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June 1st, 2009, 6:00 am

Linko: Lazy Douchebag Fuckwad

There's not much to say in the news because I already talked a little bit about what my plans are for Linko Man these days in the Author Comment. That was really insensitive of me. The News probably feels totally cheated out of its rightful place. Well, it's about to get another disappointment: since I intend to crank out comics more often now, I will likely stop doing news posts for every single comic, or they will at least be much smaller and mostly without comic-praises. One a week minimum, probably.

I had a hard time picking a comic to praise, because my usual rules are to choose a comic that has lots of strips so that I can safely recommend it as a quality, worthwhile read, and I also like to give appreciation to such comics with a relatively small number of fans, ones that deserve more attention than they're getting - comics with loads and loads of fans, even good ones, don't need the help. Well, none of the regularly updated comics I've been watching lately apply to both of those rules. However, there is one that, while brand new, is one I can be sure will be exceptional and requires publicity: Halo: Rescue Group 1 by Smeagol92055.

The recently-returned Smeagol brings us a story of MacIntyre, a young soldier who aspires to be like the Spartan heroes in the wars during his childhood. What's going to happen? Fuck if I know. This comic is literally, like, days old. But Smeagol's unique former-military perspective, comedic intuition, sprite wizardry, and creativity have never disappointed before.

Does he make those Halo sprites himself? Did someone else make them and I never saw them published anywhere? Did Bungee make a Halo sprite game I didn't hear about? They're really good.

This is the closing statement. I would appreciate it if you would pretend it was witty.

April 12th, 2009, 6:47 am

This is not an Easter update. Just regular type.

I promised myself I would do a new comic today. Then my sister-in-law came over, and she and my sister and her boyfriend and I all decided to go out to IHOP together, and then we ended up spending the rest of the day at my bro's place watching movies, so when I came home I went and stayed up late just to deliver a new comic. Don't I treat you nice?

It was a good long while ago now that I gave praise to Kirbaroonie's now-long-finished comic, Hot Chocolate, quite a cute and adventurous story I still recommend reading. But what I didn't know at the time was the Kirb is a bit of an addict of comic-making and works on multiple ones at a time, many of them she doesn't even bother taking to SmackJeeves. So, I'm not 100% how long another fine comic of hers, The Somewhere-Other, has been in existence, but it's another extremely charming and mysterious tale. It centers around a pair of siblings who have fallen into the Somewhere-Other, a land of opposites and phenoms that robs the two of their memories and sensibilities. With the help of kind strangers, they adapt to the Somewhere-Other, but begin to serendipitously fall into the path of what's sure to be a harrowing adventure of terror, fancy and emprise. Read it. It's good.

See you next time.

January 8th, 2009, 11:57 pm

Moving Along

I wanted to do another update sooner rather than later so hopefully I can get back into the habit of regular updates. Otherwise you probably wouldn't see me again until June. Let's see if I can work this out when next semester begins.

Today's comic I'd like to introduce to you is called Ballpoint, by Elliott Rodriguez, aka thunderstrike, which has already gained some hefty readership since it's begun. I don't have a lot of elaborate things to say about it because it's not an elaborate comic; it's literally what he scribbles on the back of receipts when he's having a boring day at work (although maybe "scribble" isn't the right word - I wish I could draw that well in pen). I'm really impressed with his cartooning and I'm sorry he doesn't do more comics with a more solid narrative.

Elliott has some other good comics up that I suggest you check out, but since Ballpoint was the first one I noticed and enjoyed, it's the one I've chosen to praise here. Check it out.

January 4th, 2009, 12:51 am

Some Second Year, Huh?

So seeing as I'm finally updating again (I make no excuses) I looked into what the problem was with the background not being up. Turns out that back when I was still working with my good pal Chris to make the layout more code-friendly after I first updated it to what it is today, he hosted the background on his Photobucket. So, I suppose he must've deleted it without realizing it was still linked to the site. The background is now hosted on my Photobucket, and trust me, I never delete anything.

The comic I'm going to praise today isn't really a comic, and isn't even a part of SmackJeeves, but deserves attention from the world all the same. It's an artist by the name of Anthony, aka Nedroid (find him at www.nedroid.com or nedroidcomics.livejournal.com, and look for comments by yours truly) whose hilarious and beautiful creations I had seen all around the internet even before I stumbled upon him several months ago. He's extremely gifted both with a pen and with humor, brilliantly illustrating his daily(ish) non-sequiturs into comics, sketches, and paintings. One of his most beloved creations is Beartato, a half-bear half-potato (I swear to god it's more complicated than that), who, with his friend Reginald, has all sorts of adorable and hilarious adventures. It's a spectacle that must be seen to be understood, really.

