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Santa Claus is Coming to Town

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This year, as we head into the Christmas Season, we’re going to do a Christmas video every Thursday from when my girls were younger. Hopefully this will become a Christmas tradition!

And don’t forget, there new Violent Blue up tomorrow!


Christmas Night of the Living Dead

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This year, as we head into the Christmas Season, we’re going to do a Christmas video every Thursday from when my girls were younger. Hopefully this will become a Christmas tradition!

And don’t forget, there new Violent Blue up tomorrow!


Drummer Boy

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This year, as we head into the Christmas Season, we’re going to do a Christmas video every Thursday from when my girls were younger. Hopefully this will become a Christmas tradition!

And don’t forget, there new Violent Blue up tomorrow!


Screwtape Letters part six

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Part six of my Screwtape Letters series. And don’t forget, new Violent Blue tomorrow!


Th Screwtape Letters part three

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Presenting part thee in our Screwtape Letters video series. Some of my favorite CG bits in this one.

When you’re finished watching, head over and check out today’s Violent Blue!


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Hey guys, check out my interview over at

Banner small dark copyHey guys, check out my interview over at R-Squared Comicz. I talk a little about Violent Blue, comics in general and some of my upcoming projects!

http://www.rsquaredcomicz.com/2013/04/29/christian-comic-creator-interview-74-matthew-skelly/

Then don’t forget to head back over to the main site for today’s Violent Blue!


Easter Video

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No essential Violent Blue today. Easter is this weekend and I wanted to do a quick post about that….

This year, we’ve been doing a series at Church called “Heroes of the Bible”. We’ve been doing weekly videos comparing Bible characters to superheros. Last week and this week though, we’re teaching on Easter….and this is what we came up with!


Screwtape part two

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Part two of our Screwtape Letters series


Screwtape part one

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Part one of the Screwtape letters, covering the high points of the first three chapters or so.


Screwtape preface

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A few years ago I was teaching a study on C.S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters”. I knew that half the class wouldn’t get around to reading the text so I created videos that hit most of the points I was going to cover. Over the next couple of months, we’ll be presenting those videos here! We’ll start off with the preface :


Scary Christmas

Why do we always picture Angels as bright and beautiful heavenly creatures?

The term Angel actually just means messenger. A number of the Angels we hear about in the Bible were likely just ordinary people delivering a message from God. Others however, like the ones the Shepard’s saw in the sky announcing Christ’s birth, were supernatural creatures. When we actually hear descriptions of them…particularly in Revelation, these things are not beautiful….they’re wierd. Possibly terrifying if you were to see one of these things crawling through your window. This had me thinking about the Angel that revealed to Mary that she would become pregnant by the Holy Spirit and deliver the messiah. None of this could have been good news….at least not initially. In this culture especially, this had to be a terrifying event…and just imagine if the message was delivered by one of the less…human looking Angels…..

I should be working on Violent Blue, but this image was floating around in my head and I just had to get it out. Scary Christmas everyone.

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Calvery Ridge Christmas Party

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This is a little promo I did for my Church. We are doing a Christmas party for the kids this weekend, something to give parents a chance to run out and take care of last minuet Christmas chores without having to worry about what to do with their children. It features my beautiful wife, my two girls, one of the kids down the street….and a robot.

This video did get censored, and we removed two of the gags…but more on that next week hmmmm? For now sit back and enjoy “Places to not leave your children”

For more funny stuff, hit up my webcomic Violent Blue!


Post Thanksgiving wrap-up

First off, yes I know we missed an update on Thursday. To my friends outside the US, this is our Thanksgiving holiday. To my friends in the US, I’m not apologizing for taking it off. I probably should have scheduled a post, but with all that’s been going on I never got around to it and on the day, I decided to just let it go.

Anyhow, I hope everyone had a good thanksgiving. I had a great weekend, though very little of that had to do with the actual holiday….

Thanksgiving doesn’t get me down like Christmas does. Still, I’m not a big fan of family gatherings and made sure my gameboy was charged. My wife made a beautiful dinner for us and my side of the family along with her brother, grandmother and her mom’s boyfriend. At my end of the table we got into a discussion on emulation gaming and repaired to the library after dinner to shuffle through some of the tens of thousands of games on my MAME cabinet.

Friday I found a shredded yellow envelope in my mail along with an apology from the post office for ripping up my mail. Seriously. The note was printed on the envelope. Unbelievably the picture inside was undamaged and autographed. I had given this one up for lost – it was a Madeline cover I had sent to Lauren Bacall in New York city shortly before the hurricane. I suspected it might get lost or destroyed and wasn’t counting on getting it back. As it turns out I was half right. But because I only sent a 5×8 instead of my normal 8×10, it somehow managed to sink into the bottom of the envelope and arrive undamaged despite the envelope’s tattered and torn condition. That one is going right back out in the mail to Christopher Plummer. I don’t think I can get this back for the girls in time for Christmas, but we’ll see. They have better luck with autographs than I do.

