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  1. http://TheHeroesOfCRASH.com Embarrassment is one of Mags' default emotions. I knew the girls would need their measurements taken, but thought that might be too risque to draw. Luckily, that lead me to the line of thinking that resulted in this gag. Most of the stores in the background are made up, like Shear Joy Salon and HAAAAAAAAAAATS! Two obscured names are actual businesses I knew that used to exist, but closed up or moved away years ago (But that I won't mention just in case there's some copyright law or something). I know that I'm announcing today's comic later than usual; I posted the update last night and put it on Twitter, but due to some computer updates I waited until this morning to post elsewhere on social media, and wound up sleeping in late (for a change).
  2. http://TheHeroesOfCRASH.com Even Rose can be a dork and want to be a little dramatic. Not much to say about this strip, except that the story comics are finally back! I'm sure you're happy to get back to canonical comics, but I hope you enjoyed the fillers during the holidays. It honestly felt good taking a little break from the story; it's been taking turns that even I haven't expected when I first outlined it. It's a bit exhausting, but it's fun to see how these characters unfold and progress naturally. I've made a small website update; the Storyline Archive page has been updated with a link to the current story's comics. I'm surprised I didn't put that in earlier. Whoops!
  3. 1/4/2020 - 20s Expectations

    TheHeroesOfCRASH.com The three main takeaways I've seen. I'm hoping for the Mode 7 Ninja Turtles level. Starting 2020 off with a filler, due to continued holiday craziness. This comic was a bit of a rush job, as I fell asleep before it was done, but I decided to value promptness over perfection this time. Wish I'd drawn TM's bent leg better (so it was more obvious her foot was behind her and not look like she was missing a leg) & made BB's board light up more. I had to look at quite a few photos and sketches of 1920s outfits to find the look I wanted for TM, and add a few touches to add her own personal style to the look. I decided to give her a purple dress; in hindsight (2020!), it makes her look like Anne Onymous from The Wotch. Belt Boy's look is a futuristic mashup of his outfit and a Ninja Turtles design, since it's based on the Neon Night Riders level from the SNES game Turtles in Time, which took place in 2020. Just like Back to the Future, this game lied to us about having hoverboards by now. Cannon's plague doctor look is essentially a regular plague doctor with his color scheme and goggles... and an important message. Seriously, people, I don't care what side effects you believe vaccines have - THEY PREVENT DEATH. Trust science on this one. Hoping to have a new comic by next week. Until then, have a fun and safe new year/decade!
  4. New Years 2019-2020

    TheHeroesOfCRASH.com Practicing some self-care with a short filler. Also, check out the Collective of Heroes Secret Santa art I gave to Ave Messer (The Almighty Protectors) and got from Al Fukalek (The Specialists)!
  5. http://TheHeroesOfCRASH.com Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Kwanzaa! May we never lose sight of the messages of love and joy we learned from a big, yellow bird. After the saddening death of beloved Muppet actor Caroll Spinney, I knew I wanted to honor his memory. I think my favorite performance of his was from one of my favorite Christmas specials of all time: A Muppet Family Christmas. A Muppet Family Christmas delivers exactly what it promises: a Christmas-themed get-together, featuring all the major Muppet franchises - the main Muppets, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, and Muppet Babies characters - coming together as a family. The TV screen in this picture shows off Big Bird's big scene with Swedish Chef. I don't want to spoil it for you, but suffice it to say it's one of my favorite Muppet moments ever, and makes this special a must-watch. Big Bird's quote here is hardly profound, unlike other quotes I've used for past Christmas fillers. But like Big Bird himself or a good Christmas moment, what makes it special is its simplicity and its message of love. That's the kind of message I want to send this year. I also went with a simple, quiet Christmas moment for this scene: Enticia/Rose and her family, just sitting together and watching a Christmas special together in their PJs. Despite the simplicity of the concept and quote, drawing this picture wasn't so simple. I wound up using an online stock photo to pose my characters, and sketched it with pencil and paper (Which, admittedly, is often easier to sketch with than a drawing tablet) and e-mailed a photo of it to myself, which I then inked and colored digitally. I needed to go back and use a lot of references for the Greene family's designs/colors. Gonna be honest; I forgot I gave Violet blue eyes. While her appearance was mostly inspired by Tyra Banks, I'm fairly certain her eyes are inspired by Kristen Wilson. Violet and Rose have the same robes they've worn in previous strips. Daisy's PJ's are a Christmas-ified version of her butterfly-pony nightgown. Leif's PJ's are loosely based on some of my own holiday pajamas. I added an unlit Kinara in the background, as Kwanzaa takes place the day after Christmas, and therefore the candles wouldn't be lit yet. Well, I guess that just about takes care of the commentary, minus an important closing... No matter how sad or stressful things get, there's always something good, pure, and magical at the heart of the season. While I hope you will take time to think of others this holiday season, no matter what you celebrate, I also hope that you will take time to slow down, enjoy the present, and be thankful for whatever you've been given in life. To all those reading this, I wish you peace, love, and joy this holiday season. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Kwanzaa! Next week: My annual New Year's filler!
