This page has previously mentioned Max Huffman, youthful creator of Mocktopus, and the zany stew of absurdity that he brings to his webcomic. Characters (and even styles) come and go on a nearly daily basis, perhaps to be re-used at a future time, perhaps not. Enter: Detective Facepuncher; as you might expect, he’s a cop on the edge, a loose cannon that needs to be reined in by his exasperated captain. One-note gag right?
Today, Facepuncher is back, as Huffman grabs a page from McCloud (who, as we all know, asks the really big questions about comics and other things) and uses the rudderless detective to push the boundaries of what comics can do. Taking a cue from Choose Your Own Carl (completed nine years ago, when Huffman would have been a tender six years old — I wonder that Malachai Nicolle will be coming up with in nine years), Mocktopus today lets you decide Facepuncher’s fate. Will he punch a robot, console an emo kid, or be devoured by Alan Moore’s sentient beard?
You guys, any day that lets me type the words devoured by Alan Moore’s sentient beard is automatically a good day.
- Speaking of Malachai Nicolle, I trust everybody is keeping up with the new installments at Axe Cop, the new revealed wisdom from Ask Axe Cop, and political wisdom for the upcoming election cycle:
As Malachai explained to me, if you are president you never run out of bombs. I am pretty that is pretty close to true, and useful until you run out of bad guys to destroy.
Naturally, as Axe Cop takes up more of Malachai’s time (and that of older brother Ethan, who helps out), the subject of remuneration becomes relevant. Axe Cop’s explosive growth means server bills, and it’s possible for you to drop a couple of bucks to the creators via PayPal on the main page. Unlike other creators, who go on about their need for “rent” or “groceries”, your donations will go directly to Malachai Nicolle’s college fund, for use in a dozen years or so. Just consider what kind of craziness we could get in return for that modest investment. With any luck, Malachai won’t have his creativity stifled in the ensuing years.
- For those that have had your creativity stifled in the ensuing years, perhaps a class might help you tap into the comic that you always wanted to write: MoCCA is resuming its education offerings next month with just such a class, running Tuesday nights with Chris Claremont, Tom DeFalco, and Dennis O’Neil. Those of you wondering if there’s any good advice out there for creators of longform webcomics might particularly find this series to be of use, provided any of you are a) in the New York City area, and b) don’t mind dropping $40 per class or $100 for the three-class series (with discounts for members). The fun continues in April with classes on anatomy and comic/graphic novel writing (details forthcoming).