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If you’ve read “The Saga of Samuel: Prologue” on Comixology and are now here looking for more Samuel…welcome! The Saga of Samuel is an ongoing labor of love for me. Unfortunately there are not that many more stories to read just yet but I’m always working on new stuff. Look around, read the other comics, enjoy your stay!

(If you would like to see more of The Saga of Samuel or have it update regularly consider supporting the comic by becoming a Patron. Read about all that jazz here: patreon.com/artistxero)

Saga of Samuel: Old Things Page 17

samuel page 16Page 17 is here and now. Click the pic, why don’t cha?

Also consider becoming a Patron for The Saga of Samuel: www.patreon.com/artistxero. Read all about it at the link, it’s good stuff.

I’ve received word that prologue for The Saga of Samuel will be available to buy starting 7/30/14. Of course you can just read it for free, right here, right now…but not everyone is as refined and elegant as you, my friend.

Enjoy the new page!

Saga of Samuel: Old Things Page 16 has arrived

samuel page 16Hello, howdy, how ya’ doin’? Old Things page 16 has arrived and wants to inhabit the inner recesses of your mind. You can click Sam’s scared face there or: CLICK HERE! to read it (I know you have to scroll down through the comic each time but when it’s all done it’ll be a singular read, unlike most webcomics where you have to click and keep on clicking)

If you read my last blog post or follow me on social media (and if not…why not? I’m terribly fascinating) you know that I’ve started a Patreon page: www.patreon.com/artistxero. Pleading to become a Patron of The Saga of Samuel helps me to get the comic out faster and more regularly and isn’t that what we all want? Your pledge also gets you behind the scenes sketches and designs and you also get new pages one day earlier than everyone else. I may add more incentives over time but I haven’t figured out what yet.

The comic will always be free to read but being a Patron helps spur things along. If I have enough Patrons each pledging a little bit I could make Samuel full-time. I’ve got a big backlog of stories in my skull. I’d love to actually get them out into the world faster than I’m doing now. Think about it eh?

Enjoy the new page and Page 17 has been started.

Comics and Updates and Curses and Stuff

…And, I’m back and working on new comic pages. I had, what you might call, a severe bout of paying freelance work.

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I’m thinking of changing the story name to “Old Things and Lots of Explodey Rocks”

Look, can I be honest here? (its my website, so I guess I can) If I had my druthers I’d work on the comic all day/every day but, alas…my druthers, I do not have. The hobgoblins of time and money are what plague me. There’s never enough of either and it’s the comic that suffers for it.

I believe in what I’m doing here, so I keep coming back even though a part of me feels like this is a big waste of time. How can my bible-based, fantasy comic ever find it’s audience, (if one even exists) when I can’t update it with any sort of regularity? I’m always having to sacrifice my time to make money on other people’s projects, while mine rots on the vine like an overripe tomato that I can never get around to picking. Or, to put it another way, it’s like working all day to feed my boss’s kid while my own kid starves.

That’s a curse too many artists suffer from, and I want to break that curse…

So, despite knowing that I’ve garnered little to no loyalty from anyone who has ever read the comic, I’ve started up a Patreon page

Patreon Page

Click here to read more…

Whats Patreon you say? Glad you asked! Patreon is a play on the word “patron”. Patronage is how art got done way back when. Basically rich people would financially support artists so that they could, well, make art.

Michelangelo, Shakespeare, and Beethoven all benefited from patronage in some way. Ol’ Ludwig didn’t have to bust his hump making coffee for hipsters all day, only having time to compose his music after a long and tiring workday. No, he had Patrons.

This didn't happen...

This didn’t happen…

…and that’s what I need, Patrons! But you don’t need to be some millionaire to be a patron nowadays, you just need to be a dollaraire (that’s not a word, but you get the gist).

Patreon is a website that allows lots of people to give a little, (as little as a dollar) instead of one person giving a lot, to fund artists…giving those artists the ability to do the work they want to do, not the work they have to do.

