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Shinsuke Takahashi, a hired ninja, operates in a world where comic book assassins often serve as mere cannon fodder for heroes. Unlike his lethal counterparts, Takahashi refrains from taking lives. Instead, he specializes in theft, espionage, and industrial sabotage—all for a price. His journey began in childhood, as he dedicated countless hours to mastering martial arts at McDojos. Interestingly, Takahashi’s true identity is William Alarcon, and he lacks any Japanese heritage. However, his deep love for anime led him to adopt Japanese culture and mannerisms, much to the consternation of his friend and partner, Robert Wheeler, a second-generation Japanese American.

Shinsuke Takahashi, known as “The Rainbow Ninja,” bears an unusual mark—a pair of ‘Rainbow’ tattoos etched on both his arms due to a regrettable mishap. Unlike the typical ninja stereotype, Takahashi’s attire adapts to his surroundings, allowing him to seamlessly blend in. His many uniforms earned him the colorful moniker, reflecting his ability to harmonize with various environments.

However, Takahashi harbors a peculiar penchant for collecting gimmicky tools. Among his acquisitions are “ninja claws,” seemingly impressive yet utterly impractical in the real world. Beyond his covert missions, Takahashi’s personal life reveals a vibrant side—he dons anime-inspired outfits, unapologetically flaunting his love for the animated world. The stage for this intriguing tale is set in the enigmatic Rose City, where Takahashi navigates his adventures without crossing paths with other comic book characters.

Shinsuke Takahashi is the first comic published through Mythos Imprint. It is a one-shot comic with no current plans to expand on the character. It was written and illustrated by Illya King. Colors are by William Rail. The comic is available at the Mythos Imprint store and Comixology.

Years ago I submitted this illustration for a Wizard Magazine competition. It is a Soviet version of Captain American. My dad is a Russian linguist, so he helped me with the design. This is Comrade Communism. I think I might revise this for a future story.

Comrade Communism, a Soviet Captain America.
Comrade Communism, a Soviet Captain America.

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Sean Martin, creator of Doc and Raider, passed away on August 3, 2020. He died due to Pancreatic Cancer complications while in hospice.

Sean Martin
Sean Martin of Doc and Raider.

Mr. Martin was an award winning illustrator. His work was featured in many LGBT publications. Doc and Raider , his comic, promoted Safe Sex and AIDS education in Canada. More about Sean Martin can be found on his Wikipedia page at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sean_Martin_(cartoonist).

Sadly, I have never met Mr. Martin. Years ago, I was apart of a indie comic collective called Webcomic Underdogs. We had a comic swap and Mr. Martin was kind enough to illustrate The Schlub. Since then I’ve followed his work on and off. Doc and Raider’s last strip and 5600 comic was posted in July 13 – https://docandraider.com/comic/5600/.

I had wish I reached out to him.

Per https://www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2020/08/03/rip-sean-stephane-martin/, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Safe Haven for Cats in his name: https://www.safehavenforcats.org/

-Illya

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The Schlub, by Sean Martin of Doc and Raider.

I’m working on a forked version of Comic Easel.

Comic Easel is a WordPress plugin that creates a custom-type post for comic pages. It is a creation of Philip M. Hofer. Mr. Hofer also created ComicPress, a WP theme combine with the Comic Easel plugin. There are many online comics that use ComicPress. The advantage of using ComicPress is that there is no backend customization. It is out of the box and ready to go. The disadvantage is that ComicPress is not mobile responsive. It is why I prefer to use the Comic Easel plugin and create child themes to change. To use Comic Easel, users have to insert code into their themes. The code is in the back-end coding of the theme.

The other day I received a notification that the plugin is no longer active. I checked out its WordPress.org page and there was this notification-

This plugin hasn’t been tested with the latest 3 major releases of WordPress. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.

The Comic Easel website was not renewed. The last time Mr. Hofer posted on his website was back in 2019.

I have decided to work on this plugin. This will be a good exercise for me to maintain my education. The code for Comic Easel is sound. There is not a lot to change. I know there is a push for all WordPress themes and plugins to support Gutenberg. I am not skilled enough to change the code to support Gutenberg. With a little research, I am sure I can change Comic Easel to support Gutenberg.

The repository where I have my fork is https://github.com/illyaking/comic-easel-v2.

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The Comix Scene will debut a new comic by Illya King, Lil Bunny Foo Foo. Lil Bunny Foo Foo is a loose adaptation of the children’s poem, Little Bunny Foo Foo.

The Comix Scene is a Social Network/Webcomic hosting website built on WordPress. People can register for a free account and host their webcomics.

The first Lil Bunny Foo Foo comic will be published on August 20.

Other News

Totally Naked Man: Justice is Awesome and The Schlub: Single Again Manga trades are in printing now. The files have been submitted to ComiXology. Physical trades will be available soon on Mythos Imprint.

A very nice postcard from A.J. Roberts.

It started with a postcard.

An old friend of mine (A.J. Roberts) sent me a lovely postcard with a nice message. It was great! I wanted to return the favor. I wanted to send my friend a custom Totally Naked Man patch. I have an account on Printful to make patches. But when I logged in, I noticed my account was not connecting to Mythos.

Here is where I blog more about what I thought happened-

https://blog.illyaking.com/2023/03/19/websites-down/

I pulled on one thread and discovered I made a total mess of the site. 3 years of using Mythos Imprint to play with Out of the Box plugins really messes with a site’s scheduled task.

This year, for some bizarre reason, has been difficult. My Dad had a medical emergency, my partner has had some medical issues (like breaking her foot). My work schedule has changed. It’s been tough to catch up and do some drawing.

Mythos Imprint is under construction. But I have enough content moved over so some visitors can read comics. I’m going to use The Comix Scene as my in-house magazine. After 3 years, no one is going to join a janky website to host their comics. I have combined The Comix Scene with Mythos. I will be combining more content like my old Zetaman stuff into my new installation. I will also NOT be tricking out my site with plugins (especially since most plugins have a short shelf life).

-Illya

I drew this for Jack Brinatte, A.K.A. Razorhawk. He has been very kind to draw several Zetaman pieces. Here is what I sent him.

-Illya

Razorhawk in Color
Razorhawk in Color
Razorhawk in Black and White
Razorhawk in Black and White

2023 has not been great for drawing. In my real-life job, my shift changed to late nights. I have not been able to do the drawing I want. This past month rolled around, and it looked like I figured out a way to make time to draw. My parents came to visit, so I took some time off. However, the demands of maintaining a house overrode my need to draw. Then we all got Covid.

In the meantime, the staff at Webcomic Chat decided to close shop. I am the co-administrator of the Webcomic Chat community on Reddit. I decided to keep the subreddit open and mold it to what I would like. Then Reddit decided to hike their API prices for apps. Communities, in response to this news, stopped posting or chose their subreddits. This, of course, further stymies any traffic I was hoping to gain with my revisions. I don’t know what I should do with it.

I got comics, I haven’t posted any yet. I will get some posted online soon. There is an Artist Alley Fest in August I want to prep for. The site revisions are pretty much done. I am working hard to rebuild my Totally Naked Man wiki at https://rose-city.net. I got some scripts finished with the help of ChatGPT. I got some background art for Lil Bunny. I am ready to start pumping out content. I just need a little more time to reorganize my life, lol.

-Illya