Merry Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas from Satan Ninja 198X

We hope you're all having a super rad holiday time! (And if you don't get what's being referenced in the holiday image Jessica whipped up, you totally need to watch this video.)

Looking back at 2016, it was a bit of a mixed bag for us. On the plus side, we had our first interviews about SN8X, our first YouTube review, we went out to Hollywood to be guests on one of our favorite podcasts, we started a podcast of our own, I finally released my horror novel, Jessica's Patreon has passed the half-way mark toward her first goal, and of course we released a bunch of badass pages of SN8X.

On the downside, we haven't released nearly enough badass pages of SN8X this year. Especially these last few months as Jessica has been struggling with juggling various projects at once. We also didn't do a single convention appearance this year, and blog posts have been relatively infrequent due to me focusing on writing.

But 2017 is looking to be the year of the Satan Ninja. We'll be starting the fourth issue of the comic, which is where is everything in the story really falls into place. Just as Issue 1 was largely setup for Issue 2, Issue 3 has been largely setup for the events of Issue 4. Oh, man, I'm so goddam pumped for Issue 4! 2017 should also see us release new promo videos, and we'll finally debut a pseudo-secret SN8X side-project spinoff.


Happy Halloween! (2016 Edition)

Every month, Jessica and I make a black and white SN8X bonus strip for Jessica's Patreon (which, by the way, is over half-way toward reaching the first goal!). You could sort of think of these bonus comics as deleted scenes. They tend to show some amusing aside that adds some extra flavor to the SN8X-verse, but isn't essential to the story (like the two peeping ninjas arguing about whether or not Alex's bedroom belongs to a boy or a girl, or Patrick Hyser's battle with the sensei of the Snake Shi).

This month is our 8th such bonus comic, and it's a flashback to a Halloween when Eddie, at the age of 14, first got up the courage to ask Veronica on a date. Showing you the whole comic wouldn't be fair to Jessica's awesome Patrons, since its a reward for their support, but we hope you enjoy this sneak peak of Eddie and Joe in their Halloween costumes.

In other news, we've recently received an award! As part of our effort to get as many people as possible aware of our comic, we upload it to several webcomic hosting sites. One of those is The Duck (previously known as Drunk Duck), and they hand out annual awards that are determined by the votes of the readers. Someone nominated us for the category of Best Superhero comic, and we ended up winning. Here's the announcement, which was done in comic form.

It's interesting, because as I said in the past, I don't really think of SN8X as a superhero comic, but I can understand how it qualifies as one.

Anyway, hope all you dudes have a mega-radical Halloween!


Grim October

Grim October by Adam Dravian

It's done!

It's finally fucking done!

After fourteen years, I've finally published my first novel, Grim October.

Not that I've worked on it consistently all that time—that'd be absurd. I finished the first draft in 2009, then every couple years or so, I'd bust it out and give it a revision.

And now it's done and it's published and you should totally click here and buy it. Because it's awesome.

However, it's awesome in a different way than Satan Ninja 198X is awesome. Naturally, it's set in the 1980s (mostly 1989), but it's not an over-the-top comedy homage like SN8X—it's a full-fledged supernatural horror novel. Think Stephen King meets Richard Laymon (if you haven't heard of Laymon, he specialized in fast-paced and brutal-yet-fun horror filled with sex and violence).

So Grim October definitely has a more serious and realistic tone than SN8X, but it's not without humor, and it has some of the other sensibilities you'd expect from me, such as '80s pop-culture references, sexy babes, and brutal violence. And if you're a little wary after reading "young love" on the cover, don't worry. I assure you that this is a far cry from the sort of sappy young adult fiction that involves sparkling vampires.

So what's my book about? Well, I don't want to give much of the plot away, so I'll just say that its about a seventeen-year-old named Derek who moves to a small town in Michigan around Halloween time, and uncovers some kind of supernatural horror.

It's a little bit like Stranger Things, except it focuses on older teens and, if it were a movie, it'd receive a hard-R rating for sex, violence, strong language, and drug use. If I had to compare it to some '80s movies, I'd say it has some similarities to Trick or Treat, River's EdgeA Nightmare on Elm Street, and The Lost Boys (though it's not about vampires).

Oh, and of course it features awesome illustrations by Jessica Safron. Here's an example:

Grim October beast by Jessica Safron

So now you know why things have been so quiet around here. We've been trying like hell to get this book out during the spooky season. I had planned to release it on October 1st, but I ended up re-writing some of it and Jessica re-worked some of her illustrations. But hey, at least it's made it out just in time for Halloween weekend.

