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Before AQ I wrote a series of graphic novels(comic books)about a prison, which introduced both Immanuel (Slammer Comix) and Tazio (The Prison and the Planet), herewith documented in the Comix pages.
Anyway,Armageddonquest, was published as a nicely-packaged Trilogy in 1996 by Sirius Entertainment (New Jersey). Which was great, since I had worked 10 years on AQ with no guarantee that it would ever become published at all. Robb Horan, my Number One Guy at Sirius, was coaxing me to write/draw some more, but I was burned out by concentrating on one project so long. As of yet there is no sequel.
Instead I've been working on this 3R Home Page, writing and presenting other original stories, drawings, photos, songs, etc. But, of course I'd like to continue AQ, (I like it, like the characters--I've known them for years) so I've been taking notes, playing plots in my head--the story's there, I just have to do all the hard time-consuming work of putting it on paper.
But there's also a certain amount of magic involved in writing/drawing that story, it ain't easy to get it all zapping again, (especially since I work every day at a real job, you know) but I believe that if I ever do get started it'll take off on its own and I'll be drawing like crazy for the next 10 years just to keep up with the where the story will take me this time. So I've got to be ready go through an ordeal like that again.
When I started this web site in 1998 I was using my good ol' Amiga computer and a slow modem, so I had to be careful not to put any heavy graphics online, since they took too long uploading. So I presented a few comic pages as small b & w .gifs-- max 50 kb-- but of course, I didn't like how they looked onscreen: grey, unclear, chincy. Since then I've upgraded everything and have embraced the power of a modern PC, Photoshop, and Broadband Internet.
So I'm assuming that You, My Dear Readers, also have that kind of computer capability as well, so now I've gone ahead and posted a LOT of semi-heavy comix pages (over 400 of 'em, averaging 100 kb each) in the Comix section, presented in a Cinemascopic double-paged format, just like reading a real live comic book (to get it all onscreen, hitting the F11 Key is recommended). After experimenting with various clumsy navigation methods for getting from page to page, I finally got around to the most simple technique: just click on the pages themselves.
Some of the shorter stories are in nice pretty colors, having been recently enhanced with Photoshop, such as Cosmikids and the Snail Tails mini-trilogy. But coloring comic books actually takes a lot of time and effort (about an 8 hours work day per page), so the longer stories have simply too many pages for one man to process. Slammer Comix being 48 pages long, Guard Comix 138, The Prison and the Planet has 198. So I've simply posted them as-is, any "cleaning up" to be done later.
The truth is that it's been a while since I was being the blow- 'em-
away- hitchhiking- singing/songwriter, but I was really into it in the
60/80's, and I'm proud of these songs. I still perform them now &
then at festive occasions.
Since I've had people ask me for copies of several of my "Top Hit Songs", so that they could learn them, they're presented here with chords annexed to the lyrics. A valuable resource.
I can recommend a few of them for those who might be semi- interested: The biggest all-time fan-pleaser was the Wreck of the Starship Enterprise, my Star Trek song...at least until I moved to Denmark, where they don't GET it. Other science fiction songs: Romance of War, and 98 Light Years. But over here in Europe they prefer my travelling songs like Romantic City (about Paris), or Christmas Day in Katmandu (Nepal), or One More Horny Gringo (Mexico).
My musical credentials are really good, by the way : I never learned to read a note of music, just like the Beatles. I had a voice that could compare favorably (or not?) with Bob Dylan's. And I hitched all over the world with a guitar instead of a Walkman (talkin' pre-.MP3 here), so it was the only music I had. I occasionally played for money in the streets, open mikes, was in a country-rock band in Monroe, Washington (Guesswork), but never went pro. Oh yeah, once I even had a manager who believed that I was hot stuff (hi Al, if you're out there!) and we made a demo and drove down to Los Angeles on a PR tour-- and actually ended up with an "offer" from Warner Brothers Music. Nothing ever came of it, of course, I didn't have time or drive enough to dedicate myself to a musical career...but hey, I coulda been a contender...(?)
There are several newer stories written expressly for this Home Page, such as Transplantee, Change the Future, Copies, The Twain, to mention a few, well as a couple of movie scripts, and some cute little short shorts. There are already many thousand words in Tales, and more coming. I might just fill the whole thing up some day.
Since I live in Copenhagen, and have spent several years travelling around Europe, Asia, Latin America, some of this stuff can be entertaining for all my stay-at-home never-go-nowhere fellow Americans. Or hard-core travellers, I don't know, whatever.
For example, there's a real live Ghost Story which actually happened to me in jolly old... well... creepy old England, a true Mummy Adventure (set in Egypt, of course), a letter from a houseboat on the Ganges, a report on being in Denmark while the "Mohammed Drawings" were causing such a fuss in the Arab World. Fascinating highlights of Berlin, Budapest, Prague, etc... lots of etc.
Armageddonquest: a 900-page graphic novel about Tazio, the reluctant Antichrist, a sci-fi/fantasy variation of the Biblical "Book of Relevations", written/drawn by Ronald Russel Roach, once published as a Trilogy by Sirius Entertainment, now published here as a web comic.
There. Now you've heard of it, back to where you were.