  6. http://TheHeroesOfCRASH.com The last story comic of 2019 ends the year on what I consider a high note: a terrible pun. This trio is (for now) very tightly-knit, but that doesn't mean that they don't groan at or mess with each other now and then. I hope it comes across in the second panel, as Lana and Mags tilt their heads and look away, that they're speaking in that choral, sing-song manner that students do when a teacher is cuing them to say something. I've been seeing these new characters - especially Mags - getting some love in the comments, which I'm glad to hear. :-) I'd planned a lot of Enticia's backstory years ago, but Mags and Lana were created only in the last few months, and I was afraid they'd seem shoehorned in. But it looks like I've pulled them off, and I'm really grateful for the feedback!
  7. http://TheHeroesOfCRASH.com There are some names that only special people get to call you - usually family members and childhood friends. Lana, of course, is in that second category. I was originally going to have Lana make a slightly more suggestive joke about Rose and Mags having certain "attributes" that Lana was lacking. My rule of thumb is that my comic is never more explicit than a 90s TGIF show, and I'm sure that Step By Step has been more adult and less subtle than that joke, but it still didn't sit quite right with me. I'm glad I pushed myself to figure out some clever wordplay, instead. Still, the remnants of that joke remain in Lana's passing reference to "filling out a top" - which, despite being less subtle, also seems less crass when it's part of the setup instead of the punchline.
  8. 11/30/19 - Curious Cat Filler

    http://TheHeroesOfCRASH.com Ask me or my characters questions at https://curiouscat.me/heroesofcrash! I told you that there would be a filler and a little something special, so here it is! As I explain in this week's filler, you can ask me or my characters questions (That I may answer as long as they aren't inappropriate, personal, or spoilery) through the Curious Cat website. My username there, of course, is heroesofcrash. Who knows? I may draw up a response. Could make for a fun filler comic sometime in the future when I'm in a pinch...!
  9. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at http://TheHeroesOfCRASH.com! Thanksgiving is upon us! Ah, yes... that time honored tradition... Also known as National Gluttony Day, it is probably best described in the words of the great 20th century philosopher, Garfield the cat: "the day people celebrate food by eating as much of it as possible." That's exactly what it is, not some junk about being thankful for what you have or perpetuating a skewed myth about history that romanticizes the relationship between early colonists and native peoples. It's just the food thing. Yup. Let’s put slightly depressing jokes aside and get to something more pleasant: some of the hidden details in this filler. I wanted this fridge to look like a retro, 1950s-era fridge; I’ve always wanted a kitchen with a 1950s diner theme, albeit one with candy apple red rather than grayish green in the color scheme. I’m known to call the fridge the “Frigidator” and I’m not sure why; either I just decided to pronounce “refrigerator” in a silly way on a whim, or I picked it up from another member of my family… but either way I decided to turn it into this fridge’s brand name. My family has had smiley face fridge magnets before; I gave them an emoji-like appearance for this filler. The alphabet magnets shown are a gold B (for Belt Boy), a green C (for Cannon or for Caped Cod), and – at the bottom – a pink T (for Titanium Maiden). The “Hang In There” magnet shows a tiny sloth, if you can tell. I was going to draw a monkey instead of the usual cat, but I figured a gray sloth would stand out better than a brown monkey against the brown tree branch. The shopping list includes some Thanksgiving foods. The message at the top right is supposed to be on the inside of a greeting card. Max/Belt Boy’s hand turkey is well-drawn, but not well-colored; his artistic skills are mainly limited to design, as he’s had to draw up blueprints many a time. Caped Cod drew very well considering he was holding the crayon with fins. Hope you liked this filler! Due to all the craziness around Thanksgiving, there will be a filler right after Thanksgiving as well, but I have a little something special planned, so keep your eyes open for something fun next week...! Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving! P.S.: Also, please consider donating to a food bank with cash or with fresh nonperishables (If you're just cleaning out your pantry and donating a can that's rusty or a few years old, you deserve to step on a Lego brick).
