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Satan Ninja 198X

Satan Ninja 198X

An action-comedy comic illustrated by Jessica Safron and written by Adam Dravian and Jessica Safron. It's inspired by radical 1980’s media, mostly movies, but also video games, cartoons, anime, heavy metal music, and the “satanic panic” of the era.

It's kind of like an '80s teen comedy movie injected with over-the-top ninja violence, lots of T&A, and elements of sci-fi, horror, and fantasy.

Visit SatanNinja.com for more comics and tons of extra content!
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Satan Ninja 198X

An action-comedy comic illustrated by Jessica Safron and written by Adam Dravian and Jessica Safron. It's inspired by radical 1980’s media, mostly movies, but also video games, cartoons, anime, heavy metal music, and the “satanic panic” of the era.

It's kind of like an '80s teen comedy movie injected with over-the-top ninja violence, lots of T&A, and elements of sci-fi, horror, and fantasy.

Visit SatanNinja.com for more comics and tons of extra content!

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Kind of a shame, but I don't blame you. SmackJeeves is pretty slow. Thanks for leaving the link to the main website!
This will likely be the final page we post to Smack Jeeves, as our comic never seemed to develop much of an audience here. However, we'll continue to update the comic at https://satanninja.com/, so if you're one of the few Smack Jeeves users rad enough to have discovered our little comic, we hope to see you there.

Thanks for reading!
Adam Dravian
October 6th, 2018
In my detailed synopsis of the SN8X story, Eddie’s first class on his first day to school as a Satan Ninja was one of the more basic ones, like Math or English. The teacher would’ve asked Eddie to removed his silly attire, and when Ed awkwardly refused, he would’ve been sent to the vice-principal's office. Then, as Eddie is trying to explain his bizarre situation to the vice-principal, the werewolf demon would’ve suddenly busted through a window/wall of the office. Eddie and the werewolf demon would’ve then battled their way through the school and into the gymnasium, interrupting gym class.

But when I began to write the actual script for this issue, it became clear that we had way too much content we wanted to squeeze into it. So one of the things I changed to speed up the pace was have gym be Eddie’s first class, and have the werewolf bust out and attack right then and there.
Even as a kid in the ‘80s, I thought those damn knee socks with the stripes at the top looked dumb as hell. On the other hand, once I hit high school and girls started to babe out and wear the black knee socks and skirt combo … oh man, that ruled.

Wow, four issues in and we finally get an exterior shot of River City High School. The Red Cocks is the name of the school’s sports teams, and of course the school has a red rooster mascot that I’m sure we’ll be seeing at some point. The school’s colors are red and white, as you could probably guess from Veronica’s cheerleader outfit.

Even though almost all the comic’s teen characters have driver's licenses, very few of them have their own cars. Eddie and Alex live within walking distance, so they don’t bother taking the bus. And since they’re neighbors, they walk to and from school together every day, which is how they slowly forged a friendship (until the past year or so, it didn’t extend much beyond those walks). Heather doesn’t walk with them because she gets picked up by her boyfriend Ryan.
Adam Dravian
September 23rd, 2018
We toyed with the idea of Mordlich gaining a crew that was completely female, but instead we opted to give him some minions inspired by villains from the He-Man and She-Ra cartoons. Which, like lots of ‘80s cartoons, were glorified toy commercials (with a moral lesson tossed in so they could technically qualify as educational content).

What’s weird about the She-Ra toys is that the dude figures used the same scale as He-Man and the Masters of the Universe toys, which totally makes sense, since they’re in the same franchise. But someone made the boneheaded decision to make the toys of She-Ra and the other she-babes in a totally different scale. More like a Barbie doll.

So if you were an ‘80s kid and you wanted to have your She-Ra toy fight her nemesis Hordak, you’d have to deal with the awkwardness of She-Ra towering over the villain. It’s just a mortifying situation for all involved.
In the final panel, the dude being exploded in the throne is Xoddam, the self-proclaimed space pirate king. Thus ends his reign. But what a rad way to go out...
That's right, Satan Ninja 198X is back!

I’m so fucking pumped for Issue 4, as it’s when the core concept of the comic really kicks in—like a Van Damme style jumping spin-kick to the face. This cover offers a nice taste of what you can expect.

Each of our previous covers had gotten progressively more and more busy as we kept adding more characters. For this one, we decided to scale it back and focus on just three characters, which also gives the background a chance to shine (Jessica spent an abnormally long time on the background, as she kept re-working it over and over and over—gotta get that Hell landscape just right). This cover also highlights a core element of this issue and the comic overall: Eddie using his rad Satan Ninja powers to fight badass demons (and, of course, there's the ever-present elements of the '80s dressing and busty babes).

Click this link to support the comic on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/JessicaSafron
Adam Dravian
January 15th, 2017
Plots are converging! Things are falling into place. And that’s where we end Issue 3.

Jessica tried really hard to make sure this page wouldn’t take as long as the last few. We’re determined to get back on a steady page a week schedule. But first, we’ll have to take a brief hiatus.

