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NCD #348

NCD #348

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From the desk of Eric Ratcliffe:

I had the pleasure of meeting Scott D M Simmons for the first time back in 2010. He’s worked with Brant on two very special guest strips back in the very early days of New Comic Day. I’ve wanted to work with him for ages. We actually met during champion city comic con during the comicrelated reunion year and bonded over being new englanders. I’m actually really excited to have him as part of the team as I think he and George share a fun over all feel to their art and compliment each other very well.

I’m a huge fan of dragons, never outgrew that phase of childhood. They’re probably some of the coolest mythological creatures ever created and there’s so many throughout fiction. I thought it was fun to have some quiet moments of Minion and Eric arguing as Minion is still getting used to the New Comic Day universe.

Next time, Christopher Rehner joins us for the start of our halloween stuff this year as Minion and Eric encounter a very strange man who is interested funerals.

NCD #347

NCD #347

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From the desk of Eric Ratcliffe:

So I’m excited to finally be back and I have a few awesome announcements with the return as well!

First! – Welcome Nathan Gagne backk to the team! Awesome friend, great convention buddy and all around awesome colorist, I asked Nate if he’d like to return and he said yeah! So Nate will be the colorist for this next big announcement!

Second! – We have two new artists joining the team! Scott D M Simmons whose art  people have seen if they bought vol 1 back in the day, can’t wait till you guys see next weeks awesome strip! Then we have my good friend who I’ve known since high school and wanted to work on something a long time with Brittany Castonguay joining the team and you’ll see her first strips at the end of the month! George is also still around and kicking butt so we have 3 artists and you’ll be seeing a steady amount of strips for the foreseeable future! I’m really excited to update the team and have some different styles and different themes being played around with in the future. I don’t want to give too much away but the halloween stuff is going to be a lot of fun this year!

Huge thanks to my friend Christopher Rehner for guesting on this awesome return strip which is an obvious Darkwing Duck/Ducktales homage strip. (The new cartoon is fantastic by the way, highly recommend it! And can’t wait to see the rest of the season!) A huge part of my childhood was inspired by both and I’ve had the pleasure of talking to DW’s creator Tad Stones at great length, click here to check that out!

Next week…what do dragons and favors have in common? Well you’ll just have to tune in to find out!

NCD #346

NCD #346

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From the desk of Eric Ratcliffe:

I’ve been thinking about Minion’s past for a while now. I like the idea of this huge family connected to his unnamed race where they all have different goals and aspirations. We’ll be finding out a bit more about Archibold next week and I’m really excited to tell you guys more about him.

I’ve actually started building a new D&D character that I’ll be playing in a game with some good friends of mine from work in a couple weeks. I’m really excited to be getting back into the game as it’s been way too long since I last played.

Don’t forget to check out our patreon on the side page as well as big cartel if you’re interested in owning a Minion pin of your very own!

Next week, so just who met minion’s brother and what chaos was involved?

NCD #345

NCD #345

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From the desk of Eric Ratcliffe:

I haven’t been able to see the new Kong yet but I’m really excited to. I love the idea of Kong and Godzilla finally sharing a universe again, can’t wait to see them fight in a few years. Commentary is short this week as we have a special announcement:

We have a pin! Here’s the video of the unboxing with all the information:

Pins!

As a more recent pin collector as well as wanting more merchandise, I’ve been really excited about finally getting these in. Plus I’ll be the one shipping all of them so if you want one you can order via bigcartel or see me at a convention during the summer!

Next week…we learn something new about Minion, just what secret has he been keeping? Find out next week!

NCD #344

NCD #344

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From the desk of Eric Ratcliffe:

The best Transformers movie will always be the animated one, Michael Bay just doesn’t understand the characters at all. I enjoy the first of the movies but the rest got real bad real fast. Don’t even get me started on the dinobots.

When Bay made his silly statement (that was more about Marvel and DC than comic book films in general) I honestly couldn’t believe what I was reading. When you have 100’s of issues and at least 30 years of history from both the turtles and the transformers it’s crazy that you think you aren’t making comic book movies.

