– I’ll be at Geek Girl Con in Seattle next weekend. Find me in the artist alley!
– Can I tell you a little bit about Combine? Combine is my sci-fi comic magazine. It’s a big 48 page full color magazine that I publish about every 3 months. Each issue features new chapters of my superhero comedy Ghost Kiss (which shares a universe with Modest Medusa, by the way) as well as Micah Berkoff’s cyberpunk Shutter Valley Record and Jaymz Bernard’s post apocalyptic buddy adventure Devil Spy. We released our 3rd issue in July and we’re getting ready to release our 4th issue in October. You can download the full first issue for FREE and check it out. Here’s the link. We offer subscriptions to Combine through the Combine Patreon. You can get a digital subscription for $5/issue or we’ll mail you physical magazines for just $12/issue (including shipping). You can buy back issues of Combine from our store here.
I know I haven’t talked a lot about Combine in the past but I really want this project to succeed, so I hope you’ll consider subscribing. The reason I’m bringing this up now is that we’re making two big changes with issue #4, which we’re releasing next month. The first change is that Zoe Coughlin’s excellent science fiction comic The Last Cowboy is joining the Combine line up, with new chapters appearing in each issue. I came across The Last Cowboy by complete accident a few months ago and immediately fell in love with it. It’s a sci-fi story with an actual focus on science. It’s funny and well drawn, with deeply engaging characters (human and alien) and a fantastic story. I really love it and I think you will too! Here’s a few sample pages!
The second big change is that Combine is becoming a BIGGER magazine. I always wanted to make a comic series that was a physical magazine. Something you could carry around and share with your friends. Something you’d be excited to see arrive in your mailbox or pick up at a convention. My goal with Combine was to produce a super high quality book. Each issue of Combine is physically large (8. 5 x 11 inches) and printed in full color on high quality paper. When we released the first issue it was 44 pages, which was pretty hefty. Starting with issue #4 Combine will be 80+ pages. It will also be square bound (like a trade paper back) instead of stapled, and will feature heavier cover stock. I’m really glad that we can be producing a big, high quality book that features 4 really great comics. I’m having a huge amount of fun creating Ghost Kiss, and I’m constantly thrilled with the work that Micah, Jaymz and Zoe are doing. I hope it’s the kind of thing you’ll really want to check out. I think you’ll dig it!
The new issue of Combine will be released around the 2oth of October, so subscribe before then to get it! Remember, you can download the first issue for free here. You can also buy all three back issues of Combine here!
So if everyone in Yeld becomes a monster, is Shin a monster, and the same for all humanlike Yeldians? Could be vampire material, if you ask me.
Either I remember him… or I’m confusing him for someone else from earlier chapters.
Either way, it’s nice to see him (again?).
New character to this comic. Shin appears in the Magical Land of Yeld game.
Part 25 got numbered 5-2.
Thanks for pointing it out
Modest: So, I just go off with him? Is he safe?
Jenny: Sure! I’ve seen Shin bet with his own safety, but not with the safety of others. He’s kosher.
Shin: I do internal security. Come on, you can meet my colleagues. That’s Moss. He’s sad because he does national intelligence and knows everything that Dragul has done to Yeld. And that’s… a man – he does military intelligence, so if I told you his name, he’d have to kill you. Well, try to kill you, or look like he’s going to kill you… anyway, let’s not make trouble, huh?
Moss: And let’s not attract Dragul’s attention. If he did launch a full scale assault on us, it’d be a six-day war at most… 🙁
Modest: …Hey! Mister man! Don’t you have a codename if you can’t tell anyone your real name?
The others: Code name? What’s that?
Modest: Okay, from the top:
All four: ♫If you’re evil and you’re on the rise/ You can count on the four of us taking you down/ We are good, so we will always beat ya/ Win the fight and then go out for pizza- / We – are the Crystal Gems/ We’ll always save the day/ And if you think we can’t/ We’ll always find a way/ That’s why the people of this world/ Believe in-♫
“Pearl”: ♪And Pearl.♪
Modest: And Steven!
Shin: I’m really glad you came back here, er, Steven. Code names, a battle anthem, you’ve given us so much already!
Modest: Thanks, Amethyst… but now I’m gonna have to come up with enough codenames for all my sisters – I know they’re gonna want one each. :-p
Moss: What’s pizza?
Modest: Just you wait, Garnet, just you wait! ;-}
Are we reading the same The Last Cowboy? With all the people dying and the poor little girl wandering the planet with the bug-people?
Same, but there are a few moments which made me laugh out loud and were genuinely funny. I guess thats not the stand out feature though.
This kid is going to escort Modest? How? Is he packing magic powers, too? How is he going to defend a child when he’s a child himself?
So, I’m guessing that Modest’s aunt actually leans towards the good side. We know that shepherds in Yeld are actually protectors. She apparently has access to Modest’s sisters, so she’s either corrupted chainsaw uni or she’s good enough that he accepts her. She may be more neutral in that she is powerful enough to bring Deb back and the Prince doesn’t seem to have a problem with her existing (if she were too good then the Prince would have done something about her by now).
Yeld being what it is, she doesn’t necessarily have to be another hydra. I’m going to guess she’s some species we have not yet encountered.
Maybe she’s a hydra where the humanoid part became dominant instead of one of the snakes? That would be interesting.