Well she’s had to slum it in the dust and mud with nothing but a jumpsuit and a bunch of guns for company, she’s battled her way through a burning building and now not only are there yet more bad guys to kill Alan is about to have his throat slit.
Brilliant. Just..brilliant. Those guys had better hope that Bernadette isn’t on her period right now!
Welcome to issue 3 and I got to say that I am so BLOODY EXCITED now that we’re back on the main storyline! Really looking forward to the next four or five pages as they are possibly some of my favourites thus far.
And so, now that Alan has made sure his ribs aren’t broken, they conclude hiring negotiations and get down to business. If only all hiring was this awesome.
This concludes side story one. Now what seems to be on people’s minds recently is whats happened to German?! Well I can answer that question!
He’s been hard at work on issue 3 and on Friday and next Monday I’ll have some stuff to show you from what he’s done so far which has been absolutely superb. On top of this he’s been doodling the covers for the Hard Graft limited edition minibook and he also worked overtime to deliver the Kathy needed for the Comic Creators Alliance wallpaper.
Obviously though we all need our Hard Graft fix and at the same time we can work on explaining parts of the story which would otherwise be left to the sidelines. This is where Jules comes in.
In the end its a win win situation. We all get more Hard Graft from two top quality artists. Whats not to love about that?
Also got a few nice things to point out to readers!
We’ve got a Hard Graft Fan Map! If you like Hard Graft and want to tell the world where you are in the world follow the easy instructions to put your mark on the map! Its good fun but I can’t do much about the tiny map size :/
Next we have the formspring.me Hard Graft question widget! Got a question to ask either Prestwick, German or the cast? Then dump it here and we’ll do our best to get back to you. Also listed are previous questions and answers.
Claaaang indeed! Well if we see a bar stool shaped scar on Alan’s chest we’ll all know where that came from.
Look at that number. Its beautiful isn’t it? It was so beautiful that I went down to Oddbins (a wine shop) and picked up a H Upmann coronas major, poured myself a lovely Highland Park 15 year sat and down to watch the snooker. There I savoured the feeling of a job well done and as I puffed away happily and sipped the taste of sweet success I thought that if anyone had told me this time last year that I would have been the catalyst for a top quality 50 page webcomic I would have laughed, laughed in their faces and told them to pull the other one.
Anyway thats the reason why the comic is an hour late! Fifty pages! Woo!
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Took the words out of my mouth. Wait, those were my words. Awesome.
I’ll chat about the comic in a moment but first, I’d like to talk to you about something. Human Trafficking. Its something that you read online or watch on telly every day but do you really know the facts?
For example, did you know that more people today endure slavery of one kind or another than during the trans-atlantic slave trade? Thats 27 million people. Did you also know that the majority of these people are women and children smuggled into Europe and North America to lead awful lives in prostitution and the grey market?
But did you know that you could help stop this today?
Well some of us have decided to do something about it. Monday, January 11th is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. To participate, we formed the Comic Creator’s Alliance–a group of over eighty comic book creators (both web and print) who volunteered our artistic talents to raise money and awareness for this cause.
Together we have each donated an original drawing of our own female characters, and combined them into a single wallpaper image. The wallpaper features characters from The Phoenix Requiem, Girls with Slingshots, Earthsong, Looking for Group, Shadowgirls, The Uniques and three IDW Publishing titles: Fallen Angel, The Dreamland Chronicles and The Dreamer, and lots, lots more!
Donate today to download this unique, once-in-a-lifetime wallpaper. Just like Lincoln and Wilberforce before us we can stop modern slavery dead in its tracks. Lets make it happen.
The Donations Drive will last for two weeks, from January 11th – 24th. All proceeds will be split evenly between Love146 and Gracehaven House- two organizations working on rehabilitation of victims and prevention of this crime.
Anyway back to the comic. I would think this would be the best interview ever if the Boss allowed you to smack him in the face. Either Alan is very drunk (or punch drunk) or he just wants to see if Bernadette is the real deal. I’m probably going to side with the latter.
In other news, more stuff has arrived:
Its going to be the first anniversary of Hard-Graft next month so I might concoct a little competition or something to help celebrate!
Strong opinions abound in this strip right from the start.
Now, some of the references here may not get the most..uh..positive of reactions but to put this in perspective: these aren’t the views of either the author or the artist whoever they may be. We’re looking into some of Bernadette’s motivations and we’re getting some of Alan’s professional views into the bargain. That is worth more than its weight in gold.
