#VivaBubblefoxDay

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Every once in awhile the internet can do good things.  It’s not often, but once in awhile the stars seem to align and good things can happen.  On February 15th 2018, the internet did just that. The planning began months in advance, Co-President Kim Belding took the lead to create a day to honor the highly esteemed Co-President of the Root Beer Party Jon Esparza.  Not only is Jon the Co-Founder of the Root Beer Party, but he is also one of the most tireless promoters of it’s members and just webcomics in general.  He is always there over on twitter @Joncrazytweets bringing encouragement and even a measure of exposure to a veteran comic genius as well as a newly discovered talent.

He has created challenges and contests which have kept the webcomic community engaged with each other and really became a driving force behind the unique sense of comradery which underlies the webcomic community.  It seems all the other internet groups are torn apart by factions and divisions over any such nonsense, but Jon has given us a Co-President which has united us rather than divided us, and it is to this man that we intended to pay tribute.

We expected a small turnout, maybe 10 to 15 people and what we got on that fateful Thursday was overwhelming.  It seemed that everyone was stepping up to acknowledge a great guy who always had time for a positive word and a funny comic.  It is often easy to overlook the impact that one person can make in the world, but every now and then we are reminded of the impact that one positive and encouraging voice can make.  So Jon, Today we mark #VivaBubblefoxDay and we all lift a hefty, frosty mug of Barq’s Root Beer for you.  But Don’t take my word for it, here’s what everyone else said:

We began the day at midnight with a message to Jon to be on a lookout for the #VivaBubblefoxDay hashtag and a triple posting from the Official Root Beer Party Account.  A quiet beginning to an amazing day.   Then the posts began:DWKzlivX4AAGU8n

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It seemed like the comics just wouldn’t stop coming in.  Jon’s phone went down several times due to notification overload as the technology struggled to keep up with the plethora of art which flooded the internet.  It was a great day in the annals of Root Beer Party history and we are marking it here today in the Official Root Beer Party Records.  So for everything you have done Jon, For the Root Beer Party and for always having a witty or friendly or encouraging word:  We thank you.  Your spirit of generosity has inspired our little “Ragtag” bunch of comic creators and turned it into a massive group over 150 strong, dedicated to making the world smile a little bit each day, for little reward and a lot of effort, the Root Beer Party continues to reflect the values and principals of it’s founding member.  So lets all share some comics and a root beer with the world.  So let’s raise a frosty mug of Barq’s root beer to Jon Esparza and recite The Official Root Beer Party Motto:  “For the Glory of Comics and Root Beer!”

As for all the doubters out there, this is the power of a “True Believer,”  And as always, until next time, “May your mug always be frosted and your root beer always foamy.”

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Mr. Blob’s Mysteries

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Mr. blob has been busy this new year.  He has been all over the world of comics visiting all of his friends in the Root Beer Party.

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Ninja and Pirate stumbled into a world where Mr. Blob once ruled with an iron fist before the apes took over.

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Mr. Blob got into shape to visit the world of the legendary Jack Kirby, everyone was surprised by his new look.

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He visited his friends over at the Root Beer Party and got into a heated yet divine debate

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He stopped by Sunny Side Up to share some career advice.

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Then he went over to visit his long lost friend Zombie Boy.

He then went and made some new friends over at Tiffany and Corey

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But he never lost his love of mysteries and exposing the truth about the comic industry.

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And of course he just can’t help himself getting in trouble on twitter and having to get inflated as punishment.

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But he did finally settle down and get back to work with his friends at the Root Beer Party.

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So as you can see, Mr. Blob has been busy so far this year traveling all over the comic universe having fun with all his friends.  What sort of craziness will he get into for the rest of the year, no one knows, but he will continue to get by with a little help from his friends.

So keep a look out for Mr. Blob and all his Root Beer Party friends, and as always True Believers, may your mug always be frosted and your root beer always foamy.

Official Root Beer Party Portrait #7 Peter Rasmussen

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Once again we head into The Official Portrait Gallery of the Root Beer Party, where our resident artist and Co-President Kim Belding is unveiling his latest masterpiece.  Notice the subtle curve of the line and the use of squiggles to give texture to the clothing of the subject.  It is reminiscent of Van Goth in it’s use of brushstroke to convey movement.  The stark black and white contrast without the use of any color is invocative of the monochrome movement of the avant-garde scene in the late twentieth century.  This is truly a master work in comic art.

Peter Rasmussen is also one of the officers of the Root Beer Party as well as performing his duties as a comic artist and parental expert in Denmark, he is also the Deputy Secretary of State for The Root Beer Party and our Official Representative to the European Union.  His job is to expand the love of root beer and comics across all of Europe and he works hard at it everyday.

You can check out his comic here:   http://badlydoodled.com/

So pass the root beer and cheese and continue to explore the Official Root Beer Party Portrait Gallery, and as always True Believers, may your mug always be frosted and your root beer always foamy.

