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September 9th, 2008
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And that makes Eleven.
Shortpacked!: A mediocre comic made poorer for the shoehorning of self-referenced.

At this point in my career, I could probably find a milestone to celebrate every day. Did you know this is the fifth anniversary of Walky and Joyce talking while cuddling on the floor? (I think that was a Keenspot newsbox...)

But regardless, this is the eleventh anniversary of me doing webcomics. What a dubious number eleven is to celebrate, so carry on.

Speaking of Keenspot, their Evil Josh & Billy folks have animated I-Knew-About-That-Before-Everyone-Else Man with absolutely hilarious results. Bravo, dudes. Bra-freakin'-vo! The desperate pitter-patter of feet is great.

Fracture's Wal-mart exclusive buddies are Breakaway and Crankcase. They're both homages to Transformers characters from 1988, which is my favoritest Generation 1 Transformers year (Nightbeat! Powermaster Optimus Prime! Slapdash!), so I was pretty stoked when they were announced. 1988 needs more love.

Breakaway was going to be a new version of Getaway, before Wal-mart decided they wanted these to be Movie toys. ("Getaway" seems to be a trademark Hasbro can't get back right now.) A redeco of Cybertron Hot Shot, Breakaway's colors manage to make the toy look like Getaway despite transforming entirely differently. The front of Getaway was almost entirely car parts, while Hot Shot's front is all underside robot stuff, so Breakway cleverly maps Getaway's red windows to Hot Shot's robot detailing.

The toy itself stands up okay, I believe. It does have some small limb-movement problems, especially in getting the shoulders to clear his giant back-kibble. The transformation is fairly simple, which feels much more like a plus than a minus at the moment since he's right next to Crankcase, who's a mess.

Crankcase was going to be a new toy of, gasp, Crankcase. This connection feels a little more like a stretch, but I think it manages. G1 Crankcase has springloaded weapon-thingies, this mold has springloaded weapon-thingies... it all works out. He's a redeco of Cybertron Red Alert, which is a a terrible tiny beast to play with. I kinda almost skipped the toy on this matter alone, but he's Crankcase! Crankcase!

The colors are prettier than I thought they were going to be from pictures. Perhaps the specific quality of the yellow highlights doesn't duplicate well in photography, but in person Crankcase's color combination is just interesting enough to not feel entirely bland. The "HAZ-MAT OPERATIONS" markings on his doors are a geeky touch -- Crankcase's expanded Marvel Universe-style profile says he started out as a janitor.

But overall, I want to put him in robot mode and leave him there forever. Getting him back into vehicle mode for my photo was not fun at all. Skip him unless you have an attachment to the character.

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From:cholma
Date:September 10th, 2008 03:15 am (UTC)

Comic Zingers

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DAMN! Mad references ahoy in today's SP! :O

(the animated IKATBEE Man comic is LAWSOME)
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From:sonictail
Date:September 10th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
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That final frame needs them holding umbrellas. Apart from that congrats on the anniversary, here's to another 9!
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From:jephimykes
Date:September 10th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)
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Congratulations, man. Been reading since early 2003, always satisfied.
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From:steltek
Date:September 10th, 2008 03:30 am (UTC)
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A reference to Dina's last words? Man, that's cold even for Mike.
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From:raptorck
Date:September 10th, 2008 03:51 am (UTC)
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It was the best he could do!

(Also, let's note that Ethan lives with regrets.)

Edited at 2008-09-10 03:51 am (UTC)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 10th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
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Yes, but it's a storm we all have to endure. We hate it, but it's every drop that runs down the page of the comic that traces out what it is, its shape. The storm shows me so much right now. I accept all I see.

This comic is beautiful. It's your mom that's ugly.
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From:rogerz21
Date:September 10th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
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Really? I just bought Crankcase the other day, and I found his transformation to be highly fun and unique. The simple and efficient way his legs merge is nice, and he's well proportioned. The only part that comes remotely close to tough is pulling his head back out.
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From:shortpacked
Date:September 10th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)
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I agree his legs are great, but I can't stand his door panels.
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From:ertchin
Date:September 10th, 2008 04:29 am (UTC)
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... sigh.
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From:thomasoverbeck
Date:September 10th, 2008 04:29 am (UTC)

e-o-eleven!

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Congrats on your eleventh 'tooning year! May there be many more to come!

(Nice touch at the end, too.)
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From:deriksmith
Date:September 10th, 2008 04:44 am (UTC)
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...that's a surprisingly effective Getaway. I always had a soft sport for the character. (He got his own staring text story, so this isn't completely random.)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 10th, 2008 05:54 am (UTC)
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A mediocre comic made poorer for the shoehorning of self-referenced.

A fair assessment.
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From:fifthie
Date:September 10th, 2008 06:04 am (UTC)

God dammit Willis stop killing my joy

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I was going to criticize this comic but then I realized everything I could say was already covered in the title.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 10th, 2008 06:09 am (UTC)
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Also: Leslie and Ethan are totally going to go straight for each other.

