July 6th, 2017 (the year of destiny)

Terry cracked his knuckles in anticipation while John and Billy nervously stayed a pace behind him, ready to run. Gabriel stood by the ominous wooden door of the doom closet, and grabbed the handle.

“You boys got lucky last time.” Said Gabriel. “But luck won’t help you this time. BEHOLD!”

Gabriel yanked the door open and a glorious white light enveloped the boys. Terry raised his fists and gritted his teeth as John started to cry.

“My god, it’s… it’s!… Wait, what is it?” said Billy.

What is it indeed? Announcing doomdojo.com’s summer contest, Summer Of Suffering!

What sort of evil monster do you imagine the boys fighting over and over again in the magic closet? This is your chance to tell us, AND get your monster into the comic!

The winner gets a personalized sketch of their monster, a guest star appearance in the comic and the eternal love of Nick! <3 (Travis might start to like you a little bit too, but don’t hold your breath.)

Follow these three simple steps:

1.) Answer these questions!
What does your monster look like? Perhaps it is slimy, scaly or hairy. Maybe it has seven arms! Answer this question with three to four sentences.

What is its strength? Perhaps it eats boulders, breathes fire or even vomits bears. That would be awesome. Answer this question with one to two sentences.

What is its weakness? Maybe it has allergies, a crippling fear of water or a dysfunctional marriage. Answer this question with one to two sentences.

What’s it’s weird quirk? Does it speak in haiku? Does it faintly smell of lavender? Does it have a degree? One to Two sentences will do.

Bonus consideration for a sketch! (It doesn’t have to be good, just let your inner artist shine!)

2.) Email it all to thelordbaeron@gmail.com

3.) Wait while Nick and Travis score the submissions and pick the best! Disclaimer: At the sole discretion of Nick and Travis, rated R etc. monsters will be rejected (i.e. No tentacle dick monsters!)

 

In other news, Nick and Katie had the most awesome Scottish wedding on the planet! Naturally Travis was there wearing an authentic Scottish kilt complete with sporran (man purse), flashers (sock flags) and dagger (…uh, a dagger.) Interestingly, I discovered that wearing a kilt for some reason gives everybody the desire and permission to ask about your wang. Seriously, about twenty separate people in some manner asked me directly about how ‘traditional’ I was wearing my kilt (i.e. without underwear.)

 

The oldest trees in California (probably) witnessed the most beautiful, Princess Bride quote filled wedding complete with full bagpipe orchestra. They creaked their soft yet eternal wooden approval as the bride and groom danced the night away, every moment being captured by the best photographer on the planet.

Then we all punched Nick in the head.

In final news, after months of outlining Travis has begun work on his rough draft of his new fantasy fiction novel: Nadia the Nefarious Necromancer! Expect to see regular updates and previews of the book right here on the doomdojo blog. Here is a teaser:

In a high fantasy world where monarchs rule with the literal backing of the gods and people with pointed ears are second class citizens, a elite few are born with the power to change everything, the power to use magic. Some are born with the ability to throw bolts of lighting or even heal the most serious of wounds, and then some are born with the power to … command the dead.

The dark art of necromancy has all but been erased from the civilized world, as for the good of society any child born with ‘black magic’ is immediately put to death. The ruling class has managed to execute every known child cursed to be born with these abilities, except for one. In a free society of exiled martial artist at the edge of the world lives Nadia, a young woman who has lived the first two decades of her life a world away from those who would do her harm.

When she is forced from the only home she has ever known she will make friends with a unique crew of misfits who have been dealt an undesirable lot in life. Using their odd and evolving powers they will travel to amazing places, reject their destinies and reshape the world in which they live.

July 14th, 2017 (The Year of Infinite Rage)

Gabriel opened the closet to reveal a terrible new foe.
“OH MY GOD!” said Billy.
“It’s… IT’S….. ADORABLE!” said John.
A tiny brown puppy with huge blues eyes stared at the boys from the darkness of the closet.
“Come here boy!” Terry squatted down and beckoned to the tiny ball of joy. It ran up to him to receive pets, only to grotesquely bulge into an abomination as soon as it was touched.
“Uuuuuuh!? Wha…” Terry said, as the puppy exploded, blasting him back several feet past the other two boys. As they looked to the closet in horror, two dozen even cuter puppies ran towards them with love and joy in their eyes, eager for pets.
“Agility and teamwork training!” said Gabriel. “You have to heard them back into the closet without touching them!”
“But this is terrible! Please Gabriel, make us fight anything else!” said Terry. “Nobody wants to see puppies explode!”
“Then I guess you had better submit your ideas for the Summer Of Suffering contest!” said the voice in the sky.
“Wha… what?” said Billy. Travis broke through the fourth wall to kick you in the ass to get you to submit your ideas!

