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Discuss Blog Entries / Page Delays
« on: October 08, 2018, 06:01:11 PM »
Jessica just started a new job working security at a museum (queue the Night at the Museum jokes), so between that, a couple other art obligations, and preparing to be in a friend’s wedding, the next Satan Ninja page has been delayed. But hey, she's looking mighty snazzy in her new uniform! (By the way, she still has blue hair, but she has to wear a wig to work, since the museum isn't cool with having a blue-headed security guard--but they're totally fine with displaying naked corpses).

Work on the comic will continue, though progress might be slow for a while until Jessica settles into a new routine. She's hopeful that giving her life a little structure by working this job will end up benefiting her productivity on the comic. But in the meantime, instead of adhering to any kind of set release schedule, we'll post pages as soon as they're ready.

If you haven’t already, you can sign up for our [1]=true&group[7909][2]=true]mailing list and we’ll shoot you an email as soon as a new page goes live.


Of course we couldn’t have an ‘80 pizzeria/arcade in the comic without showing the animatronic house band.

As a kid, I remember being both intrigued and frightened by the animatronic band at ShowBiz Pizza (which later became Chucky Cheese). I didn’t remember the name of the band until I did research for this page. It was called The Rock-afire Explosion (which is, like, way too badass of a name for it), and there’s even a documentary about the band on YouTube.

Discuss Blog Entries / Dionysian Dialectics Podcast
« on: September 21, 2018, 10:59:26 PM »
Jessica and I were guests on the latest episode of the Dionysian Dialectics podcast, which must be the most high-brow sounding show to ever dedicate an entire episode to discussing ninjas, Satan, boobs, and the 1980s. Awesome.

We had a great time talking to the host, Alexander Quaresma, who's an all-around rad dude. Check it out, and you can hear us reveal a lot of the '80s influences that inspired characters in the comic, and you can also learn why Satan Ninja Eddie up there in the header has short hair.

Dionysian Dialectics #34

Discuss Comic Pages / Issue 4 - Rad As Hell - Page 14 - Ninjas Bust In
« on: September 15, 2018, 09:04:30 PM »

There wasn’t room on the page to actually show it, (and the pixel art would’ve made the page take too long) but the game Trance and Corey are playing in Eddie’s room is Downtown Beatdown, which is totally the best two-player co-op game for the Tendocom Amusement Device (TAD for short).

In the final panel, the door behind Corey leads to the small upstairs bathroom that’s right outside Eddie’s room. Other than those two rooms (and a closet connected to Eddie’s room), that level of the house is an unfinished attic that’s used for storage.

I considered having Corey still be on the toilet when he hears the commotion go down, but that’s venturing a bit too close to toilet humor territory for our tastes. Besides, I like how it makes Corey seem more cowardly, the way he’s standing right outside the bedroom door, but is too afraid to open it and see what’s happening to his friend.

Discuss Comic Pages / Issue 4 - Rad As Hell - Page 13 - Beating Double Dudes
« on: September 08, 2018, 03:49:08 PM »

And we come full circle to where the comic began.

I’m not sure what it says about the SN8X-verse that no one seems to bat an eye at there being a topless chick in a video game. I mean, that totally would’ve blown my balls up when I was a kid. Waaaaay back when Jessica first drew the pixel babe for page three of Issue 1, we had considered having her disheveled hair cover her nipples, but decided it would be a good thing to show some boobs early on in the comic so that readers would get an idea right away as to what kind of comic they were in for (a fucking rad as hell one).

Also, I know Jessica didn’t intend this, but it totally looks to me like the sacrificial babe is offering to give the Dude twins a couple handys as a reward before they go off and get those burgers. I know if I were a Dude Shinobi, I’d be totally insulted that I fought my way through a clan of satan-worshipping ninjas for a lousy handjob reward.

Discuss Comic Pages / Issue 4 - Rad As Hell - Page 12 - Mobile-Rexus
« on: August 26, 2018, 12:21:33 AM »

We decided to give Roborexus an updated design since his first appearance back in issue 1. He was originally a throwaway reference/homage to the transformer Grimlock, but since we’ve decided to feature the little robo-dino a bit more prominently, we simplified his design to make him easier to draw and not such an obvious riff off of Grimlock.

But we don’t plan to go back and alter the design in his original appearance. We’ll just say that was a prototype build.

There won't be a page posted next weekend (Labor Day weekend here in the US), but the comic will return with a new page on Saturday, September 8th. And it'll be one of my favorite pages of this issue so far.

Discuss Comic Pages / Issue 4 - Rad As Hell - Page 11 - Beef Lord
« on: August 18, 2018, 11:59:45 PM »

Candi is a character that I detailed back when I was developing the comic’s lore, but I doubt much of her background will ever be revealed within the comic itself, so here it is:

When Veronica first moved to River City in the summer before she started 7th grade, the first friend she made was Candi (full name Candice). Toward the start of their 10th grade year, the two best friends went to see the popular glam metal band Makeüp Skwäd in concert. They ended up going back stage and, uh ... ‘hanging out’ with the band.

Candi, convinced that she and the band’s drummer were, like, totally in love, dropped out of school to follow the band’s tour and live with her drummer-lover in California. Veronica’s vacant best friend slot was swiftly replaced by Heather. Things between Candi and the drummer of Makeüp Skwäd didn’t end up lasting, and she eventually moved back to River City, Michigan. And apparently ended up inadvertently costing Eddie his job.

