manual save: splatterhouse wanpaku graffiti

What could possibly follow up the inaugural entry in the new Manual Save feature? Makaimura may be a tough act, but I’ve got something special for you this week, too: Splatterhouse Wanpaku Graffiti! If you haven’t treated yourself to this 1989 Famicom game before, it’s essentially a chibi-fied take on Namco’s Splatterhouse series, complete with an adorable Rick design and plenty of Halloween-friendly frights ‘n freaks. As you’ll see, the instruction manual definitely does this jovial gem justice.

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manual save: makaimura (ghosts ‘n goblins)

Anyone who has followed this blog (or just me) knows I am a great appreciator of video game instruction manuals. Heck, I even made my own! It should come as no surprise, then, that I’m starting a new feature called Manual Save, in which I scan in manuals I have sitting around and we appreciate them together as very good friends. While I have no doubt that some of the work I do here is already available elsewhere online, the good news is I don’t care.

First up is the Famicom version of Capcom’s 1985 classic Makaimura, AKA Ghosts ‘n Goblins. This manual is really special for one key reason: It turns the contents of your average manual into a thrilling comic!

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subhumancast episode 01

ChefMarioHey, guess what? Subhumanzoids has a podcast now! That’s right, subhumancast is here to blast out a regular dose of myself and co-host Canaan Schladale-Zink as we jabber about video games, movies, comics, and whatever else happens to cross our path that week.

My wife and I recently moved from New Jersey to South Carolina, hence the lack of updates, but I’ll finally have many more regular posts and comics coming soon! For now I want you to plug your ears into the debut episode of subhumancast!

subhumancast Episode 01: Mario’s 120 Michelin Star Rating

You can also subscribe to subhumancast on iTunes, with more sources on the way! 

more like fun-nails

Here’s a quick self-indulgent post, which pretty much describes every post on a personal blog, I guess. Some of you may recall the Bloodborne comic I posted back in April. Well, I was just flipping through a sketchbook to get to a clean piece and I came across the original thumbnail for the first page of that one, so I thought I’d share it.

I don’t know if this is a good or bad thing, but this definitely shows how slavish I can be to a thumbnail once I’ve decided what layout to go with. I did the comic itself in ink (Micron pen, probably) on regular printer paper before scanning it and coloring it in Photoshop. Here’s a little before and after thumb vs. final for those interested.

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I have no idea what I did with the second page thumb, or if I even made one!