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  1. Comic 9/23/17 - Disk Appearing Act

    TheHeroesOfCRASH.com At last! Belt Boy seems to be forming a plan. It may hurt, but not as badly as he'll get hurt if those Necrobots keep swarming around him! Can Belt Boy retrieve the portal generator disk, or will Necros finally triumph against our hero? Stay tuned, readers! After some delays and computer slowdowns, earlier in the week, I wound up spending most of my Thursday drawing this week's comic. I got pretty ambitious with that upper corner; I had to come up with four unique poses for Belt Boy to fit into four skinny little panels, and make it clear what was happening in each one, so it took me a few attempts to get the poses right. Also, as much as I love the character design I came up with for the Necrobots, they take a while to draw, because of all the details in their skeletally-inspired anatomy. If you're enjoying my comic, please share it around! I want more readers, and sharing is the way to make it happen!
  2. TheHeroesOfCRASH.com Just when Belt Boy thinks he's got the upper hand, it seems that his foes have the upper claw! How can he stop an army of Necrobots on his own? Stay tuned, readers! The title of this comic was intended as a reference to a song from my favorite movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit* - not a song by the same name from the cartoon series Batman: The Brave and the Bold. However, one of Belt Boy's lines in the first panel IS a reference to Brave and the Bold**. While I've never been a big fan of Batman himself (I'm not a big fan of overly-brooding superheroes), I find his villains entertaining, as well as the other heroes that the dork knight teams up in every episode of Brave and the Bold. I also appreciate the fact that the series is a love letter to a bygone era of comics, the occasional fourth wall break, and the fact that one episode had Weird Al Yankovic and the Scooby Doo crew. While I'm very proud of my designs for the Necrobots, they are one of the hardest things in my comic that I have to draw, especially when I have to draw an army of them! Between that and panel size, you're not likely to see a whole bunch of them in one panel. One think I find fun is that BB's hair seems to smooth and re-frazzle with his mood. As a cartoon, his hair isn't just hair: it's plumage! By the way, am I the only one who imagines hearing the word "plumage" in Michael Palin's voice whenever they read it? If you enjoyed my comic for this week, please like it and share it! I also wouldn't mind some comments, even if it's something as simple as "Nice comic!" or "lol". I takes whatever praise I gets! *Oddly enough, Who Framed Roger Rabbit doesn't have a "?" at the end, because that's supposed to be bad luck for a film title in the movie biz. Fun trivia! ** It's also a good excuse to use alliteration, which I love to use.
  3. 8/5/17 - Working on Networking

    TheHeroesOfCRASH.com Despite the fact that I've still been having a few computer issues and more than a few thunderstorms keeping me from working on my computer for long periods of time, I haven't been slacking off with my comic. In fact, I'm working on promoting it so that I can reach a wider audience! First of all, in addition to the Facebook group, I have now given The Heroes Of C.R.A.S.H. a proper Facebook page (Admittedly, when I was starting out, I wasn't really sure of the difference between the two), which you can visit by clicking the Social Media button on my site's home page. Second, if you've been following my Facebook group, I'm going to be attending the Lehigh Valley Comic Con today! It's been a while since I've been to a small convention, and while the big ones like Wizard World are a lot of fun, I love how small cons are more relaxed and less crowded, so I'm looking forward to it. Third, while I'm there, I'm going to be handing out some sweet new business cards that look like what I've posted today, with some additional info on the back. If you are reading this AFTER Saturday, August 5th because you saw my Facebook page or got one of my cards at the convention, WELCOME! I hope you enjoy my comic, and that you'll visit my Social Media links to spread the word about how much you enjoy it!
  4. TheHeroesOfCRASH.com Not much to say that I haven't said in today's filler. Keep following me on social media to stay posted with everything that's going on with me and with the comic; if I'm ever unable to post to the site, I'll let you know what's going on through Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook. Speaking of the interwebs, if you haven't done so already, please contact your representatives as well as the FCC and tell them to keep Title II and Net Neutrality. Otherwise, my webcomic, every webcomic, and just about anything that people create on the 'net could be in danger. Do your part to protect freedom of speech!
  5. Comic 7/15/17 - Peerless Leader

