Just business as usual in the FBI’s Unusual and Dangerous Development Division. Saving the world from good intentions.

According to some historians, Dr. Richard Gatling reportedly believed his newly-invented machine gun would make war so ghastly that people would stop fighting forever. I’ve read that anecdote in many places, but I’ve always suspected the story was a bit apocryphal. Either that or Doc G never knew an actual guy in his whole life.  “It fires 200 rounds per minute and will chop soldiers in half.” “COOL!”

And he certainly never met Special Agent Hauschild.

True tidbit – I’d started scripting this episode and wanted to flesh out the meeting with a female agent, about whom I had not, as yet, given much thought. Final Draft software has a name-picking widget that saves writers having to thumb through phone books (if anyone still does that) or glance out the window and swipe the name of a florist, the way Ian Fleming did when he came up with the name “James Bond.”

So I launched the widget and hit some keys at random and it presented me with “Hauschild.” Fair enough, I wrote it in. Sounded like “House-baby” to me; I was sort of picturing a timid little woman with agoraphobia. Fine. I could do that. But on a whim, I googled it. What I got was: German: nickname for a ferocious soldier: literally, ‘hack the shield’, from Middle High German.

Yeah. I can work with that.

And we’ve launched a Patreon! All the cool webcomics are doing it. We’re keeping ours real simple; mainly hoping to be able to get rid of the ads. If we can drop the ads, we can get rid of the sidebars, which will allow us to make the comics bigger and prettier. So if you’re up for being a supporter, let’s make it happen!

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New Vote Incentive!  And full-rez 2880 x 1800 versions will be going out to Patrons at the Digital Onslaught level and above, with our thanks!

More below – including more video!


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Getting Rough

 

One of the advantages of working with Max-The-Artist is that he has this amazing ability to interpret vague verbal dithering and turn it into images before one’s eyes. (This is how he also works with his commercial clients all over the world.) For those interested in the process, we have a Screen Recording video of our gChat session for this page, in which you can see how Max-The-Artist turns Bob’s rambling incoherence into a rough page sketch in 20 minutes. There is also some discussion of the characters and ideas origins, along with deep philosophical concepts such as “Hooterage.”

gChats are how we do almost every page, and we’ll be making these videos available to patrons at the Digital Onslaught level and above – but this first one is for everyone to see!

 


Currently all you see of Max is the artwork being created on his monitor (which is really all that’s important) but we’re looking into getting a separate webcam for him as well. Because frankly, of the two of us, he’s the better-looking one.
— Bob out


 

Max-the-Artist sez:

BIGGER IS BETTER

I’m really excited about our Patreon!  If we get enough patrons, we can drop all the annoying sidebar ads and use that space to present higher resolution artwork!  How frickin’ SWEET would it be see 3MM in higher res artwork?!  Dad and I have, from the start, put a lot of care in the fidelity and quality of this comic- but so far, we’ve been constrained by the sidebar ads.   I think this our opportunity to present our readers with a greater, purer 3MM experience.  I hope you agree- become a patron today!

BIGGER

A higher resolution sample… All the better to ogle with….