And now that this book is finally done, we can go back to focusing on Satan Ninja 198X. So you can expect more frequent updates.

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New Page Coming Super Soon

The next page got delayed by Jessica taking on some art commissions (psst, that's your cue to support her Patreon [if you don't already] so she spends less time on commissions and more time doing the comic). She's now very close to finishing the next page, but we didn't want to let a whole two weeks go by without some kind of update.

So here, you can enjoy some of the art I received in honor of my recent 35th birthday. The badass image at the top of this post was drawn by our friend Matt G., whom you might know as Eddie in our live-action promo videos.

Here's an awesome birthday card Jessica's mom made me:

Pizza Wizard Birthday Card Front

Pizza Wizard Birthday Card Inside

And here's a sketch Jessica did of me riding a chocobo for some reason:

Adam Dravian Chocobo Rider


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Some Updates to Old Comic Pages

We've always felt that Satan Ninja 198X should be considered a work in progress until we actually finish it and collect it into physical graphic novel form. So over the course of the past few weeks, we've once again gone back and made some updates to Issue 1 and 2, mostly in preparation for our next print run of those issues.

We didn't make too many changes, and most of the updates to the art are so minor you probably won't even notice them. For instance, a couple background extras at the pool party scene were given slightly more '80s looking hair. Stuff like that.

There be boobs ahead, so don't venture on if you're at work or hangin' with grams or whatever.


Happy Holidays 2015

Regular updates will resume next Saturday. In the meantime, you get to enjoy this mega-cute Darwick Claus!

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Promo Videos, Death T-Shirt, & Awesome Comics Podcast

Our super-awesome mock '80s commercials for Satan Ninja 198X have been chopped up into separate videos, so if you haven't seen them yet (or you want to watch 'em again, and who could blame you), you can check 'em out here:

Ever wish you could wear a Satan Ninja 198X t-shirt? Well, you can't (yet), but you can wear a shirt featuring some of Jessica's badass art. Check out this shirt she recently designed for Maddox:

Shredding Death T-shirt

You can purchase the shirt in a whole bunch of colors (in standard men's style, or in women's V-neck) through his online store.

Also, Jessica and I got a cool surprise this week when we learned that Satan Ninja 198X was featured on the latest episode of The Awesome Comics Podcast. So go check it out to hear some British chaps talk a bit about our comic (if you're short on time, they start talking about us at the 0:22:29 mark, and it gets brought up again just after an hour into it). We've been approached by several different podcasts at conventions who said they wanted to interview us or feature our comic on their podcast, but none of them ever followed through, so it was awesome to finally get to hear strangers talk about us.


New Character School Pictures, Plus a FAQ.

Jessica Safron School Photo

Jessica was never satisfied with her previous "school photo" she had on the site, so she redrew it, resulting in the way better one you see above. She's also reworked some of the character's school photos (like finally updating the hair on Sam), and added a bunch of new ones, like this one of Alex's sister and Veronica's best friend, Heather:

Heather Hyser School Photo

You can check 'em all out on the About the Characters page.

Now that we've done some conventions and talked to a lot of people about Satan Ninja 198X, we've gotten enough recurring questions to put together a FAQ. So you can check our FAQ out here, which includes a big list of some of the '80s stuff that inspired our comic.

As we prepare to come off our hiatus, we'll be making some more changes and updates to the website. There's also some totally rad stuff that's been going on behind the scenes, but it's stuff that we can't talk about just yet. But soon!

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Death on a Hoverboard & Satan Ninja News

Biggest Problem in the Universe Death Ridding Hoverboard

The newest episode of our favorite podcast, The Biggest Problem in the Universe, came out today, and the mega-rad thumbnail image for the episode was drawn by Jessica. It also happens to be one of the best episodes of the podcast, so you should totally give it a listen.

So you might be thinking, "Gee, Adam, that's a neat image and all, but when the hell are we getting new pages of Satan Ninja?"

Don't worry, Jessica's been bustin' her hot ass on Satan Ninja art. Not only are we working on Issue 3, but we've got some other top secret Satan Ninja-related projects in the works, which will be unveiled in the next month or so. I'm also doing one final re-write of my horror novel, which should be ready for me to publish just in time for the spooky season.

