Jul 212003
 

For Immediate Release

Pint-sized Robotic crime-fighter (and sexy sidekick) to be represented by NERVE BOMB COMICS!

Rocket Rabbit
SAN-FIASCO’s favorite cartoon Heroes; ROCKET RABBIT and THE PROFESSOR, will have their adventures serialized in print by NERVE BOMB COMICS, starting with NERVE BOMB COMICS issue# ZERO

Rocket RabbitAlready famous in their home town of SAN FIASCO for their flamboyant walloping of many a colorful villain, ROCKET RABBIT and THE PROFESSOR said at a press-conference today that the comics will bring their brand of goofy humor and gratuitous action to a wider audience. ‘We plan to TEAR the comedy/action envelope.’ Said Rocket.

Nicknamed ROCKET RABBIT by the SAN FIASCO city newspapers because of his rabbit-ear shaped rocket thrusters, the tiny robot is loaded up to (and including) his artificial eyeballs with supersonic, ass-kicking, laser-shooting high tech gadgetry. It is safe to say that more space was made in his design for crime-fighting gear than thinking equipment.

Due to his gullibility, ROCKET is always accompanied by his inventor and crime-fighting partner… THE PROFESSOR. Providing the brains and detective skills of the duo, the mysterious battle-babe’s plethora of gadgets and natural athleticism make her a formidable physical presence as well.

NERVE BOMB issue# zero (the premiere issue) features the first full tilt ROCKET RABBIT and THE PROFESSOR story in which SAN-FIASCO’s favorite heroes meet the attack of a 100 foot tall little old lady who is stomping the downtown. This issue also features a back up story: Los Troppo Drongos where a trio of quirky characters has a stream of consciousness romp in a land called Lunatopia.
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Spokesperson for NERVE BOMB comics, JAMES BAKER expressed excitement at promoting his new stars. ‘The adventures of ROCKET RABBIT and THE PROFESSOR are whimsical, a little rude, and have as many plot twists as we can get away with. Nerve Bomb comics showcase a lively collection of stories and characters, but being the work of one artist, they will retain a distinctive voice.’

Nerve Bomb is a 32 page B/W comic book quarterly (with a full color cover) created, and drawn by JAMES BAKER, and published by NERVE BOMB comics.

Nerve Bomb is distributed by Diamond Comic distributors. (product ID# jun032446) Issue Zero is Re-offered in DECEMBER 2003 Previews (shipping to stores JANUARY 2004)

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Jun 162003
 

THE COMIC BOOK NETWORK ELECTRONIC MAGAZINE #424 – 06/13/2003

“My View” by David LeBlanc
Looking for another “funny book” that isn’t the same old stuff. This one should give you some chuckles. These are the adventures of Rocket Rabbit, a small robot with rocket thrusters out the top of his head that look like a bunny’s ears, hence the name. His inventor and sexy side kick, the Professor, has to watch over him/it closely because although he is fully armed for crime fighting he is not a rocket scientist by any means when it comes to intelligence. They are often called to handle major problems in the city of San Fiasco by Big Suit, a man in a very large robot shell – like you would see The Brain use in Pinky and the Brain. He heads up The Company and they are agents among such comrades as Seamus Opossum, Cliff Hanger, and Squid Girl.

A lot of the humor in this book has to do with the plethora of characters and their strange appearance and/or abilities. The bad guys in “The Collective”, formerly Doom.com and The Co-Op of Evil have their share. Some are not even people like the mesmerist Doctopus and the schizophrenic super genius Smart Ass and his villainous personalities Wise Ass, Dumb Ass and Kick Ass. My favorite is the mistakenly augmented with silicon instead of silicone porn stars Dick Pump and Silicon Valerie who can communicate directly with machines. Their plot is to wipe out Rocket Rabbit and the Professor with the devious Pasta Antipasta Bomb.

