Jim Nickabocker
I love voice acting, video games and sketching. As of September 2015 I have entered the corporate world.... and it feels really nice!

Writing has recently been a huge passion of mine which has resulted in the resurrection of my current comic Roll To Save. I love making people smile and laugh. Peace and love forever, baby! <3

"A Laugh can be a very powerful thing. Why, sometimes in life, it's the only weapon we have."
- Roger Rabbit
  • Real Name
    Giancarlo Danubio
  • Age
    30
  • Gender
    Male
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@Ryubbert: I'm kind of a huge fan of the show... XD
@sethtriggs: Being prone to accidents and the occasional misfortune, John knew that it was best to be prepared hehe.

Iris has been doing much better in regards to just being herself in public. However it's in the privacy of her home and in the company of her trusted best friend where she feels comfortable enough to let her hair completely down. Normally she only manhandles and bear hugs in the ring!

Aw man, let me tell ya, I adore writing for these two. Despite the differences in background, personalities and physical appearance, they love spending time together.

Back in my high school days, I hung out with a girl who partly inspired Roxanne's character. She was a hardcore goth. Her entire wardrobe was black, she wore a choker, silver studded wrist bands and her skin was a soft pale color. I, (like John) was happy, optimistic and wore a lot of bright colors. And yet every weekday during lunch and after school, we would hang out and just talk. Talk about our days, our interests, we loved hanging out. Just because our personalities and overall demeanor differed, didn't mean we couldn't enjoy each others' company.
@maarvarq: Ack! Yea sorry about that. The comment sections on Smackjeeves can be a bit finicky. Thank you as always for commenting though!

As for John's cooking teacher? Well... I'm in an interesting position where I can say that I can neither confirm nor deny the identity of John's mentor. However, I think I can safely say that it's not entirely impossible that Jon's teacher is a certain fellow who matches your stat description. =P
Roomies!
As you can probably guess, Iris and John now room together! For anyone who's curious, they live in a cozy two bedroom apartment not far away from where John used to live. I've actually been looking forward to this arc for a long time now. This is gonna be a nice, fun arc that'll let us learn a little more about the other characters in the group. Also, John's not worried about Iris hurting him, he actually trusts Iris implicitly. She's his best friend after all. He's just never been threatened with such an affectionate yet aggressive action by a tall, muscular amazon before. Wouldn't it give YOU some pause?
@sethtriggs: Yea, this one was a pretty hard one to write. Hard but important. I want RTS to be just as funny as it is meaningful. Showing one of the main characters going through a bit of a crises with his friends supporting him felt like a perfect way to showcase what these characters are all about. We'll even get to explore that a bit more in the next arc!

John is, overall, a very sensible and mellow fellow (Heh rhyme!). He doesn't mind at all that his mom asked his best friend to keep an eye on him. Heck, he's most likely a bit relieved. Families all over the country, nay, all over the world are different. Some have kids that happily leave the nest once they're college bound. Others live with their families well beyond their young adult years.

Living alone can be unappealing to some people. It can be downright...well, lonely. Irene knows her son is a very social creature, he loves being in the company of others. So to suddenly have him living by himself in an apartment? You can understand her twinge of concern. But I wouldn't worry. Odds are John's most likely going to get himself a roommate. Doubt he'll have to look far....
@Xon890: Thank you SO much for your comment! For RTS, fun, jokes and mischief are common but I felt that including an occasional, meaningful arc that consists of feels is also important too. I'm glad you like!
Changes
A lot of you have pointed out the legality concerning Luis' actions, and you're all very right. Irene and John could have easily have fought and won this in a legal battle, however Irene wasn't interested in having a legal dispute. She wanted to sever the last connection she had with her ex-husband. She hopes that by doing this, he'll finally leave them alone.

The ending to this arc is a bit sad but vital to the change in dynamic for RTS. Rest assured things will get pleasant again in the next arc.

Gee, I wonder if John will look for a roommate...
@Pyre Light: Ahh, I was under the impression that Luis (being Irene's Landlord) had final word on her staying since he owned the property. For story's sake I thought it was a good dramatic turn for a typically happy-go-lucky comic.

Needless to say, you wouldn't want me as your lawyer though XD
An Unhappy Father's Day
Roll To Save as a whole, is meant to be an optimistic and happy comic. Ever since the first draft, I've never steered far from that idea. As the comic became more story and character focused, I realized that I wanted to show optimism against adversity. Or as I often say; fighting fire with marshmallows. There's no doubt that there's badness in the world, in many, many forms. I don't think my comic should be an exception to that fact. Bad things happen to good people, sometimes unexpectedly. I thought it was important to establish that not everything is perfect in John's world, despite his attitude and outlook on life.

Luis has been disconnected from his family for a long time. He's also a bit of a selfish individual who thinks he can pretty much do no wrong. It's important to note that he's doing what he thinks is best for his family, he meant well. He just didn't think about the repercussions of his actions. The icing on the proverbial cake of coarse is going through with the sale despite his family's objections. What a dickweed!

