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TLB's Secret Community Project - Finally Revealed

The Lovely BastardThe Lovely Bastard Registered User regular
edited October 2010 in Graphic Violence
I was gonna put this in the Graphic Violence Activities thread but I am too lazy and also an egomaniac and fuck that noise.

So our next forum activity?

GV is making a fucking comic book

But, TLB, you ask, how vague can you get?

To this I say shut the fuck up and keep reading. But I also say, that together, as a community, we are gonna put together and anthology book around a central theme I came up with that gives us the most free-reign and least continuity errors should we want to do this semi-regularly.

So, now I know you wanna know what the hell the theme is, well buckle your safety belts, nancy boys and read this here pitch that I have only shared with 5 people (geebs, anjinsan, bale, blank, and jordyn) before deciding to say fuck it and give the go ahead:

I was reading O.M.A.C. by Jack Kirby and the idea hit me -- super hero draft. See, the whole gist of O.M.A.C. is that he is just some dude they picked and a satellite, Brother Eye just zaps the fucker and he has super powers, and whenever he has to do something rad as fuck, Brother Eye zaps him again and he becomes boss as hell.

So, instead of having someone willing to be this hero, why not make it anyone and everyone as a citizen of the United States of America over the age of 18 has to register to be zapped by a super hero beam whenever supervillain shenanigans break out and they are nearby?

It can be anyone. Some people will think it is the greatest thing ever to be a superhero and have a sentient satellite talking to you all the time. Sometimes it'll be an annoyance. Sometimes it won't be the first time this has happened to you. Hell, sometimes you might decide to be a villain yourself. Who knows what can happen!

This'll be a world where there are honest-to-goodness real superheroes and villains, but man they can't be everywhere. So, some unlucky Insurance Broker in Tuscaloosa has to go fight say Dr. Doom just because he is in the wrong place at the wrong time and all the while he's got this annoying satellite giving him instructions and just when he gets used to it and finds a way to defeat the villain, its right back to Insurance Brokering. How the hell do you explain that to you boss? Sorry, dude, I was gonna come to work but I had to go fight Galactus. My bad.

It can be a bunch of done-in-one stories or whatever and can have as much silver age wackiness as possible since the satellite can give them any power they want ever

pretty dang rad, huh?

Now, as for how it will work, I will first need to gauge the amount of writers and artists who would participate. I need to get as many writers as possible to pitch ideas, and a stable of artists who can not only pitch story ideas, but be comfortable drawing other people's stories if the need be. My end-game plan is to get the dang thing published either on a website or a physical form but that will be far down the road and we ain't gotta worry about that yet.

I am not only gonna write some stories, but I am going to be editing all the writing. This is not to say I will change a single word you write, I am just gonna make sure it fits with the theme and what minuscule continuity, if any, we build up in this maintains intact. If all goes smoothly, I won't have to do a damn thing and will only call myself editor because I like titles.

Of course I left the biggest question for last: how does your story get picked for the anthology? Well, it's a dual layer quality assurance system. Everyone who has an idea for a story to write can PM me with a short, paragraph long pitch about the basics of their story. If I think it can work, it'll go in this thread or another thread and we'll all vote on the stories we want to see. The artists then, if they did not pitch any writing, can pick and choose and fight amongst themselves for which one they wanna draw real good.

And don't think that this is limited to solely GV posters. I wanna bring every and anyone into the fold who can do a bang-up job with either art or writing.

Just don't start sending me story idea PMs right now. Gotta get a feel on what kind of interest we can get, particularly from artists as they gotta feasibly do more work.


UPDATES:

Alright, little doggies. This thing, much like Paul Kersey's bloodlust, would not wither and die with age.

With a lot of help from the lovely Quoth, we are back with a vengeance.

Here is the website:


http://www.sentryduty.com/

Here is the scripts:

http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showp...&postcount=436
http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showp...&postcount=481
http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showp...&postcount=514
http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showp...&postcount=539
http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showp...&postcount=386

Here is the art:

http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showpost.php?p=16282338&postcount=330
http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showpost.php?p=11322993&postcount=183
http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showpost.php?p=11440063&postcount=213
http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showpost.php?p=11206607&postcount=336
http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showpost.php?p=16281713&postcount=320

there are also some scripts and art on the site, but not all of the scripts because jerkfaces ain't givin' they real names

Right now, I ain't taking any new scripts unless you will draw them yourself and actually give me a script first and will actually draw the dang thing for real this time.