I know things have been pretty quiet on this website lately, but that's just because we've been so busy working on all this stuff. Our haitus is almost over, and so new pages will be posted soon. If you want to get notified as soon as a new page goes live, you can click the little mail icon on our site's sidebar and sign up for email notifications. You can also follow the comic on Facebook or Twitter and hope you happen to catch our posts/tweets.

Also, Jessica turns 27 this week. So happy birthday to my favorite blue-haired artist babe. Here's a birthday card she quickly whipped up for herself:

Jessica Safron 27th Birthday

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Hottest Fan Art in the Universe

Jessica Safron Maddox Quartet fan art thumbnail

I made two pieces of erotic fan art (shown below) for my favorite show, The Biggest Problem in the Universe, a hilarious podcast hosted by Maddox and Dick Masterson. When I listened to today's episode (#63), I about died from fan-girlish glee hearing them talk about me and react to my art (starting at the 11:15 mark, and again briefly at the end of the episode). You can listen to the episode here. Satan Ninja even got a shout out.

To give you some context, the previous episode was the one that inspired the art (the parts relevant to the fan art are between the three and five minute marks).

If you can't listen to the episodes for some crazy reason, here's the gist: Their guest in Episode 62, Robin Higgins, mentioned that the first guy she ever jerked it to was Wesley Crusher from Star Trek TGN. So, Maddox and Dick mentioned the girls who motivated their first jerk-off experiences.

Maddox's description of his first jerk fantasies was especially weird, in the best way. So here he is with Mary from Quartet, a game for the Sega Master System. Flyin' off with their jet packs, fighting aliens, making out "pretty hard," and holding hands super romantically like Superman and Lois Lane (Dick actually inspired that last bit).

(Click the images to see the full-sized NSFW versions. I snagged these censored versions from their site.)

Jessica Safron Maddox Mary Quartet Fan Art

And here's Dick with American Gladiators Elektra and Diamond.

Jessica Safron Dick Masterson American Gladiators Elektra Diamond Fan Art

Dick didn't know that I did a piece for Maddox too until the night they recorded the new episode. I had a pretty fun email exchange with him. Bonus NSFW art: behold my sweet Google Hangouts drawing skills.


Subject: Dick Gladiators

Jessica Safron <> Sat, Jul 25, 2015 at 3:28 AM To:

Hey! I drew some erotic fan art for you, inspired by your boyhood desires.

Jessica Safron


Dick's Gmail <> Sat, Jul 25, 2015 at 3:31 AM To: Jessica Safron <>

Lollllllll that's the hottest shit I've ever seen.

Sent from my iPhone

Jessica Safron <> Sat, Jul 25, 2015 at 4:13 AM To: Dick's Gmail <>

Excellent! Wow, that's quite the compliment coming from you.

[Rambling about being a long-time fan of Dick and Maddox.]

So, anyway... you can go fuck yourself in a sexy American gladiatorial joust.

Dick's Gmail <> Sun, Jul 26, 2015 at 3:08 AM To: Jessica Safron <>

I just saw the size of Maddox's cartoon super cock and I'm super pissed off!!

Sent from my iPhone

Jessica Safron <> Sun, Jul 26, 2015 at 3:21 AM To: Dick's Gmail <>


Sorry!! It was the right thing to do.

Jessica Safron <> Sun, Jul 26, 2015 at 3:36 AM To: Dick's Gmail <>

Jessica Safron Dick Masterson American Gladiators Buff Consolation Tits

Dick's Gmail <> Sun, Jul 26, 2015 at 4:06 AM To: Jessica Safron <>

That's making it worse!

Sent from my iPhone

Jessica Safron <> Sun, Jul 26, 2015 at 4:24 AM To: Dick's Gmail <>

Jessica Safron Dick Masterson American Gladiators Buff Consolation Tits

Dick's Gmail <> Sun, Jul 26, 2015 at 11:52 AM To: Jessica Safron <>

Hahahahaha. Much better. I can jerk off to this.

What's this aerobics cosplay thing?? Meow

Sent from my iPhone


Anyway, a while back, while I was drawing the early pages of Issue 2, I talked to Maddox about giving him a cameo in the comic and Adam ended up writing him into the script. Maddox brought that up on the podcast, so for anyone wondering about that, he'll be making an appearance in Issue 3. Our hiatus is almost over, so we plan to start posting pages for Issue 3 soon!

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