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for serious, Joe and I laughed at “FISH AIN’T BREAKFAST!” for at least two days before we could finally breath again. Yeah, we laugh at our own jokes, sure! That’s, like, how you know they’re good, right?

On a related note, we’re going full steam ahead on getting NN4B VOLUME 2 formatted for printing! This involved the painstaking process of making Joe add word bubbles to all the crappy dialog of the old pages, and then rewrite that crappy dialog so it’s not so crappy. There are a lot of old pages that are not a standard size for printing, so he also has to cut and paste panels into a more page-like shape. For anyone who remembers, there are several pages that utilized hideous photo manipulations for backgrounds! So despite my best effort to make Joe do all the work, I’ll have to at least redraw and color those backgrounds.

In truth, I intend to clean up a lot of the old art, not too any extreme degree, but mainly fixing some awkward face shapes and expressions. We intend Volume 2 to be a MASSIVE book, with around 200 pages. It’ll cover everything from the page just after the Demons of Sorrow to a time after the second Yori vs Ryoku fight. We want to get a Demon of Sorrow battle into each book, so Volume 3 (which is looking a bit far into the future) will cover the entire village arc, weeeeeeee…. We’ll keep you updated, and even let you know when we post rewritten pages to the archive! It’ll make re-reading the comic a worthwhile endeavor, I assure you. Of course, Volume 2 will only happen if we get a successful Kickstarter off the ground, so expect to get more news on that in the not too distant future, dear readers!

On an unrelated note, the first Star Wars novel of the post Expanded Universe white washing comes out in two days! For those not in the know, the past 30 some years of Star Wars stories expanding upon the universe of the original films has been chucked in the garbage by Disney to avoid the hassle of fitting the new films into a pre-established continuity. Despite being an EU aficionado, I’m basically okay with this since I care far more about good storytelling than convoluted continuity. A New Dawn is a prequel story to Star Wars: Rebels, the cartoon that’ll premier a few months from now. I am going to buy this book and share my all too inconsequential opinion of it with the internet because you guys NEED TO KNOW MY OPINION OF STAR WARS!! Hopefully I’ll like it, is all I’m saying. But I’m also the one guy on the planet who was underwhelmed by Guardians of the Galaxy, THE HIGHEST GROSSING FILM OF 2014, so who knows!

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  • http://www.fennecfoxpress.com David A. Tatum

    Ah, a dream-sequenced flashback…
    And I disagree. Fish can be a very good breakfast, even from a “Western” perspective. I love a smoked salmon cream cheese bagel for breakfast, and last I checked salmon is fish. (I’d think the foriegner would complain more about the rice and pickles with miso soup for breakfast; they must really like this guy to give him a fish.

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      Who wouldn’t like him? Ricardo’s the life of the party! He just can’t appreciate anything less than bacon and eggs in the morning, is all. Also, he probably hates pickles. (I hate pickles)

  • Sunwu

    Every day is better with two scoops of Fish Fins Ricardo!!! Nah but really Ricardo misses his box of “Quaker Puffed Rice” who’s slogan is “The cereal shot from guns”

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      If it can’t be used as ammunition, it’s not good enough to eat!

  • KungFuKlobber

    Fish ain’t even meat … until it’s dead.

    - A vegetarian sick of being asked whether he eats fish

    • CocoaNutCakery

      “Vegetarians don’t eat meat. Chicken isn’t meat. Duh.”
      -Far too many “vegetarians”

      • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

        I’m episcopalian. WAIT, I mean pescatarian (I get those two confused).

      • KungFuKlobber

        “Do you eat eggs?”
        “EGGS AIN’T MEAT!!!”
        “Do you drink milk?”
        “Do YOU drink milk? I didn’t say vegan.”

  • John Smith

    Clearly this guy’s never had Fish & Chips from City Fish Market in Wethersfield, CT. :)

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      He’s lacking in a great deal of worldly eating experiences, no doubt.

  • clogboy

    New book? Adding that to my collection! Went back through memory lane and saw that from page 308 is a bit blurry. Would be ace if those pages were sharper in print, really adds value :)

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      The blurriness is because the previous site didn’t regulate page widths, and many pages were saved at 550 pixel widths. For some time now, I’ve saved the pages at 600px. The current site blows the old 550px pages up those extra 50 pixels, which results in slight blurriness. As we format the old pages, we’ll resave them out as 600 pixel widths, but opening and resaving and reuploading all the pages that are off at this point would be a pretty involved task. (maybe less so with photoshop actions, admittedly). But they’re still plenty legible so it’s not our top priority at the moment.

