Ordinary Mortal (I'm never on!)
Enoch Strife's The System
Trapped in the Closet, with the Devil
November 10th, 2017
That first panel is one of my favourites in the entire story.
There we see a poster for The Unbathed. We also see a plain wooden floor. I have a plain wooden floor, and it shows up a lot in my comics.
AND we see the margin writing being changed into candy corn. After page 5 when I decided to continue the story I got the idea to hide pictures of candy corn throughout the book, not just in the margins but all over. There was going to be a contest to see who could locate all the pieces.
In the third panel we see a Scottish guy impaled by a golf club. I thought that was funny. I wanted to make this afterlife waiting area funny, so there are people who had succumbed to humorous deaths.
I don't know, I got the idea that people who die from certain means, like suicide, get stuck haunting places as penance. And they don't get to update their appearance, they are forced to appear as they had died for the duration of the haunting, which can be many centuries. Normally when you die, as we see in a later page, you can alter your appearance so the cause of death isn't obvious, but if you're being punished then you can't.
In the fourth panel we see three unfortunate characters who were going to die in a story I never got around to writing about people trapped in a house with a monster. The beginning of that story will appear in the beginning of the prequel to Revenge iNC., called Kincade. The guy to the left was the victim, the guy in the middle had abducted him and brought him to the house under the control of a demonic entity, and the guy to the right was a SWAT officer who was killed entering the house. In this world not only ghosts and afterlife bureaucrats exist, but demons exist, and it's not entirely clear what demons are, but they can and do possess people. This particular demon has been around in the Americas for thousands of years and was responsible for the collapse of different Mesoamerican civilisations throughout the centuries. In the beginning of Kincade a professor of mythology and the occult is giving a lecture on civilisations that vanished overnight, and he makes the connection to this supernatural force that he is speculating is responsible. It turns out that this force exists and it is actually self-limiting, but sometimes people things to mess with the system and all hell breaks loose.
The entire second half of this page is nothing but foreshadowing.
October 31st, 2017
Happy motherfucking Halloween, bitches! No treats, just tricks.
This is probably my favourite page that I've drawn of this comic, this one and the armpit farting, but you'll see that one later. I drew the top half of the page weeks before the bottom half. The first four and a half pages were part of a promotion in another book.
You can just see my Roman heritage bleeding through, with those pollarded trees and the Mediterranean cypress. This is New Hampshire in the winter, so those trees should be covered to keep them from getting killed by frost, but this is magical realism, not real realism. When you throw someone out the window in the really real world there's no coming back.
Melanie makes reference to not getting paid. In the series that originally preceded this longer story it was established that she moonlights as a con-artist.
Intimidation is a fictional store I invented. I don't know what they sell there, even though I'm like the god of this universe and I'm near ubiquitous, I've deliberately never been inside. The door to the store is a gaping mouth surrounded by torches. They have a smoke machine, so you can't see what's inside. Apparently they sell clothing and probably drug paraphernalia. I think I might have hallucinated this place into existence once, I'm not sure.
The people who shop at Intimidation often are the same people who listen to music by the band The Unbathed. Suffice it to say that if these people are too cool for Melanie then she must be one hell of a loser.
This "Ded Gurl" as I call her (I don't think her name is ever mentioned in the story) may be complaining about getting dumped by Kyle, but he seems to get a bad rap. He's apparently been dating (or at least having sex with) the same person from 1999 until 2006. Still, every time I have a douchebag character, no matter what name he has in the story I always secretly call him Kyle. Ded Gurl's not based on anyone in particular. Neither is Kyle.
October 2nd, 2017
This page took absolutely forever.
When I drew this page I had no idea what I was doing. I had the idea of the book but I didn't know what to do with it until later, so I just made a throw away gag. I'm thinking of working that book into the climax of the story somehow.
The obvious problem is that RI is too powerful. It seems like he can do anything and he's fighting against ordinary mortals, so they're going to have to find a way to outsmart him.
September 16th, 2017
I went away and then I got stuck in a crappy job for a month so I didn't have the time to work on this. Now I've got a better job and I'm back, hopefully every week.
I'm experimenting with using Impact instead of Arial for the text. Impact is a lot cleaner than Arial and still looks clear and readable. Arial is too pixely. When you enlarge it you can see it's made of large squares, not smooth edges. Impact is a lot smoother. I only have to add a few extra pixels when I enlarge it, where as with Arial I have to spend a whole hour per page practically just to make the letters look smooth.