    TheHeroesOfCRASH.com It seems that B.O.N.N.I.E. has pointed out a flaw in Belt Boy's logic, but whether or not her comment will sink in has yet to be seen. Watch the angst, BB - you don't wanna go all "typical DC movie" on us!* After some computer hardware repairs, lots of predicted lightning storms, and me being exhausted, today's comic almost didn't get uploaded on time. I was tempted to go for another filler - I was thinking of having Belt Boy or TM follow up on Wednesday's Net Neutrality message in a filler featuring a parody song, turning Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance" into a song about Net Neutrality. The phrase "Net Neutrality" fits into the song pretty easily. But I decided against it; I've been doing very few fillers in the past year or so, but I broke my streak a few times in April/May, and I wanted to stay on track. So, I kept Wednesday's message up and put this week's comic beneath it. Still, with all those delays, I did most of this week's comic in one night. It's nearly 5AM as I'm writing this, so I hope you appreciate my dedication to getting my comic updated on time with a proper canonical comic! Fight scenes are still a bit tricky for me, but I'm pretty happy with BB's poses in panels 2 and 4. I really wanted to make him look like he could use his own fighting skills AND his gadgets at the same time, rather than relying too heavily on one or the other, or switching between the two. Back to Belt Boy's angst that I referenced in the first paragraph, but putting jokes aside... I don't think of Belt Boy as a particularly "angsty" character. But I do think of my comic as being like a Saturday morning cartoon, and even funny cartoon heroes can have a breaking point, or moments of seriousness between the laughs. This is particularly true in today's cartoons, where Steven Universe, Gravity Falls, and even Gumball can have dramatic, poignant moments. Similarly, BB's been a bit less of a goofball since Necros appeared. Don't worry, though; he'll be back to joking and being zany soon enough. *Not Wonder Woman, of course. That movie rocked. :-)
  6. TheHeroesOfCRASH.com Hey everyone! I'm back, and so is the storyline! I hope everyone took Dexter's words to heart about calling your senators during his filler last week. Anyway, on to today's comic! You'll no doubt see a few familiar scenes in today's comic, including TM dodging rubble from the Gym-Nauseum storyline, or Belt Boy feeling defeated from near the end of Van-Ishing Act. But a few scenes seem out of place or unfamiliar, as do a word or two. I'll only give one hint; take a good look at Cannon's hand in this picture; something seems off about it...! I'm rather happy with the thought balloon here. Like Belt Boy's daydreams and memories, this flood of negative emotions and memories has some yellow tint to it, specifically some darkened yellow in the background.
  7. TheHeroesOfCRASH.com Necros is a level of evil that deserves a lot of symbolic, artsy backgrounds whenever he speaks, if the last few strips are any indication. While Necros does love evil monologues, he's very careful about what he gives away to Belt Boy - moreso than most villains. He's given him just enough information to make our hero doubt himself or become paranoid, but he doesn't know how Necros is able to spy on him and his friends. Of course, we all know from the Gym-Nauseum storyline that Necros is able to use the cameras mounted on tiny BUG-type Necrobots (First seen 5/8/12, and first named 5/10/12), but he hasn't revealed this to Belt Boy. That's what seperates Necros from other archvillains; his speeches are more than simple brags and gloats where he reveals his plan to the hero. He knows just what information to withold so it's not used against him, and what to reveal in order to use his knowledge against the hero. His speeches are psychological warfare.
  8. Comic 6/3/17 - Quizzes and Tests

    TheHeroesOfCRASH.com Uh-oh! If Belt Boy's confidence was shaken before, Necros has REALLY struck a nerve now! If you recall the last storyline, you probably have a good idea as to how Necros knows about Belt Boy's quiz, but our hero is shocked that his foe has learned his secret. While little is known about Necros, I will say this: he generally looks down on a lot of superhero genre cliches, but even he can't resist a good villain monologue... as long as he's the one making it. A lot of heroes and even more villains enjoy hearing themselves talk, after all. But when Necros is able to turn his words into weapons against his foe, that's the kind of villain speech Necros savors most of all.
  9. Comic 5/27/17 - Test of Endurance

