BumbleKast & Lost Hedgehog Tales Update

The holiday season is upon us like a wild animal, savaging us with good cheer. And awkward similes.

I’ve traveled down to the States for Thanksgiving to visit family and friends; some of whom I’ve not seen in over a year. It’s a two day trip in either direction, and my internet access is a little spotty. You know what that means? That’s right – delays!

BumbleKast, Episode 5 won’t be out on time. We mentioned this as a possibility last time, but I’m confirming it now. Once I’m back home, I’ll be recording with Kyle as soon as possible. We’ll get it edited and up hopefully within the proper week. We’ll keep on the regular schedule afterwards so, if anything, you’ll be getting more BumbleKast faster than usual!

Lost Hedgehog Tales, Chapter 2 has been drafted, but between paying work and travel I haven’t had time to revise and polish it. I’ll try to get it turned around before Christmas closes in and delivers the time-killing yule-bite. I know folks are eager to get into the meat of the project. I’m working on it.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all, and Happy Holidays!

TMNT Amazing Adventures #7 Solicit

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures #7
Ian Flynn, Caleb Goellner (w) • Chad Thomas, Dave Alvarez (a) Jon Sommariva (c)
“Job Security -Part 1” Shredder is fed up with Fishface, Rahzar, Bebop and Rocksteady and declares that only the pair that bring in the Turtles will remain in his employ. The other team will meet a much more unpleasant fate. It’s an all-out competition between the goons with the Turtles stuck in the middle!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Sonic the Hedgehog #282 & Sonic Universe #85 Solicits

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Jamal Peppers, Jennifer Hernandez, Terry Austin, John Workman & Gabriel Cassata
Sonic the Hedgehog #282 CVR A Reg: Tyson Hesse
Sonic the Hedgehog #282 CVR B Variant: T. Rex

SONIC fights FIRE with FURY in “Wings of Fire” Part Two: When Sonic was infected with the Dark Gaia energy, he nearly lost control of his mutant Werehog form. So what happens when an ancient and powerful phoenix gets turned to the dark side?! It’s a three-way battle as Sonic and Dulcy’s teams battle for their lives against the Dark Gaia Phoenix and Egg Army! Then, in “Shards and Sparks,” Knuckles and Mighty reunite to take on Egg Boss Thunderbolt! Featuring cover art by the terrific Tyson Hesse and a spooky “Horror Movie” variant by the mega-talented T. Rex!
Ship Date: 2/24
On Sale Date: 3/9
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli & Matt Herms
Sonic Universe #85 CVR A Reg: Diana Skelly, Jim Amash & Matt Herms
Sonic Universe #85 CVR B Variant: Dan Schoening & Luis Antonio Delgado

Dr. EGGMAN gets CRACKING in “Eggman’s Dozen” Part Three: Dr. Eggman has assembled his evil Egg Bosses to take back his Egg Refinery from the Naugus Twins! The plan seems straight forward enough, but what happens when the Eggman’s minions can’t work together? Can the mad doctor scramble to survive or will his shaky alliances leave him fried? Featuring egg-tastic cover art by dynamite Diana Skelly and a wonderfully “Wicked” variant cover by artist supreme Dan Schoening!
Ship Date: 2/10
On Sale Date: 2/24
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

FAQ beefed up

In an effort to direct more attention to the main page, and to be less reliant on the decrepit and failing forum, I’ve beefed up the FAQ section. Now folks looking for insight into how to get started in the business, how the comic creation process works, or just want to read of my meteoric rise to glory (*snerk*) can find it more easily.

Random Thoughts – Surgery

I write this with an aching back, enjoying the fact I had minor surgery today.  Why “enjoy?”  Because I’ve been fortunate to enjoy good health my whole life. No broken bones, no cavities, no major illnesses. Well, nothing I needed to be hospitalized for, at least. So my experience with hospitals has been nominal; mostly to visit babies born or see relatives in their last days. The major exception was the one time where – long story short – my hand went through a window. One trip to the ER later and I came out with a few minor scars, but no loss in motor skills or feeling. Like I said – good fortune in health.

