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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
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Queen - Seven Seas of Rhye

Looks like things are off to a pretty good start for the gang! Board games and alcohol can be pretty fun! ...As long as you avoid Monopoly that is. I really like that we've gotten to a point where John and Iris can look back and smile about a once serious situation. I think those two are going to be alright.
Oh good grief, wouldn't you know it? I went ahead and uploaded the wrong page at the wrong time! Good grief! THIS is the correct page to come out. I'm so sorry for any confusion! X.x

What better way to get together and get to know each other than on a friend's inexplicable and expensive yacht? Also you know it's going to be a good time when Addison's around!
Randy Newman - If I Didn't Have You

Zoey Tucker has joined John's party! I have to be honest, I've been DYING to get to this point. It's a chance to reveal even more about Zoey and John's relationship with each other. It also helps establish that both Zoey and Shin are trying to start fresh, wanting to rekindle the friendship they lost in a pretty bad way. But will John's current friends be as accepting just as quick? Find out next time!

Also John and Zoey are total Whovians.
@Gildedtongue: Zoey made a LOT of money with her band mates. Needless to say, she went out of her way to get that plate number!

Aw and I wouldn't worry, Zoey's a tough cookie. Though admittedly, it IS a bit of a pain sleeping in a car, especially if it's a 1982 two-door Pontiac Trans Am XD
@ZSnazzy: Hah! I never saw that before! I guess her hair style and sunglasses kinda give that vibe huh? I like it! XD
Queen - You're My Best Friend

Huge thanks to Tailsteak for allowing a small cameo from Cheryl. Who by the way is from his completed comic Leftover Soup. In case you forgot, she acts as a consultant for Skyline Mall's security department every now and then. Needless to say, things quickly fell apart after John finally put his foot down. John's just super excited about having his old friends back in his life again. With any luck, The Three Amigos will indeed ride again!

In case you're wondering, yup. That's totally a replica of a certain 80's TV car that helped a certain action hero heartthrob out of numerous jams. Zoey wasn't always fiscally responsible when she was a rock star.
@Stephen: Huh... I may actually take that song into consideration! XD
@BarGamer: John is actually referring to the IDW comic book series Ghostbusters 101. There it connects the various other comics, video games and even the 2016 movie together. It apparently all started when the original four crossed the streams in the first movie. It's an absolutely fun read and I highly recommend it if you don't mind the 2016 busters!
@Gildedtongue: You hit it right on the bullseye as always Gildy! The money and power that came with Heather's celebrity did indeed bring out the absolute worst in her.

The fact that Zoey wanted a monogamous relationship, did in fact make the prospect of seducing Shin behind Zoey's back all the more inciting. She's a pretty bad person with no filter and no conscience. With any luck, this whole event helps her turn things around. If anything at least to see how much of a jerk she's been.

You can never be too safe when it comes to sexual activity, especially with someone as active as Heather. I can at least say that she's always practiced safe sex so at the very least she has that one thing as a redeeming quality.
@sethtriggs: I'm glad you liked it! I'm pretty happy with how the arc turned out and I'm really glad to hear it was a little thought-provoking too! Though I can say for sure that we're gonna wiggle out of that heavy stuff and get back to some feel-good happy vibes!
John Waite - Missing You

In all seriousness, it can be very difficult to leave a toxic relationship. In many cases the victims involved don't realize how bad it's gotten. It feels normal to them because they really want to make it work, they honestly love the person they're with.
You can't see the red flags in a relationship if you're wearing rose tinted glasses.

Thankfully in John's case, after so much time of trying to reach out to Heather and putting up with her mistreatment, he's decided to give up. You can be the nicest person on the planet but unfortunately, not all people are receptive to being treated kindly. In fact some people thrive on the misery of others, it's an unfortunate fact. John handing back Heather's guitar pick is kind of a big deal because it was the one thing he's hung on to for hope. Hope that maybe they can at least continue to be friends. Giving back that guitar pick means that he's done. He tried as hard as he could but ultimately it wasn't enough if Heather wasn't willing to change. The gesture even catches Heather off guard.

John's action seems to begin karma domino effect which unravels Zoey's relationship with Heather. I know that in real life this doesn't happen often but I wanted to end this particular arc on not just a positive note but on a satisfying note too. Zoey has finally had enough of Heather's antics and actually quite the band. In the last panel, Shin looks a bit weary while even Heather herself has some glint of guilt or remorse, having received the guitar pick back. The one gift and gesture she made before the band became Mercy's Fist. The one gift from her that was given out of actual love. Will that be enough to break her out of this horrible person she's become? Will Shin ever find out what happened between Heather and Zoey? Only time will tell.

In the meantime I hope you've all enjoyed The Ex arc and I hope you're looking forward to the next one! A lot can change in a short amount of time after all. See you then!
A Great Big World - Land of Opporunity

I think it's safe to say that this song is pretty much the main inspiration for this arc. I never even heard of this song until a little over a year ago when I was getting tacos, it was playing in the background while I was waiting for deliciousness. The song PERFECTLY sums up the relationship between John and Heather.

"You said 'hello', I loved you so, just like in a movie scene.
I want you to know, I had to let go, I'm falling in love again."

"I wasted my time, I missed all the signs, and it ruined my holiday.
I want you to know, I had to let go, I'm falling in love again"

Addison was right, it's hard getting over someone you've given your heart and soul too. You'll always care about them on some level. However, that doesn't mean you can't move on and finally put things to rest. This competition, this song, this performance is John's way of saying; "Enough is enough. I can't do this anymore, it's over."
@sethtriggs: Thank you so much! I thought having a nice little holiday one shot would be nice X3
@Xero: Ooo! Now that I didn't know! That's awesome!
@Xero: I was always partial to the jumpsuits. Plus I think the only characters from XGB with unique outfits were Kylie and Eduardo. Was tempted to use Kylie's for Roxanne but I was worried it would look too different.
@ZSnazzy: Aw don't worry, we may dive back into this fanfic world again! And I'm pretty sure it's safe to say that Heather will definitely appear as a foil in her fanfic, just like Walter Peck (The EPA guy)!
@makogun2000: You were peretty close Makogun! I may as well say who they're dressed as now in case I forget later XD

The two are dressed as Megaman and Tron Bonne from the PS1 game; Megaman Legends!
Ray Parker Jr. - Ghostbusters
As you can probably guess, Ghostbusters is a favorite franchise of John and Iris. It's one of the themes John used to help Iris be more herself out in public, so it's something special for both of them. I was also fascinated with the idea of Iris writing self-insert fan fiction because she's the most adorable nerd in the world! Can you guess what John and Iris are dressed as at the end?

This little one shot is something me and Tailsteak will be doing for special holidays and events every so often. It'll either be a one shot, cannon comic like this or a special splash page featuring multiple characters. Either way, we hop you've enjoyed it and we hope you stay tuned as the plot thickens for The Ex arc! Happy Halloween!
@Lady Madelin: I'm so glad you love Iris, after all I love writing for her! And believe me, I'm pretty sure quite a few of us would be top dollar to see Iris straighten out Heather in the squared circle!
@sethtriggs: Yea, if anything that's pretty much the only redeeming thing about her now. She doesn't hide who she is. For better or for worse. But at least Iris is ready to rough her up if she does any more of her emotional toying. Iris is ready to rumble!