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Not a whole lot to say here today, other than to point out how different Setheen come off here, compared to her first appearance. She was never once out of control of the first situation; Hunter was seemingly completely at her mercy. Writing her in this more fearful way was IMPORTANT to me, in part because of the situation, but almost more because I was keenly aware that I didn’t want to come off as retreading old ground. I didn’t want this to feel like a pattern…although this, the consultation of seers and witches, is actually a character trait of Hunter’s that we came up with before we even started the comic.

This is, however, Tuesday, and I would be remiss if I didn’t take the time to revisit the hashtag of my own making: #UNDISCOVEREDcomics.

Today, I want to give a shout out to Sparkshooter. As webcomics go, Sparkshooter could not be more different from Hunter Black, and for that, I give thanks. I’m probably overstating the differences, too…I mean, we’re both trudging the significant incline of long-form webcomics, but their comic has a decided indie flair in terms of storytelling, while we’re probably a more mainstream adventure comic.

Troy Brownfield is the writer, and although we’ve never met, he and I have had an interesting relationship of mutual support for a while now, so it thrills me to have an opportunity to highlight his work.

Sparkshooter takes on the mountainous task of being about a band, which is a difficult thing to do in a medium that is PURELY visual, but I think that they rise to the occasion beautifully. It’s a story about life and about people, as all of the best stories are. (It seems to me that I have made that comment before.)

Give Troy and his collaborators a few moments of your time, and I think you’ll find yourselves rewarded for it.

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Here’s how bad-ass Setheen is…Hunter hasn’t even opened a purse yet, but she knows that he is “glutted with gold.” That’s witchery, baby.

TRUE DETECTIVE SPOILERS FOLLOW!!! KEEP READING AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!

So, I finished True Detective since last we spoke, and it was amazing…BUT. True Detective clearly aspired to be noir, Wikipedia calls it “neo-noir,” in fact, and it definitely hit a lot of items on my noir checklist. All of the characters were pretty awful people, the heroes were just a more palatable awful than the villains (and the bystanders)…heck, I watched one of the heroes beat up a teenager. (Maybe deservedly so, but still.) The show clearly had its oneiric qualities, what with the weird imagery used by the villain, the hallucinations of one of the leads, and the creepy southern gothic setting. A lot of trouble came at the hands of women, which is an unfortunately sexist, but common, aspect of film noir.

But this show really crapped the bed in the same way that L.A. Confidential did…it copped out in the end and gave us an unnecessarily happy ending. The heroes left with scars, but they left on their feet. The atheist felt touched by the hand of…something beyond himself. The philanderer ended the series with his estranged family by his side (albeit seemingly temporarily). The partners that despised each other walked off-screen with their arms over each other’s shoulders.

I like my noir bleak. Give me the ending of Chinatown every time.

Forget about it, Jake.

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This page is SO SIMILAR to the Setheen’s first appearance that we’d forgive you giving us a slight eye-roll, but there is a reason beyond me making the pages easy for Will to draw. It’s been just about three years since we introduced Setheen, and who knows how long that has been in terms of the comic itself? Not as long as three years, but still, time has passed and we wanted to show that. I thought it would be fun to compare the slight differences in the pages, both to the characters and to the backgrounds. Certainly, Hunter has changed quite a bit since last he was here, and we wanted to show that Setheen has too, and the similarities on the page help to accent the changes. (Also, this WAS easy to draw.)

So…I’m not a wrestling fan, and haven’t been since the heyday of “Macho Man” Randy Savage. Even then, I was barely interested, it was more something to talk about with my friends. But I have always loved comics, independent comics in particular, so I want to turn your attention to a Kickstarter worthy of your time and money.

Headlocked is a comic about wrestling, but more importantly it’s about a guy following a dream. It’s about a person, as the best stories always are. More than that, it’s being worked on by our very own Jacob Bascle, for whom it is a real labor of love. We don’t get to see each other regularly, but we did at San Diego Comic-Con this summer, and his passion for this project was spilling out of him as he talked about it. Jacob is one of very favorite people, and supporting this means supporting him…well, that’s a no-brainer.

 

 

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I love how Jasoom has no problem busting out some fly threads, even if he’s mucking around in the swamp. Have I gotten in the habit of using “gods-damned” yet? I know it was a phrase used a bit in the Battlestar Galactica reboot, but it seems crazy that I haven’t been using it more. (I like “thrice-damned” too, and that feels like I swiped that from somewhere, but for the life of me, I don’t know where.)

I started what I think is a new hashtag on Twitter yesterday, #UNDISCOVEREDcomics. Since Wednesdays are New Comics Day, Tuesdays are going to be, for me, Undiscovered Comics Day. It’ll just be my way of promoting comics that I don’t think get enough publicity, of discovering other comics that I’m unaware of, with a small side-order of shameless self-promotion.

I hope you guys will get in on the Undiscovered Comics fun. Share the love about ALL of the comics you read that could use a wider audience. If the day of the week (Tueday) and the hashtag (#UNDISCOVEREDcomics) catch on, we’ll have done something awesome for the industry. And our industry can always use more awesome.

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Sometimes, it’s cool to revisit old work. I believe the only instruction I gave Will in the script was to make this a different shot of Stilts than the ones that we’d used in Book Two. Will decided to give us MORE. The wizard Castigan’s lair is the only one in the Known World that can be easily found, and so a town, and even an industry, has built up around it. Almost no one ever claims to have met or even seen the wizard, but that doesn’t mean that people won’t try to sell enchanted items or relics of Castigan’s supposed adventures. (Also, there is fishing.)

Well, I promised myself that October would be about getting back into the swing of things, and that is proving to be the case. HOPEFULLY, if things work the way they look like they’re going to, there will be some interesting Big & Tall Tales, Inc. announcements in the near future. HOPEFULLY.

Regardless, we are focused on increasing our output. Not just in terms of Hunter Black (and no, we’re not looking at changing our posting schedule any time soon), but in terms of other projects. With any luck, there will be some Rocket Queen and The Wrench news worth sharing, and maybe news about other, long-delayed projects as well.

We’re determined that 2015 is going to be a real coming out party for us (not that there’s anything wrong with that)! We hope you’ll join us!

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