So here’s our game plan during this hiatus. First, Jessica’s going to take a week off of drawing for the first time in years, which will help her from burning out. Then there’s a bunch of minor things in Issue 3 that she’s going to go back and spruce up. They’re mostly mega minor, so this shouldn’t take longer than a week. Then she’s going to bust out a rad cover for Issue 4.

By the way, the title for Issue 4 is “Rad As Hell” and it’ll totally live up to its namesake.
@dannyrichardwriter: Dude, thanks so much for the praise. It's always a boost to morale to hear/read stuff like this. Glad you're liking our comic. Lots more to come.
Adam Dravian
January 9th, 2017
Trash cans are one of those things that I knew tended to look a little different in the ‘80s, but it’s not exactly an easy thing to look up for reference. Off the top of my head, I could think of only a couple ‘80s movie scenes involving trash cans. The first is, of course, the scene from Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 which spawned the Garbage Day meme. Then I thought of the oddly similar “innocently taking out the trash only to get shot to death” scene in Commando. And lastly, though I’ve yet to see The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, I figured it must have a trash can somewhere in there, and sure enough there was one on the poster.

By the way, Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 is so fucking weird in that it’s mostly a recap of the first movie. You know those sitcom or anime clip-show episodes that have a really thin plot that merely serves as an excuse for the characters to reminisce so the creators can phone in an episode by playing clips from older ones? It’s like that. Except it’s a movie. And only the second movie in the series. Seriously, there’s only like thirty minutes or so of new footage. However, some of those thirty minutes are pretty fucking glorious.

Also, Sam is being a bit presumptuous when he tells Corey he’s going to butt-fuck Debbie Slater; he hasn’t even approached her with his offer yet. Just to make that clear.
Brilliant, brilliant work guys. Every aspect of it is spot on, really enjoyable - great writing and great art. Already read about half in one go, and on my favourites! All Best, Danny
It just occurred to me that we could totally end the comic right here. Eddie’s now loaded and he and Grandma and Snacky Love can live happily ever after. Because nothing bad could possibly come of Eddie robbing the richest and most powerful man in River City ...

Of course we wouldn’t end the comic here—way too many loose ends. We have Jennifer and Toxic kidnapped by the satan ninja clan … Sam’s mysterious Mr. Skull sightings … Ket and Darwick are earthbound ... then there’s whatever mysterious spooky stuff the C&C coven are up to … and of course, Viper has yet to make his glorious return to the comic (which will happen in Issue 4).

Here’s some trivia for you: Rebecca Slater has the first set of “enhanced” knockers to be featured in the comic. Also, the robot patrolling the Slater house is named DD-TRON, as revealed by November’s Bonus Comic (available on Jessica's Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/JessicaSafron ).

Two pages left of Issue 3!
Adam Dravian
December 5th, 2016
Whoa! Sorry for the mega late update, we've been busy preparing for a trip out to LA where we'll be guests on one of our favorite podcasts.

Anyway, Dean’s older sister Debbie has been mentioned a few times in the comic, and she had a tiny cameo on the cover of the Stagbunny issue that Trance was reading earlier, but now we finally get to see her. Like, a lot of her.

Debbie graduated from a private school a few years ago (Dean attended a private school as well until he was kicked out of it), and now lives in LA as a model/actress. She’s currently home visiting.

Anyway, I think Jessica killed it with the hot tub lighting effects on this page. And it’s nice to see Mr. Skull popping into the comic to torment Sam some more.

Speaking of Sam, I think this is the first time we've seen Sam's eyes since he stole Eddie's sunglasses off his face at the end of Issue 2.
Adam Dravian
November 14th, 2016
@Ian Evans: Well, I'm glad you re-found us. Especially since we don't seem to get much attention on Smack Jeeves (we host the comic at SatanNinja.com and also upload it to several comic hosting sites like this one), and I was recently considering no longer updating it here. But hey, as long as I know that someone's reading it on this site, I'll keep the updates coming.

As for the future of this comic, we're totally committed to seeing it through to the end. We expect it to last about twelve issues, so we're only about a fourth of the way through it. And the best stuff is yet to come.
@Ian Evans: Well, now you caused me to look up Dagmar's Hot Pants, which somehow lead to me going down a YouTube rabbit hole of Russ Meyer movie clips...
Adam Dravian
November 14th, 2016
@Ian Evans: ;)
Ian Evans
November 14th, 2016
I (somehow) accidentally removed this from my favorites a long time ago and was sad because I assumed it was discontinued. But I'm glad you guys are still going strong.
Ian Evans
November 14th, 2016
@Adam Dravian: Neon Genesis Evangelion doesn't have that! No wait...
Ian Evans
November 14th, 2016
@Adam Dravian: or Satan Ninja is just behind the times... in a very good way.
Ian Evans
November 14th, 2016
The Veronica phone sequence reminds me of something out of Dagmar's Hot Pants. Not that I would watch Dagmar's Hot Pants...