-so-random art, the most interesting of which is the recent bunch of background characters who work at the same agency. The Comics Vault is where you can find older versions of the characters and see where things came from, like backstories but technically not canon. The Artwork page is random illustrations based on the world and story, and the C.R.D. Members page is for I guess if you wanted to print out the background character badges. Definitely go read the author's other comic Jackie Rose, which has sort of a Lara Croft / Indiana Jones vibe with adventures in a slightly more serious world … and is also on a second try.
  • Reading: Mechademia Vol 1
  • Watching: Fairy Tail, Galaxy Angel A

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Ian Chisholm
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I'm here to tell the stories that play out in my head, mostly because they crowd out all other thoughts until I write them; I love Anime and so I'm aiming at a career writing animation scripts, but for now I'm a writer in search of an artist to collaborate with. If you read something here that inspires you and if you can make pretty pictures, I would be interested in enlisting your help. Graphic novels, comic books, webcomics, animated shorts and more; if you can do the visual I'll provide the story. I will gladly cooperate or collaborate on your projects, or even take on requests, all to sharpen my writing skills. If you'd like a critique or some proofreading you only have to ask.

So here's the plan: every Friday I will a) upload a written piece, either a part of an ongoing story I am writing or something more random like a character sketch but always at least a page in length, b) look back at something I have written and uploaded to DA in the hopes that I can glean something useful from it, and c) share a webcomic review in my Journal section. Occasionally I collect the webcomic reviews into compilations of ten and I try to do critiques of other writers at least once a week. If you want to contact me about anything go ahead and send me a note, I'm pretty quick about responding to people. My avatar for this year is Trubl, my Pathfinder pirates campaign Cat Hengeyokai Gunslinger. You may notice the Internet's CatBeard under that Paint-job, but the sometimes-calico-cat sometimes-blunderbuss-wielding-dwarf is all mine. I need to get this guy in to my High War story!

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:iconpaa-kun:
paa-kun Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
btw thanks for the fav <33
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Cobrateen Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Of course, you have some very nice art. It seems like you created a new account after leaving a previous one? Good luck with the new start!
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paa-kun Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I did! How did you know xD
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paa-kun Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Wow youre very generous >< !
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Cobrateen Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Ha, I think you've got it the other way around. You were too generous for me
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paa-kun Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
<3
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Cobrateen Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Mm, and thank you for the cake ... and the llama back ... and thanks for Watching! Would you like to know about any of the things I do? Perhaps I could recommend something from my gallery to read?
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for adding Pokemon trainer DamaiMikaz... to your collections. I'm happy that you like the piece :la:
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Cobrateen Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

You're very welcome, though mostly I faved because I thought the piece was a good representative of both your highest quality and most recent illustration work; I like your other pieces too by the way, especially the works in your Project Emion gallery


Oh and if you read Pokefics I have this old one I'm always looking for eyes on, especially from fellow writers. No pressure though, I know you're busy and I wouldn't dream of requesting you read it, I only mention it because of your Pokémon fanart

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AbalamAnderson Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I would be honored if you gave me you're thoughts on this ?
abalamanderson.deviantart.com/…
And I've sent you a Llama, well because I'm just awesome, hehe :D.
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