Oh, The Beating Drum!

It’s been a while since I posted anything here. Here’s an excerpt from Oh, The Beating Drum! number 8. This one features lizardmen, funny hats, rain, houses on stilts, people complaining about things, anachronisms, and a reference to a classics professor I had in 1993. As always, the entirety can be read in the magazine of swords and sorcery Worlds Without Master.

Oh, The Beating Drum! Number 8

Oh, The Beating Drum!

Every once in a long while comes a comic so profound, it changes all the rules.

This is probably that comic. Though, as the author, I might not be an objective opinion on this matter. Actually, this is the first page of that comic. There are two pages in total. You should probably subscribe to the magazine to see the other page. And the fourteen other pages I’ve made for this series, so far.

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Oh, The Beating Drum!

As always, Oh, The Beating Drum! is financed in part by Worlds Without Master, a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and readers like you.

Once again, ladies and gentlemen, Oh, The Beating Drum! Or, at least the first page of it.

As always, you can read the entire thing by subscribing to Epidiah Ravachol’s magazine of sword & sorcery Worlds Without Master.

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Oh, The Beating Drum! #5

Mindful Filter Comic

I recently made a comic for work. We’re doing this new social media experiment called Mindful Filter; to explain it to people, I drew it out in four-color splendor.

If you’re curious, check it out at morethansound.net/mindfulfilter

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MindfulFilter: How It Works


I also created a simpler, black and white version too, using the same sketches (though not the same inks).

MindfulFilter Onesheet

A second issue of Worlds Without Master has been published, which means that a second episode of Oh, The Beating Drum! has been published! It’s like serendipity, except planned.

Here’s are the first two pages (of three), featuring Unnamed Swordswoman #1 and Unnamed Sorceress #1.Oh, The Beating Drum! #2, Page 1Oh, The Beating Drum! #2 Page 2

Those wishing to buy this issue, may do so for the low, low price of $3.99 by clicking this button.

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Oh, The Beating Drum!

The first issue of Epidiah Ravachol’s new magazine of sword and sorcery, Worlds Without Master, just came out. I have a two-page comic in it, titled Oh, The Beating Drum!  Here’s the first page:

Oh, The Beating Drum!

It’s $3.99, and includes fiction from Vincent Baker (designer of Apocalypse World and Dogs in the Vineyard) and Epidiah Ravachol (designer of Dread and Time & Temp), a complete sword and sorcery role-playing game and illustrations! It’ll help support the endeavor, and also help keep me making more of these!

You can also support the project over the long-term by visiting the project’s Patreon page and pledging there.

Teaching Baby Paranoia: Payola Dentata

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Footnotes: Payola Dentata

1: It was an October just like any other October. Minus the 180 pounds of Soviet metal leering down upon the United States like the unlidded eye of some supernatural villain.

2: Sputnik was launched on October 4, 1957 into an elliptical orbit some 139 miles (at its closest; 900 miles at its furthest) above earth. For three short months, it mesmerized us with its beeping and… uh… slight sky-traversing dottedness. On January 4th, 1958, it returned to earth, retiring to a government farm in Kazakhstan.

3: The American Dental Association was created in the 19th century to provide an institutional repository of dental knowledge. And also to house one of the strategic reserves of inexpensive lollipops.

4: The launch of Sputnik created the space-race, a wholly owned subsidiary of the arms-race (itself a wholly owned subsidiary of the Cold War). The Department of Defense oversaw all matters related to said Cold War, up to and including mysterious transmissions emanating from America’s dental appliances. Careful analysis of nearly 300 broadcasts determined that the dental transmissions coinciding with the launch of Sputnik were not a matter of National Security.

5: The Federal Communications Commission (herein referred to as the FCC) is mandated with shepherding the public radio, television, wireless and broadband spectra. In the 1950s, they prosecuted a number of radio disk-jockeys (so-called for their diminutive statures and colorful haberdashery) for what came to be known as the Payola Scandal. It turns out, where there’s the capacity to screw-over one’s fellow man to make a buck, there’s always the will: Disc-jockeys were accepting money to play particular records on their radiola programs in violation of radio spectrum licensing agreements. When caught they shifted to slightly less overt methods (radio stations owned by record companies; radio programs that are actually hour-long advertizements; third-party record-promoters…) that continue today.

6: The Department of Defense noted that the 300 recorded dental transmissions contained a certain pattern, unusual in clandestine Soviet radio chatter: 4/4 time.


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