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Krazy Noodle Massacre

Krazy Noodle Massacre

by Lutztoons
Rhodes and Dempsey are a young married couple who are just getting started in life. They'd like to move forward with their own careers and goals, but they keep getting distracted by everything from cutesy video games to tacky late-night shows about serial killers. Late one night, Dempsey comes home with a wild story about running into a jittery man at the grocery store who buys almost nothing but a generic macaroni product called "Krazy Noodles." Much to Rhodes' hesitation, Dempsey comes up with a plan to go spying on him the following week so that Rhodes can see him for himself. They might think they're just going on a funny little adventure, but neither of them have any clue how much trouble they're about to cause---not only for themselves, but the guy they want to stare at.

Recommended for readers 14+. Contains some light violence and mild cartoon blood. Has some innuendo, but no graphic sexuality or full-frontal nudity. Occasional vulgar language.

Note: Updates are currently a bit random.

Questions or comments are always welcome!
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Krazy Noodle Massacre

Rhodes and Dempsey are a young married couple who are just getting started in life. They'd like to move forward with their own careers and goals, but they keep getting distracted by everything from cutesy video games to tacky late-night shows about serial killers. Late one night, Dempsey comes home with a wild story about running into a jittery man at the grocery store who buys almost nothing but a generic macaroni product called "Krazy Noodles." Much to Rhodes' hesitation, Dempsey comes up with a plan to go spying on him the following week so that Rhodes can see him for himself. They might think they're just going on a funny little adventure, but neither of them have any clue how much trouble they're about to cause---not only for themselves, but the guy they want to stare at.

Recommended for readers 14+. Contains some light violence and mild cartoon blood. Has some innuendo, but no graphic sexuality or full-frontal nudity. Occasional vulgar language.

Note: Updates are currently a bit random.

Questions or comments are always welcome!

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Gideon is probably regretting his decision to run out of his car and grab the box of old tapes that were sitting at the edge of someone's yard on garbage day.

For this page, I was thinking about crappy 90s movies that nobody remembers. Y'know, the ones that may have been hugely popular back then, but the demand for them is nonexistent these days and now they're sitting in the bargain bin at Goodwill. Not even the hardcore tapeheads want them.

AUUUUUGGHUGHGHH FINALLY THE LITTLE HIATUS IS OVER
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING PATIENT!
@Oly-RRR: Thank yoooou!!! :3 I wanted that ice cream to look both appetizing and nauseating at the same time. So much tooth-rotting goodness in one place.

The thing about Gideon is that it seems like he dropped in from another time. He just doesn’t sync with modern times at all. Not all of those tapes are VHS, either— he might even be stuck with Betamax. And same! I have such fond memories of old-skool tech, even though it had flaws. There was something special about waiting to see all the photos you took with your disposable camera and coming home with a big stack of tapes from the video store. I even have funny memories of getting annoyed when the VHS tracking was off or when the computer slowed way down when I was trying to print something I drew in Kid Pix. I’m definitely guilty of being one of those overly-nostalgic people, but I am very grateful for this generation’s technology. Now that we have all these ridiculously advanced devices available to the general public at affordable prices, it’s fun to be able to explore the things that came before iPhones and WiFi.

And thank you!! :D This little comic accidentally turned into something bigger!
That bowl of ice-cream is a MASTERPIECE and so is this page! <3

Seriously look at Gideo's face when he's adding all those layers of sugar and artifical flavours.

And I love both the ancient telly and the VHS. Being stuck with outdated technology is no fun but there's something about 90s tech that I mostly remember it warmly, without the recurring worry of "oh no ___ is breaking down entirely and I'll have to upgrade it soon".

Also woah, this story is like a mini-chapter in its own right already! You rock!
oh no baby what is you doing???

In which we learn that Gideon 's sweet tooth is completely out of control.

Look at that old console TV! VHS is still the norm for the technology in this world, but Gideon's television is dated even for their time.

