If you read the news in February, you'll know I was in a sorry state. Things have changed quite a bit, however, and I'm proud to announce that the first issue of the Half-Rats comic will be out on Halloween as tradition demands! As much as I wish I could have given you all one last game, that wish is eclipsed by what will be the first issue of the REAL Half-Rats story.
The art ain't no damned good, but I couldn't care less. I'm not after fame or fortune. I simply want to get the story of Half-Rats out of my head once and for all - and tell it to those who have been waiting for it since the first game was announced all those years ago. I owe it to all of you, and I owe it to myself. I also owe it to Half-Rats and company. The work has been daunting, but I've been slogging through. the "Story of Originations" covers the background of Half-Rats, Barnaby, and Half-Cat, as well as how they met, and their first adventure. As you may have heard; the mods were dreams (That was the plan from the start) Half-Rats had whilst passed out from copious amounts of whiskey between issues 3 and 4, and will be briefly alluded to in this arc. Also, the year is actually 1906, not 1883, and Half-Rats is actually in his 40's! A lot to take in, I know.
If you're expecting supernatural happenings, you'll be disappointed with this arc, however, as it mainly focuses on the origins of Half-Rats and friends, and their dealing with various states of unwell-being. There will still be plenty of action as they traverse a dangerous path...The second arc will be much different, however, so stay tuned
The comics allow me to fully flesh out the characters in a way that wasn't feasible with the games, so you'll be getting access to a whole other dimension of the half-Rats universe. You'll get to see Half-Rats' father, and brother - and younger versions of both he and Barnaby.
Sorry about the orientation...
Welp, I plan to release the finished product as a PDF file here on Moddb, and eventually release on Smackjeeves, where it will be buried under everyone else's comics and left to be read by only you fine folks! So get ready for Halloween...again!
In all of this, though, the greatest, most liberating thing is that I don't HAVE to be nice to my critics anymore since I'm not trying to naively build a career, and am not obligated to save face. I'm not out to impress anyone anymore, I just want to tell the story of Half-Rats to the people who matter! As said before - the art isn't all that great, the story is a little derivative, and the quality is going to be pulpy, but we don't give no fucks, right?! Right!
Oh, I also started a new musical project, too! www.arsenicteaparty.com GET INTO IT!
As always - Thank you, Half-Ratters for sticking to it through thick and thin!