Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Coming in November: A bunch of art of The Mighty One! (and Lucky Shot, too!)

Alright, it's been almost two months since I've shown my blog some love, so come November, I am going to post some recent and almost recent artworks of The Mighty One and Lucky Shot that has been appearing on my Facebook page. 

It's been great - awesome, even - to see so much new art on my FB site, but the artists who made these spectacular illustrations should also be shown here, where the online adventures of TMO started: the BSC blog.  So if you haven't seen these artworks yet, then you're in for a real treat.  Prepare to be amazed, my friends.  :-)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Today begins "Laugh at the Odds" Independent Comics Awareness Month!

Hello, friends!  :-D

As of today, we begin what I hope will become an annual tradition!  I call it "Laugh at the Odds" Independent Comics Awareness Month (LatOICAM)!  In short, all participants will join in the promoting of awareness of all the great independent comics out there, whether they are print comics, webcomics, or otherwise!  Unlike the "Big Boys" of Marvel and DC, the indies totally depend on their readership to survive in the brutal comics industry!  I hope to make each September the month to help show the love for indie creators!  Here's what you do!

Everyone:

* Find or make yourself a Robin Hood hat, and shoot a video of yourself "laughing" at the virtually insurmountable odds that independent comic creators face! What you'll say leading up to the moment that you laugh out loud will depend upon if you are doing this as an independent creator, or as one of his or her fans!

Independent comic creators:


* For you guys and gals, you will start by saying something like: "I am (name), and I am the creator of (comic or webcomic), and I join my laughter at the odds with my fellow comic creators for September's "Laugh at the Odds Independent Comics Awareness Month!  Please show the love to (other creators and their comics), because we all need your love!  And I invite all my fans to join me in laughing at the odds, so please shoot a video of yourself laughing at the odds along with me!  Know that I love and appreciate each and every one of you!"

Then put on your hat, put your hands on your hips, and let out a hearty laugh!

Fans of independent comic creators:

* For the fans of indies, your job in a very real sense is the most important of all, because you will be showing the love for your favorite independent comic creators!  You will start by saying something like "Hello!  I am participating in September's Laugh at the Odds Independent Comics Awareness Month by showing my love for (creator's name), creator of (comic or webcomic)!  (creator's name), I love you!  Please keep at it!  I will be with your ALL. THE. WAY!  I join my laughter at the odds with yours to show you my support, and I invite all the fans of (creator's name)'s work to join me in sharing our love and support for him/her!  Here we go!"

Then put on your hat, put your hands on your hips, and let out a hearty laugh!

All professional, semi-pro, and novice cosplayers:

Yes, cosplayers are invited, because they share a very common love for comics, but in a different way, and for you guys, you can go all the way in decking out in a Robin Hood costume, just for the chance to show off your skillz!  :-D

When you shoot your video, say something like: "Hello!  I'm (name or cosplayer name), and I'm a cosplayer who joins my laughter at the odds with those of independent comic creators, because I know what it's like to labor for what you love!  So for you indies, here's my contribution to Laugh at the Odds Independent Comics Awareness Month!  Good luck indies!  You got my support!  Here we go!"

Then put your hands on your hips and let out a hearty laugh!

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Yes, I'm aware that some of you out there won't be keen on linking to the blog post of a conservative right-wing nutjob, so feel free to cut-and-paste the above info to your Facebook wall or blog.  I'm not out for personal credit or glory here, I just want to help spread the awareness of all the hard-working independent comic creators, because those guys and gals deserve it.  This is bigger than me, so feel free to cut-and-paste to spread the word! 

HAVE FUN, EVERYONE!  ^.^


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Monday, August 25, 2014

September is "Laugh at the Odds" Independent Comics Awareness Month!

Yes, that's right, my friends! I am officially declaring September to be "Laugh at the Odds" Independent Comics Awareness Month (LatOICAM)!  I hope to make this an annual event, because independent comic creators need your love!  I've developed what I hope will be a great way to raise awareness of independent comics and their creators, but more on that in a moment. 