A true patron of the arts

Now, if you wont buy that for a dollar, or can’t, or whatever but would still like to help out somehow please post my Patreon page to whatever social media you use. The more it’s out there the greater chance it wont return to me empty and I can work towards making The Saga of Samuel into something truly great.

And if nothing comes of it, if I can’t get a single dollar out of a single soul…I’ll still be here updating the comic whenever I can because it needs to get made and I need to make it.

Thanks for reading this, once again, here’s my Patreon page: www.patreon.com/artistxero

(Also, if you hate my face for some reason or something like that, then fund someone on Patreon. Give money to the arts, it’s a noble cause.)

Update: Old Things – Several Pages

samuel circle10 Old Things is updated. I actually updated awhile ago but felt the pacing was off so I added some pages to improve the flow. See what happens when you don’t check back feverishly?

Anyway we learn a bit more about Enoch. Enoch’s story in the bible always fascinated me…”Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” Where’d he go? What happened to him? The bible itself doesn’t elaborate. Extra biblical stories exist aplenty though.

Here’s a synopsis of his non-biblical stories.

All that extra stuff added to Enoch’s story really comes off as a kind of Ancient Fan Fiction. Which makes it perfect for my little bible based fantasy comic here. We’ll get more into what Enoch’s duties are in the world of The Saga of Samuel as the story progresses.

Alright then, Back to drawing…

Noah: Obligatory Movie Review

I’d like to preface this review by saying I’m a guy who writes and draws a bible-based fantasy comic. Since Noah is essentially a bible based fantasy movie, I’d like to think I now about what talking about. Either way…SPOILERS ABOUND!

We're gonna need a bigger boat...

We’re gonna need a bigger boat…

So I saw Noah. I went into the movie with an open mind. I wanted to like it. I dismissed the controversy swirling around it as over reaction and hype. I love the bible and I love a good, hearty bible movie. I don’t have a problem with some added elements or some general story skimming. I mean Moses wasn’t a well spoken Chuck Heston type or Jesus a good-looking, blue-eyed, long-haired hippie. Moses stuttered, Jesus wasn’t much to look at. The bible clearly states those things. Hollywood chose to do its own thing.

Ultimately the determining factor in a good bible movie is accepting and embracing the source material. Noah fails at that completely.

There’s so much potential drama in the Noah story (Genesis 5-9). Imagine if your family was tasked with building a giant boat, the care taking of thousands of animals and also knowing that everything and everyone you know is going to be wiped out except for your immediate family. SO. MUCH. DRAMA! Instead we’re giving the made up elements that Hermione can’t have kids and Percy Jackson can’t get a woman. Whatever.

HAM...sandwiches!

HAM!…sandwiches!

The movie’s major failure is not showing the relationship between God and Noah. In the bible God straight up tells Noah whats going to happen and why. There’s a relationship there. Direct communication with no vagueness of what’s going to happen. God wanted to wipe out all of mankind. All of it. Except for Noah. God likes Noah. Thinks he’s a righteous dude and God wants to spare him because of it. That right there says so much about both the character of both God and Noah.

The movie version gives us a God who is a non-communicative, non-entity and a Noah who gets the idea to build the ark from drinking his grandpappy’s spiked tea. Not exactly an improvement on the source material.

The movie’s second major failing is that, since God is non-existent as a character, we’re told that the main reason “The Creator” wants to destroy the world is because man done fouled it up. We see cut down forests, and the land stripped of its natural resources. The movie makes the earth look post-apocalyptic because of that. The fact that everyone dresses like they’re part of a second-rate Mad Max cosplay group doesn’t really help matters. There’s no mention of sin or how the evil of men grieves God. There’s one brief scene where see “bad things” happening in the bad guy camp but it’s so vague and zips on by that it’s seems like they just put it in the movie as if to say “mankind isn’t always nice to each other but really, if we didn’t cut down trees or eat animals, things would be ok.” Terrible.

