wow this is amazing!
wow this is amazing!
Someone is trying to fool me with a new username.
I redid the cover for Volume 1 and made a more awesome one. Everything is ready to go, I only have to burn the DVD's and send them to the printer. I don't know how anyone can avoid buying this.
The Nuge - Thanks!
Daniel Wood - Did the cringe scenes involve testicles? I need to do more of those.
Issue 4 pg 17 is done. It's got a few horrible medieval tortures so I'll let you go to xtin.net to see it.
It's come down to moment-of-truth time for XTIN, and most likely that means not-good-news time. I've got volume 1 ready to go to the printer but I doubt it will sell. I don't want to waste the printer's time on a book that's only going to sell a dozen copies or a couple dozen copies. Raise your hand if you really really really want one.
I'm not expecting many hands to go up, which brings me to my next unworkable idea - ransoming page releases. Yes, I know it isn't going to work. If I put up a donation bar and ask for a page rate it will be the end of the comic. I can't think of anything more I can do though. The comic has reached a pro level. There's no significant improvement to be made. The ball is going to be in the reader's court. I'm going to start closing down mirror sites and forum threads where I can't put a donate button. SmackJeeves and Comic Fury will be the only places to get new pages in the future, for as long as it lasts. Regardless of what happens I believe I will eventually get it finished. The inescapeable reality is, I will have to spend my time elsewhere, and finishing XTIN won't be a high priority, But I believe it will be finished. I won't paste the final pages to the internet, but I've got the contact info of everyone who donated, and if nothing else I can email you a zip file.
i want one
I'd buy a copy.
Were you set on self publishing this on your own?
I ask because if you were willing to let an independent publisher print these for you, it would mean you could get the book exposure at conventions. One of the books we sold out of at Wondercon was actually a project done for 24 Hour Comic Book Day. The work you've put into this is readily apparent, I'm sure you wouldn't have any trouble selling.
There is Comic Con coming up and also the Alternative Press Expo going on later this year, both excellent places to show off.
Last edited by Pierce9; April 6th, 2012 at 03:42 PM.
That's six so far.
Pierce9 - I've looked at N. American publishers and I don't believe there are any that would touch XTIN. I've read horror stories about comic creators who thought they would get their "obscene" book printed here, but when the time came to run it off, someone objected and they didn't get their book.
A guy I do illustration for was going to run these off on his home setup. I've got a few sample books from him and they look pretty good.
The only other option is to go out of country, probably China. I don't want to do business in China. I feel bad enough about the made in China stuff I buy.
ATM it's impossible to travel to conventions. I'm too far away from anything and I've got to pay off a computer. I'm looking for work if anyone has it, provided it isn't coloring comic pages, which I'm crap at. I'm going to be free in a couple weeks when I start ransoming pages and no one donates.
Only 9 people wanted print copies, not enough to bother the printer with.
awesome cover man
Cheers/ your friend PMB
"Painting my brain with memories of the future"
Pencil and brush is my choice of weapons!
what about a PDF? im sure people would pay a few $ after seeing the sample pages...
good story and cover art .
keep it up
Still going - Issue 4 is finished. One more chapter will wrap this puppy up.
PaintMyBrain - Thanks!
Velocity Kendall - The donation system I've got on the site right now is sort of working. Donators are currently 12 pages ahead of free readers, and will definitely get the rest of the story.
Uralkocak - I keep marching on, slowly but surely. Just thirty or so pages to go.
I want a copy! This is so cool! I read it again. This time I was drunk and now I'm horny.
I'm around two thirds of the way through the final chapter. No more than 20 pages left, but more likely 10-15. It's looking good for getting XTIN published, I would say it's in the 99% probability range.
I've been watching a bunch of Professor Griff's conspiracy theories on YouTube. Griff was a member of Public Enemy before being kicked out for making anti-Semetic statements. He's the kind of guy, if you put him in a room with Mel Gibson, Mel would be the sanest person in the room. Maybe not the nicest, but the sanest. If you want to see the grade A crazy, by all means get on YouTube and search for Griff.
I bring it up because, through his videos I discovered unintended symbolic links to Free Masonry, the Illuminati and Satanism within XTIN. Specifically, the Baphomet. If I were on the outside looking in, and knew the Baphomet, the similiarities with Rau and Tao are so great I don't think it would be possible to believe it was accidental. Although it is.
The symbol for Rau is probably a regurgitation of the Shadow Cruiser from Babylon 5. I randomly sketched the symbol at the beginning of the open movie project, but it didn't become connected to XTIN until later. Now that I've read about the Baphomet, Rau's symbol looks for all the world as if it were a restyled version of the Baphomet symbol, with the five pointed star, the circular element, and the Eye of Lucifer. The Baphomet symbol contains Hebrew letters that spell out "Leviathan," and of course Rau is a gigantic dragon. The real kicker is the androgynous nature of the Baphomet. I can't say any more than that without getting into spoilers, but anyone who has donated and read the next thirty pages will know what I'm talking about.