      • http://www.fennecfoxpress.com David A. Tatum

        As long as the pixel issue doesn’t show up in the print version, I’ll be happy. (Heck, I’ve been waiting 2 years, now, for volume 2… I’ll probably be happy even if it does).
        Incidently, how likely are you to be booked up for a commission starting… (checks progress of latest book) oh, some time in October, say, for a piece of cover art on a book due out in January?

  • Lady Courage

    “FISH AIN’T BREAKFAST!!!” is a good reason for anything.

    Incidentally, my eyes are watery from laughing way too hard. Also I’m so annoyed that nobody would get my joke if they were to ask me a question and I replied “FISH AIN’T BREAKFAST!!!”

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      People have been giving me weird looks for that very same reason all week now.

      • Lady Courage

        I 100% believe you would scream at people in reply to innocent questions.

        • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

          That is generally how I reply to innocent questions, yes.

          • Lady Courage

            Then I guess I’ll have no trouble identifying you.

            “Would you like fries with that?”

            “FISH AIN’T BREAKFAST!!!”

            “Oh. Theeeere’s Suburban Samurai. I should go say hi.”

  • Mang123

    KIPPERS!
    They make amazin breakfast.

    Didn’t stop me having a giggle though :)

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      Good! I’m glad to hear reality didn’t get in the way of the joke.

  • jwkovell

    After much research, I had determined that as a Portuguese sailor, Ricardo probably has had fish for breakfast. But who am I to let historical accuracy get in the way of a line like that?

    Wait until we reveal that, like in an episode of Archer, the dialogue is actually accurate and relevant for both scenes being portrayed!

    What does it mean?

    • Thiago Kurovski

      It’s one thing to have fish as breakfast on a ship. Quite another to have it on land, where certain luxuries (like a stable, non-moving ground, meaty, non-fish breakfasts and hot, non-uncooked food) are to be expected by every Portuguese-speaking Christian man.
      Source: I’m one.

      • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

        Clearly Ricardo Bartello is a hater of fish, and spends his ship time eating dried jerky! A delicacy in Portugal, why not!

    • Mike

      That Archer is an amazing show?

  • charles81

    Other reasons why:
    I am your Father!
    For great justice!
    Because I ain’t had chicken.
    Because I really did miss and am to ashamed to admit it.

    • charles81

      Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life.
      You’re alive? I need glasses!
      Why bother. You will die of dysentery.
      Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Wataro-Daisuki R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtag.
      It was either kill you or chew bubblegum.
      *takes last stick of gum from packet and walks off, like a boss man”

      • charles81

        Better yet. REMIX!
        PANEL 1:
        G – “Why…?”
        PANEL 2:
        T – “I’M A’ CHARGIN’ MAH LAZER”
        G [off screen] – “What?”
        PANEL 3:
        Tadashi now has giant, red lips and goggly eyes. A blue laser beam shoots from his red, lipped mouth towards the bottom of the panel.
        T – “SHOOP DA WHOOP!”
        PANEL 4:
        G – “ARGH!”
        PANEL 5:
        S – “And that’s what guns will be like in the future.”

        • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

          Sir, I am willing to give you this page sans dialog, you seem more than ready to pump out some remixes!

    • Internet_Zen_Master

      “Because I ain’t had chicken”.

      Is it bad that I immediately thought of the Hound aka Sandor Clegane from Game of Thrones when I saw this line?

  • Mike

    10 to 1 that’s what he really said there. He was channeling the spirit of Cho.

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      Tough odds, it’s a good thing you’re ABSOLUTELY CORRECT.

  • Xinef

    So… the whole flashback was there purely for the purpose of making this one joke?

    TOTALLY WORTH IT!!!

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      That’s how we roll.

  • Hfar

    Hey, dude’s probably had fish for what? Eight months? A year? For every single meal of every single day he was on that boat to Japan. Can’t blame him for being a bit tired of fish can we?

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      Yeah, SUCK IT, FISH!

    • Jake

      “if memory serves (well or poorly please feel free to correct me), several things occurred during this era:

      1) a chinese ship arrived from mainland china carrying portugese traders to japan. the journey lasted just under a month. the voyage to china from portugal would have taken up to a year. So yes fish would definitely be tiresome on land.
      2) Guns were introduced to japan and the age of mounted cavalry began coming to a close as well actual combat or rather open hostilities between samurai clans under the emerging tokugawa shogunate, and finally
      3) Dream/flashback sequences started taking on a more Kurosawa flavor up to the final moments of the aforementioned dream/flashback sequence concurring with the often cryptic “Fish ain’t breakfast.” The reason this for is unknown but many feudal japan scholars believe this is all “complete twaddle” and should be removed from certain academic text books like world civ and pre-law ethics.” Excerpt from the upcoming book ” Kurosawa and the fish that roared”

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