First, let me explain how I came up with the idea of LatOICAM.  Recently on a Facebook group that I belong to named Creators United, the subject of independent comics came up and what each individual creator does to promote their respective works.  The commentator related the difficulty of bringing about awareness given the amount of indie comics out there, and the odds of success (that is, profitability) given that most indie creators work by themselves with limited funding and limited exposure.  My response was most brutal, especially giving that I usually try to stay positive when discussing the efforts of independent comic creators (especially the one I work for!). 

Here basically is what I said: "When you get down to it; when you take into consideration all that needs to happen in order for your dream to become something profitable, then the odds are overwhelmingly against you.  The odds are so bad that failure is virtually guaranteed.  The vast majority of you will never get out of the red and you will fail, with debt as the only thing that you have to look forward to.  As brutal and ugly as this sounds, you might as well face it, here and now.  If you venture into this, then do it with your eyes open and your mind aware that failure is what awaits you.  I'm saying all this not so much to discourage you, but so that you will go into it with no delusions; face the facts with the full knowledge that the odds are that you aren't going to make it, and that you will leave this experience with your dream unfulfilled."

Pretty depressing, huh?  And yet, if you're going to pursue your dream of creating an independent comic to the point of profitability, then you will first have to face this most important fact of your odds, which are slim to none, and leaning heavily towards none. And yet.

And yet.

What are your odds of success if you DON'T try at all?  NONE.  Zero, zip, nada.  If you never try, you will never find out if your comic is one of the ones that beats the odds and becomes an actual profit venture for you.  And most importantly, by trying you will be saving yourself a lifetime of "What if I had tried?"  By trying - even by trying and failing - you will have at least answered that all-important question.  So what if you failed?  At least you ventured out, and even though the following is a small comfort, at least you will have plenty of company of those who likewise ventured out in pursuit of their dream and met a mound of debt rather than success.  


“A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once. It seems to me most strange that men should fear, seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.” - William Shakespeare 
  
Okay, enough of the inspirational yet still depressing talk!  LOL

So the odds are against you.  So what?  I say, "eff" the odds! 


Now we come to the whole point of LatOICAM.  :-)

For the entire month of September, I invite all independent comic creators to make a video of themselves wearing a Robin Hood hat, state that they are participating in the "Laugh at the Odds Independent Comic Creators" event, and that they will continue pursuing their dream of making a comic, despite the odds.  They will then place their hands on their hips, throw their heads back, and let out a hearty laugh!  And then they will invite other independent comic creators to join along with them.  After that, they will encourage their fans to also make videos of themselves wearing a Robin Hood hat and to laugh at the odds!

If all goes as I hope, then videos of independent comic creators laughing at the odds (as well as their fans joining them in laughing at the odds) will crop up like those "ice bucket challenges" did in August. So if you are interested in participating in LatOICAM, here are your instructions:

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Independent Comic Creators:
* Mention your name and your work, and then state that you are participating in the Laugh at the Odds Independent Comics Awareness event to help bring awareness to the independent comics industry, which needs your help and your love.  Then state that you encourage other independent creators to do the same.  You can mention specific creators and their works, or you can speak in general, but it would mean more if you could mention other creators specifically, because you guys all need each other.  And then encourage your fans to join in the event to show their support for the independent comics industry.  Finally, finish by saying something like, "So join me in laughing at the odds!"  At this point, you will put your hands on your hips and let out a hearty laugh like in the old Errol Flynn "Robin Hood" movies!

Fans of independent comic creators:


* Your job is just as important, maybe even more important, because you are showing your favorite independent creators your love for their works!  Just remember, you AREN'T showing your love for the characters of the major comic companies, because they get plenty of love!  It's the the indies that need you, so show them your love!  What you will do is wear a Robin Hood hat, state that you are showing your love for your favorite creator and his or her work by participating in the "Laugh at the Odds Independent Comics Awareness event" and joining them in laughing at the odds.  Then say something like, "(Creator), I love you!  Keep on keeping on, and I'll be right there with you!  Keep the faith!  I believe in you!"  Then at this point, say "I join you in laughing at the odds!"  Then put your hands on your hips, throw your head back, and let out a hearty laugh!

