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Throwback Thursday – 3/10/16

10 Mar 16
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The last time we saw Dirk Sanders.

Unless I’m mistaken, I’m pretty sure this was the last time Will drew Dirk in the comic. This was Mr. Sanders final official appearance.

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BlackGuard Issue 1, page 24

Meet Agent Sova

08 Mar 16
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In preparation for the next issue of BlackGuard, we showed some concept art for the new villains appearing in it. Well, we have one more character to show you. This one isn’t a villain, but he’s not exactly a friend either, at least not to the BlackGuard. His name’s Agent Sova, and he’s here to handle business.

Sova Concept

Agent Sova will be appearing in Ghosts of Sins Past.

Speaking of the new issue, here’s a sneak peak of Odan doing some training.

GOSP Preview

Odan training the demon arm.

New Looks for the BlackGuard

01 Dec 15
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Our last update featured some concept art showcasing the looks for the new villains appearing in the next BlackGuard story arc.  Those were cool, but if you know the BlackGuard, they don’t like to be outdone.  So of course the team has a few new looks to show off themselves.

Staples (GOSP)

Jonnie Staples

Sequoia

Sequoia

O.D.A.N.

O.D.A.N.

Eli Mercer

Eli Mercer

Afia Melanin

Afia Melanin

Darius Doome

Darius Doome

Geronimo Jones

Geronimo Jones

Until next time, peace.

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Throwback Thursday – 8/27/15

27 Aug 15
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Throwback Thursday! Featuring Monkey See… Monkey Free?! page 20/21.

Page 20 of BlackGuard's 'Monkey See... Monkey Free?!'

Posted April 7, 2011. Staples and Odan compete for the last kill.

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More Promo Art!

21 Aug 15
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Will and I are still working on “Ghosts of Sins Past”, but until that’s ready, we’ll keep updating you all with new artwork and designs.

In continuation of the “Famous Fours” series, here’s the BlackGuard recreating the classic Ninja Turtles cover. As two guys that grew up on Ninja Turtles, we couldn’t NOT do this.

TMNT Promo

The BlackGuard do their best Turtles impression.

We also have the two cockiest members of the team, Melanin and Odan, posing together for once.

Mel/Odan

The biggest egos in the BlackGuard.

Last, here’s another Melanin pic. Unfortunately the colored version didn’t come out that great, but the inked version still looks good.

Mel Inked

Melanin Inked

It’s the BOSC Birthday Month

05 Nov 14
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November is always a big month for us. Not only are both of our birthdays this month, but this is also the month that we came up with the idea for BlackGuard.

It was back in November of 2009 when Will first came to me with the name “Jonnie Staples”. He told me that he saw a Staples truck drive by him and thought it would be a cool name for a character. Of course it didn’t take long for him to decide this would be a character that was literally stapled together. Now this was shortly after Halloween, and that night I threw together a last minute idea for an outfit that involved me tying bandanas around my forehead and face in an attempt to look like a ninja. I noticed I looked more gangsta than ninja, so a little over a week later I thought to myself, “What would be the result of blending a gangsta and a ninja?” And that’s how the first two characters of BlackGuard came to be.

So as we celebrate three birthdays this month, I’ll be blogging short stories about how BlackGuard came to be. Next week I’m covering Darius Doome and Afia Melanin. In the meantime, we kicked this month off with a new BlackGuard page, posted on my birthday. Check out the latest page below to see what happens when the thug ninja faces the hammer of Justice.

BlackGuard: The Hero Plot Trial P55

Also, if you really want to, you can wish us happy birthday by supporting our Patreon campaign!

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Until next time,
Jerrod

Observing The BlackGuard Entry 14: Afia Melanin and O.D.A.N.

19 Sep 12
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This next pairing begets the most animosity, next to the Jonnie/Odan rivalry. The two most confrontational members of The BlackGuard: Odan and Afia.

I know I said in a previous entry that Jonnie was the most prone towards acts of violence alongside Afia, and I still stand by that, but Odan is still the only team member that matches Afia in confrontational nature. Odan needs not be physical in order to achieve this. As he has shown numerous times, he is verbally aggressive. He and Afia share the traits of tenacity and impudence. In other words, they have no problem telling others (specifically, each other) what’s on their minds.

Afia’s aversion to Odan stems from the fact that he embodies an entire culture which she abhors. Odan’s personality is a product of the influence of gangster rap music. Though most rappers tend to take a great deal of pride in being black MEN, little respect is paid in this culture to the black WOMEN. Odan reflects this attitude as he sees nothing wrong with using the b-word in reference to females. I think that alone has the potential to bring Afia and Odan to fisticuffs. Unfortunately, there are more problems between them.

As I mentioned, Odan is heavily influenced by a community that thinks little of the opposite gender. This misogynistic attitude makes it difficult for him to accept that a female is far stronger than him, which Afia clearly is. To counter the feeling of insecurity he has around Afia, Odan resorts to openly questioning her gender. I don’t think he actually believes his own accusations, but that doesn’t stop him from making them.

Also, I notice that when it comes to Jonnie, Odan does not hesitate to issue or accept a challenge. The two have threatened to fight each other twice already today. This is not the case with Afia. I’m not saying Odan is scared of Afia, but I do think he fears the damage a loss to her would do to his pride. In the case of battling Jonnie, Odan is confidant he would be victorious, but I suspect there may be a part of Odan that wonders whether he could defeat Afia. Of course, he’ll never admit that doubt exists.

