Go ahead...accuse me of not updating for a bit. I can take it. I got big shoulders. I'm an easy target...but all I ask is that you stick with me. Things are underway here at the Studio that - while they may take a bit - will be worth the wait I think.
Here's the first taste - Head on over to the FUN STUFF section and check out my new stream-of-consciousness webstrip called JESUS IS EVERLASTING TACO SALAD. This strip will be updated as I see fit. It will follow no set format. It's my mental playground, or at least the part of it I'm willing to share with you all. So go get a taste of the first installment - The Sally Conspiracy.
And before you ask, no I'm not trying to be the next The Oatmeal or Hyperbole and a Half...those guys have their own niche and far be it for me to throw down in their wheelhouses (also I'm a fan of both). What I *am* trying to be is the first Jesus is Everlasting Taco Salad. Join me.
We also have a long overdue THUGS page added in with more director's cut commentary. Enjoy!
ARE YOU READY TO ROCK AND ROLL!?!?
Hot off the presses it is THE BOOK! The first 50 copies of The Queen of Halloween. The fabulous FIRST EDITION! Destined to be a classic! It's so awesome it makes hot dogs look unimpressive (go watch some Eddie Izzard!).
We'll be bringing this bad boy to Keen Halloween first! After that it'll show up until all copies are gone at random appearances. After that - new printing, new look. It will not look like this first edition ever again.
You want a collectible? You GOT one! Get out and GET this one before it's gone!!!
Changes are coming to the mighty Studio. The first of which is a big flipping of the switch on a new section. Movie reviews. But not the type of movie reviews you might be thinking. For the next two months the missus and I are going to be doing our usual ritual of watching old horror movies. This time around, though, we're going to take you along for the ride, letting you know if it's a flick worth your eyeball time or not.
Look for some changes to the banners above soon as well. I've been told (several times) that as an artist, I make a helluva writer, and I should really look into making some of my essays about horrible bus-rides, arguments with the wife, and general thoughts on life into humorous comics for people to read. I'd have done this sooner, but it's already being done so well by The Oatmeal, Hyperbole and a Half, and other great sites...and I've always been of a mind that the world doesn't need one more of a great thing if I can't make it great. I still don't know if I can, but I'm at least going to give it a try. I hope you'll like it when I do.
Finally, we'll have a new webstrip joining us soon. I'm working up a buffer zone so I'll always have new material to put out for it. Nothing goes up until the first full arc is complete. You'll hear more about this in the coming months. Until then, sit tight.
What does all this new work mean for Dedlock and Travis? Work on Travis the Undying (which is now simply going to be called Undying) will continue, but slowly, as I'm going to color it. That will take a lot of time to accomplish, but I promise to be quicker than G.R.R. Martin...which makes my life so much more easier. :)
Dedlock will also continue, but it remains a problem child. In trying to make it a comic, I thought it might work better as a webstrip. In trying to making it a webstrip, I've found out it works even better...as an actual fucking book! With words and stuff. No pictures. I've completed the first chapter already and it goes into more depth than I ever thought this story would have. It's morphed into something bigger than what I'd originally intended it to be. I think you'll agree once you have it in your hands...
In addition, there's going to be a one-shot book drawn by a talented buddy of mine that shows off the dark side of Studio Fugazi (yes, we have one!). So much going on here I don't know how I'm finding the time to type this out...but I'm going to stop here to let it all sink in.
My wife is the unofficial partner of Studio Fugazi (in that I do everything and she doesn't) but as we both set out to enjoy the San Diego Comic Con (or Comic Con International as it's known by now), it offered a chance for me to step out of the limelight and let her take center stage. If you've been following all the ComiCon news, perhaps at some point you noticed this particular image on one of the newsfeeds:
Guy in the foreground with the print-tube is me. Lady in the background with the weird hat is my wife. That weird hat is none other than an homage to the intentionally horrible movie SHARKNADO, which came out less than a week before the convention began. We thought about how funny it would be to see someone cosplaying at the convention as Sharknado. Then we started discussion how one would go about cosplaying as Sharknado. Before we knew it we were off to JoAnn's Fabrics to buy material and a number of toy stores to find rubber and plastic sharks.
We were the belles of the ball. Or my wife was, I should say. Yeah, I helped make it, but really, that was it.
If you've ever wondered what it might be like to be famous, without all the money and high living and cool stuff that comes with it...do what we did and cosplay as something at just the right time at just the right place. We couldn't get two feet without someone wanting a picture. People asked us to show up at certain places at certain times to meet certain people. It was absolute pandelerium (to borrow a word from Jeff Foxworthy).
And we loved every minute of it.