ALSO
I have decided that I'm going to take a break from Q+A comics after completing "Midnight Snack" so that I can finish Chapter 1. I've inked all of them and now they are ready to color. I apologize for taking so long between updates; I'm learning as I go and I've realized how important is to have a backlog of completed pages. I will return to answering your questions after I have completed chapter 1.

There's still a few pages left in this minicomic!
@Oly-RRR: Thank you!! :3 The challenge of this page was getting the setting to look musty and tired without making it unpleasant to look at. I’m glad that it’s coming across!

Gideon keeps his house relatively clean, but he does have a lot of crap piled up in forgotten corners. And you’re right, he does have to clear out a lot of junk before he can get the drawers open! My mom’s house is like that, you can’t open a drawer without it getting jammed on something inside.
Aaaahhh it's so exciting to see this page! :D I love the way you handle colour traditionally - everything there is obviously murky and dusty and it comes across well but it's also shiny and zingy at the same time and a pleasure to look at.

Haha, Gideon must have to clear things off surfaces just to open most of those drawers (something I can sadly relate to). Well, at least those bananas still look edible, it could be worse. :D
This little comic was done as a response to the question, "What is Gideon's favorite ice cream flavor?" I was giggling like an idiot the whole time I was drawing that stoned-out moose.

Man, this first page gave me all sorts of trouble. Originally, this comic was supposed to be in black and white, but it turned out REALLY BAD, so I ended up redoing it. Incidentally, this comic is going to be the first instance in which I render parts of Gideon's house in color. When I was in high school, I did draw several of the rooms in his home, but I only worked in monochrome back then...not to mention the fact that my skill levels weren't where I wanted them to be. Like I said in that last comic, it's a...surreal feeling to finally be able to see with my own eyes the world I've kept locked up in my head for years and years. Now you'll get to see it, too! 'Tis what I always wanted.

The short hiatus is ending! The page updates will likely be a bit random until I start posting the remainder of chapter 1, but there won't be a month-long break between uploads this time.
@Oly-RRR: Cool! I've always enjoyed having drawn-out talks about comics and art. And I like talking to you, and this conversation makes me think, so I'm looking forward to continuing our chat! But yeah, long comment threads under a page can be a pain to navigate. XD
@Lutztoons: I don't mind it being long at all! :) But yeah, we can definitely move to PMs - gosh, that causes a bit of a deja vu because it's not the first time lengthy comment convos led to that but I love how tight this little community is. X) And while I love comments/replies replying to long threads under multiple pages can get confusing fast.
@Oly-RRR: Oh, man, it blows my mind that the Internet is completely embedded into our lives nowadays, even for young kids. We didn't even get high-speed internet until I was in junior high, and even then I was too scared to post my art online. It's really for the best that nobody on the internet saw the 3edgy5me crap I was doing at age 14.

Negative worldviews will really leak into whatever type of creative work you end up doing, which is why I agree with what you said about consciously educating yourself before putting artistic pieces out for public consumption. When I look back on a lot of my old writings, they just come off as products of a troubled mind (which they were) because I dumped all my problems into my stories without thinking critically about why I was doing it. I didn't hate any particular group of people, either--I just had a very hard time relating to others and I didn't understand why people didn't "get me," so I blamed everyone else for my problems. KNM is honestly the first time I've ever thought about the actions and consequences of writing in the context of making it public. I've been working on it for 3 years, so I've had a lot of time to do some growing since then.

Oh God, the accidentally cringey positive message stories! Those are always embarrassing to look back on. I have one about teenage Dempsey that I actually printed and sold to a few people who wanted one, and I never got any feedback on the story from the ones who read it. I didn't understand why at the time, but when I read it again a couple years later, it is SO obvious that I was going through some heavy shit at the time and i think it made people uncomfortable. PLUS I THOUGHT I WAS DOING SOMETHING SOOPER DEEP by making poor Dempsey get punished by his family and everyone in school just because he was a gay nerd. wow Alex u did such a grate job with ur positiv portrayel of thw gay peepls, here is your awards. I ended up rethinking Dempsey's life story so that it isn't so ridiculously sad and now I just want to forget that I came up with and sold that book to begin with. God I'm cringing just thinking about it. barffffffff

Yeah, I never know what to tell kids about it, either. I had profs in college who were like "NOTHING YOU DO IN COLLEGE WILL BE GOOD, SO GET USED TO IT" and that didn't help at all. How are you supposed to improve if you feel like you'll always suck? The main thing I tell younger artists is to keep at it and enjoy what you're doing, but keep looking for ways to get better at the work YOU want to do. It's really hard to see young artists stop drawing because they think they'll never live up to some impossibly high standard. I'd rather see something honest than something that's so polished you can't see the human element in the work.