Hey everyone, unless you want to force us to draw exploding puppies that fill you with nightmares for years to come, then submit those ideas for our summer contest! There is still time to enter, but be fast! The webcomic is a harsh mistress, and it demands sacrifice. Here is how to enter:
1.) Answer these questions!
What does your monster look like? Perhaps it is slimy, scaly or hairy. Maybe it has seven arms! Answer this question with three to four sentences.
What is its strength? Perhaps it eats boulders, breathes fire or even vomits bears. That would be awesome. Answer this question with one to two sentences.
What is its weakness? Maybe it has allergies, a crippling fear of water or a dysfunctional marriage. Answer this question with one to two sentences.
What’s it’s weird quirk? Does it speak in haiku? Does it faintly smell of lavender? Does it have a degree? One to Two sentences will do.
Bonus consideration for a sketch! (It doesn’t have to be good, just let your inner artist shine!)
2.) Email it all to thelordbaeron@gmail.com
3.) Wait while Nick and Travis score the submissions and pick the best! Disclaimer: At the sole discretion of Nick and Travis, rated R etc. monsters will be rejected (i.e. No tentacle dick monsters!)

In other news, we are excited to respond to our fans with fanmail wednesdays! Feel free to drop us a line with any question or comment, and we will answer it! Here is our fan message for this week:

In other other news, escaping from New Caprica is a bitch. Occasionally we like to get together and play the board game Battlestar Galactica, because we hate ourselves and we are always looking for reasons to distrust one another. For those unfamiliar with the premise of the game, up to two of the people playing are secret robots from hell pretending to be human with the goal of killing everyone else.
This time, we decided to play the final round of the game with a special optional expansion called “Escape from New Caprica.” In the show, the humans settled on a new planet (that they named New Caprica), but then the robots found them and oppressed them until the humans got their shit together to rebel and escape in the form of an awesome season finale space battle which is best expressed in this music video on youtube:

Unfortunately, the board game equivalent was the longest and most painful gaming experience of my life, and I wasn’t even sad to see humanity extinguished (we lost) because it finally meant the game was fraking over.

See you next week!

July 21st, 2017 (The year of doppelganger robots)

We are celebrating one full year of having our webcomic live! It kind of snuck up on us, we had no idea until Katie surprised us with cake! We are grateful to all of our fans who shower us with love and praise, Katie for supporting Nick and getting cake, and everyone who has been submitting ideas for our summer of suffering contest! (Which is still ongoing by the way, drop us a line!

Speaking of our fans, here is our response to our friend Kevo in Scotland!

Travis was super excited to see his dad this past week! They hadn’t seen each other in two years, but Dad was able to come to California for an entire week. He has a chance to meet his granddog and spend time with Travis doing the things that they love: Going on boat rides, sitting in coffee shops, walking dogs and simultaneously having the same facial expression and body language. (The images below are in a gallery, click on the fist in the corner to scroll through them!)

July 28, 2017 (The year of referring to yourself in the third person)

Over the weekend Travis had the glorious privilege to witness a live performance of ‘The Book of Mormon’! He has been listening to the soundtrack since his early college years (the early 2000’s) and finally the stars aligned for him to achieve a long time goal. All it took was a couple hundred dollars and six hours of driving….. but it was worth it! Most hilarious production ever!

(For those who don’t know, it was written by the South Park guys, check it out here:)

The Book of Mormon – Broadway San Jose

This week you get a sneak peak of one of our upcoming monsters, Trucker Mage! Unfortunately for you, Travis drew this. But have no fear, Nick will be drawing the real thing that goes into the comic.

By the way…. you still have a chance to get YOUR personalized monster into the webcomic! All you have to do is submit your idea to thelordbaeron@gmail.com. (You can read the rules in my previous blog posts, it’s easy.)

Lastly, Travis is excited to announce to the universe that his new website is nearing completion, TravisHolter.com! It will be the best place to stay up to date on all his glorious projects, including Master Sensei and Nadia the Nefarious Necromancer. Here is a little sneak peak of the artwork, which captures Travis’s essence perfectly:

August 4th, 2017 (The Year of Grandmasters)

This past weekend was an exciting one, as Master Sensei’s real life inspiration Grandmaster Chae Sun Yi paid us a visit! He is the actual founder of Sun Yi’s Academy, the Tae Kwon Do academy that Travis and Nick practice at in real life.

He came to America in 1974 to spread Tae Kwon Do, and trained a generation of master instructors who have now opened academies coast to coast, including where we live in California. There are many stories about how bad ass he was (and is), and those stories are part of our inspiration. Here is a picture of a younger Grandmaster Yi kicking a dude in the head.

While he was here he hosted a special black belt seminar and provided judging for five of our black belts who were attempting to qualify for their next rank. Nick was one of those black belts, and jump kicked some boards as part of his exam.