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That's right, I am creating comics and other cool stuff on Patreon too now! For $1 a month you will get updates of all the new comic projects as they come - notably "Kat-Venture: The Danger of the Deep" as well as exclusive access to a previous Kat-Venture story, "Kat Venture and the Mountain of Death", in FULL COLOUR! There will also be exclusive bonus and concept art for Transmission and a few other things ^^.
Come support me at www.patreon.com/freyfox
Even though I don't stand much of a chance, I think there is no harm in plugging "Kat-Venture and the Pursuit of the Elements" for the Best Graphic Story category in the 2017 Ursa Major Awards. It was my last project with my co-writer and close friend David Whamond before he passed on - the book was finished 10 months after he passed on and I posthumously credited him for his contributions.

Getting "Transmission" nominated for the Best Comic Strip category is near impossible (and we all can guess who is going to win it for the 10th successive year) but the Best Graphic Story category is more competetive and I think having Kat-Venture at least get a nomination would be a nice way to have David recognised for his contributions to the series.

It's a shameless plug but I've got to try. To vote please go to www.ursamajorawards.org/nomina…
Remember this is a VERY competetive category so EVERY VOTE COUNTS!

PS- I would also recommend nominating "Nine to Nine" and "Phoebe and her Unicorn" for Best Comic Strip category, along with "Transmission". And along with "Kat-Venture and the Pursuit of the Elements" I'd recommend "Swords and Sausages" and "The Suburban Jungle: Rough Housing"for nomination in the Best Graphic Story category. These are all comics I enjoy and it would be nice to see them get nominated too :)
I've not been paying any real attention to the Alpha and Omega series lately, but I happened across a copy of the latest "movie" in WHS Smith this afternoon and couldn't believe they'd released [i]another [/i]one! After looking up the film online, it transpires that Crest Animation is not over with it for a long time yet! There are currently to be no less than eight Alpha and Omega films - which means that they only need six more to equal the number of 'Land Before Time Films', of which there currently are 14 - and none of the sequels have ANY involvement from Don Bluth, Steven Spielberg or George Lucas.

The original "Alpha and Omega" was produced by Richard Rich, an ex-Disney animator who co-directed two of their films - one being 'The Fox and The Hound', an all time favourite of mine, and the other being 'The Black Cauldron', and I think we'll leave it there. Rich went on to form his own studio which would ultimately become Crest and his first film from them was 1994's "The Swan Princess" - which I quite enjoyed actually. He directed several more films over the next decade, mostly forgettable tat that tanked in the box office. "The Swan Princess" spawned several direct-to-video sequels and now there are currently six films in that series - and a change in animation medium over the years too. I only saw one of the sequels, the first one from 1997. It was mediocre at best. I don't want to see the rest.

Obviously Rich felt that Alpha and Omega too should have the direct-to-video sequel treatment. So far we've had five direct-to-DVD sequels with two more to be released in the future. All of them follow a particular pattern. For a start, the film these sequels are based on is 88 minutes long, which is standard for an animated film these days. All of the sequels are just 45 minutes long, and the downgrade in the animation is noticable too. None of the original voice cast is present in any of the 'films'. These aren't really proper sequels as much as they are like long episodes of a TV series. Because that's the way they should be treated.

So perhaps at the rate Alpha and Omega is going to catch up with The Land Before Time and possibly beat it. I won't be caring much though - I gave up on the series after "Alpha And Omega 3: The Great Wolf Games" - which is one of the most atrocious things I have ever seen. So much wasted potential, and so many goofs in the film too that I am all too familiar with having done 3D computer animation at college - such as glitches in the animated models and the background shots. Richard Rich directed this and several of the other sequals and knows the industry, he knows how to direct - and yet he clearly didn't seem fazed by the obvious errors this release had.

As far as I am concerned there really is only one "Alpha and Omega", and that is the film that came out in 2010 to cinemas - with the voices of Justin Long, Christina Ricci and Dennis Hopper. It wasn't a world beater by any means, but the animation was decent and colourful, and some of the characters - particularly Lilly and Garth - were endearing and fun to watch. And they only appear together in the first sequel and don't appear again after that!

