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MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #5–pgs 2 & 3(of 45)


    To borrow a parlance of the times…OMFG!!!  When I created BETSY ROSSBOT, I knew I would eventually have to invent and then produce in comics form an origin story for her.  What I didn’t really take into account was the research nightmare that would ensue.  RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH!!! 

     Ok, I’ll be the first to admit that my “research” didn’t extend beyond Wikipedia and Google Image Search, but man it’s the MOST Wikipediaing and Google Image Searching I have ever done.  One Wiki entry would be printed out and read.  Keywords and sentences would be underlined.  All the things underlined would be wikied and printed out and read and underlined and…well it went on like that for a while.  As each new “factoid” was learned, a bunch of historically fictious ideas would bloom.  This story that started out simply as ‘BETSY ROSS BECOMES A ROBOT’ became so much bigger.  I’ve had several people since tell me it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.  I’m not inclined to disagree, but I think it’s not so much the writing, but because I took the time to look up, streamline a design, and then draw British soldier uniforms and tri-cornered hats over and over again.  What a serious pain in the ass that was.

      Oh…and in case you are wondering: The “SEIGE OF NEW YORK” really happened.  George Washington was really NEARLY captured.  The rest of these opening few pages is total B.S.



    MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE is a mini-comic I started producing in 2007 (after a quasi-false start in late 2006—more on that later), and in that time I have produced 5.2 regular issues, several specials, and some short MANLY TALES for anthologies.

    MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE is about the comedy/”action” adventures of one FLEMING HAZMAT—the world’s foremost adventurer, treasure hunter, and paranormal investigator—and his team, BETSY ROSSBOT—a robot with the brain of revolutionary Betsy Ross—and ATLANTIS LAD—a fish boy intern from the lost city of Atlantis.

     While MANLY TALES mini-comics can be purchased from me in person (or if you want to order some send me an email: staplegenius at yahoo dot com), I will be posting the ENTIRE RUN of the MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE series in chronological order on this blog starting today.

    So why should you read them here?  Well…hopefully you haven’t read them before (thats the idea, right?) , and even if you have, you should know I will be posting here the “Special Edition” of the MANLY TALES.

    That’s right! MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE in it’s intended vision—with greytones!!!   I may even fix the spelling mistakes….|No promises, though….

    So here we go. The “Great Work” begins today.

     I will attempt to post a page or two a day from here on out, and given the amount of pages already done, I have about enough content tp get us into 2010.  And I’ll be posting some “directors commentary” along the way.  I’ll take breaks to post other fun stuff, too.





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