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#213 The Pizza Incident?! The Pizza Incident?! While Monty seems to have found something interesting in the living room, Chandler has his own problems in the kitchen. Even in the year 2067, neither ovens nor frozen pizza seem to have become foolproof. Not that Chandler is a fool, but still...

We listened to Dream Theater's brand new epic rock opera "The Astonishing" which came out today, before and during the creation of this comic, repeatedly. A dystopian science fiction story set in the year 2285, and it reminds you of The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and the like. It is truly cinematic, and if you have the chance, you should catch one of the upcoming live shows in which they will perform this masterpiece in its entirety. We certainly will. The band is at the very top of their creativity, James LaBrie effortlessly assumes the roles of seven different characters, and the musical craftsmanship is beyond any doubt. Musically, "The Astonishing" is quite reminiscent of their earlier albums like "Scenes From A Memory" or "Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence." We really have nothing but love and admiration for this band, and the release of this album certainly adds a new chapter to their already impressive body of progressive musical work.
80s Moviegoer who looks like Jerry; Boldface, Terry; Dr. Mysterious; Leisure Suit Guy; T35-M-X
#200 Happy Anniversary With 199 Comics! Happy Anniversary With 199 Comics! Here it is! One of the largest EBC strips to date. Photoshop automation and some Python scripting helped making the giant wall of comics (EBC #1 through #199), while our heroes were added by traditional digital drawing.

Please be patient, it may take a while to load.

200 strips are done, so let's raise our glasses for the next 200.

See you tomorrow!
Fallout, Jerry; Spacebot 4000
#180 Avengers Assemble Avengers Assemble "In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight." The way we know Marvel, they won't let anyone stop them from throwing some books on the market during one of their ten events per years that are extremely hard to get your hands on and contain colorful, confusing crossovers. In extremely rare cases, you'll find characters in these crossovers that do not originate in the Marvel Universe, but for instance (like here) in the DCU. In this 180th EBC strip we meet Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) as a member of the Avengers.

I am very happy to have this guest strip by my son Leon, just a few days before the Avengers movie hits theaters!
#170 Thanks For The First Year! Thanks For The First Year! Okay, this one wraps it up for 2011. Thanks for your attention. Hope you had as much fun reading these comics as I had making them.

Top priorities for 2012:

3. Further improve the artwork (practicing definitely helps)

2. Tell even more exciting stories (just look at the teaser images and questions...)

1. Keep the schedule!
Fallout, Jerry; Fat Zap; Hyperman; Pimple Faced Teen; Spacebot 4000
#160 Be It Guest Strip Or Not Be It Guest Strip Or Not Welcome to the largest EBC strip ever! It's a day later than announced because it took some time to finish it.

NOTE: The image is too large to be displayed on the iPhone (and maybe other devices), so here's a mobile version. Use your browser's Back Button to return to the site. In the long run, I'll add a mobile site, but for now, this workaround will have to do. [UPDATE: There's an optional feature now for a comic to consist of more than one image. I used it here, and this should fix the problem for now.]

I asked my son to do a guest strip, but he didn't have an idea. So we asked ourselves what kinds of guest strips our friends from Metrotopia would create, and here are some of the results. Leon created all the guest strips, while I drew the background story.

First in line is Jerry Fallout who shows us a fine day he spent at the Metrotopia Zoo with his best friend, Spacebot 4000. As it seems, he's not that into orthography.

Next up is Jimmy Nesbitt a.k.a. Pimple Faced Teen with a classic hero story featuring... himself. Back in EBC #95, his name was given as "Nigel Nesbitt." Well, his full name is James Nigel Nesbitt, jr., and while he prefers to be called Jimmy in the Standard EBC universe, he goes by Nigel in the Alternate or "What If" universe. Fun fact: Once P.F.T. has mucles, he doesn't have pimples any more.

The third strip is by our hero Hype... ehm, Clyde Barker. He wants to distract his fellow Metrotopians from Hyperman's true identity. But must the glovemaker really be the one they're looking for if his fingerprints are found on the gloves he made?

Fat Zap buys a pencil and other equipment at the local toy store, and then he depicts himself as a racing dog who wins the race and gets a large bone. Well done, Fat Zap!

The last one is by the Weather Guys who introduce their latest member, Plane. They actually use Plane's condensation trails to draw their own, very Shakespearean, guest strip.

