Man oh MAN Double Dragon 2 was so much better that the original…on the C64 that is, to be honest a wet sack of cat vomit would have been better, but this was a lot of fun. Big characters, nice environments, and a solid feel of violence and that’s all that 14 year olds care about.
Hello again! After the last blog post about the most popular comics that ran on Blow The Cartridge in 2016, I thought it would be fun to look at the ones at the bottom of the list. Maybe we can point and laugh at their crappiness, and perhaps even learn something along the way about what not to do. Let’s get stuck in!
I can’t say I’m too surprised that Karnov turned up in this list. I don’t really know what I was trying to do here – I was kicking around the idea of Blow The Cartridge turning into a comic where old game characters try to get new jobs after they stop being famous, but I think that was a bit too esoteric and maybe a bit mid-life-crisis-ish.
Aww! I kind of like this one! The land taxes bit gave me a giggle. I guess it is a bit of a cop out to do a comic about a fighting game and have no fighting in it. I mean, it’s not like I have never done that before…
This comic rightfully deserves its place amongst the most unpopular comics on this site. I didn’t play the game that much and kind of extrapolated too much out of the intro cutscene that most people just skipped over. Also this was made back when I drew comics on paper, and I remember it taking aaaaages to do for some reason. Bah!
I really need to stop making comics about games that are abstract. To be fair I didn’t really have a lot to work with – the original game is just a bunch of blobs moving around the screen. I try to avoid these kinds of games nowadays, sticking to ones with clearly defined characters and situations.
I like Frontier’s games, but I hate drawing dogs. Well, unless it’s a Presidog. I guess the joke is he was being neutered? It’s hard to tell with the angle I chose. This was made back when I didn’t really have time to edit the comic script before committing to paper and it shows.
I guess nobody played (or attempted to play) Revs? Shame, I like this one. Never did get much further than the first corner…
The joke was that he was a cop avenging his partner’s brutal murder by…brutally murdering people. OK not exactly top shelf material but sheesh, really, in the top 5? Ouch.
OK this one totally deserves being in this list. I had nothing here. There were doors that had “Ent” marked on them, and that is the name of the trees in Lord of the Rings, and uh that was it YIKES no Cameron this was a bad comic go back to comic school.
Yeah, looking back on it, I blew it. I could have made a comic about being a formula one star, or made a comic about how I spent prom night playing this on my C64 instead of going out because I was a total shut in, but I kind of tried to do both and failed. Shame.
Well there you go – this has been cathartic in a sense…and with almost 400 (!) comics in the archive now, they can’t all be winners!
Hello! Another year of Blow The Cartridge is in the books! It’s been a fun 52 weeks of retrogaming goodness, and I hope you had fun reading my comics!
Personally I’m pretty happy with how Blow The Cartridge is going. I like how the art has improved over the past year, and it’s always fun to look back at early comics and wonder what I was thinking. (Stick figure comics! Seriously?!)
Also we had a very successful Kickstarter campaign for the upcoming Blow The Cartridge #6 which I am hard at work on at the moment and can’t wait for it to be done! …Seriously I can’t wait for it to be done. I need it gone from my to-do list in a major way. Only two comics to draw and it’s out the door! Unfortunately they are both five page comics so hmm.
As has become a little tradition on this site, I have gone through the traffic stats and found the 10 most popular comics on Blow The Cartridge in 2016. Some are new, some are old, but they’re all ranking high on the traffic list so I must have done something right.
Note to self: I should really stop making comics that aren’t about Batman and just make comics that are about Batman instead. This one did pretty well, and it was recent, and it gave me an excuse to watch the Tim Burton Batman movie and yiiiiiiikes that really was not a good movie and (leans in closer, lowers his voice) I kinda think Tim Burton movies aren’t that great now that I think about it.
This one keeps popping up on lists since it’s the first comic in the archive. In last year’s top 10 list I thought about making it so another, maybe more mainstream, game was first in the archives but a) bugger that, Commodore 64 games are fantastic and b) it turns out that’s actually really hard to do in the CMS I am using! So come back next year for another link to my Mayhem In Monsterland comic!
