Friday, December 31, 2010


Hey Inkbots,

I apologize for missing yesterday's update. I promise to keep with my daily blog schedule once it resumes this Sunday.

I want to take this moment and thank you all for supporting this website and making all of our dreams a success. I promise 2011 will be an even better year for us, as we will post more quality titles and deliver a few surprises along the way ;)


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

few hours late, but what the hell

Hey Inkbots,

I had a crazy Tuesday, but I'm still alive to tell about it. 

On Monday I was supposed to post an update on everything that is going on with the site, so here we go...

Zomboy will now be posted on Thursday morning. We had a few last minute issues with the coloring, so Jan is taking some time to correct them.

I really thinK you guys are going to like the third issue of Zomboy. It is extremely action pack, and of course, it reveals another piece to the puzzle ;)

So far the reception for Odessa #5 has been very positive. I had a hell of a time writing the first arc, and I can't wait for you guys to read the second (which will hopefully be up in a few months). 

If you guys haven't already checked out "K," our first online novel, I strongly suggest that you do. K is a witty steam punk narrative which features a few illustrations from Revolvers' artist Clay Graham, and, ITS TOTALLY KICK ASS!!!

Speaking of Kick Ass, I hope you guys check out some of the items in our new Inkbot store. We have something for everyone, including you....yeah don't believe me...THEN CHECK IT OUT!!! ;)

Although Zomboy will not be posted till Thursday, American Ambition and Allen Shrugged will still be posted on time (which means that your Wednesdays will continue to be AWESOME). 

Lastly, I will post another blog later on today. I just came home really, REALLY, LATE, (which is why I'm just posting my Tuesday blog). 


Monday, December 27, 2010

snow day

Hey Inkbots

If it wasn't for the debut of Odessa #5, today would have totally sucked. I spent five hours digging out my car that was buried by both mother nature AND my neighbors. I also spent a few minutes nursing my hurt knee, which was banged against the icy pavement Still, there is one other thing that made the day bearable...I WAS SNOWED IN WITH MY WIFE! Yup, although my day was filled with pain and exhaustion, it was nice to go inside and see my wife's beautiful smiling face (my fall made her laugh). 

I got a chance to see The Black Swan on Saturday and it was amazing. Natalie Portman did a hell of a job as the lead, and Aranofsky, as always, did a great job of bringing the viewer inside the life of the character. 

It's official, Manny Pac-man is going to fight Shane Mosley, and of course I couldn't care less. I mean if Shane didn't look like an old man versus Mayweather and Mora, I would be singing a different tune, but he did. 


Sunday, December 26, 2010

The poison

Hey Inkbots,

I got a chance to see Joaquin Phoenix's mocumentary "I'm still here"and I have to say that I'm impressed. I believe the film touched on a lot of issues that we as a fame loving society tend to ignore, such as what happens when everything isn't enough? The film also does a good job highlighting the polarized relationship between celebrities and the media. Interestingly, I read several reviews which criticized the film, calling it tasteless and cheap. I even read an Ebert review where he goes on to call Joaquin's actions in the film selfish and delusional. Now, I'm not going to sit here and try to defend Joaquin's stance on making the film, because I honestly don't know what it is, but I do have to say that I've seen worse real documentaries, and the fact that Ebert states that he would be pissed if it were hoax should speak volumes of just how believable, and in my opinion powerful, the subject matter is.

On another note, I'm extremely excited about this week. On Monday we will debut the final issue of Odessa Arc One, and on Wednesday we will post the third issue of Zomboy. We will also post updates to all of our fabulous weeklies (Revolvers, Allen Shrugged, American Ambiton) along with my daily blog. So, see you tomorrow inkbots ;)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

happy x mas!

Hey Inkbots,

I've been wrapping so many gifts in the last few hours that I almost forgot to post (the nerve of me). Still, with nothing but curses and the longing for sleep on mind, I really don't know what to write. So, in the spirit of things, I hope you guys have a hell of a holiday weekend, and I hope you guys check back on Sunday when I resume my daily blog (again, the nerve of me). ;P

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

a little down but still kicking

Hey Inkbots,

Last night, the wife and I found our apartment flooded with water. Only a small fraction of our electronics were damaged, but the clean up was substantial and we lost a few irreplaceable items. Still, what hurts worse than losing anything material is the loss of security that we once had. We will never really be able to sleep as peacefully as we once did knowing that we are just another pipe burst from losing everything. With that, I recognize that in the large scope things this is just another small bump in the road. So, don't expect me to be too much of a party killer in the days to come. I just wanted to get this off my chest ;)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A throw back piece

Hey Inkbots,

I'm in a wierd mood tonight, so I figured that this would be a good time to share one of my first pieces with all of you.


The piano plays in my head,
while blood is filling my brain,
I tip my hat off to life,
for death has taken my name,
but I can never complain,
for death has given me fame
and a frame to hang up pictures of the thoughts that remain,
but then my mother's picture fades and blows up from the grenades
that rebels threw in a daze, and I can no longer say
that I recognize this world, so go on, take me away
to where the monsters look like monsters and everything isn't grey.


Monday, December 20, 2010

Inkbot update

Hey Inkbots,

These two weeks are going to be huge for us. We have some great updates to some of your favorite titles, and we also have the debut of two new ones!

This morning we posted Inkbot's first online novel "K." K is an expertly written steam punk online novel, by Brent Martone, which features a few illustrations from his partner in crime Clay Graham (the artist behind Revolvers and American Ambition). Now, for those of you who are on the fence about trying an online novel, I strongly urge you to check this out. "K" is well paced, incredibly interesting, and it features some brilliantly designed pages. So again, unless you're allergic to good storytelling, CHECK IT OUT!!!

American Ambition:
Speaking of great debuts, this week we will premiere the new American Ambition weekly, which will update every Wednesday from now on.

Allen Shrugged
I said it before and I'll say it again.The drama building within the Allen Shrugged strip has been so compelling, as of late, that I've been tempted to call Allen myself and ask him if everything is okay ;)

Next week we will post the next monthly installment of Zomboy. So, having seen the full issue ahead of time, I can tell you that if your enjoying the story thus far, you certainly won't want to miss this action packed update (uh oh...I said too much) ;)

I apologize to those that were disappointed about Odessa being pushed back till next Monday, but I assure you that it was for the best. Our letterer was very sick last week, so instead of having him struggle to push it out, I decided to allow him more time to get it perfect ;)

Inkbot films:
I want to take this moment and congratulate Inkbot films own Robert Vicente, for doing an excellent job directing Inkbots first feature short "Fractured," which he also wrote himself. Robert is extremely talented and hard working, and I know that this is only the beginning of what I'm sure is going to be a very promising career for him, in the world of film. 

