Wheaton Comic Dare: Who’s On Middle Earth?

And Dumbing Of Age by my friend David Willis starts TODAY!

Occasionally Wil Wheaton will dare me to turn a random Tweet into a full fledged comic. Not one to back down from a challenge (nobody… calls me chicken), I have once again obliged.

A little context from the man himself:

Aeofel Elhromanë, [is] the Eladrin Avenger I played for the most recent Penny Arcade D&D podcast. [link to post]

In describing his character, Wil said:

Aeofel is an Isolating Avenger. He is, in normal language, a zealot. Where a Paladin brings comfort to the afflicted, the Avenger brings great vengeance and furious anger to those who caused the affliction.

And in a particular bout of furious anger he fell into a pit of acid and died forever. Wil’s followers have madeAeofel Lives! one of their many battle cries (along with “Don’t Be A Dick” and “I feel strange but also good”). One intrepid PAX goer went as far as to make an “Aeofel Lives” t-shirt. In response I Tweeted (or Twat) THIS at which point Wheaton threw down the gauntlet.

This was one of those comics that I just had to get out of my system before the idea overtook all of my higher brain functions. So if you find it overly specific or unenjoyable, please understand that me having inside jokes with Wil Wheaton is basically the reason I started this comic and just indulge me. There will be a new comic about a movie or something (probably Machete) on Monday.

Die, Wheaton. Die!

Ok, so Wil Wheaton basically dared me to draw this. Actually he dared me to draw him getting crushed by an avalanche of fan-donated dice, but Fancy Bastard DoctorAvenue had a suggestion that seemed to fit the “Spirit of Wheaton” a little better. A more positive spin on the whole “now what do I do with 100,000 polyhedral dice?” dilemma, if you will.

NOTE: Anyone confused by the ASCII representation on the side of the “Dice Bin,” just think about Wil Wheaton’s motto.

If you are going to GenCon in Indiana this weekend, please go say hi to Wil, give him a die, pick up his con-exclusive chapbook and offer him a hearty Sci-Five. He will know what’s up and reciprocate (unless you are holding a knife or a carcass of some sort in the other hand) [forgot Wheaton is trying to avoid the CONfluenza]. There is a chance Wil will have prints of this comic available at his signing table. Also go say Hi to AlinaWeregeekPete. She makes a great comic about tabletop gaming and also makes jewelry out of gaming dice. Here’s an insider secret: she will give you some of the magical dice jewelry if you give her money in exchange for it.

Since the books I shipped to Topatoco haven’t arrived yet, you have precious few days remaining to order a personalized Artist Edition of HE Book 1. Once the books are in my Topatoco store, personalized sketches will be reserved for conventions and exclusive, infrequent online sales.

San Diego Comic-Con Fancy Photo-Comic Pt. 2

Part 1, and the first half of my post-SDCC write up is HERE.

[Thanks to Jeph Jacques, Kevin McShane (Fake Stan Lee), Randy “Bringin’ Homeless Back” Milholland and Wil “Evil Wil Wheaton” Wheaton for unwittingly appearing in this comic. If any of you don’t like it, please email and I will remove your image.]

I hope you are enjoying the Fancy Photo-Comics. This is the last one and they have given me a chance to decompress from SDCC and catch up on a few freelance secret projects that are due at the end of the month. There should be a real HE comic on Friday.

In the previous post I touched on the more life changing moments of SDCC (w00tstock, Tommy Wiseau, et al). While those events have left me wonderfully scarred they actually only made up a small percentage of my time at the annual NERDvana gathering. I’ve been exhibiting at conventions pretty heavily for the last year (I’m averaging about 1 a month) but SDCC was the first convention that I exhibited with a large group. The fine folks at Topatoco allowed me to stand beneath their towering wall o’t-shirts with such internet giants as Jeph Jacques and David Malki!, and actual giants like Ryan North (I’m sure he is average height by Canadian standards but in America we measure a man with feet, not cubits or syrup bottles or whatever). Mr. North has an embarrassing excess of feet… or footage. I forget the proper conversion metrics. HE’S TALL!