    TheHeroesOfCRASH.com We now return to our regularly scheduled program! When we last left our hero, Belt Boy was nervously staring down his arch-nemesis, Necros. But stress and a recent battle have left our plucky protagonist a bit shaken, and Necros can smell his fear. Will Belt Boy be able to face his fears and his foe? Will his friends be able to hash out their differences? And for how long will Miss Sunflower be nursing that headache? The answers to these questions and more will be revealed in the upcoming installments of... The Heroes of C.R.A.S.H.! By the way, due to a lack of entries, the Generated Fan Art Contest has been cancelled. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Traditional Fan Art category. :-) Feel free to send me some fan art during next year's contest, folks (Although I appreciate fan art year-round!).
  10. theheroesofcrash.com I'm back from a fun birthday weekend, and so instead of my usual Saturday Morning update, we have a bit of a "Sunday Night Special"! I proudly present the winning entry - or rather, entries - to my Fan Art Contest's Traditional Fan Art category! CD Rudd, creator of the webcomic SailorSun.Org, has done a bit of a crossover (and not the first one!) between my cast and his! What would happen if Belt Boy, Cannon, and Titanium Maiden were to hang out with Honey, Bay, and Auction Guy (respectively)? By the way, Bay has nothing to worry about; Belt Boy is, indeed, only pointing a camera at her. He is in full control of any weapons on his belt, and he's too innocent to even consider anything else she might be suggesting (This IS a PG-rated comic, after all!). You can see his individual drawings on my website, and you can see a link to his webcomic (with a brief discription) over at my Links page! For winning the contest, CD Rudd has won the right to choose the subject of the next HoC Desktop, and I'll be sending him a little sketch in the very near future. Also receiving a sketch soon will be devoted HoC fan TheSlugCar, for his creative "BonnieBot" entry (Which answers the question "What would happen if B.O.N.N.I.E. downloaded her brain into a MON-type Necrobot?"). Thanks for the awesome fan art, guys! This was a great birthday! :-D One last thing: Due to a lack of entries, the Generated Fan Art Contest has been extended! If you submit a video game avatar that resembles one of my characters by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, May 26th, your entry will still be considered for the contest! You could win a sketch, or I could create a cool drawing based on your entry to be publicly displayed on the site! Whether it's a Mii or a Sim or whatever, you have almost a week to make it!
  11. TheHeroesOfCRASH.com As the title suggests, Belt Boy may not be near the proverbial frying pan, but he's definitely in the fire. An awkward argument between friends is nowhere near as tense as a battle for your life! I'm pretty happy with how the last panel turned out. The only thing I wonder if I should have done differently is skip the red/green coloring. You'll notice that Necros, once again, has the evil shade of lime green by his face, while BB counters it with red. There's but ONE WEEK LEFT to enter my birthday fan art contest! I'll be posting the winning entry a day late, since I'll be engaging in some birthday festivities that will have me away from my computer. If you want to enter, do it by 11:59 PM on May 19th! Check out the Rules page for more info!
  12. Comic 4/8/17 - Necros Returns!

    theheroesofcrash.com We return to the canonical comics after last week's filler, and we now see who has Belt Boy so worried - none other than his dreaded arch-nemesis, Necros! I colored the first panel lime green because if Disney (and Tumblr) has taught me anything, it's that lime green is the color of evil. Ursula's voice-stealing magic, Scar's steam columns at the beginning of Be Prepared, Maleficent's dragon flames and glowing spinning wheel... all lime green. And there's more lime green-colored villainy in those movies. Try googling "Disney villains lime green" and see what you come up with! While Necros does have a nose beneath that mask (He may be evil, but he's not rocking the Voldemort look), I thought that it kinda ruined the skull effect of his mask to show the shape of his nose when drawing him from a side view in my simplistic cartoon style. Consider his mysterious noselessness a style choice. It seems rather apt that this is the six-hundred and sixty-sixth canonical comic, and we're witnessing the return of the strip's nastiest villain so far, especially when his nightmarish shadow looks so demonic. I assure you that the shadow is merely a reflection of Belt Boy's fear in his head, and that Necros isn't actually casting a demonic shadow. But even if that shadow is nothing more than a visual metaphor, Necros himself is an imposing figure in person, and Belt Boy knows full well that his bite is even worse than his bark.
  13. theheroesofcrash.comWho could this shadowy figure be...?! The answer will SHOCK you! Okay, it actually probably WON'T shock you if you read my comic. But a villain of this caliber deserves a dramatic introduction. I'm proudest of that panel in the lower left. I like BB's punched expression and the blurry fist. Just altogether a good, toony image. Just reminding you that my Fan Art contest is still going on, and EVERYONE who enters gets a prize! There's even an easy-peasy category for people to submit game avatars based on my characters! What are you waiting for? Enter my contest! You can also click on the button on my main page for the full rules.
  14. Comic 3/11/17 - Split Second Timing

