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Thursday, 24 November 2016

The haunting of Patrick Stewart



I don't really remember how this strip came to fruition other than it's one of those strange ideas that come to you from time to time. The idea of Patrick Stewart being haunted by Star Trek loving ghosts sounds like an actors nightmare.

The original comic was done in pen and ink and then coloured with copic markers. I'm actually quite proud of how this one turned out.

I had thought about doing this as a triptych painting but that never came about.

~Brother K'Bob

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

A True Dark Lord Says...


We've already covered the true and terrible saga of Clay meeting his idol David Prowse so I won't be going too much into it here.

Spoiler alert: David Prowse was a total dick.

So this comic, as we imagined it, never came to fruition. Clayton and I had hoped that we would meet a jovial and accommodating David Prowse and he would say I'm a pretty, pretty princess which we would videotape and send to Jennie Breeden of the Devils Panties who would give us mad props and we would hopefully get some traffic on our site out of it.

Alas, it was not to be.

The Devils Panties strip that started it all was one where Jennie shared her birthday gifts that year.


It always makes me laugh.

There was a slight screw-up with the comic. In the last panel David Prowse was supposed to be saying "ach" not "ack". I know, he's Scottish, not Bill the cat. 

Blame Clay. It's all his fault. 

Yeah. That's the ticket. 

The guy in the second panel is Ed Ryzowski who used to write and draw a comic called Geek Tragedy. He's now a comic colourist and works with Blind Ferret Entertainment among other clients. 

~Brother K'Bob



Thursday, 17 November 2016

Meet the Geek Merch!?! Psych!

I knew the Syphilitic puppy gag would catch on! I just knew it! Hah! 

This was a comic done by Clay and, strangely enough, was a gag by Sean. 

See, Sean is the straight man, he's not the gag guy. So one day while in the car we were discussing the syphilitic puppy when Sean, out of no where, quipped "It hurts when I pee.... woof..."

Clay and I were left aghast at the fact that Sean had made a funny. It just doesn't happen. 

I suppose it wouldn't be hard to find a chinese manufacturer to produce a set of puppy plushies with a voice box that says "it hurts when I pee... woof". It could be done. It could be real merch some day. 

Perhaps the Syphilitic puppy will be making a re-appearance. 

What do you think geeks? Is there a market for it? Is the time right? Shall I spend my hard earned money, money that could be spent on feeding my children, on a gamble based on a joke in bad taste?

That certainly sounds like something I would do.

Hmmm...

Stay tuned Geeks. We might yet make this a reality...

~Brother K'Bob

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Say it ain't so...


Here we continue with the Manitoba Comic Con 2007 strips where we find that our little "prank" had greater consequences on poor matt than suspected. And that Bloodwine is indeed a harsh mistress.

The 2007 con was almost perfect for the Geeks to attend because there were guests from each of our fandoms. There was David Finch, whom we'll meet later, David Prowse, whom we've already seen, the Duras sisters (who were absolute dolls) and there was supposed to be a Tolkien scholar who, unfortunately, was unable to make it.

The strip was done a long time before we found out that bit of information though.

The strip also shows that I was still uncomfortable with hands. Look at that first panel. Yeesh!

~Brother K'Bob

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Just not right...


This strip comes from a dark time in fandom. The days when a forty something porn star wannabe trolled the halls looking for victims. Her story has been told many places, such as in the papers. I won't get into the full details here but sufficive to say she managed to drag one of our own into her dark web.

This would-be porn starlet approached Clay about using his high end video camera to make a girls-gone-wild style video and porn where she would approach a group of young men at a local event and bring them home to video their coupling. 

Clay showed us the results one alcohol fueled night at Sean's old apartment.

It was not pretty. It was basically like watching a video of someone's creepy aunt seducing a bunch of his friends. Clay said it was one of the most surreal nights of his life. 

There is much to the story but I will cut to the chase. One of this woman's gimmicks was 'squirting'. Now, we've already touched on the reality of that little situation in the previous post regarding Clay's sainted mother Sandy (go back through the archives and read it if you want the details). Needless to say, this left the group of us feeling cold. And nothing about it could be considered 'right'.

The partnership with Clay and this woman and her husband (yep she was married and he was the second cameraman) did not end satisfactorily and was quickly cut off. 

Horrible. Horrible.

That is a dark chapter now closed. I may yet tell more of the story. 

But not today.

~Brother K'Bob


Tuesday, 8 November 2016

What do you do with a Drunken Klingon?


Oops. Little late getting the Blog up.

Today we start getting into the original Comic Con run. At this time we were going to be attending the Manitoba Comic Con and Expo, later known as the Central Canada Comic Con or C4 so we did a series of strips based on imagined shenanigans that we might get up to.

In my younger years at various Con's I would usually use my trusty one litre slurpee cup as my drinking vessel. The idea of filling it up with bloodwine, at least as imagined by the Starfleet Marine Corps, would be dangerous.

Their recipe, from K'Tesh's recipe's page, and listed below, mixes Tequila and Everclear. Nothing good could come of that.


8 oz Firewater
6 oz Everclear (the full strength stuff)
6 oz triple sec
6 oz white tequila
3 drops green food coloring
6 drops red food coloring

It's noted that you might have to adjust the food coloring to get it right.

The title of the comic comes from a Klingon take on What do you do With a Drunken Sailor?

What shall we do with the drunken warrior?(3x)
Early in the morning.