With that, I hope you all had a great weekend, and I hope you continue checking out all of this week's releases and my daily blog ;P

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Bad decision in Canada

Hey Inkbots,

Although I was looking forward to the Bernard Hopkins fight this past Saturday, I was very disappointed with the outcome. You see, with this win B-hop would've became the oldest world champion in history (besting out George Foreman by only a few months), but he was denied the win simply because he fought a hometown fighter in foreign soil (He fought a Canadian fighter in Quebec). Now, this isn't just a knock on Canadian boxing, since the U.S. has been the home of some of the worst robberies in history, this is a knock on boxing officiating in general. I mean how do you cheat a 45 year old man that gets up from two knockdowns and then goes on to win arguably every round after that (the last knockdown occurred in the third round)? Furthermore how the hell did one judge score the 10th round even WHEN PASCAL BARELY LANDED A PUNCH IN THAT ROUND? Still, despite the shady decision, I do recognize that it could have been worse. I mean, they could've claimed that Pascal won the fight ;(

On another note, I hope you all check out the debut of "K" tomorrow. It really is a great addition to the site. Brent, the writer behind Revolvers and American Ambition, is great with characterization and dialogue. He is also very passionate about the steam punk fantasy genre. 

With that, I hope you all had a great a weekend. I have to say that I am proud of having finished my first full week of daily blogging. I also want to assure you that I will try my best to stick with it ;)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

x-mas shopping

Hey Inkbots,

I had a great time at the first annual Inkbot X-mas dinner last night because a majority of the crew was able to come, we all ate like it was our last meal, and I cursed like a sailor. Fortunately, Jan made me look like a saint with all his dick and fart jokes ;)

X-mas shopping: Although I'm a non-believer I still enjoy giving gifts to people around this time of year. Unfortunately, not only has this year been a rough one for everyone, but it has been especially rough for yours truly (on an economical level anyway). Still, I have to say that the best gifts can be purchased with very little money. Most people, unless they're total douche bags, love to get gifts that have some thought behind them. So, if you're like me and you only have a half empty gallon of milk and a $100 to your name, hit your local thrifts stores, dollar stores, or value marts and shop smart. Now, what I mean by shop smart is that you don't get someone a crappy t-shirt just to scratch their name off a list. No, if you get them a t-shirt make sure that it happens to have their favorite character on it, or that it is at least tailored to that person's fashion sense (if they have any). Remember, the key to a great gift is simply giving a damn, anything else will lead to tacky sweaters, cheap colognes, body wash kits, or A CRAPPY T-SHIRT purchase ;)

Friday, December 17, 2010

random thoughts

Hey Inkbots,

Although the majority of my day will be used to prepare for tonights first annual Inkbot X-mas dinner, I figured I'd share a few thoughts with you guys.

Inkbot: Tonight is really important for the wife and I,  because we get to say thank you to some of the people that help this great site run. Unfortunately, not everyone can make it, so I want to take this moment and thank every creator who has contributed to Inkbot in some form or fashion, and I also want to thank everyone of you for support that you've shown us. Yup, the last eight months have been a hell of a ride, but the tanks full, so don't expect us to slow down anytime soon ;)

Boxing: Tomorrow I'm going to get the opportunity to watch one of my favorite fighters of all time, Bernard Hopkins, in what might be his last match (win or lose).  Now, many boxing fans look down on the 45 yr future hall of famer  for boring them to death over the last decade, but yours truly respects and sees the Philly fighter for what he is, an old school technician. Yes, Bernard Hopkins isn't Pac-man or Mike Tyson, but he does know what he's doing. And to a boxing fan who appreciates all the intricacies of the sweet science, it really doesn't get much better than B-hop. With that said, I hope that he can prove the naysayers wrong one last time, as I would hate to see him go out in a less than favorable fashion ;)

X-mas Shopping: I'm dirt broke. So what else can I say except... LOTTERY TICKETS FOR EVERYONE!

Enjoy your Friday Inkbots. 

Thursday, December 16, 2010

a little angry

Hey Inkbots,

I have a crazy two days ahead of me. Tomorrow is the official Inkbot X-mas dinner (not that there are bootleg ones taking place) and I have yet to buy the majority of the supplies that I need to cook with  (yes, yours truly likes to throw it down in the kitchen). With that said, I wont be able to go about my day peacefully if I don't get this off my chest.

This morning, when I logged on to Facebook, the first thing that I saw was a protest, from a conservative group, about the fact that an African American actor is playing a Norse god in the movie Thor. And to make things all the more silly, the protest ends with what I assume they thought was a valid question in, "What else do we have left?" Well, my silly friends who use the term "conservative" to hide your racist views, there really isn't much to say here except "grow up." I mean really, your point is no more valid than those who resent the fact that white kids listen to hip hop (and they always have btw). And while I'm on the subject, I also have to question why these people continue to speak as if racism holds some intellectual basis. I mean the very foundation of academic knowledge is build on principles developed by many cultures/races throughout the world (despite what some would have you believe), and even with that out of the equation you do have to keep in mind THAT IT'S A FICTIONAL CHARACTER. Still, if you insist on transforming all historical/mythical characters that "should be white," then maybe we should transform all the popular ones that shouldn't be. I mean we can easily turn your blond hair blue eyed Jesus into a Palestinian (you know, the kind of people that you hate) and while we're at it, we could also think about turning St. Augustine back into a black man (since most historical proof supports suggests that he was indeed a person of color). Still, something tells me that you would have a problem with that ;)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Hey Inkbots,

Last night I went to see my niece's winter concert. Now normally when I go to such things, I tell myself that there is a high probability that the show is going to be bad, but never do I expect the show to be horrible. Well ladies and germs, after sitting through some of the worst amateur singing, and wood wind blowing, that I have ever heard, I can honestly say that I am now prepared for the worst. Still, I must say that I feel horrible about feeling this way. The kids were only in their early teens. I mean maybe I should be more supportive? Then again, it's not like I yelled out "YOU SUCK" in the middle of the performance (though I certainly wanted to). I just didn't clap as hard as the other parents did. I don't know, maybe it's because I feel that we spoil our kids too much by telling them that they're great at everything that they do, when most of them are just average. Or maybe my parents just didn't hug me enough. Either way, I still told my niece that I was happy to see her try (and I was). I just didn't necessarily tell her that I was eager to see another one of her school's  annual "marathons of noise."


