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Patreon updates for the week

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Join out Patroen and you get previews like this. 

 

Below is a Panel from out upcoming book SJC: The Bren werks initative.  BrenWorks Story 01 Page 01

Below is the pencils and Inks from an upcoming strip of the Hook up. 

Patreon Strip 87

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The 8 Spot is on Patreon

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For the last few years we have produced multiple online comic strips, a Youtube channel, a podcast, and we are always looking for more ways to get our work out there.

You can help us do that by suporting us on Patreon.

Coming up with a good story is not enough, you need to advertise it, spread awareness, and basically just find an audience. People need to know where to buy our books and see our videos, so in hopes of being able to expand our market we are turning to our fans for support. With your help we can produce more content, do more conventions and even have The 8 Spot grow and hire more creators.  

So What is Patreon?  

I could go into a long detail but Patreon has already done the work for us.  

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Choose Your Apocalype

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Saw a Facebook post about the "upcoming" robot apocalypse now that Japan has accepted USA's challenge to a robot fight. 

 

It got me thinking I have mentally thought of ways to survive various apocalypses

Below are just a few random ideas of how I would do.

Robot Uprising - Not a problem. With my computer/cellphone/tablet/xbox and all my other devices, I am already one of their minions. Together we shall strike against the dreaded Amish.

Zombie - I'm dead. I want to be Daryl from walking dead but lets be honest I'm the fat guy from Shaun of the Dead.

Meteor - Well this will be fun if we know about it. Cause I figure the world will just turn into a party till it ends and I'll just have people over and BBQ.

Alien Invasion - too many factors to come up with one plan. I figure that one I'll wing it. I mean depending on the aliens they can die from a cold. I just have to wait and plan for that one.

No matter what, I am not getting anally probed!!!

There is no reason for that!!!

You ain't finding the answers to the universe in there!!!

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The Hook Up - Now on Comixology and Indy Planet

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Would you like to own your own copy of The Hook Up with additional content not available on our site? Now you can.  You can go to Comixology for a digital copy or get a hard copy of our convention Special at Indie Planet.

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NYCC 14 Afterpost

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We had a great time at the New York Comic con.  It’s always great to meet fans and make new ones.  April dressed up each day she was at the show.  

Friday  Sat  Sunday

Wilson got to meet one of his favorite actors.  

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And I got to meet some of our fans.  

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April did some commisions.  

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All in all we had a great time but we are tired now.  

Sleepy

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The Hook Up Date Stories - A Break Up Story.

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A friend of mine told me his dating anniversary is in 2 weeks… The problem is he wants to break up with his girl friend and doesn’t know if he should do it before or after the anniversary. This to me is a no brainer, do it now, get it over quick like a band aid but I understand a guy’s hesitancy. Ladies here is a little secret, most guys have no defense against tears and the fear is that if you break up with a woman it will end with her just  crying her eyes out. Even if she never cried in all the time you were dating we have that fear. Somehow her cat getting killed, her grandmother who raised her having a cancer scare and almost losing an arm in a car accident never made her cry but a guy she has dated for 2 months breaking up with her is going to make her turn into a 4 year old girl. (Guys are not that bright, but we do have an inflated ego. Hey!!! That ego is the only way we get a date to begin with.)

Anyway this got me thinking of one of the craziest break up stories I have ever heard/been part of. So this guy “Anthony” had been in a long distance relationship for going on 2 years and it was stressful. He was constantly trying to juggle his schedule so he could spend time with his girlfriend but he always felt he spent more time traveling to meet her then actually spending time with her. What was also the killer was he constantly had to go see her. She didn’t have a car so he did all the driving. He finally sacks up and decides to break up with her and immediately a weight is lifted from his shoulders. He starts making plans with his friends again and all that needs to be done is the actual break up.

He decides why wait, the minute he can he texts her to make sure she is free that weekend so he can come up. He knows it will be rough but better to just get it over. So apparently she is part witch and calls him back. He makes the mistake of saying we have to talk and she immediately goes into freak out mode. She drags it out of him after him saying it should wait till the weekend he wants to tell her in person. Finally he tells her they should break up, over the phone.  Now guys are guys. We want to do the right thing but if you give us a chance to do the easy thing we will jump on it. After she hung up on him he thought he got away with the easy thing.

Fast forward 2 days it’s Saturday night and we are all playing cards. I like to say it was a manly game like poker but actually it was 5 guys playing Magic – The Gathering. I know what you are thinking 5 guys playing magic on a Saturday night… GEEK!!! And you’re not wrong, but geeks get girls too. Hence this break up story.

So we are playing Magic waiting on some chinese food  to be delivered.  However the knock at the door was not the food we were waiting for but rather a very angry young lady and a sheepish looking guy.  

