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29 Nov 2008 10:34 pm

Greg's Story

Oh Jesus...
It looks like I'm making another news entry here because I've made yet another Brainstrain post.

But wait...I didn't see a joke in the new strip, did you?

The answer is no. There was nothing funny in the new strip, at least there wasn't anything meant to be funny in the new strip. As a matter of fact, there isn't likely to be much that is funny for the next few strips, assuming that I can actually bring myself to draw them.

You see, I made a realization the other day when I was thinking about Brainstrain as a comic. The realization that I made is that nothing has been happening in it, and I finally know why. The last time that I really did any serious work on Brainstrain was my first year of college. I found myself sitting there thinking today, "What happened that stopped everything from being funny at Christmas of my first year of college...other than me doing that plot line where I shot Blue?" The answer that I came to was that I was forced through a shitstorm of drama, most of which was about romantic garbage.

You see, it caught me by surprise really. I thought that I was going to be fine, because there was no way that I would get caught up in all of this romance garbage, because I was turned down so many times in High School that the idea of actually finding romance for myself pretty much left my mind. It was out of this little bit of information that Brainstrain as an actual comic was born.

Now, I'm sure I've told you all the story of how Brainstrain actually came to be. If I haven't, well, then gather round, children. It's story time.

In grade 11, in Art Class, I was desperate to fit in and make friends, because I was pretty much an outcast socially. It actually wasn't until Grade 12 when I finally started opening up and made friends. In grade 11 though, one day we all found ourselves sitting at the desk, making jokes at someone else's expense and it came down to making stupid little comics to make fun of each other. Because I'm just such a painfully nice guy, I ended up making fun of the Hockey team from Toronto instead of making fun of any of the people who I wanted to call friends. This is where Brainstrain started, as a cry for attention.

What it then evolved into was a cry out at the world for what had happened. I was angry that no one in my world was romantically interested in me, and I longed for a world that I could push myself into where everything was flowery and nice, and that kind of romance drama only happened to other people. I wanted to believe that romance could happen, but at the same time, my common sense and experience told me that it was never going to happen, even in an imaginary world that I created for myself. Thus started the first arc with the Valentines Day Fairy, with all of that horrible, horrible art.

From there it developed a little bit. It became less of me being angry at the world, and more an exercise in immediacy where I would sometimes take the funny things that happened in my life, and make comics about them, but most of the time, start on panel one and draw until panel 4 when I would find out what it was that happened. There was a wonderful humor that I found in something that was completely random like that, and as time progressed my thought processes started to outrun my pencil. Once we get into the whole actual hand drawn stuff in there with the 'dark duo' it stopped being about the journey and more about how I was going to get to the destination that I had planned. This was alright, and while it wasn't as fun, there was something wonderful about being able to follow through with a story like that.

The problem came up when my life was plunged into drama...just not directly. You see, the drama was in the people who were around me rather than happening to myself. My male best friend had developed a giant crush on my female best friend at the time, and while he wasn't saying anything about it, it was obvious to pretty much everyone around. It was around this point that something dramatic happened in Brainstrain. Blue was shot.

I didn't realize why I did that at the time, and really, right now, I still don't. I think I've narrowed it down to me either needing to take a break from brainstrain to try and figure out what was actually going on, or possibly just a desire to return to my roots and have something completely random that even I didn't expect happen. In any case, it happened and I moved into the last story arc that has actually happened, the christmas story arc, that was only supposed to take about two weeks to write and draw. It was going to be utterly ridiculous and silly, and was going to be very similar to the Christmas Carol story that we all know a bit too well. The problem was that when I reached the end, I had spent so much time knowing where everything would go, that I didn't know where I should go anymore, and nothing that I started completely randomly seemed to make sense anymore.

And so I stopped for a while until I suddenly developed a new crazy plan that was going to be very much like an old childhood television show, the Odyssey, in which an 11 year old boy fell into a coma and had a bizarre adventure. The only problem was that I really didn't know where to start. That was supposed to be the dreams story arc which I attempted to start, but never really did get into.

After that Brainstrain was pretty much on life support, and really still is.

It was today that I realized all of my problems though. The first was that I lost the sense of random, and the sense of chaos long ago. The second is that I created pretty much a perfect world where everyone is happy, but I don't know anything about perfect worlds where everything is happy. For the past two years I've been living with just one parent thanks to the things that people have to do for work. For the past 3 years I've been without a job myself because apparently I have no employable skills. My romantic advances have been turned down something like 15 times. It has been proposed that I be a rebound guy for the girl proposing it once. I have not been on a single date. I have never kissed a girl. I don't think I've even actually ever hugged a girl. I look back at my 21 years of life, and I'm not sure I've done anything other than take up space.

It is because of all of those wonderful little facts that we are where we are now. I have made a rather drastic decision. I am going to take one part of this perfect little world that I have created, and then I'm going to destroy it...and now we are going to get to see what happens. At least it will bring back that random chaos that I miss so much.

09 Sep 2008 11:28 pm

Holy Snap

That's right. Brainstrain is back. At least for the moment.

Careful. There are some boobs in the new comic. I censored them out to save children from killing themselves with the massive erections that I'm sure they would get from thinking too hard about naked breasts, but I'm sure if I don't give out some kind of warning that I'll have some group of mothers coming down on me (as opposed to going down on me) for not giving out a warning and driving their children to fapping...

Seriously though, this news entry is probably about 5 times more offensive than anything I've done in my comic.

11 Mar 2008 10:37 pm

BANG

Oh man. I have such a big headache today, but I promised someone that I would make an update tonight, and so I have.

