Rage Against The Machine

Rage Against The Machine

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Title
Rage Against The Machine
Date
January 22, 2023
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Transcript

Panel 1 : Int. Kevin’s Apartment – Day
Caption: 20 years ago…

Past Kevin sits at his drafting table, drawing comics. Behind him, a time portal opens and a desperate Future Kevin leans out.

Future Kevin
Hey! I’m YOU from the future! Don’t post our artwork online!
Panel 2 : Int. Kevin’s Apartment – Continuous

Future Kevin continues

Future Kevin
In the future, companies will train A.I. to mimic our style without our consent!
Panel 3 : Int. Kevin’s Apartment – Continuous

Future Kevin continues.

Future Kevin
Then, any talentless hack can make comics just like ours!

Past Kevin looks down skeptically at his work.

Panel 4 : Int. Kevin’s Apartment – Continuous

Past Kevin raises his eyebrows.

Past Kevin
…Like ours, but funny?
Future Kevin
IT’S INFURIATING!

Prime Grind Time

Prime Grind Time

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Title
Prime Grind Time
Date
December 30, 2022
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Panel 1 : Int. Office – Day

Kevin sits as his desk, looking over at calendar hanging on the wall. The calendar reads “December.” All of the days are crossed off except for the last week.

Kevin
Ahh! The week between Christmas and New Year’s: when no one expects me to work…
Panel 2 : Int. Office – Continuous

A wider angle reveals The Grustle Monster standing behind Kevin, arms crossed.

Grustle Monster
EXCEPT ME.
Kevin
…Except my Grustle Monster.
Panel 3 : Int. Office – Continuous

The Grustle Monster looms over Kevin as he draws.

Grustle Monster
NO DAYS OFF, BRO. THIS IS PRIME GRIND TIME.
Kevin
…Which is why I feel compelled to draw a comic instead of relaxing.
Panel 4 : Int. Office – Continuous

The Grustle Monster continues.

Grustle Monster
YOU’LL THANK ME WHEN YOU’RE RICH.
Kevin
From comics? Do you even hear yourself?
Kevin hunched over his laptop

The Problem with A.I. Art

The Problem with A.I. Art

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Title
The Problem with A.I. Art
Date
December 11, 2022
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Panel 1 : Int. Startup Office – Day

Kevin stands at the desk of an engineer in the office of an A.I. startup. Hands on hips and frowning, he wears a shirt that says “Reject AI Art.”

Engineer
O.K. sir, I searched our A.I. training database for your artwork and found no results.
Kevin (indignant)
Good!
Panel 2 : Startup Office – Continuous

The engineer bends over, adjusting his glasses to better read the screen.

Engineer
Oh wait- there’s a note. It says: “This artist’s work was found to be of insufficient quality for training…”
Panel 3 : Int. Startup Office – Continuous

The engineer continues reading as Kevin’s face falls.

Engineer
“…Including this artist’s work, even as an example of a negative output, would degrade the quality of the algorithm…”
Panel 4 : Startup Office – Continuous

The engineer continues reading as Kevin puts up a hand in protest.

Engineer
“Hashtag crappy, hashtag hack-“
Kevin (interrupting)
O.K. Y-you can stop reading now.

The Bank Loan (Part 3)

The Bank Loan (Part 3)

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Title
The Bank Loan (Part 3)
Date
November 20, 2022
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Transcript

Panel 1 : Int. Bank Office – Day

The bank Branch Manager sits behind his desk opposite Kevin and his bird, looking over a handfull of papers.

Branch Manager
Sir, this business plan was clearly written by your pet bird, and we don’t give bank loans to birds.
Panel 2 : Bank Office – Continuous

Dressed in a large, green bird outfit, Kevin scoffs. Dressed in a collar and tie, his bird perches next to him.

Kevin
That’s preposterious! Are you suggesting I’m not the one who came up with the idea for…
Panel 3 : Int. Bank Office – Continuous

Kevin picks up one of the loan application papers in front of him and reads it briefly.

Panel 4 : Bank Office – Continuous

Kevin returns to his hauty posture.

Kevin
…”Pluckr: The Dating App for Birds?”
Panel 5 : Int. Car – Later

Kevin drives home from the bank. On his shoulder, his bird throws up his wings in disgust.

Bird
It’s a billion dollar idea!
Kevin
Obviously. They have no vision.

The Bank Loan (Part 2)

The Bank Loan (Part 2)

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Title
The Bank Loan (Part 2)
Date
November 13, 2022
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Panel 1 : Int. Car – Day

Kevin drives his car to the bank. On his arm sits his bird, dressed in a little collar and tie.

Bird
Listen, I need you to pretend to be me in this bank interview.
Kevin
What? Why?
Panel 2 : Int. Car – Continuous

The bird continues.

Bird
Because banks don’t give business loans to birds.
Kevin
Well, not with that attitude.
Panel 3 : Ext. Car – Continuous

The bird continues.

Bird
C’mon, be serious. Can you pretend to be me or not?
Kevin
Yeah yeah yeah. No problem.
Panel 4 : Int. Bank Office – Later

Kevin sits in a chair opposite the branch manager, who looks over the loan application. Kevin is wearing a giant parrot costume, grinning like an idiot. On his shoulder, his bird facepalms.