Now you know!


Oh, Eddie, so oblivious to Alex's sarcasm. And now we'll finally get to check out the place Eddie got fired from back in Issue 2.

Those of you that saw early preview versions of this and the previous page on Jessica’s Patreon, might notice that we’ve decided to cut out Alex showing Eddie a wounded bat that she’s nursing back to health. We decided that it seemed a little weird for Alex to be like, "Yeah, so I know you're a magical satan ninja who just killed a crazy wolf-demon from hell and all, but anyway, you should totally check out this bat that I'm nursing back to health. Isn't that neat?" The wounded bat also served as foreshadowing to a plot point that we've since decided to drop.

Discuss Comic Pages / Issue 4 - Rad As Hell - Page 9 - Just Bad
« on: August 04, 2018, 11:48:43 AM »

And we finally get to the moment that we referenced in this SN8X desktop wallpaper that Jessica made waaaaay back when we first launched this site in 2014.

It’s a parody of a classic Nintendo Power Glove ad, but you can see that we hadn’t yet decided to have Eddie’s hair change once he enters his satan ninja form.

That reminds of me something that happened when we were at that convention last month. A middle-aged lady walked past our table, glancing at our stuff as she did. After she saw this Power Glove parody poster, I heard her mutter to her husband, “He is too evil.” Then they left, and I was totally amused.

Now that we’re back from hiatus, I bet some of you dudes are re-reading the comic to refresh your memory. Which makes this a great time to mention that one of our totally awesome fans has started a wiki for Satan Ninja 198X.

There’s not a whole lot there currently, but it looks rad and the structure is in place, it just needs more meat tossed on its bones. I’m actually tempted to add to it myself, but I feel it goes against the spirit of such things for a creator to get involved. Besides, it’s way more fun and rewarding for Jessica and I to see how others describe our comic.

We also have a TV Tropes page that another awesome fan started, but again, there’s plenty of room for that to grow.

Seeing our fans make and contribute to these sorts of things is so goddamn radical, it’s like receiving a jumping high-five to our creative morale. Not only that, but they also help spread the word about our comic. For instance, the more TV Tropes pages that mention Satan Ninja 198X, the more curious clicks we’ll get.

By the way, if you end up contributing a bunch of stuff to the TV Tropes page or the SN8X wiki, you should totally contact us and let us know so we can thank you. Perhaps we’ll even conjure up a little something to send your way.

What’s that? You say you don’t have time to dick around with TV Tropes or a wiki, but you’d still like to help out the comic? Well, first off, you rule for wanting to help. Second, you can help out by spreading the word about the comic. Especially to people who are into retro-’80s stuff or just like totally rad things.

Plus you can always contribute to the comic by supporting Jessica on Patreon. She’s revised her rewards, and now creates a monthly SN8X pin-up based on concepts submitted by and voted on by her patrons. Even contributing a dollar a month is enough to check out her Patreon pinups. She’s also already posted the next few pages of the comic there. She lost some patrons while we were on hiatus due to her health issues, so it’d totally make her day to gain some new ones.


I believe this page is the comic debut of Miss Knight, Michael Slater’s assistant. We also get our first good look at the entire Demon Hammer band, apparently taking a break from working on their new album to watch the news, which of course is totally typical behavior for satanic ‘80s heavy metal bands…

Actually, I originally planned to show Demon Hammer’s manager interrupt their recording session to have them check out the news (the classic “You’re not going to believe this” moment), but I decided to cut that in order to speed things along.

Holy shit it feels good to post a page again.

Discuss Blog Entries / Comic Updates Resume this Month!
« on: July 09, 2018, 07:55:57 PM »
A friend of ours took some pictures and short videos of us at the Anime Midwest convention, so I'll post them in this thread as soon as he shares them with me.

EDIT: Here they are:

Here's a video clip of our simple table setup.

A clip of Jessica pumping iron.

And finally, a clip of me donning shades indoors (which I totally didn't wear so I could stealthily leer at scantily clad cosplay babes).

These were all taken on the last day of the convention, so by this point we were in zombie-mode from three nights in a row of minimal sleep.

Discuss Anything / While Jessica Recovers: To Blog, or Not to Blog?
« on: February 06, 2018, 01:59:58 AM »
As I'm sure all you dudes know, Jessica's going through some health issues that are impairing her ability to work on the comic. Which means no new SN8X pages until she gets better.

That leaves me with a bit of a dilemma. I have blog posts written up and ready to post, but I've been holding off. Since the SN8X comic is the radical neon heart of this website, I don't imagine we'd be getting much traffic while the comic's not being updated.

So in a way, I suppose making such blog posts right now would feel like a bit of a wasted effort on my part, since they'd be less likely to be viewed by as many people. Any new blog post I make would also bump down my recent "State of the Comic" blog post, making it less likely that new visitors would learn what the current deal with the comic is.

On the other hand, if we don't post any kind of updates on this site, that would cause the site to become lower priority in search engine results. And, of course, the longer we go without posting any sort of update, the greater the chances are that people might forget about our little awesome corner of the Internet.

I'm basically just thinking out loud here. I'd be happy to hear any thoughts or suggestions.

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