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Ken, you could’ve been her cove toy forever and now you’re totally ruining it! There may be some serious angst incoming, I’m not gonna lie.

How ’bout that kickstarter, eh? It’s no small statement to say Joe and I are working crazy hard on this book! We posted an update comparing one of the older pages (namely one using the photo backgrounds) to the newly edited version. Since I’m basically drawing and recoloring those pages, I’ve essentially finished five comic pages this week instead of the usual ONE. It’s definitely been a lot of work, but we’re  obsessed with making an end product that looks great! So contribute, tell your friends, tell your friends’ friends, and tell their friends. They’ll probably be like “who are you and I don’t read comics because I’m not as cool as you, Kickstarter supporter person,” but hey, it’s worth a shot. I mean look how close we are to 50%!!!

AND HOW CAN I NOT TALK ABOUT THAT STAR WARS TRAILER??  I can’t not talk about that Star Wars trailer!! And, well… It certainly looks like a J. J. Abrams film!! Plenty of shaky cam and close ups. Still, my favorite part of Star Trek Into Darkness (A film I generally detest for its stupidity) was the part where Kirk, Spock, and Uhura dressed up as Han Solo and went on their commando mission on Kronos, which felt very Star Wars to me. So for what little this trailer shows, it looks fun, super fun.

The voice over is wonderfully cheesey and perfectly in line with the OT, the broadsword lightsaber is totally acceptable, considering how I’m willing to accept the Inquisitor’s frisbee saber in SW Rebels. I definitely appreciate the look of the tech; a bit warn out and/or cobbled together.

I also like that all the characters shown in the trailer are new! No silly “look, It’s old Han Solo!” moment. And nothing in this trailer goes against the the plot rumors I’ve read about. That’s okay, too, because the rumored plot sounds just fine to me. I just hope Luke hasn’t actually been a hermit since the end of ROTJ, seems like a waste of a lot of Luke spinoff stories that could be told now that they’ve tossed out the EU.

So I bought my ticket for the Star Wars hype train, ALL ABOARD, PEOPLE!!

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  • charles81

    So Yumiko has developed a “Let live and get to live” approach.
    While Ken…
    “crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and consume their saké”

    • IDPounder

      Plus 100 points for REH quote smoothly diverted into NN4B.

    • Nameless Marauder

      reading your comment those songs came to mind…



      • suburban_samurai

        Not generally a song I associate with ninja assassins, but I’ll roll with it.

        • Nameless Marauder

          If you want i cant try to use Dubstep or Techno the next time…

          Also not necessarily someone’s theme song need to have an oriental feel, excluding of course Yori, I always picture his theme song as this music:

          • suburban_samurai

            I loves me some Yoshida Bros!! I hadn’t heard this piece before, it’s so rad, I’m gonna go buy it on iTunes now. Marauder, I’m putting you in charge of the official NN4B character theme soundtrack compilation.

          • Nameless Marauder

            I kind find surprising that you know of the Y-Bros and don’t know this music, it was the first song I heard from them and was this same song that put them on my “must listen this artist at any cost” list.

            Now that’s one though request (not really taking it seriously but even as joke, it’s damn nice one), I do have a cool song with a certain oriental quirk for Cho. Even our lovely princess and her bad-ass of a father (who it seen can never resist a sexy ninja) I can also picture some nice cool oriental fast-paced songs.

            But our dear loving murdering short-fuse of a guy named ‘Ken’, well he is one tough nut to crack, all i can ever see it is rock, hard rock, death metal and heavy metal as his theme song…

            I wonder If there is a band of heavy metal that also uses Taiko Drums and Shamisen, it would fit him like a glove…

    • suburban_samurai

      While Ken developed a Live and Let Die approach.

      • charles81

        I dunno. I think Ken would be a lot more encouraging of death than just letting it happen

  • John Smith

    “Well, geez, when you put it that way…”

    • suburban_samurai

      It’s like you can spin anything into a negative!

  • endplanets

    Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk
    I’m a Daisuke woman and I never talk
    Music loud and man warm
    I’ve been kicked around since I was born

    And now it’s all right, it’s okay
    And you may look the other way
    We can try to understand
    The Wataro’s effect on the Daisuke clan.