  10. TheHeroesOfCRASH.com There are friends who would do anything to help you, and then there are friends who would fight anyone who wronged you. As much as I love big action-y scenes, they can be a pain in the butt to draw, and take a long while. I managed to complete this week’s strip in less time than expected, and it was a lot of fun drawing Mags’ expressive poses. Sometimes, a shrug or a wince is more fun to draw than a punch or a kick, specifically when it means I get to show off a character’s personality. I’m not a fan of body shaming; even in this comic, if someone shames someone else about their body, it’s usually framed as them being a jerk. I even framed Cannon’s comments on two villains’ weight as inappropriate WAY back in Comic #98. By the way, if you’re enjoying my comic, please share it around or leave me a friendly comment. I’d really appreciate either!
  11. Comic 11/9/19 - Rhyme and Respect

    http://TheHeroesOfCRASH.com "Stop this rhyming now, I mean it!" (If you finished that Princess Bride quote in your head, you deserve a peanut.) Enticia – or, at this point in history, Rose – seems to be a natural at modeling. She must take after her mom. Also, if rhyming turns into a “thing” Mags does, Belt Boy may have some competition for corniest C.R.A.S.H. character! Rose’s dress miiiiiiiiiiiight have been subconsciously influenced by Pauline from the Mario games, as I’ve been playing Mario Kart Tour quite a bit as of late. I discovered a fun trick to quickly draw her shadow on the wall; since I color the background and characters on different layers, I colored the background and got a Rose-shaped “hole” in the color. I filled it in black on a separate layer, then dragged it to the left. Voila; a perfect shadow! What's better than waking up on Saturday morning to see a new comic featuring your favorite Heroes of C.R.A.S.H. characters? How about waking up on Saturday morning to see TWO new comics featuring your favorite Heroes of C.R.A.S.H. characters? It seems that Nite Stick, a fellow hero from The Collective of Heroes, is on a dimension-hopping adventure, and today he's visiting the world of C.R.A.S.H.! Check out my guest comic in this crazy crossover event; visit my Links page or click on the Collective of Heroes banner for a link to the Nite Stick website! Oh, that reminds me; I've added both Nite Stick and The Adventures of Ms. Rocket to my Links as of today! If you like my comic, give them a read, as they both take inspiration from classic superhero comics and other media. And if you like them, perhaps you'll give the other Collective of Heroes comics a try...!
  12. Comic 11/2/19 - Like a Bridge

    http://TheHeroesOfCRASH.com Enticia may not be using a "burning bridges" metaphor in the typical sense... If you're familiar with Enticia's backstory so far, then you probably know what fire she's talking about. How it impacted her friendships remains to be seen, of course. I do pride myself on making The Heroes of C.R.A.S.H. a funny comic, inspired by Saturday morning cartoons of my childhood. That being said, I'll occasionally take inspiration from newer cartoons, like the Teen Titans cartoon from the early 2000's or the Steven Universe (and upcoming Steven Universe Future) cartoons of today, and throw in a little drama. Today's strip highlights the fact that this current storyline is more somber than usual. But don't worry; just as gray clouds eventually roll away to make way for the sun, there will always be more than enough laughter in my strip to balance out the sadness (Heck, that first text box still contains a little mini-joke with that "Three Musketeers" bit). I will be honest; this week's simple-looking comic was inspired by the fact that I wanted to get it done early this week so I'd have more time to do other non-comic (and non-fun) work, as well as to relax and enjoy Halloween night with some movies. Sometimes, restrictions can inspire ingenuity, and I REALLY like how this strip turned out, visually. Even if you don't read the text, the visuals give you an idea of what is to come. Oh! Almost forgot one fun factoid on last week's Halloween filler: Outside of Titanium Maiden's two outfits, everyone else's costumes show someone who has been animated by someone from Studio Trigger, a well-known anime studio. Former Studio Trigger animator Takafumi Hori has been a guest animator on Steven Universe and OK K.O., while Studio Trigger animated the opening to the latest Shantae game and created the series Little Witch Academia. Cool, right?
