God-Kicking Boot, page 5. Shrunk to 600 pixels so it’ll fit. Still need to play with word-balloons more. I’m having trouble getting ‘em to mesh with each other and overlap with each other with the oval tool, so crappy hand-drawn word balloons go.
In this page, we learn that Boot is named Boot.
EDIT: Seriously, Tumblr? What dimensions can I make this thing it scrolls properly? Y’all can see it in legible size at my DeviantArt page.
omg apparently artificial banana flavoring is based on the gros michel banana which was wiped out by a banana plague in the 50s and the banana we eat today is a totally different thing called the cavendish and thats why banana candy doesnt taste like bananas do you know how lied to i feel. like there was a fucking banana apocalypse and no one told me about it until now
We are eating the shadowy remnants of a dead species.
I don’t normally do, this, but…
Well, the Gros Michel banana is still around. It’s not extinct. It’s just the banana plague is also still around, so it’s not really possible to farm Gros Michel bananas in large enough quantities to supply the global market anymore-once you get a whole plantation, you’re inevitably gonna get hit with banana-plague, and get wiped out, so these days they go with banana-plague resistant bananas for commercial production.
The REALLY fun thing is that Banana Plague is evolving! The Cavendish bananas you know and love right now? The big agricultural banana companies know it’s only a matter of time until that breed gets wiped out in a similar banana-pocalypse, and so they’re starting to quietly push other banana breeds and products-plantains, red bananas, mini-bananas…they’re running scared.
All information here is based entirely on Wikipedia’s banana entry, which I read a week or two ago as part of my “get to know fruits better because bored at work” binge. So, take it with a grain of salt. Any banana experts who wanna chime in, I’d love to hear more about bananas. They’re actually pretty fascinating.
jangojips asked: Love this artwork. Are you using mayan glyphs? It threw me for a moment because the writing/prayers look mayan or mixtec, but the characters are on an elephant, and the architecture looks kind of byzantine--or is this an epic fantasy world where all of the awesome of everything is in one place?
It is an epic fantasy world where all the awesome is in one place. It’s actually set in a role playing setting called Exalted, which is one of my favorite RPG settings. Lots of Wuxia and ancient Mayan and Hindu and Ancient Greek and western pulp fantasy influences, with a hefty dose of Journey to the West.
The characters seen here are Old Realm ( they get me lots of nerd points in the Exalted fandom), which is just an alphabet, so all the words if actually pronounced would sound unpleasantly a little like English words written in Japanese Kana….but comics are a visual medium, and so Old Realm is a good way to visually indicate Ancient Magic Language without actually having to, you know, invent a ton of new words and grammar structures.
Also, the fact that this alphabet is in a game book out there gives me hope that I will someday have a fan who obsesses enough to dig out the book and spend twenty minutes translating the words. Obsessive fan? This is for you. I am sorry that there are multiple characters for some syllables and that the way in which letters are arranged to form a word varies by number of syllables.
So I’m building a terrarium, and I felt it appropriate to do a sort of journal-thing in which I show I go about building the thing. Here’s a picture of it. I hope you like grainy iPad Camera photography, because there’s gonna be a lot of it! Here I’ve done most of the initial steps:
0. Determine what sort of animals/plants you want and spend tons of time reading up on their preferred environments and how to take care of them and stuff. This vivarium is going to be home to some Dendrobates Leucomelas. Therefore, the goal here is to create lots of terrestrial ground-space with leaf litter for them to play and hide and hunt in, but also lots of climbing space and ledges for them to strut their stuff and sing at each other from.
1. Obtain 40 Gallon Aquarium
2. Drill holes in top for misting nozzles. Automated misting systems are awesome because I am lazy, and because moss likes regular mistings.
3. Coat back in aquarium-safe silicon.
4. Shove giant piles of cork bark into the silicon and let it cure overnight. The goal here was to create a bunch of nooks and crannies into which moss can be stuffed to allow it to grow mossy, and which are good for planting orchids and bromeliads and epiphytic ferns. The big diagonal-piece is going to get covered with dirt and plants and act as a “second floor” for the inhabitants.
5. Glue egg crate (it’s “light diffuser” they put under florescent zombie-lights in office buildings) to form a wall which will separate my pond-area from my false-bottom.
Tumblr doesn’t like my big sexy images. My DeviantArt page is a bit better about that. In case you want to read the text.
Turns out that alphabets invented by beings with infinite time to kill don’t suffer the same constraints to which mortal alphabets are prone. Old Realm takes a small eternity to write anything in.
So…Sunday update are pretty much not gonna happen. This story is gonna keep going, but it’ll be on a strict “whenever I get a page done I’ll put a page up” sorta schedule.
Well, beloved handful of Tumblr followers, it begins. I’m looking into getting some hosting for my nascent Exalted Webcomic, but for now it looks like it’s just for you guys. Here’s God-Kicking Boot, the first three pages.
Don’t worry. Pokey the Robot is not gonna go away forever…though he may come back in animated rather than in comic strip form, and animation is a slow thing, so please be patient with him.
Planning on putting a new page God-Kicking Boot out every Sunday. I’m notoriously bad at scheduley things, but we’ll see how it goes.
So this one’s not really a NEW daily doodle, per se. This drawing is from a comics project I’ve been poking at off-and-on for a few months. Now Keychain of Creation is in Eternal Haitus, I figured the internet could use another halfway decent Exalted comic, and it might as well be me.
This and Pokey the Robot are the projects currently closest to my heart, so you’ll probably see more of ‘em. Consider this a sneaky preview.
Daily Doodle for 2/22/14. Once again, playing with Manga Studio, getting a feel for the stuff it’s good at. I’m liking this software, at the moment. It seems well-suited for the making of comics. Which is, y’know, what it’s for, so I guess that makes sense.
Daily Doodle for 2/21/14. You may have noticed there’s been a sad lack of daily doodles, for like a month. This is because of three things.
1. I’m taking a figure drawing class, so I’m doodling less and homeworking more.
2. A week and a half of too-sick-to-do-anything-but-hate-everything.
3. You know a year or three back when everyone you knew got Skyrim and stopped interacting with the world for a couple weeks? Well, I tend to show up fashionably late to these sorts of cultural events.
But I just got some shiny new digital drawing software, and so I’ve been playing around a bit to see what Manga Studio can do. I’m pretty excited about it. It seems like it’ll work better for upcoming Robbie Comics Projects than my current toolset did. My pretty excited state means there’s a strong likelihood of some doodles comin’ up over the next few incremental-time-periods.
A: I call the Council of Seven.
C: I call my fellow clan members.
I2: I call my sire.
I: I call the Heavenly Hosts.
R: I call Geiko and get a $200 reduction on my car insurance.
Vampire elders game. The stinger was, of course, Robbie. We got our revenge by locking him in nothingness forever, which, to my knowledge, he is still angry about.
Oh, MAN, am I still angry about it!
Bloody rabbit’s foot!