Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The Penetrator: A Hero Swells Within

Now continues a legendary saga that began here, continued here, and had a slight misstep here. After that last horrible comic (my first attempt at using my Wacom), I tried taking a break from "When Pigs Fly" to work on another type of comic, a noir-inspired dinosaur one, to be exact, although that sort of fell through when I realized that it was really hard to draw. Since then I have gotten numerous requests to continue the Penetrator's origin story, so here's another chapter in that valiant saga. Here, our hero discovers a new use of his radioactive member: a sort of criminal divining rod. I actually came up with Dan's catchphrase ("crime gets the shaft") after buying Godzilla Raids Again and Mothra vs. Godzilla from him at the local Fred Meyer, where he works. In fact, I envisioned him at his place of employment for this strip--in the electronics department, wearing his work threads. The only things missing are his glasses and his nametag. But dammit, superheroes where contacts.

I actually have the next two chapters in this series planned out in my head. Whether they'll show up in successive weeks cannot yet be forseen. I noticed, when looking back on the previous entries in this series, that Dan, like Erik, has benefited from the weeks away. His character model is much more defined as well.

My man Marcus finally got around to updating his blog and in it reviews Crash Bandicoot 2 by apparent threat of forced kaiju viewing. His belated complaints regarding Godzilla Raids Again are entirely unfounded--it's a fantastic rubber-suit monster movie. The problem, perhaps, stemmed from the fact that we chose to watch the Americanized version of the film (know here as Gigantis: The Fire Monster). While I haven't seen the original Japanese treatment (I fully intent to), I could tell that Gigantis was heavily edited. Warner Brothers was good enough to replace Godzilla's trademark roar with that of Anguiras, and of course, Godzilla is called "Gigantis." Only a few Godzilla movies remain outside of my grasp: Godzilla vs. The Astro-Monster, Ghidorah: the Three-Headed Monster, Godzilla vs. Monster Zero, Godzilla 1985, and Godzilla vs. Biolantte.


lantaro said...

woooO!!! about time we got a friggin' comic!! yeah!! geez!!

oh, and thanks for pimping my blog.

and GRA was a terrible movie. although it was very, very entertaining.

Luke said...

DUUUUUUDE lol I laughed. hard. It was great.. Dans character does look pimp; nice work. I wish you had no job at that someone would just pay you to do the comic strip, it's comic genius and it's awesome seeing you know, US, in the comic. You need to introduce you.! Anyways. Nice work!

Verdakk said...

That's why he's called the penetrator! HAahaha. I finally get it.