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Friday, August 19, 2016

SCC seek artist for new strip



The SCC is launching a new web strip called DRAGON THUNDER CLIFFS, a parody of an RPG world. The online comic will focus on what the non playable characters (NPCs) do when adventurers aren’t around to bother them and what they really think of them. The majority of the strips will take place in the town giving a humourous look on the day to day lives of this multicultural town of magical and non magical beings and the gags will either be straight up jokes or a satire of real life.
Now here's the thing, we don't have anyone to draw it yet...
Do you fancy a go or know someone who would? Take a look at the 3 scripts the SCC Brain Trust has put together and show us what you can do. You can submit one, two or all of 'em it's up to you. Just make sure you supply them as required in the Format and Template document and read the T&Cs below.

Script # 1 - A Taxing Situation
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PLGiCmbsE0ZZwWmJ_wr127EaJAqhPmxOVx-C0CgZTso/edit?usp=sharing


Script #2 - Dock & Cover
https://docs.google.com/document/d/169two7p73mZzLq-ecuZ25Gv4r9R131nXJQSrb8r1XGE/edit?usp=sharing


Iron & Steal Business
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uE9R_T_llf0miNB3j0bXG0FsjY1IozkAZ5mNdY87THg/edit?usp=sharing

Format & Template document available here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B88AB-N3ick0OTBDcm40eWFzTm8/view?usp=sharing

T&Cs
1. REGULAR DELIVERY
The SCC wants to start regular online publishing of Dragon Thunder Cliffs on their blog 'SCCAssemble.co.uk' Please only enter if you want to collaborate with our writers to produce a regular weekly web strip.

2. PAYMENT & OWNERSHIP
There is no payment… to begin with. It’s a web strip, we’re a non-profit organisation. However, we hope to generate enough strips to fill a book. The SCC will pay print costs and con table expenses, if there’s any money left to share after these costs, it will be split across the team.
It’s a collaboration and hopefully the beginning of a partnership, we would have full and exclusive use of your artwork in the strip.

3. TEAMS
We are happy to accept submissions off creative teams. We aren't looking for writers at this time just artists.

4. FORMATTING
Supplied templates must be used for each strip You can produce your artwork in any form at any size but it must be in proportion to the supplied panels and use the strip header provided. We want a completed strip, so you need to letter and colour your artwork. You can supply greyscale or line art if that’s how you see it.

The finished artwork must be supplied as specified in the Format & Template document.

5. SUPPLY OF ENTRIES
Only strips sent to sccassemble@gmail.co.uk will be considered.
Please DO NOT post to our FB page or tag us on social media.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Kierans Pokemon Challenge: Episodes two



Having completed the trainers school at the end of my previous session I was ready to continue my challenge and was trying to be a bit more positive, thinking the tediousness was behind me. However, I was mistaken as following healing BA Baracus at the Pokemon Center I was approached by the owner of the Poketch Company telling me about their offer for anyone who can find the three clowns in Jubilife City, I was going to skip this as I only ever use it as a step counter for eggs but thought I could manage without it this time. So I headed east to leave the city and head to Orburgh City and my first gym battle, instead I was confronted by a man who insisted that I take part in the offer. Trying my best to get out of this I headed North to route 204, which turned out to be quite handy for levelling up my Chimchar BA Baracus in the long grass as ember made quick work of the Budew and the trainers there. Whilst in this area I was a bit nervous of the long grass as I wasn’t sure if I’d encounter a Machop which wouldn’t be Ideal before evolving BA as it’d mean I’d have to give up using him. I finally got to the Ravaged Path only to find that I couldn’t advance any further in that direction until I could use Rock Smash. I didn’t let this dishearten me in my attempt to avoid the clowns (even if this was taking longer than actually finding them), so I headed West only to find another dead end, an old rod that would be useless because of my challenge, and defeat in my attempt to avoid the clowns.

I reluctantly spoke to the clowns who fortunately all had the correct answer  in the right place that my frantic tapping the B button didn’t result in an endless loop, and I could finally head East toward Orburgh City. this time the man didn’t stop me and I headed out onto route 203 and my first battle with my rival The Boss (I named my character Big Boss after the Metal Gear character so it made sense). His Starly wasn’t a problem only managing to hit one quick attack before my ember took it out, but I was a bit worried about his Piplup although I had four levels on him my attacks of scratch and ember weren’t going to be great against it and it would know bubble. I was pretty lucky though as The Boss only seemed to want to growl at me, and I was able to chip away with my attack to the point where he throws out an awesome Star Wars reference with, “Don’t get cocky Kid!” and then hitting me with pound which took me uncomfortably low in hit points. So I resorted to using a potion just in case but found that he went back to growling which was fine with me as i scratched my way to victory.