How doth thou liketh that blue thing in the middle of the page there? I had some irrelevant text there in the original version, and since I'm cutting out the second half of the story and the B plot I had nothing else to put there, so I just put something nice to look at rather than making it all black and look like an empty space. You can pretend like some magical stuff happened.
Book 3 Front Cover
August 6th, 2017
Book 3: Bride of Revenge iNC.
I had finished books 1 and 2 in 2006, but that was only about half the story. Looking back I have to say that there's no way I could the entire second half of the story in just 23 pages. Expect this to be the longest of the three books.
This cover contains a spoiler for a big twist that arises in book 3.
August 6th, 2017
That business card is real. I made the card and then used digital magic to insert it into the comic, rather than drawing the card in by hand.
The architect who designed the house and the town would play an important role in the now canceled fourth book "Geist". I will upload the cover and the first couple unfinished pages at the end, but what happens after that is not too important. There was a much larger story originally, and the I decided to eliminate the second half because I fit this comic into a different series called "Dragonfly". When I get around to getting a steady paycheck then I'll look into publishing that book.
Those circles on the white background are stars. I didn't feel like colouring in the entire sky and then drawing white outlines around everything, so I figured you can use your imagination. I've seen someone else draw white night skies before, though I don't recall where.
You can expect an ever increasing number of interruptions, margin notes, and author cameos as the story progresses, at least until the half-way point.
July 26th, 2017
I'm not entirely all here writing this commentary on this page. Since page 23 was drawn 5 March 2006 I'm guessing page 1 was drawn sometime in February. The first five pages were drawn as a bonus section to the comic "All Hell Breaks Loose!" which cost me $200 and was a huge mistake. Originally I did all the text in a font called "Lydia Sans Serif", but it looked like crap and was largely illegible, so I redid the text and I'm rewriting some of the dialogue to make it better.
We see here our three catalysts for all the drama about to unfold: Pip, Chickless, and the rest (I don't remember the third person's name and, apparently, I never wrote it down). In school people fall into different categories and such. They all seemed to adopt exaggerated mannerisms and such. And then there was me, and I assume probably one other person somewhere in the world who I haven't met yet. That's Melanie. Melanie is me if I had been lucky enough to be born a girl and rich. People never fit me into any group, they just sort of didn't care.
You know the people that I'm talking about here, they suffer from delusions of grandeur. They try to be different by being exactly the same, and it never crosses their minds that the two don't go together. They're cavalier wannabe badasses. It's camouflage, like how some animals have bright colours to warn potential predators that they are dreadfully poisonous, and some other non-poisonous animals have bright colours to imitate the poisonous animals in the hope of cashing in on the bad reputation of the real deal. That's who these three are. They're not tough, so they pretend to be tough as a form of camouflage.
You see here in the first panel a reference to one of the two very popular fictional bands I invented: The UnBathed. Unlike Iron Belt, I never actually came up with any music for UnBathed. The band members wear white face paint, and that's all we know.
Something I was doing at the time that you'll see a lot of, panels made of tubes and wires and light bulbs. Also the Moon has a trade mark, which is something else I did a lot at this time. Everything was so commercialised then. I guess it still is, I just don't notice it so much because I don't watch TV anymore.
Melanie is someone kind of like Job I guess. There's just something about her that pisses God off, but no matter what happens she's not allowed to die. She's taken advantage of that contractual immortality, getting into all sorts of trouble and doing all sorts of illegal things, but it's taken a toll on her. Naturally, she's earned the reputation that the three losers wish to ape.
I invented her on 30 October 2002 in a series "Much Ado About Nothing" that represented a radical shift from everything I had drawn previously. She always gets into bad situations, with horrible people, and those people always die horribly. The series started out as comedy but veered hard into serious drama. I decided to soften "Revenge iNC." up as comedy horror, because it would be too damn depressing otherwise.
Outside Back Cover 2
July 18th, 2017
Ded Gurl is just so misunderstood. She's hurting inside because you don't remember her.
Book 2 Front Cover
July 18th, 2017
Book 2: Siren Song
You might think you're in control, but Revenge Incorporated is the master manipulator.
Outside Back Cover 1
July 18th, 2017
Melanie at my grave. I came back.
