Peacekeepers: The Beginning

January 30, 2006


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Turns out that I don’t have the necessary software at home to work on this comic. If I included the short-story with the comics, I’d only be able to include 1 1/2 paragraphs that match up with the action so far. At this rate, the comic will be complete in several years (if I had the necessary software at home, I’d probably already be done, even taking into account the number of comic strips versus size of incomplete short-story (right, sorry, should have included a warning that the short-story is incomplete, and has remained incomplete since I wrote it back in 1997)). Unable to work at home will greatly increase the time requirement. Maybe the next segment will be out Wednesday, or next Monday (I plan something on the Monday/Wednesday schedule, which probably won’t be meet).Oh, and don’t forget that I have no ability to draw on the computer (I actually have a small ability to draw, just not on a computer).

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My List: Webcomics/Comics that I want to read, but haven’t had the time yet:

January 30, 2006

A list for myself. Webcomics and comics to look into and see if I’ll enjoy:

Argon Zark! By Charley Parker. Very interesting looking color comic that sucked me in for 19 straight entries. Had to stop and haven’t returned yet. Priority to return. “The first and longest-running webcomic. Serving the finest in pixel based comics since 1995!” Can’t tell if still active.

Atland by Nate Piekos. Not sure, but I believe I clicked through an banner/ad to it and bookmarked it. Haven’t examined the colorized “hero” comic yet. There’s currently 76 entries, but no dates, so not sure when it started, or if still active.

The Big Three-Oh by Phillipe Gaboury. Another one I found on “The Webcomicker’s list”. Not exactly sure why I bookmarked it. I’ll give it a try at some point (read the first 12 or so entries; interesting, might come back). Black-and-white comic started (apparently) Feb. 28, 2005 and currently active (as of 1/23/06).

Chugworth Academy by someone (Dave Cheung? Jamal Joseph Jnr?). I think I might have found and bookmarked this manga/anime looking comic after reading an entry about it in a blog (actually, I think I was going by just the first entry and the ads, not sure it really is in the manga style). I haven’t attempted to start this comic that “Reloaded” in 5/21/03 (I think the blog entry I read was something about this comic restarting in a new format, though not sure) and is currently active.

CTRL+ALT+DEL (CAD) by Tim Buckley is apparently a big favorite among certain bloggers. Seems to have started in 2002 and not sure if still active.

El Goonish Shive
by Dan Shive. Started 1/21/02 and as of 1/20/06 still active. I don’t remember bookmarking this one, but since I did, it has been included on this list.

GPF by Jeffrey T. Darlington. Another comic found off of The Webcomicker’s blog and bookmarked by me. I’ve read just a few of the entries and it looks interesting enough (oops, I was looking at another comic listed on that blog and then clicked on an ad for GDF, which I now see is not on that blog).

Girl Genius by Professors Phil & Kaja Foglio. Going down The Webcomicker’s list, and decided to add this one to the list to sample.

Joyce and Walky! By David Willis? Another of the early comics (started 1/8/97) that I haven’t sampled this black-and-white comic yet. Looks interesting enough. It appears to have ended 10/28/04.

Mac Hall by Matt Boyd and Ian McConville. another one looked interesting of that blogs list so bookmarked it.

MegaTokyo by Fred Gallagher.

Monkey Law by Brad Hawkins. Don’t recall where I found this one (maybe from “The Webcomicker’s list), but another one that I found and bookmarked and haven’t read yet because of no time. I’m very interested in reading this one. Very funny comic today (Jan. 25, 2006) about one of the monkey’s being so out of it that he finds “Spongebob” “amazing when you’re tripping” and the other monkey points out that the first monkey is watching “The West Wing.” Not sure why, but I found that quite funny (and somewhat annoying, in that I like reading from the beginning and accidently read the most recent entry in the series, and really liked it, hope I didn’t ruin anything by doing that). Comic appears to have started Sept. 18, 2001 (and looking at it, I see why I might not have tried it yet, something about the artwork in the first entry hurts my eyes; oh, actually, it looks like it didn’t really “begin” until the beginning of 2002). Appears to have started as a black-and-white comic and then become a color comic. As mentioned, there’s just something unexplainable that is causing my eyes problems when I try to read this early black-and-white work.