I continued on to route 203 and encountered my first Shinx and Kricketot, the four trainers were easy enough and the XP I gained brought me tantalisingly close to level 14 and the evolution. I headed into the tall grass to grind out the last bit of XP to get BA to evolve into a Monferno, the encounter music starts and disaster… I found my very first shiny Pokemon! There it was all sparkles and everything a shiny Starly, it might as well have been taunting me. I tried to console myself with the knowledge that at least it wasn’t a Machop and the end of me using BA but it wasn’t working. I stared at it and thought would it really matter if I caught it I mean who would know right? I could just not write about it and ignore the encounter, but if I caught it in those circumstances I wouldn’t be able to tell anyone about it either. I knew what had to be done, I hovered over the command for ember trying to think of a work around, and then I pressed the attack and watched as the critical hit wiped away my new dream of owning a shiny Staraptor. I tried to be content when I saw that at least it had tipped the XP meter over to Level 14 and my Chimchar became a Monferno but in my grief I managed to bungle again as I rushed through the text only to accidentally forget scratch instead of leer when learning mach punch. I contemplated switching off without saving, that’d mean that the shiny Starly had never really existed and BA would still know scratch, but remembered those damn clowns…












Monday, August 8, 2016

The Continuing Adventures of Joe Stickman

Over the last few weekends we have been at comic conventions and have been up to our old tricks of getting artists and writers to contribute to the Joe Stickman gallery. First up we were at Heroes and Legends 14 on July 23rd and 24th, where we managed to get contributions from Simon Wyatt, Simon Williams, Simon Bisley and his friend Sildy (who added the first ever Josephine Stickman).

                                                Simon Wyatt drew a Deadpool Joe.



Simon Williams decided to scare Joe with the Hulk



Simon Bisley Contributed with this Joe


And Here is the Very First Josephine Stickwoman By Sildy



on Saturday 6th August we attended Bristol Comic Expo where we managed to get Paul Grist, Rob Williams, Lee Garbett, and Alan Davis to add to our ever growing collection of Joe's.

Joe Stickman by Paul Grist


Lee Garbett drew a Lucifer Joe


Rob Williams introduced us to Ghost Rider Joe


and to top off Joe's Bristol adventure Alan Davis made him Captain Britain Joe



Overtime we approach a new artist or writer it is always a mixture of nervousness that maybe they'll turn us down, but this is usually followed by the excitement of seeing where it will lead. If you see that we have been to a con make sure to check here to see what adventures Joe goes on next.
















Thursday, July 28, 2016

Kieran's Pokemon Challenge: Episode One



I’ve been meaning to write about this for a while but I misplaced my notes, and didn’t rush to find them. However, the launch of Pokemon Go and more specifically the server crash got me back in the mood for Pokemon and I decided to find my notes. Before I start here’s a bit of background, I’ve been a fan of Pokemon since it came out about twenty years ago, I was a little too old to actually show this in public as a year seven trying to fit in with the crowd. So I didn’t dare collect the cards no matter how much I wanted to, I would watch the cartoon before I left for school but didn’t talk about it, and I would play the games but had no one to trade with, I was living a secret Pokemon life (it’s also worth noting that I hid my love of comics at this time too). I carried on Playing the games despite always claiming that everyone I played was my last as they’re just glorified remakes after all, but I’d always give in and buy the next one just to see what the new Pokemon were like. I’ve never played competitively and have no idea about all the IV’s, EV’s, or items held for battle, I play because I enjoy playing through them and trying to complete the Pokedex so if you are looking for an in-depth analysis this probably isn’t for you. When I play a Pokemon game I tend to use Pokemon I like rather than what is the most powerful etc but they get me through the game all out attack with rarely a status move in sight.   



So a few months ago I was looking to play something and my nephew had found his long lost copy of Pokemon Pearl and suggested I play through that. I was a bit reluctant as it was probably my least favourite of all of the games and I wasn't really fond of the starters either, so I didn’t really see a reason to revisit it, until he set me a challenge. It was similar to a nuzlocke but modified his rules;


  • Only one type of Pokemon chosen from Bug, Electric, Ground//Rock, or Fighting.
  • If a Pokemon faints it must be released.


Just two simple rules and it was enough to pique my interest and i accepted the challenge and chose to take fighting type as my single Pokemon type. As you can’t start with a fighting type the rule we agreed upon was that i could use my starter until I caught a fighting type. So with this rule in mind I chose to start with a Chimchar, as I thought as long as I didn’t encounter a fighting type too early I’d be able to evolve it into a Monferno which gains fighting as a secondary type and would allow me to continue using it. I also decided to nickname my Pokemon which is something I don’t usually do but thought it might help me differentiate between the multiples easier and also not want them to faint.




After the long and tedious introduction where rather than let you pick a Pokemon and get on your way like usual you have to do a load of story stuff to introduce you the Professor, Dawn, and your rival you finally get your Pokemon and head off. So off I went with a Chimchar named BA Baracus, and praying I wouldn’t find a fighting type too soon but not too late either because with only one Pokemon a faint would be a quick game over. I found it a bit weird not catching every new Pokemon I met like I’d usually do, but I did find that this helped in leveling up BA Baracus pretty quickly getting close to evolving before even getting to Jubilife City and the joys of the Trainers School, at least it gave a TM (Hidden Power) and XP from the two Abra trainers, I have to say I’m really finding the start a bit tedious but the challenge is keeping me playing as it is a totally different way to how I usually play having to spend money on potions and antidotes just in case as I can’t risk a faint at least until I have more than one Pokemon in my party....



I am going try to post instalments on a weekly basis so make sure to come back and keep track of me as I try to make my way through the Sinnoh Region with my team of Fighting Type Pokemon. Also if anyone can think of a better name than Kieran’s Pokemon Challenge leave it in the comments below and I will pick the best suggestion.

Ricky         

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Cancer Research Comic Sale



The Cancer Research Shop on Union Street in Swansea is having a comic sale on Saturday 30th July. Over 2000 comics will be available.

Head on down, support a great cause and grab a good read!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Wall Comic 3

Wall Comic 3 was a short one but still as zany as all the others, enjoy and stay tuned for Wall Comic 4 and all the individual sketches later in the week!