Cosplayers:


* Yes, I am including cosplayers, because they show their love for comics in a different way!  So if you're a professional, semiprofessional, or even a casual cosplayer working your way up, then this event is for you!  You might even take advantage of this event by dressing even more in the Robin Hood look!  Bring it on, Sunshine, and show your stuff!  For you, when you make your video, say something along the lines of "My name is (real name or cosplay name), and I join my brothers and sisters in the independent comics industry by showing my support for their works!"  If you have specific creators to mention, do so here.  Then continue with, "I too, understand what it means to labor for your love and for your dream, so I stand with you by participating in the Laugh at the Odds Independent Comics Awareness event by uniting my laughter with yours!  Let our laughter be heard around the world!"  Then end with your hands on your hips, throwing your head back, and letting out a hearty laugh!  If you wish, you can challenge your fellow cosplayers to do the same, and ask your fans to show their love for you and their support for the LatOICAM event.

Fans of cosplayers:


* You'll be doing basically the same as the fans of indie creators, but mentioning your favorite cosplayers instead.  Just make sure when you make the video to wear the Robin Hood hat, mention "Laugh at the Odds Independent Comics Awareness Month" somewhere in your video, and then finish by putting your hands on your hips, throwing your head back, and let out a hearty laugh.
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So there you have it, friends!  It all begins on September 1st, and it will go on for the whole month!  That means that you have a whole month to make your video awesome, so take your time!  Also, feel free to make more than one video.  Like I said, if this works, then we can try to make this an anuual event, because indie comic creators need your love for more than just one month!  :-D

An independent comic creator named Scott Markley (Time for Hugs) once stated something in regards to indie comic creators working together that I think will be a great motto for this event:  "Alone we create worlds.  Together we are a universe."

Let's do that.  Let's make a universe together, and let our laughter at the odds be heard around the world.




Well?!? Why are you still  just sitting there?  Go out there and get that hat and make that video, because it all starts on September 1st!  There's independent comic creators out there waiting to feel your love! 

Here's the url to this blog post with all the info on LatOICAM:
http://bustysuperherochick.blogspot.com/2014/08/september-is-laugh-at-odds-independent.html

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Coming Monday! Get a Robin Hood hat! :-D

Alright my little nerdlings!  Coming Monday, I have a special announcement!

In the meantime, be sure you are able to get ahold of a Robin Hood hat, or if you prefer, get the whole costume.  If you're the kind skilled at costume-making, then make your own, or if you know someone who knows how to make costumes, then ask them! 

If the idea I have manages to take hold like I hope it will, then Robin Hood hats will be hard to come by!  You'll see what I mean come Monday.  ;-)

So what are you waiting for?  Get that Robin Hood hat and check back on Monday!  :-D

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Nerf guns "for girls" that really kick ass!

Earlier this week on FB, I lamented on the line of Nerf weapons "for girls" that Hasbro offers.  I mean, bleh.  So unthreatening and unintimidating!  Dammit, if they're going to make Nerf guns "for girls", then let's make some that will actually scare the crap out of the boys!  What the hell good will it do to make Nerf guns "for girls" if they're going to be these decorative and cutesy-poo but otherwise useless weapons of "war"? 

So with that, below are my suggestions for real Nerf guns "for girls" that will have the boys running from the yard!  They're Nerf guns "for boys", but repurposed with my suggestions for a name, and coloring suggestions to go with the name, and the likely response from the victims of being taken down by these much more serious "girl guns"! 

As you'll see by the name suggestions, they are meant not just to be physically intimidating, but also with a psychological element added in.  On top of that, the "girl guns" will fire darts and bombs with "Hello Kitty" faces on the tips to further add to the humiliation of having "gotten it" with a "girl gun".  Muahahahahahahahaha!  (Many thanks to FB friend Laura Diaz for the suggestion of the Hello Kitty darts).

