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Observing The BlackGuard Entry 3: Sequoia And Doome

20 Mar 12
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In today’s entry, I’ll be discussing the odd dynamic between Darius Doome and Sequoia.

This has probably been the most difficult relationship to analyze thus far, most likely due to the lack of communication between these two. It is as if they speak two different languages, with Sequoia speaking the language of sensibility, and Darius speaking the language of… well, crazy.

Darius is, undoubtedly, insane. He revels in insanity. He surrounds himself in it. If it’s normal, Darius Doome is not interested in it. As a result, he seems to disregard Sequoia almost entirely. Her rational way of thinking is of no concern to him. If anything, he seems to be just as confused by her view of the world as she is of his. Oddly enough, through Darius’s eyes, Sequoia is the crazy one.

One thing that I find interesting is how little Darius’s insanity concerns Sequoia. Sequoia seems to be the glue that holds The BlackGuard together. She tends to hold the responsibility of keeping everyone on the same page. Her method of dealing with each teammate differs from person to person. Her way of keeping Darius on track is doing absolutely nothing at all. She may not understand most of what goes on in that fractured mind of his, but if there’s one thing she gets, it’s that Darius loves a unique challenge. As long as The BlackGuard continue to face dangerous (and unusual) opponents, such as this “Crucial The Ape”, Darius is prepared to face it. Ironically, the most unstable member of The BlackGuard, is the one Sequoia worries about the least.

– Dr. Hugo Cranium

Next Entry: Mercer and O.D.A.N.

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Observing The BlackGuard Entry 2: Staples And Odan

09 Mar 12
Jerrod Smith
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Today’s entry covers what is quite possibly the most antagonistic relationship amongst The BlackGuard: Jonnie Staples and O.D.A.N.

At first, one might see Staples and Odan as having a sibling-like rivalry. They bicker constantly, ruthlessly insult and criticize one another, and compete with each other in every way possible. The amount of effort that Mercer has to put into controlling their violent outbursts against each other, while simultaneously leading them in battle, reminds me of a father trying to separate his two sons in the back seat of a car while driving.

As I’ve watched Odan and Staples more closely, I’ve come to the realization that “sibling rivalry” is not a strong enough term for their relationship. They passed simple rivalry a long time ago. To put it simply, they hate each other’s guts. Their mutual contempt for one another appears to be deeply rooted, most likely originating from a time before they were even drafted into BlackGuard. Neither of the two seems to be willing to divulge what event started their long-running hatred. Considering how simple-minded Odan can be and how clearly psychotic Staples is, I wonder if even THEY can remember their first encounter.

It’s funny, though, how having each other as rivals makes them both more useful to the team. Both Odan and Staples have apparent issues with taking orders. Mercer would have a much harder time getting them to do anything if it were not for each wanting to prove himself better than the other. If the mission is to save innocent bystanders, then Odan wants to save more people than Staples, and vice versa. As long as they’re competing with each other, they’re always performing at the top of their game. What Mercer should be worried about is how effective either of the two would be without the other.

Next Entry: Darius Doome and Sequoia

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– Dr. Hugo Cranium

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Observing The BlackGuard Entry 1: Mercer and Melanin

27 Feb 12
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I have begun my sessions with the super(hero?) team, The BlackGuard. They are quite unlike any other group I’ve counseled before. In the short amount of time I have spent amongst them, I’ve noticed a bevy of complex relationships among the members of the group.

In these series of entries, I will be discussing how the teammates see, and interact with, each other. There will be a total of fifteen entries, each covering a different pairing. Without further ado, I’ll begin the first entry with subjects Eli Mercer and Afia Melanin.

What makes the dynamic between Mercer and Melanin so interesting is the fact that, at first glance, one would think they have a lot in common. In a way, I guess they do. Both seem to take a great deal of pride in being of African American decent. Both see that the black race is far from reaching its true potential. Both are dedicated to seeing that the race moves forward. Both agree on the destination. Where they differ is on the path to take.