Had I been the person who was going to be in charge of an "Alpha and Omega II" (because the sequels we've got really shouldn't count as actual films) I would have kept Kate and Humphrey as the lead - but have Garth and Lilly as close members of the supporting cast and revolve the film around all four of them on some kind of journey together. But alas, I am not, and in the end perhaps all Crest Animation really cares about is making a profit from 45 minute babysitters. I guess we're just not their target audience.
The long awaited Kat-Venture comic book sequel "Kat-Venture and the Mountain of Death" is finally released, courtesy of Lulu.com! If you are interested in browsing and/or purchasing a copy please visit this link www.lulu.com/shop/mark-a-smith…
I got tagged by :iconwindycitypuma: so I am going to do one of these too - on behalf of TWO of my Transmission OCs - Russell and Reggie. As they are the co-stars so it makes sense to give them both a chance ^^

Keep in mind the twins are English expats living in the States, and have done so for over five years now ^^.


1. What is your real name and nickname?
Russ: Russell Anthony Harvey.
Reg: Reggie Thomas Harvey.

2. Interesting... what is your current age?
Russ: We're both 30.                                                                     

3. Uh-uh, what is your favorite food?
Russ: Fish and chips. I miss a good chippy, we don't get many of them in the States, at least not authentic ones.
Reg: I like a good curry. Nothing too spicy, but you know, nice.

4. And your favorite drink?
Russ: Tea. I love a good cola though.
Reg: Yeah, I like tea. None of that iced tea crap the yanks like though, it's too sweet!


5. Confession time! Who is your lover?
Russ: Easy. Linda  ^^.
Reg: *shrugs* It's complicated.

6. Have you kissed anyone yet?
Russ: Oh, loads of times.
Reg: Yeah. Since we were like, kids. It's what we were expected to do when your grandparents came over!
Russ: Yeah... til we got a bit older thank god!

7. What about your childhood sweetie?
Russ: I'm not sure I want to go there!
Reg: My first girlfriend was in my English class. We made out behind the bike sheds once. It didn't really go any further than that though.

8. Who is your favorite author?
Russ: Stephen Fry. He counts!
Reg: Bill Bryson.

9. Now, what is your biggest fear?
Russ: Spiders and other unwanted guests in our house.
Reg: Whatever our friend Randall has in store for me on our next trip together!

10. Any siblings?
Reg: We have a younger brother called Trevor. He's seven years younger than us. He has had a reputation for being reckless in the past, but he's got his own band now who are doing quite well and he's making a nice living off of it, so that's pretty cool.
Russ: He's probably more famous than either of us are, and that's good because I think he enjoys life in the public eye ^^.

11. Almost done, it's only 20 questions. Who is your hero?
Russ: Ken Block and Colin McRae.
Reg: Damon Hill.

12. OK, who is your worst enemy?
Russ: Trevor, if he takes my car out for a joy ride again!
Reg: Nationalists of all colours. I have a bad experience with them.

13. Huh, alright. Now who is your best friend?
Russ: We usually did all kind of stuff together, but being brothers we often fight a lot too. I'm much happier now I've got Linda in my life though.
Reg: Randall of course, Tim, Howard and Jason.

14. Interesting, what would you do if you met your creator?
Reg: Who, mum and dad?
Russ: *laughs*

15. Now, what do you want to be when you grow up?
Reg: I'm never gonna grow up *laughs*
Russ: Fulfilled.

16. What is your worst nightmare?
Russ: Geraldine coming back to life again.

17. What's your lifelong dream?
Russ: I wanted to be a successful rally driver. I've managed to accomplish some of that, but there's still a lot more I'd want to do!
Reg: My lifelong dream is to see the world.

  
18. What would you do if your lifelong dream came true?
Russ: It did! And I celebrated by taking Linda out on a week's holiday in Acapulco :)
Reg: I'd have a lot of fun memories and stories to tell ^^.

19. OK, where's your favorite place to relax?
Russ: Probably Griffith Park.
Reg: Santa Monica Pier.

20. Last question. What do you do most of the time?
Russ: Fix peoples cars. If I have time to do anything else I watch movies. Linda and I often intermingle our hobbies together too, such as building some weird inventions and stuff.
Reg: I fix cars too, but when I'm not doing that I like being out with my mates, and sometimes out by myself taking walks in the country. I love Southern California, but I do miss the Lake District in England.