    theheroesofcrash.com Uh-oh... seems Miss Sunflower has gotten the upper hand! How's Belt Boy going to make it out of THIS one? Gonna break this commentary down panel-by-panel. In the first shot, I wanted to make sure that I didn't draw Belt Boy dodging her blasts in any of the same poses he used when dodging her blasts in their first battle. I should probably practice realistic lighting, but in the meantime I just went with my gut on how to shade Sunflower's metal parts to get something that looked aesthetically good and fitting with my cartoonish style. Panel 2 is Belt Boy looking uncharacteristically smug. Like I said, Cannon's rubbed off on him a bit. Panel 3: fun with sound effect lettering! I like the shapes of the letters I came up with; they look a bit stretched and toony. Belt Boy's clearly seeing stars... and comets and a planet! The little "burst effect" in the background was added last minute to give it more pizazz; I used a gradient effect and a blurring eraser, and I'm pretty happy with that. Panel 4: Loving BB's cartoonish KO pose here. The background was a bit tricky to do, but I like how it looks, especially the driveway with a sloped sidewalk and arrows. The sign is actually a pair of subtle pop culture references; 2nd Time Around was the name of the antique store owned by April O'Neil's family in some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles universes, and the unbroken clock is set to four of two - the title of a They Might Be Giants song is "Four of Two" (And its lyrics suggest that it may be a good song for BB to fall unconscious to...!). By the way, folks, have you started working on fan art for my contest? Don't forget, EVERYONE who enters gets a prize! Be sure to enter by May 19th!
  15. theheroesofcrash.com With an evil, witch-like villainess bursting out of a trash can she'd been trapped in, I couldn't resist making a Power Rangers reference. Tee hee! Belt Boy doesn't have Cannon's natural sarcastic wit, but after years of having Cannon as a friend and seeing witty hero reparte in comics/cartoons/movies, he's able to make some decent quips against evildoers. Granted, a lot of them are puns, but he takes pride in them. I colored the trash can in the second panel with the grays and blues it's supposed to have, then put a translucent layer of red coloring over it to make it look like it was heating up. I also used translucent layers for the steam. I love how B.O.N.N.I.E. is cowering behind Belt Boy in the last panel. While she could easily have communicated with BB without popping out of his belt - much like she did in the previous comic - I felt that making her hide behind him made her emotion that much stronger.
  16. Comic 2/25/17 - Now Hear This

    theheroesofcrash.com Somewhere between Justice League and Tom and Jerry... lies The Heroes of C.R.A.S.H. Hoo boy! Today's comic was quite an undertaking. I wound up using a lot of layers for that last panel in order to have the translucent layers and sound effects. The last two panels, at one point, were going to be one long panel, with an additional image of Sunflower just before she crashed into the wall, but breaking it up into two panels seemed to let the action flow a bit more, making it easier to read. I decided to make the two panels share scenery and a stretched-out word balloon to illustrate that the two images are close to each other in terms of both distance and time. By the way, if you still are interested in my birthday contest - in which EVERYONE gets a prize - the details are on this page: http://www.theheroesofcrash.com/ContestRulesAnStuffPage.htm
  17. Comic 2/11/17 - Rocket Can

