Before we post the last page of What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse lets briefly talk about the history of the story. The origins of What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse started back at the beginning of 2012. The production of Side Quest had hit the wall do to the antiquated website we were using. Our self-coded and manually updated site had become a bear to view and with mobile on the rise our site hit the end of its usefulness. We were on a break trying to figure out our next move and with an early April comic convention in the distance the pressure was on us. We eventually came up with the idea to do a mini comic, about 8 pages, that would be a one-off story based loosely on a night out Paulie had in college. Yes, some of this story is based on truth. Crazy. I know. So, I took the basic idea from Paulie and started to plot out the comic. For reasons I still can’t explain I drew pages 1-4 and 7 first, this out of order drawing even popped up as recent as my work on Unlawful Good: An Anthology of Crime.
I started the “What A Horrible Night…” project quickly and this would also be the first time we thought about producing Side Quest in a longer form, not just 3 panels, an idea we wouldn’t implement for another year or so. But, in a weird twist, soon after I started the comic my enthusiasm in the project wained. I was seeing a lot of my webcomic friends putting out some stellar work and I wanted to be a part of that process again. I didn’t want to wait another month or two and I wanted the instant gratification of publishing a comic. I ended up shelving the “What A Horrible Night…” and we started to work on weekly Side Quest stories again. Even though the website functioned poorly we ended up producing twenty of the best comics we’ve ever done, in my humble opinion.
Thankfully, the concept of continuity and having ridiculous adventures in the Side Quest world reared it’s head at the start of 2013 and “What A Horrible Night…” kept getting thrown back into the comic mix. After a couple false starts with it and even a preview in a failed mini comic “What A Horrible Night…” got its glory in the sun.
As the story comes to a close it’s easy for me see the changes its take over the years, from story line down to the art. But, what I’m most proud of is the fact that the comic is finished and that it fits wonderfully into the story we’ve been telling over the past couple of years. If you’ve haven’t been able too please check out What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse before the last comic drops next weeks.
5. Kirby Triple Deluxe – Over the sumer of 2014 I started my new career and went from working crazy hours at a restaurant to having a sustained 9-5 schedule. On top of my new job and schedule I was juggling a couple different comics projects. During this radical transition in my life having a comfortable, charming, and colorful platformer to pick up and escape into for a few moments was a godsend. Kirby games have always had a soft spot in my heart but, aside from my personal bias Kirby Triple Deluxe is a solid platformer. A great amount of levels to explore, tons of collectibles wight the key changes and, a stelar balance of casual and hardcore play. Attack every level and find every secret or just enjoy the bliss of play, either way this game is wonderful.
4. Bravely Default: – I tore threw the demo once it released on the eshop and couldn’t wait for the full game to come out in the winter of 2013. Apparently I wasn’t the only one because it took me a month to track down a copy for myself. Fans of classic Final Fantasy and play style that defined Square is all rolled into this JRPG that is as much of a throw-back as it is unique. Classic job systems mixed with a redefined play system that smoothed the rough edges of JRPG’s that have become the dredges of the genre. Sadly I haven’t competed the game yet but every few months I find myself grinding, switching up my jobs, and progressing the story. I will finish this game at some point…I hope.
3. New Super Mario Bros. 2 – This was the first game I could get really excited for once I had my 3DS. Leading up the August it dropped I couldn’t read enough about this game. I was a huge fan of the Wii version (not so much of the predecessor DS version) and with the addition of the coin collecting mechanic I new this game was going to be something I’d love. This was also the first 3DS game that I could experience the internet buzz for in realtime; something I wouldn’t experience until Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
2. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – My experience with Animal Crossing was very limited but I was sucked into ACNL because of the amount of buzz the game was receiving. And, I regret nothing when it comes to this game. I don’t even regret the amount of time I spent playing, organizing my house, and searching for treasures. The amount of online love for this game was tremendous too, I’ve never been witness to such an outpouring of art, comics, and spirit around one game. The hardest thing about owning this game is keeping myself from firing it back up and dropping another chunk of time into it.
1. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – I was really sick the winter this came out and being house-ridden allowed me to play in a way I hand’t been able too since I was a teen. I could literally play this game for hours on end, it was the first game that I would go from a fresh charge to a dead 3DS battery in one sitting. ALBW keeps the nostalgic vibe of past games like A Link To The Past but adds an open world element that completely changes up the game play. Being able to just simply explore the world around Link creates a greater emersion than a straight forward point-to-point quest. This is the Zelda game I’ve been waiting for since A Link To The Past and is one of the few games that I feel bad that I’ve only completed it once.
Naruto: Powerful Shippuden – A really fun side-scrolling beat’em-up that adds some RPG elements and interesting quests. No need to stick around for the story, the real fun of this game is the nonstop action.
Honorable eshop mentions:
Some truly wonderful gaming experiences on the 3DS have come from the eshop. Slow to catch on but once the eshop warmed up I started to pay more and more attention to the weekly updates. I wish I had more time to talk in extent about these games (maybe in a future list) but if you want to chat about some of them feel free to hit us up on social media.
- Bloody Vampire
- Space Harrier 3D (Actually all the SEGA 3D Classics by M2 are amazing)
- Mighty Switch Force!
- Steam World Dig: A Fistful of Dirt (Still playing Steam world Heist but it’s definitely a great game so far)
- Gunman Clive & Gunman Clive 2
Hope you enjoyed this quick look at the 3DS games that I’ve enjoyed over the past 5 years and the comics that were inspired by those games. Here’s to more great games and comics about them.
We’re also implementing a new posting schedule. The posts are going to happen in two 20 week blocks separated by a short break in-between. I think this should give us the time we need to catch up while having a schedule that’s still pretty full. If you’ve been keeping up with the comic over the years you’ll know 40 comics is still a tall order. I’ve had a few things change in my work schedule so I’m hoping the extra time home will translate into a more productive comic schedule.
Lastly you should notice we finally have a shop on the site. It’s taken us a long time to have a printing version of the comic and it seemed natural to be able to sell our books somewhere other than comic conventions. The shop is bit thin right now but in the next few months we have a lot of new comics and products that are going to hit the shelves.
Hope to see all of you over this first block of comics. It’s been a long break and we’re ready to start posting some funny and excited comics. Even something new will be making it’s debut here in the next few weeks. Really exciting time for the comic. There’s also a few other new things that I’ve held back because they’re not ready just yet, so stay tuned.
Keep the magic dancing…
Here’s a list of the albums (in no particular order) that kept us rockin’ in the office this year.
- Steve ‘n’ Seagulls – Farm Machine
- Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
- The Mountain Goats – Beat The Champ
- Motorhead – Bad Magic
- Lamb of God – VII: Sturn Und Drang
- Eagles of Death Metal – Zipper Down
- Deafheaven – New Bermuda
- Coliseum – Anxiety’s Kiss
- The Black Dahlia Muder – Abysmal
- Alien Ant Farm – Always and forever
Best video game soundtrack
Musically 2015 started off slower than most years but built some great momentum and ended pretty strong. Sadly though, we lost Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister only a few weeks ago. It still feels surreal considering the day he died I returned home from work and told my wife how much I loved the new album and hoped they had 1 or 2 left in them. Even though Lemmy and Motorhead leave 22 studio albums and 40 years of of rock ‘n roll in their wake it’s still sad seeing such a legend pass. His influence has definitely touched what we create here in these comics and I’m sure we’ll see some Lemmy sprinkled in throughout the years to come.
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