Webcomics and Graphic Novels, Fantasy and Sci-Fi by Mark Oakley!

 

 

What is, StarDrop?

Stardrop is a light-hearted science fiction webcomic series about a space princess hiding in a small town. “Anne of Green Gables from Space.”

“Ashelle is delightful! I want to adopt her!”

“I just love her! She's such a breath of fresh air!”

“This webcomic is subversive and self-aware.”

Stardrop offers a positive message. That's rare and it's important!”



Note to readers...
Episode 82 begins where
the Graphic Novel ends.
 

Note to readers...
Episode 82 begins where
the Graphic Novel ends.

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Articles of Note:

How to Stay Sane in an Insane World - Top 3 diet changes (not what you think!)


MadMax and Tomorrowland - Reality Splitting Decisions...


Star Wars the Force Awakens - JJ Abrams is a Lightweight


The Mysterious meta-Jenny


I Will Not Hate Because You Want Me To


Response to Amazon and Kindle Direct Publishing


Art Software Review - OpenCanvas 6


Why Facebook is an unreliable tool for the Self Publisher


Three Questions from a Beginner Cartoonist


Comics in the New Media ~ How to Publish Comics on Tablets and eReaders Without Getting Ripped Off


Mark at the Movies:Superman, Man of Steel. Propaganda to dim the spirit and fan your fears.


Mark at the Movies: What do, Mirror Mirror, Hunger Games and Cabin in the Woods all have in common? More than you think!


Drawing Democracy


365 Days of Digital Cartooning - Drawing Comics on a Tablet PC


UPDATED!
Tablet button bar Button for Photoshop / PaintTool Sai / MangaStudio5


Photoshop CS4 vs CS5 Speed Comparison for Tablet PC


Photoshop Speed-Up Trick for Digital Art


Portable Drafting Board - Drawing Comics Outdoors

 

 
   Stardrop. . .
Feb 24, 2011

"Drawing Democracy" - In Three Parts   

Princess Ashelle, while a bit breezy around the edges, is also a brilliant military tactician and liberator of over a thousand worlds from the Galactic Imperium. (Princess Leia would probably find her insufferable, but the two basically fulfill the same function.) Anyway. . . With all the news around Egypt today, I thought it would be a neat idea for Ashelle to weigh in with her opinions on how to start a healthy new Democracy! (Visit my YouTube channel to see me drawing this strip while discussing it.)

Because, in spite of all the talk and bother, nobody has ever truly managed to do that. All this poor world of ours has ever managed to achieve is "The Super-Rich Own Everything" under one label or another. Plutocracy.

***UPDATE, Dec 13, 2011:

Iceland's president, Olafur Grimmson, when interviewed by the CBC (transcription here) describes about how Iceland refused to play along with the bank bailout/austerity scheme being imposed upon it by the world. A rebel among nations, Iceland rejected the formula for economic slavehood and is now showing a very healthy recovery after it allowed the banks to collapse and refused to pass the responsibility of their debts on to the Icelandic public. Iceland is an example of the three virtues Ashelle talks about in the comics below; Controling your own national currency, Keeping strong social bonds among the people, and Kicking out the psychopaths. Not necessarily in that order. Read the interview to see what I mean.

  This episode has been released under the Creative Commons lisence to all publishers.
A high-resolution print version may be downloaded
here.


Part II - Education
See the video of this strip's production and discussion here. . .

This episode has been released under the Creative Commons lisence to all publishers.
A high-resolution print version may be downloaded here.

 


Part III - Stop Electing Lunatics! (Psychopaths in Power)
See the
video of this strip's production and my comments. I later added some extra follow-up comments.

This episode has been released under the Creative Commons lisence to all publishers.
A high-resolution print version may be downloaded here.

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   Jenny Mysterious. . .
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Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
New Pages posted - 140 to 141
I've decided to publish the long-talked about Jenny Mysterious free on-line, with new pages every week, starting right now! BUT I am asking folks to become Patrons. Please support my comics with as little or as much as you choose with a monthly subscription, (even just a dollar would be fine!). It's really easy. See my Patreon page for details.

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webcomic Jenny Mysterious by Mark Oakley www.iboxpublishing.com
    

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   Thieves & Kings. . .

Sample Chapter from, Thieves & Kings, Volume 3, "The Blue Book"

Thieves & Kings, page from the graphic novel series by Mark Oakley www.iboxpublishing.com

Thieves & Kings is not a webcomic. It's an all-ages fantasy/adventure graphic novel series which I've been working on since 1994. It is nearly done; I hope to wrap up the story in the 7th volume, (currently in production). The chapter featured here offers a good example of what it's like to read Thieves & Kings. --It's a peppy sequence, and it contains both regular comic pages, and some text pages. It doesn't show much of the title character, (Rubel) and none of the Shadow Lady, but Heath and Varkias carry the show quite nicely. I do hope you enjoy this sample of my work!

 
 
   The Walking Mage. . .

The Walking Mage webcomic #2 - Fired

The Walking Mage is a complete story. Originally it was done in black & white, (which you can check out here, if you like). I wanted to experiment with color and so began by using a computer to color the Walking Mage for its print release. After a few panels I decided that it would be a lot more fun to paint it by hand, and so switched to water-color around episode six.

The story itself is quite a good little yarn; funny and pointed in many places, as political satire ought to be. I was actually quite surprised to learn this! I found myself laughing out loud in several places. --I don't know why this story in particular was so hard for me to accept, but it was. I avoided reading it for several years after it first went to press. The ending is rather abrupt, but it was a serial strip, after all.

So anyway, after having let this web-comic languish in the digital attic, I've decided to pull it out and post it again for all the world in its full-color glory. This is the first time the Walking Mage has been available in full color on the web. I hope you enjoy the adventures of Quinton and Varkias. Cheers!

 
 
   News From the Studio. . .

The Alphabetical Monster List and Memory Rescue Operation
 

Sept 13, 2016

Last week I posted about an elusive word I couldn't remember, (It was Sufferance!), and one of the things about that exercise I really enjoyed and now crave more of was how it made my brain BURN!

It felt like yoga for my synapses; like the opposite of Alzheimer's. It felt like winning my brain back from Google. It felt.., like POWER. (I was also intrigued by the way my vision swam back into 20/20 for a short while during the most heated moments of that memory stretch.)

Anyway, since then, I've been hungrily seeking out, hunting down the little blank spots in my brain; Obscure movie titles I *know* I know, but can't remember. Who wrote that song? What was that character's name in ____?

For some reason, I feel an internal push to do this, as if it's important somehow; Like it might actually *matter* sometime in the future. -I've learned to trust such instincts. Prepare! Prepare!

So anyway.., while playing around in my mind, I came up with a particularly entertaining version of this exercise which kept me spinning for over an hour, and I thought I'd share:

See how fast you can do this:

Dig in your memory banks and retrieve a monster/mythical creature for every letter of the alphabet. (D for Dragon, for instance).

It's more difficult than you'd think!

If you want to play, post your answer on the thread on my FB page not in a paragraph, but rather in a big tall list with a bit of junk filler at the top where people have to click, "Read More" if they want to see the whole thing, (that way the challenge isn't spoiled for others).

-No cheating. -No Google (except for spellings). -Single words only if you can manage it; no "Red Dragons". -Try to stay away from creatures invented by a single author. -Though both those last two rules are allowed if you can make a good argument for a given case or just get really stuck. (I got stuck on "J" and "R"). -If you hit a super easy letter, post two or more creatures until you find yourself straining.

I'll post my own list of answers in 24 hours. (See the thread and post comments on my FB page).

How agile is your Monster Hunting Mind..?

 
 


 

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