Hello again! Two posts in one day, almost feels like October again!
Remember how, last time I posted one of these, I wondered whether I wanted to keep doing these roundups on a weekly basis? Well, the choice was taken from me, as there were no new comics released for the past two weeks! The present’s a bummer for Garry’s Mod comics, huh?
Anyway, thankfully our knight in shining armor Gogi came back to save the day today:
- 16/11/2014: The Quest 9.5, by Gogi: A new part (or half thereof, according to the title) from Gogi’s ongoing saga of insanity and drug use. What’s not to like?
Unfortunately that’s all for now, but I’ll be sure to keep you posted for any new releases! I’m working on something of my own as well… something not related to Hercule Cubbage, for the first time since 2011. Bit exciting for me! Please stay tuned!
“It seems as if you only just arrived…”
On November 16, 2004, after six troubled years of waiting, one of the greatest games of all-time – itself a sequel to unarguably one of the most groundbreaking first-person shooters in the history of videogames – finally came out. Today marks the tenth anniversary of Valve Corporation’s Half-Life 2.
I wish I’d had more time to prepare something special for this date, but all I have is words, sadly – and cleverer, more eloquent people have already written at length about the qualities of the game, how its legacy changed FPS games and why it still holds up today. That said, I feel I can say some words on behalf of the fan community, one still fairly strong considering how long it’s been since we’ve last visited Doctor Freeman’s universe.
In my personal case, I think it’s obvious how much Half-Life 2 affected me – after all, I’m still trying in my own amateurish way to recapture some of the spark of this intensely atmospheric game with my The Adventures of Hercule Cubbage comic series. Still, there’s something to be said about a videogame that captured people’s love and imagination so strongly that so many still demand a third full installment to this day.
Half-Life 2 is, simply and shortly put, unarguably one of the greatest pieces of videogame entertainment, and perhaps even of fiction in general. It built off the amazing foundation of Half-Life – still one of the greatest videogames ever as well, if you ask me – and created a new world full of characters the players have grown to love, as well as gameplay so expertly constructed and paced that, even today, it holds up amazingly well. From the first moment we set foot in the dystopian City Seventeen and find ourselves watching Doctor Breen’s propaganda until we finally deal the final blow to the oppressing Combine presence at the top of the Citadel, it’s an unforgettable journey that never falters for one second.
Personally, I fell in love with Half-Life 2 with my first glimpses, in pre-release screenshots, of an Antlion Guard on a sandy beach, Dr. Eli Vance and his daughter Alyx in a lab, and the enigmatic G-Man’s eerie visage staring right into my soul, and it’s a love that hasn’t left me since, even after seeing it so many times and even letting my imagination run wild and build on it as a fan. I’m proud to say Half-Life 2 is embedded deep in my mind as one of my favorite games, fictional universes and stories.
So, thank you, Valve, for all the hard work putting together this magnum opus all those years ago – and here’s to the Half-Life legacy continuing for many more years to come. I, for one, will still stick by it.
(Oh, and speaking of which, The Adventures of Hercule Cubbage *will* continue! Just not yet, but any HL fan is used to waiting, am I right?)
Now how about a first look at Half-Life 3, Valve?
Hi, guys! Apologies for not releasing this sooner, unfortunately I had some personal issues yesterday and today so I couldn’t focus on the site. But here I am, just a bit late! I think I’ll release these on Sundays from now on – that said, I may make them bi-weekly instead of weekly, because comics don’t come out as regularly as they used to in the mid-to-late ’00s, unfortunately.
That said, at least there’s one comic this week, so it’s not a complete loss!
- 31/11/2014: Pawns, Episode 1, by Thumblesteen. Thumblesteen is new to comic making, so expect some growing pains from this first episode of his series, a politically-charged comedy. Previews for his second episode
All right, unfortunately that’s it for the week, but Metrocop has exclusive inside information (meaning he told me) that Gogi is currently working on the tenth part of his epic, The Quest. So, stay tuned for further updates!
Oh, and if you don’t see a new post later this week or early next week… it’s gone bi-weekly. See ya!
‘Tis the witching hour of All Hallow’s Eve… or rather, the eve of All Hallow’s Eve, which, uh, means it’s not All Hallow’s Eve at all, since it’s the eve before the Eve… I think? And I guess the “witching hour” depends on the timezone…
Ah, anyway, what I mean is, it’s Halloween! Time for tricks and/or treats, jack-o’-lantern and all kinds of things that quietly crawl up your legs, just like they’re doing right now. Usually, I’m never one to really care for Halloween, but this year it’s different. Hot on the heels of the Nostalgia Update (remember that?), I’m proud to give you…
*thunder cracks, witches laugh in the distance*
Hey, guys! Bet you didn’t expect a new post so soon. Well, I just wanted to share something I came across while I was working on last week’s Nostalgia Update.
As you may know by now, my own comics from between 2007 and 2011 were part of the Nostalgia Update. While pretty much all of them were still stashed online, I ended up going back to my hard drive backup for some of the files. Along the way I bumped into an old comic I was working on and thought it would be interesting to share with you guys.
Hello, everyone! With the Nostalgia Update now behind us, I thought it was time to report on something really cool: comics are back!
While not yet quite to the same level of prevalence as in 2006-2008, the past few weeks have seen a lot of comic releases and the return of many fantastic comic makers from the past, so I decided to do something to bring them to your attention and hopefully give them the spotlight they deserve. Therefore, I decided to create this new feature: Weekly Comics Roundup!
At the end of every week – probably on either Friday or Sundays, I haven’t decided yet -, I’ll make a short list of the comics I’ve seen released online, so you can easily find them in one place and an archive can be made for future reference. These will be external links though, so if you’re revisiting this post a long time from now (hi, future!), there’s a chance the comics may be broken or lost. That said, it’s probably a good way to keep up to date with all the newest comics!
For now, as Metrocop doesn’t exactly have its own forum, I’ll be linking back to the Facepunch forums. For this inaugural week, we have:
- 22/10/2014: The Resistance, by Near Elite. The fan-favorite comic maker Near Elite recently returned to comic making with two ongoing series. The Resistance is the sequel to Back to Comics, the comic where his personal skin returned, and details how Near discovers that the last comic makers have built a Resistance to fight an invasion of the undead.
- 24/10/2014: Masque, by usaokay. Masque is a short comic featuring the Spy from Team Fortress 2 having an enormous idea. Literally!
- 25/10/2014: Team Life Chapter 2 – Unnecessary Attention, by Near Elite. Another comic by Near Elite, both in the same week! Team Life is the series Near returned to comics with, starring Team Fortress 2’s Heavy and Medic finding themselves stranded in the Half-Life 2 universe.
- 26/10/2014: Awake and Sing, Ye That Dwell in Dust, by FZE. Another returning comic maker! FZE was recently spotlighted in the third day of the Nostalgia Update and just in time for him to make a comeback. Guest-starring a bunch of members of the now defunct Brain Dead Union, the comic is about FZE’s personal skin literally coming back from the dead. UPDATE: Just a few minutes after I posted, a new comic came out: The Quest #9, by Gogi. Gogi’s been releasing parts of his comeback series like clockwork, which is fantastic – check out the latest!
Four new comics in one week! Not exactly Christmas, but it’s still pretty good and hopefully new comics will keep coming out! As long as they are, I’ll be doing these weekly roundups to spotlight them. If there aren’t any new ones, I probably won’t post anything, but hopefully it won’t come to that. Oh, and if I missed anything, do contact me, please!
Alright, stay tuned! There’s more stuff coming this week, that’s a promise! See ya soon!