Book 1 Front Cover
July 18th, 2017
Book 1: The Persistence of Memory
I started drawing "Revenge iNC." in 2006. After drawing 46 pages (about half) I stopped for whatever reason and shelved the project. I started "Kincade" because I was disappointed that I couldn't finish this, and, again for whatever reason, I decided to finish "Revenge iNC." because it's the funniest thing I've ever written, or read for that matter.
If I recall correctly I got the design for the house from an encyclopedia.
A Terrible Day For Rain
July 10th, 2017
A panel from page 5 of my unfinished comic "Revenge iNC."
June 30th, 2017
I thought up the opening scene(s) while going for a walk at midnight. It fits with the continuity of the character, but probably not with this particular story.
That one guy in panel 3 (bottom left) is EVERY guy college student (I'll draw his female counterpart on the next page, probably). He's out of shape with a neckbeard and has to spread his legs as wide the fuck apart as possible to take up three seats, and he has to wear sweat pants or pyjamas because EVERYONE at college is a total slob. He claims to be a communist and yet is never seen anywhere without icons of capitalism like an iPhone, Starbucks cup, and a Che Guevara (or Soviet flag) T-shirt.
The professor is based on my old boss when I worked at a museum. He's cool.
I don't know why but Melanie's hair is always lopsided.
I ended this page on sort of a cliff-hanger because I'm really busy and it will be probably a month until page 2 comes out.
June 22nd, 2017
The background is an abstract piece I did called "Exhibition in D & A". The portrait of Melanie I did in 2014 and I still think it's the best drawing of her I've ever done.
May 26th, 2017
I'm thinking about hand-lettering this comic. And by hand-letter I mean I'm going to do all the letters once and then copy them over and over on every page. I call it Lydia Sans Serif version 2.0. Version 1.0 was created by moy in 2006 and it looks like crap. I like to think this is a huge improvement.
Question: Why not do all the ASCII characters?
Answer: You know, I thought of that, but I can't really see when I'll need any other characters. These will suffice. I've even added a few that I'm pretty sure I won't need just to be safe.
There are probably a whole lot of problems ahead with doing things this way, but at least for now it seems readable.
Outside Front Cover
May 24th, 2017
Last night I was despondent over the fact that every story I've put poor Melanie in has failed to take off. So I decided to throw caution to the wind and write about her lost year following the band Iron Belt.
I drew this sitting in a cafe in one hour.
Kanaim Concept Art
December 12th, 2016
Designed as a test of the perfect human. They don't look it, but they're human alright.
Humans as is are incapable of using the Seed. To do so perfect humans need to be created. 22 test units are created and 1 final Omega unit planned to be the final product (the Seed itself is Alpha). Elements from human test subjects are combined with Seed material to create the Kanaim.
Depicted here are Beta, Eta (recommissioned Upsilon), Sigma, and Phi. Also depicted is the Merkaba, which is situated inside next to the [White] Core.*
*[Red] Cores only appear in the Abdals.
Enoch Strife's The System
September 29th, 2016
I don't even know what her name is, but she appears in the chapter "Devious Whispers". This character was the protege of Atlas, who is sort of the god of good (Oblivion is the god of evil, and they've been fighting since the beginning, in a climatic battle that destroys the universe, so the universe has to be continuously re-created every trillion years or so). Atlas separated itself from The Heart of The System, which is the source of all power, and this character wanted to find it, but Atlas wasn't ready to go find it, because he's crazy like a fox and is trying to lure Oblivion into a final battle to end the cycle of creation and destruction forever. This character didn't want to wait, so she went rogue and started jumping from one universe to the next (there are at least 776 universes) looking for the Heart. Atlas then makes Devi his protege because he needs to train someone to look for the Heart. And I didn't figure out what happens after that.
Drawn in 2013, and I just finished it today!
The System never got off the ground because:
1. Some of the bigger battles are just too difficult for me,
2. I don't have a scanner anymore,
3. I don't have the time.
Still, I wanted to finish the few pages that I started, just to give you an idea of what it would have looked like.
A Deeper Cut: The Abdals
June 29th, 2015
Since I'm cutting this story short in order to finish it I'm going to have to do without some really cool stuff. The Abdals are among the menagerie of otherworldly beings I won't get to touch on.
One Last Time
April 11th, 2015
The last chapter in the story. I'm going to wrap everything up.
I chose the title "One Last Time" because I needed something with a capital L in more or less the middle. This is also, hopefully, the last rewrite I will ever do.
The grey text in the background are several passages from Revelation, in order, in Greek (from the official Greek Orthodox Bible).
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