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NSFW. A ninja named Alex reluctantly defends Tokyo 2069 from demon Kaiju when her favorite soba shop is caught in the fray.

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Are We In High Gear Yet?
28 days ago – Wed, Mar 27, 2024 at 02:56:09 PM

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In the Year 2525
about 2 months ago – Tue, Mar 05, 2024 at 04:44:25 PM

That might be when this issue is actually finished!

I'm Kidding...

I basically lost all of January and most of February with the COVID shit and my dad, but he's finally on the mend. There are other things going wrong that I haven't spoken much about (I don't think I've even brought it up here in an update). I dislike talking about things because I feel like I'm making excuses.

Basic jist is my wife of 14 years left me and is filing for divorce, won't explain why, and refuses to talk to me. Then the shit with my dad happened and I just checked out of reality. Spent most waking moments the last couple of months trying to help my parents and distracting myself from the fact that my life has otherwise fallen apart.

My life has turned into a Paul Rudd romcom and I hate everything about it.

That said, I'm still working on the first issue and I hope to have it done relatively soon. Here's the latest in-progress page so you can see things are moving forward, just not very quickly. I'm really hoping to have it printed by the end of the month so we can get this series moving into the next issue ASAP.

I don't know if I'm going to keep running with the "we're going to get sued" gag, but we'll see! She's definitely going to say "ha-do-ken", though. Suck it, Capcom!

What do you think: should I stay with the cat trying to keep me out of legal trouble schtick?! Either way, that third panel is really putting the "tiddie" in "tiddie comic", amirite?

Get Back On the Dragon, Hotshot
3 months ago – Mon, Jan 22, 2024 at 11:56:19 PM

Do we get to win this time?

My dad's out of the hospital. He's still on oxygen and can't move much without assistance, so the VA gave him a walker to help. We're monitoring him and I'm hopeful he doesn't have to return to the ER for a fourth time. With luck, he'll be back to walking and breathing on his own in a few weeks.

That said, I'm trying to get back on the... dragon. Yes, I just made that joke twice and I'll do it again! I have a lot of catching up to do and I'm excited to do it. Stay tuned for content updates.

And now for the (un)paid advertisements...

Bloody knuckles

My friend, Michael Watson, is running a campaign for the thirteenth (!) issue of an ongoing, semi-autobiographical series of superhero comics called HOTSHOT.

Wait, what's the autobiographical part, Mike? That you can $#@&ing fly?!

Rumor has it that the series was born from his very real struggles with depression while attending college, including failed relationships, strained friendships, and the echoes of a dark home life from his then-recent upbringing that haunted his subconscious and tormented him with nightmares.

This is issue #12 of HOTSHOT, the culmination of an emotional three issue arc where Mike (the character) is finally able to protect his mother from the monster of his childhood: his step-father.

I guess by protect we mean beat into a gross, bloody pulp?

Is this the turning point? Does Mike give in to his hatred and let the void consume him? Or does that brief moment of unrestrained violence teach him a valuable lesson about the responsibility of those with power, and upon self-reflection, he returns to his senses and becomes a Jedi? No, I will not apologize for this paragraph!

I thought you said it was thirteen issues...
Listen, I didn't start the series at issue zero, Mike did, blame him! There are thirteen issues in total, starting with zero, which makes this new issue #12. Whatever the numbering convention may be, the series is fun, it's emotional, it's exciting, and it's colorful. All back issues are available on the campaign.

The Year of the Dragon (Kiss)
3 months ago – Tue, Jan 16, 2024 at 02:15:26 AM

Or it was supposed to be!

Everything sucks.

I really don't like making updates that aren't actually, you know, about the book or a share of a friend's campaign. I suppose it's technically an update about the status of the book in a roundabout way, does that count?

I myself am doing fine. My COVID was mild, thankfully. My dad, on the other hand, ended up back in the hospital with COVID pneumonia. He was in the ICU for a few days and was eventually discharged, still on supplemental oxygen. It looked pretty good for a couple days following, however, he's back in the hospital for a third time, now in general admission. His prognosis seems promising, but that's what you say right before someone kicks the bucket out of nowhere, right? FML.

During this time not a lot has gotten done on the book. I wrote a few new ideas down and hammered out some of the lore. I was also able to work on some of the interior colors for this issue, as well as a character concept for the issues after this one. I wasn't going to show off the concept until the launch of the second campaign, but I feel like you guys deserve to see SOMETHING for your legendary patience.

What's up with that snake tattoo? Why did I draw her with a bo staff? Are those really geta style Air Force 1s, and if so, where can you get a pair?

Her name is an homage to Sho'Nuff from the cult classic 80s movie The Last Dragon. She runs a criminal syndicate not unlike the Foot, but the name of which is to be determined.

Thank you, again, I appreciate all of you. The book is coming soon, and by god, it will be the Year of the Dragon Kiss.

(I'd rather not be) Down With the Sickness
4 months ago – Fri, Dec 29, 2023 at 11:51:48 PM

Ooh, ah ah ah ah?

Holy shit.

I have COVID. Or rather, my father got COVID and then gave it to me, and now I'm taking care of both of my geriatric parents while trying to decide if a second trip to the ER this week is warranted. Thanks, 2023, you've been real--real shitty.

Production is stalled, obviously. As if I wasn't late enough already, right? This might even push back the campaign for the second issue. I'm not about to run a second campaign when nobody has the first book yet!

Anyway, I'm very sorry.

Sidenote: why do I have to put my password into Kickstarter literally every time I open a browser tab and visit the site? What's the point of that "Remember me" checkbox? lol