Some day, we might actually do a real Guest Strip Contest -- keep your eyes open.
Barker, Clyde; Cloud #1; Cloud #2; Cloud #3; Fallout, Jerry; Fat Zap; Lightning; Pimple Faced Teen; Sun
#153 Halloween Special, Part 4/5 -- Hyperman in: Dr. Barker & Mr. Hype Halloween Special, Part 4/5 -- Hyperman in: Dr. Barker & Mr. Hype Here's part 4 of our 5-part Halloween Special, featuring Hyperman this time. Well, not exactly Hyperman, because Clyde never becomes Hyperman in this reality, but merely some kind of Hyper-Hulk.

Mrs. Barker, Clyde's mother, actually was a physician before she retired a few years ago. Maybe we'll meet her in a comic some day.
Barker, Clyde; Pimple Faced Teen
#140 Yet Another Mission for Hyperman Yet Another Mission for Hyperman Yet another guest strip by Leon. The TT are the remains of the Terrific Three after the Red Beetle disappeared. See my 24-hour Hyperman Comic for details. Barker, Clyde; T. Thomas Taylor
#137 Blackest Knight -- 13[3]7 Blackest Knight -- 13[3]7 Today is the 42nd(!) birthday of Monty Python, so I simply had to throw in this one, especially with the number 137 (the real 1337 is still a few years away, though).

Sorry I couldn't finish a comic yesterday; it took quite some time to scan Leon's 24-Hour comic.
#122 Songs Illustrated: Englishman in New York Songs Illustrated: Englishman in New York Englishman is from the comic I started during our first attempt of a 24-hour-comic contest back in May. I haven't finished that comic yet, but I still intend to do so, and then I'll upload it here, of course.

Two days after the tenth anniversary of the tragic events, this one is dedicated to the real heroes of 9/11, the firemen, police officers, and other brave people who gave or risked their lives to save as many others as they could.

As for "Songs Illustrated," there are not so many real repdigits any more after #111. So I'll throw in a "Songs Illustrated" whenever I feel like it. Well, today, I did feel like it. Ancient Rome will resume tomorrow.
#115 What if DC Comics became completely like Marvel? What if DC Comics became completely like Marvel? Take a look at this little cover gallery to see what DC would be like if they became Marvel all the way:

They still would do a complete reboot using their most important characters, but in an additional/alternate "Ultimate Universe." So the first cover is "Ultimate Superman," of course.

Next up is a "Fear Itself" tie-in miniseries featuring Flash.

Then we have a "What If Classic" trade paperback, apparently featuring "What if Bruce Wayne became Superman?"

The last one is "House Of S," a story that shatters a large part of the DCU as we know it.

Disclaimer: If you've been reading EBC for a while, you know I really like both Marvel and DC. Over the years, both have had great stories, artwork, and characters, and some of the finest writers and artists have worked for one or even both of them.

See you guys on Monday with more adventures from Ancient Rome.
#100 100 Characters From 100 Comics 100 Characters From 100 Comics All of the characters celebrating EBC #100 in the Metrotopia Amphitheater are from the Other Stuff section. The long description, detailing each character, will follow tomorrow night because this thing already took the whole weekend to draw.

Update -- here's the description/character list I promised (it took a day longer because the Other Stuff items didn't have individual URLs before):

Above/behind the arena, we can see Jerry Fallout as Superman and Spacebot 4000 as Batman from the Energy Brain League, followed by the real Batman and the real Superman (in their original colors this time; they can also be found here and even here).

In the top row of the arena itself, from left to right: Spider-Man, Dr. Mankid and his assistant, Zombie Punk, Pimple Faced Teen as Green Lantern and Terry Boldface as Flash, Hulk: White, Monty and Gilbert Fallout.

2nd row of the arena (from top, left to right): Tux and Snowball from Supertux, Toaster Dragon, Mortimer Watson and his butler Henry, Cthulhu, the unmarried non-couple, and the Fantastic Four (Reed Richards, Susan Storm-Richards, Johnny Storm R.I.P., Ben Grimm). Mr. Fantastic is snatching popcorn from a guy in the row in front of him...

3rd row: The video game characters Lara Croft, Mario (holding his plumber thing under her nose!), Pac-Man, Link, Pinky the Ghost (tickled by Link), Donkey Kong, and Sonic the Hedgehog. The rest of the row is occupied by the TOS vs. TNG guys: Undecided guy, TOS guy (doesn't he look like Ned Flanders?), Voyager guy, and TNG guy.

4th row: Pirate Santa, Police Chief Train (also in EBC#27 and #28), the Dancing Rabbitz, the Rock Band (drummer, guitar player, singer), and news anchor Pran Salan dressed as James Bond. Why the heck is the drummer slapping the Willy Millowitsch rabbit?