Fun Fact: The term 'Rata de dos patas' was also a song my grandma would sing frequently. In case your interested, check it out here (with translated lyrics!):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTbh93rUnYM

Next update is the last in the 'Father' series. It consists of a rather big change in character dynamics for RTS. What is it? Stay tuned and find out!
@alexob6: I totally agree! It's a relationship dynamic I love writing for cause you don't see it too often. John and Iris are not only best friends, they impact each others lives in rather deep ways. In fact you'll see that in play very soon!
Backstory
Love makes us do some rather crazy things. For Irene, she ended up leaving her home country to follow an entertainer she had madly fallen in love with. However, when things fell through and it was evident that her would-be husband was more interested in music than raising a family, Irene quickly put her foot down. She wanted to raise John properly. Luis was nice enough to help Irene with leasing a house as he continued with his travels, and Irene was left with an entire two story building to both care for her son and make a modest living. The basement even provided John a chance to sort of live on his own. Irene considered Luis many things, among them selfish, inconsiderate, brash, etc. But she never thought she would have to worry about reading the fine print to their lease.

Always read the fine print.
@alexob6: Haha Jiris, I love it! Their fates are long from decided but I actually appreciate the surprising number of shippers for these two! Thank you for the comment! X3
@sethtriggs: I'm glad you like this page! I totally agree, Irene is totes adorbs!

When writing for Irene, I wanted to show that she was open-minded and nurturing. John is the way he is because Irene did her best to raise him right while trying to be as accepting and understanding as possible. The result is the lovable goofball in our comic!

Irene is also quite the John/Iris shipper. As happy as she would be if John chose anyone, she'd be pretty giddy if it was Iris. Her fondness for the wrestler comes into play later in this arc!
A Dad Appears!
Sorry for the late update! I just spent five days visiting friends in Connecticut and I had lost all track of time!

Irene and John's living situation has never been fully explained in the comic and sadly, I don't think it will. But just in case you were wondering;
The house they live in is a two story home with a basement. Irene lives on the top floor, the ground floor serves as the flower shop and the basement is where John resides.

Originally I had dozens of one shots that offered chances to see the house from various locations inside, however when Tailsteak joined RTS, I ended up wanting less one shots and more meaningful story arcs. Couple that with our updates being once every two weeks and well, I wanted to deliver quality over quantity. As a result, the one shots were dropped.

In this new arc we learn a little more about John's family and what happened between Irene and her ex husband Luis.
@22xander: First of all; thank you so much for wanting to read this comic! I know Roll To Save is quite different from Leftover Soup as far as story and characters but I hope you're enjoying it nonetheless!

Incidentally, I've purposely made the location of RTS ambiguous. I dunno if any characters from LS will ever appear but I wanna leave that door open should it ever be possible X3
@sethtriggs: I'm glad you like it! (I'm a sucker for the cuddly bits too XD) It was important for me to show that they not only hang out with each other but are very much comfortable with each other as well because...well...plot stuff XD
All Good Things...
This one shot is a tribute to our artist's webcomic Leftover Soup. You can find it here:
http://www.leftoversoup.com/

The comic has had a whopping 1,000 strips with a few epilogue pictures that are being made periodically. I strongly recommend checking it out!
New story arc coming up next update!
The Day is Saved?
In case you were wondering, Jeanoic got himself stuck on a tree branch because John rolled a 1 on a strength check. Climbing a tree to get a better vantage point isn't always a good idea it seems. As far as the sudden turn of events regarding the half-orc brothers....well.... A Dungeon Master is kinda like a genie. You CAN get you what you want but don't be surprised if there's a catch. Poor John found this out the hard way and is left with having to decide whether he wants to follow the orders of the organization he's worked with since the beginning of the campaign, or go against it and get branded a fugitive. I wonder how much he loves those half-orc brothers?

This of coarse concludes the mini D&D story arc for now but don't worry, we'll check back again! The next arc will be a bit more serious which also consists a major change for one of our characters. Who is it? What happens? Stay tuned and find out!
@DMC_Run: Haha yeaaaa, it was one of my first games and I was a little too excited. If I recall correctly, the party was ambushed by bandits and I happen to be off doing something else. Since I was playing a rare 'good hearted' rogue, I charged in, completely forgetting I had the ability to tip toe in and deliver a sneak attack.

...Admittedly I've never been the best D&D player. XD
Waylaid By Bounty Hunters
Oy, don't look at me like that! The last bit of the page is based on an actual incident that happened to me during a game. I was so eager to join the fight with the rest of my party, I completely forgot to sneak (I was a rogue at the time). Needless to say, I was squished harder than an overly ripe avocado.
It also seems like those half-orc boys are more trouble than Jeanoic realized!