Twenty Percent Cooler

Chris Sims, senior writer of ComicsAlliance, co-writer of Down Set Fight and Subatomic Party Girls, and the Teen Tycoon of Rock

Q
So as a Castlevania fan did you play Order of Ecclesia on the DS? There is a moment where someone who looks remarkably like Paige fights someone who looks suspiciously like the Undertaker.
A

Yeah, I love Order of Ecclesia, although I think Portrait of Ruin is stronger and Dawn of Sorrow is probably the best of the DS era.

I’m guessing Shanoa is your Paige, who’s Taker?

Q
With your original work(AH, DtU), do you have lots of backstory mapped out that never hits the page? How do you feel about stories where, due to space constraints or similar, the creators have a lot going on that you as a reader never see? (maybe #askchris?)
A

Awesome Hospital was basically written a page at a time — just ask Matt, who sometimes got a script from us on Monday that was supposed to be drawn by Tuesday. It was super loose and really focused on gags, and while Chad and I would plot out individual story arcs, we never really got into backstory, to the point where the whole thing with Mike and Judith kind of came about by accident. We just thought it would be hilarious to have a robot shouting “I AM PREGNANT!” in classic soap opera style.

Dracula is a whole different animal. I know exactly where I want to go with that for the next 20 or 30 issues, and I know exactly what happened to turn Dracula from the undead conqueror to the pathetic villain of the Stoker novel to the redemption-seeking adventure hero that he is in my comic. Which, you know, is a shame because Steve and I haven’t been able to work on it in so long. It’s still my favorite project I’ve written, but, y’know, offering up 24 full-color pages for 99 cents (a format I still believe in) wasn’t really going to make us Scrooge McDuck millionaires. 

Every project is different. There’s a new thing that I’m working on that I have a vague structure/outline for in terms of how it’s all going to work out, but since it’s largely a pastiche on something else, it’s easier to use that reliable framework.

insertquarterbin:

*NEW ART BY YOUR PAL RUSTY!*  Sorry for the lack of updates on IQB and PSwap but I’ve been busy working on the front and rear cover for Hardcore Gaming 101’s upcoming book covering the CASTLEVANIA series!  Check out the preview here and keep an eye on Hardcore Gaming 101 for a release date!
Seriously honored to work with them on this, 1up and HG101 are (were) my 2 favorite game sites I check frequently and to be working with them is beyond fantastic.
I’ll be returning to do a PSwap and IQB here very shortly and *maybe* I may have some more book covers for ya soon ;)

That’s a good Dracula. View high resolution

insertquarterbin:

*NEW ART BY YOUR PAL RUSTY!*  Sorry for the lack of updates on IQB and PSwap but I’ve been busy working on the front and rear cover for Hardcore Gaming 101’s upcoming book covering the CASTLEVANIA series!  Check out the preview here and keep an eye on Hardcore Gaming 101 for a release date!

Seriously honored to work with them on this, 1up and HG101 are (were) my 2 favorite game sites I check frequently and to be working with them is beyond fantastic.

I’ll be returning to do a PSwap and IQB here very shortly and *maybe* I may have some more book covers for ya soon ;)

That’s a good Dracula.

ericafailsatlife:

My piece for Hub Comics’ In The Name Of The Moon art show. I’m fairly certain this is my first watercolor in over a year.
View high resolution

ericafailsatlife:

My piece for Hub Comics’ In The Name Of The Moon art show. I’m fairly certain this is my first watercolor in over a year.

jasonlatour:

Happy Birthday, Jack Kirby! Thanks for all the inspiration. 

(via benito-cereno)

This new Shield documentary on the WWE network has a lot of interesting backstage interaction between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose.

This new Shield documentary on the WWE network has a lot of interesting backstage interaction between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose.

(Source: vagyokazsombor, via hangthatman)

robotmountain:

On September 13-14 I will be at SPX, sharing Table H-5 with the wonderfully talented Erica Henderson.  If you would like one of my fancy watercolor commissions or a regular commission contact me at starr226(at)gmail.com. View high resolution

robotmountain:

On September 13-14 I will be at SPX, sharing Table H-5 with the wonderfully talented Erica Henderson.  If you would like one of my fancy watercolor commissions or a regular commission contact me at starr226(at)gmail.com.

bettyfelon:

actual footage of when jordan and i finally met

(Source: gameraboy)