Space Penguin #1 : Zombie Curse on the Planet Spastica.
IT'S HEEERREE, weeks of "hard" work and planning are now over, will it pay off? That's up to you guys. Like the blog? Tweet it, Like it, +1 it, whatever you can do to promote this. It will only succeed with your help! ENJOY!
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I don't get it!
- The Opening 5 Panels are a homage to the opening of Metroid Prime, or at least I thought they were, it turns out that the opening narration was only featured in the PAL release, rendering it completely useless for most of the potential readers. You can check out the narration here and then it'll all make sense!
- Nando's is a chain of restaurants that specialise in Chicken.
- Space Penguin's zombie stamping could be seen as reference to Drive, a film I am most fond off, it was however, unintentional.
- The "evil residents" line is a rather unsubtle reference to Resident Evil. Deal with it.
- "You've got red on you" is a famous quote from cult "zomcom" Shaun of the Dead.
The Cutting Room Floor.
- The narrator was originally going to be revealed as Morgan Freeman, both a joke at his frequent narrating, as well as a more subtle nod towards "March of the Penguins" a documentary he narrated. Unfortunetly, due to the opening page being used mainly as an introduction to Space Penguin, I had to scrap it due to size constraints.
- Space Penguin was originally going to end up inside one of the buildings, but since the dish was on the roof I felt it would make more sense for him to climb up there.
- At one stage Space Penguin was going to come across a Cricket Bat, the weapon of choice from Shaun of the Dead, only he would use it to barricade a door, a rather trolling joke about peoples love of movie references. This was scrapped at the same time as the indoors scenes.
- Cut early on was the idea of coming across a group of survivors, which would be a parody of The Walking Dead complete with constant ethical dilemas and a stupid mother and child. This felt a bit forced to me, so I scrapped the idea.
- The Lizard Gimps were going to make their debut in this issue at one stage, but I decided to cut them out and give them a more fitting introduction in the next issue. There was no need for them to be there anyway.
- In relation to Space Penguins hunger, I had three possible conclusions, the first would of been that after seeing the gore and death everywhere, he'd of lost his appetite, the second would of been that they offered him a free meal at McDonalds, which he then declined, and the final possible ending would have been an offer of a free meal at their new Shopping "Mall", an obvious nod to Dawn of the Dead. In the end I felt that ones hunger tends to dissapate whilst in terrible danger, and it also leaves it open to continuation in the next issue.
That's it for Space Penguin until at least a little while after E3, let me know what you think in the comments below, spread the blog around to your fellow g1's if you liked it, this was a big undertaking and I'd like for it to get a decent reception.
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Thank you very much, yeah, the pacing was spoiled by the introduction but that shouldn't be an issue with #2.
I really enjoyed that. I know the pacing was thrown off by the intro, but still really good. My neighbors probably think I'm drunk or something. I'm sure they heard me laughing like a crazy person.
Thanks babe, I shall try.
I loved the punchline at the end, Sticky. Keep being awesome. ^_^
Agreed with on all counts. The problem with being a British guy making things for a community of mainly American readers is trying to work out what's actually going to work. In this case I cocked up by having the first page dedicated to a homage to something very few people witnessed, by the time I found out it was too late sadly. Problem is that the first page was also what spoiled the pacing like you said.
Needless to say, I was aware of the problems before release and have taken yours and everyone else's feedback, or "Criticisms" under advisement whilst planning for Issue 2 which I hope will be better in almost every way. Personally whilst having a strong concept behind it, I find Issue #1 the weaker of the 3 comics I have planned.
Thanks for the feedback anyhoo.
This was really good, but it can still be better, well I really didn't know that Metroid Prime had a Narrator in the PAL version.
the humor is pretty good, and the references are easy to spot if you are familiar to the original sources, although the plot felt a little rushed I think it is because there is a whole page dedicated to the introduction of the Space Penguin.
also the fact that the comic is just enough self aware of itself makes it more fun.
it was a pretty good start, would definitively love seeing more of it
Oh shucks, you and your flattery! Well Issue #2 will start being worked on properly after E3 is all wrapped up, but I'm always working on things in my head.
I more then liked it, that was the best comic I have read since I read saga of the swamp thing, no joke. Now with in the next month i expect to see a couple of Space Penguin T-shirt's and a line of action figures, so get to it! :P
Thanks man, I was hoping you would like it. None of this would be a thing had you not planted the idea in my head in the first place, so thanks for that, as well as supporting me over the last month or so.
That was everything I was hoping it would be and far more. I have been looking forward to this since that first sketch I saw and you did not disappoint. Brilliant work Stickman, I can not wait for the next one.
The Lizard Gimp King does live on an evil planet, he merely sent the dish to the Planet Spastica to turn the Easily Drawables into zombies...FOR SOME REASON. DUN DUN DUUUUUN!
It's like a twisted version of Dead Space...kinda. Cool. I thought that the Lizard king would live on some sort of evil planet though. Maybe that's his secret base? DUN DUN DUN.
The first introductory page squeezed things up a bit and cost me some panels but it was needed...Just so long as people are liking the art-style and concept.
It was pretty interesting too. Penguins and zombies make the perfect combination.
Thanks babe, I'll try to make the actual comic more interesting next time.
Excellent job on the drawing. You made a lot of panels, and they were great to look at.
Ohohohh! Again with the flattery!
Brutal, yet charming. The Stickman magic :)