This is a rollicking spoof of super hero comics complete with mad villains, doomsday giant robots, witty heroic banter and surprise alien invaders. They even promise talking apes next time, always a fan favorite. The humor is light and clever. The art is accomplished and detailed. On a quarterly schedule it should maintain the quality evident in the first issue. But there is more! There is a six-page back up feature called LOS TROPPO DRONGOS. This is a surrealistic adventure of a midget, a cat and a dog. It is hard to explain there is no dialogue. The ever-shifting terrain and shapes they encounter remind me of the sixties underground comix either drawn by or meant for people on LSD or other mind altering substances. This is not a bad thing as it causes you to scan every inch to catch every detail and try to figure out just what the heck is going on. An interesting style you don’t see that often. The book as a whole is very entertaining. I think it is worth looking at to see if it appeals to your tastes.

Apr 172003
 

Rocket RabbitWhen I returned from my recent month-long trip back to Australia I was happy to find out that DIAMOND DISTRIBUTORS has agreed to distribute my NERVE BOMB comics as a quarterly title. Which is of course an exciting development, as the self-distribution thing hasn’t really been pushing the material out there… Anyway, my first listing in the PREVIEWS catalog will be issue ZERO in JUNE 2003 and that will ship to stores in AUGUST. Obviously there is no guarantee that the title will get many orders even if it is listed in the catalog, so I am devising my public-relations media assault at the moment. If anyone has any suggestions as to stores that may be interested please let me know. Alternatively, tell your favourite comic store to order some copies in June!.

Jan 212003
 

Amongst some other things, some sample illustrations from the book I have been working on have been added to the PrOjeCts section. My Dad (Robert J. Baker)wrote a lot of limericks about elephants a few years ago, and I took on the task of illustrating them. I have so far done about 13 out of a possible total of 20 or so.

Other than working on these, I have still been fiddling around on coloring my old comic-book stuff, as well as figuring out some new material and preparing for a trip home to Australia in March.

Dec 292002
 

2002 wasn’t such a great year for me in either my personal or my creative lives. The bitter end of a long relationship cast a cloud over everything, and I did not achieve as much on my own projects as I had wanted.

I did, however manage to learn HTML and a bit of Javascript, and take over the coding of my website, rather than rely on the efforts of friends.

Dec 242002
 

my latest favourite site to visit shows the work of the comics (and animation) artist Claire Wendling. If you take the time to go through her entire site you will definately be inspired. Or perhaps you will get depressed instead. We joke that she is one of those special artists who is DESPIRING which is when their artwork depresses you (because YOU suck) and inspires you (when you see what’s possible) at the same time.. Is there anything that she can’t do? sheesh!

Oct 162002
 

Finally there is new stuff in the animation section. I’ve been meaning to add more to that category for two years but didn’t have the smarts to digitize the animation until Tom Rubalcava and Steward Lee helped me out. I learned from checking my webcounter that 5 visitors were led to my site by entering this search query. Definitely five very frustrated customers. Sorry to disapoint you lads! Well I guess one out of the three search terms isn’t too bad… anyway, looks like you need to switch to Google.The STORE now has some merchandise in there courtesy of Cafe press

Sep 172002
 














Here’s a preview of Rocket and the Professor fom my 2nd NERVE BOMB issue that I finished for Comic Con 2002. I learned not to print so many this time; 200 instead of 2000. But getting the books printed in time for the show was even MORE hectic this time around! Wow. So stressful. Hopefully 3rd time’s the charm for next year!

Aug 072002
 

The site has been left to it’s own devices for the past few months as I was wailing away at my comic-book. In the next few weeks I plan to update it with new artwork from the book, and some other stuff as well…  First I had to fight my own sloth, and then had to deal with getting the book printed. That was an extremely unpleasant chore this year. On the plus side, I now have two issues of NERVE BOMB comics under my belt. there is a new ROCKET RABBIT story, and also a few pages of SQUID GIRL material. As soon as is possible I will get examples of both up on the site.

I have plans to get some t-shirts and other cool stuff made and set up a mini-mall here on the site, so keep yer eyes peeled and yer wallets poised..