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

An opinion on writing

Hey Inkbots,

I'm having a lot of fun rewriting the first chapter of my first online novel, which is set to debut in January, but that doesn't mean that it hasn't kicked my ass a few times. You see writing isn't so much about having a cool idea, although it helps, it's about problem solving; it's about having your story make sense. Often times writers write stories as if they're writing love letters to themselves (including  yours truly), which creates a  void between the reader and the written piece of art. Furthermore, readers tend to have a good gauge on whether the complexity of a written work is intentional. So, if the mass majority of your readers don't understand what you're talking about, don't think that your work is too smart, know that it isn't smart enough.

Until tomorrow Inkbots ;P

Monday, December 13, 2010

Big week for Inkbot

Hey Inkbots,

In case you  missed yesterday's blog, for now on I will keeping a daily blog schedule, which means that Mondays will be reserved for site related news and topics ;)

Big updates:
With only a few weeks left of this year, Inkbot still has a few grand releases under its belt. This week the next installments of Revolvers and Allen Shrugged will post (Monday and Wednesday) as well as a very special epilogue of American Ambition (Wednesday). Next week, we will debut Inkbot's first online novel K, which is an amazing read by the way, and we will post the 16 page finale of Odessa Arc 1. Now, if that's not good reason to be excited about the end of year, then how's this. In two weeks will debut the third issue of Zomboy and IT'S ACTION PACKED! 

Cool Gift Ideas:
Hey Inkbots, its that time of the year again, and we have just what you need (if in fact you know what I mean when I say that it's that time of the year again). INKBOTS R US has plenty of great merchandise, at an affordable price, and ITS AWESOME (of course don't take my word for it, check it out yourself).

Allen Shrugged:
I never thought I'd say this, but last week's Allen Shrugged was pretty dramatic. And as someone who is married, and appreciates a good analysis on the subject, I highly recommend it ;)

I love the art in this week's update, and the story, as always, was entertaining.

What can I say except that I am super excited about next week ;)

We have quite a few new members in the forum, now here's hoping that we can get some good discussions going.

Online Novels:
In January I will be launching my very own  online novel called "Outside My Window," but before that Brent Martone, the great writer behind the Revolvers series, will be launching his own online novel called "K." Now for those of you who are curious as to what K is about, all I can tell you is that its a steam punk online novel and It is extremely well written (what, I don't want to spoil the surprise). 

With that, I hope you enjoyed this week's update. Tune in tomorrow if you're interested in any of my crazy thoughts, opinions, or childhood stories. Peace ;P

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A newer more intimate approach towards blogging

Hey Inkbots,

These past few weeks have  been so hard on me that I've been itching to write a daily blog about what's going on in my head. So, as of today, the man who had trouble posting a blog a week is going to commit to a daily blogging schedule. And to make things worse, these short blog entries are going to be a hundred percent  uncensored, which means that if you're easily offended, or just hate liberals, then you might want to stick with my Monday blog, which for the most part will only include weekly updates on the site. 
Education Rant
One of my pet peeves is being told that the governor of my state of NJ is doing his best to clean up the education system, when in fact he isn't. You see cutting the education budget and cleaning up the educational system are two different things when no thought process goes into determining who is being let go. In a state where school administrators, especially the ones with made up positions, are making $150,000 a year, the question that needs to be asked is "Is this where the corruption begins." Also,  if you are going to lay people off, shouldn't you do a independent statewide investigation to determine where in fact the corruption is coming from first and then, if need be, launch another one to decide which teachers deserve to lose their jobs? Now of course a conservative might be quick to point out that a state with such a large deficit is in no position to fund a statewide investigation. Well, if that's true, THEN WHY THE HELL IS HE CLAIMING THAT HE WANTS TO FIX A BROKEN SYSTEM WHEN IN FACT HE DOESN'T WANT TO SPEND THE MONEY TO DO IT? Simple, because he doesn't want to fix the system, because he's a politician. And like a good politician he rallies the masses with bold seemingly noble statements such as "I will work hard to get rid of the corruption in Trenton," when in fact he just wants to be elected so that he can benefit from the very machine that he swore to bring down.  

Just a thought.

Take care Inkbots ;)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Great News, Great News, and other randomness

Hey Inkbots,

I hope you all had a great week last week. Mine was plagued with fevers, chest pains, and migraines,but other than that it was okay ;)

Great News:
As most of you know,'s ongoing goal is to deliver high quality web comics,on a consistent basis, from our large pool of talented creators. Well, brace yourself Inkbots because come February will not only continue doing just that, but we will have an additional creative team under our umbrella. So, who are these talent creators that you speak of? Well, they are none other than Canada's very own Speakeasy Primates, and their ready to kick up some fun with their first title "Buddha Monkey." So, if your into Kung fu epics, or you just like great story telling, then stick around because our release list is really going to heat up, and diversify, come February ;) 

More Great News:
We are only two weeks away from the the final issue of Odessa Arc 1 ;) Now, if by chance you haven't caught up with the first four titles WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!!! The sixteen page finale is going to be one hell of an issue, so please don't find yourself asking "who's this guy again?" Check them out already!

With that the fifth issue of Odessa is not the only thing premiering on on the week of December 20th. We also have the debut of "K," Inkbot's first online novel written by the uber talented Brent Martone (Revolvers & American Ambition). And, just in case your literary pallet is in the mood for something more...HILARIOUS...we will also be debuting our new weekly title AMERICAN AMBITION. Wait... What? Did you just say American Ambition? Why voice in head, you are correct;I did indeed say American Ambition. You see come Wednesday, the 22nd, American Ambition will be updated on a weekly basis, which means that you better bring an extra pair of pants to the office because Wednesday's just doubled its funny (don't forget about the always charming Allen Shrugged).

Inkbot cares:
In my last post I mentioned that we will be doing some charity work to help raise awareness, and funds, on some important global issues. Well, I'm proud to announce that Louie Chin and I will be hooking up, once again, to do just that when we create our 30 page one shot based on the Sudanese civil war. So, what are the details, well its still in its early production stage, but the plan is to create a one shot that we can sell for charity, while at the same time raising awareness about this horrible conflict. 