Don’t forget to check out our patreon in the left hand side of the site, it’s like a recurring internet tip jar and helps make sure George and I continue to make awesome things.

Next week…Eric gets a deal for the vacation of a lifetime but is everyone else up for it?

NCD #343

NCD #343

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From the desk of Eric Ratcliffe:

George has said he did something special with this strip, curious to see who picks up on it. It’s a nod to the original series. Leave a comment if you think you know.

One of these days we’ll probably return to Nemesis, he’s fun to write for, especially in his incompetence. I just get a kick out of someone else having to come in and save us because we’re too busy bickering.

Next week…what is Minion up to and why does it involve Eric being broke? find out in 7!

NCD #342

NCD #342

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From the desk of Eric Ratcliffe:

I’m old, I freely admit it. I knew I had to sneak the Scooby/Vincent Price jokes in (especially because that’s probably the best Scooby Doo cartoon, even Scrappy isn’t annoying in it!) It’s also probably the most obscure joke I’ll ever make in the strip. (Probably)

My second favorite sentai series behind Gokaiger is KYoryuger, the third dinosaur based sentai series (And the third of the dinosaur series adapted over here.) Below I’m including what was one of the best crossovers the show ever saw and sadly something we didn’t see adapted over here.

My favorite moment from the entire series is still when the leader of the team, King transformed into his ultimate form thanks to raving. (I’m not kidding, this actually happened)

Next week…does the team finally get everything together? Have Jeremy and Eric finally stopped arguing? Find out next week!

NCD #341

NCD #341

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From the desk of Eric Ratcliffe:

So Gokaiger is my personal favorite Sentai or Ranger series. There’s just something about heroic space pirates who act like a mix between the Firefly crew and Robin Hood that makes it super fun. Well that and they can transform into any previous season imaginable.

My personal favorite episode has Joe the sword expert and Luka a thief have to play a game of poker to get something important for the team against the big bad of the week and his henchmen. It’s a big heist episode that is played really well and easily the most enjoyable one of the series to me.

An awesome sample of the first big battle of the series via youtube with subtitles:

I’m not trying to knock Voltron by the way, just never been a huge fan. Out of any giant robot/space stuff it’s probably the thing I know the least about.

Next week…just what is Minion doing in New York? And what does magic have to do with it? Find out in 7!

NCD #340

NCD #340

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From the desk of Eric Ratcliffe:

So originally bits and pieces of this arc were going to be part of a huge NCD graphic novel that I was going to write and kickstart but it never really came together. Nemesis coming back was going to put us on a huge adventure which as you can see still happened. So what better way to show how scaled up and crazy things can get when you have a super villain around then bring in an old friend who we haven’t seen in about 120 strips or so.

Ron Fortier is a huge mentor to me, he’s someone whose writing and over all storytelling prowess always make my day. Just being around the man and his enthusiasm for pop culture (especially all things pulp) just inspire me. Plus his run on the Green Hornet from the 90’s is so worth hunting down.

His current and awesome company Airship 27 is well worth looking into. You can also check out a conversation that Ron has joined me for on the podcast here.

Next week…do our heroes finally start getting things together? and can things get better or worse from here?!

NCD #339

NCD #339

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From the desk of Eric Ratcliffe:

I’ll get into why I’m Captain Marvelous more over the next few weeks (big hint, he’s probably one of my favorite members of sentai) I knew the second we pulled Nemesis back out of the book plotwise that I had to bring Jeremy back. It’s actually the first time George has drawn him and he did such a great job.

Jeremy Wiggins for those that don’t know is probably one of the first real friends I made on the internet, through livejournal nonetheless. I don’t remember the specifics of how we met, I think it was through a comic book fan thing through livejournal and we just hit it off. But he’s been my friend ever since and I truly value his friendship, even if we barely get to talk lately. It’s great creating a strip where you can have your closest friends show up.

Next week…Nemesis goes to an old “friend” of New Comic Day’s to try and recruit him to his cause. Just who is it and does Nemesis succeed? Tune in next week to find out!