Random Pirate Comics: The Blog

Blog of Jonah (aka spambot) of RandomPirateComics.com

Monday, October 31, 2005

Updates?

I know it seems like there has been a major lack of updates lately, but I want to assure you that it is only because we have so much going on behind the scenes right now.

We just finished our submission for the Drunk Duck book 3, we’re still putting the finishing touches on Issue 1, I’m working on getting some other merchandise printed up (It’s a secret to everyone), and we’re getting everything ready now for the two big cons that are back to back weekends in the first part of next year.

So no worries, we will be starting to update pages from Issue 2 soon. We don’t have an exact date yet, but in the meantime we will try to put alternate stuff up on the site.

 

Thanks for being patient!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Issue 1 coming in December!

With the help of our good friend Mike (http://speakingofsegues.com) we were able to make high res scans of the pages for both issue 1 of “Here There Be Robots” and the 12 page mini-comic “The Map Incident” featuring Adam, Steve and Lackey for the upcoming Drunk Duck Book 3 (http://www.drunkduck.com)

The plan is to mail issue 1 for publishing on Saturday (I still have a little re-sizing to do), which means if everything goes to plan, we will have the books in hand by mid-December!

The books will be 32 pages, black and white, with a color cover. The first 28 pages are the comic which you can read on the main site (but buy the book anyway!) and the last few pages will feature some bonus material. This includes a behind the scenes article column by both Jeremy (the artist) and Jonah (the writer, that’s me). There will be pinup guest art featuring the characters, the first of 3 robot family trees.

I haven’t yet heard an official release date for the Drunk Duck book as of yet. The due date for all the artwork is Monday (10/31) and I know personally we’re 90% ready to go. All the art is done and scanned in. Now it’s just up to me to resize them and send the editor’s the files. I’m planning on having that done by Saturday as well.

It’s confirmed that we will be in at the Emerald City ComiCon (http://www.emeraldcitycomicon.com) Artist’s Alley. We were there last year and had a blast. http://www.randompiratecomics.com/webpages/comicon.htm

This year we will also be at Sakuracon (http://sakuracon.org) which I have attended several times, and has always been fun to go to. I’m just happy they finally moved it to a bigger building. This year, I’m hoping that it doesn’t feel like your stuck some sort of nerd filled underground cave. We do have a few things to get settled before we’re 100% confirmed, like getting our temporary business license, etc. but it shouldn’t be anything that keeps us from being there, comics in hand.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

VS

Upper Deck knew exactly what they were doing when they put a free foil card from their Superhero “Vs” card game in different comic books.

I opened my new issue of, I think it was Ultimates 2 #8, and there was a foil card of Hawkeye staring back at me.

Now let me say, I’m a sucker for games that force you to collect pieces by opening sealed boosters. There is a certain thrill you get at that moment when you open them, hoping for that super-rare character that otherwise you would have to spend a small fortune on eBay to get. There’s no denying it; it’s addictive. My own personal crack. You don’t have to look far in my photoblog (http://spambot.buzznet.com) to see that there is a section for gaming. I have enough Heroclix and Star Wars Miniatures to choke a camel, though I don’t think that would be very nice to either the camel or my collection.

So needless to say, Mike (http://itninja.buzznet.com) and I have played several rounds of Vs are now thoroughly addicted. It’s fairly easy to learn and is fast paced. It is much better than any of the other CCG’s (customizable card games) I’ve played in the past. Star Trek: TNG was the first, and was a total snooze-fest. Star Wars was better, but still seemed to barely crawl for a good portion of each game. So if you’re looking for something fun to blow your extra spending cash on, I’d recommend the Vs system.

I’m even considering making some custom “Here There Be Robots” cards…

Thursday, October 06, 2005

To be a lazy bum....

Geoffio reporting:

After my long summer of work I am now ready to get to work on things that really matter... Making Jonah happy. :p Yeah so page ten of hammer is up now. And yes my art has gotten worse, BUT I think it will be okay because I will now be working on more pages, So if quality goes down its because quantity is going up. :P What between Hammer, True Facts, and the mysterious "Super" comic, I may never have time to draw well again. But that's okay cause its a joy to have lots to do. I just wish I had the drive to get it all done with speed and percision. Which is one of the many reasons why Here There Be Robots really should get more credit than it gets. Anyways. I am going to be updating again. Probably every Friday and tehn Truefacts on alternate thursdays or something.... Anyways. Keep an EYE out for all the great new things from RPC. Our Fall line really is quite exciting. hehe.

Geoffio Out

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Printing/Site Update

We’re currently looking into printing alternatives, since our first choice is, as far as we can tell, still working through a huge backlog of orders (including our order for “Stupid on a Stick”, the Stickguy comic strip collection). As it stands, it looks like we should be able to get them done cheap enough that we can keep the price of “Here There Be Robot” #1 to about $4. At 28-32 pages (depending on the printer’s page requirements), that’s not a bad price.

If anyone has any suggestions for places to get the comics printed, please email me at thespambot@gmail.com

 

I’m still scripting Issue 2 and am on track of reaching my goal, which is to finish the first draft by the end of the week (Sunday). Jeremy is finishing up the last 3 pages of “The Map Incident”, which is our 12 page mini-comic to be published in the Drunk Duck collection #3. I can say this of the first 9 pages: Hi-freakin-larious. The art is really top notch on this one, and best of all it stars Lackey-bot!

I’m not sure of the exact release date of the book yet, but last I heard they were trying to get it out by late November. I will let you know as soon as I get a concrete date. Don’t forget we’re just one of many great comics that will be in the book!

 

The current site design has recently started to annoy me, and now I’m really pumped to get the new one done. We’re just waiting on getting our new logo finalized. It probably won’t look all that different, but if things go according to plan it’ll be easier for me to update.

 

If you haven’t seen Serenity yet, I would recommend doing so. Ok, so yes, being a fan of Firefly helps, but even if you weren’t, it’s still a good sci-fi flick. As for me, being a fan of the show, I was glad they wrapped up some of the loose ends the show was unable to get to. It was worth the wait. Now I just need to find myself a copy of the Firefly DVD’s, since they seem to have mysteriously vanished from store shelves…