Wrestling: I am a huge CM Punk, so you can imagine my delight when I found out that he will be used as an announcer for the time being (he is recovering from an injury).

More Wrestling: Speaking of CM Punk, I really, really, REALLY, want to see a match between him and Daniel Bryan. I mean such a match could easily steal the show at Wrestlemania. Now here's hoping that this makes it through the grapevine ;)

Boxing: My wife was ecstatic, a few weeks ago, when Argentina's own Sergio Martinez knocked out Paul "The Punisher" Williams. Now, I can't say I'm the biggest fan of the charismatic boxer/puncher, but I am starting to take notice.

Speaking of taking notice, does anyone else feel that Pacquiao vs. Mayweather will never happen. Also, am I the only one that DOESN'T want to see Mosley vs. Pac man. 

Empty Sundays: With the Season finales of Boardwalk Empire and The Walking Dead, and next week's season finale of Dexter, my Sunday's just got a whole lot less exciting ;(

Well Inkbots, as always, I hope to have enough time, in my always crazy schedule, to post another blog on Friday. But, if by chance, I don't, expect some more entertaining stories about yours truly on Monday. ;P

Monday, November 29, 2010

Best wishes, funny boxing story, overcrowded, and other thoughts on random subjects

Hey Inkbots,

I hope you all enjoyed your holiday weekend. I apologize if my Thanksgiving post was a little dark but if nothing else it gave you more insight into who I am as a person (a bipolar manic depressive lol).

On another note, last week was a huge week for us. We saw the debut of American Ambition #4 and Zomboy #2, and so far both titles have been getting some serious love (the numbers don't lie). We also saw the debut of two classic Allen Shrugged strips (the Thanksgiving strip was priceless). So, if by chance you were overwhelmed by last week's endless servings of turkey and mash potatoes, now is the time to catch up ;)

My moment of thanks: Although we are a few days removed from the holiday of thanks I still want to take this time out and thank each and everyone of you for allowing us to share our art with you. It is a privilege that many do not get to enjoy, and it is one that we certainly don't take for granted ;)

I also want to take this moment and thank all my fellow creators here on the site. With out you guys would be no where near as popular and as relevant as it is today, and Jan and I would be arrested for drawing comics on people's windows ;)

Speaking of creators, I am very excited to announce that is very close to adding another quality creative team, which means that the amount of our creative output will only continue to increase as the months go by. With that I also want to say that this will probably be the last creative team we will be bringing on board for a while, as I do not want to overcrowd the site with too many creators/titles, nor do I want to wear myself thin (since the wife and I make up the whole marketing department). 

This weekend was an excellent weekend for boxing. First we saw Carl Froch's masterful domination of Arther Abraham (something I predicted the moment the fight was signed), then we saw Andre Ward's Bernard Hopkins like performance against Sakio Bika (I am a huge B-Hop fan btw), and lastly we saw one of the greatest technicians in the world named Juan Manuel Marquez overcome the odds by beating his faster and much younger mandatory, Michael Katsidis.  Still this weekend was not all drama and mayhem as I literally almost pissed myself when thinking of a great boxing memory from my childhood. But first, here's a little back story. 

When I was young one of my biggest dreams was to become a professional boxer. I used to stay up and watch all the fights I could with my older cousins Eric and Jean, and argue about who's the greatest boxer, Oscar De la Hoya or Sugar Shane Mosley. So, you can imagine how excited we were when my father signed us up for boxing lessons at the local Boys and Girl's club. At first nothing could stop us from going to the boxing gym. We were totally obsessed with boxing, and my older cousin Jean was just obsessed with fighting. However, as the year progressed.and the regiments increased, so did our desire to try other things. Still, that doesn't mean that our year in boxing was deprived of it's funny moments. 

Funny Boxing Story: Any person who exercises will be quick to tell you that you shouldn't do so on a full stomach. I mean just the thought of having to run a few miles with a thanksgiving like feast in my belly gives me cramps. So, you can imagine how my cousin Jean felt when he was asked to spar with our trainer's top pupil after stuffing his face at the Chinese Buffet. Now, I know what you're thinking "why the hell would he agree to do it then." Well, that was just the type of guy my cousin was. He was as strong as an ox and as stubborn as a mule, and in all honestly he would have done well if I didn't mess it up for him. So...HOW DID I MESS IT UP FOR HIM. Easy, most amateur boxers tend to direct all their blows towards their opponents face, but the moment I yelled "Hey Jean, watch your stomach, YOU JUST ATE," Tony, our trainer's top pupil, and nephew, began to focus all of his attack's on Jean's stomach. So, for three rounds my cousin Jean was trying his best not to go down, which to his credit he didn't, while clearly cursing me out with his eyes.

Random thoughts:
Inkbot cares: The inkbot crew and I have been discussing ways that can give back to the community. I will have more information on what we plan to do in the coming weeks, but if any of you have an idea that you would like to share with us, please do ;)  

For the immediate future Allen Shrugged will only update on Wednesdays, but don't worry Inkbots, American Ambition will soon be joining it (more info on that soon).

King of the Ring: Tonight is the King of the Ring wrestling tournament, which I am thrilled about. Here's hoping that my boy Daniel Bryan pulls through ;)

Sweet Sorrow: I love the fact that Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, and Walking Dead are all amazing, but I hate the fact that they are all close to ending ;(

With that, I look forward to posting another blog this Friday (time permitting) and I hope you all have a great week ;)


Thursday, November 25, 2010

short but sweet (Happy Turkey Day)

Hey Inkbots,

Over the weekend I will be posting a longer, more extensive, blog, but right now I just want to share a moment with you guys and then wish you all the best ;)

Over the summer I had the privilege to visit one of the most historical sights in Mexico, Chichen Itza. It was a wonderful trip and a remarkable experience but ironically the bus trip to the historical site had more of a profound impact on me than anything else throughout the course of the trip. You see what I saw,as we made our way through the many unpaved dirt roads that outline the hilly terrain of the region, was a large shanty village in which shoe-less children were playing with tires and uninspired adults were trying their best to sell their artwork, and really anything else that an eager American tourist might purchase. Still, despite this depressing site, what was more alarming was not the fact that my lavish, almost unapologetic tour bus was making its way through this poverty stricken village but that most of the tourists on the bus refused to even look out their window. That's right, it was almost as if they felt that this slice of reality was too real for their fantasy adventure, which, in my view, is a real shame. You see when I was young, my father, who as an educated man came to this country to pick lemons, taught me that I should be grateful for what I have because many people died, and continue to die for many of the luxuries that we as Americans take for granted. So, am I saying that these tourist should have stopped the bus and gave their wallets to all of the villagers, of course not. The systematic break down of a people cannot be repaired with a simple gesture of pity or even kindness, but what they could have done is at least turn around. Yes, by choosing not to ignore the reality of the situation outside of their window they could've at least chosen to acknowledge that although they have most certainly worked hard to get to where they are at in life, many generations of people have lost their lives and their freedom to make sure that the all of the efforts made by these tourist. in their professional lives, were not made in vain. With that said I hope you all enjoy this holiday with your families and may you understand, as hard as it to admit, that in a lot of way we are very lucky. 