    theheroesofcrash.com Belt Boy's used the Wrapper Rope of Righteousness before... waaaaaaaaaaaay back in his first battle against Miss Sunflower. Tying her to the trash can appears to be a new twist, but it looks like this plan might backfire on him...! The sound effects in the first panel are actually borrowed from the first time BB used his Wrapper Rope. I even wrote the letters in green, similar to how they were written before. Drawing Miss Sunflower was a pain, but the backgrounds - though difficult - were more fun to play around with. The anime influences on my art aren't as strong as they once were, but every so often they make themselves known, like in that last panel (which I love!).
  18. theheroesofcrash.com She's back! The return of the super-mean, superpowered supervillain (with a super-silly name), Miss Sunflower! Seems Belt Boy wants to calm her hot temper with some refreshing soda, but is this plan all wet? I accidentally gave today's comic's title to last week's comic, although it's still pretty apt. Last week's title was supposed to have been "Old School" - a reference to all the mentions of school in the dialogue, as well as to Belt Boy's classic science class project-based plan. This week's title, I came up with off the top of my head. A good portion of my comic is inspired by the old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoons of the late 80s and early 90s. While a lot of people don't really like how the Turtles would often resort to silly visual gags and slapstick instead of actual ninja fighting, I still enjoy it, and today's gag is an homage to that. I do, after all, want to give my comic the feel of a Saturday morning cartoon. I'm decently pleased with how the layout of today's comic turned out, given the limited space I alotted myself. If I could add a panel, I'd put one between panels 4 and 5, showing Miss Sunflower struggling to her feet.
  19. theheroesofcrash.com Seems Belt Boy has a plan coming together... and it's going to either be brilliant or extremely silly. Oh, who am I kidding? Knowing Belt Boy, it'll probably be both. For this comic, I decided that B.O.N.N.I.E. could communicate with Belt Boy without putting up her screen via his B-Chip - the communication device that he, Cannon, and Titanium Maiden all have hidden in their headgear. It seems logical, as having her screen out would probably keep him from running as fast. I also decided to have BB look a bit less worn-out than he did in the last strip in which he appeared; he's covering it up a bit better as he puts his "game face" on. Plus, I think it helps that he's focused on one thing right now: defeating Miss Sunflower. And I'll admit, I just like how he looks in the first panel and I didn't want to ruin it by frazzling his hair or showing the bags under his eyes. So I'll excuse them away however I want. So there. Nyah, nyah. :-P Seriously, though, I do like his pose in that first panel. While I've been largely focused on improving the anatomy of my characters over the past year or so, I feel like I've neglected the "toony" side of their design, leaving my characters a bit stiff. So, I'm doing a bit of experimenting by starting my drawings with a "line of action" in order to make better poses. From what I understand, it's best to exaggerate the line of action as much as possible, as it loses some of that exaggeration when you add in structure. I think that first panel is an indication of how well it's helping; BB looks like he's really moving. The title of this comic is a reference to actor Paul Zaloom, who played the title character on Beakman's World. While I appreciate Bill Nye's past and continuing contributions to the scientific community, he was only my third favorite educational TV scientist. My second favorite was Mr. Wizard (I remember waking up early in the morning and seeing Mr. Wizard's World on Nickelodeon many times hwen I was really, really young), and my number one pick was - you guessed it - Beakman. His show was a lot like Bill Nye's with its comedic tone and cartoony sound effects, but he had two co-stars (A disgruntled man in a rat suit named Lester, who often served as the straight man or victim for many a joke, as well as one of three different female lab assistants that changed between seasons), and he actually answered kids' science questions that were mailed to him (In an era where the internet wasn't popular yet, computers weren't in every house, and Googling stuff was essentially impossible, this was HUGE.). Also, I got to meet "Beakman" at a science museum tour, help him on stage, and get his autograph, so he's definitely a sentimental favorite. :-) Oh, and lastly, did you catch that pop culture reference on the cover of Belt Boy's book? That gag was a last-minute addition, and I hope some of my fellow animation fans get it...!
  20. Filler 12/24/16 - A Christmas Wish