It seems Anthony’s newly dubbed Ex-girlfriend talked some guy into driving 2 hours so she can  give Anthony a piece of his mind.  So now you have a recently broken up couple on a porch talking because she doesn’t want to go into his house with all his friends there.  A guy sitting in a car waiting, probably hoping for sex (It’s really the only reason I can see driving a girl 2 hours to yell at her boyfriend.)   Enter the Chinese food.  This poor guy comes to deliver some food gets out of his car and hears a woman scream “Is this cause I wouldn’t dress up like Wonder Woman?”   I can only  imagine the look on the poor guys face.  When Anthony came in to the house to get the money for the  chinese food he found everyone trying to hold in there laughter.   Guys are assholes and one guy said  “Was it the Wonder   Woman Costume?  Cause you probably could have talked her into a Black Widow costume. “

Anthony just responded with a simple “Dick.” before he went back outside.  

Finally Anthony comes back about 2 hours later.  

Me: How did it go?

Anthony: It Sucked, but I think it was for the best. I feel like such a dick.  Not just for breaking up with her on the phone but the entire time we were talking all I kept thinking was.  It’s Cold!!! She is there in a hoodie and I don’t even have shoes on.  

Me: Well have a drink that will warm you up.  Hey did you hit your arm while you were outside?  

I had noticed a bruise.  

Anthony: No that crazy girl kept hitting me.  The first time I let it go but after a while I was starting to rethink my feelings on hitting a woman.

Relationships can be hard and sometimes you need to take a moment and see if this is really the right person for you.  And if you realize you are with the wrong person you can either have the break up, talk or you can fake your own death.  There is a wiki article on it so it must be something a lot of people have thought about.  

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The Hook Up - Date Stories - Small World

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Since I started The Hook Up I get into a lot of conversations about bad dates.  One time there was a group of about 8 people, some who had met for the first time, others were old friends and when it got to be my friend “Grimm’s” turn this is the Story he told:

“OK You guys are not going to believe this but this guy I know “John” is a total loser and he told me about this. I could not believe he would admit to it, but why would anyone make this up.  So John meets this girl at a party and they hit it off well and she invites him back to her place.”

“I don’t remember the girls name but John says she was beautiful and that they were having such a great time that he thought that he may get lucky.”

“They go back to her apartment and he realizes that something he ate just went through him and he has to use the bathroom.   Now every guy has been in this situation, where they have to take the gamble and use a girls bathroom or cut the date short cause that is not really the first impression you want to make on a woman. Especially since you really don’t know the nature of the beast till you are sitting on the throne.  That being the case John decides to risk it.”  

So it seems this plumbing was not ready for John because he overflows the toilet.  Now John starts freaking out.  He grabs towels to stop the water while he looks for a plunger which apparently the girl doesn’t own.  She has 50 different soaps and shampoos but no plunger.  Rather than man up and tell the girl what happened he locks the bathroom door, lays a bunch of towels down and climbs out the bathroom window.”

At this all of us started saying “Bull!”, “No one would do that!” and “Come on!”  All of us except “Jane” who says “No it’s true.”

“How do you know?” I asked

“Cause I paid over 600.00 to have everything fixed. After I had my neighbor break down the door.”  

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The 8 Spot's Awesome Mix

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So after seeing Guardians of the Galaxy the 8 Spot guys fell in love with the soundtrack.  So we all decided to make our own Awesome Mix.  

The rules are simple.  

  • You can't use a song that's already in the movie.  
  • The song had to have come out after 1966 and before 1983.
  • Have fun.

 The crew came up with some great lists.  Here they are.  

My Mix
1.        Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder 
2.        The Boys Are Back in Town - The Bus Boys (Not The Thin Lizzy Version)  
3.        Blitzkrieg Bop - The ramones
4.        Dance to the Music - Sly and the Family Stone
5.        In the Summer Time - Mungo Jerry 
6.        Blinded by the light - Mannfred Mann
7.        Earth Wind & Fire - September
8.        Kung Fu Fighting - Carl Davis 
9.        Schools out - Alice Cooper
10.      Another Brick in the Wall  - Pink Floyd 
 
Fernando's Mix 
1.       Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson

2.       Let’s get it on - Marvin Gaye
3.       Working my way back to you babe - The Spinners
4.       Under Pressure - David Bowie/Queen
5.       Joy to the World - 3 Dog Night
6.       Fantasy - Earth Wind & Fire
7.       Tonight’s the Night - Rod Stewart
8.       River Deep Mountain High - Ike/Tina Turner
9.       I'm a believer - The Monkees  
10.     Rock n Roll All Night - Kiss

Marc's Mix 
1.       Alison - Elvis Costello
2.       Flirting with Disaster - Molly Hatchet
3.       September - Earth Wind & Fire
4.       Trouble Man - Marvin Gaye
5.       Superstition - Stevie Wonder
6.       Eminence Front - The Who 
7.       Cloud 9 - Temptations
8.       Rush - Working Man
9.       Two Hearts- Stephanie Mills & Teddy Pendergrass
10.     Somebody to love - Jefferson Airplane
 
Jason's Mix 
1.       I Want to Take You Higher - Sly and the Family Stone
2.       Fool in the Rain - Led Zeppelin
3.       Don't Stop Believin'- Journey
4.       Don't Fear the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
5.       I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
6.       Point of Know Return - Kansas
7.       Closer to the Heart - Rush
8.       Once in a Lifetime - Talking Heads
9.       Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees
10.     The Passenger - Iggy Pop
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Why Section 8?