You heard it here first!
From:b_rian
Date:September 10th, 2008 06:21 am (UTC)
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Mike didn't come back to life alone!

Dina's in there with him!

Or not.
From:c_lawnmower
Date:September 10th, 2008 08:24 am (UTC)
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this is reminiscent of something my theater history teacher once said

"When you create art without an audience in mind, or rather, when you create art for your own sake, you're essentially just masturbating"

She was an odd woman.
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From:kiruppert
Date:September 10th, 2008 10:15 am (UTC)
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On the other hand, when you create art with an audience in mind, you're pandering.
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From:sailor_arashi
Date:September 10th, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
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So, was she trying to say that creating art for your own sake is bad or something? Cause, y'know, masturbation is fun.


Also, for some reason my mind cannot handle the idea of Leslie and Mike interacting in any way.
From:c_lawnmower
Date:September 11th, 2008 03:15 am (UTC)
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I think the implication was that when you forget that other people have to observe the art, you wont create something other people can understand or interpret. Like an inside joke for yourself.
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From:kiruppert
Date:September 10th, 2008 09:55 am (UTC)

Pointless, undeserved spite's in style, right?

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I ALWAYS PREFERRED ROOMIES TOO, Y'HACK.

What's it like to peak in collage?
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From:kiruppert
Date:September 10th, 2008 09:56 am (UTC)

Re: Pointless, undeserved spite's in style, right?

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Also...

I PEAKED YOUR MOM IN COLLAGE!
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From:jin_saotome
Date:September 10th, 2008 10:08 am (UTC)
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Hey cool, your webcomic anniversary is on the day the world ends! Can't believe you didn't do a Great Hadron Collider reference here somewhere.. heh.

Also, I have (had) stuff for ya. Answer yer messages!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 10th, 2008 11:49 am (UTC)
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This post makes me want Crankcase...

http://www.allspark.com/forums/index.php?s=&showtopic=33647&view=findpost&p=1015405
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 10th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
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That animation was great! I've watched it 3 times now.

Is Fracture(Crasher) also part of the TF Movie line like the 2 you just reviewed? They probably wont come to Canada anyway but I was looking for Fracture because that's a cool idea for a repaint. I just didn't know what package to look for. I usually just ignore anything in a movie package.
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From:shortpacked
Date:September 10th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
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She's in movie packaging, yep!
From:dakemesh
Date:September 10th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
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Hah, that was a great job they did with the animation. Now you know your next step in the process... 30 second cartoons (that update daily) :D .
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 10th, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC)

Ugh

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This comic continues the theme of "Ethan is an increasingly annoying and unpleasant character", and what's worse, he's emo about it. Isn't this Robin's house? Why does he think he can put up shelving where he likes when at best, he's a guest, and at worst, he's a tenant?

- FFN
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From:shortpacked
Date:September 10th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)

Re: Ugh

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Technically, it's Leslie's house.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 10th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)

Re: Ugh

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I was not aware that if somebody invited you to live with them, the house becomes part of your property. Is that normal in America?

One assumes he doesn't have to pay board there. As such, common courtesy suggests you don't start DRILING HOLES AND PUTTING SHELVES IN PEOPLE'S WALLS, as least not without asking first.

Yeah, I would be a harsh landlord.

- FFN
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From:ladyyuna07
Date:September 10th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
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Aww, there's no Ninja Rick love. =(

Also, what if Ronnie lived with them too? XD And where does Ronnie live, anyway? It's not like he can go out and get an apartment somewhere. Does he live in the back room with Ultra Car? O__O So many questions!
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From:bpcslave
Date:September 10th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
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Eleven years? That's ridiculous, that's not even funny!




(Well, the comics are.)
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From:hopea_pilvi
Date:September 10th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)

Walky-packed roomies?

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Congratulations on the 11 years!

Damn, I think I've been with you for half that. Catching up on the archive was a massive (but enjoyable) time hog back then. I don't know how I'd do it now.
From:brainallhurty
Date:September 10th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)

Evil John and Berry

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Hi, it's me. That animator guy. Yup, just one guy. Man, I WISH I had a team of animators. That'd be Awesome Sauce and peaches... But glad you liked it enough to post about it here! And congrats on the decade-plus-one anniversary.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 11th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)
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Here's to 11 years and to many, many more. This comic was roll-your-eyes-at-the-references-tastic, hehe.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 11th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC)

Lol

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Faz is gonna be jealous he didnt get an invite.
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From:undeadgoat
Date:September 11th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
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The scary part about 11 years is that, well, 11 years ago I was 7. About a year ago I started reading Shortpacked!, and I did catch up form the beginning. then about a month ago I read all of Roomies & It's Walky & (free) Joyce & Walky to date instead of packing for college. So I guess I read 11 years worth of webcomics in August? Wow, no wonder I can't handle my homework load.
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