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Character Inquisition Meme

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Published: March 21, 2009 | By admin

Once again, proving that blatant theft is the sincerest form of flattery, I present someone else's idea as my own in the hopes that it will be as awesome for me as it was for them.  Taken from a post by Fes of PSI [1] (who took it from elsewhere himself), the point of this excercise is simple - you name a cast member of AoD, and I will... to the best of my abilities but without ruining anything about the future... try and answer all 20 questions listed below. Unlike PSI, I'm going to open the game up to any- that's right, ANY- named character who's ever appeared within the walls of AoD.  Granted, it may mean I make a bunch of crap up, but still... you got the dime, I got the time. 01. Full name 02. Best friend 03. Sexuality 04. Favorite color 05. Relationship status 06. Ideal mate 07. Odd Skills/Skills in general 08. Last Amusing Escapade 09. Favorite food 10. Crushes 11. Favorite music 12. Biggest fear 13. Biggest fantasy 14. Quirks 15. Bad habits 16. Biggest regret 17. Best kept secrets 18. Last thought 19. Worst sexual/romantic experience 20. Biggest insecurity [1] http://psiwebcomic.com/comics/meme-exe/

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1-year Anniversiary Contest and More!

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Published: March 15, 2009 | By admin

The Apple of Discord technically began sometime in mid-March of 2008, but since the "official" start date listed on Page Uno is April 1st (what more fitting a first day than April Fool's Day, anyway?) I think that's when we're going with.  In celebration of our rapidly approaching 1-year anniversiary, I'm holding open submissions for... well, honestly... anything that people want to send me.  Fan art, filler comics, a video of you dancin' like a moron... it's all fair game.  Submissions will be open through March 28th, with all your fan works being featured during the 1-week aniversiary (while I take a week off and go traumatize some politicians in Washington D.C.).  Anything you send, no matter how bad, will go up in the gallery under a special Anniversiary section... the top six choices will go to the front page that week (no 7th, have something special planned for the 1st).  On top of getting featured on the front page of AoD and seen by it's hundreds... well, ok, tens... of readers and your link forever etched in my archives, we'll take votes all week and the top three entrants that go up on the front page will receive: Third Prize:  A comic-on-demand voucher for my services - I can attack a topic of your choosing here on AoD, do a filler comic for your comic (if you have one), or do a piece of commissioned "art". Second Prize:  A signed copy of all 3 year-1 Apple of Discord print comics (see more details below), my extremely limited-run print version of the comic collecting the best of Year 1. First Prize: A brand-new does-n0t-actually-exist-yet Apple of Discord shirt of your choosing in the size of your choosing (none of this "One Size fits Most crap - you want 5xlt, I'll find a way to make it happen).  Email your entries to contest@theappleofdiscord.com [1] and remember, cut-off is Saturday, March 28th.  Additionally, as the prizes mention, I'm going to have a store with some stuff up in the next couple months.  Currently we've got a Gayzilla and a Love Triangle shirt underway (and hopefully will have pictures soon), but there may be a third or even a fourth design depending on how well these sell.  Also, the AoD Year One collection... it's going to run for 3 comics, and these are actual buy-them-in-a-comic-book-store sized comics.  The collection is divided up into three branches: Cinematic For The People - Featuring movie and television parodies, including the collected Gayzilla comics Bite Me - Featuring the recurring cast of Art, Leaf, Horn, Doc Hubris, and friends, as well as a few of the choice recurring bits, like the Love Triangle The Best Not-The-Worst Of - Featuring the political, topical, and webcomic-centric comics, including the collected "How Not To" segments [1] http://www.theappleofdiscord.commailto:contest@theappleofdiscord.com

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The Apple

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Published: March 7, 2009 | By admin

If you've never had the pleasure of seeing this movie... well...  count yourself amongst the lucky.  I mean, it's awesome.  AWESOME.  But bad... so very bad.

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Review'd – Choice Comics

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Published: February 28, 2009 | By admin