Anyway, I actually didn't plan for it to turn out so small, but I actually like how it scanned small like that, so I might just leave the DPI on my scanner at whatever it is at now for a while.

Anyway, I was thinking about doing a comic to take the place of my project that had its little failure to launch, Part Time Staff, that was going to be about a guy who was cursed to spend a portion of his life as a bo staff being used by some kid for battle. I'm thinking about something along the lines of a group of adventurers, maybe a sexy comedy or something. I haven't decided yet. In any case, I'll probably do some work on it in the next few days, I might have the remainder of my character sketches done for Thursday.

19 Oct 2007 10:18 pm

Heh...

Sorry folks. I really haven't done much of anything on this comic...I'm really sorry to say it. I really don't know what happened. I think the problem actually has to do with my being comfortable and happy with the way things are going at the moment, or it might have something to do with me subconsciously being neither happy, nor comfortable with my situation, which is also possible. I'd go into more detail about that...but no.

In any case, the real problem that I am having with this is that I have absolutely no idea where I should start. I know what I want to do and where I want to eventually go, but I don't know what I want to do at the moment, so I am sitting here doing nothing. It is really rather discouraging, but what am I going to do, right?

I plan to do something soon, even if it is even more disjointed and confusing than I had thought it would be. Look forward to ramblings and random occurrences in the coma dreams of Blue.

10 Jul 2007 12:28 am

Dreams

And so begins a new, and totally unrelated story Arch.

As I'm sure we all remember, when we last left Blue, he had just been hit by a stray bullet fired by none other than Deuce X Mashina, and had gone through a weird Christmas Carol story line, because I think that it is important that every story have one of those...along with a groundhog day plot (like in episode 98 of Red Vs Blue, or that episode of Stargate SG-1 where T'ealk and Oneil get caught in the time loop.)

My original plan for the comic had been to do the Christmas story, and then take a rather short break from Brainstrain, returning to it so that our protagonist would come out of his coma, just in time for Valentines day (which I actually missed this year, something that I am INCREDIBLY sad about since while the actual comic started about two months earlier than that, Valentines day was when it really started off) In any case, I ended up never finishing off the Christmas story arc, mostly because I couldn't think of an appropriate ending to it. I mean, my plan all along was to have Blue meet up with Death because that seems to be a standard, but from there I had absolutely no idea where it was that I wanted to go. I didn't know what sort of thing would shock Blue into changing his ways. As a result, there is no end to the Christmas story arc, and there will be no valentines special...because I am now several months late for it. I promise the upcoming Valentines day will have a very special special...and that sounded terribly redundant.

In any case, the idea for this story had been something I had been playing around with in my head for some time now. I hadn't thought about what I really wanted to do yet, but since Blue has such a distaste for crimefighters I wanted to do something where Blue became a hero. I was thinking originally of something set in feudal japan where there would be a corrupt feudal lord, and Blue, as a crazy ninja assassin would go out to defeat him and his band of samurai, but instead, decided on something different, keeping that plot idea in mind for something later. Instead something that my fellow comic artist, DigitalKami, aka Chance, came up with an idea for Blue to ride around with a partner (I think he said something about the stay puff marshmellow man, though I'm not sure I could draw him) in a taxi-cab tank and fighting crime. As a result, I spent my day today coming up with different ideas for the Tanxi-cab and have pretty much settled on on of the ideas (that looks more like a tank than a taxi.) I plan to look at a few googled pictures of tanks to see if I change my mind.

21 Dec 2006 11:03 pm

No update tonight.

I took today off...of everything. I have been awake for around 4 hours more than I have been all week, but today I did absolutely nothing. I spent my entire day veging out on my couch enjoying the fact that I don't actually have to do anything.

Now that I look at my clock I have 4 days at the max left before Christmas is over, which means I probably won't be finished the story line by the time we get there. Fooey. I might have been able to just squeak in there if I had done work today. Oh well. It's History now. I'll either work twice as hard (not very likely) or simply accept that I am going to be late (far more likely) and take all of the pressure off by having this little event continue until New Years.

20 Dec 2006 07:53 pm

104 and naming the first 20 strips

Ah. First, lets talk about comic number 104.

Why is it done digitally as opposed to the physical media that I have been doing do well with lately, you might ask. The answer is that the physical media strips have been about the story arcs, like the super hero story arc, and lately this Christmas special.
Because this part of the Christmas special deals with what everyone else does, and doesn't deal with the story arcs (well, it does, but it doesn't, you understand.) it is done digitally because...well, for the same reason the strips about that joke involving the nintendo entertainment system was. Oh, I'm sure you all remember that.
Anyway, won't be overdoing the digital stuff, because I can't very well bring my whole PC with me everywhere I go.

Now, on to the next order of business. Indeed, all of those horribly done strips that I hate so much have actually been given titles now. Remember how like 3-18 were just titleless there? Now they have titles.

19 Dec 2006 10:20 pm

102, 103

This is Wednesday's update. Why two comics? Well, why not?
Actually, truth be told, I thought that 103 really wouldn't cut it for Thursday's update all by itself, and really, for the next comic I have something special in mind.

As for why I chose the spirit(s) I did. The answer is rather simple. At the moment Naruto is like one of the hugest things. There are Naruto games, there is that anime that everyone is watching, everywhere I go, it's all Naruto Naruto Naruto. What better to fill the spot for present, than something that is so much of what the present is...also, Sasuke has the same bangs as Blue, which is a hilarious coincidence, because I didn't even know about Naruto when I first drew Blue.

Now onto the next question, of why I am doing so many of these comics. The real answer is that I have far too much plot to cover in the 6 days that I have left.

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