Friday I also found myself less  than 4000 words away from my goal for the National Novel Writing Month competition. I decided to try for one big push to finish Sunday night. The story was rapidly coming to a close though, and I wasn’t sure I could stretch it out far enough.

Saturday I found nothing in the mail box except junk, however as we were leaving I noticed a big yellow envelope stuck behind the box. Sometimes the mail lady does that and other times she puts it in the box. I’d missed it when I went out to get the mail earlier and I sprinted out of the car to grab it so I could look at it on the way over to my In-Laws. My wife thought I was being funny as I gasped and forgot to breathe for a moment.

Here’s the thing. You have to actually know who Steve Taylor is for this to be as insanely exciting as it was to me. He was a musician on the Christian rock scene in the late 80’s, right in the middle of the witch hunt period where all rock music was condemed as bad, Christian or secular. He had a revival in the mid 90’s and has gone on to film and directing (much like Rob Zombie). He was the kind of artist you might consider indie rock or hipster if he were a little more mainstream and he’s got a loyal cult following…all four or five of us.

I had to work a little to track him down, it took a while to find an address for him and even then, I wasn’t sure I had the right person. Still, it was worth a shot and I sent out a photo and a letter….a year ago. I checked the date on the SASE stamp. He actually acknowledges it in his letter back! This absolutely made my day.

I finished the novel early on Sunday morning before going to bed. Unfortunately I found myself 1200 words short. Less than I expected, but short nevertheless. I resolved to fix it after Church.

Let me explain one thing to you. I can’t imagine an experience more terrifying than having the pastor refer to you BY NAME at the beginning of the sermon and announcing that he saw something you posted ON HIS DAUGHTERS facebook account. *Facepalm*

It ended up being something positive however so no one drug me out with torched burning….He launched into reasons why he hated Christmas, and while there were no sports illustrations (a surprising thing, that) he did manage to slip in a metaphor about getting into the middle of a fight between Wolverine and Freddy Kruger. You know that one Violent Blue strip where I complain about the minister’s message never being relevant to me? ( http://www.violentblue.thecomicseries.com/comics/105/ ) I take it all back.

I finished my day by diving into the second draft of my book. We finally have a title ; “Coffee, Rock Bands and Superman”. It is a direct sequel (though it can also stand on it’s own as a stand-alone story) to Violent Blue, which means I can’t release it for at least another year, since it references things that haven’t happened yet in the comic strip. I expect the second draft to be done next month, but I got far enough into it that I managed to increase the word count past the required 50,000 words to complete NaNoWriMo. I know what the cover should be and will upload it as soon as I’m finished with it. Give me another day or two.

So all in all, I had a pretty amazing weekend. I hope yours was just as great. We’ll see you back here tomorrow, but untill then, check out what’s going on in todays editions of Violent Blue!


Happy Belated Easter

Doing some Easter stuff over at Violent Blue today. I’m bummed couldn’t get this up before Easter, but my scheduling has been a little off here.

It’s just never occurred to me to be offended by the whole “Happy Zombie Jesus Day” thing before -I’m still not but I can see how some people might try to use this as something insulting. I prefer to look at it as a fun way of describing Christ…then again I’ve always been into using pop culture as metaphor.
I hit the Cedar Lee Saturday night/ Sunday morning for a midnight showing of the Terminator – the original. It was incredible to see that on the big screen although I’ll grant, some of the effects do not hold up. The head with the exposed robot eye never did, but even some of those future war sequences don’t look all that great. It’s just one or two, but it’s stuff I never noticed watching it on TV.
You know, I don’t think I’ve ever seen the full version of this before. It’s always been edited for TV.

Anyhow, it was fun to start my Easter off with Ahhhnold, though I was dragging a bit that morning heading to Church. Still managed to shred  my way through the morning music and had a nice Easter morning with my wife and girls. Also a  big thanks to Angelique Bone for posting a link to “Night of the Lepus”. A perfect way to end my Easter. We had a good one.  Hope you did too!


Violent Blue 1/4/12

It’s a somber time over at Violent Blue, and I wanted to share some of my thoughts on the current storyline. It’s been part of the plan since the beginning, so don’t think I’m jumping the shark by killing off a main character, and don’t think that it’ll be forgotten anytime soon.

Sometimes there are no answers. None of this side of the schism anyhow. Sometimes the answers arn’t what we are really looking for anyhow.

