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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

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.

Abbey Road

Even More Promo Art!

09 Sep 15
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It’s been a few weeks since the last update but the artwork’s still coming.  Before we get into that though, I just wanted to let everyone know we will be making major changes to the website soon.  The home page of the blog will become the main home page, and the blog will become our main place for news and updates.  The BlackGuard comic will still be on the site, it just won’t be the first thing you see anymore.  We’re also going to separate the comic into issues instead of story arcs when the change happens.

Anyway, we have two more entries in the Famous Fours series, starting with one of the most commonly remade pictures, “Abbey Road”.

Abbey Road

The BlackGuard walk Abbey Road

Also, the front cover of Fantastic Four #1

Fantastic Four

The Blacktastic Four!

Other than that we got some more duo shots, featuring the semi-friendship of Darius Doome and Jonnie Staples…

Doome and Staples

The “buddies” of the BlackGuard

And the only two responsible people in this messed up team, Eli Mercer and Sequoia.

Sequoia and Mercer

The Logic and the Leadership

MSMF P20/21

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.

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

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Observing The BlackGuard Entry 15: Jonnie Staples and Darius Doome

08 Oct 12
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Finally, we conclude this series of journal entries with what can be considered either the most promising or most disturbing relationship amongst the team: Jonnie Staples and Darius Doome.

Up until this point, the best I have been able to say about any of the team relationships is that two members may have an understanding or some respect for one another. None have come close to resembling a friendship. This is what makes Jonnie and Darius interesting. It’s difficult to say whether these two actually consider each other as a friend. I find it hard to believe either of them has any friends. Even as members of The BlackGuard, both seem to be staunchly focused on their chosen career paths (Darius’s mad scientist career and Jonnie’s mercenary career) and have little time for anything else.

What I can say is that Jonnie and Darius do not mind each other’s company. In battle, they are the two most likely to actually use teamwork. Outside of combat, they may share an occasional laugh or two. Perhaps they have found common ground in their solitary lifestyles. Maybe they have reached out to one another to achieve something that has been missing from both their lives. Possibly, a bond has formed here that will help to rehabilitate these two men into heroes. That would be the inspirational way to look at their semi-friendship, but there is also a more irksome, and more believable, way to see things.

Frankly, Darius and Jonnie are the two least mentally stable members of The BlackGuard. They recognize this in each other and are, dare I say, drawn to one another. In some strange, twisted way, it’s as if crazy attracts crazy. Instead of finding hope in this “friendship”, I’m in fact worried by it. I don’t see the pairing of Jonnie and Darius as being helpful to either of their psyches. It will more likely be harmful as both encourage each other to roam farther and farther to the edges of their sanity. I can only imagine what will happen when both go completely over the edge.

And on that grim note, I conclude my “Observing The BlackGuard” series. This team has a number of interpersonal conflicts, but I, Dr. Hugo Cranium, am here to help them work through their numerous issues. I see nothing but success in our collective futures!

– Dr. Hugo Cranium

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Observing The BlackGuard Entry 11: Afia Melanin And Jonnie Staples

20 Aug 12
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Today, I want to cover the many differences and similarities of Afia Melanin and Jonnie Staples.

In this discussion, I guess I should start with the biggest difference in Jonnie and Afia, and that is humor. Jonnie tends to find humor under just about any condition. If he notices even the slightest joke in a situation, he makes sure to point it out to the rest of the team, whether they appreciate it or not. Afia, on the other hand, finds very little to be funny about any situation (She obviously has not gotten any of MY witty remarks). If Afia does have a sense of humor, it probably revolves around the downfall of the “white man”.

That leads me to another difference between these two: their views on race. In Afia’s mind everything has some sort of racial connotation. Just about any action she witnesses is racially motivated in her eyes. I honestly believe that she is so driven to see her own race prosper that she projects her viewpoints onto everyone else. Since all of her actions are racially motivated, everyone’s actions must be racially motivated. In contrast, Jonnie could care less about the racial issues of the world. Even in the presence of blatant racism, Jonnie simply ignores it. I don’t know whether he is in denial of the presence of racism or just so self-absorbed that he does not concern himself with it. Either way, I think his refusal to acknowledge it bothers Afia intensely.

There are two traits that these two do share though. Both are impulsive, and both are violent. I guess you could say that all the members of The BlackGuard are violent, but Afia and Jonnie tend to get more satisfaction out of their violent actions than their other two teammates. Impulsiveness combined with a violent nature means these two are always the first to jump into battle. It’s funny how these two are so quick to jump into a fight, and neither is fighting for the same cause.

– Dr. Hugo Cranium

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Observing The BlackGuard Entry 7: Mercer And Staples

09 Jun 12
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I’ve allowed myself to get distracted and have been remiss in my entries on the individual relationships of The BlackGuard. Today, I resume the process with an observation of Eli Mercer and Jonnie Staples.

I noticed quickly that any interaction between Eli and Jonnie can become an explosive situation, like introducing fire to gasoline. This has mainly to do with the fact that they have entirely different comfort zones. Whenever they are in the same room, there’s a clash for dominance, as both are trying to transform their surroundings into something which they are accustomed to. Allow me to elaborate.

Eli requires order in everything he does. In fact, amongst The BlackGuard, he is order. He mandates that every member of the team wear black (with the exception of Geronimo, whom it seems Eli does not have as much authority over) to create not only unity, but order. To keep a team as dangerous as The BlackGuard under control, he must maintain a certain amount of decorum, or else he risks turning something initially positive into a disaster, which he has already narrowly avoided a few times in the short time this team has been together.

Jonnie, on the other hand, finds comfort in chaos. In fact, he relishes in it. Not to say that Jonnie is only happy when he has either a gun or sword (or grenade) in his hand, but he does seem bored whenever there’s a lack of unpredictability in a situation. When he finds himself in these predicaments, he feels compelled to create chaos, often to the dismay of Eli.

As long as these two are unable to compromise in their battle of order vs. chaos, there will always be turmoil within the team. On a side note, despite their differences, I get the feeling Jonnie doesn’t see Eli as such a bad guy. And despite the fact Eli seems to care about the well-being of his team, sometimes I feel he just doesn’t like Jonnie.

– Dr. Hugo Cranium

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Observing The BlackGuard Entry 6: Staples And Sequoia

30 Apr 12
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Today, I want to discuss the peculiar “friendship?” of Sequoia and Jonnie.

Originally, I saw Sequoia as having the same relationship with Jonnie as she does with Darius. Like Darius, Jonnie often has an obscured view of reality, which greatly contrasts with Sequoia’s sensible nature. However, where Sequoia chooses to simply ignore Darius, she often competes with Jonnie in a game of wits. Both of these two seem to appreciate the art of a perfectly timed quip (often at the expense of Mercer), so any “conversation” they have is normally a sparring match of one-liners and jabbing insults, with each mocking blow causing the smirks on their faces to grow.

As a former student of mine, I am well aware that Sequoia enjoys laughing at others more so than just laughing with them. I find it quite intriguing that, of all the members of The BlackGuard, Jonnie seems to be the one that can make her laugh simply by berating another teammate. I would say that she’s simply amused at the target of the insult, but I notice that the jeers directed by Jonnie are often the ones that cause her to quietly giggle to herself.

It is their common love of sarcastic gibes that causes me to believe there is a mutual respect between Jonnie and Sequoia…… and possibly something more.

– Dr. Hugo Cranium

Next Entry: Mercer and Staples

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Observing The BlackGuard Entry 2: Staples And Odan

09 Mar 12
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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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