5th row: Jack Thompson, Leon Kersken, Mr. Sushi (wondering where Kasper the Clown is), Diver and Gourmet Crocodile, the Mouth Guy (receiving cereals using his special method), the Nerd who wants to be a hero, Yoshi, Sascha Kersken, Math Nerd and Cookie Monster.

6th row: Snobble-headed man, or snobble dressed as a man, Giovanni/Pizza Man, Sid, Manny, and Diego from Ice Age (with the ice-cream from "Ice Age 4: Straciatella"), Mr. Iceblock from Supertux (see EBC #25), and the International Guys (Hiroshi Yamamoto from Japan, John Jackson from the United States, Sir Edward Overlord III from the United Kingdom, Jean-Luc Delacour from France, and Hermann von Strotz from Germany).

7th row: Centboy and Dollarman, Doodle and "Roddenberry" from Doodle Jump, two Snobbles (Dr. Snobble and Dobedobedo Snobble), two strange Eye Guys, the Falling Guy, the Fit Body Man, the stick figure, and another strange guy.
#98 Hyperman vs. Squidking III Hyperman vs. Squidking III This turned out better than expected: The poor falling guy is saved, the car has not damaged anything, and Squidking is in custody in the famous Metrotopia Aqua Zoo.

Tomorrow, we'll have another "Songs Illustrated," and on Friday, there'll be EBC #100!
Fallout, Jerry; Guy Captured by Squidking; Hyperman; Spacebot 4000; Squidking
#97 Hyperman vs. Squidking II Hyperman vs. Squidking II Oh dear, Superheroes have to face moral dilemmas every day. Will Hyperman save the poor guy (and risk that the car drops onto a building, possibly killing more than one person), or will he go for the car, causing the guy's death?

Let's find out tomorrow, in the conclusion to this little Hyperman story.

By the way: I added a "Random" comic button to the navigation yesterday (you may already have noticed), and today, I added a tagging system that makes it easier to find particular kinds of comics.
Guy Captured by Squidking; Hyperman; Squidking
#96 Hyperman vs. Squidking Hyperman vs. Squidking Here's Hyperman's latest challenge: to fight Squidking, the evil, intelligent sea monster. Hyperman; Squidking
#95 What If P.F.T. Gained Powers? What If P.F.T. Gained Powers? Let's never forget: He's just a teenager, and he didn't have a power/responsibility key experience like Peter Parker. Pimple Faced Teen; Watcher, The
#94 Hyperman's New Mission Hyperman's New Mission Let's see on Monday which villain has the guts to threaten the Invincible Hyperman. Tomorrow, we'll have another "What If" comic. Barker, Clyde; Hyperman
#93 Summer Of Superhero Movies Summer Of Superhero Movies Think about it -- it really is the summer of superhero movies: we already had Thor in spring, then X-Men: First Class, and now Green Lantern and Captain America.

We haven't seen Clyde Barker since EBC #34. By the way, Hyperman (Clyde's alter ego) is real within the EBC universe, but there are also comic books and movies about him. So it might turn out that Supergiant exists as well.

The anonymous superhero fighting Supergiant is not listed as a character; he's too small to be recognized.
Barker, Clyde; Supergiant
#92 Sidekickery Sidekickery Sidekicks... in the DC Universe, everyone and their dogs have them. Over in the Marvel Universe, there's only Cap & Bucky. Reportedly, Stan Lee just hates sidekicks, and Captain America was invented long before he joined the company.

This is an out-of-continuity story that happened before the time travel adventure.
Fallout, Jerry; Spacebot 4000
#79 Best. Deal. Ever? Best. Deal. Ever? Carbon Dude and Metal Guy are at The Batcave, their favorite comic book store in 2011. At first it seems they have payment issues, but... the fun fact here is that both Jerry and the Comic Book Salesman think they have made a brilliant deal and fooled the other party.

We're going to have a guest strip tomorrow, and on Monday we'll see what's up at the Video Game Store in 1985.
Comic Book Salesman in 1985; Fallout, Jerry; Spacebot 4000
#50 Happy 50th Issue! Happy 50th Issue! Finally, a (small) anniversary: EBC #50! So everyone is here who has been featured in this webcomic from #1 through #49. Most of them are even in order of appearance, just a few have been put where they seemed to fit best. The Weather Guys, of course (also featuring in yesterday's comic), are on top of the whole picture, in the sky. And they're all celebrating and having fun.

All guest strip characters have been drawn by Leon because he did these guest strips in the first place. That's why some characters are there more than once (as you may have seen, they also appear twice in the character list, once as "$characterName" and once as "Guest $characterName." And, of course, those who have more than one identity appear twice (such as Hyperman/Clyde Barker or RM01/Chief RM01).

