With the ending of Chapter 6 of Blank Verse and Rosie the Wizard, I feel it’s time for a change. I’m tired, and need a bit of a break from the comic. When I come back, Unicorn Soup will no longer update regularly twice a week. Instead, comics will go up when they’re ready. There’s a handful of other projects and paintings that need my attention, and most of my free time has been going to keeping to the Soup’s schedule. I need to work on other things.
I’m not breaking up with you, I just need to see other people once in a while. You understand.
I’m trying out a plugin that will allow Unicorn Soup to automatically update its facebook page when a new comic or post goes live. This post is both a test of the system, and a warning to folks following the page, in case things go nuts, now you’ll know why. Stay tuned, and please let me know if this becomes obnoxious. Thanks!
So, yeah. Rosie the Kunoichi wasn’t supposed to be this long. I had planned it as an 8 pager, 10 pages tops. Well, plans change. I’m having fun with this story, and I hope you are enjoying it. It has a couple more detours to make before it wraps up, I think.
There will be more “Rosie the…” stories in the future. They give me the opportunity to draw stuff that normally doesn’t come up in a family comic, and I’m enjoying writing a young female protagonist. While there are lots of such stories out there, very few of these heroines are people I’d want my daughter to grow into. Too many of them are just bland pivots for more interesting characters to revolve around.
Jack is working on a large form story as well, which we expect to run in chapters interspersed with the other Tuesday stuff (more on that when it’s ready). Speaking of which, obviously Blank Verse is back. This is a short chapter, and once it’s done another chapter of Untitled will run. I’m busy scripting more Blank Verse chapters, and am very excited about where this is heading. Hopefully you’ll dig it as well.
It’s a little bewildering trying to juggle so many stories on a website that only updates twice a week, but this method helps to keep the comic from becoming a chore for me. I guess I get bored easily, and working on longer stories all at one go requires willpower that I’m often lacking after dealing with my regular job and day-to-day living. Changing up the stories regularly helps keep it fresh and fun for me. Hopefully you are enjoying the variety we are offering.
Remember, if you come into the middle of a story, you can use the “< Story” and “Story >” buttons (underneath “PREV” and “NEXT”) to move forward and backward along specific storylines. And check the archive page for links to anything you might have missed. Thanks for sticking with us, and happy reading!
We’re going to be making some changes to things behind the scenes here over the next few weeks. Our host’s software upgrades are forcing us to do the same, which will mean that the look of the site will change as we slowly work our way out of dependency hell. There should be no interruptions to our schedule or the functionality of the site, but it may be a little rough around the edges for a bit. Bear with us, please!
This week sees the ending of both Three Hour Tour and Go Fly a Kite. After a couple of one-shots and a short story, a longer story will begin its run on Tuesdays, in early June. Jack and I have learned so much producing 3HT, and we’re eager to put our new ideas into practice. Stay tuned!
A few weeks back Jack announced a new feature coming to Unicorn Soup, which will be a sort of serial adventure, updating Tuesdays in this same space. I’ve got about 2 months’ worth in the can, so we’ll start airing “Three Hour Tour” in a couple of weeks. Specifically, Three Hour Tour will premiere onTuesday, June 11, 2013. Jack and I are quite excited to show you this story, and I don’t want to spoil anything by talking about it too much. But I will say that it is a departure from our usual storytelling style, with bit of a darker touch to it. Unicorn Soup isn’t only about diaper jokes and video games (note to self– write diaper joke script), and this is just the beginning. Three Hour Tour isn’t an unlimited series. It has an ending, and once it’s done, we’ll move on to other stories. We’ve got a lot of ideas, and are working hard to find the time to explore them. Stick with us, we’ve got lots of fun in store!
Weekly Soup readers we’ve got some exciting news. In the coming weeks Jim and I will be debuting an entirely new project.
I don’t want to say too much at this point, but it’s an adventure comic presented in the classic style of Milton Caniff‘s adventure strips. The new project will run on Mondays–so hopefully when you roll into work we can help you start your week off right. By “right” I mean sticking it to the man and showing them that you’re not some worker drone, you’re a human being and that means reading comics whenever the fuck you want! The story is already penned, revised, completed–so once we get a comfortable backlog of weekly strips produced we’ll begin releasing them. I’m lucky enough to have seen the first week’s strip already, and I have to tell you, Jim is extraordinarily gifted.