The Bank Loan (Part 1)

The Bank Loan (Part 1)

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Title
The Bank Loan (Part 1)
Date
November 6, 2022
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Transcript

Panel 1 : Int. Kevin’s Office – Day

Kevin sits at his desk, drawing. His bird, wearing a little collar and tie, walks up behind him.

Bird
I need a ride to the bank.
Kevin
Why?
Bird
Because I can’t drive.
Panel 2 : Int. Kevin’s Office – Continuous

Kevin looks confused.

Kevin
No- why do you need to go to the bank?
Bird
Because I have an interview for a business loan.
Panel 3 : Int. Kevin’s Office – Continuous

Same.

Kevin
Why do you have an interview for a business loan?
Bird
Because I don’t have the capital to start a business myself! Obviously!
Panel 4 : Int. Kevin’s Office – Continuous

Kevin turns around in his chair and smirks.

Kevin
So you’re saying you need seed money?
Bird
Forget it. I’ll take the bus.

80s Halloween Costumes

80s Halloween Costumes

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Title
80s Halloween Costumes
Date
October 30, 2022
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Transcript

Panel 1 : Int. Suburban Home – Night

A young Kevin, dressed in a cheap E.T. Halloween costume, stands in a neighbor’s doorway. He holds up an orange plastic jack-o-lantern tub for candy.

“As an 80s kid, my Halloween costumes were kinda weak.”
Panel 2 : Int. Suburban Home – Night

Same setup a year later. Kevin now wears a cheap costume of Gizmo from Gremlins.

“Store-bought costumes were usually just a flimsy mask and a picture of the character on a thin plastic smock.”
Panel 3 : Int. Suburban Home – Night

Same setup a year later. Kevin now wears a cheap costume of He-Man.

“But as crappy as they were, I wish that style of costume was still around today…”
Panel 4 : Int. Suburban Home – Night

Same setup, present day.

“…So I could dress up as my current favorite character:”

An adult Kevin stands in the doorway, wearing a cheap George Clooney mask and plastic smock with the actor’s photo on it and the logo of the movie Michael Clayton.

You’re The Worst

You’re The Worst

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Title
You’re The Worst
Date
October 17, 2022
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Notes

Yes, I did a version for Twitter and Facebook too.

Transcript

Panel 1 : Int. Void – Day

Kevin stands next to a social media app logo.

Kevin
Did you know this lil’ guy doesn’t show you all of my comics?
App
It’s true. I don’t!
Panel 2 : Int. Void – Continuous

The app continues.

App
I’m focusing more on video these days.
Kevin
And how’s that going?
App
Not great!
Panel 3 : Int. Void – Continuous

Kevin continues.

Kevin
So if you don’t want to miss out, sign up for my free mailing list. You’ll get my new comics a day early, plus all kinds of fun stuff — right to your inbox!
Panel 4 : Int. Void – Continuous

The app looks up at Kevin.

App
I’m going to bury this post.
Kevin (patting it’s head)
Of course you will. You’re the worst!

Probably Just The Wind

Probably Just The Wind

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Title
Probably Just The Wind
Date
October 9, 2022
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Transcript

Panel 1 : Int. Living Room – Night

A sleepy Kevin lifts the cover on his bird’s cage.

Kevin (whispering)
Hey. Are you awake?
Bird
Well, I am now.
Panel 2 : Int. Living Room – Continuous

Kevin continues.

Kevin
I heard a scary noise outside. Can you come sleep next to me?
Bird
No! You’re a grown man. Go to bed!
Panel 3 : Int. Living Room – Continuous

A horrible sound: “-skritch- -skritch- BLEAGGGGH” comes from off-panel. Kevin and his bird freeze in fear.

Panel 4 : Int. Living Room – Continuous

Kevin lies in bed, wide awake, clutching a baseball bat. On the pillow next to him lies his bird, facing the other direction.

Bird
Just don’t roll over and crush me.

The Dedicated Practice of a Future Prodigy

The Dedicated Practice of a Future Prodigy

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Title
The Dedicated Practice of a Future Prodigy
Date
September 11, 2022
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Transcript

Panel 1 : Int. Living Room – Day

The Grustle Monster sits, arms folded, next to Kevin, gaming, on the couch.

Grustle Monster
GAMING IS A WASTE OF TIME.
Kevin
-Sigh- C’mon, man. Please just let me relax.
Panel 2 : Int. Living Room – Continuous

The Grustle Monster continues.

Grustle Monster
RELAXING DOESN’T GET YOU CLOSER TO YOUR GOALS.
Kevin
Fine. What if my goal is to become an esports pro?
Panel 3 : Int. Living Room – Continuous

Kevin continues.

Kevin
Suddenly, this isn’t wasted time, but the dedicated practice of a future prodigy.
Panel 4 : Int. Living Room – Continuous

The Grustle Monster retorts.

Grustle Monster
YOU’VE BEEN STUCK ON THE TUTORIAL LEVEL FOR WEEKS!
Kevin
IT’S HARD!