If you were prepared to read this whole text, then consider yourself tagged ;)
In the latest comic of Transmission it depicts Randall and Reggie going mad from starvation, and it ultimately ends up with them devouring a pig who was going to exploit them on Youtube. There has since been a bit of a backlash judging by some of the comments on this particular strip.

Transmission is primarily a light hearted comedy, though it has had it's moments of drama (the Kidnapped and Jason stories) as well as satirical black comedy (Zombie Invasion, or anything else featuring Trevor really). Transmission has had it's dark moments before, but to be honest I must concede that this one definitely appears to have crossed the line as it has shocked quite a few people. Never mind the fact that it takes a few weeks for each story arc to play out, I feel that I must set the records straight right here and now.

I think it is less to do with the fact that the character Randall is a psychopath who isn't above predation, and perhaps more to do with the fact that Reggie appeared to have aided and abetted him. Truth be told, even I felt the strip was getting too dark, so I actually altered some of the upcoming strips to soften things up a bit and mitigate the happenings of this one. This is not the first time a character has been killed in the series - Jason's uncle was killed off in a strip earlier this year, but then we don't see the body afterwards which left a lot of people guessing. Wheras here it is far more obvious, not to mention that people KNEW Jason's uncle was a nasty piece of work.

In the strips that led up to #331, Reggie is beginning to go slightly mad under starvation and dehydration out in the wilderness. The pig who buys it was going to exploit him and Randall online following their humiliating fracas, thus at the time it might have seemed justified that they did what they then did. TV Tropes would label this guy an 'asshole victim' that nobody is likely to miss. I can reveal that later in the story arc once they get back to civilisation, Reggie begins to feel increasingly guilty about what him and Randall did and ultimately begins to find Randall uncomfortable to be around.

I hope that will clear things up a bit. I will not be able to convince everyone, but I feel that it is the most reasonable thing I can do at this time.

Thanks for reading, either way. It means a lot to me ^^.
Cheers guys.
1. How long have you been on DeviantArt?
- Eleven years! O_o I joined on June 21st 2004 using a computer in my high school library ^^.

2. What does your username mean?
- FreyFox came from the name of the Dutch dub of 'The Fox and The Hound' called 'Frank en Frey'. Frey apparently means 'free'. I don't know if it really does. I love the way the name sounded anyway and decided to snap it up before someone else did ^^.

3. Describe yourself in three words.
- Determined, Inquisitive, Industrious

4. Are you left or right handed?
- Right handed.

5. What was your first deviation?

- Honestly, I can't remember. It was deleted long ago. This picture below is my oldest surviving submission on DeviantART, from October 2004;
The Greedy Fox Takeaway by FreyFox

6. What is your favourite type of art to create?
- Digital, but it is fun to do traditional pictures too from time to time. Variety is good.

7. If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
- Pop art.

8. What was your first favourite?
- The oldest favourite I have that hasn't been deleted is this one by somebody I knew from an 'Animals Of Farthing Wood' forum that I've since lost touch with;
The Pool Finals by BlueWolf-87

9. What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
- It is typically the same sort of art I like to draw, mostly cute cartoony furry things :)

10. Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
- This one is tricky. The first would be Big Blue Fox since his art was my introduction to the wonderful world of furry fandom. Other artists whose names stand out for me on this site (and some who subsequently went on to Fur Affinity as well) are Jaff Fox, KitsuneZero, Secoh2000, Ian-Bradley, Retehi and Kunzai.

11. If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
- I've already met a good fair few of artists I know and watch at conventions. There's a few on FA I'd still like to get to meet, but I think my mind has gone blank here!

12. How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
- Many of my favourite artists were inspirational to me in helping encourage me to up my game. Some of the more successful ones were ones I strived to imitate, albeit not very well with my more limited skills. Several of them went on to become good friends :)

13. What are your preferred tools to create art?
- Pencils, pens, Wacom tablet, Flash and Paintshop Pro.

14. What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
- Believe it or not, at conventions! I always seem to get a creative or inspirational buzz there and whenever I see lots of merchandise from a friend or artist I admire then I usually seem to find myself wanting to make some too! :D

15. What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
- I guess it would have to be the earlier days from 2004 and 2005. I was still inexperienced and immature at the time (and my attitude might have upset a few people), but I also enjoyed the thrill of seeing other people drawing things I was interested in and of me being able to share my creativity online for other people to look at. :)
I've opened an account on RedBubble.com. If anybody is interested, you can now purchase Transmission T-Shirts, stickers and greetings cards!