No Need for Bushido by Alex Kolesar & Joe Kovell. Interesting looking start, will examine later.

Over the Hedge – I’ve read some of this series, but never rated it. Great chance to go back in the archives and reread. Talking animal strip.

Real Life
– I actually found this comic while playing the game Blogshares. It looks interesting, but I haven’t had the time yet to try it. Apparently started November 15, 1999 and currently active.

RPG by Ian J. Interesting look series. I kinda got sucked in there for a little bit (200+ strips), but I don’t have the time now to read it, so I’ll bookmark it. This particular comic is on permanent hiatus (and example; and here; here; here).

Shortpacked! By David Willis. Found this comic through a link on a particular blog (can’t remember the name now) that had a link to a comic showing Batman dancing. Interesting (funny). Bookmarked the comic, but not had the time to examine it yet. Apparently started January 17, 2005 (or at least that’s as far back as the archive goes), and is still active as of Jan. 25, 2006.

Todd and Penguin by David Wright. This one’s also on “The Webcomicker’s” list, but I think I found it elsewhere. Interesting looking colorized comic. I’ll have to give it a go at some point. Very first entry looks interesting enough. Started April 2001 and currently active (as of 1/25/06).

The Peacekeepers

January 27, 2006

Start of a new series based on a short-story I wrote, part one is a teaser. Not sure how the transition from short-story to comic will turn out, or if I go off somewhere else in the meantime. I’ll see if I can put something together over the weekend. Whatever I accomplish at home will determine what might turn up next week.

Oh, and those that pay attention to such things, there are already two more segments of “No Talent” set up to be posted. I believe I set them up to appear on Tuesday and Thursday. That series is basically my “test-bed”, sketch-book.

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My List: Comics I’ve read, but mostly off-line:

January 27, 2006

List is very much not exhaustive. Many comics missing, like Big Nat, Shoe, Non Sequitur (which I’ve stopped reading), Herman, and others that I can’t recall at the moment.

Baldo by Hector Cantu & Carlos Castellanos. I’ve read two of the comic books so far, first one I really enjoyed, and the second one was much less interesting. A similar feeling consumes me as I follow(ed) the series through the newspaper. The series is about a Hispanic family. The two books have a combined rating of 4.30 out of 5 (rating based on just two books is causing a higher rating than I think I should be giving). Never read on-line.

Dilbert by Scott Adams. My local paper likes hiding the Dilbert comics in odd locations, so I rarely get to read the newspaper strips in newspaper form. There too many comics out there to read, so I’ve not tried to keep up with the web-posted comics. Oddly enough, I do keep up with Scott Adams blog, which only occasionally includes comics (see introduction for the blog). I keep up with the comics through the book releases. I haven’t gotten the most recent release yet, and I’ve only read 21 of the comic books (and 4 of the management books – I actually was able to justify the cost of buying one of the management books by reviewing it for a college management class). I like Dilbert, but can be a little too repetitive at times and in the end, I’ve rated it only 4.04 out of 5 (the books).

Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley. One of my favorite newspaper comics. As I tend to not read the comics on a daily basis, I’ve mostly read this series through the comic books. I’ve read five of the releases, though I accidently didn’t rate the last book. Overall, I’ve rated the angry cat, dumb dog, man comic strip a high 4.38 out of 5 stars. Rarely read on-line.

Mutts by Patrick McDonnell. I’ve read two of the Mutts books, and occasionally read some of it in the newspaper. There have been some very good arcs and one-off gags, but overall the series is somewhat flat. Just going by the two books I’ve read, I rated the comic 3.80. I like the series better than that rating, and like the comic in newspaper form a lot better than in book form (and the rating just reflects book form, most ratings in these ratings reflect book ratings). Never read on-line.

Pearls Before Swine by Stephen Pastis. This is a very hit-or-miss comic that occasionally scores big, but largely falls flat. I’ve read two collections of the comic, and rated those two books an overall rating of 3.81. I’m much more comfortable with this rating than other newspaper comics that only have book ratings, ratings. I think I’ve read it on-line, once or twice.

Pickles by Brian Crane. A good comic that is somewhat undermined by the method the comic was released in book form. I’ve read just one Pickles book, and while I generally liked it, I was annoyed that the book did not contain everything between a set period of time like most books of its nature, but an odd assortment of comic strips that disrupted the flow of the series. I like the comic a lot better than the 3.92 rating I gave the one book I read, but I only have that rating to go on. I’ve occasionally read it on-line.