Hopefully there are no additional interpretations that would bring angry Masons or Illuminati to my doorstep. I'm going to have to review XTIN and see what it means if Rau and Tao are taken to be Baphomet. I'm a little scared to find out.
Izi - Wait till you see the rest of it - the story gets much bigger and more impressive. I'm getting ready to drop the bomb, it's climax time, a phrase that has nothing to do with your comment
"I don't think it would be possible to believe it was accidental. Although it is."
Yep, thats crazy for you.
I cant wait to get the finished book.
Ok one thing, please please use some of the incredible B/W art from inside for the cover. Or just have it black. The colour covers you did really dont do the panels justice, the look all gothy and Matrixy and not at all like the jawdropping art inside.
Ouch. I know I'm far from being the best painter on here though. I'm not sure everyone would be on board with using the line art style for the cover. I'm going to have to replace the color pages at the beginning of the story with line art, so that would mean no color at all.
I love the covers they made me want to read more of the story so I disagree.
I really wouldn't worry about Masons or Illuminati. The Masons are a dead and dying organization, who have experienced some attention from the curious in recent decades, but the reality of who they are sends newcomers packing soon enough. We've had several of the Masons amongst the membership body at The Abrahadabra Institute, and one in the leadership roster, who I do not get along with. A Mason in Scotland I am friends with says if you don't join them where he lives you can't do business in town. They're sort of a business mafia for Christians with very few occultists - those that are occultists are not very good at it. They are thieves as well, I've caught them stealing important TAI proof images several times without permission and had to take legal action against them.
The Illuminati doesn't exist - at least not under that name. There is the global power elite that controls the world's finances simply by having more money. They are no more malevolent or benevolent than any human, and no more occult either. Any occultists among them may tend towards any one of the billions of traps that befall any other occultist, and would not be interested in persecuting you for any sane, logical reason. Sure, maybe there are power elites that are also serial killers, but I really think the chances of this are so slim you needn't worry about it. Does the global power elite have access to life extension technology? I wouldn't doubt it. I really do not doubt we have immortals amongst us already, keen on shaping world events so that it does not bring about the fall of the planet. Humans are selfish creatures.
What you do have to be concerned about are the kingpins, particularily the fallen kingpins. These are not human at all, rather partitions of the collective unconscious, and the current zeitgeist is controlled by these. So you may be caught up in some sort of current. I would tend to classify this as the 777 current, that is, the grand scale of 7, so yes, very much Baphomet, also Babalon. Crowley says of it "The devils know it and fear it".
Anyways I've met Baphomet before. It's a very strong, I mean powerful, good archetype, probably native to the entirety human species from very early on (Africa). I expect it has something to do with the close links between goats, fowls and humans. Both are essential for early human civilization.
Tantric literature says that the nature of all males is Siva Bhairava, that is, the fierce aspect of Siva. And it is the power of Siva Bhairav to cause delight through terror. That is also in the nature of your work.
Great to see you still working!
The site may not reflect it but I've been working steadily, maybe more so than before switching to the current donation system. It's killed the site but I feel more compelled to get pages done for the donators. If I do the next book I'll have to try a different approach though. Nothing was going to work with this one, it's too hardcore. It got mentioned in one of Drunk Duck's podcasts, and they said "We'd like to feature this, but we can't, because it's too adult." It had to be what it was, but the next one doesn't. I'm hopeful it will do better.
BTW I just noticed you sent me a couple messages - sorry I didn't reply. Didn't see them.
The possibility of immortality is interesting. I've seen the arguments about why it would be impossible, like, you can't upload your consciousness into a computer because it would be a copy, not you. There will be solutions. Instead of uploading your consciousness into a computer, how about replacing organic neurons as they fail with artificial neurons? You replace old cells anyway, it doesn't make you a different person. Eventually you'd have an artificial brain, and it would be the real original you inside of it. If we had artificial stem cells, you could slowly replace your whole body, become a being that could ride a space elevator into orbit, unfurl a solar sail and fly away. I don't get the pessimists who think we're obligated to die and rot. They can if they want to, I'll become a space angel and go visit the heavens.
"The possibility of immortality is interesting. I've seen the arguments about why it would be impossible, like, you can't upload your consciousness into a computer because it would be a copy, not you. There will be solutions. Instead of uploading your consciousness into a computer, how about replacing organic neurons as they fail with artificial neurons? You replace old cells anyway, it doesn't make you a different person."
A lot of interesting concepts there. Im not the same person I was a month ago. Based on new information I have now, I would answer a question differently than I would aged 6.
