Monday, July 27, 2015

Robot Army Still Recruiting

I confess that my efforts to amass a robot army for world domination haven't gone as quickly as I'd hoped. Still, allies report in from time to time with very encouraging progress. Henchman First Class Roy W. sent me these photos of his recruit.

Roy writes: "My son bookmarked your comic for me, and I enjoyed it so much that I decided to try and build your paper Robot.  I used screws and nuts for the joints, with pieces of soda straw inside to keep from crushing the joint when I tighten the screw.  Epoxy holds the five inside nuts in place, to make assembly and screw tightening easier.

"I'm not as old as Sparky, but I am old enough to relate to him quite well.  My college electronics course only involved vacuum tubes, inductors, capacitors, and resistors.  There were no computers or calculators available, only slide rules and long-hand arithmetic."

He adds that he plans to display his late wife's Christmas village for the holidays, and add the Robot to the festive scene. "Perhaps he can rob the casino or the cookie shop, or just sit on a house."

That's the sort of evil scheme we here at HQ can fully support and endorse.

Many thanks to Roy and his son, who introduced him to "The Last Mechanical Monster." It was a genuine treat to get your e-mail; thank you for your time and your kind words.

If you'd like to build your own Art Deco Mechanical Monster, all you need are a few sheets of cardstock and a printer. I provide the rest right here.

Thanks again, Roy!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Welcome Comic-Con

Comic-Con International in San Diego fast approaches, and with it The Last Mechanical Monster's running for an Eisner Award for Best Digital/Webcomic. That'll be announced Friday night.

Also with it is a flurry of interest in my comic from new visitors. If you're one of them, thanks and welcome! The Last Mechanical Monster began in November 2013 and concluded 170 pages later in May 2015.

The story begins here.

It ends here (but why would you begin at the end?).

And the "Webcomic Archive" to the right will take you to any page between.

Also, I wrote up a little Author's Note/FAQ explaining what I was up to.

Win or lose (and I don't expect to win), earning an Eisner nomination for The Last Mechanical Monster two years in a row is a tremendous honor that means a lot. Even better are the readers who've taken the time to comment, critique, and enjoy the story.

I hope you enjoy my story about a very old man, his giant Robot, and some thoughts about how we'll be remembered by what we leave behind. I enjoyed making it very much.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Plans for World Domination On Track

The very talented Celesta Johnston has shrewdly joined the winning side in the coming robot wars.

Using the plans provided here following the conclusion of The Last Mechanical Monster, Celesta just built her very own Robot. I'm sure the Big Guy will bring her hours of pleasure and occasional loot from a bank heist.

This is seriously very cool. Thank you, Celesta! I appreciate the time you spent on the project and letting me share your photos.

On to victory.