So I was drawing in the margins on some notes and I ended up writing down two words "Squid Squad". Mainly because I'm a sucker for alliteration. Well, jotting down the title wasn't good enough so I started sketching out a logo. That got me thinking "What is a Squid Squad, and how can I turn this into another project to put on my plate?" So to me Squid Squad became a mix of Blaster Master meets Bad Dudes. Squids that would pilot large Mechs and fight evil robots and ninjas, but then have to leave to get to areas their Mechs were too big to fit.
So far this only exists in my head. But, it would be a cool side scroller.
My parents never had to worry about me and drugs. Frankly, I was too cheap to ever concern myself with them, and the kids I hung out with were either too nerdy or preoccupied with other things to care about them. This is inevitably a conversation that has to be broached. There's a fear that if you handle it wrong you are going to drive your kids into the ever loving bosom of Mary Jane, and then the next thing you know, it's smack and crack cocaine all over the house. I know Jonas is going to grow up and make his own choices. All I can hope is that I laid down a good groundwork to help him make the right choices.
Hey everybody, so as some of you have noticed the site looks a little different. Well one of my goals last year was to get together a more cohesive site, that would tie together all the loose tangents I have floating around on the internet. I wanted to have a hub that housed the various projects I'm working on. Long story short, that obviously didn't happen last year. So I'm renewing that goal for another season. This year, I will get Thunderskull Press together and it will be awesome.
I had a pretty up and down 2012. There were some real lows and some outstanding highs. I haven't really talked about it, but some of you know that Megan and I lost a baby at the beginning of last year, and I think that broke me for a while. I tried to keep myself busy and focused on work and comics, but truth be told it was really just to keep me distracted. I think it is important for me to finally get this off my chest and look forward to the new year. But I'll tell you, We've got another baby on the way and she is great and healthy, but it's coming up to that same time last year and it's filling me with anxiety. We just have to get through February. Despite starting off last year super shitty, just about everything else last year was a positive. Concluding with meeting and becoming friends with some truly kind, amazing people.
For 2013 I want to take the next step, both personally and professionally. Professionally I want to create even more, make more convention appearances, and have a simple, clean, easy website for you to see all that stuff. I will be more available for commissions and have more merchandise available in the store. Personally, I'm having a daughter, so I should get some EXP. for that. I also want to remain more open with you. For a long time I felt (and still sometimes feel) that I would be burdening you and your experience here if I unburdened myself. I don't want to turn this into a dumping ground for fears, paranoia, and anxiety; but, I will be more open. Here's where I would normally make a joke to make light of everything, but I'm not going to do that this time. Instead I'm going to leave you with this...
A dyslexic woman walks into a bra. Ba-dum-dun.
12) Sugar Rush
It is a common occurrence in our house for Jonas and TJ to disappear in his room to “fight guys” and, when I peak in to let the cat out or bring in laundry, TJ will be completely passed out on the floor or the bed while Jonas continues to play around him. Most times it literally looks like TJ has fallen suddenly ill on the spot and Jonas cannot be bothered to stop what he's doing to help him. Jonas' room is only one of the forms of kryptonite in our house (there is just Kid Kryptonite and Robot Kryptonite and Gotta Get a Comic Done Kryptonite). Sleep is never for the weak when you enter our house.
I am a naturally gifted list maker. My lists are organized by order of importance, arranged by room, subcategorized by length of time and can include a list of supplies needed to accomplish the job. I have notebooks devoted to long term lists, lists of things to do when I'm on vacation, lists to prepare us for Comicon, lists of what I will eventually get everyone in the world for Christmas. Everyone in the house LOVES my lists, they honestly can't get enough of them! When I leave for work on the weekend I make sure that there is a teensy, tiny list devoted to the most stinky and horribly necessary tasks that have to get done (especially while expecting a baby there are a few things I physically cannot do at this time and it drives me MAD). I'm convinced that TJ and Jonas would be lost without them.
Year Five seems to be the age in which kissing is the least tolerated and most unacceptable form of affection ever. When our niece was planning her wedding, we told Jonas that he would have to wear a nice shirt and a tie and that was enough for him to kick up a fuss. When he found out that people get kissed when they married, I'm pretty sure it broke his brain in such a way that it will not be fixed until he's a teenager (or hopefully when he's 20). That same weekend, Jonas earned big laughs at a showing of “Wreck It Ralph;” two of the main characters kissed and, in the silent theater Jonas let out a very loud, “ Ugh, come ON.” The kid has timing.
Our dog Robot is as adorable as she is unusual looking. She is a Bulldog-Pug-Corgi and, we are convinced, the prettiest girl dog in the universe (I may be biased). Jonas is nothing if not fair so it was very nice of him to pay his father (and his luxurious beard) a compliment, but Jonas is still figuring out the genders at this point. He knows the difference between boys and girls, but was just recently singing a song about how I was a very cute boy. I would like to say that, as a feminist, we have no gender roles in our house…but I'm pretty sure he's just jerking me around.
7) Career Choices
By 30 I've got the “wife” and “mother” items checked off my own personal “To Do” list (See! Lists for everything!) but what I want to do with my professional life is still a question mark. I just keep working and hope for that giant lightning bolt of inspiration to hit at some point. For Jonas to try to badger a vocation out of me at 4 years old freaked me out to my core! Of course he wanted to be Batman, or Dr. Batman or, my favorite response: “Batman or…nothing.” Maybe that's my problem, TOO many career options.
6) The More You Know
5) Life Skills
Tied for 3) The Bat-Mom and Thora the Explora
In the quest for the perfect Halloween costume, these were both kicked around as possible companion pieces to Jonas' Loki costume. My self made “Thora the Explora” theme song still get stuck in my head (and I'm convinced that Dora would be a much better show if she had that hammer). Jonas, still confused about genders, was pretty adamant that I could only be something that was always a girl (even the Bat-Mom didn't work because I would have totally wanted the fake foam muscles instead of the typical Bat Girl costume). I think we all know that there is only one kind of woman that can inhabit that Black Widow costume and I am definitely not her.
2) Of Genuine Concern
This remains one of my favorite and most unexpected comics to come out of Jonas. His Star Wars phase has waned slightly, but at this point in his life he was still pretty obsessed with Darth Vader and “The Scary Guy” (aka Emperor Palpatine, I'm pretty sure Jonas thinks that they are greatly misunderstood). We sing songs to Jonas every night so he's aware of music, but for him to just start randomly humming one of the most foreboding themes in all of cinema well…I can't say that I wasn't a little worried. While Jonas still tends to empathize with the villains in films and TV shows, his generally sweet nature at least means there is a long way to go before he eventually turns to the dark side.
Honorable Mention: Dance Contest
To get Jonas to dance on camera has been an near impossible task so this comic will serve as an important historical document for future generations. Jonas is proud of his butt and that he “got” it, so why not flaunt it? To get TJ to sing or dance just requires him to hear you say random words that might remind him of a song or for there to be an instrument within 100 feet of his body. For the both of them to get on board for the “I Got My Butt Doo Doodily” song is truly a magical collaboration.
So until then, check out the amazing and super-talented works of these amazing and super-talented peeps:
Nick Trujillo, Lexxy Douglass, Mackenzie Schubert, Maki Naro, Abby Howard, Ty Halley, Katie Rice, Monica Ray, Erika Moen, Amy T Falcone, and Alex Hobbs, all of whom I am very lucky to have as colleagues and am even more lucky to call my friends.
UPDATE Both Loading Ready Run and Penny Arcade have announced official teaser information.
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