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woohooligan Jan 17, 2016
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Happy Martin Luther King Day! Yes, he was assassinated, but we remember him for his legacy of helping us all dream of a better world for our children. While his voice is missed, we still carry the dream.

Here we go with another short story arc! :D

Everybody wants Hitler to be in hell... well... unless you're a neo-Nazi or some other racist prick who idolizes him. Obviously if in our story you go to hell for eating bacon, then the atrocities of the Nazi holocaust will certainly send you there... I find it hard to imagine however, that once he got to hell, Hitler would have retained any power. There he is in the pit and certainly there would be other Nazis there, but probably most if not all of those guys would be seriously disappointed in him. Who else is there for him to pal around with? A bunch of gays and Jews who didn't make it into heaven? Yeah, right... I'm sure they're all eager to greet him... but in the long run, I think everyone in hell would have to eventually look around and realize there's not a ton of purpose in following tyrannical dictators anymore. After all, any of the dictators there in hell are all FAILED tyrannical dictators... So unless you've waited your whole life for the chance to serve a lesser evil... ;)

That leaves one question. Why isn't Hitler being tortured at the hands of all those gays and Jews who didn't make it into heaven? Particularly the ones who died in his concentration camps? I mean, this isn't like Fred Phelps, who you could argue was never violent... Doesn't Hitler deserve torture? hmmm....

Hendrix is nice because he overdosed on sleeping pills when he was still young... I keep thinking of people I'd like to include in the story, people who've died and would presumably be in hell, but I don't want hell to look like it's a retirement home with all people over 80. :P So I keep finding myself asking that question, "who's famous and died before 50?"

If you're a patron at any level, you can see a five-panel bonus page featuring Mr. Spock on our Patreon page!

Tomorrow I'm planning on a quick tribute to David Bowie on the Patreon page as well, although I think that one will be available to the public.

If you're enjoying Woohooligan or this story, and you'd like to see it continue, definitely check out our Patreon page and consider supporting us. Or if you can't offer financial support, check out the other ways to support Woohooligan!

For now, I'd like to share a brief review I wrote for another comic series titled A Deviant Mind from Pam Harrison. This review is for her Vol 1 Ebook, which collects the first five issues:

Pam Harrison keeps you guessing. At the outset, A Deviant Mind has all the trappings you expect from classic space opera: aliens, androids, bounty hunters, even lightsabers and uniform jumpsuits obviously inspired by Star Trek: the Next Generation. The story opens in an action sequence as the main character, Tara, is in a desperate fighter chase, trying to escape... who? Five chapters in I'm still not entirely sure, and that's okay. In that opening scene it's revealed that her pursuers had reprogrammed Tara "for maintenance only." Then before we learn any details about her antagonists, she slams the fighter into orbit and then into hyperspace, ignoring computer warnings about the hazards with the desperate proclamation, "I'd rather die!"

After this tense opening sequence, the rest of the first chapter seems a bit sluggish. Tara is found near death, floating in space and brought to a medical facility where she finally regains consciousness after two months in a tank. Information comes in tiny bursts, like the fact that she's a "wire head", an informal name given to a number of humanoid people who've been showing up around this part of the galaxy with invasive high-tech wiring throughout their nervous system. Tara is unique among them however in that she is still alive when she's found. As soon as she wakes up, we discover Tara is a telepath, but thanks to her amnesia we don't hear the name "Tara" until near the end of the first chapter on page 17, when the medical droid AGNES informs us it's an acronym that's been etched into the circuitry on Tara's forehead.

I wouldn't fault someone for expecting a comic series written by a Prism Queer Press Grant winner to be one big rainbow of continual declarations of their sexual orientation. Yet again, Pam keeps us guessing, so you might be either disappointed or pleasantly surprised that her story doesn't often focus the camera in that direction. While items of queer pride and queer psychology are definitely a part of this story, most of that seems limited to establishing a relationship between Tara and the supporting character, Dr Adrian Rausch, in chapter two. Their will-they, won't-they courtship is short-lived however as Tara, who started as a fugitive, breaks and runs again at the beginning of chapter three where the story's pace speeds up dramatically. Throughout the remaining three chapters of Volume 1, the subject of relationships is only mentioned in passing to remind you about the aborted love affair between Tara and Adrian, one that both of them are hoping to continue, despite each having their own misgivings. The only exception is the revelation in chapter four that the series title "A Deviant Mind" is in fact using the word "deviant" to mean "homosexual". So for a series that places sexual orientation right in the title, it's mentioned remarkably little throughout the story in favor of high-tech hijackings, psychic powers, manhunts and other sci-fi staples we all love.

The technical execution of this first volume is a little rough around the edges. Mostly, I found the shape and placement of the dialogue balloons problematic, taking me out of the story to figure out who's actually speaking when the tail seems to point at the wrong character or off-camera, or when two or three balloons in the same panel probably should have been connected because they belong to the same character. And frequently the text intersects the line of the balloon, which is less of a problem and more of an aesthetic complaint. And she couldn't seem to decide whether or not the word @$$ needed to be censored, which honestly just made me chuckle. But despite the technical imperfections, and my own personal bias (I'm not usually a fan of 3D-modelled comics), I think this book is a good start to an ongoing series.

Overall, I think Pam Harrison has crafted a story with sympathetic characters and a great deal of mystery and intrigue. If you're a fan of space opera, I recommend it. And if you want a good taste before the bigger price-tag to own all of the print issues, I think this ebook compilation of the first five issues is a good deal.

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