The Dark Side of Red Six: Rebels Never Learn

The first season of The Dark Side of Red Six finally draws to an end. It’s fitting that the last comic of this run be in the Star Wars ‘verse. Jek Porkin’s life being reduced to a single catchphrase was actually the first comic idea I had approached Mathew Brendle with and I really appreciate the amount of detail he put into it. He handled it professionally and considering it’s an immature pee, sex, and finally nerd joke, he didn’t flinch and got the humor of it.  It has been an amazing opportunity to work on these webcomics with Mathew, Jon and Caleb. I can’t wait to apply all that we have learned from the first run into the next season of comics. Writing these was rather hard, some I am really proud of and some were lessons learned. I hope some of these made you chuckle as much as they made me.
Until next time adventurer.  Good journey.

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The Dark Side of Red Six: Dr. Wily Loves Mega-Peace

There is no glowing sense of nostalgia for Mega-Man in my heart. It was a constant source of frustration and ire. I was absolutely terrible at the game and instead of admitting that fact, I would  pretend I was angry over insignificant things like how Mega-Man was forced to change his name to appease American audiences because apparently RockMan would not have gone over as well. But now when I see Roll I think how we could have had ROCK AND ROLL!  Dammit.

The game rewards memorization and my skills were honed to reaction. I stood no chance.

But can we all agree that the names of the Robot Masters make varying degrees of sense?

*Interior of a corporate board room”
Me (Handsome, eloquent): Let’s each share an idea or two for a potential mini-boss for this Mega-Man game we are creating.  I’ll go first. I have Cuts-Man, he will use a blade attack weapon. I also came up with another called Ice-Man, and of course he will use ice related powers against our protagonist. What ideas do you have for a Robot Master?

You (Likely Caleb, morlock like): Guts-Man. He real strong. Throw rocks. He my favorite.

Me (Dying inside): Well..  I guess.. if that is what you really want.  Just, well, ya know doesn’t carry with the theme like the rest do.. but.. ok.

 

This really has been a not so subtle dig at Caleb because of his undying love for the Mega-Man dynasty. And it just so happens that Guts-Man is his favorite Robot Master

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Loved the 8-bit approach Mathew took with this comic. It really brings the character home to it’s roots and it’s just cool as hell seeing the variation of art style when going back through the comics.

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The Dark Side of Red Six: The Lair

Caleb has a room in his house almost entirely dedicated to podcasting.  By only the strictest definition am I forced to preface the description of the room where Red Six records with “almost entirely” due to the fact that the computer he uses to record and edit the cast also occasionally midnights as a vehicle to play one or two non mobile games. Even using the term “room” seems inadequate when you take into consideration the plans Caleb has for the space. A Podcasting Acropolis seems more of a fitting title but referring to it as such  would undoubtedly cause his ego to mutate him into an Akira-infused like microphone bedazzled monstrosity. Therefore I refer to the area as his Lair. He really does have a back up generator ready to come on during any power outage so that, as he says, “no podcast material will be lost during a storm”. It is ridiculous after all the improvements made to The Lair, the custom table, the craft beer with taps, and sound proofing. The only thing we would ever truly be impressed by.. would be a mini-fridge to put our beers and sodas in.

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The Dark Side of Red Six: Hella Savings

After spending nearly a decade dwelling in the same cramp apartment, Heather and I recently bought a house.  Overall it has been an odd experience in “adulting” for me. In the apartment there was a carefree attitude towards appliances, roofs, lawns and plumbing. Now when walking up to the front door I find myself side eyeing the lawn and whispering a silent prayer of thanks to Crom for the neighbors whose landscaping is haphazard and overgrown. I fear my next door neighbors finding out how very little I know of mulch or what constitutes as a weed. Then once inside, my nerves twist during high winds (which we have often in Oklahoma) or whenever the toilet is flushed, fully convinced that costly repairs might be needed at any moment. I am happy for the change, but long for the days of stress free apartment living.

Buying appliances is one more area that has given me all the anxious “feels”. I love getting those “out of box deals” major retail stores offer but then I always worry that there is something seriously wrong hidden, just waiting to reveal itself days after the store’s warranty expires. I have tried more than once to cozy up to the sales person with a bump of my elbow and say “Between you and me, what’s wrong with it? I’ll still buy it but ya know.. whats the mark down in price really for?”.

This ploy absolutely never works. Not once. It actually has the opposite effect, much like a fish asking “Ok.. the worm you have on the line looks tasty.. and I’m gonna bite.. but.. is there a hook in it? Be honest.” to which the fisherman answers with a wolf’s smile “No, Mr. Fish. Nothing in that worm but more worms, even tastier worms.”.
Buying discounted appliances just smacks of modern consumer Lovecraft to me and nothing made me happier than seeing a refrigerator fit for C’thulu.