One last volley in Frumph's war before it ends tonight... I got reviewed a few days ago by Tiana/Metrius, a fellow Choice Reviewer at Wade The Fade's Choicecomics.net. Here's her (mostly positive) review. Apple of Discord has exactly what it says... Discord. It has a banner randomizer for its logo, one of which has the letters jumbled up. It is occasionally cameo happy. The repeat characters include Gayzilla and some magical creatures from some other realm, though it appears to be set on Earth and includes all sorts of video game jokes. It sacrifices real continuity for jokes, and that's where it has to be strong. Unfortunately, as the comic is chaotic, the jokes can range from hysterical to meh--they're certainly not for everyone. Sometimes you get geeky jokes, sometimes you get 'trying to incite the rage of the Twilight crowd', sometimes you get gay jokes, sometimes you sort of raise your eyebrows and look around for the garlic and holy water while backing away very slowly... Apple of Discord isn't a comic that's pretending to make sense. It knows exactly what it is, and it does what it promises. It gives a dose of lulz, and though it has repeat characters, it doesn't sacrifice funny for logic. In general, the art is a consistantly simple style, clean and colorful. However, even its art doesn't pretend to be consistant. It wouldn't be "The Apple of Discord", after all, if it was the same thing week after week... And that's what AoD shines strong. You can't predict what you're going to get. Sometimes the jokes are sidesplittingly hysterical... sometimes they're a bit off... sometimes they're a bit weird... sometimes they're nerdy. Sometimes the art is just a bit different. It's experimental, both in writing and art. Though there is a level of consistancy in its simple style, AoD isn't afraid to experiment. It's a brutal shot of random, without being PIE random all the time. You get to know some of the characters, and they do develop over the course of the comic. It runs recognizable series sometimes, including a few Webcomic How Not To strips and geek jokes. It's not a comic for someone looking for the consistancy of say, Penny Arcade. Its jokes are not always the same topic. Its characters are not always the same. Its art is not always the same style. It's experimental, and that's why it works--it doesn't pretend to be something it's not. We're promised discord, and we get it. The art is solid, even while experimenting, and though not all of the jokes will be hysterical to everyone, it has an appealing factor that'll draw you back to it, if just to see what happens next. If you want a whole lot of different types of funny, Apple of Discord is for you. It works to read through it, due to return characters and storylines, and it also works to just jump in and read a comic or two on your lunchbreak. In short, AoD is a fun comic. It's like a gumball machine. You don't know what color of gumball you're going to get. It might be bright pink, or blue, or yellow, or green, or the gold foil covered one that if you turn it in, you'll get a free chocolate bar from the store. Nearly everyone could probably find at least ONE of the comics in Apple of Discord funny--it just might be finding that one comic. It's not for everyone, but if you enjoy seeing just what you're going to get, check out Apple of Discord.

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The State of the Comic Address 2009

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Published: February 28, 2009 | By admin

March 1st is the 1 year anniversiary of the start of AoD... the "official" start was April 1st (April Fools Day), but March 1st was when the site went up and I started posting some of the test comics which would eventually become the backbone of AoD's early days.  Given everything going on, both in the world of AoD and in my own life, this anniversiary has given me a chance to (ok,  sort of forced me to) review where things stand. The last few months have been very hard on me (as some of you may know, I've been working mandatory 6 day weeks since December) and have sapped me physically, mentally, emotionally, and creatively.  I take the whole "on time, no unscheduled hiatuses" thing very seriously, but lately I've been frequently late on my updates on Mondays (Sunday being the only day I get to sleep in) and I've had to use up all the backlog of already done comics I had to make deadlines... including using more than a few comics I didn't think were "good enough"  and was hoping to improve before I posted them.  Add to that the "24-Hour Comic" debacle that ran through most of November... and it was not a good a particularly good winter. The structure of AoD has also changed... I've deviated away from the random, fun parody-comics or the poinant dark socio-political commentary comics and have fallen into using my staple characters to act out scenes that are more approriate in a sitcom than they are a random chaos-engine of a webcomic like AoD was created to be.  While the evolution of Art, Leaf, Horn, Dr Hubris, and the others was always my intent, having comics that are reduced to 2 solid weeks of Art complaining about pop culture was not.  Meanwhile, some of my other characters whom I love to draw and write about, like Gayzilla, The Archer, Sir Vivor, Steve (the Coma Guy), and The Apple itself have all-but-vanished from the pages, appearing only when convenient or a joke calls for them. I became overly aware of this when I was reviewing my comics to prep some of them for print (yes, that's right, I'm going to have some merch soon).  Since then, I've been trying to come up with some better "material"... thus the Peanuts and Dora comics recently, the return of Gayzilla, and the recent rash of Steve appearing in comics.  I've also been trying to integrate my "cast" members with some of the more bizarre pop culture references (Horn and Doyle meeting Batman, Art and Steve discussing the downfall of Teddy Ruxpin)... so hopefully we'll continue to see a revival of some of the elements which once made AoD, as one reviewer once commented "a hysterical gem of a comic taking the piss out of... gag-a-day wannabe Sunday Funnies".  That's my home, and it's time I went back to it. At the end of March I'm taking a week long driving vacation, and while I'm away I probably won't have a lot of time to draw.  Hopefully it'll recharge my creative batteries.  In addition to that, I've got Penguicon at the end of April.  That's going to be a lot of fun, but it's also going to siphon some of my comic-making power as I get ready for it. Here's the long and the short of things...  For the next 2-3 months, AoD is going to drop back down to it's original 2 days a week.  At the end of this time, I'll look again at how things are doing and re-evaluate.  The comic itself will update on Mondays and Fridays...  I'll still try to put something up Wednesdays, but the when, if, and overall quality of it may vary.  It may be sketches, it may be shirt designs, it might be a wallpaper download... whatever it is, more likely than not, it'll be something good, but something that requires a lot less effort.  Hopefully this will give me a chance to build up a backlog again, as well as to finish some of the special side projects that I've been doing, and maybe even to make better comics. Maybe. As a footnote, I wanted to thank everyone who's made the last year such a blast... I couldn't... no, more than that... I wouldn't have done this without all your help.  I'd specifically like to thank a few people... My wife for being overly understanding of this whole mess, Bufko and Speear, for having faith in me starting out, Poe and Impy for reassuring me I'm not doing nearly as bad as I often think I am, Marco for making me feel [i]nsignificant, Onyx and Tprio for showing how far someone can go if they just keep at it and be good to their readers, J Gray, Tiana, and the rest of the Misfits for abducting me, Defective Candy for letting me mentor (I guess you'd call it that) you and occasionally steal your character, Frumph for pushing me out of my comfort zone, Bengo for being the stat-happy little resource that he is, Hogan and the Dragoneers for facilitating my crossover-happy sprees, Jason, Fes and Kez for being generally awesome, and... er... anyone else that I've neglected to mention, for doing whatever it is you do.

