The End of World 3…?

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The Chaos Star saga is over.. and with that, the World 3 arc (which started almost 2 years ago) finally draws to a close!

If it doesn’t quite feel like an ending, well… it sort of isn’t. We only made it about halfway through what I originally had planned for this arc. The trouble is, the Chaos Star hunt – which I originally envisioned as a fun little treasure hunt story – wound up growing into a sprawling year-long epic. I thought it made sense to have a clean break after all of that comes to a close.

I also kind of want a chance to back off from all the plot and cosmic intrigue. I am going somewhere with all of that stuff! But I don’t want it to overshadow the characters and actually having fun with this dumb video game world they live in. Hopefully I can refocus on that… in World 3 & Knuckles! (Okay I’ll probably just call it World 4).

But yeah, this shouldn’t feel like an ending. There are places we’re going with Rog, and Perry, and Sluri, Arika, Ted, Metafoblin, Hud, Number… heck, even Darrk probably has a half-decent story coming down the pipes. We are heading towards an ending – we’re just not there yet.

The other reason why this shouldn’t feel like an ending: we haven’t gotten through the EPILOGUE yet! (See how I buried the lead on you?) Check back next week to find out what that’s going to be.

Grandpa vs. Pokeyman!

No new comic today – but I do have something kind of fun to share. I recently finished making a game for the 2016 Big Awful Jam

THAT POKEYMAN THING YOUR GRANDKIDS ARE INTO!

I wound up having to code, write, and do the art for this game in just under 2 weeks… given that, I feel pretty good about how it turned out. Here’s the elevator pitch:

Experience the latest monster-capturing mobile game craze through the eyes of a man who aged out of its target demographic half a century ago!

Embark on an epic scavenger hunt for dumb-looking creatures throughout the vast expanse of “the area immediately outside of your nursing home”! Interact with whippersnappers, punk teenagers, and respect-worthy elders! Meet colorful characters like “Peekachorp”, “Charblezorb”, and “Literally A Ball With A Face On It”!

You can play the game in your browser – hope you guys enjoy it! We’ll press on with new comics (and the end of World 3…?!) on Wednesday.

Who (or what) is Malloc?

It’s been a while, but Malloc has shown up once or twice before. Oh, and when it does show up? It’s only to destroy and devour worlds.

There have been a few hints about Malloc’s role in the grand scheme of the Badnixverse… but, long story short, it’s bad news. And Rog is in kind of a tough spot.

Bonus Content!

Sadly, I’m unable to post a new comic today… but! In lieu of that, I have some fun behind-the-scenes tidbits from the latest storyline to share with you guys.

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Color tests for the Minus World. My goal was to do as much of this area with grays, oranges, and purples as possible (though some green wound up sneaking in there, too).

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The secret base of the Power Council was just kind of a darkened room in past appearances, but I gave it a more distinct look so you’d notice when I was cutting to/away from it. (By the way, did you notice the glove that Metafoblin’s strange advisor is wearing?)

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I had to design a lot of new bugs to pad out Number’s army. Pictured here are beetle-type, hornet-type, mite-type, and centipede-type bugs. You may spot a few tardigrades in crowd scenes, too.

There’s a lot of sketches I can’t show, because they involve some THINGS that haven’t quite shown up yet. But they will be showing up next week! And they will be pretty cool. Just hang tight ’til then!