If any of my FB friends who are artists want to make art of women weilding these weapons, then please have at it.  If I think of other "girl guns that kick ass", then I'll post those as well.  >:-)


Friday, June 6, 2014

A sneak "sneak preview" of TMA#1! :-D

After years of dreaming and planning the first issue of The Mighty Andromeda #1, we finally have the first chapter done!  DONE!  Yes, my good, patient little nerdlings, the first six pages are READY! 

YEEEEEAAAAHH!!!!!!

The boss is currently crafting a .pdf file of the first chapter, plus some pin-ups and a thank-you page.  Since this is our very first "sneak preview" of the book, he wants it to be extra special when it's good and ready to be shown to the world.  However, his Director of Social Media Marketing (pointing to self) is a tad eager to get the ball rolling, so he gave me a couple of pages to post to my blog while he puts the final touches to the sneak preview.  So what you're about to see is a "sneak sneak preview".  :-D

Even as a sneak sneak preview, this does mean that this is the first viewing of official comic pages of TMA#1.  So what this means is that

THE ERA OF THE MIGHTY ONE HAS BEGUN! 

Sorry, if I busted your eardrums there, but as you all know, I've been waiting to post those words for quite a while.  :-)

I was going to also make this blog post a comic update, but then I thought, "eh, let's just run with the comic pages instead."
  So without further ado, I present to you the first two pages of The Mighty Andromeda #1! 


Written by John P. Araujo
Layouts, pencils and inks by Martheus Wade
Colors by Andrew Chandler
Lettering by Justin Carmona

More to come, friends!  Thanks for being along with me on this most wonderful ride these past few years!  ^.^

Friday, April 25, 2014

Today is Ketchup Day! And guess what? I'm bossy! :-D



Hello again, my little nerdlings!  I'm back after having taken a Lenten sabbatical!  I hope you all behaved yourselves while I was away.  :-D

The first blog post after I return from my Lenten sabbatical took on an official, traditional name as of last year, and that name is Ketchup Day - in which I "ketchup" to all that has been going on while I have been gone.  ;-)

For those of you who might be new to my blog and my views, I will say up front that I am a right-wing nutjob.  Yes, I'm conservative, and I'm sometimes (respectfully) blunt when expressing my opinions.  I'm always willing to hear different points of view, and I try to be cordial and friendly when it comes to discussions and debates.  But I have definite points of views on many issues, and most of them lie on the right side of the aisle, so if some of my views don't agree with your own, then that's just how it's gonna have to be.  I hope you give me a chance anyway.  I can be cute and loveable when you get to know me.  :-D

So let's hit the ground running, and in no particular order.

1.) Shark-jumping

As in, feminist leaders have officially jumped the shark with their recent "Ban Bossy" campaign.  In my humble opinion, I think they jumped the shark more than a decade ago, but I think that it's become more obvious even to the more devout supporters.  I mean - c'mon!  Banning a word that's not even the worst "b" word that women can call each other?  What the hell?!?

Thing is, all this time feminists have been criticizing the rest of us for treating girls as delicate little flowers, as fragile porcelain china, and as timid little princesses when they're capable of so much more.  And now, they turn around and want to ban a word - and not even the worst word - because they don't think little girls can handle it?  They misunderestimate your average little girl!  If they had asked me, my campaign wouldn't have been "Ban Bossy", it would have been "Toughen up, Buttercup!" 

Yes, some girls are indeed timid and afraid, and they should be helped and guided so that they can be more emboldened to speak out to help themselves and those around them.  But banning the word "bossy" isn't going to help that timid little girl - all that's going to happen is that preparation for such verbal assaults (and much worse than being called "bossy"!) is going to be delayed that much longer.  And the longer that such preparation is delayed, the less prepared she will be for when the verbal assaults begin.  If these goofy word-banning practices continue through all of that young girl's formative years, then it will get to the point that she will be so unskilled and unprepared for verbal assaults that the only job that she'll qualify for later as an adult is as a feminist! 