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Paper Scissors (an intimate piece)

Tell her I still love her. 

Tell me if it matters.

Tell her I was murdered, as a matter of fact don't bother!

Tell her she's forgiven.

Tell her I'm the monster.

Tell her that she's hopeless. 

Tell her read the prompter!

"Make a dumb suggestion."

"Ask me if I've eaten."

Tell her that I'm leaving!

Tell her whats convenient.

Tell her I don't mean it.

Tell her that I'm dying.

Tell her that the crying is just a sign that I am trying. 

Fuck it, tell her nothing!

Tell her that I'm done. 

Tell her that this gun will shove the pain into my lungs.

Tell her that its broken, and take this as a token that if the word for god is mother then my god has no emotion. 

Friday, November 12, 2010

Tutoring, purpose of the online novel, opening of INKBOTS R US, American Ambition weekly, and much more ;)

Hey Inkbots,

I hope you all had a great week. I'm a little restless right now so forgive me if this blog entry seems like it was written by a sleep deprived manic depressive (because it was) ;) 

There is a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks. This upcoming Monday (Nov 15) we have the next installment of Revolvers, which in my opinion is going to be one of our most memorable weekly updates ever (the pages look amazing). A week later (Nov 22) we have the debut of Zomboy #2, which I believe you're really going to enjoy, and Part 1 of American Ambition #4 (see the promotional cover below). Then two weeks later (Nov. 29)  we have the second half of AA #4 and finally two weeks after that we have the debut of AMERICAN AMBITION WEEKLIES (stay tuned)!!!

Inkbot's Online Novels:
I figured since we're only a few weeks away from the debut of "K" (Revolvers Brent Martone's steam punk epic), this would be as good a time as any to not only explain the reasoning behind our decision to include online novels on the site but to explain what the hell an online novel actually is (come on, some of you were thinking it). 

Online Novels- according to the Inkbot dictionary, which was created roughly three minutes ago, and online novel is a kick ass story which is updated every month and is sometimes accompanied by illustrations. What separates an Inkbot online novel from a regular online novel is that our novels will be showcased in a specialized viewer AND it is completely free! What's that? Yes you read correctly, in keeping with the tradition of Inkbot greatness, not only will our online novels update on a monthly basis but they are also FREE (saying it makes your teeth white doesn't it)! So, with that said, why should web comic enthusiasts be excited about an online novel, easy, because they will be written by talented writers such as Brent Martone AND they will expand upon some of the great ideas that are covered in the greatest of our web comic collection (which is growing every month btw). Wait, what's that, you don't believe me, well, you don't have to take my word for it. Just check out this sample of Inkbot's first online novel "K."

If you haven't already, make sure you check out the new Revolvers and Allen Shrugged marketplaces, which can be accessed through the store tab on the site. Every month we will be opening a new store for each of our most popular titles, and every month we will add some new and exclusive stuff (including art prints). 

As many of you may or may not know, for the past six months I have been desperately trying to secure a teaching position within an inner city school district (my favorite place to teach), well, I am happy to report that although I have not secured one yet I have joined a great tutoring company which helps underprivileged kids all over Northern New Jersey (yay).  

Random thoughts:
Goldeneye- I got Goldeneye for the Wii last week and I absolutely love it. If anyone out there has a copy of the game, and feels the need to get shot in the face by my virtual shot gun, please hit me up ;)

Boxing- Last weekend was a great weekend for boxing. First Glen Johnson did the unthinkable by knocking out the always uninspired Allen Green (hmm, then was it really that unthinkable) and then Rafael Marquez battled it out, and lost, to the much younger Juan Manuel Lopez. Now, I'm not completely sold on JML just yet (quite frankly anyone who gets hit that much is just asking for a beating from a skilled technician) but I will say that he has some of the most entertaining fights in recent memory. Speaking of entertaining fights, I refuse to pay money for the Pacquiao vs. Margarito ppv, but I'm sure it will be a decent scrap (I told you I wasn't going to make sense) ;)

Comics: I really  need to take some time and catch up on some of the newer comics hitting the stands. I have heard nothing but great things about Grant Morrison's Batman and Robin run (which I believe has just ended) and I'm curious to see how DMZ is doing (I haven't followed it for a few months). 

With that, I hope you all have a great weekend and I promise to post a pair of embarrassing stories about me along with some more great news about the site on Monday. Peace!!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

building on the speech of the year, Inkbot's online novels, INKBOTS R US...

Hey Inkbots,

I apologize for the wait but lets get down to business...

Speech of the year:
A few months ago I received an email from a friend asking me to check out an article containing a transcript of a speech given by Mark Waid about the future of the comics industry. In this speech the extremely talented creator stated that he believed that online publishing was going to reshape how the industry does business and that it would be wise for his peers to embrace the change and thus adapt accordingly (unlike the music industry which has been struggling to deal with piracy and online downloads for years). Mr. Waid also stressed the importance of art in a developing society and explained that the original purpose of the copyright was meant to ensure that future generations would benefit from an artist contributions by providing the artist with a way of making a living. What this means is that copyright ownership was not originally intended to be extended beyond the artist's death, because the original purpose of art was not really to make a profit but rather to inspire society and reshape it for the better (obviously "art"  by this definition was not created during the Reagan era).  With that Mr. Waid also went on to say that piracy, if handled correctly, might end up being beneficial in the long run, as it will help to expose a younger generation to this great medium of ours. A younger generation, he added, that has access to many other cheaper forms of entertainment (online games, music, movies, youtube). Consequently, according to the article, the audience was said to be split in their reaction to the speech, while a few of his peers were said to have been more than a little disappointed with it's overall message. This I believe is a real shame as Mr. Waid made some great points and behaved like someone who is genuinely concerned with the survival and evolution of our medium. 