The link is here; www.redbubble.com/people/freyf…
This new show on Sky 1 is like extreme fursuit games :D it is as silly as it is entertaining ^^. www.sky.com/tv/show/wild-thing…
I hope my English friends aren't thinking that the majority of Scots are bitter angry anglophobic crybabies - it is just a minority. Alex Salmond is arrogantly going around saying he is going to be the kingmaker in the UK government and will shoehorn Ed Miliband into #10. Now I'd like Miliband to win, but if David Cameron gets the most seats I don't think I would fancy the SNP trying to block democracy by voting in a vote of no confidence to keep Cameron out and trigger yet another blasted general election.

Alex Salmond and the SNP are trying to creative division on both sides of the border. Having failed to win the independence referendum last year, they now appear to be trying to get the English all riled up to start hating us in order to kick us out of the UK and hey presto - seperation!

Salmond is a divisive figure in Scotland. People here either love or hate him. The majority of Scots do not like this man, and he does not speak for us. I hate his guts. He does not speak for me or my family. We are happy enough being in the UK and wish to god these nationalists would stop representing us.
To those who read my webcomic, I want to apologise if I have caused my viewers any upset or pain from what has been going on in the latest story arc so far. One guy even told me he threw up upon seeing the latest comic (#279) and I never imagined I would get a reaction as strong as that...

For a while I wanted to do a more drama orientated arc where Reggie encounters a kid who is suffering at the hands of a violently abusive relative. In past story arcs the villains while with evil intentions were still somewhat comical, and such characters as Charley and Sasha (the two bad mice from the Rallycross arc) I had so much fun with I would love to bring them back in a later story further down the line. But regarding Jason's Uncle, I wanted this guy to be the sort of villain with no redeeming qualities whatsover, whom the audience loves to hate. And frankly, that mean having to depict him going to some very sinister lengths. I did this to see how people would react, and I guess it has actually worked TOO well.

I apologise again if I've upset anybody by depicting what's been happening to Jason in this story so far. It is now halfway through the story arc, and without giving anything away I will say this much. Please stick with it to the end.

Thanks for reading thus far :)
News for Transmission fans; starting in January I will be updating the comic THREE strips a week instead of two for certain weeks depending on productivity. So strips will continue to update Monday and Friday, but also now on Wednesday where feasible :) merry Xmas!
For those interested in hearing me speak about cartoons, movies and stuff, I am the guest of the new episode of Portzcast (Episode 17: Prattle About Seattle). To hear it, follow the link here! blog.portzcast.com/2014/12/17-…
With the final 2013 strip now up online I just wanted to say thank you to all fans of my webcomic Transmission for their support during 2013! It's definitely been the best year so far for the comic, and the most rewarding!

Transmission only really was getting started in 2011 and picked up a little speed in 2012, but this year I think the comic has come on in leaps and bounds. I've learned how to develop the characters a bit more and had more fun coming up with stories. In fact, I made more strips this year than in the previous two years combined! I am quite chuffed with that. Not only that, I finally got a book of the comic published - even though it is self published, it was a major milestone since I enjoy hard copies of comic books.

I'd also like to thank some of the other esteemed furry comic artists whose work I read for reading it and encouraging me to carry on. Also, thank you to Rorschfox who assisted me in getting the comic published! :) And thank you to everybody who bought the book.

Needless to say, Transmission will be back in 2014 for it's fourth year of syndication online - I've got some new story arcs developing and some new characters to work with, so I hope I will continue to enjoy drawing it. I hope you will continue to enjoy it too! :)
Here's a list of my favourite Christmas related songs. I did a list before, but that was YEARS ago. In no particular order...;

Band Aid - "Do They Know It's Christmas?"
East 17 - "Stay Another Day" (It's not directly Xmas themed, but it's still associated with Xmas)
Slade - "Merry Xmas Everybody"
Wizzard - "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day"
The Crystals - "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"
Wham! - "Last Christmas"
Boney M - "Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord"
Chris Rea - "Driving Home For Christmas"
The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl - "Fairytale of New York"
Shakin' Stevens - "Merry Christmas Everyone"
Mud - "Lonely This Christmas"