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Podcasted: Webcomics Reviews and Interviews

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Published: February 22, 2009 | By admin

I am an absent-minded podcaster. A little over a week ago, I did an incredible podcast interview with Jamais Jochim, aka TregorySullivan.  In addition to his own comic, Sexpercussions [1], he's also the master MC of Webcomics Reviews and Interviews [2].  We talked about all sorts of things, from the origins of AoD and where it's headed to 80's cartoons to obscure film trivia specifically regarding union regulations, and my involvement with Frumph's WAR. The problem was that the interview was so good and so much fun that it ran a... wee bit over time (a bit more than an hour).  That meant that it took Jamais longer to edit it, meaning that by the time he finished it I'd gotten distracted and neglected to toss the link up and announce to the world that you can listen. My bad.  Anyway, it's up now, so you should check it out. [1] http://sexpercussions.com [2] http://www.twosparrowsproductions.biz/podcast.htm

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Help A Fellow Webcomicker Out

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Published: February 17, 2009 | By admin

I'm a big beliver in the webcomic community as a whole - I think that we're much stronger working together than we are working against one another... and that's why when I saw this, I had to throw out a call to arms. I don't know her personally, but I just learned via twitter that Karen of Planet Karen [1] is in a pretty bad situation... her house burnt down, and most of her stuff is trashed.  Her last comic update had to be assembled from "three different computers around the city".  She isn't formally asking for donations, but I imagine some would probably do a world of good right now.   As an extra "do the right thing" bonus, if you donate to her and send me [2] the receipt (please strip out all the personal credit-card bits) along with a screen resolution of choice, I'll send you a never-before-seen Apple of Discord wallpaper. [1] http://planetkaren.girl-wonder.org/ [2] http://www.theappleofdiscord.commailto:kallisti(at)theappleofdiscord(dot)com

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Site Revamp

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Published: February 16, 2009 | By admin

There might be a few funky things going on tonight... so please hang on, AoD will be fully functional (and with a new design) shortly.

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PenguinCon and Panels

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Published: January 29, 2009 | By admin

I'm going to be attending my first ever not-as-just-a-convention-goer convention in May!  The con is PenguiCon [1], a Linux/opensource/scifi convention that has, amongst it's other awesome features, a fairly a strong webcomic track being run by Dave of Slightly Off Topic [2].  It also looks like it'll be OnyxSparrow's official launch of the WAGON Card Game, of which AoD is going to be part of the next set, so there's going to be all sorts of awesome going on in one venue. They've already got a number of good-sounding panels that I've offered my services to, but I noticed that they were lacking a "Webcomicking 101" panel, which is usually a standard feature of such arrangements.  After talking to the Powers-What-Be, I had an idea... would anybody be interested in seeing the "How NOT To..." series in presentation form, as a panel lecture sort of thing wherein I go over some of the common mistakes people make when first starting out a webcomic?  Just a funny, tongue-in-cheek sort of review of some of the bigger blunders, like "If you've only got two comics, don't start making t-shirts yet.  Especially don't spend $400 on having t-shirts made."  and "Less than a month into a comic is not the best time to take a six-month Hiatus."  So... what do you think?  Would this be of interest to anybody? [1] http://www.penguicon.org [2] http://www.slightlyofftopic.com

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