Sqoo's Rants

For those of you who havnt played pokemon on the gameboy this last page will be a bit of a mystery. And the "Shawn deposited" part will befuddle even the most seasoned of pokemon players. Yes, it is a refarance to the game however as far as i know it only occurs on a half translated japenese version of pokemon gold for gameboy emulator on the pc. Whenever a pokemon is put back into the computer a delightful and cheerful message appears, something along the lines of "Pikachu Deposited!" Although we knew that the majority of readers would not have encountered this, we felt it was too masterful a piece of toilet humor to waste.

I have some requests for reader imput! Firstly, we need to bulk out the ming shorts section, so any guestcomics or artwork would be gratefully recieved and all will be put on the site. Think free promotion people...

Please mail us or post in the forums if you can help us with either of these things! Many thanks.

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For those of you who havnt played pokemon on the gameboy this last page will be a bit of a mystery. And the "Shawn deposited" part will befuddle even the most seasoned of pokemon players. Yes, it is a refarance to the game however as far as i know it only occurs on a half translated japenese version of pokemon gold for gameboy emulator on the pc. Whenever a pokemon is put back into the computer a delightful and cheerful message appears, something along the lines of "Pikachu Deposited!" Although we knew that the majority of readers would not have encountered this, we felt it was too masterful a piece of toilet humor to waste.

I have some requests for reader imput! Firstly, we need to bulk out the ming shorts section, so any guestcomics or artwork would be gratefully recieved and all will be put on the site. Think free promotion people...

Also if anyone has a server which allows direct remote linking we need someone to host the image which would appear at the top of our forums but its currently broken. Neither keenspace or topcities like remote links...

Please mail us or post in the forums if you can help us with either of these things! Many thanks.

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ARG! What can I say? last page is messy and badly rushed...I thought I would be deprived of my scanner for the next two weeks but luckily I still have it...(hugs scanner) Last week was a mess, hopefully updates aren't gonna be so screwed up in future...my apologies.

On a happier note, I'm gonna be chibified by the Rabid Monkey crew! waii! this is gonna be soo cool...

Oh, and the more observant of you will have seen the change in site layout. Hopefully its a bit clearer n sleeker...

LALALA...
C..H..I and P, tell me what, what u wanna be...I want to be a chipmonk...Singing cha cha chacha chipmonk....

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The good news is that we got a guest comic on Tsunami channel! And Iíve been asked to do more! (even tho a mysterious 'Sgoo' is credited with it. I guess im asking for it with this damn silly name anyhow..)

On the down side there was no comic this Wednesday. Iím sorry about the lack of comic. Update on Sunday as usual. And I apologise for the general crappiness of site...broken links etc but I promise all will be sorted this weekend. Have been very busy doing work experience, Iím in London (3 hrs travelling every day in sauna...sorry, tube train)

Work experience. Hum. Useful skill no. 1 I learnt to use a Mac. Itís ok...the see through screen thing bothers me but the most chronically annoying thing is the screwy fact that you CANíT RIGHT CLICK! How are you supposed to save friggin internet research pics??????? Especially as Iím researching pics for costumes all day...

Well I guess I cant complain. I got a wooden sword for cosplay purposes out of it. Which I carried home on the tube while standing in a nonchalant but battle ready way and smiling enigmatically at people who gave me weird looks.

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After watching 10 episodes stright of Azumanga Daioh fansubs (as cute and funny as the anime is) I had to get out. A weird kinda boredom has settled itself over me after the exams finished...Plagued with dreams of impossible extra exams I missed or showed up naked for I pootle aimlessly about, drawing stuff and gernerally not moving more than a few meters at a time. So I went on a Walk. And it justified the capital letter. I actually moved continusly for 2 and a half hours. But it got me thinking about the small miracles in life. The shire-like countryside, a rabbit scouting on it's hind legs ahead on the footpath, the pain in my legs as i climb back up another bloody hill...

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I feel I must apoligise for the continuing problems on the site. The frames have vanished as I couldnt ket keenspace to be compatible, Random pages load up two versions of the comic for no reason that i can work out and links are still dead all over the place... at least you can actaully read the comic now. (kinda)

So! News! I'm submitting a short comic to the Ayacon conbook, hope it gets in! I'll put it on the site at some point. I'm also planning to try and do a guest page for Tsunamichan webcomic..dunno if that'll come thru but nehow...

