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Manuel is undaunted (w/ @rhobpodcast)

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Manuel (@rhobpodcast) is a man from a small but very significant country…that he refuses to let history forget. We share a candid conversation about research, influences, and the importance of character in a podcast.

RHoB Cover Art

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Thank you, Manuel, for joining me in this journey.

Wanna support this show? Cruise over to ritualmisery.com/support for all the ways you can keep these great conversations going!

Of course, credit where credit is due:

“The Complex” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast Episode 24: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn MMORPG Edition

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 Cody bit the bullet and started playing Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, his first massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). He and Jon welcome special guest and FFXIV fanatic Brad to talk about the game, MMOs, and more.


Emmy Edition 2015

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It’s October 2015 and we’re talking Emmy’s! All Emmys all the time. Well, except when We have updates on Hair Watch 2015.

 

 

 

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Wednesday’s Webcomic: Lackadaisy

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Today’s comic is a historical dark comedy telling the story of a Prohibition speakeasy that has fallen on hard times and the tenacious and shady crew of oddballs that runs it.  It is at times hilarious and silly and other times tragic and bloody, and the cast of this story are adorable and expressive cats. Fluffy cats, sweet cats,  dapper cats, violent cats, drunk cats, sociopath cats, Irish Catholic cats, and cats with machine guns all star in the lusciously sepia-toned  Lackadaisy.  The Lackadaisy has fallen on hard times since its owner, Atlas May, died under mysterious circumstances. His wife, Mitzi May, has been trying to keep the illegal hooch flowing into her gin-joint to no avail. Only the most loyal employees and patrons remain, including sweet co-ed Ivy Pepper, surly one-eyed Victor, and the manic violinist Rocky, whose attempts at being Mitzi’s go-to muscle usually end in blood. His blood, to be more precise. His naive cousin Freckle is drawn into the crew at an opportune moment, and the Lackadaisy may have a chance of resurrecting itself if Mitzi May can build enough momentum and hold off the dogs… er, cats of the rival syndicates and the treasury department.

Lackadaisy Introduction

While it’s sadly more sporadic than regular due to the author’s career as a video game artist, the comic makes up for its twice-monthly or so update schedule with  its outstanding production quality, a large library of sketches, many side and background stories and a lively forum and wiki. Each page of the comic itself is long and richly detailed, and the author is very creative with its layout and lettering. She chose to draw the characters as cats because their expressive ears and tails are more fun to draw for her, and she uses them to their fullest, fluffiest extent. All the characters are extremely dramatic  and expressive, and she sticks to the color palette of sepia-toned photograph. The historical locations in St. Louis, props, costumes and euphemisms are incredibly well researched; although liberties are sometimes taken for the sake of clarity and coolness. There are frequently historical notes at the bottom of each page, an extra I always appreciate. While there were no books or products for a long time, a partnership was recently formed with 4th Dimension Entertainment with the first volume in print as well as t-shirts and buttons for sale.

Lackadaisy Hachetman

The Author and her Other Works

Tracy J. Butler is a professional 2D and 3D video game artist for play.net, and recently worked on the games Tiny Heroes and One Epic Knight. Lackadaisy is her major independent project, with nearly two volumes complete and an exhaustive library of supplemental material. She lives in St Louis with a cat and has been a digital artist for ten years.

Lackadaisy Scathefire


Wednesday’s Webcomic: Bite Me

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If you’ve been reading this column for a bit, perhaps you’ve been wondering, “Gee whiz, Jeanette, how did you get so hooked on webcomics?” (You probably haven’t but I’m going to tell you anyway.) Well,  I got bitten by Bite Me! by Dylan Meconis. It wasn’t the first webcomic I had seen, but it was the first one that really showed me that webcomics could really challenge all the things I that disappointed me about mainstream comics. Here was something that was funny, action-packed, historically based, bloody, full of puns, and most of all original. I hadn’t felt like I’d seen anything unique happen in the mainstream comics I had read for a long, long time. And then here was this hilarious romp through the French Revolution with some old-school Undead vampires loaded with decapitation puns, Anne Rice references, and history jokes!

Bite Me Page 1

Bite Me! begins with Claire, a sassy and bored tavern server who is passionately following the revolution in Paris. In walks in this smooth, dashing, and heroic gentleman and Claire; who is a heroine who pursues and doesn’t wait to be pursued, unfortunately stumbles… literally… into a new life as a Vampire. Lucien, our dark chevalier, must save his coven from the bloodthirsty new government and take this over-eager new  fledgling along with a bizarrely useful skill set along for the ride. They are joined in their mission by Ginevra, who takes being EEEVIL very seriously, and Luther,  Lucien’s sarcastic, German werewolf BFF. The comic was begun when the the author was in high school and completed over a few subsequent years as she did a lot of growing as an artist. She keeps the art style admirable consistent as her skills grow, but you can also see her shading and anatomy drawing smooth out. Watching someone’s art skills grow is something I always love doing! The comic is also complete as well, and recently had it’s tenth anniversary.

The Author and her other Works

Dylan Meconis is a freelance artist and illustrator. She’s worked on illustrations for some of the illustrious Thursday Next series and Portland’s Alt-Weekly the Portland Mercury. She works out of the Periscope Studio, a Portland, Oregon freelance art studio that seems to be a think tank of brilliant artists and writers. Her current ongoing webcomics project is Family Man, a more serious prequel for Bite Me, a surreal historical fiction telling Luther the Werewolf’s origin story. (You can bet I’ll be writing about that soon, but don’t wait for me if you want to read it.) Bite Me! was unfortunately out of print for some time, and for the tenth anniversary a Kickstarter was successfully funded to print a special edition as well as some of her other digital comics that had never been printed.

Bite Me cover

The cover sums up EVERYTHING I love about this comic.