My two cents on the Print vs. Digital debate:
If there is one thing thing that annoys me most about our medium is that many creators truly believe that online comics are trying to kill the print business. Of course not only is this ridiculous, since we all grew up with reading prints, but it is also a short sighted thing to say (as most web creators sell printed versions of their web comics.) Also, the reason why many creators took to online comics in the first place is because it is an affordable way to reach a broader audience. Now, before I continue, I need you think about that for a second, because many years ago comics could be found everywhere. They were carried in pharmacies, convenience stores, supermarkets, specialty shops and even "bodegas" (small inner-city Hispanic grocery stores). Now, aside from Barnes & Nobles, comic shops carry the bulk of independent comics and they are disappearing at an alarming rate (which began happening way before the boom of web comics by the way.) So, with that in perspective, what is an independent creator to do? Should we continue creating in a small bubble that seems to shrink more and more the further we move away from the golden and silver ages of comics? Or should we try our damndest to make sure that our medium doesn't go the way of the dodo by making it more accessible to those who love it and to those who forgot it existed? I think the answer is clear and furthermore I think it needs to be said that if the blame of declining print sales should be placed on anyone, it should be placed on our industry leaders' inability or unwillingness to adapt to the modern market place, much in the same way that Blockbuster has failed to adapt to theirs (Netflix anyone). I also want it to be known that I am of the opinion that as our mostly printed medium continues to adapt to a digital world, printed books will be seen as somewhat as a collectors item, the way television series are packaged on dvds , which will force retailers and creators to change the way they do business and to change the way serial comic books are written (which I believe will be for the better). So in conclusion, KNOCK IT OFF, we love this medium as much as you, and we're certainly not trying to kill it (I mean, you guys already did a fine job of that in the mid-nineties) ;)

Random Thoughts...

One week postponement:
Zomboy and American Ambition will be released on the 22nd instead of next Monday. However with that expect some great surprises and the introduction of their respective stores ;)

It took us a while, but we finally delivered as promised. Today marks the official opening of INKBOTS R US, and leading the charge is Revolvers and Allen Shrugged (our two awesome weekly titles). So, make sure you show them some love and buy an I Love Johnny Raiker thong or something ;)

November 20th is shaping up to be a truly special day for us, as not only will we post the 16 PAGE finale of Odessa Arc 1, but we will also debut our first online novel named "K" (from the writer of Revolvers). 

Sunday nights is really the mecca of great television right now as between the hours of 9-11 one can see Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, AND The Walking Dead!

Its great to see that so many people showed up to the rally to restore sanity. Now, here's hoping that we keep that momentum going and not bring this country back to pre-civil war times.

I am happy to announce that will be hosting a few charitable events in the near future ;)

Boxing finally has a good month on its hands.

I've been so busy as of late that I still haven't seen the social network. Is there any chance that it's still in theaters?

I hope you all have a great week and as promised I will try to post by week's end. Peace!!! ;P

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Embarrassing Stories and Random thoughts

Hey Inkbots,

I hope you all enjoyed your Halloween weekend. Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year but sometimes it has also been my most embarrassing.

Embarrassing Halloween part 1:
My wife almost pissed her pants when I told her this story so I figured I’d share it with you guys. About twenty years ago I was poorer than I am now (not by much, but still poorer). My mother had to work two jobs at two different factories to pay the bills and when it came time for Halloween she of course had to look for what was on sale. Well, luckily her favorite store at the time, TJ Maxx, was selling cheap Halloween costumes at a cheaper price (think about that one for a second). So, she didn’t have to travel far for a costume, but, she did have to wait a while. Why? Well, considering that all the costumes were as bargain basement as you can get (practically a few inches above hell), and that they were being sold at a store that normally doesn’t sell cool things for kids (aside for 5 hour videos of Warner Bros extensive library of racist but sometimes funny cartoons), the makeshift costume area of the store was a cluttered mess, AND I was determined to find my Batman costume (from the first Tim Burton Film for those who care to know). Unfortunately for me it just wasn’t meant to be (my childhood nursery rhyme) because within a few minute my normally ill tempered mother grew even more restless with what she considered to be my clear inability to pick out a costume.  So, what happened? Well, what do you think; she picked out a costume for me. And now, many years later, my wife is laughing her ass off to a picture of me wearing a plastic Sailor Kermit costume with A LIONS HEAD for a mask (I wish I was making this up). So there you have it ladies and germs, whenever you see a kid trick or treating with no costume don’t make them feel bad (because they’re probably dirt poor) ,but if you see a kid with a non-matching costume then please, PLEASE, laugh at them all you want as they might grow up to manage a successful blog someday ;)

Embarrassing not really a Halloween story, but it involves a mask so screw you part 2:
I always pop and shake my head whenever I see a brutally honest little kid because it reminds of one my worst/best memories as a kid, the day I shattered my little brother’s dreams (its even worse than it sounds).

It was my little step brother’s maybe sixth birthday (he’s now the size of the incredible Hulk btw) and he was eager to show off his brand new ninja mask. You see at the time not only were Halloween costumes considered to be a luxury that we sometimes couldn’t afford, but gifts in general were too.  So anyway, here I come, equally eager, to begin my weekly weekend visit with my father’s side of the family when Chino (our nickname for him) runs up to me and says “bro, you’ll never guess what my mom got me for my birthday…..(the inevitable what)….a ninja mask.” “Oh shit, really (yes we knew how to curse), well let me see it.” Chino takes me upstairs to the second floor of the abandoned house I called my second home (I swear, it really was abandoned) and shows me…a ski mask. Yes, ladies and germs, my brother thought that he have been given a rare ninja mask for his birthday when in actuality he had been given a typical Newark, NJ ski mask (an inside joke for those who know about my native city). So, what was a big brother to do, should I allow him to parade around in his ski mask thinking that he might be mistakenly taken for the Panamanian Shinobi, of course not, so I did what all asshole big brothers do, I shattered his dreams. “Dude, are you a fucking idiot, that’s like a three dollar ski mask. They sell that shit at the bodega down the street.” Well, needless to say my brother and I haven’t spoken since….no I’m just joking. But he WAS pretty broken up about it, that is until my step mom felt so bad that she ran out at got him something better ;)

Random thoughts:
Revolvers: I hope you guys checked out the amazing finale to Revolvers second issue. I never get tired of saying just how hard working those guys up at up comics are and just how much of an important part they are of the Inkbot family (as you are my fellow Inkbots).