It's all about publicity! We want rabid legions of fans too! <(;_;)> (who will send us fanart and beg to do guest comics and promise to be our love slaves if we'll only let them be a part of this wonderful thing called Ming.....Muahhehehehehaha...ahem.)

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Rant number one!

I guess i should warn u that my spelling is apalling...
now what am I gonna write...
Well ming's developed a lot as i got better at drawing over the
last coupla years...hope it'll continue that way! well that was a vaguely ming related comment.
now for a slightly less revevent one.
Have you seen the matrix realoaded? YOU MUST! not only are the special effects incredible,
the fights awe inspiring and the duplicate Agent Smiths amazing but it contains
what is posibly the best invention ever to grace the silver screen.
ORGASM CAKE! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooo........(ahem)

...I must look a right loony to anyone who hasn't seen it. Ah well.
Ed's Rants

Mmm.... my tea is cooking! I've got to supply my own meals and stuff this week, I'm all lonesome!

This week, the plot is unveiled. Hurray. Working for the Post Office does have some benefits after all- my body goes on automatic delivering, while my mind schemes on Ming pages.

Actually, I honestly can't think of anything else to say, except to welcome our PR Agent- Aobh. She'll be taking over Avi's rant space and bio page- Avi has finally decided to call it a day, after providing us with several Hair Days to cover illness or laziness. Many thanks to her!

That's it.

More later

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I am still a postman. This means that, at 5 in the morning, I get up, dress in long trousers instead of the shorts I should have, and go out, carrying the equivalent of 16 bags of sugar on my back. And then I walk round my route, all 5 miles of it, before walking another two to get back.

But enough about me.

The comic... now has a forum, a PR manager, two LiveJournals linked to it, (mine will follow as soon as it's set up) and still going strong at nearly 40 pages. Wow. Count 'em. 40. I personally can lay claim to a little over half of those pages. Thanks to my relationship with Sqoo, the Artist, we are able to work pretty closely together, so what you see is the genesis of two minds into one. I knw you've heard all this before. But I have a large ego. Humour me.

One last thing. Due to popular demand I have started a topic called 'The Plot' or something like that, in the Forum, under 'General Announcements'. This will explain the entire plot so far, and will be added to as we add more pages. Now, unfortunately, I have to go. It's 9pm, and therefore past my bedtime... :-(

That's it.

More later.


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What posessed me to sign up with the Royal Mail... the pay is great. It involves me getting up at 4am. Not nice. But somehow, I'm surviving.

I succeeded in making Sqoo jealous this evening. I got three DVDs today, all anime... and one of them is something she's been looking for for absolutely AGES. UP THE RESISTANCE! Hehehehehehehe...

Finally, all three of the Ming team have a stupidly busy week next week. Page #35 is planned, we did it in the dead of night last night... but next Wednesday's is currently open to question. We'll do our best. I like the fact that Ming is finally working vaguely to plot. We always welcome comments from fans... and it's nice to see people coming back to have another look. I'd like to know what makes you take a second look.

That's it.

More later.

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First, an apology. We have no page for the Wednesday deadline this week. That was yesterday. Sorry. I'm busy. Sqoo's busy. We are busy.

Secondly, having re-read Avi's and Sqoo's Bios, I understand that Avi won't tell you her name unless you guess it. Well, me neither. Of course, people who know me socially (Chris, I'm looking at YOU here...) can't suggest things... but people who get it right will get... a pat on the head and a 'Well done!'. Sorry, I'm strapped for cash at the moment.

Short rant today. Told you they're not always long.

That's it. More later.

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Sqoo went out tonight, so I took it upon myself to tinker with the site, knowing full-well that she's gonna kill me when she finds out how much I've screwed the site up... oh well, we only live once.

Sonic Adventure DX came out today. This is, perhaps, the third most significant gaming release of this year, to me. Anyone who isn't a gamer, go away and play something and then come back. I've even started training Sqoo in the Holy and Most Noble Art of Gaming...

