Saturday, March 29, 2008

Episode 10 - Inaugural Run

Sometimes life gives you lemons.

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Other times it gives you girders and beams.

-The "chug-a chug-a whirrr ding!" is dedicated to Noah who's favorite sound effect to make with his voice is "chugga chugga chugga" in the strongbad voice.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Episode 9 - Creatomatic

It took long enough to get this dang thing introduced.

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Not that switching on the greatest invention the world has ever seen in front of your own robots really counts for a sufficient outlet of dramatic buildup. And to think, he bought those goggles just for this occasion. Such a waste.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Episode 8 - Honest Applicants

Sometimes fact checks are a good thing.

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Someday I think I'll actually make that shirt, "FEAR THE COBRA!" And then you can pay me for your own =)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Episode 7 - Flow Chart

I've always thought flow charts were evil, I'm not sure why.

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I've never been drunk, but I get the feeling that if I were to do so I'd end up making plans like Smith. "We like throwing cats at people from our bikes but there has to be a better way..."

Either way I hope the comic can continue; I couldn't find 0.5mm graphite at the store today. Apparently they have some sort of aversion to it so all I could do was buy a 0.7mm pencil. Traumatic I know, but hopefully it doesn't ruin the feel of my drawings. I bought a blue pen once and almost had to go to rehab afterwards.

Honestly, this 0.7 crap keeps breaking like its warranty just went up. At least it would if it had a warranty.

Also, let me know if you don't get episode 6. Apparently it wasn't clear. It's not really my fault, I live in flippin' France for Pete's sake!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Episode 6 - Bills

This is gonna start getting a lot better real quick =)

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Some of my favorite characters are gonna get to make their appearances soon, I'm stoked. Prepare to be Procrastinated!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Episode 5 - Robo Bandits

The story progresses? Perhaps.

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Transformator dolls are amazing. So are self destruct systems, which makes this comic awesome x5 (if you include other factors like the fact that the bandits are robots).

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Episode 4 - Moping

The hits just keep on comin'!

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Introducing Yoink, BPB's sidekick who proves not all polar bears have mood swings. He'll get more of an introduction later. Anyone notice where the chocolates are from? There's a hint in the comic =)

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Episode 3 - Smith

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Now we have a name. I've been debating this name for 5 years, no joke. It came down to the last minute when I had to make a decision today and it ended up being a name I'd never even considered previously. Hope it works. The other two contenders were Dr. Marth Mathison or Dr. Marth McManus. Now it's Dr. Smith. Maybe I'll stick with Marth Smith, but it doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Episode 2 - Laugh Theft

This thing has given me more trouble than a turkey in a full nursery. And no, that wasn't supposed to make immediate sense.

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But finally it is posted, after like 10 tries. Thanks to Karli for the helpful suggestion about conquering my exporting issues, and to Noob for his critical skillz. =)

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Introducing Bi-Polar Bear

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I hope to get a website up eventually so that things look smoother. Until then, I guess you'll just have to enjoy it this way. Introducing Bi-Polar Bear. This is based off of the joke made by my high school physics teacher (see below), hopefully it works. But hey, it's only the first one so I've got room to grow.


So I'm finally starting the website that we've talked about for years. I'll give you the history of Bi-Polar Bear here and probably refer to it again in the future whenever questions are asked.

During my senior year of high school I was in Mr. Bledsoe's physics class with my buddy Erik. It was a fun class because we shot the breeze and asked cool theoretical questions all the time which Mr. B would then explain in mostly entertaining ways. The guy loved science, and we really enjoyed how he explained it. Especially when it came to military stuff as he's a tank commander.

We also enjoyed avoiding calculations and work in general so it was a win win situation.

Well, except for when we'd realize that we hadn't gotten a full explanation of that night's homework and were sent out not knowing exactly what we were supposed to do. But that was only a minor setback (for everyone but me).

Anyways, one day he made this passing joke that stuck with us for a long time. He said something about being a terrible super hero "like Bipolar Bear, the world's worst super hero. 'Bipolar bear! The world's about to end, we need your help!' 'I'll be right there!! On second thought... I'm going back to bed.'" Hard to capture the humor of the moment in a striaght quote, but we laughed.

And it got me thinking about Bi-Polar Bear(BPB), and all the misadventures he could have. Erik and I came up with all sorts of things that might be hillarious: terrible superheros, worse supervillains, just ridiculous things all around. We were really getting into Homestar Runner at this time and spent the summer after graduating thinking of all the cartoons we could make.

I learned some flash but was never really into it enough to gain proficiency, and so our plans stayed just that, plans. I went to college and met a guy named Austin. Austin was learning flash and said he could help me out, so he and I went to work creating the cartoon. It still never happened though as freshmen in college aren't always the most driven bunch.

Years have gone by, numerous story lines and scenarios written out. I have a notebook full of character ideas and basic sketches, but nothing ever came of it. Five years have passed since the idea first struck.

Finally I was talking to my buddy Kevin (who will be referred to as Noob from now on) on Gmail and I told him about BPB and some of the stuff we'd always wanted to do. He thought it was a funny idea (I'm easily encouraged).I mentioned how I should just make it a comic and he liked the idea, so I went to work creating it right then and there.

The initial challenge was coming up with an introduction for BPB, and I don't think the comic is really that funny. But you've gotta start somewhere and his adventures are only beginning. I've since finished it (yesterday) but need to get a decent internet connection to post it from my computer (I'm at work). I'll get on it.

And until I can get a website up and running I'll just use this as BPB's home. After that perhaps I'll keep this blog to post thoughts on the comic and hear what people are thinking. That is, of course, assuming that anyone actually cares to read the comic or, moreover, hear what I'm thinking about with the comic.

And I'll smother the whole thing in google's ads so help me out and visit a lot of sites, at least until I can fleece you guys by selling you T-Shirts and lunch boxes. =)