Grumpy old roleplayer.

I like roleplaying games.  I cut my teeth playing Dungeons & Dragons with my friends, and moved on from there to the World of Darkness series, Shadowrun, 7th Sea, and Pathfinder.  But as the years rolled on and responsibilities mount, I didn't have as many opportunities to sit down and play with my friends in person.  So, to satisfy that need to be a wizard, a hacker, a swashbuckler, or even a monster (with a heart of gold) I turned to the roleplaying servers of several online video games...

Read more comics.

Of the many resolutions I made for 2018, my favorite so far has been to read more comics.  After making independent comics for fifteen years(!) and getting burned out by the superhero monthlies from the "big two," I fell out of the habit of regularly consuming comics.  I felt I was getting my fill of the medium by making comics, but I felt an inspirational emptiness growing inside me.  I was taking inspiration for STAR POWER stories from everywhere but comics, and that needed to change.  I m...

Temper, temper.

I write a lot about my experiences as a work-from-home dad.  I like to share how happy I am to be a father and have the opportunity to spend so much time with my son as he grows up.  I enjoy writing about watching him develop and seeing him accomplish new things.  I paint a nice picture of our time together.  And while his worst days are some kids' best days, they're still his worst days.  And those days have an effect on me.  It's something I'm not proud of and I'm reluctant to share, but...

You are already dead. WHAT?!

I love Fist of the North Star.  I love it with every genuine fiber of my being.  Its violence is insanely over-the-top and the story is iffy at best, but damn do I love it.  I'd call it a "guilty pleasure" if I felt any guilt for loving it so much.  It's an old series and an even older manga, and my history with it runs throughout much of my childhood. I was first exposed to Fist of the North Star through early video games.  Box art for Nintendo releases initially caught my atte...

Restrictions as opportunities.

Total creative freedom is wonderful.  The ability to express yourself however you wish at whatever pace you want is a dream come true, and thanks to webcomics many people, myself included, have that opportunity.  But as liberating as total creative freedom can be, sometimes it's a good idea to exercise restraint, even to the point of putting restrictions on yourself.  It's something I did to myself when I began STAR POWER with Garth, and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. During...

Words and music.

The filler between Issues 21 and 22 has been pages from the program book of Doctor Hymn's special concert at Sanctuary Six.  I've been writing lyrics for the past week and a half, and it's been more fun than I thought it would be. It's been a fun little challenge, too.  I love music but I'm no composer, and there's no soundtrack in online comics, so I've been attempting to portray the grandeur of Doctor Hymn's choral works in the lyrics alone.  I decided to take a minimal approach to each ...

The Incal Redux

A little while back, Michael was talking up the amazingness that is the graphic novel The Incal, by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Jean Giraurd (often known as Mobius). Michael adores this comic, and rightly so, it is quite a story. He had me read it over the weekend. And regrettably, I was unimpressed. There are, as I look back on the experience, a number of reasons for this. Firstly, I am in general rather ho-hum when it comes to space magic. I have nothing against using giant alie...

Agreeing to disagree.

One of the many reasons I like doing conventions is that I get to hang out with Garth in person.  We live in different states, so we do most of our communication over texts, emails, video calls, and so on.  But on convention weekends we get to see one another and chat face-to-face.  I always look forward to my Garth time for two reasons: we get along really well and we always find something to disagree on. I've spoken before about how Garth and I hold differing opinions on many subjects fr...

It begins in Ohayo.

This weekend Garth and I will be returning to OHAYOCON for another great year!  Ohayocon has become the official start of our convention season, thanks to our repeated attendance and its scheduled dates in January.  This great show with great spirit has swiftly earned a special place in our hearts, and we hope you can come see us this weekend if you're in the area. Ohayocon has treated us very well over the years.  While we've never been Guests representi...

I hate the past.

I have a love/hate relationship with the past, particularly my past.  That may paint me as some brooding badass with a dark secret, but unfortunately I'm neither brooding or badass enough for that sort of thing.  My family likes to tease me when I say I'll be in the next room drinking heavily when they want to break out old home movies. The truth is I don't like looking back at who I was, from childhood to early adulthood.  Now that may paint me as someone who had a difficult or painful up...