Allen Shrugged: I will go on the record and say that this week’s Allen Shrugged Monday strip was the best that I’ve seen from the series thus far. I believe that anyone who has been to New York or has simply ridden a train will appreciate its remarkable simplicity. So please, if you haven't already, I strongly urge that you check it out.

Odessa: I want to say thank you again to everyone who check out the fourth Issue of Odessa. We are only one issue away from finishing the arc and I gotta tell you IT’S BEEN ONE HELL OF A RIDE!

Zomboy: I’m really amped up for the second issue of Zomboy, which debuts in two weeks. It is told in a quicker pace than the first, but it still retains its bleak psychologically disturbing undertone, which I enjoy very much.

Next Blog: This Friday I’m going to talk about the infamous Mark Waid “web comic speech,” which he gave a few months ago. So be sure to tune in when I give my two cents, as a web comic creator, about what was said, the future of web comics, and whether it is or isn’t detrimental to the comic industry at large (btw, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what I’m going to say about this matter, but you might be entertained to read about it anyway).

With that, I hope you all have a mildly interesting week and I hope you all have a chance to check out the rally to restore sanity. Peace!!!  

Friday, October 29, 2010

popular titles, the art of the short story, the unofficial Inkbot Halloween challenge, and more...

Hey Inkots,

This past week has been a real challenging one for me on a personal level, but I made it through and the first issue of the new Blue Bullet arc is better because it (oh yeah). It’s funny because sometimes as creators we forget just how rewarding our work can be, especially when you have to meet a deadline ;)

On that note I am pleased to say that the site’s numbers have continued to grow. Odessa and Zomboy are still our most popular monthlies but Revolvers is quickly becoming the most popular title on the site (which is a real testament to the outstanding work Brent and Clay deliver on a weekly basis).

Also, speaking of huge numbers, I want to thank everyone who checked out the fourth issue of Odessa. Louie and I have been working non-stop on this story since we first met (literally) and we have grown quite attached to these characters over the course of 7 months (wow, its been that long already). I also want to thank all the loyal Odessa fans that keep us on our toes. I swear more information will be revealed as the title progresses and I’m confident that you’ll appreciate Odessa’s Birth of a New Nation’s 16 page finale ;)

The beauty of the short story: You know one of the questions that I’m often asked is whether I regret the fact that most of my stories have to be told in a short story format. Well, the truth is that I never really considered my format to be too much of a handicap. Now obviously If we could push out an infinite amount of pages in a relatively short amount of time our issue page count would probably increase by a few pages, but the truth is that I like releasing a slew of different titles on different subjects, and in order for me to that, with a limited budget and a pair of artists, I have to keep the page count to a minimum. I also consider a short story to be more challenging to lay out than a full 22 page comic, especially when I’m writing in serial format. Therefore I believe that if I continue to try and master the art of writing a compelling short  then my pacing and character development will grow to  where I can easily write an engaging 22-pager  (which I have the few times that I have written one). So again, do I regret the fact that my titles are told in shorts, absolutely not. As a matter of fact I would urge all new writers to do the same, as everyone tends to want to write The Lord of the Rings their first time out ;)  

On that note check out The Devil Died Different and Crying Rainbows! They are my first two shorts here on the site, oh and the art is pretty swell as well ;P

Halloween: OH YEAH, my favorite time of the year has finally arrived, and in good time too. I mean I was tired of everyone looking at me for “dressing funny” year round. I am also pretty excited about getting to scare old ladies and little children for the first time without getting arrested (don’t shake your head in disapproval; you know you do it too).  Still, what I’m most excited about is…SEEING ALL OF YOUR COSTUMES (and yes feel free to make a homemade inkbot costume if you’d like)! Now don't worry you cynical bastards you, I know what you're thinking " HOW THE HELL ARE YOU GOING TO SEE THEM"…easy…POST YOUR  PICTURES IN THE FORUM (remember those popular pre-facebook things that I’ve been telling you to post in for the last six months, yeah, those are called forums ;P )!

Well, with all that out of my system, I do hope you all enjoy your weekend AND I hope you all come back this Monday, November 1st, when we post the finale of Revolver's second issue! PEACE!!! 

Sunday, October 24, 2010

INKBOTS R US update, Odessa 4, re-archiving the site and other random thoughts

Hey Inkbots,

We're a little under a day away from the debut of Odessa #4 and I couldn't be more excited. Odessa has been one of my all time favorites to write so far, and I think its safe to say that it's certainly one of my best. For those of you who have been following the series you'll be glad to know that the fourth and fifth issues (the last two of the first arc) not only advance the plot but also explain a great deal of the history behind the title (something that I think alternate history fans will really appreciate). Now, if you haven't checked out Odessa, I strongly suggest that you do. It's a historical fiction that focuses heavily on race relations and geo-politics, but it is also a lot of fun ;)

INKBOTS R'US update: Well, as promised we are working feverishly around the clock to make sure that our creators have a beautiful marketplace where they can sell their merchandise and where you, our loyal Inkbots, can take home something from your favorite Inkbot title ;) UNFORTUNATELY, we're all going to have to wait another week. The reason, well, while testing our new marketplace the site coordinator discovered more ways in which she can make the marketplace more "Inkbot like" and how she can make the merchandise  MORE AFFORDABLE (always a good thing in my book). So again, know that we will be launching the store, it is just going to take us another week to make sure that it's just right (nothing but the best for you me love....don't tell my wife). 

Re-archiving the site: Ask and you shall receive. For a while you Inkbots have been dreading the fact that you have to use the drop down menu to access the newest issue/update of your favorite title. Well, DREAD NO MORE FELLOW INKBOTS, because come Monday morning not only will the newest issue be available for viewing right away, but all past issues will be archived separately on the top left hand side of the viewer (meaning that you can click on them when you want to read them, but you don't have to surf through 8 million pages to get to the newest issue anymore). 

Random thoughts: 
MMA- Brock lost and Cain Velazquez is the first Mexican American Heavyweight champion, what else needs to be said ;)

Movies: I still haven't seen The Social Network but I have heard nothing but great things about it.I assume that its commentary on our current culture has left some rubbed the wrong way, but I am super excited to see it. 

