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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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@ZSnazzy: I can't approve of this comment enough XD
Welcome To The Band
You might remember the Breman Avenue Experience from RTS #60 in The Beach arc. They specialize in indie rock and other genres depending on their mood and gigs.

John's plan is to fight fire with marshmallows. Instead of trying to get back at Heather, he wants to take a song and sing his heart out, to show her that he in fact has the right stuff. However it looks like John is a bit conflicted over the whole thing. Not to worry though, Addison: Expert in cute outfits and Grade A listener is on the case armed with fruit punch!
@reynard61: I would say yes to Sigue Sigue Sputnik and the Sex Pistols but not so much the Hatecore. I'd replace that one with hardcore punk instead.
@Merrsharr: You know, I'm kind of half tempted to rewrite this arc now. X3
@Lady Madelin: While myself and Tailsteak don't condone physical violence, I can at least say that Iris knows EXACTLY how you feel right now!
@ZSnazzy: Actually The Breman Avenue Experience is from the Roll To Save world! I believe we referred to it once in a past arc...

Yea Heather isn't really a likable character. She's a toxic, hurtful and unempathetic individual. But also what better adversary for John than the woman who not only broke his heart but who took enjoyment in doing it as well. Good vs evil if you will.
Enter Mercy's Fist
Heather Before Mercy's Fist:
Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want To Have Fun

Heather After Mercy's Fist:
Wander Over Yonder - I'm The Bad Guy

I can't stress enough that the band has changed considerably since they first formed. Heather, John, Zoey and Shin were actually a happy group of friends just like our current cast. Unfortunately overwhelming popularity, money, greed and Heather's unearthed desire of emotional manipulation ended up changing everyone in the group. Everyone except John of coarse, who was instead burned pretty badly by the whole ordeal.

John wants to take the opportunity of the battle of the bands to finally put this part of his past behind him. He has friends, a good life and is pretty happy where he is. This is also one of the few times we get to see John completely lose his cool. Usually no matter what, he's able to keep his composure and even when being angered, he doesn't normally get into anyone's face but this was a big exception. Heather knowingly hurt him, she has no remorse over it and is eager to see him embarrass himself in front of a crowd for her own amusement. She's not a very nice person.

It looks like John might need a little musical help! You guys remember the Breman Avenue Experience, right?
@thaledison: Hah! I never noticed that, that's pretty funny XD

I'm glad you're liking the arc so far!
@sethtriggs: Are you kidding? John wasn't going to pass up a chance to see Earth Wind & Fire live! But yea...I'm actually glad you picked up on the laughter. As awful as it is, it's a key sign that Heather has completely changed. It's what finally convinces John to finally get out of a suddenly loveless relationship.
PAGE EDIT: Alrighty! So a lot of you astute readers out there have pointed out that there's a bit of inconsistency going on in regards to John's age and the time frame where this flashback takes place.

For the record I wanna thank everyone who pointed this out. I'm not a perfect writer by any means so I whole heartedly appreciate any chance to correct my mistakes.

As for the correction? Me and Tailsteak agreed that it would probably be best if we left the reference to the exact decade completely out, leaving it as "It was a long time ago.". Sorry about that!
@Chronos: A bit of a miscalculation on script writing for my part. We'll be a bit of a change tomorrow XD
@Xero: Hah! Here, here! Let her get Milli Vanillied!
@Scott: lol RTS is definitely not taking place in the past. Was just talking it over with my artist Tailsteak and yea, we determined that my nostalgia for the 90's betrayed me while writing the script. We'll be retconning that tomorrow XD
@Chronos: .............Oops. No, actually you're right. I haven't nailed down their EXACT ages yet but John is supposed to be in his late 20's early 30's. Uh... prolly gonna tweak that. XD
@Lady Madelin: Believe me, John has the exact same sentiments!
@Xero: It's a reasonable thing to be upset about. Whether it's a partner in a relationship or heck, even a friend, there's a level of mutual respect and trust that's expected. But unfortunately even in real life, there ARE pretty bad folks out there that do this sort thing.
@ZSnazzy: Oh believe me, same here. It's pretty hard to bounce back from something like that. If it wasn't for his mom and his other friends, he might not have been able to get back to where he was.
A Tale of A Broken Heart
Earth, Wind & Fire - After The Love Has Gone

As you all well know, John is a resilient and positive person. This has been the case for most of his life but like a lot of people, sometimes life throws you a rather nasty curve ball. It wasn't so much that Heather slept with someone else, it was the fact that she, Zoey and Shin lied to him for quite a while. They lied to him, betrayed his trust and essentially brushed him aside. It's important for me that folks see that this was a huge blow to John, he ended up emotionally shutting down for a good couple of years before being able to getback to his old self.
@Stephen: Okay, you seriously made me laugh. I wish I could give you a virtual trophy or something XD
@ZSnazzy: I'm really happy to hear that! I seriously can't wait for this story to unfold and I assure you, you'll be finding out about Heather VERY soon!