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There's of course the initial reaction of "Nah, no way Azz and co. would even need to copy our stuff! Hell, we're not even on their radar. Are we?" I mean, Thugs! is pretty much out there for public consumption, or was (the thugsonline domain was recently cancelled because it seemed silly to be paying for two domains), so there's a chance they may have seen it. Right? And maybe it influenced them. Right? It's not like the joke isn't a common one...guy slaps woman on the butt, woman threatens to cut it off. There are subtle things, though, like the "We 'Coo?'/We Clear?" speech in the last panel. And Ultie's face on the first panel seems a little close.
Like Carl Sagan said about the face on Mars - look at it long enough and you'll see anything you want to see badly enough.
Then there's the fanboy reaction of "Wow! We just got swiped by the BIG boys! We're THAT frickin' popular! Wait...we're NOT that frickin' popular. Are we?" I have no clear idea about how far Thugs! actually reaches. We've sold many issues at conventions, and have customers who actively come looking for the next issue. People have purchased the books online via Indyplanet. When I can remember to put them in local stores here, I'm told they do pretty well. I don't do Google Analytics or fret over site traffic every day. Perhaps I should start. Maybe the whole site has "leveled up" so to speak.
Now I'm kind of at the reaction of "How bad off is DC that they have talent stealing cues from two indie people with a funny but not hugely successful webcomic?" And that's sad. Because I love DC, I always have, and they've really been putting out some horrible stuff this past year. With one major exception - Wonder Woman. It's the only book I still read in single issue format. I love the humor. I love the artwork (when Chang's on it (he didn't do this particular page)). Book 15 has a moment that had me laughing out loud (for the right reasons)...no comic has done that in a long, long time.
And that's when it hit me. I love this book because...it's dangerously close to Thugs! level of humor and action. How close? Just look above! It's kind of a dubious honor, seeing your stuff swiped like this. And really, it's up to the court of public opinion as to whether this would constitute a full-on swipe or just a really REALLY big coincidence. I'll leave that up to you guys to decide. My mind is still not 100% made up...but I'd say it's leaning very pro-swipe right now. :)
Although, with much respect to Brian Azzarello...my line was funnier. :)
Updated a new page of Thugs! with some commentary about my first heckler, some fun with teen sidekicks, and how I really don't want to be Garth Ennis or Mark Millar.
There is *so much* coming down the pipe here that I can't wait to share with you guys. Great commission art, a longstanding project finally out of the gate, upcoming convention work, and kicking and screaming I'm figuring out how to put my work out there for you to actually purchase and have shipped to your home, either by me or by a print on demand service. In any event...there's so much happening right now I don't know what to tell you about and what not to...so I guess I won't say anything yet.
Ain't I a stinker?
Going to start using this page as a brief news/update/blog page.
- By the time you read this my site at thugsonline should be dead and the domain free for any thugs who wish to use it. All future Thugs! updates will show up here, on this page, in its respective section.
By now hopefully you're seeing a bit of the flow here - as I update I'll put something in red so you know where to go. After two weeks I'll take down (ie. put back in black) anything that isn't recent. Not only does this give you fresh content, it'll give me incentive to get off my arse and keep this site active, fun, and entertaining.
Up now...the next color page of "Undying" (formerly Travis the Undying (yes, the banner will be a'changin' soon!)
Welcome to yet another iteration of the Studio Fugazi website. We're a bit monochromatic at the moment but rest assured, color is coming once we get the dials all in place and pay the proper fees to the licensing board. Longtime visitors to the site (both of you) will notice a few changes around the place. Gone are the obscure photos and incoherent ramblings. In their place is a row of links followed by a row of buttons - each leading to an exciting title or area of Studio Fugazi's production site.
The incoherent ramblings shall continue unabated, rest assured.
Pay particular attention to the captions underneath each button. As I update a section, I'll change the date on this main page, with the most recent change to the site noted in red. No more blindly looking around hoping to find something new. I'll steer you there right off the bat. It might be bad for my hit count, but it'll save you some time.
You might also notice the links across the top. About is about me, the studio, what we're doing, what we have coming up. Things are the projects we've done in the past as well as new material. The Store will function as a place to find the items you'll see in the Things section, as well as how to order directly from me if something grabs your attention. Contact will of course be how to contact me.
I'm liking this look, so I think you'll see it stick around for a bit. It'll be easier for me to manage, easier for you to navigate, and this system will keep me updating more often than I used to. RSS feeds and Facebook links will be showing up as I put them up.
Here's to 2013 and beyond!
All work c. Alan Sparrow/Studio Fugazi EXCEPT Thugs c. 2008-Present Stephen Reid/Al Sparrow. All Rights Reserved.