Also check out his good friend and fellow artist Emmy, who's been doing a lot of awesome work in conjunction with Nedroid lately. I really should be giving her more individual attention, too, but the stuff she and Nedroid do together is fantastic.

SEE YOU NEXT TIME LADIES AND GENTS.

July 25th, 2008, 6:05 am

Beginning Year Two

Didn't mean to leave you hanging so long for once, the time just kinda got away from me. Sorry. Part of it is that I finally got my PlayOnline ID back (I lost it and had been battling with tech support to get it back, since they protect it for security reasons), meaning I can play FFXI again. I was never an obsessive player, so no worries about never seeing new Linko Man again, but it is a little bit of a time sink.

I've been a bit outta luck on the comics I planned to praise. I had three or four lined up, but they all stopped updating! This time, I've got one I recently found, called Under the Bed, by warupa.

I don't have too much to say about it because not a whole lot has happened. What we know so far is that a meek and easily excited boy named Todd is reached out to by a gruesome but friendly monster under his bed named Romo, who explains that other monsters have been preying on children by exploiting their worst fears. It's quite a mysterious story so far, one that has shown itself capable of being very serious as well as light-hearted, and I suspect that warupa has some devilish twists in store. After all, who is Romo? Why isn't he doing what other monsters do, and why does he need Todd? I eagerly await more. Check it out.

Hopefully won't be too long before next time, fans. Tune in again soon.

July 14th, 2008, 12:44 pm

Happy Birthday, Linko Man!

It's still hard to believe it's been a year already. Doesn't time fly?

I'm skipping the comic-praising bit in this comic, so all I really have to say is thanks a bunch to Chris (Majoracle) for his continued help with Linko Man's layout: this time he simplified my code even further and got my top menu looking the way I wanted. I dunno what I'd do without him.

July 7th, 2008, 4:59 am

Over the Sea to Sky

Like I mentioned in the Author comment, we're nearing Linko Man's first birthday, which will be 7-14-08. No, I'm not going to pull some bullshit celebration strip, but I probably will update on that day. And maybe say something. Idk. I do too few strips a year; making a whole birthday strip is just going to remind me of that and depress me.

Today's comic no one will take my advice and read is Potluck
by Tenor. I know what you're thinking. "Only eight comics, Linko? You think that's all it takes for a comic to prove itself? That's just crazy talk." Yeah, but the reason I'm praising it is because Tenor originally did a comic based on The Legend of Zelda: The Four Swords called Freelancers about a band of incompetent combatants for hire. Thirty six comics and sixty four fans in, however, he was still keen on his concept, but he wanted to execute it differently - not with a bunch of generic recolors with little individual personality, but with a whole new set of characters in a new situation. A gutsy move when you've already hooked so many fans on your other comic, but I approve and support his decision.

Anyway, I don't know what to say about Potluck/Freelancers other than that Tenor has a handle on comedic situations. It's funny stuff, the characters are very likable and interact very well, and the man sprites actiony battles with a fierce talent. I hope Potluck goes everywhere Freelancers was promising to take us.

Man, I'm running out of comics to praise. I have to go find more.

June 30th, 2008, 2:32 am

What a Day for a Day Dream

I have absolutely not been in the mood to make comics for the past, like, week (and I was horribly sick the week before that). But I slogged my way through this one anyway. And you know why? You guys, man. I LOVE YOU GUYS.

No, seriously, though. I have both Metal Gear Solid 4 and FF Crystal Chronicles: Rings of Fate I could've been playing. Instead, I wrote a new Linko Man. If I'd've found a copy of Mario Kart Wii by now, there'd been no hope at all.

The comic I'm going to praise today is Abject Enthusiasm, by Michael (Karptin). Seven fans, SJ? Really? That's all you could muster for this greatness? You sicken me.

Uh, what can I say about it? A lot of comics try to go for the whole "LOL RANDOM" bit thinking it's just automatically funny, but Michael has an understanding of the kind of timing, cartooning and irony necessary to bring humor from whatever purposeless situation floats across his psyche. And he barely has to try! Or at least, if he is, he makes it look easy.

Okay, some of you are the stuffy kind who demand structure and romanticism for your oh-so-sophisticated comic needs, but at least check it out. It's not long, and come on, it's better than seven fans.

I need to go lie down.

EDIT - I forgive him for the crack about Sprite Comics. We deserve it.

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