Ruby Nation has become much more worthwhile for me since I discovered Webcomic Underdogs, which has allowed me to actually meet and connect with other webcomickers. I couldn't do justice to everyone's characters, so if you wanted to be included and weren't, let me know and I'll work on some fan art for you as a form of apology. Here are the main characters (and Kaluga) dressed as the characters of some of the people with whom I've especially clicked;
--Kaluga is Xolotl of Ethan Cocak's The Black Mudpuppy
--Elise is June Summer of Sarah Driffill's Princess Chroma
--Jiro is Tsarinkas "Tsar" Smertovich Rasputin of Vas Wojtancowicz's Rasputin Barxotka and Rasputin Catamite
--Ruby is Catherine "Cat" Marie Hoxley from Marius Hjelseth's October 20
Happy Halloween everbody! (a day in advance)
If you've been confused by the non-linear chronological dickery of the comic,Go Here!
T-Minus Two Days until the Big Comic. It'll be big. That's all I'm saying for now.
Another year, another excuse for me to put my characters in the costumes of my favorite characters from other stories! I think it goes without saying that none of this is even remotely canonical, but it's enjoyable, and it's a tradition I enjoy. So this year;
Moray is Lucifer from Welcome to Hereafter, one of my favorite webcomics. Created by Bry Kotyk, it deals with the town of Hereafter, where all the gods from all the different mythologies live and work. In this world, Lucifer is the landlord of the sounds-entirely-legit Hell Apartments, and spends his days trolling the other gods, including Lordon P. God (the endearingly dowdy rendition of the Big Judeo-Christian G). If you can handle all the sacrilege, it's utterly hilarious.
Elise is Raiden from Metal Gear Solid 2, the blonde young man (yes, man) who unexpectedly replaced Solid Snake in his own series. It remains the greatest practical joke ever played on gamers, and resulted in a post-modern masterpiece. Granted, nobody really cared when I replace Ruby with Elise as protagonist, but the idea of the bait-and-switch came from Hideo Kojima's PS2 classic.
Jiro is Iron Man circa the Fear Itself storyline, when he tries to avert the end of the world and petitions Odin's help with a sacrifice-- in this case, Tony Stark's own sobriety after years of staying sober. The story was written by Matt Fraction, who just concluded a long and brilliant run on the character. This is in some small way a tribute to Fraction's writing, which was always unique and thought-provoking, and tore apart the power fantasy cliches attached to Iron Man.
Ruby is Amy Pond from the latest Doctor Who series, in her iconically fan-servicey police girl kissogram costume. I'm still a bit sore about how they wrote her and Rory out of the series, having made both of them (particularly Amy) finally learn to be responsible adults and move past the Doctor's wacky Peter Pan adventures, only to ditch all that and get themselves killed. Grr.
Not related to the Ruby comics, but couldn't resist...