Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A25U Flashback: Batteries Not Included - The Final Charge

I'm still trying to get #400 done for Christmas.  No promises but I'm trying.

This week's flashback is a continuation of last week's, when we revisited Ages 25 & Up's long-lost sister comic, Batteries Not IncludedBNI ran exclusively on CrimsonMonkey.com from 2010 to 2012, but I had to pull the plug in order to work on #200.

Since then, there's been no trace of the comic as Crimson Monkey has grown over the years, and the unexpected shutdown of the imaging hosting service I was using at the time meant my own archive was lost.  So basically, BNI hasn't been online in years, and other than on my old laptop's hard drive, pretty much forgotten.

I figured it might be a good idea to feature the old comic in last week's Flashback, since many of you might never have had a chance to check them out.  This week's Flashback is the last batch of Batteries Not Included, with many strips lampooning some kind of pop-culture goings-on of the month during which they were originally posted.

See what you think, and see if you can jog your memory and figure out just what the hell the comics were referring to.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

MIA? AFK? BNI! A25U Flashback: Batteries Not Included

Stop the presses! Hold the phone!

I'm alive!

 I can't believe it's been about a month since my last post.  (I'm sure the feeling is mutual.)  Crap's been pretty nuts on my mind, and real life unfortunately has to come first, but that's no excuse for not at least keeping you guys up to date.

Really, guys, I'm sorry, and I will aim to do better.  I don't want a repeat of #200 but it's kind of shaping up that way, isn't it?  I want #400 ready in time for Christmas, to the point that I've written some seasonal material for it, which requires shooting, voicing, and editing.  If the short isn't ready in time, I'll scrap that Christmas bit, or find some other way to use it that won't reveal #400's surprises.

Speaking of #400, here is one of the frames taken from the shoot.  Provided without explanation or context!

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But what could this mean?  Mild-mannered newsman Dick Wanker (formerly of CUNL, now with ITV, International Terrorist Videos) standing next to the legendary Solid Snake?  What is Dick doing?  Why is Snake casually pointing a FAMAS at the back of his knees?  How can Snake be calmly smoking while Dick freaks out?  Why is Snake standing in a puddle of blue stuff?  Where the hell is the background?  Could this be a still from an effects shot, without the effects edited in?

Only time will tell!  (Gone for a month and this is all I'm willing to reveal so far?  Call my the Cryptic Keeper, eh?)

Of course, a Flashback post wouldn't be a Flashback post without actual A25U Flashback content.  This time, I want to go way back to 2010.  Back then, I was contacted by pop-culture website Crimson Monkey in regards to making a monthly comic strip for their site.  I decide to go for a short, three- to four-panel newspaper-style strip that wasn't "ha ha" funny, but rather "I see what you did there" amusing.  Many strips would be inspired by the pop-cultural and/or seasonal goings-on of the month in which it was posted (holidays, movies opening, games launching, etc.), but not all of them.  It also had its share of running gags, the humour value of which is debatable.

It was called Batteries Not Included, and it is Ages 25 & Up's long-lost sister comic.  What do I mean by that?  I'll explain next week, when I'll post the second batch of BNI strips and explain its fate.

Until then, here's a buncha BNI comics for you.  CLICK ON ANY OF THEM FOR A BIGGER VERSION.  See you in seven-ish!

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A25U Flashback: Happy Halloween!

I don't make Halloween comics often enough (sometimes not even every year), so here's a (trick or) treat for you: every Halloween issue I've ever made.  Or at least as far as I can remember.

Dig in!

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Blade Runner 2049 Review, Sitrep on #400, Flashback: SNAKE Eater!

Woah, I fell behind there!  Sorry for the radio silence.  Been real busy on my end.

I recently had a chance to watch Blade Runner 2049 and reviewed the film for AtomicMoo.com, so you can check out the review right here.  Can it possibly be any good?  In any way hold up as a sequel to my all-time favourite film?  Check out my review and find out!

As for #400, progress is progressing, yes?  Most of the voice work has been recorded.  There have been delays with my voice actors' union due to health reasons, as every one of my actors happened to fall sick at different points during the project.  These things happen.  As for a tease as to what #400 is about, well, there are more guest characters than a fighting game and, as you guys know all too well, no one lives forever.

Flashback time.  This time, let's head back to August 2009, when Inglorious Basterds was in theatres, and that awful Hollywood bastardization of the Joe brand still left a bad taste in our collective mouths.  Here's the "S.N.A.K.E. Eater" story, where the Joes get their hands on some Cobra tech, and they respond with a character who was so born to pilot a mech suit that he thinks he's in the BattleTech universe.

Join us next week for the fan-favourite "A Real American Teamup" story that introduced my satirical take on Captain America -- and maybe some production stills from #400.  See ya then!

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Flashback: Army of Plastic!

Woah, been real busy and fell behind again!  I didn't mean to keep you guys waiting for the next Flashback issue, but wait no longer.  This week, it's Army of Plastic, a toy-focused take on Army of Darkness.  It originally ran from June to July, 2009.  It's pretty silly.

Speaking of movies, if you're looking for something to do this long Canadian Thanksgiving weekend and are thinking of heading to the movies, check out my review of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, powered by AtomicMoo.com, and maybe it'll help you make up your mind.

With that out of the way, here's Army of Plastic:

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Flashback: Scarlett's Sister

Welcome back to another Ages 25 & Up Flashback!  This week, we're heading back to January 2009, and the story that introduced Scarlett's twin sister, Willow from Dreadstar.  There's a break in the story for #21, which naturally, was a silent issue.  I just had to.

What other stories would you like to revisit?  Helix's introduction?  Army of Plastic?  The legend of Roy?  Let me know and we'll see them soon.  Thanks for sticking around!

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Flashback: Clutch's New Body

Work on #400 is progressing (albeit slowly), so here's another A25U Flashback.  Let's head back to the comic's humble beginnings so we can better appreciate its humble present.

So this week, let's go all the way.  All the way BACK, that is.  Here are the first four issues of Ages 25 & Up, which began as a when-I-feel-like it thing on a small community site I used to be on with some friends.  Their enjoyment of the comic lead me to make it a weekly thing.

Well, weekly other than the animated specials, which take longer.

I'd like to think I've grown as a comic-making dude since this story, which originally wrapped up on this day, September 12, back in 2008.  Damn, it's been a while, eh?  I can't even read this crap anymore.  It's pure cringe to me now.  I guess not much has changed, has it?

Thanks for sticking with me all these years.  I'll try to make Special Animated Issue #400 worth your while!

- Your pal Numbers

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

#400 Sitrep & Flashback: Black Ops!

Your boy Numbers here with an update on the special animated issue, Ages 25 & Up #400.  Production is taking longer than expected and voice recording had to be delayed since I got a throat infection.  Pretty self-explanatory.

So while we wait for #400, I'll post some "It Came From the Backissues!"-style old stuff.  Stories we might have forgotten about, or ones worth revisiting.  This week, here's the Black Ops story, which ran way back in May of 2009.

It was my first attempt at a serious story, one starring Beachhead and Dusty.  I don't think it quite worked out as well as it did in my head, but it's one I look back upon fondly.  The first time I used outdoor photography in the comic, too!  Check out all three issues below, and check back next time for some more Flashbacks and an update on #400.

See ya then!
- Your pal Numbers

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