Episode 4: The Cube: Part One
Well, here we are at episode 4. This is my biggest story yet as we’ll have 64 pages of story between the two issues. This is also the biggest story yet because of the fact that there are dozens of characters, many who are introduced in these episodes. The season ends with a couple of mini-comics after episode 5, and some real serious stuff goes down in this storyline. I am incredibly excited about what is ahead.
But hey, let’s get a little house-cleaning in order, shall we?
The cover for this issue (and next issue’s cover) was put together by the tremendously talented Conroy Conroy who you may remember from our joint Executor comic that we are still actively working on. She has an interesting sketch project alongside her tumblr. She also does commissions as well.
You may also notice some branding changes. I am not using the Scienteer label anymore, but I still intend to find a use for it eventually. Instead we have a nice colorful corner-box with an additional QR code. Pretty neat huh? Why the QR code that links to the comic? Mostly for the purposes of the printed version of the comic. On that note about printed versions, however, I won’t be continuing print versions of individual issues after the end of season one. I wrote a lengthy post about it. The stories will still be structured like traditional comic issues, but I will focus exclusively on season or arc collections in the future.
I’m curious if there is any interest in a poster of this issue’s cover? It would make a nice companion with next issue’s cover (spoiler, thematic similarities) and I would be thrilled to maybe do a very limited run. By all means, sound off in the comments if you’d want to see a poster.
In other merch news, RGBots has its first t-shirt design! If you like twerking and/or robots, this shirt is for you.
Also comes in hoodie and sticker forms.
Lastly, I am gonna harp on my fellow quarkers about getting a new episode of Podwarp together, as I have a mighty urge to podcast again. I’ve considered launching one of my own, but just haven’t quite committed to it. Maybe there could be a let’s play in the future? Those things are common enough as rats these days, but it’d be fun.
As this is the start of a new issue, I wanted to do something special for the webcomics link. So I took to twitter and the webcomic creator’s facebook group and asked people to provide me some links to their comics. Will these be tonally similar to Cosmic Dash? Probably not, but I believe in spreading whatever meager attention I receive to other comics. Always have. By all means, tweet me anytime if you want me to plug your comic, it takes seconds for me to do and I am glad to help.
Anyway, here is the list in no particular order, alongside twitter-names if it came from twitter. Also, I’ll tag NSFW links as such.
- @CuzImJoe Control Your Offspring – the story of Simmy, Ozzie and the gang, http://controlyouroffspring.com
- ACE KILROY – Award-winning serialized adventure/horror web comic! http://acekilroy.com/season2/
- Sketch Comedy – A webcomic for people who webcomics. http://thesketchy.com
- In Love & Justice – A webcomic about life, liberty and lifting http://www.inloveandjustice.net