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gas baby isn’t back

I kept meaning to make a post about this, even though it normally wouldn’t warrant one. However, back in April I made a bold claim, exclaiming, “Gas Baby is back!” Cue people leaping from their theater seats, backflipping in the streets, and just plain goin’ wild on their feet.

Unfortunately, as you may have noticed, Gas Baby is not back! At the time I was hit with a bolt of enthusiasm after reading through the entirety of the series again, and I was bound and determined to resurrect it and pick up right where I left off. It took about a week for me to realize that’s just not possible.

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I started Gas Baby over a decade ago (!) around 2003. I was drawing it straight to ballpoint on spare printer paper while holed up in the library of the University of Louisville. It was a distraction to studying and I thought it was funny. It turned out some other people liked it, too, so I kept it going, eventually finishing up a few chapters before putting it down for a couple years. Then I picked it up again in 2009 and used my newfound love for Prismacolor markers to fuel some full-color flights of fancy.

After that it went away for a few more years, and a lot happened in that time. I valiantly tried to continue the story, but it’s just not a story I’m excited enough to tell anymore. I know everything that happens in Gas Baby, and if you want to know I’ll give you the elevator pitch, but my wheelhouse has expanded and shifted and uprooted itself and evolved to walk on all fours and traverse a fantastic landscape and so on.

Gas Baby will live on in our hearts. Maybe that’s enough.

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Oh hey, I forgot to do some kind of introduction last time. New slime installments will be on the blog every M/W/F until I’m done!

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ever deeper into the monstroleum

Back in May I wrote about the first volume of Monstroleum, a really fun illustrative journey that’s part adventure diary, part bestiary. JFish, AKA Jason Fischer, recently returned for more with volume 2, continuing the harrowing journey of Voluspa the Tall as she endeavors to learn more about the demise of her people at the hand of the Dragon King Smaurin.

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My copy with the requested Medusa-Hydra drawing

Like the first volume, this Monstroleum entry is a further exploration of Jason’s storytelling abilities, and it doesn’t disappoint. The illustrations are fantastic, but they’re best served as visual complements to the text, which makes all the little details in them that much more effective. The world is well fleshed-out, and the fact that you can see bits of other steps in the journey in the backgrounds—ladders lie barely visible in the darkness, precarious staircases crumble, and specters float behind fully-illustrated monstrosities—is icing on the cake.

I previously compared reading Monstroleum to a classic NES instruction manual, but it also reminds me of playing something like Shadowgate. The first-person perspective isn’t lost on the reader; enemies appear just as Voluspa describes the encounter. A Giant Slug peers down from a musty stone wall, Slimes creep toward the reader, and a snarling Wolfen gives you the old side-eye like it just got busted doing somethin’ afoul of the norm.

Monstroleum vol. 2 has its own natural arc to it, ending at just the right moment of respite, but still leaving you with more on the mind. Thankfully you can subscribe to the series so you won’t have to worry about missing the next leg of Voluspa’s increasingly wide-eyed and exciting adventure. 

Get individual volumes or subscribe to Monstroleum over at JFish’s website.

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the store of your dreams

Yes, it’s true, everything you’ve been hearing on the streets and throughout space is indeed a reality. Subhumanzoids now has a store over at Society6, which means you can FINALLY buy stuff like art prints, t-shirts, and even coffee mugs emblazoned with my art. Some people say we live in a dystopian future ruled by thickly-veiled shadow people under the control of sinister lizards, but this is actually proof we live in a utopia. 

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Now go, buy all the onesies your house can hold!

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power fantasy

No new comics for a little bit because I’m working on a bigger project at the moment, but here’s an illustration I did about video games. They’re fun.

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