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All Good Things…

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LCS will be coming to an end. I’ve made the decision to end this comic quite a while ago. Page 568: Gassed, was the last script James ever sent me. Since then I have not heard a word from him. I have no idea what happened, I assumed he got disinterested and/or very busy and quit because his frequency of writing became less and less reliable. The Llama arc was the first one fully written by me and I resolved that if he didn’t get back to me by page 600 then it would mean I was on my own. It was that point it became clear to me not if this webcomic would end, but when. Working a 9-5 with a long commute was tough when I was just drawing the comic, but having to write it too put it on the verge to being too much. I struggled to come up with plots, reduced out 4 panel layout to 3 to draw it quicker, and this comic went from being something fun to do to being a chore. I’ve thought about straight quitting once or twice. Fortunately the past year has been better, my current job offers a lot of flexibility which is nice.

I decided to start a webcomic over 10 years ago. All I had was the concept of me working at a comic shop, the image of the first page, and the opening of the Llama arc. Everything else was just a vague idea. Most of what made this comic what it is came from James without him it would have been nothing. Back then I had the thought of “It would be nice to make to 1,000 pages, which would be a good achievement to go out on.” So that’s my goal, 100 pages to go which will be a little over a year’s time. Putting a set ending help everything go much smoother. I could pace out exactly how future story arcs and be writing towards something rather than spinning my wheels. I know how I would like the series to end and have been making my way towards it. There may be a few extra stuff after page #1,000, including possibly James’ lost unfinished story arc. The final page will be a splash page titled “LCS: The Complete series”. I may also do some retrospectives in the blog as this year goes by, behind the scenes info, character creation/breakdowns, etc.

I never had much hope for the comic to become a break out success. While it would have been nice if this became popular I knew it wouldn’t do to my lack being able to promote anything. Still if you know people who may like the webcomic send them a link, post your favorite page on social media, make meme out of the panels, or whatever (See? Very bad at self promoting). It’ll be sad to no longer have this comic part of my life and I’m sure I’ll fine a new creative outlet, but for now I’m looking forward to getting my Monday and Thursday nights back.

Here’s to 1,000 pages!

Taking a Week Off

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Update 2: I’m back bitches!

Update: One more skip. This past weekend has been hectic for me and as I started to draw today’s page it just wasn’t looking that great. So I’m extending my break a little. Next page will be up on Friday.

Mike: So, some of you may remember last year when I had a very painful situation with my right hand. Well last week it happened with left hand. I’m past the worst of it but I feel like I should take a week off from drawing. This will in fact be the first hiatus this comic has had since premiering seven years ago. Hopefully next week I can get back to drawing. Thanks for the patients I hope you have.

 

PS Guardians 2 was fucking awesome.

The Force Awakens, and Boy Does It!

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Yeah Baby!

I just got back from watching Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens. But do not worry this post is spoiler free.

Sixteen years ago the entire world was excited in anticipation for a new Star Wars movie and as we all know when it came out, it sucked balls. Two more films then followed the path of sucking balls. It has been analyzed inside and out by fans, all trying to wonder why it sucked so hard. Many feared the new trilogy would follow suit and I am happy to say that is not the case.

I’ll try not to spend too much time on the prequels, but it’s worth comparing why The Force Awakens is such a huge step up. There were many problems prequel but fundamentally there were three. Direction, CGI, and acting. You can’t quite fault them too much for CGI, it was a new and exciting technology and they did impressive things with it. Unfortunate filmmakers haven’t yet learned how to properly use it, there was a lot of trial and error and in the prequels case, more error. The acting is tied with the directing, so many times Lucas had the chance on every take to do another, but every time he approved it as is. During the original trilogy, Harrison Ford was quoted as saying “you can type this shit, George, but you sure can’t say it.” When I heard this I immediately thought “That makes sense”. There were so many brilliant actors in those films: Liam Neeson, Christoper Lee, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor(perfect casting), and Samuel L. mother fuckin’ Jackson! So why is it they all give such wooden performance devoid of personality? It’s because Lucas had too much unchecked power. In the original trilogy he had to collaborate with others which helped push the material to greatness. In the prequels he did only what he wanted, not what the audience deserved.

Luckily for all of us J.J. Abrams has a great eye for special effects and acting. Episode 7 is exactly what a modern Star Wars movie should be. The use of new filming techniques, modern special effects, and acting. The ascetics of the film was perfect, unlike the prequels it actually looked like a Star Wars film. You can tell a lot of care went into the design and creating an extension to this established universe. The acting is tremendous I was afraid I may not like the new characters, that I would just want to see the original cast but man these actors did a great job. Each one had a personality, they were funny, entertaining, and showed a great range of emotions. This is probably the biggest step up from the prequels and what this franchise desperately needed the most.

The Lightsaber battles, my god the Lightsaber battle. In the prequels they were all flash and no substance. Just an overly choreograph dance with an absence of emotion and peril. Force Awakens has the best sword fighting in the series. Emotionally charged, with life and death hanging in the balance, and real. As real as a sword fight with lasers can be. This is what a modern Star Wars looks like.

The story is great, at times a little too familiar, but that’s not entirely a bad thing. There were a few twists I wasn’t happy about, but really that’s a nitpick because it was so tremendously well told. And when the film ended I had one thought. I can’t wait for Episode 8.

Star Wars is back and it’s better than ever.

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