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A lot of times we get asked why we named the comic book division Section 8 Comics.  The answer is simple: comics are our first love. We do podcasts, web strips, and we have even done some videos, but comics will always be our home. So picking a name was a tricky thing, and we have a lot of reasons for Section 8, but the truth all has to do with The TV show M.A.S.H. I have to be honest, when I was a kid, I HATED this show. It was too smart for me. Watching it now as an adult I can see how great the writing is. Back then I was just a dumb kid growing up in the pre-cable Bronx and I didn’t have many choices. It ran for 11 years and it seemed to be everywhere in syndication. When given the choice of News or MASH, MASH was the lesser of two evils.   

There was one saving grace on the show for a kid my age: Corporal (later Sergeant) Maxwell Q. Klinger. Klinger was this guy in a dress, and for a kid that’s funny. He was over the top and always trying to get out of the army, but somehow he always seemed to do the right thing. He would do whatever he needed to to help the Doctors and Nurses, but all he wanted was a Section 8. A Section 8 was this Magical thing that symbolized freedom to him. If he just had the Section 8 he could go home. He could be with his wife. He could go watch his favorite baseball team, the Toledo Mud Hens. He would be happy because people weren’t trying to kill him in some ungodly war.  

But you had to be crazy to get a Section 8, and craziness is what this company is about. When you think to yourself ‘I want to put together a comic book and go up against Spiderman, Batman and every other book out there,’ you have some hope.  When you do all the extra stuff like marketing and promoting because you want to try and carve out a small piece for yourself, you realize it’s a crazy task…. but being crazy is ok. In fact, when you get down to it, crazy is just not believing the same thing everyone else does. Wilson and I had stories to tell and we believed they were worth reading. We found other people who liked our stories who helped us and in turn they had stories of their own and we helped them. Together we carved out this small part of the internet for us. We call it the 8 Spot because we don’t do just comics, but never forget It always Started with Comics.   

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The Hook Up Date Stories - The Best Laid Plans...

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This isn’t a first date story it’s a first sex story.  “Nick” and “Nora” had been dating for a couple months but they were younger (16 & 17) and she wanted to wait till she was sure.  They had planned for weeks.  It was going to be in her bedroom so they figured they would cut school one friday and just have the house to themselves for a couple of hours.

Now Nick had gone the whole 9.  Since they were 2 broke Highschool kids Nick had packed a picnic basket.  He figured it would be as romantic as they could afford to get.  He had even stolen a bottle of wine from his parents collection.  They were in the middle of Nora's bedroom sitting on the floor eating sandwiches and drinking wine.  This was not Nick’s first time but it was Nora’s and he planned to make it as special as he could.

As with all plans things don’t always go the way they should.  Nora's mom had locked her keys in her car.  So Nora’s dad had run home on his lunch break to pick up the spare keys.  So when the 2 teens had gotten naked and in bed together making out they didn’t hear the dad drive up.  They did hear him open the door though.  With a quick look out her window Nora realized her dad was home.

Nick thinking quickly said. “if he comes up here pretend to be sick.”  Nick quickly piled everything in the blanket including the half drank bottle of wine and most of his clothes while Norah tossed her clothes in her closet and started putting on pajamas.  He then  jumped out the window.    Fortunately Norah’s window was right over the roof that covered the porch.  Unfortunately the roof was slippery.  So now Nick is naked sliding off of the roof with what looks like a blanket full of stolen goods.

Nick fall/jumps drops of the porch roof and lands just next to Nora’s father’s car.  Nick tried to get dress but he realized 2 important things.   One, everything is covered in wine and 2 he had grabbed Norahs clothes by accident.  When Nick told me this story he said the next thing he did was the most brilliant and stupid thing he had done in his life.  He ran into the back yard and hid in the dog house.

He figured that Nora’s father would be in and out. Nope.  Nora was too good at pretending to be sick.  Her father decided to take the rest of the day off and dote on his little girl.  Nick was in the dog house for 3 hours.  Not until Nora’s father left to drop off the keys he had come home for.  Five minutes later Nick was knocking on the back door wrapped in a blanket.   

Now Nora had no idea that Nick was still around.  She just thought he had left and went home.  This was back in the 80’s so they didn’t have cell phones to text each other.  So she was a little confused when she found nick there.  

“What are you doing?  Why do you smell like that?” Nora Asked.

“Our clothes got mixed up.  I had to hide in the dog House.”

“Oh god! I’m so sorry!!! I thought you went home.”

“I can’t, my wallet and keys are in my pants.  Get me my clothes quick and I’ll get out of here.  I’ll call you when I get home.”

Nick walked to his car a beaten man.  He was kicking himself because he really wanted their first time to be special.  His first time had been a disaster and he didn’t want that for Nora. and on top of that his car had a ticket on it.  

Except it wasn’t a ticket.    It was a note from Nora’s Dad.

Sorry things didn’t work out the way you planned.  Saw you hide in Rusty’s dog house.  Figured I would have some fun and mess with your head.  Me and the misses are going out next weekend.  Wear condoms or I will bury you next to where I buried Rusty.  

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