1. Put him in a bed with a bunch of tribbles!(3x)

Way, hey, up he rises!(3x)
Early in the morning!

2. Kick him in the head and call him Vulcan!
3. Put him in a photon tube and launch him!
4. Shove a painstick up his rectum!
5. Shave his beard with a rusty betleH!
6. Put him in an airlock with Kirk and Spock!
7. Stuff him in some Feddie Jammies!

Lyrics come from http://www.khemorex-klinzhai.de/culture/lyrics.html.

I had imagined a bunch of Con strips that end up with a 'floor party' where there's no characters visible, just word balloon's coming from the bottom of the panel. I may yet return to that theme.

Over the next few weeks we'll be looking at the Comic con strips before returning to the regular gag strips.

~Brother K'Bob





Thursday, 3 November 2016

Returning to Transcona

For those of you not in the know, there's a section of Winnipeg viewed with disdain known as Transcona. This is where I grew up and this is where I became the neurotic mess that led me to becoming a cartoonist.

Transcona is often mocked by others for being stuck in the past. Whether it's dudes in mullets driving Camaro's to the maligned bar The Oak, Transcona is a suburb unto itself.

Transcona was a separate city until 1972, two years before I was born. It was incorporated into the city of Winnipeg
Hi Neighbor Sam
The Hi Neighbor Sam statue used to sit at the border of Transcona welcoming people into the Town. It's been move a couple of times and repainted and rebranded (it was an advertisement for Canadian Tire for a time). It again sits on Regent welcoming people into the suburb.

Now, as for the comic above, why would I be looking at a flamingo and saying "Just like being back in Transcona"? Well, for a time the majority of Transcona homes had pink plastic flamingos on their front yards. No one is really sure how the trend started but it became a staple for homeowners in Transcona and something that the little town became known for. I even had a pink plastic flamingo of my own for a time.

This was another comic inspired by real life. The background is simple. I was at the Winnipeg Zoo and looking at the flamingos and thought to myself "It's just like being back in Transcona."

No big story here. But it does help to explain why I am the way I am. 

You can read an article on it by Louise Hedman here.

Transcona was at the time a somewhat iconoclastic town and the perfect breeding ground for a cartoonist. It's no wonder that I wound up like I did. At the same time I wouldn't trade it for the world.

~Brother K'Bob


Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Animation and bricks

Today I'm talking about animation.

One of the things I’ve always had an love of is animation. From my early days I’ve watched all sorts, anything I could watch. Of course, like many, my first true loves came from Disney and Warner Brothers.

So it shouldn’t be any surprise that as I grew thoughts of becoming an animator entered my mind.

I had signed up for an animation course through the National Film Board to be taught at their main street animation studio. Of course, a week before it was to begin, I wound up getting a job as a welder. The course was to be held evenings and the job was an evening shift position. I was devastated.

The idea of animation kinda went away for awhile. I had books of course, but life and personal bad habits kept me from affording the materials I would need to begin.

Like I couldn’t afford some round doweling and didn’t already own a hole punch. But it had to be perfect don’t you know.

There was also the belief that I would fail if I put myself out so why try? Right?

Flash forward about twenty years and technology has caught up.

Enter LEGO.

Yes. Childrens building blocks. A child's toy. Tiny bricks of pain and hurting (when stepped on in the middle of the night. Or really at any time.)

LEGO.

I had come across a toy at a local store that had poseable stick men that you could use to pose against a green screen, included as part of the box. I figured it could be a good gift for the kids, teach them stop motion animation, something to keep them busy. So I started looking into it, seeing what stop motion apps were available and one of the first that I came across was LEGO's proprietary stop motion app. That led me to think, I still have all my old LEGO, I had given it to my step-son, so why not look into it.


I had come across LEGO animations before and many of them are amazing. Check out The Desert Soldier by Jordan Tseng above. Then visit his Blogger page. He doesn't just use LEGO to make his stop motion creations. He's made animations using a variety of toys. And he's young. And I hate him a little.

So I figured I would give it a shot. Here's a test animation I did of a LEGO figure walking,



I have some ideas for a series of animations. I just need to get at it and continue to practice animation. I'll keep you updated as I make progress.

~Brother K'Bob

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

A very secret diary....



The Very Secret Diaries were a series of Fan Fiction written around the time that the Lord of the Rings trilogies were coming out.

The now deleted Wikipedia article stated: "The Very Secret Diaries are a series of satirical slash fiction stories written by Cassandra Claire in the form of diary entries by various characters in New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy following the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Claire wrote a handful more stories with the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, but then abandoned the series."

I'm sure there was more than one porn parody made featuring the LOTR characters but we, that is Clay and I, wondered what a Hobbit focused porn would be like and thus this comic was born.

As revealed later this showing would break the character of Matt.

Now, we haven't talked about Matt yet. At the time that we had met him as a young man Matt was very much a sheltered suburbanite and still naive (it was adorable, trust me). It shouldn't be a surprise that comic Clay would mess with what Matt considered sacred (I'm sure comic Corey had a hand in it too.). While we never actually exposed the real life Matt to this sort of horrible porn there were a couple of moments that we will forever be grateful to have shared with young Matt. Like when he witnessed his first purchasing of a hookers services.

Good times.

In the following weeks we will be continuing with the order that the original comic was released by going into the C4 comic strips before returning with the regular strips.

~Brother K'Bob