I’ve seen some people saying that even though they didn’t like the movie at least it looked great and I just don’t agree there either. Since they went with the strip mined world motif the earth looks like an ugly place to live. Barren and dry. There’s one green spot, the mountain where Anthony Hopkin’s Methuselah lives. (I think Anthony Hopkin’s should join Liam Neesan, Harrison Ford and Sam Jackson in the “Actors Who Stopped Trying Long Ago” Club). Either way both pre and post flood views of the earth are nothing as visually beautiful as any single swooping shot of New Zealand Peter Jackson gave us in his LOTR movies. The whole film is ugly…except for Emma Watson. She’s nice.

Hey there..

Hey there..

In the end Noah is a bible movie stripped of any of the reasons it’s in the bible. God’s grieve, Man’s wickedness, Noah’s righteousness and ultimately God’s promise to the Earth. Since God is made into a new agey, nebulous “Creator” His grieve over Man’s sins and His promise not to destroy the earth by flood again are not even part of the story. Man’s wickedness is not because of his sin it’s because he’s cut down the trees, wants to eat animals (which in the bible God tells Noah and his sons to do after the flood) and has stripped the land of magical glowy rocks. (seriously).

So it all comes down to Noah. The character, as the movie presents him, is a flat-out terrible human being. Since the movie creates no real relationship between Noah and God, Noah is solely dependent on a couple of dreams and one drugged out hallucination to give him motivation to spend his and his family’s lives building the ark. Now, one can say that’s a fine example of faith but again, since no personal relationship where God has the courtesy to tell Noah directly what’s going to happen exists, it’s actually an example of extreme arrogance and outright madness. Noah’s family blindly following him makes them a bunch of patsies as well. When Noah decides he has to kill the potential daughters Hermione is miraculously pregnant with the character becomes unredeemable. The fact that he doesn’t kill them doesn’t change anything. Both the decision to kill and then not kill are both come from Noah’s ego and assumptions, because once again the movie doesn’t even try to make God an integral part of the story. Therefore the movie is about an arrogant, crazy Jerk and his boat full of animals. Fun times.

So, for me, the movie fails as a bible movie, fails as any kind of judeo-christian story, fails as a character study of the Man we call Noah and even fails at being the pseudo pro-environmental post apocalyptic movie it seems to want to be. It’s a failure all around.

At least Captain America: The Winter Soldier will stomp it out of existence next week. Yay Cap!

Gort from Shining Force

Gort from one of the best games of all time Shining Force. I played it to the point where I can’t plays it no more. As far as I can tell the series devolved into something with half naked anime chicks. Oh Japan, half naked anime chicks don’t make everything better. gort

New: Old Things Pages 10 & 11

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Batgirl redesign

Batgirl redesign #batgirl #projectrooftop #batman

New: Old Things Page 9

samuel circle8 Page 9 is here only 5 days after page 8. That’s record breaking updating for me! I’ve gotten into a nice groove with the comic but not enough to actually commit to a regular update schedule anytime soon. I commend all the other part-time webcomickers who lay down and stick to their update schedules. Good for them. Alas, here at The Saga of Samuel you’ll have to subscribe to the blog or follow me on social media or feverishly check here for my random updates. Them’s the breaks.

I’ve recently learned about Patreon. For those too lazy to click the link it’s basically crowd funding but with more realistic goals than some massive KickStarter campaign. I’ve thought about starting a campaign up for Samuel but I’m not sure anything would come of it. While my numbers spike every time I post an update I just don’t know who my audience is. Who are you people?

I mean a bible-based fantasy webcomic is a pretty niche concept, I get that. I’d like to think I’m doing quality stuff here and that that will overcome anyone’s hang-ups about the subject matter but honestly, I pretty much take it as a given that those who “get” what I’m doing will be few and far between. And that’s fine. I’m really just trying to entertain myself here. Create the thing I want to exist and all that jazz. A larger audience or some minor funding from the audience I do have, would probably increase my overall output just as a matter of principle but without those things I’ll keep doing this comic one way or the other.

Basically, I haven’t come to a decision about Patreon but I have started working on page 10 of Old Things, which is really what matters here.