We need more female doctors, lawyers, CEOs, inventors, engineers, politicians, professors, accountants and other such professions, along with cooks, nurses, mechanics, and other so-called "blue collar" jobs (and let's not forget more female comic book artists, writers, and publishers!).  If such young girls are going to have any success in life, and I mean ANY success, then they can't be afraid of words.  In fact, they're going to have to get used to throwing out their own sometimes painful words if they're ever going to be leaders in society. In other words, they are going to have to BE bossy if anyone is going to respect their leadership, and no woman's leadership skills gets respect if her ego takes a hit just from being called names.

Then there's feminists.  Feminists are not something we need a whole lot more of - especially those that want to start useless programs like "Ban Bossy".  You ask me, such people are out of ideas, and just wasting whatever they're being paid to come up with such boneheaded and idiotic "self-esteem" programs.  Know that I have much more faith in the strength of young girls than feminists apparently have.  I totally believe that, with the right education and preparation, then little girls can handle just about anything you throw at them, including being called names. 

When feminists are MUCH more outspoken about the true abuses and dangers that young girls in other parts of the world endure - things like not being allowed to go to school, being beaten, raped, or even killed for being female, being sold as sex slaves to the scummiest slime on Earth, among other true and genuine horrors that they endure just for being female - then they can look me up.  But they have to be MUCH more outspoken than they are now.  MUCH more.  Until then, they are virtually worthless as role models of female leadership for young girls.

"Ban Bossy"!  Hey, I'm bossy and I'm proud of it!  Muahahahahahaha!!!

I might have more to say on this later, but it's time for more "ketchup!"

2.) Mash-up of Nintendo and Star Wars!

Check these out!  Awesome!  :-D

Star Wars and Nintendo Mashup Super Smash Wars

3.) World of Warcraft

You know that I gotta talk about WoW!  :-D

Those of you who still keep up with the game know that the next expansion is called World of Draenor.  Odd thing is, unlike past expansions in which I couldn't wait for them to start up, for WoD, I have to wait and see what happens.  This time around, deposed warchief Garrosh Hellscream goes back in time and is apparently trying to change the present day by preventing the orcs of the past from drinking the demon blood that drove them to become the horrors that invaded Azeroth all those years ago. 

However, he's not going to the past to help bring about an era of peace and prosperity; he still plans for the Horde (this version being called the Iron Horde) to be conquerors - just not conquerors under the influence of demon-tainted blood.  That is, he wants them to be doing their plundering and pillaging while under the full control of their wits and senses.  I guess that makes it all better, right?  O.o

There does seem to be impressive upgrades and improvements coming, but I have to wait and see what the designers have planned before I am good with the changes.  I know that the game has the change in order for Blizzard Entertainment to keep the subscribers that it still has, but there's changes to improve gameplay, and then there's changes that seem to be change for the sake of change.  I have to see what they end up doing before I decide what kind of change it is.  One of my favorite parts of the game is the lore, and if Blizz plans on changing some of the established lore, well then - it better be pretty darned good, that's all I gotta say!

In other WoW news, there's a reality show called Azeroth Choppers, in which a business who specializes in making customized motorcycles is going to make an Alliance chopper, and a Horde chopper!  The season just started, but I already predict that the HORDE WINS, BABY!

Oh!  I just got this in from a secret informant who has inside information!  Here's the final entry for the Horde bike, and here's the final entry for the Alliance bikeWhoohoo! But don't tell anyone yet!  It's supposed to be a secret, so SHHHHH!!

And before we leave my discussion of all things WoW, I gotta bring up their new app, a card game called Hearthstone.  I've yet to try it out, but it's within my cheapskate price range, because it's free!  When I have time to check it out and play the game myself, I will let you know what I think of it.

