Saturday, February 6, 2016

Starbolts #297: The Road to Redemption


For Robkas, the road to redemption is going to be a long, long one. You can't expect Aquita to automatically forgive him for what he has done in the past and he has done a LOT of bad things since his return to Aquita's life. It's been one bad choice after another since he backed the wrong horse. I don't think he's gonna get anywhere with her anyway. Mateo's still in the picture and even then Aquita would never go for someone like Robkas again. It's a case of "Fool me once, shame on you."

It remains to be seen if he can be redeemed. I doubt it, personally. Then again, I am the one writing this story. It's up to you, the reader, to determine if this character can truly be redeemed despite the horrible things he has done.

And now it looks like the dark avatars have arrived at the base! There's only one thing to say right now.


Saturday, January 23, 2016

Starbolts #296: Gods and Monsters


I can think of a few things running through the minds of a few people in this comic.

The Praetorians?

"WOOOT! He's gone! PARTY!!!!!!!!!!"

Shrall and Manta?

"Gods, why do we have to be stuck with this guy again?

Well, Robkas is back and I have some big plans for him. Will he really be redeemed? You'll have to read and find out. Redemption's not going to come easy and he's done some irredeemable things in his day. The Starbolts have a long memory so I don't think they'll be keen on trusting him. He isn't joining them or anything. It's more that he is going to be around. A lot. Since he is powerless now, he shouldn't be a problem.

Or will he? MWAHAHAHA!

Tune in next time to find out and look for a new video soon!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Starbolts #295: Monsters and Mayhem


Jaro, the first rule of super-villain team ups is to not insult the guys you're working with! At least not right away! You insult them and they'll be less inclined to help you with your goals. Well, War'll teach ya that soon enough. The other two dark avatars are also held at this facility. I feel really bad for the gold shirts that were killed. Hopefully, their deaths will be avenged. 

As for Xelia, I gave her new fire wings to replace the old ones. I'm still iffy on how to best show them. But, it's a start. They may change again. Third time might be the charm. I'm trying to go for a Moltres from Pokemon look with her. None of the sprites I found were a good guide to help me figure a good look for her. I may figure something out.

So now Jaro has access to the three dark avatars. Who knows who else will show up. Who knows indeed. =)

In other news, I am planning a vid for the end of the month as always. It will most likely be Secret Wars #9 as that finally came out! Is it good? Is it bad? We'll see. There are plenty of ads in the comic. That's for sure. At least it'll scan easier.

Anyway, enjoy the comic! See ya next time!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Starbolts #294: The Fire Within


It's the first official comic of the year and we start with the avatar of Heliosa, the goddess of fire. As you can see she has fiery wings. I may edit them a little bit. We'll see. My creative consultant, Mark and I wanted to give her a different colored fire than the one Jenna normally uses. She has regular fire and Xelia here uses hot blue fire. Blue fire is hotter than regular fire. Yikes.

When she gets a costume (And you know she will), Xelia will probably get some kind of toga or something.  I can't see her wearing spandex or anything. Still, she's gonna melt somebody in the next comic and it ain't gonna be the Starbolts. It's good to be back to continue this storyline. Sucks that Mateo and Marcus are hurt. Angela is, too. We just don't see her on panel at the moment.

This is a tough battle. But, I know the 'Bolts will win the day! But, I think they'll be happy to have help from Xelia. She needs a codename, by the way. I need to think of one. By the way, that yellow building is a temple for Heliosa and it's a giant solar energy conductor. Aquarius has a lot of buildings that we think would be contradictions. For example, a temple that doubles as a place where science happens.

Enjoy the comic and I'll see ya next time!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Starbolts: A Look to the Past


Today is the seventh anniversary of when I started this comic! Seven years ago, the world was a different place. Iron Man premiered and started a cinematic universe that has continued to this very day. I also posted my first comic in the blogs of on New Years' Eve that year just to see if people would like it. It turned out they did. They really did! I was surprised and kept going and going.

Eventually, I got the help of Justin "JewWario" Carmical and well the rest as they say is history. I'm not as hard on the old sprites as Marcus up there is. Sure they look kind of goofy. But, what do you expect? I had just started learning how to make sprite based characters from scratch. Not everything is going to be perfect right out of the gate. With time and patience, I think I did okay. I still love doing the comic and I don't see myself stopping any time soon.

But, man there are a LOT of characters in the last four panels aren't there? Naming them all would take a while. I wanted to keep it as heroes vs villains who have showed up already. So, the fire based avatar isn't going to show up in the pic. She'll be showing up next week.

There's a lot of old faces in the pic, too. Like Halconis with his red energy sword. Some new faces like Kyodon are even there. I kept a clean version of this pic so I can add more heroes and villains as they debut. I also realized that I could use more characters without powers. For some reason, that has always seemed tricky to make. For me anyway.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the comic. It was a lot of fun making it and soon we'll be continuing our march to Starbolts #300. Now that will be fun!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more stuff coming your way! Happy anniversary, Starbolts!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Starbolts #293: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Happy Holidays!

It's Christmas time and the Starbolts are fighting Grunn, still. Don't worry. We'll get back to the action next comic. I thought for this holiday comic I would tie it with last year's comic where Garazo took on Santa. I also wanted to tie it in with the fact that the 'Bolts don't have a place to live when they get back. Remember, the embassy was destroyed and the Guardian here is in sorry shape.

Fear not. Now the ship will be docked at station Armstrong. The next time we see it, it'll have a new name, some enhancements and I'll most likely improve the office where Richard Dastara and Stan Whitefox are talking. I wanted a very bare bones look for the office and the operations area.

The Ops area is run by members of the Alliance. I was going to have a Leonid and a Dovianni added, too. But, let's just say they were off duty.

Anyway, I hope everyone reading has a happy holiday season. I'm glad people have enjoyed the comic and the videos I've been putting out. It means a lot to me. Stay tuned because we have a lot more to come like the 300th comic!

See you next time!