Archive for June, 2009

June 30, 2009
Posted @ 11:47 PM by Ananth in Rant | 17 Comments »

Naoki Urasawa is an author who I’ve been reading for some time – my interest in him was rekindled recently. His works include MONSTER, 20th Century Boys, Pluto, and Master Keaton. His latest is Billy Bat.

The predominant theme in his stories is conspiracy, on a colossal scale. MONSTER follows a doctor named Tenma on the trail of a brilliant young sociopath. 20th Century Boys is a worldwide conspiracy that finds its humble beginnings in a group of kids’ secret club. Pluto is marketed as TEZUKA X URASAWA, and is a darker retelling of the Astro Boy story arc, “The Greatest Robot in the World”. The length of these stories is tremendous – ranging from 8 volumes to 22 volumes. I say tremendous because he manages to weave a web large enough to sustain the lengths of his books. I’d love to see how he plans his books out. I’d probably kill a man for a glimpse.

Generally when I read comics, I’m reading them in two ways – I’m reading the story and at the same time I tend to break down layouts and sequences that I think work particularly well so I can file them away for later. With Urasawa’s comics, I can’t. They are propellant; I am stuck to the edge of my seat going 300 miles per hour and before I know it I’ve finished a book without stopping. I read MONSTER in the span of about 2 days! It is 18 volumes.

MONSTER especially is a great series to give to someone who dislikes anime and manga. The only Japanese thing about it is the main character and the race relations that occasionally arise – in all other regards, it reads like a good thriller/suspense novel. Urasawa’s mastery of paneling is sublime; his faces are expressive and real. He doesn’t necessarily make you care about all the characters; often what you care about most is whether or not they can help to stop the impending conclusion of the conspiracy in question. There are conspiracies inside conspiracies; small fry get knocked off as the masterminds manipulate their ways closer and closer to what they’re after. You don’t know who is going to get bumped off next, and you are always made to wait just long enough, so that you forget death is a possibility. I could honestly go on for hours, but I won’t! All I’ll say is this: if anything I’ve said sounds interesting, check it out!

June 28, 2009
Posted @ 7:16 PM by Hawk in Rant | 16 Comments »

Issue 525 is finally colored and up.

I’m going to get started on Issue 526 but I’m not sure I’ll be able to finish it on time since it’s already late in the day.

Edit: Will need one more day to finish the comic.

June 22, 2009
Posted @ 8:46 AM by Hawk in Rant | 29 Comments »

Here’s a little fun fact. This is what I original came up with for the old mac body.

After I drew it, I felt it was too clean and it didn’t really fit Old Mac.

Posted @ 12:31 AM by Ananth in Rant | 9 Comments »

EDIT: Just saw the comic, loving how the last panel came out! Hawk said he was going to pay some homage to Krang … awesome, but moreover I think his design for the robot came out looking pretty cool! A nice departure from the robots we’ve seen thus far on Applegeeks. Nice work man!

As Hawk mentioned earlier, this year we’re doing Otakon, SDCC and Connection all in a row! Basically we’re going to die! We’re splitting a table with Mookie of Dominic Deegan at Otakon. Events at SDCC are to be announced, but we will NOT have a table there. I repeat, NO TABLE! We’ll let you know where you can meet us though! I’ll also announce Connecticon locations as we solidify our plan, which should be in the next couple of days. I’m pretty sure I know, but I don’t want to say anything and then have to take it back! Confusion is nooo good.

Oh, there’s a new tee design over at Johnny Wander – it’s called Zoolology. I won’t blab about it here, but if you’re curious feel free to click through on the image below to check it out:

June 21, 2009
Posted @ 1:11 PM by Hawk in Rant | 4 Comments »

Some of you have been reporting that the AG RSS feed is trying to sell you drugs/porn. I believe we have fixed the problem, if you’re still seeing it in any of the new posts, please let me know.

June 19, 2009
Posted @ 8:40 PM by Hawk in Rant | 6 Comments »

If I can have your attention for a minute…

I updated the convention list on the right side of the website. Some of you were wondering if we’re going to Otakon this year, yes we are.

We will also be at San Diego Comic con this year. This will be my second time and I’m really excited.

As usual, we’ll be at Connecticon, a convention where you can meet shit load of your favorite webcomic creators.

That is it for now, I’m going to be away from my computer tonight but I am determined to finish this comic!

June 18, 2009
Posted @ 12:32 AM by Hawk in Rant | 15 Comments »

If you missed my latest tweet, I decided to take it easy after I got home from work. It has been a long day and I just needed to relax. The comic will be up either Thursday night or Friday night.

Thanks for understanding.