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Happy Valentines Day!
by Owen (Odmo) MacRae

Image may contain some minor NSFW material. Proceed with caution!14/2/2013

It's that time of year once again when love is temporarly replacing our oxygen and that we're obligated to let it show. But for me, I decided to strike a psuedo protest. In other words, I've participated in Stef Marcinkowski's Valentines Day Sex Drive 2013 event by giving everyone Phoebe Rivet... Nude, condemning vanity! At first, I doubted whether I should of took part in this years VDSD, being that I wanted Beep Club to be a feminist-friendly webcomic, but after remembering PETA's campeign against wearing animal fur, I thought I'd create a parody of that, instead slating the fashion industry. But this is just one of the many webcomics that have participated this year, below are the full list of participants which I encourage you should also check out.

WARNING: Other VDSD images may contain mild to strong NSFW material. Proceed with caution!

  1. Stef Marcinkowski - Sarah Zero
  2. Mike Delheim - Prepare to Die
  3. Tom Szewc - Alone in a Crowd
  4. Nate Hammond - Jazz and Jess
  5. Chella Morgan - TDUGN
  6. Nick Gonzo - Execution Day
  7. John Peters - Ardra
  8. Mike Aston and Shaun Nicholls - Lacey Investigations
  9. Maxwell Vex - Agents of the Endtimes
  10. Juno Blair B. - Star Cross'd Destiny
  11. J. Mackenzie Graham - Mozhaets
  12. Nocturne City - Strange Aeons
  13. Brion Foulke - Flipside
  14. Adam Black - Silk & Honey, Locus, Kiss 4K
  15. TK Doherty - Nikki Sprite
  16. J. E. Flint and Eric Flint - The Chronicles of Loth
  17. Sean Harrington - Spying With Lana
  18. Rev. Vas Littlecrow Wojtanowicz - Rasputin Barxotka
  19. Jack Cayless - Chimneyspeak
  20. Samuel Isaac Dealey - Woohooligan!
  21. Amy Letts - Epic Fail
  22. Emy Bitner - Trying Human
  23. Hushicho - Incubus Tales
  24. Lou Graziani - CyBoar
  25. Melissa Stone - Children of the Tiger
  26. Cihan Sesen - Spine
  27. ellejohara - Threads from the Blue Rock Tapestry
  28. Hiro Odan - Bridge University
  29. Liz Staley - Adrastus
  30. Uncle Greedy - Steampunk Gorgon
  31. Peter Anckorn - By The Book
  32. Phil and Max - Indifferently Evil
  33. Mark Egan - Back Office, Bata Neart
  34. Miluette - Lovefeast
  35. Yellowgerbil - Zoe the Vampire
  36. Elizabeth and Lisa - The Code Crimson
  37. Dave Barrack - Grrl Power
  38. Byron Wilkins - 1977 The Comic
  39. Doug Jacobs - Sister of Infinite Mercy
  40. Jeremy Begin - After the Dream
  41. Davy Shirley - Fera
  42. Foust - Steel Siren
  43. Owen MacRae - Beep Club
  44. Lee Nathan - Instructapals
  45. John Kratky, Tobias Kaschinski, and Stephen Yan - Tales of Hammerfist
  46. Jack Munroe - Ada Lee Comes On!
  47. Jerry McMasters - Webcomic Pete
  48. Niauropsaka - Raspberry Rain
Get My Act Together, You!
by Owen (Odmo) MacRae

11/2/2013

This has practically been my first blog entry since weeks ago, so I apologize. This cartoon I made for OFFLIFE's 'Quick Draw' event on Twitter kind of explains my recent predicament at present. I'm spending too much time gaming, when I should be staying informed with the news, watching videos on YouTube, reading other webcomics and most importantly, producing more art. I think a slight shift in life style is in order here, all the more now that I've been given my next post grad assignment to start on. I certainly don't want my creative spirit drying up anytime soon. So I suppose I should take this opportunity and make a list of things I ought to try doing more often from here on out, here and now so I likely don't forget.