Oh my god that turned out long. I hope you don't mind. If you want, we can move this to PMs if you're comfortable with that.
@Lutztoons: Yeah, totally, I've said it before but I think our generation lucked out with the Internet being in its infancy when we were kids - my friend's daughter is already using Youtube and I was too shy to share art online until college age and I think it was a good thing in my case, precisely because of what you said about negative worldviews. I don't remember ever disliking any group of people consciously but there's so much fear of anyone "different" put into us through generational latent ways (like how parents explain these themes to children even without meaning anything bad, or public education and things said by adults there when it's a spur of the moment thing and not a "very special topic") that we need to be able to educate ourselves consciously before we get the stories we want to tell out there.

And I've had my share of BAD stories too... I've been planning to brush the dust off one of my oldest characters (probably as old as Gideon?) and I remember making that comic with a positive message in mind but looking at it now that did come out so accidentally cringey... to the point that I doubt it's worth it to show many old art versus new art comparisons when I get to that character.

I'm glad we went through it because it seems like a necessary stage of development but I also hope future generations will have less of that bullshit baggage to ditch in the first place. I never know what to tell kids about it though - "You'll want to unsee this in 15 years but keep drawing" seems harsh... >_>

And ehehe, I love small slice of life stories so I'm very much looking forward for more! :D
@Oly-RRR: Eeee thank you! :3 I used to do spooky winter scenes all the time when I was younger, but I quit doing them once I hit college age. That's partly why this page makes me all emotional--I'm coming back to something I walked away from.

Oh yeah, I totally get that. I don't like crowds and noise, either. I always feel a weird sense of relief whenever I go to a store or restaurant and nobody is there because the weather sucks. I just like to be able to buy my food in peace without bumping elbows with randos.

Yeah!! It's honestly so nice to know someone else who understands that feeling. Isn't it such a great feeling to be able to see something in your head and bring it out in a way that's satisfying to you? What you said about writing themes of mental illness but not being equipped to tackle them is something I can really relate to. Our friend Gideon's story has a lot of themes that are related to mental health and need to be handled with tact and emotional maturity, which I was lacking until fairly recently. A lot of my old stories make me cringe because they're just so reflective of the negative worldviews I held back then, and I'm happy that I was too nervous to show them to people, because they are B-A-D. Now that I've had enough time to improve myself and my art, I feel confident enough to be able to tell this story without accidentally sending out a bad message.

Also! A lot of the questions you asked brought up a lot of themes and ideas that I've been wanting to write for actual YEARS, so thank you for being a part of this!

*rubs her hands together like a greasy fly*

And I thought I'd never get to write a short story about Gideon's favorite ice cream flavor.
Oh gosh, first of all - this page is just so beautiful. All that snow and darkness and moonlight, you really made it shine.

And I can relate to this a lot, I'm too much of a worrier to venture into the night alone but I do enjoy the weather that keeps more people indoors and the times when it's not so loud and not so crowded outside.

What you wrote about feeling emotional about finally making comics about Gideon resonated with me a lot too - I had a similar situation with a few character and just generally with tackling the theme of disability/mental illness in comics. I needed to do that but I also wasn't really equipped for it as a teenager, or even in my early 20s. In a way I'm glad I never had a serious publicly shared attempt at it back then because I had so much to learn back then and the Internet has too many confused wonky comics as it is but it's also such a huge relief to finally get to the point where I'm still learning (always learning, I guess) but already can do what I want to do. So yeah, I get this, and I'm glad you get that too. It IS a really good feeling. X)
The Q&A special has begun! This one-page strip is a response to the question, "What is Gideon's favorite weather?"