I find it ironic that religious, long obsessed with an immortal afterlife, might have a problem with upload immortality based on objections that the resulting entity would not be you.
I suspect mind uploading will happen, and in 200 years it will be completely normal, whether or not theologians and philosophers can get their heads round it. I know Id appreciate a back up in case I get killed in some accident. I suspect most people would feel the same.
midknight523 - Printers based in America all have clauses objecting to "obscene" material, from what I've seen. I've read a few horror stories - one creator had her book at the printer, thought everything was fine, but when her book got to the person who did the actual physical printing, that person threw a fit and - no book. So sorry, we had a deal, f you. IIRC Ka-blam has an "obscene" clause, and Lulu does too. Lulu is overpriced as well unfortunately.
I'm pretty sure XTIN is going to be published though. I say "99% sure" to leave room for asteroid strikes and zombie apocalypses.
Velocity Kendall- It's surprising but large numbers of people do object to any kind of immortality, vehemently object to it. I believe they will try to stop it, if it becomes possible, and they may be able to. If you don't think so, try to reproduce through cloning. Illegal. Should it be? Is it worse than a woman visiting a sperm bank and reproducing through artificial insemination? I don't recall having a discussion about cloning. It was just decided, and my gut says the decision was made on religious grounds. I'm concerned that radical life extension technologies will go the same way, be forbidden by what is effectively religious mandate. There are practical reasons to reinforce the decision, the Earth can only support so many people, but the real reason will be religious.
I believe we could solve the practical problems of not dying. Scientists argue that you can't get masses of people into space, even with a space elevator. Well, have we really looked at the possibilities? What if you're not lifting 200 lbs, but 3 lbs? Leave the 90 year old body on Earth and send the brain to space. I believe current launch rates are $10,000 dollars per pound, launching a brain is already affordable for lots of people. You wouldn't want to send millions or billions of brains that way, but you could make a start with current technology. If I were an aging millionaire and I could have my brain flown into orbit and put into a robot, I'd sign up. It wouldn't have to be a great robot either, just one that would last until the great ones come along.
Now let's say you've got millions or billions of cyborgs floating around the solar system. We could get everything colonized in a couple hundred years, and head for the stars. An immortal cyborg with a nuclear rocket can laugh at interstellar distances. All the stuff we want to do isn't that far out of reach, and if we as a society could decide to do it and plan at a grand level, many of us alive today could make it. But I'm worried there will be a long battle against regressive forces before it's possible.
Im sure itll all be a lot more iTunes than that, but yeah basically. They used to think the internet would be a huge library people could look up facts on. I mean, yeah, it is that, but look what else it is. Upload culture will be that much more complex. And Im sure even the most hardened against it, religious and secular, would eventually relent. Who wouldnt want to go to their grandkids weddings? The question is, are the resistors simply luddites, like the people who couldnt believe the human body could possibly travel on a steam train at more than 20mph and live, or are they right to be resistant? Do we know what we're getting ourselves in for? Nope.
I wonder if the inevitable medical ellimination of schizoid disorders will somehow neuter our creativity.
I remember in Known Space all Naval crew had artificially induced schizoid tendencies and flattening of affect to allow them to fight more effectively.
The reports about transcranial currents improving visual memory by 10% etc are interesting. A product with a suite of such tricks would presumably become a must have business tool, in the same way books and computers are. Then you get selection pressures doing their thing.. and eventually Morlocks hehe
We're heading towards a world where being a stock human isn't going to cut it anymore, and nearly every aspect of civilization will have to change. You can't begin to say capitalism, for example, is a fair economic system in a world with genetically engineered, cybernetically enhanced, immortal trust fund babies. Well, let me correct myself, there will be no shortage of apologists willing to say just that.
I think Brave New World is such a clever book because the civilisation is based on very logical lines, and runs smoothly without war or famine, unlike our out of control freight train of a culture. But its still broken to the core and filled with inequality and frustration, or nullifcation through drugs and entertainment. I think it is prophetic in a subtle way.
Id be interested to ask what Brave New World reads like to the averagely intelligent person living in a shanty town or a war zone. Would it seem that dystopian materially or morally compared to trying to stay alive in chaos, while we live in comfort?
I haven't read Brave New World yet. I googled around and found a copy, read the first chapter - I believe I'm closer to the truth with XTIN than BNW is. There's no reason to breed human servants when robots can be manufactured faster and cheaper.
War is a feature, not a bug. It makes the rich richer. Famine, likewise, it's not like there isn't enough food for everyone, it's that not everyone can be allowed to have food. Have you seen the beginning of "Blackhawk Down," when the African warlord seizes the food that is dropped in? It's all an S & M thing, that's how I see it. It's like all the problems we have are part of a system that works for sadists and masochists.
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