Post-500, we’re taking a quick timeout so Steve can explain the intricacies of Jaeger combat to Jason. It’s not all fun and games, though, as it’s in service of the Pacific Rim Uprising tie-in comic from Webtoons! Steve also gives us a quick synopsis of Travis Hanson’s RPG one-shot comic, Life of the Party. Finally, the guys start the post-500 era off right with a review of Steve Conley’s The Middle Age. Goofy fantasy and dad-style puns are in your future, if you can stand up to the bullying sword you’re carrying around.
Five hundred episodes is a long time to do anything. Daily, weekly, monthly, annually, it gives you perspective on the subject you’re taking a good, hard look at and makes you appreciate the creativity at work. To celebrate the milestone, The Midnight Cartooner and The Geek welcome back co-founder Daku the Rogue to see where it all started, and where they think it might all lead. Along with nostalgic messages from Becky Dreistadt, Frank Gibson, Ryan Estrada, Gary Tyrrell, Meredith Gran, Chris Grine, and Terence “The Average Joe” MacManus, the guys talk about everything from anime beefs to the challenge having kids presents to your beloved hobbies. It’s been a wild ride, and thank you, loyal Strippers, for being with us for it. Here’s to an indeterminate number more!
Before we get to the big kahuna, it’s time to show off some news and comics. Jason is stoked that Kris Straub’s Broodhollow is coming back (thanks for Patreon backers), Steve found a series of tabletop RPG tropes we could all stand to learn from in The Handbook of Heroes, and Shen produces another gem with a recent Owlturd strip.
Before they look to the horizon and gaze into the future of what Digital Strips might be, the guys pause to look back, at the year that was (in comics, don’t worry, we’re not looking at ANYTHING else) and recall their favorite finds from 2017.
Man, bodies get old and give up on us, and that sucks. Know what will never give up on us, though? Those sweet, wonderful webcomics! Like Lookism, a shrewd look at the life of a bullied student and what it’s like to get a measure of beautiful revenge, and Space Boy, a timeless escapism into the unknown, in more ways than one. Also, a talented 11-year-old has taken their hand at Trump comics and the promise they show has to be seen to be believed. The resistance is NOT futile!
Steve found the four horsemen of the apocalypse and they’re up to nothing but (Apocalyptic) Horseplay, but his brief journey with Rachel Briner’s Patches leaves him nostalgic for motherly love. Jason, meanwhile, contemplates Mike Norton’s own words and asks, “Is there any writing necessary to make Lil’ Donnie any more absurd than the real life man himself?”
After hearing Steve’s recounting of a fight with a crane (more to come later?), it’s on to the webcomics! Zach Weiner asked his followers for comic recommendations and they more than obliged (Facebook thread, Twitter thread), Room of Swords and Gosu prove that Webtoons houses some excellent comics (and brings some annoying downsides to the reading platform at the same time), and Business Cat is trying something new.
It’s never too late to get spooked, especially when Abby Howard is doin’ the scarin’! Even a Door In The Kitchen can be creepy with the right motivations. After that, enjoy the wide open animal talkin’ splendor of Africa, followed by gags-a-plenty with Indoor Graveyard. Finally, we check in on the Goblins Animated Kickstarter, which is now an Indiegogo.
Oh, and here’s the link to that Mark Hamill animated short that the guys talked about. Highly recommended work from the master himself.