Monday, May 30, 2005

Mossman at Black Mesa & more...

I have been getting so much response on this, I decided I needed to make a post explaining a few things I feel about the story of the game Half-Life.

1) The Metro Cops are cyborgs (or brainwashed)...
No, I do not believe this at all. My main proof of this is Barney. I feel that it would be almost impossible to infiltrate them if they were. On top of that, whats to say that he infiltrated in the first place? He might have just been assigned the job, after all... he was a security officer before all this anyway, right? The cyborgs are the soldiers. If fact, I am not sure the soldier ever were human so to speak. I feel they are something created by the Combine, not unlike the lifeforms the Combine used to make striders and gunships. Which brings up another idea that some think... I believe these things are not piloted. They are also cyborgs that are controlled through some kind of network -- this is why when Jack finds the A.P.C. he says it is doesn't have a steering wheel like the ones in the city. It is driven through some other means.

2) Civil Protection is not Overwatch...
This I mulled over for a long time and no, I am not 100% sure of this. The main reason I came to my conclusion is from the Half-Life Saga Story Guide site. I feel overwatch is bigger than just Civil Protection... C.P. is a part of Overwatch if you will. Furthermore, I feel that the soldiers are not controlled by Breen. He can ask for assistance, perhaps get them to do some things, but they are controlled by the Combine (through the network I mentioned before). Where he has direct control of Civil Protection. I believe Overwatch is a term that Breen came up with for his portion of earth's control.

3) Mossman did not work at Black Mesa...
Again, I don't remember anything that says directly that she did not work there. There was a statement that she was jealous of a position that Freeman got there. To me this suggests that she did work there, but did not get some kind of promotion. My main reason for this line of thinking is that Mossman would not know about a position at a top secret facility unless she worked there herself. In fact, in my story i expand this idea a bit. Mossman is a few years older than Gordon, and was trying to get that position, but Gordon got it straight out of grad school and she is resentful of this.

If someone can prove different (esp. on the Mossman one) I would like proof (and just saying "no, it is this way" is not proof). It is easily changed (I can just make Mossman say "No, I did not work there, but I know some that did").

If anyone at VAVLe can sound off on this, that would be great (and no, just saying "Hi I work at VALVe" is not proof either, or course). I want this to be as close to game continuity as it can be, but at this point this is my philosophy and where the story is going.

Take care.

Monday, May 23, 2005

APOSTASY - Issue #2...

Here it is finally... and actually only one week late. Quite frankly I am shocked I got it done this close to on time. As I said, I made a slighly impossible schedule to get myself movivated.

Anyway, on to the the story...







Enjoy!

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Monday, May 16, 2005

Featured in PC Gamer U.K...

The British version of my favorite Gaming Magazine, PC Gamer, has featured Apostasy in thier recent issue. The comic is featured inside the magazine in a small article and on the DVD that comes with the magazine (in high quality 300 dpi)...

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Saturday, May 14, 2005

Apostasy Issue #2 Pre-Release...

Okay, let me start by saying I am sorry. We all knew when I first stated the deadline I was making for myself that there was probably no way I was going to finish it by then. The good news is that if I hadn't tried to meet this deadline, the issue probably would not have gotten done until next month. I am pretty sure I can get it done this week (I am shooting for the 20th now).

As an apology, I am offering up a pre-release of the first 5 pages for you all to look over in the meantime while you wait. Keep in mind when you check it out that there are still some things that my editor pointed out that I have not fixed yet, I just decided to do this at the quite suddenly tonight... so bare with me that these are not totally done yet.

Thanks again for all your support and take care!

(Images removed when final comic was released)

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Apostasy T-Shirt...

PHWComics has just released a t-shirt I designed for Apostasy. It features Jack in all his bitter glory from the cover of upcoming Issue#2...



Go and pick one up, the cash from them helps to keep that site which hosts my comic up and running. While there, check out some of the other cool shirts and stuff in the PHW Store. I already got myself this one with several PHW characters on it last month.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Cover of Issue #2...

I have not posted any previews like I did for Issue #1 to try to keep the storyline somewhat of a mystery, but tonight I just finished the cover and I kind of dig it so I thought I should share it. Let me know what you all think...

(Images removed when final comic was released)

Monday, May 02, 2005

Allan joins up...

Another good friend of mine and fellow screenwritier Allan Evans has joined up as the official Editor of "Apostasy." This is great seeing how as I cannot spell anything properly without spell check (this is probably evident several places in this Blog -- sorry).

Allan will most likely be eventually lending his writing talents to the series at some point also.

13 days and counting to Issue #2...
...this deadline is going to be a tight one!

Edited 2 hours later --
It figures... I spelt Allan's last name wrong -- how unbelievably ironic. Needless to say, Allan emailed me to let me know (it seems he is starting his position already and has his work cut out for him).