  13. 10/26/19 - #Halloween2019

    TheHeroesOfCRASH.com Miss Sunflower makes rocket boots look easy... But to be fair, she's not quite so... *ahem* top-heavy. Sugar Rush is dressed as Akko from Little Witch Academia, an anime series that's part Harry Potter (focusing on a predestined kid and their two best friends at a magic school) and part Kiki's Delivery Service (anime witch girl whose magic serves as a metaphor for art and creativity). I thought this outfit was a good fit for her, as both Akko and Sugar Rush are both super-excitable and a little impulsive. Her comment about zombies making everything better is inspired by a friend of mine on whom Sugar Rush is based; said friend is a huge fan of zombies. Dino-Mo is dressed as the title character from the Shantae series of video games. I tend to use her and Enticia's Halloween costumes to show support for POC in media, and this year is no exception. Granted, Shantae - a belly-dancing, hair-whipping, shape-shifting genie who fights pirates and monsters - likely has her origins in the nation of Turkey (based on analysis of her belly-dancing style), and Dino-Mo's nationality is half-Mexican, half-Native American, but I felt that this game series deserves some recognition, and I don't have any characters from Turkey. Drawing this costume was a bit tricky; I've never shown this much of Dino-Mo's skin before, as she tends to prefer t-shirts, so I had to decide how to draw her chest and musculature. Titanium Maiden always dresses up as a redheaded character each year, but this Halloween she's dressed up as two! In the first panel, she's dressed up as the shy Sakura from Zombie Land Saga - a bizarre, funny anime that I don't want to give too many details about. It's one of those shows that defies the genres it's associated with, so I don't want to give you any notions about what it's supposed to be, because it's so much better than it sounds as a concept on paper. It's a short anime at only one season (for now) made of 12 episodes, so I recommend giving it a look. There's a bit of language and a small bit of body horror/violence, but it's mostly comedic, with one episode about midway through that makes everyone cry. Just trust me, and watch it. After the Steven Universe movie and the initial series ending, I couldn't resist dressing Enticia as the beautiful and stoic Garnet. If you've been sleeping on this series, watch it NOW. This show has deep characters that evolve and change over the course of the series, and their growth feels natural as the series delves into the mysteries and lore of this world, exploring darker and darker themes. Heck, the first episode has Steven upset over his favorite ice cream being discontinued, then five seasons later he's on trial for his mother's war crimes. I said it before, and I'll say it again: Just trust me, and watch it. Belt Boy dresses as a superhero every Halloween; it may be a BIT of a stretch, but I think that K.O. from OK, K.O.! Let's Be Heroes counts as a superhero, in that he's a hero with superpowers (he just happens to be in a world where almost everyone's a hero and has powers). Another great Cartoon Network series, OK, K.O.! is - much like my comic - a love letter to 80s/90s cartoons and video games (even featuring cameos from Captain Planet, the students from Scooby Doo and the Ghoul School, and Sonic the Hedgehog!). I was originally going to show this series some love by having Cannon dress up as a helmeted side character, Sparko, but I decided against it, as it felt like whitewashing a POC character. So, I wound up dressing Belt Boy as K.O. instead. Titanium Maiden's original costume is that of David Fleming's Ms. Rocket. David's my giftee in the Collective of Heroes Halloween art exchange! I had sketched TM as his comic's title character, Ms. Rocket, as thanks for his birthday fan art submission earlier this year. I loved the pose I drew her in, and couldn't get I this filler's visual gag out of my head, so I decided to put it into this year's Halloween filler. If you want to check out his comic, The Adventures of Ms. Rocket (Which has a girl with rocket boots as she begins her career as a superheroine), visit my Links page. And if you want to see his submission to my birthday fan art contest, visit my newly updated Fan Art page! Have a happy and safe Halloween everyone!
  14. http://TheHeroesOfCRASH.com I'm happy to say that the site's major updates are complete! The newest fan art pieces have been added to the Fanart gallery (although I may give the format an overhaul in the near future!), and - as I announced last week - all filler sketches and new comics I created over the summer have been retroactively added to the website. But as you can see from the filler this week, I have more stuff planned! After years of the comic being SOLELY a labor of love, I'm working on doing some art prints to sell at local conventions! I've got my eye on Lehigh Valley Comic Convention - a bimonthly convention that I haven't been to in ages due to a lack of personal funds and projects to unveil. But that's changing soon, and these art prints will be the start of it! I'm also looking at selling some small 'zines, getting some of my art print designs put on shirts, and down the line, I'd like to self-publish the first HoC book (Most likely through Lulu); I've got a rough copy, but I'm revising and re-revising it, still. Oh well... patience is a virtue!
  15. TheHeroesOfCRASH.com The site's being updated again! Strips and fillers I previously posted to social media are now retroactively on the website! After nearly two months of no computer and another two of having a computer, but no changes to the website... after hemming and hawing and lots of drawing... I finally got the programs I need to update my website! I needed a replacement for Dreamweaver and wound up getting ExpressionWeb 4. It took some getting used to, but it was pretty intuitive. Tonight, I downloaded Filezilla and had to figure out my old settings and passwords and junk to get it to connect to my site (Which I'm glad I figured out without needing to bother my techno-savvy friend Chris!). I found myself going back and making some tweaks to several links and file names to get all the new pages to work properly. So yeah... it was a lot of work. At the moment, I have put every filler and story strip from July 22nd up through this filler onto the website, and updated the Plotline Archive page accordingly. I plan on making updates to the Fan Art page next. BB and TM look great in their construction gear. Cannon figured it would be redundant to wear a helmet when he's already got one, but seems he forgot that construction gear also makes you more visible to other workers! I definitely like this filler; I may use it again the next time my site needs some sprucing up...!