So let's get this thing rolling.

If you guys fail me again, me and Quoth will hunt you down like dogs

As of now the writer/artist teams are:

Me and Squidbunny

Manon drawing his own script

Spectre-X and Douglas Danger

Mully and Quoth

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  • MolotovCockatooMolotovCockatoo Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    dammit TLB how many 80s action movie stars do I gotta draw to qualify for this horse race

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  • The Lovely BastardThe Lovely Bastard Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    none!

    you can totally do it because you do good art

  • SkulloSkullo Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Heyyo.
    I know I don't really post around here anymore (not that I did much anyway when I did), but:
    This is awesome. I really want it to succeed!

    TLB, you have a point about it being easy to find writers on the 'net, so if find yourself getting a lot of scripts, and if you'd like, I'd love to volunteer as they kind of editor that does the boring stuff like grammar/spelling/etc on any scripts you get. I'm two thirds of the way certified into being an English teacher, so it goes without saying that I like that stuff. Don't want this to come off as position begging, I just actually really like this idea, and I'd love to do anything I could to see it get off the ground.

    I can't actually volunteer as a writer, as I don't know how much free time I'll have once I start teaching, but I'd be more than willing to help out people with writer's block or something. If I do end up having the time, I'll definitely pitch some ideas.

    Edit: Whoops, misread your post as saying you don't want to be the editor that changes writing. Still, my volunteering stands in case you get an influx or something.

    Best of luck!

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  • Sars_BoySars_Boy Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    tlb i am sad you did not share this with me before

  • Kuribo's ShoeKuribo's Shoe Kuribo's Stocking North PoleRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I want in on this. For reals.

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  • The Lovely BastardThe Lovely Bastard Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Skullo wrote: »
    Heyyo.
    I know I don't really post around here anymore (not that I did much anyway when I did), but:
    This is awesome. I really want it to succeed!

    TLB, you have a point about it being easy to find writers on the 'net, so if find yourself getting a lot of scripts, and if you'd like, I'd love to volunteer as they kind of editor that does the boring stuff like grammar/spelling/etc on any scripts you get. I'm two thirds of the way certified into being an English teacher, so it goes without saying that I like that stuff. Don't want this to come off as position begging, I just actually really like this idea, and I'd love to do anything I could to see it get off the ground.

    I can't actually volunteer as a writer, as I don't know how much free time I'll have once I start teaching, but I'd be more than willing to help out people with writer's block or something. If I do end up having the time, I'll definitely pitch some ideas.

    Edit: Whoops, misread your post as saying you don't want to be the editor that changes writing. Still, my volunteering stands in case you get an influx or something.

    Best of luck!

    skullo I will totally be fixing grammar and spelling here and there if need be before it goes to the artists, and if I get inundated I'd gladly ask for your help
    Sars_Boy wrote: »
    tlb i am sad you did not share this with me before

    look it was originally gonna be an idea for the create a hero thing geebs is running but I realized it would never work for it

  • JyrenBJyrenB Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    So yeah, this pulls me out of lurking for a few years.

    This is really a great idea. You said you're looking for artists, and me and my fiance are artists that have been trying to come up with some kind of story idea lately without much success...but this has both of our interest. What must we do to prove ourselves worthy beyond actually showing some art?

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  • sportzboytjwsportzboytjw squeeeeeezzeeee some more tax breaks outRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I am atrocious at art. Sar where the poop have you been. I can write alright. This is a good idea. I reiterate, if I draw anything, it will be stick-men in mspaint. Which could tell a story, but seriously I'm bad at art.

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  • The Lovely BastardThe Lovely Bastard Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    really if you can art just post a sample and be fine with the fact you are drawing someone else's words

  • wwtMaskwwtMask Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I'm down. I've already got a couple ideas percolating since reading the pitch!

    When he dies, I hope they write "Worst Affirmative Action Hire, EVER" on his grave. His corpse should be trolled.
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  • The Lovely BastardThe Lovely Bastard Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    and guys don't worry about getting me your PMs with paragraph pitches til after the deadline for the create a hero/villain thing

    I don't wanna take away from anyone's involvement with that

    as for any artist who wants to join: if I've never seen your work, just shoot me a PM with a sample or two. doesn't have to be of anything in particular just an idea of how you work

  • Centipede DamascusCentipede Damascus I didn't want to wake you up but I really want to show you somethingRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Maybe you might want to crosspost this in the AC or something?