    theheroesofcrash.com Well, folks, at the time that I'm typing this, it's in the wee small hours of the morning on Christmas Eve! By sundown it'll be Chanukkah, by tomorrow it'll be Christmas, and the day after that is Kwanzaa! There's so many wonderful holidays this weekend, and - especially in times like these where there's a lot of outspoken hatred and prejudice - it's important that we take the time to celebrate and appreciate both what makes us different AND what we share in common. We all have different, beautiful ways of celebrating the same values of love and goodwill towards others, and we should do our best to show that throughout the year. So whether you celebrate none, one, or many of the holidays occurring this December, know that I wish you a happy and safe holiday season. I know I've had Muppets on the brain a bit lately (You've seen my Daily Drawings, right?), but I honestly thought that this quote was a good one to use; despite being from a Christmas song, it reaches out to people of all faiths. Jim Henson was a man who appreciated diversity and sought to give people an idea of what a peaceful world could be like through educational shows like Sesame Street or the social commentary of Fraggle Rock, so it seems more than appropriate to use his words for this filler. Wishing you all Happy Holidays! Canonical comics return in January! :-)
  21. Belt Boy's ready to take on Miss Sunflower mano a mano...Or is that mano y mano? Mano y womano? *A quick Google search later...* Huh... it's really "mano a mano", and that means "hand-to-hand"... Which may not be accurate since BB and Sunflower are both decked out in tech gear. Well, in any event, there's gonna be some fighting. Not much commentary to add on this strip, except maybe that I really like BB's pose in panel #2. I actually have a bit more commentary for last week's strip: I went back and edited last week's strip; I accidentally forgot to put on B.O.N.N.I.E.'s eye lens. Whoops!
  22. theheroesofcrash.com Isn't that always how it goes? You think you have everything sorted out, and then WHAM! Life throws you a curveball that hits you right between the eyes. What emergency is Belt Boy being alerted to? Find out next time! Y'know, we don't see a lot of B.O.N.N.I.E. in the comic. This is largely because - although she has thoughts, feelings, and emotions - she is still a computer program, and while it would be a stretch to say she lacks free will, she does have some limitations on what she can do. She doesn't pop out of Belt Boy's utility belt unless summoned, or unless she's been instructed to appear under certain conditions (like if there's an emergency). Still, she can act on her own when given free reign (She plays a LOT of online games when not actively helping BB with tasks!). The other reason is that her "vector look" is a bit annoying to draw at times. She might be due for a redesign (Or, in her case, an upgrade!).
  23. theheroesofcrash.com These tips all work pretty well for me (aside from scheduling; I tend to have only a few holiday-based responsibilities outside of work). Anyone who knows me, knows that as soon as December begins, I practically turn into a Christmas elf with enough holiday cheer to light up the tree in Rockefeller Center. I was initially going to have the radio play Christmas music (One local station has already started! Ugh!) to hammer home the idea that we start Christmas too early, but I decided to go with a slightly more obscure joke and have the radio start playing Alice's Restaurant. Fans of this song know that it's played EVERY Thanksgiving on many radio stations across the country (My family always listens... especially my mom and my sister Tyler Winthrop , who are HUGE Arlo Guthrie fans!). I recommend giving this song a listen, especially in light of certain political events as of late. Those of you who are anxiously awaiting the next canonical strip are probably a tad frustrated, having three fillers in four weeks, but we have had two holidays and one disastrous election I wanted to address. I do hope you've been enjoying my fillers, but if not, I plan on making the next four updates be canonical comics, up until the Christmas and New Year's fillers. In the meantime, have a happy Thanksgiving!
  24. Comic 11/5/16 - The Hurt Ego Locker

    theheroesofcrash.com Seems Belt Boy can't bury his metaphorical demons under activities... or under all the junk in his locker. The third panel was originally going to look a bit different; the shadow on the wall would have cracks in it in the section near BB's head. However, that spot was the only place where his thought balloon looked right, so I decided to nix the representational imagery.
  25. theheroesofcrash.com Today's comic shows that Belt Boy always has a plan, TM has a forgiving temperament, and Cannon has a sweet tooth (a bit like his real-life counterpart). Belt Boy (as well as the other members of my comic's main trio) is largely based off me, so we share a lot of qualities. One way in which we differ is that I would probably be blurting out apology after apology in a situation like this, whereas BB sees any mistake as a temporary setback that he can fix... especially when he's in "perfectionist mode". Guess the title of today's comic is a bit ironic, as he never officially apologizes in this strip.