Sherman’s Lagoon by Jim Toomey. I believe that the series might have started in 1991, though that’s based on a book that I’ve read that supposedly collects the “Greatest Hits” from 1991-2001. This is one of my favorite Sunday comics (Sunday is the day I read newspaper comics, just the Sunday page), and I always look forward to reading it. The week-day comics, though seem to be much better, and I’ve read some of that particular segment of the series in book form. Based on the six books I’ve read, the series has an average of 4.16.

Zits by Jerry Scott & Jim Borgman. I’ve read this teenager series in both book collection and newspaper form, but, yet again, only have a rating for the books. The series started off strong, but has become somewhat repetitive of late, and I tend to basically ignore the series. Despite that statement, the series has been given a rating of 4.33 by me. I’ve n ever read it on-line.

Alien Loves Predator Reader Comic

January 26, 2006

Here’s my entry in the reader/fan contest. Yes, I have no ability to draw or create comics, thank you for asking. Click on the comic, it’s easier to see that way.

See here for the contest. Sorry, forgot to mention that dialogue is copyright of Bernie Hou. Oh, and don’t get confused about the above comic and the inclusion of a copyright, I’m not secretly Bernie Hou.

No Talent

January 26, 2006

Part I: “The Mysterious Meeting” or “What’s that giant arm scratching the cat doing there?”

Just to show I have no ability in the comic world, here is part 1 (of a projected 1 part project) of the comic “No Talent.”

Click on the comic, much easier to see that way.

Marketleap

January 26, 2006

While surfing around the blogosphere (thanks Dr. Mike), I noticed a link to an interesting service known as Marketleap.

I wandered over there to check it out, more for my other blogs as this one is way too new to generate any interest (I believe a total of 9 people have glanced at it so far; I believe my average so far is zero readers per entry).

After running the link popularity service, I find some results (this orignially was a sentence linking to the results, then I found out that the report couldn’t be linked). Unsurprisingly, in the 21 days this blog has been active, it finds itself in the white section, the very low link level. Surpisingly, there are some links. Then I looked closer and see that one link is a link from this blog and the other two are from one of my other blogs.

So, have to the results by hand:

Everything is zero except for: MSN: 3 and Yahoo!/FAST/Altavista: 3.

URL List
Total
Google/
AOL
HotBot
MSN
Yahoo!/
FAST/
AltaVista
http://www.Travelleap.com 2 0 0 2 0
michaelbriggs.wordpress.com 6 0 0 3 3

Looking at this blog’s Search Saturation Report, I find:

michaelbriggs.wordpress.com

Total Google/
AOL
HotBot MSN Yahoo!/
FAST/
AltaVista
Click to View Chart

3 1 0 1 1

Someday I might undstand what all this means.

My List: Webcomics (and on-line print comics) that I read:

January 25, 2006

List is subject to change, and is a somewhat shortened list of the webcomics I read. I need to continue the list when I have more time (a lot more comics need to be added).

Alien loves Predator see introduction written for it.

Elf Only Inn see introduction written for it. (I believe that it is now inactive, but I haven’t finished reading the archive yet).

PandaXpress! by ?. Quite strange colorized comic that I found on The Webcomicker’s blog. I skipped it the first time I saw it, but when I went back to look over the list, I gave it another chance. I’ve finished the first chapter and I haven’t a clue what the story is supposed to be about. A girl riding around on a panda looking for her dad, a strange 1880s like fellow wandering around the streets attempting to duel with purse-thieves, a roller-disco blond fellow beating up ninjas, and a talking goat crashing taxis into the sea (and then riding a submarine up to his house). An addictive comic, but very very strange.

Pibgorn by Brooke McElowney. I’ve read most of the series, from the start up to October of 2005 (I need to remember to catch up with the series). See the introduction entry I’ve written (I can’t remember everything I wrote; series is about a pixie and a succubus and a man and . . .). If my math was correct, separating out Pibgorn from the overall rating given by me for McElowney’s work, gives Pibgorn a rating of 4.28 out of 5.