Mercer feels the best way to help African Americans is by focusing on the problems within the race, eliminating them, and then uplifting his “brothers and sisters”. Melanin, on the other hand, focuses her attention on destroying what she perceives to be the enemy (the white man). I’ll put it this way: If, metaphorically speaking, blacks are at ground level and whites are standing at the top of a latter, above our heads, Mercer works daily to build another ladder for his people to climb so that they can stand on equal ground. Melanin would rather just push the whites’ ladder over, preferably into a pit.

Mercer is well aware of the harm Melanin’s brute strength combined with her radical nature could do to race relations. I’m beginning to think his reason for recruiting her into BlackGuard was less for her rehabilitation and more for the sake of preventing her from bringing about a full-on race war.

Melanin respects Mercer for what he has accomplished in his life, but believes he does not have the conviction to bring about the “revolution” they both seek. She prefers to take the fight to her opponents, which often puts her at odds with her leader, who does not have quite as much confidence in her as she has in herself.

I guess this is a good place to stop for now. Next Entry: O.D.A.N. and Jonnie Staples.

– Dr. Hugo Cranium

What’s Next?

27 Oct 11
Jerrod Smith
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I’m going to keep this short, but I thought I should write something to let everyone know what to expect from BOSC Comics for the next few weeks.

So, the page we posted yesterday was the final page of “Monkey See… Monkey Free?!” I’ve been working on the rough draft of the next chapter for a few weeks now, but Will and I still have some fine tuning to do. This time, we want to have a better idea of how the story unfolds before we start it. Last time, we actually cut out an entire segment of MSMF at the last second when we were already halfway through it (the second half of the flashback scene, after Dirk’s death). Everything still turned out fine, but we kind of want to avoid that this time.

I guess I said all that to explain why there won’t be any new BlackGuard strips for the next few weeks. That doesn’t mean we won’t be adding anything new. We’re going to be making updates to the BlackGuard character profiles, which will probably include redrawn profile pictures to match Will’s current style. I have a few blog ideas about BlackGuard that you hardcore fans might dig. I’m sure Will’s going to produce his share of artwork over the next few weeks. And who knows, maybe we’ll FINALLY produce some new strips from The Great Purging during this break.

– Jerrod

“Monkey See… Monkey Free?!” Part 26

11 May 11
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So, originally, we said we would have a new page from The Great Purging this week instead of a new Blackguard page. And yet here we are, promoting MSMF: Part 26 instead of a new TGP page.

Well, there are a few reasons for that, but the main one is that the characters of TGP needed a makeover. The Great Purging was our earliest idea for a comic strip, created around five years ago. When Will first designed the characters, he was just beginning to adopt a more cartoonish look. In the years since then, he’s come up with a unique style, and the old designs didn’t fit this style. So instead of a strip, the week was spent working on the updated look of the cast.

That brings us back to Blackguard. This week we give a very brief account of how the team ended their first mission and, at the same time, lay the seeds for a few plot points to come. So pay close attention to this page when you read it. Click on the preview below to see the whole thing.

MSMF Part 26

Peace.

– Jerrod

“Monkey See… Monkey Free?!” Parts 22 & 23

13 Apr 11
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This week we have two new pages of “Monkey See… Monkey Free?!”, with Part 22 and Part 23.

We found some new fonts recently, so the lettering on these two latest pages looks better than ever. It’s funny looking at these pages and comparing them to the ones we were posting less than a year ago.

– Jerrod


“Monkey See… Monkey Free?!” Part 20/21

07 Apr 11
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We got a late start on this week’s post because we had trouble deciding on the layout of the page. Finally, Will came up with the two-page spread. The combination of having a late start and having tow pages to color caused us to have to push the post back to today. But better late than never. Check out this week’s installment of Blackguard here.

-Jerrod

Back From Megacon With “Monkey See” 19

30 Mar 11
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So Will and I went to Megacon over the weekend. With our job being a little short-staffed, we had to work extra hours Monday – Thursday in order to get the weekend off, which is why we didn’t post anything new last week.
But this week we have Part 19 of “Monkey See… Monkey Free?!” Below is a preview shot of the page.

We’ll post a blog later this week with some pics from Megacon.

– Jerrod