Odan comes from a dog-eat-dog world, where only the strong survive and compassion is considered a weakness. Naturally, Odan has grown up learning to look out for only himself. In contrast, Afia, though clearly not a team player, considers herself to be a champion of her people. She fights not only for herself, but for an entire race (at least in her eyes). Afia sees Odan as expendable to the black race and an embarrassment to the the term AFRICAN American. Odan sees Afia as self-righteous and delusional.

Excuse me if this is overkill, but I just wanted to throw in one more difference I noticed when it comes to these two: their views on battle. Afia is very straight-forward when it comes to fighting. She prefers to face her opponent directly, look them in the eyes, and fight until there is a victor. Sneak attacks and retreating are not even options for her. Odan, though, is a gangster and a ninja. Those two tactics are his bread and butter. Naturally, Afia and Odan do not agree on battlefield tactics.

– Dr. Hugo Cranium

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Observing The BlackGuard Entry 12: O.D.A.N. and Sequoia

27 Aug 12
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Now here is a relationship that requires very little insight: Odan and Sequoia.

One does not have to be a genius to see that Odan and Sequoia come from opposite upbringings. Sequoia grew up surrounded by educated, well-mannered individuals. Odan grew up around hoodlums. Sequoia graduated from college with honors. Odan has not stepped foot in a school (unless you count a dojo) since early puberty. Sequoia speaks clearly and articulately. Sometimes, I feel I need an interpreter when conversing with Odan. Needless to say, Odan and Sequoia tend not to communicate with each other very well.

I guess I should at least attempt to add a little depth to this observation. Both Odan and Sequoia tend to have a steady stream of information coming into their heads. Both actively make an effort to keep up to date with whatever they consider to be their source of “the truth”. Sequoia’s truth comes from literature. She’s not foolish enough to believe that any one book is entirely honest or accurate, but she does believe the more she reads, the closer she comes to the truth. Odan’s truth comes from the streets, by way of music, television, and word of mouth. Odan will tell you himself that, if anything, the hood is honest, and sometimes brutally so.

I wouldn’t go so far as saying Odan and Sequoia do not like each other. I just don’t think they can currently relate to each other. I do think that both, since joining The BlackGuard, have discovered a world entirely different than the ones they come from and may yet find some common ground.

– Dr. Hugo Cranium

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Observing The BlackGuard Entry 9: Odan And Darius Doome

09 Jul 12
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Slowly, but surely, I’m trudging through this series of entries. Let’s continue with Odan and Darius.

I would have expected there to be more animosity between these two than I’ve currently seen. Despite his small frame, Odan has the personality of the typical bully, and from my personal experience, bullies tend to pick on the “brainy” types. however, I’ve yet to see Odan make fun of Darius. This could, of course, be due to the fact that he has me here to ridicule instead, but, somehow, I feel it’s more than that

Though Darius may be a scientist, he is to a great extent a bully himself. Before joining The BlackGuard, he earned a reputation as a notorious super-villain. In this strange world of super-powered beings, this earns Darius some “hood credibility” with Odan. Of course, in typical bully fashion, Darius is always quick to endorse Odan’s derision of others (once again, most commonly me). Darius even goes as far as attempting to instigate a response from Odan’s victims. I’m uncertain as to whether he does this in order to accomplish something or just for his own personal enjoyment.

Of course there is one trait common to both Odan and Darius: boastfulness. Both men seem to be compelled to announce their own greatness to anyone within shouting distance, and both tend to be very long-winded about it. When it comes to these two, bragging about oneself is an art-form. It’s actually quite theatrical at times.

I still wouldn’t go as far as to say Odan and Darius are friends. In fact, I don’t even feel comfortable saying they get along. All I’m willing to say right now is that at the moment, Odan and Darius are not (excuse the following colorful expression) “on each others’ s#!t-lists”. Considering these two enormous ego’s, however, it’s only a matter of time before they bump heads.

– Dr. Hugo Cranium

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Observing The BlackGuard Entry 4: Mercer And Odan

27 Mar 12
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This entry covers the mentor/student relationship that seems to have formed between Odan and Eli Mercer.

Whenever I see Odan and Mercer interact with one another, I think of a “black sitcom”. I could picture Mercer as the once famous professional athlete who returns to his former high school as a no-nonsense coach. Upon returning to the neighborhood that he worked so hard to escape as a youth, he sees that the current generation of students are disturbingly content with the less-than-desirable conditions of their education system. Among these students is the knuckle-headed Odan. Odan is that student who is far from “book smart”, but still has much talent and potential.

In most sitcoms, the relationship between these two would slowly develop from rebellious student and strict teacher to the young protege and his mentor. I don’t quite see things happening that way with these two. If Mercer really were Odan’s high school coach, I get the feeling his highest hopes would be just to get the boy to graduate school and earn a minimum wage job. I’m certain Mercer sees a ton of skill in Odan, but what he does not see is a hero deep down in him (This is the part where Odan would say “pause”). If he can just prevent Odan from becoming a menace to society, then he will consider his job done.

There’s probbly even less respect coming from Odan’s end, though. It’s apparent that the young ninja has issues with authority. I think this may be anger that stems from the absence of his father in his life. Many boys that grow up without a father gravitate towards father figures. Odan does the opposite. He has no interest in gaining Mercer’s approval. The only reason he puts any effort into executing Mercer’s commands is to show everyone he’s as good as he says he is.

You know, the more I discuss the relationship between these two, the more I’m convinced this would make a great TV show…

– Dr. Hugo Cranium

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