Badnix Turns 6 Today!

Uwaa, I’ve been so busy that I almost forgot – 6 years ago today, Badnix ran its very first strip! (This would be the same strip I revisited last month, by the by.)

Six years of Badnix means so many things. Six readers… six dollars of ad revenue… ah, but I kid. In commemoration, I’m going to post something “special” – the original list of story ideas I compiled for Badnix all the way back in 2011! Baffled comments from modern day me are included in italics.

  • Introduction (“Professional Enemies”) – This was referring to the very first story, which for some reason I renamed A Fistful of Coins.
  • Knuckle Kid Strikes – “Knuckle Kid” was Kevin’s original name. His arrival wasn’t originally going to be quite as cataclysmic as it turned out to be – I imagined him just popping up every once in a while and being kind of a jerk.
  • Introduce Gillian – Gillian was a fish character who did show up in exactly one story and then disappeared forever. I don’t know how I planned to have her interacting with other characters outside of bodies of water.
  • Perry’s nephew – I used this one, kinda!
  • Company competition – wow, I was digging deep for this one
  • Rog loses his apartment – again, the untapped narrative potential is staggering
  • Perry visits Ghost World -> Ghost Wife – Perry was going to marry a dead person I guess?
  • Glitch Plague (zombie parody) – Probably the seeds of where Number came from?
  • Arika’s mother – yup, Charlotte did eventually show up
  • Transportation week – …what
  • Halloween week – oh, that got used
  • Meanwhile in Dark World – I dunno, I guess that was the first Christmas story?
  • Hobo story – um what
  • Fast food story – seriously I have no idea
  • Gazoo Parody – I was so hyped to parody a tertiary character from a moldering old cartoon that this wound up being the 2nd story ever
  • Shopkeep’s Life – there was going to be a recurring NPC Shopkeep character – kinda blew through all that material in this story
  • Rog’s grandfather – yep, he showed up eventually
  • Rog visiting Gillian – again with the fish character – this also barely qualifies as an idea
  • Gillian’s gallery showing – seriously thought that Gillian was going to take the world by storm
  • Mushstash + the secret order – Mushstash was going to be a mushroom guy who was a member of the Original Badnix – I think I still draw him in flashbacks with Rog’s grandpa

Huh! That was… revealing. Jeeze. All joking aside, it’s easy for me to forget how different this comic was when it started. The gulf in quality between the comic now and where I started more than reflects six years of hard work and challenging myself, and more than anything I’m proud of that.

I know I’ve been too busy to give Badnix the attention it deserves lately (case in point – I’m probably not going to have time to post a new page tomorrow! Oops.) but I promise that I am more excited about working on it than I’ve ever been. These last few stories have only started to really tap into a soul that I’ve always known was buried under the hackneyed Nintendo puns (which I love dearly, mind you), and I am so excited to keep digging in that direction. I’m not going anywhere! Badnix is not going anywhere! And I hope you guys will stick with it, too.

Badnix Returns!

As I mentioned in the last blog post, the 600th comic (i.e. the one that was posted today) is something kind of special – it’s an extended remake of the very first comic ever!! This is also the first time Kelly, Kevin’s girlfriend and ostensibly the person who set the plot of the comic into motion, has had an on-panel speaking part since 2011! A sign of things to come, perhaps.

Sorry this story took so long to get started – I was & continue to be buried under a truly unprecedented volume of deadlines! I’ll do my best to keep the regular updates coming, but there’s definitely still a chance that my head will dip under the waters of Not Badnix Work® again here and there. As always, your patience is appreciated. [insert string of grateful emojis here]

Just a quick update…

I’m realizing I’ve been maintaining radio silence for a while – sorry about that! Have been very busy juggling a bunch of other projects, as well as working ahead planning out the next Badnix story. (Speaking of, I’m hoping to start that up sometime next week or the week after!)

I originally intended to do some filler comics in the interim, but… well, I noticed that according to my (erratic, wildly inconsistent) numbering, the next page is going to be Badnix #600. And the first page of the next story is kind of really perfect as a milestone-capper? So yes, my own weird numerological superstitions are keeping you from new Talking Badnix and Necromommycon pages. Sorry about that!

I can reveal this for now: the next story will simply be called Story Mode, and it’s going to deal with Major Threads from The Overarching Story in kind of an unexpected and fun way. I’m really looking forward to it! Hope to get it in front of you guys before too long.

World Warriors – End of Round One

Sluri’s tournament saga is ending for now – but we will definitely be coming back to it later! Will our heroine’s luck hold out? Will new friendships and rivalries bloom in the heat of battle? Will the correct grammatical usage of “jabroni” be explored unto exhaustion? The answer to at least 2 of these questions is “yes, probably”.

I really wanted this story to be something really big and special and different… did everything I tried work? PROBABLY NOT! But I enjoyed the challenge and the change of pace. I hope you did too!

That said, despite all the preparation I did for this story, it really wound up kicking my teeth in. I am super burned out! Also I have a bunch of non-Badnix projects descending on me like ravenous deadline-vultures. So, I think I need to take a lil’ break. We’ll probably pick up with the next story sometime in July, but keep an eye out for blog posts & some fun filler stuff in the meantime.

The next story is a really, really fun one, starring a character who hasn’t shown up on-panel in ages! Caaan’t wait~