Comic Chat: Rat Queens #1 – #2

Let’s chat about the NEW Rat Queens!

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If you haven’t watched my Whatchya Reading video that I released earlier this month and/or haven’t been paying attention, Rat Queens is back! That’s right, the fearsome foursome has returned to crassly save your ass…ly.

If anyone remembers, because it was a big deal and the reason Rat Queens ultimately went down in a ball of flames, a ton of drama happened regarding Upchurch (a FORMER artist on the comic), Tess Fowler (also former but she was great) and Kurtis Wiebe (the writer of the comic). To summarize, Upchurch is a wife-beater, questionable choices were made by Wiebe and Tess got the hell out. You can read more on it HERE because I don’t want to focus on it too much as it enrages me. Moving on. It’s back and the third issue with be dropping in July it seems.

What to know about Rat Queens:

1. The comic originally focused on a group of four extremely strong, diverse and magical ladies who have formed a badass bounty hunting group for hire. They are looked down upon by other groups/guilds and often find themselves in the thick of a bad situation.

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MAIN CHARACTER ROLL CALL:

  • Hannah, a super powerful half-demon mage with a fowl mouth.
  • Dee, the atheist cleric cult leader of a clan that worships something akin to Cthulhu.
  • Betty, a “smidgen” who gets high on candy and other such sugary treats.
  • Violet, the rebellious dwarf who very well might be the strongest physical fighter in the series so far.

There are of course other characters but, those are your main girls. They recently added another Rat Queen to the group, a transfer technically, and it’s great.

2. There are a ton of sex jokes, unladylike conversations, tender moments and everything is fantastic. As someone who is more unladylike than my mother would like me to be, this comic speaks to me. The Rat Queens feel like friends… is that weird?

3. The cosplay potential is TOO DAMN HIGH! I’m already planning to debut Dee (I know so many have done her already, whateves) at BlerdCon this June! I love Dee for her shy demeanor, big hair and even bigger books! Additionally this will be my first [completed and for me] cosplay!

4. It’s something different. It’s not filled with ultra moral characters who always know what the right thing to do is. It’s not filled with a ton of power creep (see any anime series of you do not understand what power creep is). It’s not the same body type over and over just drawn with a different hair style either, everyone looks unique. This comic is just so impressive and it’s a fun read.

I could go on and on about how happy having this comic back and running as made me but, in the interest of getting you guys to go get it faster, I’ll stop here. Seems sufficient!

If you have already been reading this lovely roller coaster of a comic, let me know! Let’s talk about it for hours over sweets and tea. If you haven’t and want to know more, then feel free to hit me up on any of my social medias. I’m lonely and work from home, trust me, I’ll respond.

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UPDATE: after my post, @Shanjams84 responded with valuable information on the situation involving the drama previously mentioned. She makes it clear that Tess was never meant to be a placeholder while seemingly shady things went on. 

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Big thanks to @shanjams84 for the information. It’s comepletely understandable that she couldn’t  provide more information as this is still on-going it seems. 

Hugs and Kisses XO – Neeks

URBANCE: The Good, The Bad, and the”Wut.”

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Do you like amazing animation, great music and a story concept considered horrifying to the day to day existence of human kind? Then why aren’t you turned in and following URBANCE?

Let’s start with the basics. URBANCE is a Canadian production by an imaginative team directed by Joël Dos Reis Viegas and Sébastien Larroudé. This series is set in a dystopian future not too far from our own and has great music, mystery, villainy and sex… or rather the lack there of. A virus known as “E1” swept over the world making hetero sex unattainable due to it’s fatal after effect. Then the virus mutated making both hetero and homosexual sex deadly and taking both off the table completely. Sounds horrible right? It gets worse. The villainous scientist, “peace-keepers” of this universe separated the “Macs” from the “Femmes” in an attempt to solve the problem, but boys and girls will always find ways and risk it all for a few moments of pleasure. The pilot also alludes to these “peace-keepers” being a little more than human. With the technology of this world being so advanced, there is definitely the possibility of superhuman.

Although the series has only released a pilot episode it raises a lot of questions that the viewer wants answers for. Even more interesting for me, the psychological profiles that must exist in this world. On a very basic level, humans crave sexual intercourse. It’s a way we release stress, reproduce, express a fondness for someone else and the people of this universe cannot have it. Instead they’ve chosen to focus on really rad beats.

The Good:

As stated before the animation is absolutely gorgeous. The art team created a world of lights and shadows that is rivaled by only Studio Mir in my opinion. And if you know anything about me, I loved Studio Mir’s work for the Avatar Series. Major art boner. It is so brilliant. The artist concepts for all of the characters, not just the main ones, are so on point and DRIPPING with character that it is hard not to immediately be sucked in and want to imitate the style of the people.

The story concept is completely novel. I have not encounter something in a while that made me stop during the prologue and say “damn… what if?” in a long, long time. It is so rare for someone to come up with something “new” no and days so, two thumbs up for creating a concept around the notion of not having sex. NOT having sex, dealing with not having sex, and a virus that will kill you if you do have sex… insert joke about pre-marital sex here.

The characters have depth to them. You will not immediately grab at this by just watching the pilot but, if you go to the website, you’ll see that the characters are all rather distinctive and wonderful in their own way. This is so great. There are so many shows (animated and lie action) where there will be several characters that are basically the same person in a different color pack. I’m going back to the fashion but, it’s a great tool that the artist have used to solidify the individuals in this series.

The music is absolutely phenomenal and I truly wish that the pilot episode were longer, just so I could hear more of it. Music is a huge part of this world so, if the creators had chosen not to spend time finding a great music team for this project, it would have fallen apart on a fundamental level. The people, “The Last Generation,” of this show craves music as an escape and the music in this project certainly shows that.

The Bad:

I have only one and a half bad things to say about URBANCE and it’s about the voice acting and the fact that there isn’t more URBANCE for me to watch.

The voice acting in the pilot is exactly what you would expect from a pilot episode of an animated project. It was, quite frankly, kind of awful. I hate saying that knowing that there were people who worked hard to make this happen but it truly sounded like reddit came in with the “Hello, fellow children,” subreddit. In the firs few moments one of the characters says “You ready to get turnt up.” To say I cringed would be an understatement. I truly feel that if everything else was not so amazing, I wouldn’t have noticed how off some of the voice acting was. It just fell short of everything else that was just so brilliant.

There is only a pilot episode. This saddens me.

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The Wut?:

Here’s the deal, this could be absolutely amazing. I can see it doing really well on a network. I can definitely see it doing very well on Adult Swim for example. I just wonder about whether or not it will be continuing. There is a lot of attention on it but, if you look for the website currently, it’s not up anymore. If you go to the Facebook page, there creators/moderators are not active despite people going in frequently and interacting with the page. Where are the online presences for this piece of art? Have the creators forsaken it and why? There is such a resounding outcry for more URBANCE that it shocks me to see such lackluster attempts to keep the flame going.

In short, check out the pilot. I honestly do not think you will be disappointed (minus the voice acting). After you check it out, join me in peppering their Facebook page, begging for more URBANCE or at least some info on when we might get some more.

Check of their STEAMBOT!

Check out their FACEBOOK!

Check out their WEBSITE (currently down).