 

20 Questions with Comic Creators: Brian Ponshock of Prideland and MindFrame

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Welcome back True Believers, we are here once again at the vast Root Beer Party Estates in an undisclosed location, in a undiscovered region of a long lost continent and we are bringing to you live a one on one interview with our esteemed Root Beer Party Member and noted, award winning, and certified master of the squared panel, Brian Ponshock!  You can find his work here: 

Mindframe comic:    http://mindframecartoons.blogspot.com/

Prideland w/ Ryan Stoker:   http://www.comicssherpa.com/site/feature?uc_comic=csaoa

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So let’s bring over a frosty mug of root beer and get right to it:
Question 1: What got you started in doing a comic series?
Comic strips/panels have always been a big part of my life, and it was always something I dreamt of doing, so I finally took the leap into to creating something people could get a bit of a chuckle from. That’s when ‘Mindframe’ was born… and Prideland was soon to follow!
Question 2: Who was you greatest influence?
Definitely Charles Schulz! When I was little I constantly drew Snoopy lying on top of his dog house. Oh how I wish I could have met him.
Question 3: What is your favorite root beer and why?
I still enjoy A&W. We used to have one in town (back in the day), so I guess a may be a reminiscent thing of why I enjoy it.
Question 4: What do you hope to accomplish with your comic?
As so many of us would like… syndication baby!!!
Question 5: Do you have any other artistic interests outside of comics?
I would like to try my hand at animation, but there is only so much time in a given day!
Question 6: Do you see yourself as a professional cartoonist, or is this just something you do for yourself?
I do consider myself a cartoonist. Be it professional or amateur.
Question 7: What type of subject or humor do you consider out of bounds for your strips and why?
Anything that pertains to children being abused or victims of violent crimes. I just think it would be in poor taste.
Question 8: What kind of equipment or style of drawing do you use?
I use Clip Studio Paint (formerly Manga Studio) on a Wacom Cintiq 22HD. I’ll sketch out the panels in blue and go over them with black. Everything is done on layers. So much easier for me to make corrections, but don’t get me wrong… there’s nothing that compares to pencil on paper!

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Question 9: what sort of training or academic program did you pursue to become a cartoonist?
I am self-taught. Practice, practice, practice!
Question 10: What has been the highlight of your cartooning career?
Mindframe winning the Twain Award 2014-2015 for best single panel cartoon.
Question 11: What has been the lowest point in your cartooning career?
Waiting to be syndicated. It’s exhausting! Ha!
Question 12: Are collections of your work available beyond the web? If So where?
Not at this time, but soon.

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Question 13: Are there any other web comic artists that you really admire?
Ryan Stoker (of course I may be a bit biased on this one), Mike Wilke, Neecko Chichi, Bill Abbott, Jose Sepi, Eddie Harvey Martinez, Jordan Smith, Steve Wallet, Mark Partington, and sooooooooooo many others. Please don’t take it personally if I haven’t listed you here. Just know I’m watching you! Is that creepy? That is creepy, isn’t it?!
Question 14: What kind of impact has cartooning had on your life and could you ever see yourself not doing it?
It has given my life more meaning. I love hearing when others really enjoy what I’ve created. Cartooning is now so intertwined with my life it would be like cutting off an arm if I didn’t do it.

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Question 15: Do you have any advice for the Trolls out there who harass content creators? (no need to keep this answer clean.)
Fuck ‘em! Their opinions are just that… opinions! Everybody has them.
Question 16: Do you set yourself any deadlines or other tricks to keep yourself motivated?
With a daily job it can be difficult, but I do try to draw every day.
Question 17: Apart from root beer, what is your favorite drink?
Oh boy… a good gin & sour or an occasional Long Island Iced Tea. Not both at the same time though. You’d be scraping me up off the floor!
Question 18: Are you already a member of the root beer party and if not, what is the matter with you?
I am, man! Stop hollering at me!!!

(SORRY, SOMETIMES THE ROOT BEER GETS ME TOO EXCITED!!!!)  -EDITOR 
Question 19: What is the most challenging aspect of cartooning for you?
I would have to say drawing action scenes. They can be difficult, and being a perfectionist, I feel I never seem to get it drawn the way I want.

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Question 20: What are your future plans involving web comics or anything else going on in your life?
Just plan to keep on creating & hopefully make a little money at it too! After that…. world domination! Mmmmmhaaahaaaahaaaaaaaaaa!

So there you have it True Believers, another of our world famous 20 questions interviews.  We would like to thank Brian, our future benevolent overlord for taking time to visit the secret Root Beer Party Estates and sitting down with us.  So check out Prideland and Mindframe and tell your local syndicate to make with the syndication already!  Unless your local syndicate is the mafia, then don’t bother them because it would not end well, and as always True Believers, may your mug always be frosted and your root beer always foamy.