Friday, January 6, 2017

Episode 336 - Daughter of the Saints, chapters 13-14

Episode 336: Daughter of the Saints, chapters 13-14

Even Gaia's tragic backstory has a tragic backstory.

In this final chunk of Daughter of the Saints, the fic doesn’t so much end or even stop as it just gives up the will to live and crawls out onto the road and lies down to die. However, before that sweet merciful release is granted unto it, we still have more to go. So sit on down for more of that boundless joy and cheer that you have come to expect from it; more wangst, more flashbacks, more wangst and flashback filled dream sequences and even more discussions on the Wolf Ranching industry. That’s right, it’s all fun and games here as we cry over dead cancer mom, fret over if super sparkly magical cancer is hereditary, take comfort in the presence of Mike the Human and spin our wheels in the mud to get nowhere fast.

Oleg is in the next chapter, really.


Riffers: Dan, Rebecca Bartley, Tsuneo Tateo and Rick R. Mortis
Written by: Zogster and Rick R.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Episode 335 - Daughter of the Saints, chapters 10-12

Episode 335: Daughter of the Saints, chapters 10-12

Your threat loses a lot of its impact when it doesn't make any sense whatsoever.

This newest portion of Daughter of the Saints is all about one thing; wangst. Not only that, but it comes in a wide variety of flavours. There’s your regular self-indulgent wangst, there’s flashback wangst, there’s dream sequence wangst and there’s even other people wangsting just to provide an alternate point of view. Sure there might be some crudely inserted copy-paste video game dialogue, a bloody invasion by the leader of an international criminal syndicate and the inevitable discussions of the economic viability of wolf ranching, but those are all secondary to the main point. Oh, and there’s also the matter of fatal hereditary diseases, but since testing for them is less important than having a new iPhone I guess they don’t matter either. All this plus a guest appearance by Mike the Human!


Riffers: Dan, Rebecca Bartley, Tsuneo Tateo and Rick R. Mortis
Written by: Zogster and Rick R.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Episode 334 - The Death Games, chapters 7-9

Episode 334: The Death Games, chapters 7-9

Well I volunteered to go participate in this grisly child murder spectacle for the pleasure of some enigmatic alien overlords, but apart from that? Peachy.

The time has arrived to begin the pageantry of honour, glory and lists of colours that is the Death Games... almost! Before our cast of very-nearly characters can get around to killing each other for the entertainment of the monochrome aliens, there's a few things that need to be done. Interviews! Training! Scores! Dream sequences! Breakfast! Staring longingly at some girl you've just met! That's right, it's a busy time for our monosyllabic contenders from their overly-descriptive planets as they go through possibly familiar scenes from a certain teen lit series while talking about the one girl who has a backstory and how perfect she is. So get your alien popcorn ready because it's almost nearly quite close to being time to start The Death Games!


Riffers: Dan, Maya Gold, Celena Harte and Tsuneo Tateo
Written by: Zogster

Monday, November 28, 2016

Great news for all readers!

As noted in my last art fail post, Storm Force is very... silly in places. The artwork is good, but at the same time it can be often hard to describe. In a world of knife suits, mutant spider goons, malformed henchmen, shark-shaped cars and armies of insane killer robots, it's actually rather hard to write good, succinct descriptions of what the comic is depicting and what's going on.

Fortunately, a bizarre form of salvation has arrived. Action Force fan site Blood for the Baron has begun a Storm Force ongoing scans project aimed at digitally recreating every issue of Storm Force. The goal is to cover everything from it's origin in Battle to it's two-year run in Eagle after the two merged, as well as one-offs, annuals, holiday specials and even text stories. It's a very lofty goal, given that the strip is otherwise unknown and dwells in the lands of obscurity. It also means that you can get to see Storm Force in its full, nay insane, glory.

On a related note, the fantastic Great News for All Readers has been an invaluable resource for me. The amount of information present, weather simply on-site or though its many, many links, has immensely helped me fill gaps in my knowledge and expand the material I have to work with. Plus it has scans of many obscure pieces, often with gorgeous art that's sadly overlooked. I cannot recommend it enough.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Art Fail - Storm Force

This Art Fail is a little different from the others. There's nothing wrong with the art in Storm Force; in fact, I quite like Vanyo's style. It;s certainly a lot better then the other Art Fails I've showcased. However, that doesn't change the fact that the content of the art is, well, just kind of goofy.

Case in point, let's meet our titular team of designated protagonists...

Storm Force! Fighting the war on mutant spider goons!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Episode 333 - Storm Force: Robot Raider, parts 5-8

Episode 333: Storm Force: Robot Raider, parts 5-8

When you're designing themed evil robots, you need to go all the way. There's no sense in just leaving it half done. Besides, a Samurai Robot speaking perfect English would be just silly

When you are facing an army of high-tech killer robots, there are certain skills that you want on your team. For example, for obvious reasons, you would need a computer hacker. That means you have someone who can hysterically scream and be useless while the real men blow robots up with their robot arms, samurai swords or knife suits. And when slightly misunderstood genius Paul Sondheim unveils his army of the twelve deadliest robots ever built (Insert Astroboy joke here), you’ll need all the crying and whimpering you can get to fight off this army of deadly mechanized cosplayers. Throw in a doomsday weapon that obligingly runs amok the instant it is introduced and an exploding bandstand and you have the next scintillating part of the Storm Force saga!


Riffers: Rebecca Bartley, Natasha Isavia, Mat Simmons and Rick R. Mortis
Written by: Rick R.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Episode 332 - Daughter of the Saints, chapters 7-9

Episode 332: Daughter of the Saints, chapters 7-9

She couldn't be more obvious if she was standing on the counter with a megaphone, demanding sympathy from anyone who passed her by.

Having reached its first plot point, Daughter of the Saints stubbornly refuses to go anywhere else. Much like a whiny, self-absorbed teenager (ie, its central character) it instead goes to its room and sulks and refuses all efforts to coax it out. And so while Gaia continues to while about how unfair it is that life isn’t like the magical fantasy world she wants it to be, Peirce gets a sandwich, Matt Miller takes time out from his erotic roleplay and the economic feasibility of supporting a Wolf Ranch on Deviantart commissions is contemplated at great length. So forget about stealing cars, claiming turf and over the top battles; because explaining how basements, chess boards, taps and zippers work is where the real action is at!


Riffers: Dan, Rebecca Bartley, Tsuneo Tateo and Rick R. Mortis
Written by: Zogster and Rick R.