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The Dark Side of Red Six: Perils of The Podcast

As you wish, it’s time for another Dark Side of Red Six webcomic. This week we join the dashing couple from The Princess Bride as they take a wrong turn from the Fire Swamp and descend into the Perils of the Red Six Podcast. I am in love with Mathew’s take on Wesley and Buttercup stumbling upon a Raptor sex party. The especially naughty pair in the background get me every time!

Raptor Sex Parties are back, y’all!

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The Dark Side of Red Six: Heaven

Apologies up front for the comic coming out late this week! It will never happen again. OK. That is undoubtedly a lie, but I hope to at least make any tardiness in the future a very rare occurrence.

My personal version of heaven would be playing a game of whack-a-mole on the heads of ‘Grammar Nazi’. That might seem very aggressive but I am just being honest. Now, it’s possible I have a particularly large chip on my shoulder from all the times Caleb has corrected my poor grammar of “me and Person” to the proper “Person and I”. An endless tug of war between my poor grammar and his joy in correcting it and I really do not know who will break first. Will I improve my poor grammar or will Caleb tire of correcting it. I know the answer, and thus this comic was born.

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The Dark Side of Red Six: Final Friday

Final FantasyWhat happens when the world of Friday the 13th and Final Fantasy collide? The Final Friday is born.
I have logged 100+ hours on Final Fantasy 15 so it was only a matter of time before it made its way into a comic.It also gives me a chance to work out my Tonberry frustrations. It was a mob that was always a standout from the previous games but were known for being the epitome of slow but deadly. How do you translate that into a fast paced free roam game? You Yoda the shit out of them and “spinning blade of death they become, hrm!”. They are the only encounter that causes me dread. I have slain turtles made of mountains. I have crushed giant robots. I fear the robed toads of doom. We can all agree though that classically speaking Tonberry was the Jason Voorhees of Final Fantasy.  And I can never skip a chance to kill Caleb in a strip.

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The Dark Side Of Red Six: Master Vader

Welcome back adventurers!

This weeks comic was actually our very first comic written. I personally think it’s really sweet to imagine Vader indulging in his artistic passion for drawing and adapting smoothly to his new life as a mostly mechanical cyborg kill-bot for the Dark Side. I really loved Mathew’s take on Vader actually having facial expressions and not just a static mask. Funny note on this one, the first panel had some room left for Vader to be doing some “heavy breathing” as he drew his favorite pair of robot boobs, but there is a surprising amount of conflict residing on the internet on how to properly write the onomatopoeia for Darth’s signature breath. We decided to go with what is done in some of the comic publications and omit it altogether. But here are a few examples that we found online…

“KtrrrRRrr … Chooo…. KtrrrRRrr… Chooo”  (Chew or Cho?)

Hwooooooo Haaaa….Hwooooooo Haaaa” (Ok. This one, just comes off as Al Pacino from Scent of a Woman)

“shkssssshhh shksssshhhhh” (Definitely a flat tire)

Kriisshhhh…… Whoorrreeeee…..” (This one slays me.. I mean.. is he calling Chris a Whore??)

 

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The Dark Side of Red Six: Of Dungeons and Dragons

I think every table top role playing group has that one “member”, the one who is all too willing to help the group immerse into the fantasy. I have definitely been that guy for a couple of play groups. All you need to play is some friends and some rule books (and the rule books are optional, imo) but that was rarely enough for me when I was Dungeon Mastering. I have employed many tactics to help the players “get into the mood” from playing Fantasy Adventure movie soundtracks, dimmed the lights and lit multiple candles for eerie illumination, provided maps to dungeons on coffee soaked paper with burned edges to “age” the paper, provided food that I felt was appropriate for adventurers to eat (instead of pizza/mountain dew it was cheese/Hawaiian rolls and cider) and on one rare occasion I showed up in costume. It’s possible in the near future I will be getting to DM some Pathfinder for Caleb and Gal’s group. Running a role playing group can take a lot of time and effort but the end result can make memories that you will carry your whole life. Not all of them, but you’ll damn sure be more likely to remember the fate of your character when said fate is being decided by a chubby guy in an executioners cloak lit by candle light with Braveheart playing in the background!


The Dark Side of Red Six: Trial and Error

We are not saying that Batman must surely have piles of failed Robins hidden away in the Batcave. But, if I was Commissioner Gordon, I would definitely take a look behind the walls and under the floorboards of Wayne Manor. I have a hard time buying that every sidekick he took on was successful. That Wayne Cemetery has a lot of headstones to be a family plot, Bruce! Caleb had a great tag on this comic that I love, “the Metropolis Orphanage”, slays me. This idea that the B-man is going to Superman’s city to ‘trial and error’ orphans to be his protege. It’s a dick move, Batman, a real dick move.

-Nick