I like it when comics in the top 10 list are comics I am proud of. This was a fun look back at the time Game And Watch games took over my life. I am still a big fan of Greenhouse, Donkey Kong and Oil Panic, and the DS Game And Watch Collection cartridge which houses those three games is one of my perennial faves.
A joke about Gon and a Jurrasic Park reference in the one comic? SELF HIGH-FIVING RIGHT NOW.
What was I saying here? Sleep deprivation and making comics, kids, is not a good combo.
I quite like this one! Comics that only make sense if you’ve played the game a lot are always good, I reckon.
Why do so many of the comics I make on this site end up with me being chased by an angry mob? I think I have made many bad life choices.
Anyone complaining this isn’t about the game is quite welcome to play the game and get back to me about what exactly I should have done with it because I have eggs in the fridge that are less generic. Still, I’m happy with how the comic turned out and it gave me a chance to draw Velma so that’s a win.
I’m really happy with how this one found an audience. Instead of trying to find an original take on the game I just kind of leaned into how every joke about Animal Crossing has already been done, which can be a pretty cheap cop out if not done right. Thanks for liking this one, internet!
Agh! This comic again! It’s always the top result in my daily traffic results so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. It’s one of the top Google results for the game, so that’s nice! Hello all new readers who like Breakout 🙂
NEXT: The 10 Least Popular Comics of 2016!
Hello! I have been very busy lately, making comics! Of course I am hard at work at Blow The Cartridge #6 after it had a very successful Kickstarter, but I have ALSO made a brand new issue of my other comic, Rose!
Rose #4 will debut at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo here in sunny Brisbane, Australia on November 11-13! It’s 24 pages of full colour fun starring an eternally hungry redhead and all the trouble she gets into while looking for a good meal. Issue four has broken dinner parties and therapy sessions and the real joy of almonds. I’m really happy with it and I can’t wait for you to check it out!
I’ll be at Supanova all three days of the show, in Artist’s Alley, and I would love to see you there! I’ll have all four issues of Rose on sale and some new merch and doing sketches just having a great all time! Table 62 is THE PLACE TO BE folks!
As you or may not know as well as doing this silly comic I am also one of the team members of Reset 64, a magazine devoted to the wonderful world of the Commodore 64! You can read all nine issues we have made so far here. I write reviews and do new comics for the magazine, and the team are a real awesome bunch of folks who love the mighty C64 as much as I do (which uh IS A LOT).
To help celebrate the latest issue (it really is a pearler) the gang got together to make a podcast! It’s about how we put the magazine together, what bits of it we liked the most, and even some talk about NEW games shhh don’t tell anyone. I ended up raving a bit about Eugene Jarvis, WHAT A SHOCK.
Take a listen here, and we’d love to hear what you think!
Great news, everyone! We just launched a Kickstarter campaign to get the next Blow The Cartridge comic book made, and YOU can help this happen!
Like previous Blow The Cartridge comic books, this new issue will have brand new comics that are made especially for the book, and be at least 36 pages of retrogaming good times. That’s a lot of comics about old video games!
Also, if that wasn’t enough – we’re doing something awesome we haven’t done before: hiring a talented person to do the cover! Ant Stiller is a well-known name in retrogaming, being an award-winning game developer and artist who has done art for game covers, backgrounds and so much more! I’m sure you’ll agree that the work in progress cover he has made looks astounding, and the final version will look even better!
Once again we’re offering guest appearances in the comic! Imagine how cool it will be to have your face in a brand new comic strip made especially for the issue!
The print copy I’m especially excited for, as we’re using the high-resolution original art files to make the visuals really shine on the page. And I’m also offering a reward where I will do a personalised sketch in your copy!
There’s also a handy-dandy digital version on offer too for the ultimate in portability and convenience, so no matter how you like to read your comics, you’re covered!