One of my own personal jokes is that Bunny’s adventures are constantly taking place in the background of more “epic” stories.
A week ago I was taking a short hike in the woods near my house and mulling over the plot for the upcoming Blade Bunny. Or lack of plot as the case may be. Granted I had ideas but they were all just sort of variations on things that I had already done in the comic. It all felt stale. Like I was putting a new paint job on the same product and calling it “new and improved”. And that’s when I realized I was done with Bunny.
Now I could just end the comic at this point, but we are making enough money to keep it running*, and this comic is pretty fun when you get right down to it. So I figure why let someone else have a shot. After all the whole point of this, of making comic online, is to have fun. I could stay on as an managing editor to coordinate things and look over the scripts to insure a smooth transition of story and just let someone else have a hand at writing this comic. Hopefully they could bring in new ideas and directions that I didn’t even think of.
Thus I am seeking a new writer for the comic. It will be a paid position, although only marginally so (I’m thinking $5 a page but I am willing to negotiate), with other benefits such as 24 comic pages drawn by Erwin to be used on your own personal projects and profit sharing if they ever materialize.
If you are interested send a copy of some writing you have done, preferably humorous writing, to firstname.lastname@example.org with the Title “Writer for Blade Bunny”.
Some of you may be wondering what will happen to me if I stop writing Blade Bunny and the honest truth is I will be taking probably a year off from writing just to recharge. I have been writing comics non-stop for 9 years now and I just need a bit of a break. I have some ideas but I really haven’t had any time to work on them. So I’m going to just be taking a bit of a sabbatical, I’ll still be around but in a more administrative role. I’ll talk a bit more about it when it’s time to transfer over the reigns.
* Technically we are running at a loss but I am hoping the finances will turn around
Normally I space out these rewards to have one update a month. After all, it cost money to make these silly wallpapers. If I post to many at once I eat all the possible profits. The whole point of the wallpapers it to try an make enough money to support the comic. Posting two back to back, and right before a “spend all your money on stuff” holiday, is not the best way to make money, even if we are currently running in the red.
And then A Gray Phantom had to say this:
“Dargh-blargh argh!!! JUST KISS DAMMIT!!! (º□º)”
Gahhh! Must resist urge to taunt… Even though he used capital letters and everything. Inner internet troll coming to surface… Must resit natural wise-ass nature… MUST… STAY… STRONG!
AHHHHHHH!!! No I can’t. I just can’t. So here you are. A wallpaper of exactly what A Gray Phantom ask for. Bunny and Kyoto just KISS, damnit!
As always these free wallpapers are a way to ask for support of the comic (and, perhaps, in this case , to also be a bit of an ass). As I said money is really tight right now and any support you can give is very much appreciated. Hell if we raise enough money to keep the lights on, one day, we might see Bunny and Kyoto kiss as well as KISS.
Thanks for you support.
Well it’s been a little while since I reminded you guys of the various ways you can support the comic. Of course you get a little reward for your support… or actually you get the reward for not supporting the comic either.
This comic runs on donations at this point. I ran out of money to pay for the comic on my own a couple of months ago. If you can help in any way it is much appreciated. But even if you can I appreciate you taking the time to visit me and listen to the silly stories I tell.
The reward image for this reminder is one of the most requested events that I get. Every time Bunny does a flip or a handstand people ask for Bunny to suffer a wardrobe malfunction. Well, let it not be said that I don’t give the people what they want.
So here are your buttons to support the comic.
And here is Bunny’s Wardrobe Malfunction.
A earlier this week I posted a somewhat angry post about how I hated feminists. I have to say it’s a sign of how great you guy are that the readers of this comic were able to talk me down off that ledge and help me focus on what was really bothering me. Seriously, the well thought out discussion, the references to good books and people, the generally mature and adult way you handled yourselves was awesome. Now stop using the internet, you guys clearly don’t belong here.
In the end what I was upset about comes down the to the concept of “fighting misogyny” that has supplanted “creating systems of equality” in the modern feminist movement. I don’t really hate feminist. I am just frustrated at how completely they have lost their way. Because, ultimately, I want them to win. It’s frustrating to see your team literally turn around and start scoring goals for the opponent. Feminists are good people who have started using a horrible tactic in an attempt to make the world better. That should not elicit hate, at worse it should elicit pity and probably not even that.
This whole discussion has got me thinking about my Uncle Mark. Uncle Mark was not my real Uncle but just a business associate of my grandfather who he invited over for Passover every year. This meant for me that once a year around bowls of matzo ball soup I would get to experience the tales of Uncle Mark. And let me tell you Passover was never boring.
See, Uncle Mark was a racist. And I don’t mean a subtle off “black people like fried chick, right?” racist either. He was a fire and brimstone, deep and abiding hatred, racist. He referred to African Americans as “the negro” as if he was describing a particularly irritating species of invasive mosquito. He disowned a daughter when she started dating a Puerto Rican man. There was some incident where he gave a speech. As a child, I was not privy to the details, it was clear the speech did not go well. Mark was, in general, a hateful and unpleasant man to be around.
And yet Mark donated generously to the ACLU. He actively campaigned to stop segregation of school. He was rather wealthy and well connected later in life and he used that influence and money to campaign for equal education opportunities, voting equality, and general health and welfare of minorities. He felt the voting rights act of 1965 was a great achievement and would rail against “those fascist” that criticized it.
See Mark hated other races but he loved equality. Perhaps it was due to being a Jew that lived through certain period of history but he believe laws and system of equality must be protect even for the more “primitive races” (his words, not mine). “Better to give the negro education so he can get honest work instead of let him fall into his criminal nature” was one of his arguments. Try choking down matzo ball soup while hearing that statement (Note for the non-Jews; matzo ball soup is innately hard to choke down if you’re not very careful. Matzo is a substance that has the ability to suck all liquid from your body in under a second like a mutant supersponge).
When Mark died, he apparently left a good deal of his money to civil rights groups, so some local members came to pay their respects. Again I was not invited so I don’t know the details. However his wife, who was a worse racist than he was did join us next Passover and talked about the visit. “Mark would have hated to have all those dirty N***** in his the house.” she said.
To this statement my father laughed and said “Yes, yes he would have,” and then raised his glass and said “to Mark.” And we all toasted my racist, not real uncle, Uncle Mark, the man who had done so much to further the cause of racial equality.
And here is my break with the modern feminist movement, most modern civil rights movements really. They are so focused on controlling culture there is no room in their philosophy for the Uncle Marks. No room for people of complexity and conflicting ideas. The focus on culture over laws and systems has eaten away at the root of these group and led them into acts that not only Mark would find evil, I find them to be evil as well. I could argue about how culture is a lagging indicator and that a subtractive method of control culture is the least effective way to create change unless you engage in totalitarian methods. But the simple fact is I refused to have anything to do with a group that would ostracized an Uncle Mark. A man who, despite being a hate filled racist, was a good man who did good things.
It was noticed that there was a bit of a image distortion in the last page of Jin’s prologue. This is because I had to make a last minute change to the dialogue of the comic. In that I had to remove a lot of the dialog. The comic as originally scripted had a lot more talking in it. I didn’t see the flaw until I got the art back from Erwin and was confronted by the wall of words in the page.
But since you spotted my quick modifications I might as well show you the page before my self and the patreon donors (nudge, nudge, wink, wink, get it, patreon donors get special access) edited it. So yet again you get an alternate storytelling perspective. This time the art of shutting the hell up.