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Groovy! Earthworm Jim Creator Pens New Webcomic: Ratfist

ratfist.jpgWhilst perusing my Twitter feed I was reading the tweets of Kelly "Coelasquid" Turnbull of the amazing Manly Guys Doing Manly Things webcomic (seriously; read this one and try not to crack up) when one tweet in particular caught my eye:

Oh yeah, Doug TenNapel (of Earthworm Jim fame) has a webcomic! http://ratfist.com/

Earthworm Jim, while a touch wonky on the controls, was an amazing work of absurdist humor during the 16-bit era. Synopsis for the uninitiated: Professor Monkey-For-A-Head built an Ultra-high-tech-indestructible-super-space-cyber-suit on commission from the evil Queen Pulsating, Bloated, Festering, Sweaty, Pus-filled, Malformed, Slug-for-a-Butt to conquer the galaxy. The suit is stolen by a rebel who is chased down and shot out of the sky above Earth by Psy-Crow. The suit plummets to Earth and happens to land on an earthworm named Jim and mutates him into a large, intelligent earthworm capable of operating the suit, when the suit isn't operating him (the suit will pull Jim out and use him as a whip for melee attacks, for example). Overhearing Psy-Crow's plans with Queen Slug-for-a-Butt, Jim decides to put a stop to her plans and rescue her sister, Princess What's-Her-Name. It doesn't get much more absurd than that.

Earthworm Jim was a game that I enjoyed during the Super Nintendo days, save for Bob the Evil Goldfish's stage, so hearing that the creator is trying his hand at a webcomic immediately piqued my interest. Sadly, there's not much to read just yet. TenNapel has just started the project, so as of this writing there are only five pages up for viewing, but the pages that are up are very entertaining. We have Ricky, a man pushing 40, dressing up in a rat costume to fight crime with his sidekick Milt, who happens to be an actual rat. I also have this suspicion that Ricky is eventually going to have a rat for a fist, though I can't be sure yet. The art is gorgeous and of very high-quality, and the talent on display makes me green with envy.

It's a touch frustrating that there's not a whole lot more I can write about Ratfist since there's so little to consume at the moment. However, the initial presentation combined with TenNapel's pedigree means that this is going in my webcomic rotation. I have high hopes for the future of this project, so go check it out and see if you agree.

8 Comments

Henchmen21 said:

I wouldn't get too jazzed up. I went to webpage a few years back. He's a Bush loving republican. Take that as you will.

MattMyx said:

And as we all know political leanings are the only true mark of ones worth and their ability to contribute to society.

Doug has great stories and comics out there. If anything outside of your sphere of thought gets you squeamish, then yeah you might have cause to be wary. He is religious, not a specific denomination, and he treats it matter-of-factly with no preachiness to speak of. He also has well written characters, great story arcs and wonderful art. Lots to love from him.

Gamescook said:

At least the guy can draw beefcake if called for. Though so can many conservative superhero artists. As soon as he goes on an antigay rant, I'm out.

MattMyx said:

Never seen him get anywhere near to a rant on anything, never-mind an antigay one. Really mellow overall.

Reagan said:

I can't imagine how horrifyingly narrow and self-limiting my options would be if I didn't let myself enjoy creative works made by people who have worldviews I disagree with. What a miserable life that must be, being unable to simply enjoy or dislike stories based on how good or bad they are as, well, stories.

Jack Faust said:

This just came up on his Twitter feed:

"I had lunch w Rick Santorum today across th street from th WhiteHouse. great guy"

http://twitter.com/TenNapel/status/28227521019387904

THIS is somebody Gaygamer likes to promote?!

Digital Lit said:

@Jack Faust, Having poor taste in politicians is not enough to discredit a person's creative works. Should TenNapel start campaigning for Santorum, writing screeds against "Obamacare" or making donations to the National Organization for Marriage, then we've got an Orson Scott Card situation that's worth an article reassessing promoting his works. In the mean time, his politics seem to be ones that many readers would disagree with and his taste in political leaders is wrong, but those currently seem to be very benign aspects of himself as a whole.

It's very strange to me that we're having this conversation under a web banner marked "Stop bullying". See that photo of the bench with the one kid on the left and the three kids stacked up on the right?

What exactly should we do to people who campaign for Santorum? Should we put him on the left side of the bench over here at gay gamer and stack up all of our friends on the right? Is this the gay gamer site or is this the Obama-care-gamer site? I didn't know that gay rights are now synonymous with state run healthcare. In fact, how is it against gays if I don't approve of gay marriage?

If your big answer to "bullying" is to just use your position in life and influence to bully others by not promoting their careers until they agree with you then maybe you shouldn't claim to be against bullying. You actually love bullying.

I work really hard for everyone. I work hard for gays, I work hard for straights. If gays have such fragile, virgin ears, that they can't enjoy entertainment from someone who simply believes in traditional marriage, then there's something wrong with your definition of tolerance.

I was thrilled to be promoted on this site. If the cost of admission is to believe like you, then maybe you should remove it before someone actually has practice tolerating someone they disagree with.

And girls who like girls who like rumble packs!

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