  • Read news sites and stay informed (you never know what your next comic will be about).
  • Read other webcomics and give them positive feedback.
  • Be more sociable on Twitter and online forums.
  • Read more novels (I just finished reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone).
  • Watch more 80's sci-fi movies.
  • Watch 80s cartoons.
  • Watch chick-flicks for a change (seriously).
  • Watch anime and read manga again.
  • Look for ways to improve my webcomic's experience beside updating it regularly with just another page.
  • And whatever I leave out by mistake, I might include in another list at another time.

And I think I might leave you with suggesting a webcomic I found really appealing, 'Love Me Nice'.

 

The Last ©ontract
by Owen (Odmo) MacRae

15/1/2013

I hadn't done a blog entry in two weeks straight now, and it's about high time I did this week. Especially since, during the Christmas Holidays, I submitted guest art to the webcomics, The Code Crimson and Her Majesty No More.

Yesterday, I gave a presentation regarding my research proposal towards my post-grad dissertation. You can see my Prezi which accompanied it here. Being that there's little text on the Prezi, I'll cover the most vital points here. Put simply, what I want to find out is if the artist in the digital age today, can manage a business creating the artwork he/she intends to rather than submit to a large corporation which should supposedly manage distribution for him/her. I intend to look into subjects related to social media, intellectual property law and the creative industry.

I gotta say, IP lobbyists are a bunch of thieving jerks who don't want to be made a fool of. Perhaps by writing this dissertation, I, or we, could suss out how to deal with this nuisance and move on from there.

Wannabe Wiseman
by Owen (Odmo) MacRae

18/12/2012

I feel bad not writing about this sooner, but a few days back, Jon Esparza revealed the participants' entries for his 'Crazy Christmas Experiment', which I took part in with my 'bionic frosty' picture on the side here. Be sure to marvel at the rest of the entries for their unique spin on the B-list christmas icon while you go over there for a peek, they're pretty hilarious.

Today, I spent a small portion of the morning, while biding my own time, writing the research proposal to my post-grad dissertation (or thesis, which some people may better refer it as), and afterwards I got to assemble a poster presentation for when I go back to University. The topic, you ask? 'The Independent Artist Vs. The Big Corperations in the Digital Age'. In this day in age, you probably don't need to ponder too hard on a topic like this. Anyone remember the dreaded SOPA and PIPA? (and don't get me started on ACTA again) We all stood up to it (Wikipedia and Reddit shut down their websites for a day, even!) and in the end the two bills got rejected! What I intend to learn from this dissertation/thesis is whether artists finally have the means to express themselves through their art and make a decent living doing so. And not having to sign their soul away to a private corperation.

As much as higher education may seem like a waste of time to most people nowadays, it does sometimes get you into exploring new topics and looking at things at different angles. That's the thing, really! Recently in the last few years I've come to develope short term addictions to looking into new topics that I feel might improve my webcomic-ing ability, and my life in general.

I'm like a wannabe wiseman! You can never know enough about everything and everywhere.

Thank Irem for R-Type!
by Owen (Odmo) MacRae

12/11/2012

I guess I'm officially finished with post-grad work for winter this year and I hope I could dedicate more time to producing more pages to this here webcomic. It isn't like I'm behind schedule or anything (in fact, I'm way on top of it.), it's just that I haven't been able to move the buffer ahead as fast as I wanted to...

I thought  I'd dedicate this blog entry to one of the most influential arcade games of my experience, R-Type. If your a classic gaming geek like me, you're bound to know that R-Type is one of the most influential coin-op scrolling shooting games of the good ol' 1980's, with Scott Ridley's Alien influenced tributes to boot! Traditional boot camp walkthrough; wiggle the joystick to move through obstacles, mash the button to shoot alien trolls, hold and let go of the button to release a machine replicated 'Kame-Hame-Ha' and try to collect power ups in hopes that you'll get a pet cyborg firefly that'll pitch in for you too. As much as it is infuriating, having to start at a set place each time you crash your fighter into either titanium or biomorphic terrain, it's definitely well worth playing for it's really 'rad' graphics for it's time and surprisingly listenable soundtrack. If all else fails though, just pretend you're on a classified space mission to have American Idol canceled.

If you want to give this classic a shot, just download the MAME emulator and the R-Type rom. If you're going to go the pseudo-illegal route, that is.

And thank Irem for R-type!