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Characters!

Mythocorp was notorious for having around a million characters (it felt like it, anyway), and that was born of my impatience and ADHD-riddled creative mind. I’m going to try to keep it down to a good core group this time, but you never know. The gentlemen you saw in this strip were J.D. “Briefcase” Holden, the ostensible “main character” (he’s the one who burned his boss), and Harve Mannlicher. In Mythocorp, Briefcase was a secretary for a character who will not appear in this strip, and Mannlicher was the head of Internal Security, but in this one, Briefcase is an analyst and Mannlicher is a section chief. The interplay between them will make up much of the strip. Briefcase is lazy, rude, and kinda perverted, but he claims he is immune from firing becasue of the documents in the briefcase that he shows up for work with handcuffed to his wrist every day (he puts it in a safe next to his desk). Mannlicher is fairly no-nonsense, but as you can see he indulges Briefcase’s eccentricities, and he also holds the record for being interrogated harshly by more intelligance communities than maybe any man alive. He deals with the mental scars quite admirably, with the occasional flashback.

That’s those two guys.

I’ll discuss more as they show up.

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I am aware of the many inadequacies of this first attempt. For instance: the comic frame is an uneven nightmare. I learned my lesson the last time: I printed it on a computer; I will do the same next time as well. Also, the lettering is too big and sloppy (it will only improve with practice), and the pen I used for the balloons is too narrow (I only have one pen at this point).
HOWEVER.
The joke is solid, I haven’t lost the voice of my characters, and I like around 55% of the art. This has no background, because I was concerned with character, and I’m much better at drawing things alive vs. inanimate.
All of these things will improve as I go on. I have to get myself back up to the level I was at when I quit Mythocorp, when I could actually draw a fairly nice-looking strip from time to time.
So, that was, for better or worse, Shredders #1. Stick around, and I will make more and better installments.
Thanks for indulging me.

I am aware of the many inadequacies of this first attempt. For instance: the comic frame is an uneven nightmare. I learned my lesson the last time: I printed it on a computer; I will do the same next time as well. Also, the lettering is too big and sloppy (it will only improve with practice), and the pen I used for the balloons is too narrow (I only have one pen at this point).

HOWEVER.

The joke is solid, I haven’t lost the voice of my characters, and I like around 55% of the art. This has no background, because I was concerned with character, and I’m much better at drawing things alive vs. inanimate.

All of these things will improve as I go on. I have to get myself back up to the level I was at when I quit Mythocorp, when I could actually draw a fairly nice-looking strip from time to time.

So, that was, for better or worse, Shredders #1. Stick around, and I will make more and better installments.

Thanks for indulging me.

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Assertion: “Weird Al” Yankovic’s pseudo-B-52’s classic “Mr. Popeil” off of his In 3-D album is more awesome than many actual B-52’s songs. YouTube it if you don’t know it/don’t believe me.

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I am having some serious scanning problems here, which is fucking typical. No scan will ever look as good as the original image. Never.

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endearedangel replied to your post “The strip is called Shredders, and it is is about a fictional…”

I think it’s funny you said 2 to 3 days awake……. I am sure it is driving you batty. :)

I see no such typo!

*looks around nervously*

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endearedangel replied to your post “The first strip of my new venture is completed save for the scanning…”

It has not been 10 years! Maybe 7 at the most :p

Oh, I forgot about the Ennui comic that I drew for a bit, after you moved to Arizona, so…I guess you’re about right, actually?

FINE.

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The strip is called Shredders, and it is is about a fictional intelligence agency that is staffed with what is essentially the whole cast of characters I had for a cosmic horror meets corporate culture comic I did ages ago called Mythocorp. Well, now they’re all government spooks, which allows me to play with some interesting ideas.

I think this will be very fun if you stick with me through the fits and starts of doing a regular strip again. I will try to update it from between 2-3 days a week, increasing as skills and interest increase.

See you tomorrow to debut my first hand-drawn attempt at a comic in over ten years! Woo!

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The first strip of my new venture is completed save for the scanning and clean-up, which I will not do tonight. It looks okay, but my lettering is predictably terrible (this will improve with practice).

When I post it tomorrow, if you like it, and are intrigued by the premise, for chrissakes, tell me

Laters.

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F/X has ordered a 2nd season of Fargo. New characters, new story, new era! This is exciting! The big question: will it tie into the movie as ingeniously as the first season did?

The wait is going to be interminable.

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First strip is finally pencilled (not bad; it only took me since last September!). Now to ink and add dialog! Whee!

Then to do this same process over and over again forever!

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