4.) My generation needs to make a turn to the right if it is to save itself

Yeah, you heard me.  More of my generation - that is, those of us born mostly in the 1980s (and which I am trying to get us named the Worgen Generation) - need to all just make a jump to the conservative side of the ideological aisle if we are to save ourselves from ourselves.  If we save ourselves from ourselves, then we set ourselves up for the future, and all of society will benefit as a result.

Now now - don't get your panties all in a knot here; I'm not saying that the right wing is the be-all end-all to life.  For me to say that conservatism is the be-all end-all to life is to put conservatism on the same path that liberalism has now found itself in - and that is being so far to their own side that they now see their views as dogmas.  That is, today's liberals see their views as infallible, and anyone who disagrees with them is basically a heathen and a blasphemer.  When one side of the aisle begins to see their views as dogma, then bad things happen like they did in other parts of the world in which ideology ran amok, and tyrannies sprung in their wake. 

What we need to do in our country is help prevent that from happening here, and we (that is, those of us in the "Worgen Generation") do that by countering the left wing upbringings of our parents, because they've swung the ideological pendulum too far to the left, and are now trying to keep it stuck there. If we as a culture and society are going to evolve, then the pendulum must be able to swing freely back and forth. 

To keep the pendulum stuck to one side is to put us on the path to devolve as a culture and society, because those trying to keep the pendulum stuck on their side will eventually resort to tyranny to keep it that way, as we saw in most of the 20th century, in which nearly all of that century was one textbook case after another of ideology gone insane.  And in our wonderful country, that ain't how it's supposed to work. The proverbial marketplace of ideas must function in the way that it always has, with the free and open discussion of ideas.  We as a country work best when we can have these debates and discussions, even if they get lively and spirited at times.  The marketplace of ideas must reign supreme, beyond the reach of both sides of the aisle, so the ideological pendulum must be able to swing freely, back and forth like it's supposed to do.

It's been said that my generation is most likely not going to be more prosperous than the previous generation, which would be a first in a very long time.  Well, I'm not going to accept that, and neither should my fellow Worgen Gens.  So turn right, my fellow Worgens!

5.) New banner!  New profile pic!  :-D

Did you notice the new blog banner?  It came courtesy of four different people!  An artist who goes by Grim Rascal made the line art, another artist named Richard Dominguez colored it and put in the background, a third artist named Chris Hebert of HB Comics made the logo, and the boss himself made the layout.  The new profile pic is a cutout from the finished artwork of the first chapter of The Mighty Andromeda #1, and it's by Martheus Wade.  You will find further info on these cool dudes on my The Mighty Andromeda FB group, so look them up!  So cool!  Thanks, guys!  You all rock!  :-D

6.) Comics talk!

My usual segment on comics talk will have to come next time, as I've already talked enough this time around!  LOL

But trust me, there will be comic stuff to talk about - including an update to the book, The Mighty Andromeda #1!  YEAAAAAAHHH!!!!! 

So stay tuned, true believers!  The best is yet to come, and I want you all to be there to share it!  ^.^

Ahhh.... it's good to be back.  :-D

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

AFK for 40 Days begins today!

This is it, friends! 

My annual Lenten tradition, "AFK for 40 Days" begins today!  After midnight tonight, I will be taking my sabbatical to take some time off and recharge my batteries.  I will be thinking about you all, and I will be praying for you. 

I also hope that you will be keeping up with the progress of The Mighty One's book by going to the FB group called "The Mighty Andromeda".  There, the boss will keep you up to date on the latest goings-on of everyone's favorite busty superhero nerd!  I so look forward to tell you the happy news that my book is ready to purchase.  When I get back, we will be that much closer to that happy day.  I just can't wait!  :-D

It won't be easy to step away, but trust me, the time will fly before you know it.  Time has flown so far this year, hasn't it?  LOL 

So be good, my little nerdlings!  Take care, and see you after Easter Sunday, which will be April  20th this year. 

Goodbye.  :-)