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Ladies & Gentlemen, I Present You “Henching”.

Henching - a new comic by Protoclown debuts next week at the San Diego Comic-Con!

Many moons ago, I said I was putting together a comic book to have ready for the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con. Believe it or not, I wasn't lying. Through the help of this very blog, I hooked up with my wonderful artist, a talented Canadian named Sharon (check out her Deviantart page here) who had just the style and wit I was searching for. This is a project that has consumed us both (her far more than me) for the last several months, and I am thrilled to report that the comic will be printed and ready in time for the Con!

Seeing as how I'm promoting this book at the I-Mockery table and on the I-Mockery site, it seemed appropriate that I do a humor book, one which parodies the superhero genre and makes fun of many of the typical cheesy conventions you see in those comics. This book follows four friends who happen to hench for various ridiculous super villains, as they reminisce on all of the bullshit they've had to put up with in their daily lives working for those idiots and assholes.

It's a black and white book (due to time and money constraints) and it'll cost ya three duckets, because I want to be able to pay my artist decently for her hard work. The initial print run will be available at the SDCC at I-Mockery's table #A10, and following that you'll be able to purchase it online, so don't worry if you can't make it out to the Con. You'll still be able to buy the book. And if there's enough interest, a color printing is certainly possible in the future (assuming Sharon wants to do it).

I had a damn good time writing it, and an even better time watching Sharon bring the words in my script to life. After all this time writing about comics, it's about time I got off my ass and actually wrote one myself. I hope you guys enjoy this thing even a fraction as much as I enjoyed seeing it all come together.


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doopa on 07/13/2009 11:40 pm

HOORRAY!!!! Very awesome! I can't wait to see it. The cover looks great :)

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Coryjonc on 07/13/2009 11:53 pm

Cool idea. I wish I could make it to the con. You can count on me buying a copy online, though. I like the cover.

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Drunken_Lemur408 on 07/14/2009 12:27 am

It's always wonderful to hear about someone realizing a dream of theirs. I too hope to reach my dream of watching nothing but terrible movies for an entire month and making a movie out of it.

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Tadao on 07/14/2009 4:31 am

Congrats to both of you!

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Nick on 07/14/2009 4:46 am

Sounds great. I can't wait to read it.

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King Credo on 07/14/2009 9:12 am

I never thought I'd want to buy a single comic book online but now it's gonna happen.

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10,000 Volt Ghost on 07/14/2009 10:01 am

Looks great. Going to order one online when available.

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Dimnos on 07/14/2009 10:27 am

Will it be a one issue deal or will there be more to come?

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Doctor_Who on 07/14/2009 11:36 am

Neato. I'll have to wait for it to be sold online, but rest assured I'm looking forward to it.


Vert (Guest) on 07/14/2009 12:37 pm

Would love to buy/read/consume/burn/make love to/ it, but living in Brazil as I do, that is impossible to me.



Gus Lanzetta (Guest) on 07/14/2009 1:13 pm

I to live in Brazil, like Vert, so I would love to be able to purchase it online.


Guto (Guest) on 07/14/2009 1:28 pm

Another brazilian here (INVASION!!), but I don't think there will be any problem for us third-worlders to buy it, surely the fine guys at I-Mockery will send these comics to us here, right? RIGHT?


captain516 (Guest) on 07/14/2009 1:32 pm

Can't wait to get my dirty paws on it. It's really awesome that you're going to be selling it online too, for the benefit of those who can't make it.

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-RoG- on 07/14/2009 2:10 pm

Wow, a lot o' Brazilians in here eh? Well fret not, because all merchandise on I-Mockery has always been available to ship worldwide, so we'll be happy to ship Protoclown's comics to you. It'll just cost a little more to ship, but not that much since it's just a comic book 'n all.

And congrats again to Proto for finishing this comic! I've known him for a looooooooooooooong time and he's always talked about doing some comics of his own, so it's really nice to see him finally make it happen. This year's Comic-Con just got that much more radtastic!

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darkvare on 07/14/2009 6:09 pm

can i buy them online?

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Shironu-Akaineko on 07/14/2009 7:35 pm

Thank you all so much for liking the cover! It was a real piece of work at it was done entirely in traditional media! :D I so wish I could be at the con too but alas, the book must go on without me this year!
Maybe next year if I'm a good lil artist, I'll get to go. :3

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darkvare on 07/15/2009 12:09 am

also how musch is the price going to be? i mean the avarage comic cost 19 pesos here in mexico

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Shironu-Akaineko on 07/15/2009 10:52 am

According to my exchange rate widget, 41.13 pesos.
Also, according to what Protoclown wrote quite clearly in the blog, yeah you can buy them online, AFTER the comic con.


Bizzaro Stormy (Guest) on 07/15/2009 12:00 pm

Sweet, can't wait to buy the comic online! (San Diego is kinda a long way from Maine. >_>)


FlameAdder (Guest) on 07/15/2009 4:44 pm

Not really sold on the art, but if Proto wrote it, it's got to be funny at least.


