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There will be Blaster Nation spoilers below, up to the final page.
This comic is not safe for work. NSFW!!
You can visit their comics here:
Yuku keeps messing up my links, so just like copy paste.
As always, I do not personally write here in order to bash, ridicule, or criticize out of anger, envy, or hate. I write here because it is the only place I have to discuss webcomics in a neutral way. I am open to discussion with authors, haters, lovers, really, anyone, so long it's done with respect.
I personally believe that every single piece of media has its flaws as well as its good points (sometimes more of one than the other though) and it's important to discussds a media.
Today, I'd like to talk to you about a subject that is close to my heart. That is the downfall of good authors.
Brad Brown & his Wife, Leslie Brown (previously Ortego) created the excellent "Blaster Nation" in 2011. Like it or not, it was pretty decent for the most part.
But as time went on, they started to work on other projects. One of them was "The Rock Cocks". Initially featured on Slipshine behind a pay gate, it was turned into a black and white free webcomic, then abandoned while they reworked the concept, to finally be re-released as what we have now: http://rockcocks.slipshine.net/comic/page-65-nsfw, a free webcomic, hosted on what I understand to be a new platform for Slipshine, free porn webcomics with ad revenue or something.
They decided to finish up Blaster Nation in a rushed way, giving only moderate closure and not addressing many plot points - you can see how to characters evolved, but you don't exactly know why or the limits of their evolution. For instance you have
All of this in order to focus on The Rock Cocks.
Now, I definitly think the Rock Cocks is the textbook definition of a bad webcomic. The art, while great, has been declining in quality as Leslie seems to cut corners (which can be understandable, the art is still good, but you do notice a drop in quality). The story is interesting enough, but keeps being interrupted by sex scenes, some of them lasting over a month (1-2 updates a week tops) which just stops the story. More about this below.
First, the art. It is good, of course... but it didn't get better as time went on, in fact, it declined in quality. Blaster Nation only improved throughout, and Rock Cocks at its beginning was the highest point of Leslie's illustrator career.
Check out the first few pages
http://rockcocks.slipshine.net/comic/page-1-nsfw-track-1-start up to say, http://rockcocks.slipshine.net/comic/page-11
The colors are much more better, the backgrounds when displaying the character's emotions had those stylish lines that made a radical style (page 11 panel 5). It looked great. It's hard to explain, especially as english is not my first language, but, it gave the comic a gritty style that fit underground metal well.
The last few pages look like Blaster Nation's cartoony look. http://rockcocks.slipshine.net/comic/page-218 The backgrounds are now gradients when displaying's a character's emotions.
Next would be the story, and this is where it gets good. Or should I say bad. Because it gets bad.
It has its good moments, like their first concert during a battle of the band, with a song from Ken Ashcorp:
Now youtube keeps fucking up my post no thanks to Yuku, so you can find the song on that link ^ under the strip, or just youtube "Ken Ashcorp Suck my Rock"
The problem with porn comics is that the storyline is always snippets that must lead to sex scenes. Now, that's one thing, but Rock Cocks attempts to make a compelling story about small time musicians trying to make it big. Brad should have chosen one or the other, not both. Or, done like John Wigger, and made the NSFW stuff for Patreons only, or paid on Slipshine, I dunno.
Now, we have the good story parts constantly interrupted by people having sex, masturbating, etc etc... It's fine if the character is nude incidentally while it advances the story, like in this page: http://rockcocks.slipshine.net/comic/page-140-nsfw where it advances the story with eye candy, but stopping the story in order to have a sex scene is annoying, unless you are there to masturbate, which I am (and many others are) not here for.
For instance, in the last chapter, they stopped the story twice, with about 5 pages in between. Riding their car in the desert, they stop and fuck. Then, their car battery's dead because they fucked with the lights on. So, they're stranded in the desert. Out of water, they decide to do what they do best: have sex, despite the fact they are in the killing heat, with no water left. Good idea to waste more fluids idiots.
Anyway, this leads me to my other point, character development. Blaster Nation was a comic about developing characters and it was good at what it did. Lots of people managed to relate, and I've been reading the comments, they are not blind idiots, their reasoning and shared experiences are valid for what it's worth. We seen them struggle, make choices, take action, try to get what they want, fail, succeed, etc... and grow.
Rock Cocks fail on that point, because of the focus on sex. You see, sex lives are something very personal. Most people don't really care about what turns other people on, and their fantasies, unless it's to fuel their own. Trying to develop characters through sex, and even if they like, made the characters discover new kinks, it would be boring. Because sexual tastes is a very one dimensional aspect of individuals, there is many more aspects of characters, and even people in real life, that are infinitely more interesting to discover and develop. I'd much rather discuss comics, rabies (yep rabies is an amazing disease, I love to discuss it), animals, life experience, trips, with female or/and male coworkers than trying to find out what they do in bed, I give no fuck about that.
To me, sex is secondary, there is much much more knowledge and fun to be had by being friendly with people. I'm by no means asexual, but I simply find human relations much more interesting when looked through a shared exchange rather than seeking vaginal intercourse. Likewise, I'd rather see characters evolve as people, rather than see them fuck.
Rock Cocks is a masturbatory aid with story pieces rather than a story with titillating moments. The story is interrupted so the characters do the deed, readers can then fap, but those who don't find that sexy must wait until the characters are done, and it happens pretty often, so it sucks for us, and I think we're the majority. Lots of Blaster Nation readers would read the Rock Cocks but the long wait for story between sex scenes sucks. 2-3 pages a week on average, when there's a sex scene going on it can mean a month or so with no story progression.
I would point to you the "Chninkel & the Great Might", a heroic fantasy adventure bande dessinée where there's a "hot" humanoid chick (kinda mouse-humanoid people) http://www.europeancomics.net/sampics/ChinkelSample.jpg you eventually see them fuck. There is a sexual tension throughout the story, but it is not the main focus. It showcases that the characters have urges, but showing them fulfilling these urges is not the point of the comic.
There is one other comic in which the sex lives are the focus but it appears well done. I have read samples. It is "Les trois" a comic by Chloe, from Go Get a Roomie (gogetaroomie.com). In "Les Trois", you have the protagonist, an asexual guy named Anael, who starts an arrangement with a lesbian (or bi w/e) girl named Kris (sister of Go Get a Roomie's dominatrix Ramona) so that Kris would satisfy Anael's girlfriend.
Now at first sight, this seems done better. Because it explores the social and emotional dynamics of a peculiar arrangement, asexuality, the psychological aspect, how characters cope with this, etc... The sex is the core of this social arrangement, and thus is a driving force behind the story, whereas in the Rock Cocks, the sex is just there to titillate you, the driving force is their goal to become Rock Stars. It is not necessary to advance the story.
Yeah so to conclude.
Brad & Leslie did great with Blaster Nation, Brad would have done great with Hunie Pop if the dev was not a complete retard with minimalist views, Leslie still draws well but is starting to cut corners with Rock Cocks. Brad should have splitted the sex & the becoming a rock star story elements in two different mediums, as they both have their own niche.
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Last Edited By: Jackthemaniac Oct 26 16 7:20 AM. Edited 14 times