  • HenslerHensler Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I'd be all about writing prose for this to flesh out the universe. But I'm a travel writer and don't know anything about scripting a comic book.

  • The Lovely BastardThe Lovely Bastard Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I actually PMed all the AC mods to see if it would be cool to post there too

  • GrifterGrifter TorontoSuper Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited July 2009
    This sounds like a neat project. I would say that I'd like to participate but I have a really bad track record with pulling through on projects like this. I really hope that this works out for you guys.

  • KVWKVW Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Sounds like a nice mix between dial h for hero and war heroes.

  • Sars_BoySars_Boy Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    i'll give this a shot but i don't expect it to be good

  • TexiKenTexiKen Was it Kierkegaard or Dick Van Patten who said, Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Interesting idea. Dial H for Hero, some Nova mixed in with it, possibility of making an SHRA-type law that works and isn't mismanaged from issue to issue.

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  • KeithKeith Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Sars_Boy wrote: »
    i'll give this a shot but i don't expect it to be good

    Yeah. I mean it's a great idea, but uh

    I have no faith in the people here (myself included)

  • wwtMaskwwtMask Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Man, I've got a list of questions about the premise that will probably be answered (potentially) through my pitches. I'm barely even thinking about awesome fights, to be honest.

    When he dies, I hope they write "Worst Affirmative Action Hire, EVER" on his grave. His corpse should be trolled.
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  • FaynorFaynor Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    It would be interesting if every person had a different power because of their genetic makeup

    like "fuck the hulk is attacking fucking new pontington? the fuck is that located? shiiiit, harry james is all we have near there. he's uh, he well. he talks to rocks."

    do you wanna see me eat a hotdog
  • KeithKeith Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    You could write that story, Faynor

    (except not with the Hulk)

  • FaynorFaynor Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I am not very creative sadly, and I am somewhat of a perfectionist

    It once took me two hours to write what became a six sentence introductory paragraph

    do you wanna see me eat a hotdog
  • The Lovely BastardThe Lovely Bastard Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    See I figure that can be a good one-off story, but I don't want it to be a hard-fast rule. Simply because I want the writers to have as much freedom as possible.

    As for the faith aspect, I only expect about 10% participation to actually go through to the end, that's why I am making it cross-forum, so as to fill out at least one anthology.

  • DouglasDangerDouglasDanger Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    this sounds really awesome. I am going to brainstorm.

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  • Devlin_DragonusDevlin_Dragonus SE++ Wrestling Average Champion Dallas, TexasRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    So the power satellite, does it give just one power you can choose, can you change it on the whim, or can you choose a set of powers?

    I have a few ideas, but want some more info.

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  • The Lovely BastardThe Lovely Bastard Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    The satellite literally gives you any power you can possibly think of. When you are first activated, you get this standard bullshit greeting. Your powers are supposed to be based on the threat you are facing, but you can change them at will.

  • DouglasDangerDouglasDanger Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Wait. You can pick the powers you get beamed with?

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  • The Lovely BastardThe Lovely Bastard Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
  • LucascraftLucascraft Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Since this is a compulsory registration and civic duty, such as Jury Duty, I think a clever name for the series is in order. How about:

    Sentry Duty

    I know the name/word Sentry might have negative connotations with people who don't like The Sentry. But this isn't about him. Its about the Sentry Protocol which gets beamed directly into the head of the lucky/unlucky recipient.

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  • MolotovCockatooMolotovCockatoo Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    The satellite literally gives you any power you can possibly think of. When you are first activated, you get this standard bullshit greeting. Your powers are supposed to be based on the threat you are facing, but you can change them at will.

    There's got to be a limit, at least for story purposes... otherwise there would be no challenge! Everyone would just pick perfect invulnerability, or telekinetic disintegration like dr. manhattan, or invisibility/intangibility, or psychic domination (oops sorry bad guy, you're my unwilling slave now!) or hell perfect mental control over time and space and just bypass things completely. Or all of those things.

    And what happens when some troublemaker asks for a giant death laser beam and just blows the satellite out of the sky? Or just wishes it out of existence?

    I need answers dammit

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    No jeez Orik why do you assume the worst about people?