It was also a pleasure to finally get to spend some time with Sam Logan of Sam & Fuzzy, who was launching his first book “Fix Your Problem” at the show. He is also a Canadian but one of much more manageable stature. He had this wild theory that webcomics can be composed with characters who are NOT drawn from the waist up,  facing each other at a 3/4 view. Personally I don’t think it’s possible but who I am to deprive a madman of his dreams.

At most conventions I am engaging current readers, attempting to attract new ones and hopefully selling my own things to my own people. SDCC was a drastic departure from this routine. You could see the sense of urgency in everyone’s eyes. They had to get in and get out between panels. They had little time for idle conversation about robots and who they ought to be able to marry. It was more of a retail expo on the show floor than a comic convention. When I wasn’t talking to an existing HE reader I was essentially working retail. It was frantic to say the least. I passed the time inventing rappers and their subsequent rhymes with Mr. Malki!. His flow is considerable and not to be trifled with. I would have liked to chat more with Jeph but his line of adoring indie kids blotted out the Sun (or it would have, had the sun been directly on the floor of the convention center and constantly to his right in a sigle file line). I’m saying he was busy is all.

All in all the experience was great and I look forward to doing it again next year. I’m especially grateful to Topatoco for taking me along as that otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to even attend the convention. You literally have to wait for someone to retire or die before a table becomes available (I’m looking at you Randy. When are you going to DIE!?).

SDCC Protest Print

I have a few of the SDCC exclusive “Protest” prints
[based on this comic] left over from the con.

If you want one, order a comic print from the store
and put “SDCC Protest Print” in the notes.

Also make sure to let me know what you want written in the blank sign.

Did you miss the COMIC-CON EXCLUSIVE “Browncoat vs. Red Shirt” SHIRTS?

I designed these shirt for Quantum Mechanix, but they were only available at Comic-con due to licensing issues. If you would like for them to be available online I strongly urge you to email beth[at]quantummechanix[dot]com and let her know just how much you like these shirts. The more positive emails she gets the more ammo she will have to prove to the studios that these shirts should live on. [NO ANGRY EMAILS AT ALL, PLEASE. BETH AND QMX ARE ON OUR SIDE]

Sweet On Wheat-on

Comicpalooza Houston TX March 26-28

Getting a little too pluggy for your tastes? Well, the plugs are paying for my table and hotel at Comicpalooza so how about roll with it just this once and, if you are in the area, come out and see what promises to be a very cool comic/pop culture show.

Meeting Wil Wheaton at Emerald City Comicon was such a thrill that I thought the experience deserved it’s own comic. He’s such a kind and gracious dude. I highly suggest that you check out his various podcasts and books, especially the Memories of the Futurecast and the book what inspired it called [shockingly] Memories of the Future. If you ever wondered what it was like to actually grow up on the set of Star Trek: The Next Generation (especially during the highly questionable first season) this is a must-read.Continue reading

Tweroes and Twillains

I know that regardless of celebrity status, people are just people. They get sick, they get depressed, they go to the grocery store and they get their hair cut just like you and me. Despite understanding that, it’s still weird for me to see Wil Wheaton and Greg Grunberg from Heroes chatting live on the internet. There’s a voyeuristic quality to celebrity blogging/tweeting etc that I find simultaneously creepy and intriguing. I do think it helps to humanize celebrities when they share the phone pics they took of their coffee at Denny’s on TwitPic and such. Maybe if more celebs were open about the mundane details of their “day to days” we would stop obsessing over them. Or maybe it would encourage a dangerous new degree of stalkerism.

I read a few geek-celebrity blogs (JoCo, WWDN, Jackson Public) and follow plenty of marginally famous people on Twitter. I guess I like to see that we are going through the same stuff despite the gap in our social statuses, incomes, and legions of followers. Do any famous people read HE? I only know of 2 or 3 other well known cartoonists that do. No one else has ever come right out and said it. I wonder.

What celebrity Tweeters, Bloggers, etc do you follow and why?

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Speaking of Twitter, thanks to @SkawtNYC for unwittingly naming this comic.