Have fun, and I'll see you on Monday with the conclusion of the "To Be Continued" story arc from comics #47 and #48.
Badman; Bailey, Con; Ball Guy; Banana; Barker, Clyde; Batman; Bauer, Jack; Bedman; Bender Bending Rodriguez; Bike; Bowser; Buffy, The Vampire Slayer; Captain America; Chief RM01; Chief Train; Chinese Curlhead; Chinese Jack Thompson; Chinese RM01; Chinese Snobble; Cloud #1; Cloud #2; Cloud #3; Colani, Professor Peter; Colosal Rabbit; Comic Nerd; Cube Guy; Curlhead; Curly Guy; Doodle #1; Doodle #2; Dr. Lucky; Dr. Monroe; Evil Hippie Shaker, The; Fallout, Jerry; Fallout, Mrs.; Fat Zap; Ferrari; Firefox; Flick; Flower; Fluffy; Foward, Captain Jonathan J.; Fry, Philip J.; Gangster; Georges des Champingnons; Gigaman; Giorgio di Funghi; Gorilla Electronique, Le; Guest Doodle; Guest Guy #1; Guest Guy #2; Guest Jerry Fallout; Guest RM01; Guest RM04; Guest Rocker; Guest Roddenberry #1; Guest Roddenberry #2; Guest Scruffy; Guest Sideshow Bob; Guest Smoker; Guest Snobble; Guest Spacebot 4000; Handsome Guy; Hippie; Hulk; Hyperman; Iron Man; Isabelle; Kersken, Leon; Kersken, Sascha; King; Knight of Lockwood; Lamb; Lamp; Less Handsome Guy; LOL; Loverman, Harry; M.O.M.; Magic Mirror; Mantar Georg; Martian George; Mary; Masked Swordman, The; Mexicano; Mr. Iceblock; Muffy; Mushroom George; Nadana, Lana Nana; Noodle; Palmer, David; Pants; Penny; Pimple Faced Teen; Pimple Faced Teen's Mom; Poodle; Punk Rocker; Pyramid Guy; Rainbow; Ranglow, Paul; RC06; Ricky; RM01; RM04; ROFL; ROFLMAO; Salan, Pran; Schwammerl Schorsch; Scruffy; Sermon; Simpson, Bart; Simpson, Homer J.; Snobble; Snupfen; Spacebot 4000; Spider-Man; Sun; Sunshine, Annabel; Super Fry; Super Homer; Super Leela; Super Lisa; Superman; Thompson, Jack; Thor; Trousers; Tux; User of the Stairway to Heaven; Wayne, Miranda; Williams, Breath; Window; Wolverine; Yun Qiaozhi
#46 Why Is It Called "Washington DC?" Why Is It Called "Washington DC?" A bunch of Marvel superheroes is pretty unhappy about the name of the capital, and they demand it to be renamed. Captain America; Hulk; Iron Man; Spider-Man; Thor; Wolverine
#34 The Secret Identity Of Hyperman The Secret Identity Of Hyperman In this strip, the most important information about Hyperman is revealed: His secret identity. He's a movie critic, and I bet he prefers to review Superhero movies. Barker, Clyde; Curlhead; Fallout, Jerry; Pimple Faced Teen; Spacebot 4000
#17 Hyperman vs. The Masked Swordman Hyperman vs. The Masked Swordman Hyperman, the hero of the proud city of Metrotopia, in his first comic. This time, he needs to defeat the mysterious Masked Swordman. Hyperman; Masked Swordman, The
#14 Energy Brain Man Energy Brain Man Homonymous confusion, starring three men. Badman; Batman; Bedman
#13 Superama Superama Some well-known guys from Springfield and New New York as superheroes. Bender Bending Rodriguez; Simpson, Bart; Super Fry; Super Homer; Super Leela; Super Lisa
#9 Panzburg Crowd Panzburg Crowd A large crowd in the city of Panzburg is disappointed. Very disappointed. Can Gigaman help them? Bailey, Con; Chief Train; Colani, Professor Peter; Colosal Rabbit; Curlhead; Dr. Monroe; Gigaman; Kersken, Leon; Kersken, Sascha; RM04; Salan, Pran; Snobble; Snupfen; Thompson, Jack
#7 Heores, Inc. Heores, Inc. An unnamed guy whishes that some Superheroes were there. First EBC in HD (16:9) and first appearance of Fat Zap. Batman; Curly Guy; Fat Zap; Superman