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Reply mitchellbravo, July 31st, 2013, 3:41 pm

He did "win," for whatever that's worth.

*****Stories About My Uncle, Installment #1*****
The first time I met my uncle, I must have been about eleven years old. My aunt and uncle got "married" when I was in seventh grade, I think during the month of January. It wasn't an official wedding, it was symbolic, and they had it in a semi-abandoned theater. I thought that was mad cool.

Anyway, so that you may picture my uncle properly- he looked like a Viking biker, long pale hair usually tied back and cut short from time to time to be donated, covered in tattoos the way wild old biker guys are done up, about 6'1" or 2" and barrel-chested, able to go from incredibly intimidating to friendly and laid-back depending on the situation.

My uncle was a veteran. (My aunt thinks that his leukemia was the result of delayed response to the chemical agents that were used in the wars in East Asia). He returned to the U.S. after the war and became a cop in Newark, N.J., and did so for about 20-something years.

During a bank robbery, my uncle was shot three times in the chest- this was back when bulletproof vests were just starting to be used- and my uncle was the first cop in Newark to survive a shooting thanks to this new method of protection.

Our neighbors across the street, the husband is a retired cop. One of the first years that my uncle was over for Christmas, I guess we were talking about the neighbors, and my uncle realized my neighbor served on the force with him, and decided to go over and say hello.

Rings the doorbell, the wife answers. She's a little spooked by my uncle- thinking maybe it's some gang guy that like, hunted the husband down, like looking for payback, you know? She says to the husband- "There's this guy at the door who wants to talk to you- get your gun" "What?" "He's got all tattoos and everything, I don't know what he wants." The husband comes upstairs to the door- recognizes my uncle- laughter all around, gives him a big hug, they catch up. So every Christmas and other holiday when my uncle would visit, he'd stop over to their house quick to say hi again just to keep in touch.


Reply Ddraigeneth, August 2nd, 2013, 6:25 am

*story circle*

Reply TheSilverLeague, August 2nd, 2013, 1:09 pm

oh god that face lol >.< im gonna guess it isn't suppose to be mildly creepy? ...it kind of reminds me of that REALLY creepy 2nd face in that revoltech Woodie figure from Toy Story..but never the less this race was actually really cool nice chance to try out some new...styles/angles I don't think I've seen in this comic yet

Reply mitchellbravo, August 2nd, 2013, 1:57 pm

@TheSilverLeague: I'd like to think if I hadn't wanted the face to look that way I would have had the good sense to redraw it :P Most people look kinda messed up after a bout of intense physical exertion, after all.
The race has been a lot of fun for me to draw so I'm glad you've enjoyed it as well :) I learned a lot while working on these strips so I'm hoping some of the dynamism will carry over into less "active" strips in the future.

Reply TheSilverLeague, August 2nd, 2013, 4:02 pm

@mitchellbravo: I was just joking of course, the expression works with what he was JUST doing, it just made me think of that toy...+ I guess it seems different from the normal faces which aren't nearly as detailed yet still equally emotive

Reply mitchellbravo, August 2nd, 2013, 4:11 pm

@TheSilverLeague: Oh, but it really does look like that face XD Eh, joking or not, I know I'd be scared to roll over and see that one in the morning.
Yeah, it's always weird to take on an angle that requires a bit more detail than what is usually used. I kind of wish I had taken a picture of what it looked like in the preliminary sketch, but it was one of those things where you draw it and then erase it as hard as you can, hoping you haven't opened a living version of it in some horrible alternate dimension.
And thanks xD

Reply Oly-RRR, July 27th, 2014, 7:31 pm

Cecilia's face in the fourth panel - she's all "Dammit, Joseph." XD

If they keep going steady they can become one of those adorably hilarious couples where the wife non-nonchalantly comments that the love of her life is in the shed trying to build a moon rocket from a boiler and a tractor and then keeps making tea without any sign of panic at that idea.

Your uncle sounds really cool! :]

Reply mitchellbravo, July 27th, 2014, 8:38 pm

@Oly-RRR: LOL yes. They definitely do have that dynamic XD I have a lot of fun writing their interactions because of how far back their history goes, since it leads to situations like this :P

And thanks! He was a neat guy for sure and I'm glad I was able to know him.

Reply Squirreltastic-Blue, December 15th, 2014, 1:16 pm

He could not be happier.

Reply mitchellbravo, December 15th, 2014, 3:39 pm

@Squirreltastic-Blue: I agree.

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