As I write this, my mother-in-law is in the hospital. We think it may have been a heart attack, but we won’t actually know for a while yet. That may be the worst part. The not knowing. The timing, coming as it did in the middle of the funeral storyline….is unnerving to say the least.

I’ve always found Blasphemous rumors to be a strange dichotomy. It’s meant to be, but it really depends on your perspective. If you believe in eternity, if you believe in God and a saving relationship with him…then the song might just be about God holding back on taking that soul until it’s ready. Funny, considering the song’s meant to be an ironic tragedy. I find a great deal of hope in it. Apparently Steve does too.

We’re going to be heading into a rough year for some of our characters. Violent Blue has always tried to keep a hint of drama around, and this year is no diffrent. That said, I hope we’ll continue to make you laugh (starting next week we go back to funny, trust me) and maybe make you think sometimes as well.

Check out todays strip here : http://www.violentblue.thecomicseries.com/comics/316

Opps! Got to go. The Boss is ordering pizza for us in the office!


Faith, horror and comics….

I see that no one has taken a stab at that Whose Line caption yet. I feel really bad about that. Usually I can whip up two or three, but just haven’t had any inspiration over there. I hope someone can throw a strip or two up there before Ben has to change it.

However, we do have a new Violent Blue up, talking about how Christians seem to find each other in the strangest places. I was a little surprised the first time this happened at The Chamber Nightclub, but at this point it no longer freaks me out. It’s not just clubs either…I find the people of faith at Horror cons, comic shops, film and art festivals…and it’s never when I’m expecting it.

Speaking of comic shops, one of the guys I was playing Heroclix with Monday night told me there was a new one out in Lorain, so I slipped out there this week. Not a lot of local places sell modern Heroclix singles so I really wanted to check out the selection. The place is nice, clean and friendly, in fact, they were kind enough to hook me up with that FCDB Green lantern I missed out on! I’m thinking of stopping out there for game nights on the off weeks I don’t play at Warzone (Like the week of my wife’s monthly game night). Check out Get ‘Em Comics at this address :

http://getem-comics–games.webstorepowered.com/ref=sample_one

Finally, we got Taversia Top list back up on the comic site, so do me a favor and vote me up a bit over there huh? I’ve got some lost time to make up for.

 

You can find today’s Violent Blue here:

http://violentblue.thecomicseries.com/comics/271


New strip up

There’s a new strip up over at Violent Blue. We’re almost out of this story arc, but f you’d prefer superhero antics, you can also check out the new strip up at Whose Line Anywhoo. Bonus points if you can figure out where the Joker’s speech comes from.

 

Visit the new Violent Blue here : http://violentblue.thecomicseries.com/comics/265

 

and the new Whose Line here : http://www.whoseline.thecomicseries.com/comics/151


New Violent Blue and Art Festival appearance this weekend!

New Violent Blue is up today. I felt like we need a Church visit after all that John Waters talk….. http://violentblue.thecomicseries.com/comics/254

In other news, I’ll be at the Elyria Art festival this Sunday! Come see me over at Ely park from 11:00 to 4:00! I’ll be doing fast free sketches, selling preview collections of Violent Blue and creating new cartoons during the show. Come on down and say hi!


Two new strips up

New Violent Blue up today, view it here:

http://violentblue.thecomicseries.com/comics/251

Now if I can only get the Kansas Song “power” out of my head…. and believe it or not, when this question was asked in Church, I did NOT give either of these answers. (But other people did…)

Sorry for the late update this morning. I input the wrong number for the month and it posted as if it were back in July. The new Whose Line posted this morning should make up for my lateness though!

View it here:

http://whoseline.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/124753


Only Two hours?

A new Violent Blue is up. The most disheartening thing about this strip is I’ve actually been told this; “God only asks for two hours each week.” by a pastors wife no less. No wonder that church isn’t growing.

Visit us here; http://violentblue.thecomicseries.com/comics/232


Pork Chops?

Todays Violent Blue has one of my favorite lines ever.

 

Visit it here :http://violentblue.thecomicseries.com/comics/231


Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial day everyone. I rolled Maddie up to the parade while Amy biked Lydia there this morning. I was pleased to see I wasn’t the only one in a Captain America shirt.
If you served, I thank you for doing something I wasn’t brave enough to do.

In other news, there’s a new Volent Blue up! Seems like there’s ben a lot of church related ones lately….

You can visit us here ; http://violentblue.thecomicseries.com/comics/222


New strip; The Bibleman Adventure

I always thought there was more potential in this series, it’s a shame they never tried to play it as a straight action series. Instead they kept slashing the budget and making it more ridiculous

Visit us here at http://violentblue.thecomicseries.com/

In other news, I’ve also got a guest strip up at MattWL’s site Eleventeen. Go check it out; it’s in color!