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PREHISTORIC PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS

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In This Issue:
    The Continentals (January)
    Just Another Multi-Writer Cascade That Will Probably Never Have an Ending #1-3
    Mighty Medley #1
    Powernaut 1968 #1-4
    Ripping Off King Arthur #145-156

Also Posted:
    All-New Legion of Net.Heroes #3
    Chevalier: The Queen's Mouseketeer (January)
    Cover Gallery #14i
    Godling #36
    Godling's World #5-6

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"Late on this one too; ah, well, I'll start next month's early if I can!"

The Continentals (January)
A webcomic [WWW] series
by Darryl Hughes and Monique MacNaughton

"Since last time, we've seen the mysterious Mangler revealed as the product of two brothers and a dose of very Victorian mad science, including a very liberal interpretation of Darwin's theories, highly dubious but very 19th-century opinions on mental health, and some good old-fashioned 'your theories are too radical' from the old men at the Institute."

"My biggest concern from last time is allayed here; the expressions fit well with the art and story. Not much to say about this, except that it's quite efficient at combining Victorian fiction tropes at a steady pace."

Just Another Multi-Writer Cascade That Will Probably Never Have an Ending #1-3
Untitled, Untitled, and "Battle For the Very Small Thing"
A Classic Legion of Net.Heroes [LNH] chaotic add-on cascade
by Arthur Spitzer, Scott Eiler, and Andrew Perron

"What the Heck Is This: Ah! A classic LNH cascade of the old school, where one writer posts an opening chapter and others add on to it as they will. In this case, an offhand comment by me resulted in Arthur bringing one of his old characters back and pulling an AU character into the main continuity, spurred by a cosmic event – caused by the LNH writers not finishing their goshdarn storylines! This is definitely not like 90% my fault specifically."

"I was worried that this one's title would turn out to be self-fulfilling, but thankfully, people seem to have picked it up and run with it. I'm really enjoying this (working on another chapter now!), and I'm hoping it can serve as a collective kick in the rear to get stuff finished. (SO MUCH STUFF.)"

Mighty Medley #1
"Open Letter", "Terror of the Tribots!", "Beyond the Fields" Part 1, and "Up To Their Necks In It"
An Eightfold [8FOLD] anthology
by Andrew Perron, Tom Russell, and Saxon Brenton

"What the Heck Is This: A new ongoing anthology series for one-page-long stories set in the Eightfold universe."

"I am determined to contribute to every universe on RACC, mwahaha."

"The idea for this anthology is one I love, especially since it pushes everyone involved towards writing more consistently – very important. Tom's little summaries for each story are great. 'On the perils of cross-ocean jogging, especially for the clumsy.' is my favorite bit, I think."'

"As for the stories themselves: 'Terror of the Tribots' is a straightforward superhero story, supercompressed via the super-speed of its main character. It has a characterization-y undercurrent (heh) that I would've liked to see get a bit more attention, but, y'know, restrictive formats."

"Part One of 'Beyond the Fields' is an intriguing one. Unlike many serials that try to pour themselves into a certain size limit, Saxon knows exactly where to leave off to make this chapter feel like a complete piece of the puzzle. I'm left wanting to know much more."

"Finally, 'Up To Their Necks In It' is a characterization piece starring Quasha and Danalee from Orphans of Mars. I really appreciate this; giving these characters a moment of downtime, a bit to breathe away from the pressures of survival, really helps flesh them out, makes it so you can feel their struggles elsewhere more deeply. Plus, poo!"

Powernaut 1968 #1-4
"The New Look", "You Defile the Real Powernaut!", "What If I Go Find Him?", and "Powernaut to Laos!"
A Superhuman World [SW10/WWW] webcomic
by Scott Eiler

"Powernaut's 1968 series sees a new Powernaut showing up, getting his power thru a psychedelic groove. S.O.S., one of Powernaut's previous associates, objects to this new version, and explains that the original isn't dead, but lost – resulting in the new Powernaut going on a trip through the far reaches of the human psyche to find him!"

"This feels like a natural progression towards a Kirby-cosmic-inspired story, as Hypergaard promises to be. Which is surprising, since Scott indicated that this was a significant change in plans – but then, the original plan apparently involved something Galactus-esque, which itself would be a pretty dang natural way to go Kirby-cosmic."

"When I responded to this originally, I noted that the explicit references to drug use didn't seem very 1968, but Scott noted that it fit well with indie comix of the time, and the fictional publisher of Powernaut was one of the lower-tier ones who would be willing to try out a turn in that direction. Makes sense to me, especially since Dave used a similar explanation back in the day for the Darkshield stories, which featured the patriotic hero getting duped by the Commie villain."

Ripping Off King Arthur #145-156
A webcomic [WWW] series
by Arthur Spitzer

"The incredibly weird and very meta Rippy Offy Unbound storyline concludes. Doctor Deadbeat and Gerardo Gila must stand and watch as Max Ruetra's bed, possessing Max Ruetra's body, attempts to free the sentient webcomic Rippy Offy – only for Rippy Offy to end up with both the body and the freedom!"

"It's interesting. The storyline – especially the last strip, with Doctor Deadbeat – feels like a Crisis-level story that's going on in the background, where the other characters can't see. It reminds me of Morrison's 'Second Crisis' storyline in the pages of Animal Man. This is going to Lead Places, and I'm looking forward to it."

"Speaking of other characters, we then jump to Grenadine Luncher's High School Reunion. Pope Lizardsaurus is in a Belgian jail for unexplained reasons, and Ax Fight Dude has to take Ms. Luncher to her Class of '94 reunion – where everything is trying to kill her!"

"My favorite part of this is easily the fact that Ax Fight Dude is a character woefully unsuited for the sitcom-esque plot of a boobytrapped high school reunion. It's great to see characters put in the 'wrong' genre and see how they react."

Andrew "NO .SIG MAN" "Juan" Perron, whereas Beige Countdown is more like the Brotherhood of Dada storyline in Doom Patrol

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