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  • FaynorFaynor Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    my ideas and opinions are all better than TLBs

    it should be different for every person

    (i'm just kidding TLB, this is an awesome idea that I can see you've put some work in to!)

    do you wanna see me eat a hotdog
  • The Lovely BastardThe Lovely Bastard Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    there will be limits of course

    I mean anything that would make you strong enough to take out the satellite quicker than it can stop you is a no go

    also you can't have any power that would physically alter your body

    no wings

    no breathing in space/water

    and remember the powers may be immense

    but the second the villain is defeated you lose them

    so you do something stupid like mind control

    the villain is subdued

    but whoops you lost your powers and now a villain's gonna kill you

  • FaynorFaynor Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    i would like the power to have all powers tia

    do you wanna see me eat a hotdog
  • The Lovely BastardThe Lovely Bastard Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    damnit faynor

    also lucas I like that title

    I wasn't even thinking about titles until after the thing was done

  • The Geebs That Got BigtimedThe Geebs That Got Bigtimed Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited July 2009
    I'll maybe write something, but something tells me there will be more writers than artists.

  • Calamity JaneCalamity Jane That Wrong Love Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    TLB, is there a...er, set continuity?

  • RingoRingo Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Thoughts:

    1) Sentry Duty? Awesome name. Sentry Protocol as well.

    2) Sure there are a ton of writers hanging around. Doesn't mean any of them will actually produce anything. And definitely doesn't mean that any of them will write something that's better than what you can come up with. So just give it a shot.

    3) One satellite? Any power you want? Ehhh... I'm wary, TLB. I'm wary. I guess it moves the story from the standard "How do I possibly use my superpowers to overcome the odds?" into more of a character study. "What happens when Joe X is tasked to overcome a supervillain. What choices will he make when confronted with such an outlandish situation?" It could work.

    But personally, my first idea was that there's a fleet of satellites up there (how else would you be able to get national or world coverage anyway?), which would allow for differing interpretations of the AI program. And then I thought - why just deal with the AI? Why not deal with a tetchy AI and a Superpowers Tech Support Call Center at the same time? And then my ideas kind of spun out of control from there.

    For some reason I am really stuck on the "Any super power you want" thing though. I just want to be able to construct a set of limits and have my characters interact with them. Which is why I think the multiple satellites idea might be a good one. Sure, if you're in New York and you've got a fleet of brand new SRV-8870's beaming powers down left and right, you're only limited by your quick thinking and imagination. But if you're in Bumfuck, Idaho and the only satellite passing through your area is an old ED209 that's seven months away from being decommissioned and can only beam you powers once every three minutes and only then if it's a clear day AND the AI has developed some kind of split-personality in it's last fifteen years of service, you might be a little more hard pressed to defeat the Paper Necromancer terrorizing the farm.

    Plus, more than one satellite means that bad things can happen to them - like being hijacked by villains. Or they go crazy and start giving superpowers out to goldfish.

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  • WildcatWildcat Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Lucascraft wrote: »
    I know the name/word Sentry might have negative connotations with people who don't like The Sentry.
    This is unthinkable. I fully support the Sentry Duty moniker.

    TLB, I would also like to put my name forward to help with proofreading etc if you need a hand.

  • Psychotic OnePsychotic One Never let an alligator... Do your taxesRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I really like the idea. Could be a lot of fun to do. Even if the best it does is become another web comic in a sea of web comics. Wouldn't mind doing a short story or two here. Just some thoughts

    Names: Sentry Project or Sentry Protocols are nice. Considering this could be any power or combination I think Chimera Protocols would fit as well.

    Powers: I would say for sake of story and drama it would be best to limit the "God" characters that can do anything on the fly. Infact I would suggest the first person to unlock more than 5 'gifts' at time should be a hobo with mutiple personality dissorder and he constantly shifts through powers, and apperances, as diffrent personas take the front.

    Storylines: I say for the most part, at least at first, one shots and short arcs should be done to introduce the world / powers / etc. Similar to how 100 Bullets set the stage before starting the real first act. Perhaps the heavy contributers [regular writers, editor, and main artists] could choose their favorite characters or writers to do a "3 issue" story arc. Then if the story editor wishes for some sort of event he could choose a main writer/artist from the best of that year and such and they could do the core story line while the other writers can do "side arcs" based of specific guidelines. If public domain storylines are viable for storylines could do something huge with the Cthulhu/Elder Gods.


    If you plan to keep this as an ongoing project setting up a wiki with guide lines / reserved characters [writers keep creative "control" over their guy unless they give permission for him to be used] / current story arcs / what have you.

    I have an old RP character that I could work into this as a series of short stories/arcs and several possible one shots with just random storylines that jump into my head as things get going.

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