What is there to say? I've updated my bio... still no pic. I refuse to show myself to anyone, I will instead shortly be putting a picture up there of something interesting, something different ever time I rant. What else? Of course, my previous rant has been hopefully filed in the 'Archive' page, if I got the html right... hope so, that's the one I'm most worried about. I didn't know any html until Sqoo taught me everything I know, in 3 hours of a rainy Saturday morning, while she sat at home and I sat in Lincoln University Library. An... interesting experience. I'm just on the outer edge of minor panic at the moment, because Sqoo has gone out to a nice concert as I mentioned, and she hasn't started the page. It's not her artistic talent I doubt. It's my ability to get across to her what i've got in my mind. I fact, there you go. I'd LOVE to hear from people who run webcomics, about how they communicate with their artists/scriptwriters and how they get it all sorted.

I think that, certainly in my mind, since I took on the role of scriptwriter, things have been slow. But now, they speed up. A plot looms, and a love interest has developed, which will be developed even further over the next two weeks... I hope.

One final thing to all you stalwarts who've read down this far: My rants are too long. Sorry. I am used to nattering in flowery statements which are pictorial and long. This isn't gonna change. Unless one day I don't have so much to talk about.

That's all. More later.

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I am ill... not seriously, but enough to make me wish I wasn't, and enough to keep me off work. Which is bad. As a student, I need money to survive.

But anyway, you don't wanna listen to me ranting about myself. Let us, instead, rant about this week's updates.

Wednesday saw the first Short come out. Simple, four panel strips which will be updated at random intervals, whereas the normal comic is now up to two a week. Yay. As if I don't have enough to do already. But then, I can't complain... I was the one who suggested it.

Secondly, tonight's comic. Page #damn i've forgotten... whatever. I mean, this goes to show how tangled up I am at the minute. Arg. That word pretty much sums it up. Arg.

So there you go. Sqoo has already drawn Wednesday's comic... which means we are ahead of schedule. Yeah, right... and how long is THAT gonna last....

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I hate Windows. This is not a general I hate Windows rant. This is an 'I hate my stupid, crappy version of Windows that won't even let me open Internet Explorer' rant. This rant was, in fact, brought to you by Sqoo, after I sent it to her over Messenger... it's up to you whether to thank her or curse her

Sqoo will tell you more about the actual condition of the site. Part of the problem with this, erm, problem, is that I can't check emails, or update the site. Or check the myriad webcomics I check EVERY SINGLE DAY. This is like losing a limb.

We are moving production up a bit. I've chained Sqoo to her Artist's Desk and told her not to move until she produces the next page. Yeah, I know, the latest one (#28) has only been up for a matter of seconds... but the plan is to bring you, the hungry fans, not just one Ming page per week, not even two... but the occasional short strip as well. The first one is due out on Wednesday. We've just sat and planned three more. They'll come out as and when Sqoo draws them. But things are starting to hot up for the gang over the next few pages...

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Right. This is my first ever rant. So go easy on me, huh? Watch for the Animatrix references. ;-)

In the beginning was the word. This word was written down by Avi, and was given a picture by Sqoo. And for a time, it was good. But in the Summer of 2002, Sqoo met Ed, and Avi decided to construct the 'Hair Days' while Ed took over scriptwriting. Two and a half hours on the phone while Ed was at University and Sqoo was at home produced a sort-of plot for All Of Ming. And for a time, it was good.

Then came revolution. The characters rebelled against Ed and Sqoo, demanding that they followed their own storyline, and when Ed tried to command the characters that Sqoo and Avi had created, they would not listen, and invaded every waking moment of Ed's life, forcing him to write plots until they were satisfied. May Man and Characters be forgiven. And Woman. We live in a Politically Correct world, remember?

Of course (coming away from the whole Animatrix: The Second Renaissance thing) sitting and working out a plot for All Of Ming was, to some extent, an exercise in futility. The plot is still trying to be the same, but as new ideas grab both myself and Sqoo, it can be guaranteed the future of the Plot is still very, very fluid.

A final note: My Bio seems very short. So, I'm gonna add things to it as they come to me. My memory isn't worth shit, and I'll try and make it a bit funny. Trouble is, the subject matter isn't amazing fascinating... ;-)

More later.