Music: Can't wait for Lupe's new album. I like Kanye's instrumentals but his lyrical content has gotten dumber and dumber since the second album. 

Politics...somewhat: Rally To Restore Sanity this upcoming Saturday, be there...or not its your choice ;)

The Wifers (warning, you're about to read some mushy, aww I can't believe this guy has feelings crap): 
I want to take this opportunity to thank my beautiful and intelligent wife for always pushing me to be at my best and for working extremely hard on in between her 246 other jobs. As I said before, I would not be where I am today with out her, and if I was I certainly would not be as happy. My love, I promise to try to never take you for granted, and to always appreciate what we have rather then obsess over what we don't. I love you mi vida, and I can't wait till the day where we can lazily sit side by side and discuss all the projects that we have created over the years. Here's to another year of happiness!

On that note stay thirsty my'm sorry I always wanted to type that. What I meant to say is...PEACE!!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

More Comic Con experiences, embarrassing story, INKBOTS R 'US

Hey Inkbots,

On my facebook page I kept promising everyone that I would post a blog on Friday, then Saturday, then Sunday, and now look, here I am finally fulfilling my promise ;) Fortunately, I do have three good excuses for missing my last blog update a) I locked myself in isolation so that I could finish a script on time, b) I was working on a film project with Inkbot film's very own Robert Vicente and c) I was building an evil robot capable of deleting my wife's dvr'd episodes of biggest loser. Now, aside from where can you buy this evil robot, I know what you're thinking, WHEN ARE WE GOING TO SEE THESE PROJECTS?! Well, my guess is that by December we should have the Inkbot Film site up and running, AND we should at least have TWO film shorts ready for your viewing pleasure (pretty ambitious huh). No, but in all seriousness we are taking our projects very seriously which is the major reason why my blog updates are always a day or two late (that's my story and I'm sticking to it) ;)

Memories from the Con: Talking with Jan this past week , its amazing to note just how fast the big convention came and went. I mean it felt like just two weeks ago that I feverishly planning to crash into the main floor and take it by storm...oh wait...oh crap it was just two weeks ago. Anyway, my point is that it all went by very fast, but, that doesn't mean that we don't have some cool memories to share. 

Meet & Greets: Probably the best experience was meeting those of you who email me regularly or who visit the site on a regular basis. I must say that all of you were surprisingly way more attractive than your type font would suggest, and that's a good thing as I had to stay in a booth with Clay (co-creator of Revolvers) and his stupid hat all day long. Another cool part of the Con experience is talking with potential new fans at the conventions and then forgetting their names later on when I see them again lol. Any of my former students will tell you that I'm horrible with names, which is why I give everyone a stupid nickname (then again, if all the names are stupid THEN NONE OF THEM 

Commission drawings: I know I posted about this last time but I just feel compelled to share again just how great it was making Jan and Clay bust their respective asses (and not in a gaseous, only funny to a third grader and twenty something year old male  kind of way). I mean if you would've seen their faces when two fans, just five minutes to closing, came up to the booth and asked for two of the most difficult drawings anyone can draw in under five minutes, you too would be blogging about it two weeks later. ;) 

Spike in interest: Outside of the meet & greets the greatest thing to come out of The NY Comic Con is the spike of interest that our site has gotten. I mean to say that all our titles have quadrupled in viewings this past week would be an understatement. As a matter fact, interest in the site has been so high as of late we might just have to keep posting great stories ;P

And with that said, I really hope that everyone reading this has checked out Zomboy and American Ambition. Issue 2 of Zomboy is really going to throw everyone for a loop (just in case you weren't a fan of it's methodical first issue) and I know for fact that Brent & Clay have some remarkable things planned for American Ambition.

Speaking of American Ambition, for anyone who brought one of our exclusive comic con trades, I'm sure you were entertained by one of Clay's two hilarious advertisements. I mean its amazing just how talented this kid is (which is why we pay him in grape flavored bubble yum from time to time ;)

INKBOTS R US: Some of you have asked, most of you have wondered, and now, we're finally getting our act together. Yes, by this time next week should have it's own online shop up and running. SO, WHAT'S GOING TO BE AVAILABLE IN THIS ONLINE SHOP? Well, funny you should ask, EVERYTHING....what...EVERYTHING...really...yes, EVERYTHING minus Allen Shrugged branded panda bears. What, you thought Jan was kidding when he said we were going to put Inkbot's great titles on everything visible by human sight, except endangered species (unless they shit in my yard, then we're going after their fluffy asses). YES, come this time next week we will have lots of things available for purchase (in an extremely affordable price) including t-shirts, art prints, mugs, hats, and thongs (I wish I was kidding). Btw, in case you're wondering if we will be selling our books online, yes we will, but not just yet. No, as of now we are still shopping for a publisher (hint, hint, for any interested publishers out there) but we will definitely be printing our titles in the not so distant future. 

Embarrassing Story: Ok, now this isn't so much a specific story as it is an embarrassing commentary on what I did when I first started in this industry about five years ago. You see, I have a problem. I am extremely ambitious. How Ambitious? Well, I'm so ambitious that I often don't know my place, which means that I can be pretty f'n annoying sometimes. How so? Well at my first comic book convention, as a fan, not as creator, I tried to stuff my dreadful, and I mean dreadful, 72 page script in Joe Quesada's face while he was leaving one panel to attend another, AND I tried to give it to him again a few hours later (as if one rejection wasn't enough), AND when he politely rejected my attempt for a second time I tried to give it to Brian Michael Bendis (who is the sweetest guy you can meet), AND when he politely rejected my script, I then tried to hire Brian Kong, the king of trading card art (another amazingly nice guy) as my artist lol (all  this in the same day I might add).  Yup...well, needless to say I didn't end up working for Marvel, but I did learn a valuable lesson STOP BEING ANNOYING AND EARN YOUR DAMN PLACE! Which honestly, is one of the best lessons I could have ever learned, because, without that lesson Inkbot would have never been created (and poor Joe Quesada would've probably had me arrested). Now, with that said, I have absolutely no problem with you stalking us and/or asking us questions. Just this past week I helped at least three different people to be well on their way to starting their first projects, which is a thrill for all us here at Inkbot ;) 

And on that note, I hope you all have an awesome week and that you keep me out of jail by reading my stories and making fun on me in the forums ;) PEACE OUT INKBOTS!!!