I think we’re all in for a treat.
All that said, have no fear Thursdays will still be reserved for the tomfoolery that you’ve come to expect here at Unicorn Soup. As always, we’ll alternate between what have become our three staples–the parenting and baby humor that my wife loves, the video game humor that she tolerates, and the masturbation jokes that she hates. The poor woman woman, the poor lovely, exceptional woman.
To be clear, the comic is a critique of sexism in gaming and the game industry.
“But Jack,” you’re no doubt thinking “that’s obvious! Don’t you have faith in me as a reader?”
“Yes,” I respond. “Yes, I do dear reader. After all, you’re part of the real cool club that is Unicorn Soup!”
That said, you never know where your comic will wind up…plus there are a lot of stupid people in the world.
Take as evidence the inexplicable promotional campaign that was the Dead Island: Riptide’s torso boobs statue. A company that earlier suffered from the ignominy of the a bit of left over code labeling the female lead a “Feminist Whore.” A bit of code, no matter how tasteless and ugly, could just be the remnant of a hateful programmer -and shouldn’t necessarily be held against an entire organization. A promotional campaign complete with a tiny busty bust–sure doesn’t speak well of the corporate climate surrounding Deep Silver.
I like clear glaring displays of stupidity. It lets you know who to avoid, and who to avoid giving your money to.
My Valentine of more than a decade is responsible for the joke this week.
We sat in the Costco parking lot eating burritos, people watching–and trying to decide whether or not we had a Costco trip in us. She looked over at me and said, “Baby, why does Costco demand so much commitment? When I buy lotion do I really want to commit to a year’s worth in one purchase? What if I want to mix it up after a few weeks? Nope, sorry you have to use the ten gallons you already purchased.”
When you can eat burritos and enjoy a discussion about bulk goods, you know you’ve got the right Valentine.
I read somewhere that following U.S. on Facebook and Twitter may result in one “S. Spielberg” doing a bio-pic about you. I haven’t been able to substantiate this, but if I were you I’d opt for the safe route. Follow U.S., share U.S., love U.S..
Today’s blog will be full of awkward transitions–in the place of a clever sequitur I’ll be typing, “CHANGE PLACES” in all caps. Why? Well it all…
The comic is another Skyrim gag–so here’s the joke for the uninitiated, Skyrim is a beautiful complex and extraordinarily interactive world and the AI, for the most part, is very good. Though, and here’s the caveat, there’s a tiny, tiny oddity in the stealth system. As a player you can actually shoot an enemy’s companion right in the head–leaving a gurgling heap in front of them and they’ll basically shrug and go back to whatever mundane task they were up to before you stuck an arrow in their pal.
The lesson–suspend your disbelief, it makes for happier gaming.
A friend and reader of ours, Mr. Dark, sent me this colorized version of last week’s comic. To my knowledge, this our first piece of fan art. A sincere thanks and tip of the spoon to our Canadian mate.
Go read Lunar Baboon. It’s charming, clever, and totally hilarious. I think it may be written by my Canadian doppelganger as the his about page sounds eerily like–well, like a Canadian me. I’m a fan of this guy’s work. Well done space beast.
This has been a really good time for us here at Unicorn Soup. As you know we got nominated for a spot on Kotaku’s Sunday Comics page. Well fans the news is we didn’t win a spot–I call it “news” rather than “bad news,” because I don’t think there was anyway that the nomination could have turned-out badly for us.
Would it have been nice to win? Certainly, but we gained a lot from the experience. Here’s a quick list:
We got a nice bump in our readership, and hopefully picked up a few more regular readers.
People on Kotaku actually said complementary things about our strip–this from one of the snarkiest collection of trolls on the internet.
It really is flattering to have been nominated alongside the biggest and most popular comics on the planet. Ego boost!
Sincere thanks from Jim and I to everyone who voted for us, posted our strip, and worked to get the word out. It’s humbling to have people appreciate and believe in your work.
PS If you’re in a holiday mood you’ll probably enjoy this from our archive, “The Gift that Keeps on Giving.” In a related story ,I bought my 19 month old son every Lord of the Rings themed Lego in existence. Happy Thursday!