    You know it’s all right, it’s okay
    I’ll live to see another day
    We can try to understand
    The Wataro’s effect on the Daisuke clan.

    Whether you’re a brother or whether you’re a mother
    You’re burning alive, burning alive
    Feel the city breaking and everybody baking
    I was the only one who could STAY ALIVE, STAY ALIVE

    Ah, ah, ah, ah, stay alive, stay alive
    Ah, ah, ah, ah, stay aliiiii–iii—-iiiii—-iiive

    • IDPounder

      Plus 10 points for apt songwriting.
      Minus eleventy-billion points for aping the Bee Gees.

      • suburban_samurai

        I’m gonna re-compensate those eleventy-billion points plus one because I super dig the Bee Gees.

        • IDPounder

          Curses! Foiled again.

  • Sunwu

    Yumiko: b-but I wanted to play with your kung fu grip!!! and have tea parties.

    • suburban_samurai

      She really likes all his points of articulation, too.

  • Astralfury

    She is going to freeze him in carbonite or maybe the trailer talk distracted me

    • Sunwu

      It’s gonna be one of those Misery things isn’t it! Yumiko was gonna tie him to that hammock

      • suburban_samurai

        Ooh, ahh, geez, I dislike that movie. Gives me the willies.

    • suburban_samurai

      If something’s gonna distract you, it might as well be Star Wars. I think Ken would look good mounted on her wall.

  • Pascalle Lepas

    Well I guess they’re not going to make-out after all. :(

    • charles81

      What are you talking about? They had a full-blown NSFW scene in the forest and she just gave him a quick one on the kisser.

      These are Daisuke!

      • suburban_samurai

        We almost had to sensor all that hot forest action! The deforestation alone was OBSCENE.

    • Thiago Kurovski

      Not yet! But soon… very soon… the POWER! OF LOVE! will allow these two to face their fears, defeat the Wataro, marry each other and rebuild their clan!

      They will then probably join the Mongol Army and conquer Asia or something.

      • suburban_samurai

        Ambitious goals for a young couple!

  • KungFuKlobber

    Shakycam is the path to the Dark Side.

    • charles81

      Yeah, it has it’s places and I could see some benefits to employing it in certain Star Wars moments but in general, Abrams does overuse it just a tad IMHO

      • KungFuKlobber

        Shakycam leads to anger. Shakycam leads to hate. Shakycam leads to suffering.

        • charles81

          I would argue explosions lead to brief shakycam but not much else should.

          • suburban_samurai

            We’ll see what happens! As long as the action is coherent, I’ll deal with some shakycam. The shot of the looping Falcon was gorgeous, and those water skimming X-Wings were quite slick looking. I like it when spaceships look slick.

  • Mike

    His ability to talk is remarkably unaffected by having a shattered jaw.

    • suburban_samurai

      It’s gonna take a lot more than that to Shatter Ken’s jaw of steel!

  • CC

    Oooh, and now you’ve *exceeded* 50%! Congrats.

    • suburban_samurai

      The exceeding continues at an acceptable pace!

  • Hfar

    Either that or she wants to rebuild the clan. One new member at a time.  ̄ω ̄

    • suburban_samurai

      Turns out you throw it like a frisbee! Very practical, very deadly. Not as silly as anticipated, thankfully.

      Also, Yumiko’s been saving her solid birthing hips for just this contingency.

      • suzuki_formerly_zack

        well I wasn’t going to say anything… but those lovelies are one more reason to call her yummy-ko!

  • Gillsing

    I approve of Yummyko’s Will To Live. Very sensible. No Need For Bushido.

    • suburban_samurai

      Ninjas are nothing if not practical! You know, except when they’re Naruto.

      • John Smith

        Ken would probably identify with Sasuke.

        • suburban_samurai

          Ken and Sasuke do have some similar circumstances, but I find Sasuke’s history waaay more convoluted than Ken’s, and I’m not entirely convinced Sasuke’s motivations make logical sense!

          • John Smith

            Just a bit, maybe. But I stuck with it; I loves me a Determinator (Naruto, not Saucy), yes I do!

  • DarthJazzHand

    “Move on” she says in a room full of sentimental merchandise of her old clan.
    Not sure that quite counts as “moving on”.

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