9 Chickweed Lane
by Brooke McElowney. I’ve read less of this McElowney series, and unfortunately, don’t really remember it. I started at the available beginning (not sure if actual beginning) of November 2000 and have read everything up through November 2004. I’ve rated that stretch a rating of 4.25. Oh, and everything I read in this series has been read on-line. I believe that this comic might have some print distribution but I’ve never read it in that format.

Sluggy Freelance
by Pete Abrams. August 1997 to January 24th 2006 read. Still active webcomic. Favorite webcomic (despite overall rating of 4.11 out of 5 (comic is a lot better than 4.11, not sure what happened there)). See introduction.

My Blogs: Nationals Baseball Fan

January 24, 2006

As mentioned earlier, my interest in writing about the MLB Nationals popped up early on my EU blog. While sitting in the stands taking in a baseball game, it occurred to me that a Nationals specific blog seemed to make since. So, Nationals Baseball Fan was born. As a season ticket holder, I had almost constant access to Nationals games (as opposed to non-season ticket holders, who had to rely on unreliable radio, nonexistent tv broadcasts (ok, some tv broadcasts) and occasional trips to the stadium to keep up with the Nationals), and a vague desire to process my thoughts through blog posts. Except for occasional month-long breaks, I posted almost 1 entry a workday. My posts tended to include recaps of past games (mostly 1 to 2 games per entry), and previews of future games (occasionally I went about a week into the future), and very rarely thoughts and reactions to commentary from the various news agencies (Washington Post, etc) and sports commentators.

Before the 2005 baseball season, I was a live-long fan of baseball that paid attention, generally, to how my team was doing, but didn’t spend that much time obsessing about my team (which, prior to 2005, would have been the Baltimore Orioles; which, as one trial witness noted, despite the relative short drive between Washington DC and Baltimore, is very much a separate market in all ways, despite some who create a mega-city encompassing suburbs of Northern Virginia and Maryland, around, and between the cities (and including the cities, if that wasn’t clear)). After I started my 2005 Nationals blog, I really found myself paying a lot closer attention to the game, and despite the relative weak performance of the team in the end, closely watched the team throughout the season, and hoped for the playoff race that would quite unlikely include the Nationals (and in the end, did not include the Nationals). In frustration and annoyance at the Nationals owners (MLB) and city (WDC), I didn’t watch the playoffs, nor have I paid much attention during the off-season. I know, though, from my 2005 experience that I’m going to be closely watching the Nationals in 2006, regardless of divisional rank/position. A success or a failure, my Nationals blog succeeded in at least bringing me closer to baseball during MLB’s experiment in returning baseball to Washington, DC. Now if we could just get an owner already (and a stadium lease).

My Blogs: Entertainment Universe

January 24, 2006

Ah yes, Entertainment Universe. My first attempt at writing a blog. Silly of me, really. I never even attempted to keep a journal as I was growing up, and I thought I might have something to say in blog form (in a web log; and to continue the thought, I don’t keep a diary or journal now, beyond whatever turns up in the various blogs I occasionally post on)? Well, despite that lack of journal experience, I decided to give blogging a chance. What did it get me? A nice small place to collect some thoughts, occasionally, and for the most part, all it got me was the chance to play that Blogshares game (write blog, collect fake $500). I figured the best avenue of approach would be to write about things that interest me in the entertainment world. Stupid of me, I know, as I don’t really have: 1) the ability to write; 2) thoughts (I was going to say thoughts on entertainment, but I’ll leave it as thoughts).

So, a blog. Over a small period of years, I’ve written some reviews on books, movies, music, and television, and written some guides to books. Some, though not all, of these reviews and guides turned up on my EU blog. So, strangely enough, did a play I had written, and a history paper. Mostly, though, EU is the place where I very occasionally post my thoughts on movies, books, and tv. Thoughts that are not particularly well thought out, nor presented in a “review”. At most, and to be generous, I tend to create “mini-reviews”. If I posted on any kind of regular basis, and actually took the time to create well-crafted reviews, then I might have something to be proud of, but no.

Well ok, what actually appears on the blog, then? As mentioned, I occasionally write reviews of books, movies, music and television, but for the most part, the blog is just a random collection of vague thoughts about television and movies, and occasionally some thoughts on other matters. Basically: very boring, steer clear of this blog.