That hasn’t made me any less jumpy about going to the doctor – for anything. General check-ups make me antsy, and the threat of needles in any capacity sends my heart rate skyrocketing. So when I was diagnosed with a sebaceous cyst in high school, I didn’t take it well. When I was told it wasn’t threatening and could be left alone, I just about ran from the room, certain it meant I could ignore it and be scott free. Over the years, I learned the hard way that – no – it wouldn’t just go away. In fact, it could make itself quite the literal pain in the back.

So now that I’m a card-carrying Canadian, it was high time to enjoy the fruits of universal health care and get that sucker removed. And as I lay on the operating table, thinking calming thoughts and willing my muscles to relax, I thought back to the other night so long ago when a nurse was washing glass shards out of my hand.

Those of weak constitutions skip ahead – I’m fascinated by the experience, but you might find it too gruesome.

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Still here? Anyway – both times, I found the sensation fascinating. Both then and now, the novocain going in hurt, and that first pass with the scalpel when the novocain hadn’t kicked in wasn’t pleasant, but it was an otherwise painless procedure. Like someone was tugging on old leather, or tying a shoe. I was well aware this was my own flesh been cut, pulled, snipped and sewn.  I heard and felt the scissor-like snipping, but outside of the context, there wasn’t anything unsettling.  The little bits of flesh, bright red-pink and sitting on the counter, were pieces of me. But it didn’t hurt. It was disconnected while being very connected. This is probably banal to anyone who’s dealt with far more serious injuries, but for me, it was still a novel experience.

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Okay squeamish folks – you can come back now.

It also struck me at just how fortunate I am to have these resources. I went in, got the treatment, and at minimal pain. Go back 150 years and you had rags to bite and hopefully be drunk enough to not care. It was in a sterile environment with kind and well-trained staff. I realize I’m making a big deal out of a ten minute procedure, but I think it’s important to be thankful for the little things in life.  That’s why I’m sitting here, grimacing but “enjoying” it.  And now that it’s over, it’s certainly a load off my mind. Or my back, at least.

Lost Hedgehog Tales Goes Live

Originally, I had planned to release Lost Hedgehog Tales on Halloween (as BumbleKast ep. 3 will attest to). But it’s nigh upon 1AM, and my computer’s motherboard may very well be on the brink of dying. So rather than risk another 24 hours of tech support and tweaking leading to catastrophic data loss, I’m backing up my files and updating early.

Thank you to everyone who was so patient and understanding in waiting for this. I hope to keep the updates coming in a timely manner. Enjoy, and Happy (early) Halloween.

Sonic the Hedgehog #281 + Sonic Universe #84 Previews

SONIC is SPEEDING down the Dragon Road in “Wings of Fire” Part One: Sonic and the Freedom Fighters travel to city-state of Chun-nan in search of more Gaia Keys! Dulcy the dragon is bringing all her might to help, but is her fledging team ready for end-of-the-world stakes? Could anyone really be? Then in “Homesick,” Bunnie and Tails come to the aid of a Key Guardian in a time of crisis! Featuring Cover art by the totally-terrific Tyson Hesse and a special Valentine’s Day “Love Struck” variant by the super-expressive Diana Skelly!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Jamal Peppers, Jennifer Hernandez, Terry Austin, John Workman & Gabriel Cassata
Sonic the Hedgehog #281 CVR A Reg: Tyson Hesse
Sonic the Hedgehog #281 CVR B Variant: Diana Skelly, Rick Bryant & Matt Herms
On Sale Date: 2/10
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Eggman’s got the MASTER PLAN in “Eggman’s Dozen” Part Two: Dr. Eggman has suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands (and claws!) of the malicious Naugus Twins! But everyone knows that you just can’t keep a good villain down-so what’s a demented doctor to do? Form a coalition of evil! When Dr. Eggman forms a strike team of his Egg Bosses around the world to strike back, will these misfit minions mesh into a fighting force? And what sinister secret is Dr. Eggman using to keep them in line? Featuring cover art by jamming Jamal Peppers and an awesome “Boss Attack” variant by lightning Lamar Wells!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art:Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli & Matt Herms
Sonic Universe #84 CVR A Reg: Jamal Peppers, Jim Amash & Matt Herms
Sonic Universe #84 CVR B Variant: Lamar Wells, Jim Amash & Steve Downer
On Sale Date: 1/27
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.