If you want me to play devils advocate then yes, while both the British Army and Loyalist paramilitaries caused or committed some of the most infamous acts of death and misery in the Troubles I think Bernadette does have a point when you have groups who believe in indiscriminate killing regardless of religion or political affiliation or even nationality then you’ve officially given up the moral high ground. For those who have romantic but ultimately false visions of some sort of heroic “struggle” look no further than the women of the Bogside or Free Derry who were tarred & feathered, I say again tarred & feathered for the crime of being friendly to British Soldiers.
Everyone have their skeletons.
On a lighter note, I thought I’d re-iterate that I’ll be at table number 63 at the UK Webcomix Thing 2010 in Mile End, London on the 27th of March! I’ve already ordered 100 postcards as well as a nice display poster so you won’t confuse me for the utterly superb work that Rose Loughran does at Red Moon Rising. To find out more and to see who else is coming, click below!
And that wraps up issue two. Another 22 pages in the can and issue 3 is..er..well..we’ll chat about that on Friday. My apologies about the lack of a colour page but this is being remedied ASAP so check back in the next 24/48 hours. UPDATE: COLOUR PAGE IS HERE! BASK IN ALL ITS GLORY!
And so, like a pheonix from the ashes, Bernadette emerges and she isn’t very pleased but then again if you had been pulled back into a burning building by a bloodied Talibob psychopath then you’d be pretty annoyed as well wouldn’t you?
The inspiration for this page came from when I was writing and Muse’s Space Dementia came on last.fm, the whole climatic scene just built in my head and the whole thing just wrote itself! Amazing how easy things were back then.
EDIT: Please remember to spare a thought for the tens of thousands of Iranians who will go out onto the streets today to protest against the reigime and campaign for a free Iran. They’re braver than I’ll ever be. If you know anyone who lives in Iran, please pass this message on.
Anyway, thanks once again for coming along and reading and please tune in on Friday when I’ll explain where Hard Graft will be going next!
Ah, those cads! Will they never learn their lesson! People who patently do not like each other should not volunteer to go get munchies for mates at 3am!!! Especially when your musical interests are as emo as Gladstone’s!
Yes, I was pretty bored but I got reading Hark, a vagrant by Kate Beaton which showcases the finest in historical tomfoolery and it inspired me to make my own (admittedly crap) tribute. Heres to you, Kate Beaton of the Maritime- I mean PIER 21 museum!!!
It was the Pier 21 museum? Right?
Alan loves a bit of DAKKA DAKKA (or to be more accurate BRAKKA BRAKKA or BRAAAAAAAAAAKA). Do you?
This marks the start of our third big action scene, this time showing how well two people can do if they make intelligent use of firepower and surprise. Note that Bern has already got herself in position as Alan mops up the rest of the guards!
In other news the WebComic Readers Choice Awards 2009 have started in earnest in the nominations stage! Its being hosted on webcomicplanet.com and as in previous years competition is stiff.
Me and German have been nominated in several categories:
- Best New Comic (Hard Graft)
- Best Writing (Peter Vine)
- Best Art (German Erramouspe)
- Best Protagonist (Alan Corbett)
If you want to nominate us again, please do, just go to webcomicplanet.com, sign up and simply nominate us! When the time comes, we’ll be demanding that you guys vote for us as well!
Also, was interviewed by the good chaps at TGT Webcomics podcast! It was a great interview and I was slightly tipsy though as I had been out previously drinking the safe return of one of my flatmates. Check it out anyway!
Finally, SARACENS 5 AND 0 AFTER BEATING NEWCASTLE!!!
Yeah, awfully sorry about this but I accidentally uploaded both pages 35 & 36. This is page 36.
…here at Hard Graft, we’re very pro-choice. We belive that it is the choice of a woman on whether to throw another woman through a wall. Huzzah!
FINALLY! Hiatus is over! The webcomic shall now continue for the next four or five weeks until issue two is completed by which time I’ll have sketches of issue 3 to show you! Aren’t I fantastic, my planning skills are incredibly…rubbish.
I can only apologise for the month long delay and I can only hope that the next few pages can make it up for you guys. You’ve all been really loyal and I can’t buy that with gold, thanks for reading so far! If you like what you see, vote on WebcomicZ and visit the Webcomic Planet. Both boost my rankings, my rep and get more readers to this comic which in turn makes it even cooler for everyone!
EDIT: Also…SARACENS BEAT GLOUCESTER TO WIN 19 – 16! WIN STREAK NOW 4 out of 4!!!
Bit of a rubbish game but a win is a win, I’ll take lots of wins like that rather than crap losses! Allez au noir!!
It was a close one but this week after a last minute fitness test, Jules Rivera was cleared to podcast with the lads (Prestwick & Albone) where they talked about sickness & cigars in Las Vegas as well as settings, music and how they affect the development of webcomics. Speaking of webcomics, Prestwick has a random rant about “Open Source comics towards the end” VIVA LA REVOLUTION!