The song Forlorn in Silence by Lord Belial makes a good background soundtrack for this page. I was listening to it a lot while doing this strip. As a matter a fact, I named the comic after it! I'm not a fan of Lord Belial's main body of work, but there's something special about this song. And that ALBUM COVER ART!

I wasn't expecting this strip to be so emotional for me to work on, but that's how it turned out for a number of reasons. We'll be getting to know Gideon a bit better in the upcoming specials. Despite what people in his world might think about him, there's a lot more than radio static going on in his head.

Gideon is one of my oldest characters and developing his life story was my primary staple of self-entertainment during my time in high school, but I wrote a grand total of one short comic about him back then. I wasn't confident enough in my abilities as an artist/writer to create anything with the full scope of what I had in mind, so his stories just kinda churned around in my brain and people only saw little glimpses of it through my drawings. It's kind of hard for me to describe the feeling I'm getting from finally WRITING about Gideon's life now that I'm older and more skilled. It's kinda like...fulfillment of a very old goal and longing for more of it all at the same time. Words are currently failing me, but it's a good feeling.

Q&A is now closed! I would like to sincerely thank everyone who asked questions. You guys are helping me create comics that I never would have made without your help. All you question-askers are in for a treat these coming weeks.
Remember when I said that I wouldn't be updating this week? Well, that's only partially true. I made a new cover! I HATED the old one, so I went n' redid it. I'll probably be deleting this post later because I already replaced the original cover page with this one, but I was too excited not to share.

I also designed a new logo, too! I'll probably update the comic header with a big banner once I make one, but until then, enjoy a much nicer version of my logo.

My boyfriend, Kyle Wilson, helped me make this cover! He scanned all my individual pieces separately, including the original logo and cover art, and pieced them together into what you see here. He doesn't create any of the content for this comic, but he DOES scan all my original pages and edits them to look true to my original art. He is much better at Photoshop than I am. Go look his surreal pencil drawings of alien creatures, I cannot stress this enough!
@Oly-RRR: Those are all really good questions! Oooo I'm gonna have fun answering all these, especially since it's with Gideon.

Hey, the sky is doing things! Isn't that interesting??? Hot/cold/rainy enough for ya?? Ha ha ha!
@Lutztoons: I WAS thinking what else to ask Gideon but he admitted he barely leaves his home so between that and home life there's just not much to think of... His worst fear? Favourite hobby (that is clearly not strolls in the local park)? Oh, I know - favourite weather, tv program and ice cream flavour? :D

When in doubt always talk about weather!!1 :T
@Oly-RRR: BUY OUR CRAP, IT'S A TRAP *beatboxing*

Pfff, Lord knows that I've been guilty of shopping this way, too. QUICK, ROBIN! TO THE CANDY AISLE!

Those are all really good questions! I have a lot of fun stuff to think about now. Unfortunately, I can't answer any of the Gideon questions because pretty much anything directly related to his personal/home life or his past will spoil the story. If you have anything to ask him that's less personal, I'd love to hear it! :D
IT'S A TRAP

Also this page is totally how my mum shops for groceries so Dempsey is not alone either. XD

AAAAH Q&A, I love those! :D

1) We all know Rhodes's favourite video game but what about Dempsey?

2) Does Gideon live with his mo- does he have any family?

3) How long do Rhodes and Dempsey know each other, how did they meet?

4) Best and worst moments out of Gideon's childhood?

5) Any pets, anyone??

I know it's a lot of questions but half of them are probably spoilery so just pick something that strikes your fancy. C:
BUY OUR CRAP

In this moment, we are all Rhodes. It's okay, Dempsey. I can't control myself around sour gummies, either.

And this marks the end of this little bonus comic!

HEAR YE, HEAR YE! It'll be a little bit before we get back to the main story, but in the meantime, I'm accepting questions for a Q&A Special! Ask some comic-related questions in the comment section and I'll answer them in comic form (unless I can't answer it due to spoilers)!