Sunday, August 30, 2009

Meet El Doom and Miss Demolition

Hey peeps, JB here again this time introducing you to two very important characters to the Cracker Ace story, as well as the Torn Universe. First up, Cracker's neighbor, the mysterious evil luchadore, El Doom!

El Doom is all of my favorite villain traits all rolled into one cool character. From his name to his outfit to his backstory to his serious emotional instability, he serves as a great everyday foil for Cracker Ace, adding that "what else can go wrong" factor to every story. Living right next door to Cracker, anything can happen at anytime, and usually does...although El Doom's idea of evil is drastically different from that of most evil doers. To know what I mean, you'll have to read the comic when it starts up shortly.

Up next, Miss Demolition...

As Jeff and I were fleshing out this story, we figured we needed to hammer home the point that Cracker himself isn't much of a superhero with powers. He's just a guy who can take a beating, and occasionally win the day. What better way to demonstrate that than to create a superhero with super powers. Better yet, make that superhero a woman, and give Cracker the motivation to impress her.

Miss Demolition is the defender and protector of Torn Heights, also referred to as just "The Heights" the big city down the road from Cracker's trailer park.

Whelp, that's pretty much it for now. The next phase in the Cracker saga will begin with the debut of the webcomic sometime next week. So come on back and hang with us then, won't you?

Friday, August 14, 2009

Meet The Family Ace

Junior here again, with another Cracker Ace update!

Last week I introduced you to Cracker Ace, the hillbilly hero of one of Torn's upcoming webcomic series. Today, I'd like to introduce you to the rest of the Ace Family, starting with Cracker's ward, Billy Ray.

Where Cracker provides the humor through bold acts of ignorance while in the pursuit of justice, Billy Ray provides the much needed common sense. He's smart, he's well balanced emotionally, and even at the tender age of 10, he sometimes comes off as lightyears more mature than his guardian hero.

Now meet Granny Ace...

Granny is our source for all things blue. We're keeping aspects of her character (and history) a mystery for now, but I can say that Granny has absolutely no filter. If she thinks it, she says it, and she doesn't care if what she's saying makes you uncomfortable. She's too old to waste time worrying about crap like that.

So that's Cracker's trailer-mates and family members. Keep your eyes peeled for another update in a couple days. Thanks for stoppin' by!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Introducing, The Fighting Gentlemen

Here is another of our great characters that I hope you will enjoy. The Fighting Gentlemen is someone everyone would love to hang out with at a nightclub or just sitting around the fire telling you stories about the time he single handily killed a bear. You will never see a more interesting man who can kick the crap out of you.

Art by: Bryce Lee

Art by: Junior Bruce

Art by: Jenn Lee

We're not done there are plenty of characters to come, so stay tuned.

Meet Cracker Ace

Hey peeps, I'm Junior Bruce. You can call me Junior, or JB, or even Bruce...I don't care. I'm Jeff's personal creative flunky. We kick ideas back and forth like Vin Diesel behind the wheel of a sports car...Fast and Furious.

If you don't like Vin Diesel, then replace the previous analogy with this one: the Chinese play ping-pong.

If you don't like ping-pong or the Chinese, tough luck sister...I'm all outta analogies.

Anyway, I'm here today to not only introduce myself, but to also introduce Cracker Ace, a little dude I created and will be bringing to you via some webcomicry as both artist and co-writer with my main man Jeff very soon.

As you can see, he's very sexy with his big mullet, sideburns, wifebeater and cutoff jean shorts I lovingly refer to as "Jethros." Just incase you don't see the sexiness from that pose here's another that's sure to blow yer mind...

Oh a ton of bricks to the chin, right? I knew it. You can't control yourself. Better get a bib, or yer gonna drool all over your keyboard.

So yeah, that's Cracker Ace, the star of some serious tomfoolery to be hittin' this very blog in the near future.

That's all for now. Keep checking back as I'll be introducing you to other important characters in the Cracker Ace story over the next week or so. And don't forget to read the post below this one detailing the Twist in the Night signing my fellow Tornians will be doing tomorrow! I'll be there in spirit as a renegade panty tighten those belts and sinch up those britches or you'll be sorry.


Junior Bruce
Resident Stooge, Torn Comics

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Twist in the Night Signing Reminder

Hi guys! Just a quick reminder that Torn Comics is going to be at Drawn to Comics in downtown Glendale, AZ this Saturday. Eight of the creators on Twist in the Night: A Horror Anthology will be there to meet and sign copies of the books!

Drawn to Comics is located at 5757 W. Glendale Ave, Glendale AZ. Phone # is 623-847-9090.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Less than Evil Prelims Preview #2

Hello hello, fine readers! Jenn's back with another prelim preview for Less than Evil. I'm working on the first page for our LtE webcomic and I really gotta say, despite my insistent need to pick everything I do apart, it's comin out great. I can't wait to post it. In the meantime, I thought I'd toss up another chicken scratchy glimpse at one of the characters. This time it's Grizzly Fang looking a little amused by who knows what.

Keep an eye on us for future prelim previews!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Creative Thinking

Jeff here,
I have something on my mind and I was going to at first put it on the "other" sites. Torn Comics is on Twitter, Facebook we're on myspace and I thought even though I am not quite sure of the readership here on Torn, I though that this is where I should talk about what we are working on and how the process of creating good comic book content works (our way anyhow).

When we (Jenn, Bryce, Junior and myself) decided to create our own works and make them available to the public we started with separate graphic novels with there own subjects and never did the ideas mixed with each other (character A couldn't appear in book B for example). Why we started like that I do not know because what happened since is we would come up with a book like Junior Bruce's Cracker Ace (web comics soon to come by the way) and I had a book called Less than Evil, what we found is to put them in the same plane of existence IE. a universe. From that we thought about what else could be put in that little universe. We have since come up with a ton of characters and now have a full fledged universe like a Marvel or a DC. It just hit me that this scares the crap out of me. I've been a part of universe creation and I feel on an independent level any universe creation eventually looks lie and starts to look like one you've seen before.

What came to my mind since is something that put me at ease. Take DC for example, they started with one super hero and added another and another until the characters started crossing over and BAM! there is your universe. Well, we don't have the 50-60 plus years to establish that kind of depth. What I see what we are doing is more like the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, who made his universe and went in and told you about small character groups.

I think it is foolish to think that we can or even should even try to be a DC or a Marvel. That's not what I want us to be anyway. So in our universe, there are big heroes and big villains and we will touch on them, but we choose to follow the in my opinion more interesting characters. We have plans on release tales from the Torn Universe in the form of web comics. We should be presenting the first page of one of our stories next week and I hope you will read it like it and tell your friends about it. Hope to see all of you soon.

Editor, Torn Comics