And at the other end of the scale, these are some of the Christmas songs I can't STAND!;

Bing Crosby - "White Christmas" (Sure it's a classic but it's so ******* BORING!)
Mariah Carey - "All I Want For Christmas Is You" (So cheesy, so overplayed...)
The Cheeky Girls - "Have A Cheeky Christmas" (Does this need any explaining?)
Queen - "Thank God It's Christmas" (I love Queen, but this stinks)
Band Aid 20 - "Do They Know It's Christmas?" (A poor imitation of the original version)
Cliff Richard - "Mistletoe And Wine", "Saviour's Day", "The Millennium Prayer", "21st Century Christmas" (To be fair, I do like Cliff's music from before he went all Xmas on us!)
John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band - "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)"
Little Jimmy Osmond - "Long Haired Love From Liverpool" (*facepalms*)
Mel Smith and Kim Wilde - "Rockin Around The Christmas Tree" (The music video is awesome, but the song by itself is horrendous. The original is better)
and...
EVERY SINGLE X FACTOR WINNER! (GAAAAAHHH!)

So, what are your faves and least faves? :)
I know I've already submitted the cover art here onto DA, but if you missed than and are interested my webcomic series 'Transmission' is now available for the first time in paperback! It contains strips 1-115 as well as some bonus artwork and old strips from past webcomics that featured Russ and Reg.

Copies can be bought online at lulu.com for 4.99! Click here if you're interested in buying one; www.lulu.com/shop/mark-alexand…

Cheers!
There is now a page on the website for the webcomic 'Transmission' that features character bios. Figured it was about time I did one!

transmission.thecomicseries.co…
Hi everyone,

Just in case any of you are interested in regular updates to The Space Gypsy Adventures, they have a Facebook page. You get a lot of the latest new art and news related to the show there before anywhere else! Hit the 'Like' button and spread the love!

Here is the link;
www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Spac…

Cheers!
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:iconcalistamonkey: is doing a Premium Membership and an Iron Artist giveaway. She is a great artist who I've known since our days on the FarthingWood.net message boards, so if you are interested then please follow the link above and give her a shout!
Okay, it is perfectly clear that I am not the only one who is clearly irked by some of the subject matter of many of the pictures that appear in the gallery of our group on DA about TheRaccoons. I need to get this out of my system.

I love it whenever somebody does some awesome and credible Raccoons fanart. But I don't like how lax the system of getting ANY art that may only be marginally Raccoons related manages to get in. It makes it harder to find proper pics of The Raccoons.

For example, I have nothing against SplitKit's knock-off of The Avengers ("The Revengers"), but just because Bentley Raccoon happens to be one of the characters in it does NOT necessarily make it a proper Raccoons fanart since it has practically nothing else in common with the show. There is already a group for The Revengers so it seems a bit much to include it in our Raccoons group. I'm just saying. Nothing personal against you Split. ^^

Then you get a whole payload of Raccoons fanart which is mainly cut and paste Sonic style art by YRT9401. At least this art is definitely Raccoons related, no question. I am not fond of the Sonic style (save for the early 90s SatAM style, that kicked ass) but maybe if so many pictures are going to end up in The Raccoons gallery we should perhaps give YRT's art a seperate folder as there is so much of it? That might be an idea.

The thing that yanks my chain the most though is the plethora of absurd and bizarre requests by CyberFox. Again, nothing personal again the guy, it is simply the fact that most of us just don't get him. This simply just HAS to be said and someone might as well bring it up. Bert (or whoever) with tiny heads or massive hands/feet/whatever? One of the characters shrinking out of their clothes? Bert age regressed to Bentley's age yet AGAIN? I kind of wondered since four years ago I did a comic that saw Bert regress to Bentley's age and back again, but then this has really got out of control. Moreso, I have noticed similar bizarre requests for other characters, including those in The Space Gypsy Adventures, who as some of you will be aware I am involved in. Seeing strange fanart of something that I work on is something I do not feel particularly comfortable about.

Frankly, how much is it to ask just to see some comparatively NORMAL or more original fanart of The Raccoons? Isn't that what our group is for? Lets get with the program and sort this out guys! Please. Okay, rant over ^^.

Peace X