It took me a while to come around to believing it, since I’ve come across many false reports making the same claim, but the Deadpool movie is finally set to move forward. It’s planned for a February 2016 release date, will likely star Ryan Reynolds (though he’s not officially signed on yet) and they’re aiming for a PG-13 rating. That last bit, however, has been the subject of much debate. As for myself, I don’t know. I mean, I would absolutely love an R-rated Deadpool movie, but I still think the character has plenty to offer that can work within the limitations of a PG-13 rating. Especially when you consider that such restrictions seem strangely obsessed with sexual content, but are pretty loose in regards to violence, as long as there isn’t a ton of focus on gore. And while Deadpool has a potty mouth, he really doesn’t need to be dropping constant F-bombs, and even if he does, Deadpool’s relationship with the fourth wall means anything is possible, including the PG-13 rating becoming a running gag that frustrates Deadpool as he is constantly censored. Anyway, I just feel that it’s unrealistic to expect the movie to stick to something as risky as an R rating when it will restrict access to the very audience most likely to enjoy the character’s immature humor. That is, teenagers. Right now, I’m so thankful that Deadpool is getting a movie at all that I see a minor compromise such as this as nothing to get worked up about.
9 years ago today, Lex and I started Cartridge. Well, it was called Cartridge Comics back then, and we were operating on a crappy little website I built myself in Notepad. This was the first comic I ever drew for the site. It’s actually the second one I uploaded, hence why it was displayed as the second comic in the archive for the first two years, but to me, this will always count as the first comic. It’s been an incredible journey to this point. Lots of ups and downs. I’m a very, very different person from the young idiot who launched this thing. I had no idea how to properly form a joke, my artwork hadn’t found a groove (not that my current state of constant self-reinvention is much better) and I was obsessed with making my humor “edgy” to the point of being offensive pretty often. I’ve watched my vision go from playing around with pop culture icons like a kid with a chest of toys, to a story based satire on nerd culture and tropes, to commentary on nerd media. I’ve watched readers and fellow artists come and go. I’ve gone to conventions and met some of the most amazing, supportive people in the world. I’d be lying if I said this whole comic thing had gone as expected when I started out, but I’d also be lying if I said I wasn’t immensely thankful for every last one of you out there who comes to here listen to what this crazy nerd with a Cintiq has to say. Thank you for supporting me.
I had planned on making a video about San Diego Comic Con 2014, but something bigger came up.