Saturday, July 30, 2011

COMIC - File #150: "Behind The Scenes"

The contest is closed, and the winner is revealed below. Read on to find out more and to see the behind the scenes special. Have a great weekend, guys! Stay frosty.

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

COMIC - File #149: "Backlot Backstabbing"

This week, we have a comic and a contest for you. Get the details about the contest right here and get your entries in by Thursday!

Here's the message board sig I made about the contest. Click it for details if you'd like:
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Until then, enjoy the new (and overdue) comic!

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Submit Your Ideas For the Behind-The-Scenes Issue!

Next week marks the 150th issue of Ages 25 & Up, so roughly our third year. To mark the event, I'll be making a special behind-the-scenes issue to show how the comic gets made, documenting the process from humble idea to humble .jpeg file. But YOU get to help.

What I'm looking for is a short idea for the comic I'll make for #150, the one whose creative process will be documented in the behind-the-scenes special. The comic would, ideally, but short. But other than, I'm not looking for anything in particular. Here are some rules I'd like if you'd keep in mind, though:

  • Keep the idea simple, please! Remember, I'll have to make the comic and a comic about that comic, so let's aim for a short one.
  • You don't have to submit any dialogue or anything specific. If you just have a vague concept (say, Snake-Eyes and Scarlett having a picnic) send it in!
  • Don't worry about A25U canon. The short comic can exist outside of the A25Universe, so if you'd like a character or vehicle to appear that I've written out, send the idea in anyway!
  • You can include non-Joe characters if you want. Roadblock arm-wrestling Death's Head, yes? Captain America being a stereotypical caricature of a bygone era heavy with wartime insensitivity? No problem!
  • Mood/tone doesn't matter. Make it as serious or silly as you'd like.
  • I don't really have a limit on content, but don't feel bad if I don't choose your idea about Timber going to town on the Baroness' ample hindquarters.
  • Submit a name under which you would like me to credit you. I'll put some flavour of "Original Idea by (your name here)" banner, so let me know how you'd like to be credited.
  • Submit your idea by the morning of Thursday, July 28, 2011. I'd like to have all the ideas received by the time I get up on Thursday. I was going to say "when Wednesday becomes Thursday," but this way gives you more time, time you'd have, anyway!
  • You can send in your ideas a few ways. Post them in the Comments section under this entry, post them in the chat box in the left-hand column, send me an email at 1337W422102 at Gmail dot com, post it on Helix's Facebook page, send me a PM on any forum you know me on or post it in the A25U thread at said forum (should one exist), or contact me telepathically.
  • One entry per person, please!
  • Don't get mad if I don't choose your idea.
  • Please, keep it short!
  • Good luck, have Batman!
That's pretty much all I can think of right now. So, get those ideas in! I look forward to reading them and making one! If you have any questions, let me know and I'll correct/adjust these rules as necessary. And if you'd like to improve your chances by bribing me, my Steam username is 1337W422102 in case you want to gift me a game or three from my extensive wishlist.

Thanks for reading, supporting, participating, and just plain being fantastic. I internet brofist you all!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What should we do for #150?

Guys, I need your help.

Next week marks the 150th issue of the comic, but I don't have anything special planned yet. I don't have the energy (or time) to make another animation like I did for #100, and a Yearbook issue-- well, I did that already in #50.

So my question to you is, what should I do? Should I do anything at all? The current story is dragging on too long anyway, so I figured I'd just let #150 be the next issue the current story arc and, if anything, we could do something fun on the side.

A community chat via Skype? Joke around, ask questions, stuff like that? A Team Fortress 2 night, or some other gaming session? Or would you rather I just did something like make a behind-the-scenes special about how the comic gets made, showing all the steps from idea, to the stuff you see on your screen each week?

The last anniversary events were basically me horn-tooting, but I'd like this one to be about you, the readers. Without your support, there's no way I'd have made it to #150. I wouldn't have got beyond #5. So let me know what you think and feel. Post your comments in the comments section, use the chatbox on the left, email me, contact me on whatever message board you know me from, or put your thoughts on Helix's facebook page. And thanks for sticking by me for three fantastic years!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

COMIC - File #148: "New Bots On The Block"

Sorry about the delay.

B.A.D.A.S.S. has taken its toll on the Joe team, with only 3 of them left to compete! (Not including Snake-Eyes, who's sneaking around the backlot. I know, I owe you guys a ninja duel. It's coming, yes?)

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

COMIC - File #147: "Victims Of Democracy"

So what happened to the characters who got voted off B.A.D.A.S.S.? We'll find out... about a few of them, anyway!

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