ColdFusion (Guest) on 07/15/2009 7:30 pm

Awesome, looks like something fans of Venture Bros would enjoy. Can't wait :D

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Shironu-Akaineko on 07/15/2009 7:30 pm

Ooh, ouchies. :(

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Protoclown on 07/15/2009 9:18 pm

Well that's a shame, FlameAdder, because I couldn't be happier with the art. Her art adds soooo much humor to the jokes that were already there, and she's got a real eye for character design, panel layout and "camera" angles, and bringing the characters to life with realistic actions rather than cheesy, ridiculous poses like you see in so many other comics. That, and she's Canadian, which means she's the best there is at what she does, and don't make her pop the third claw...bub.

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Julio on 07/15/2009 9:26 pm

A winner is you, Proto.

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Shironu-Akaineko on 07/15/2009 9:44 pm

ssssssssssssssnikt. XD

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darkvare on 07/16/2009 2:08 am

i got the 7 numbers of civil war for 69 pesos but since i love everything you give for free proto i'm buying them all

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Dungeonbrownies on 07/16/2009 3:45 am

ive seen alot of failed attempts at this kinda thing, but it looks and sounds so promising, cant wait =D

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Tadao on 07/16/2009 4:11 am

I went to your deviant art page and found the cover in a larger size. Looks great and I can't wait to see what you did in the panels.

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Shironu-Akaineko on 07/16/2009 8:18 am

I did my best, that's what I did. :) I can only improve from there!


FlameAdder (Guest) on 07/17/2009 7:34 am

Cool story, bro.

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stevetothepast on 07/17/2009 9:50 am

looks great can't wait for the online sales!

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Colonel Flagg on 07/17/2009 12:16 pm

Proto - Congrats! You'll have another on-line customer here.

Shironu - I know not of what this Flameadder speaks; IMHO your artistry is masterful. I especially like the muscular dude on the left, holding his head in the classic "Dear GOD, what have I done to deserve this?" pose. I can't wait to see the rest of the book.


Stranger (Guest) on 07/18/2009 6:42 pm

I was one of the other artists who applied for this, but I gotta say, you found yourself a good one Protoclown, I might pick this up as well. Not at Comic-Con sadly, Sweden is a bit too far to drive from, but still, I can toss some online bucks at this.


MikeeTeevee (Guest) on 07/19/2009 4:50 am

I grew up with traditional design methods, so that cover there really is a piece of art. You can't afford to make mistakes on something like that so from someone who had to acetate, screen print and craft knife his way through the 90's, I salute you.

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Shironu-Akaineko on 07/19/2009 12:45 pm

Colonel Flagg--Thank you. I know I can't please everyone, but I'm hoping my contribution to Proto's script will change FlameAdder's opinion of my art. If not, I'll just keep on practicing! I got a lot of flak in my illustrating life and FlameAdder's comment is by far the nicest, tamest bad critique I ever got, so I hope nobody give him/her a hard time for it.
Same goes for you, I hope you enjoy the art in the book, even if it is in black and white. I could have went for screentone but it's all ink work.

Stranger, thank you for liking my cover. Do you have a website where I could see your art?

MikeTeevee, Thank you, you're making this lil Quebec cartoonist blush. you should see the color preparatory sketch, it's awful, still got bits of frisket film where I experimented with the title's colors. XD The final cover did get its share of frisket film and craft knife too, for the title and the brick wall. I'm just better with traditional media than with digital. I feel I have more control over it. I also wanted it to stand out and away from the current comic look with it's ubershiny coloring style. I'm difficult like that.


Marc (Guest) on 07/21/2009 5:39 pm

I'd love to get to a convention someday.
I've put it off for years and I'd love to get to San Diego anyways...


TommyMadProphet (Guest) on 07/30/2009 11:28 am

I dug it man. I'll try and have a more expansive review at some point but I'm lazy so it might not happen.

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Protoclown on 08/02/2009 4:45 pm

Thanks man! Glad you enjoyed it!


Rebecca (Guest) on 09/23/2009 3:13 pm

I enjoyed Henching- as someone who grew up watching Freakazoid rather than the Venture Bros, I liked it's sense of humour of the ordinary in the extraordinary- the idea of a gang of henchmen(who could, if they put their mind to it/be bothered be a team on their own..) moaning about their bosses the same way as any employees would do reminds me of some of the characters in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. It can suddenly get very dark (the 'ray gun' bit at the begining particularly so) which kind of emphasises the dangerous, and sometimes demeaning, nature of the job. It'll be interesting how you take the story and its characters further.
I know Sharons work through her deviant art page anyway, and I do like her style which reminds me of that classic 70s/80s style Anime- like Lupin III and Ulysees 31, which suits this story of likeable badguys, outrageous villains and giant robots.

So well done Sharon & Protoclown!

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