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Inky Stories - Comic Books by David Marshall

Stop That Panzer Woman!

(PG; Superhero) Agent K's first solo mission: stop an alien invasion by going deep undercover in a UNIX war zone. Armed only with her wits and laxtex super-suit, the High-heeled Heroine faces a global-scale army with nothing to lose.

By David Marshall January 4th, 2012 Categories: |

These are my completed web comics, listed with plot summaries and “suitable content” ratings. Unless otherwise noted, all material is written and draw by me. With the exception of the single-page stories, descriptions have links to a detailed story overview. This site is updated every Thursday, usually with a new page of that week’s work-in-progress.


Comics for Everyone Rated G-PG

Earth Girls Rn’t Easy

(PG; Romantic comedy by Alex MacLellan, Emily Holt, Nick Little and Yours Truly.) How did this sci-fi/slasher movie fanboy’s blind date go so horribly wrong? Ask his mint-condition action figures.

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Enter…General Zaq!

(PG; Superhero) Agent K tries to stop an army of alien killer robots from conquering Earth. Can our high-heeled heroine save the day with color dots and a good right cross? In the Silver Age Zone, anything’s possible.

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Go Snow!

(G; Fiction) A young snowflake tells the story of his first blizzard.

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GrubHub Delivery

(G; Fiction) Children based on classic science fiction film heroes try stopping an equally famous monster from trashing the city.

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Here I Am

(PG; Drama) Alone on an urban rooftop, our protagonist decides to end his life of fulfilling every else’s expectations.

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Last Day on Earth

(G; Science Fiction) Today’s alien invasion and personal tragedy become tomorrow’s history lesson.

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Little Green Man

(G; Fantasy) Through her muse, a young woman defines her artistic integrity in an abstract landscape.

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Lucky Seven: The Dee Brown Incident

(PG; Boston History/Drama) In 1990 a black resident and Celtics rookie got detained by police who concluded without much evidence that he had robbed a bank.

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Plate Ground

(G; Fiction) A young lady watching the sunrise on her tenement roof, while her dinner guests still party down; it’s really their damn party.

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Shower Powered

(R; Humor/Horror) First installment of the “Wacky Accidents” series. In each episode, the same character dies from a different, clumsy household accident.

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Six-Year-Old Horse Thief

(G; Childhood Memory) A personal story, from a time when there were no cellphones, no VCRs and only one Starbucks.

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The Watchman

(PG; Literature/Social Commentary) Comics adaptation of a short story by Frank Kafka. A child runs across a bridge of silent authority.

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Accidental Genius Rated G-PG

A series of one-page comics orignally created as a content-free demonstration tools for my Art of the Comic Book class. Three years of teaching produced a pile of these expensive sheets of bristol with random ink marks. These stories created around existing visual elements — usually compass-drawn circles, 1-point perspective and Ames Lettering Guide lines.

Go Snow!

(G; Fiction) A young snowflake tells the story of his first blizzard.

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GrubHub Delivery

(G; Fiction) Children based on classic science fiction film heroes try stopping an equally famous monster from trashing the city.

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Ladybat and the Fanboy in “Tool Talk”

(PG; Fiction) A delusional fanboy and beautiful superheroine hang out in a Krazy Kat landscape.

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Last Day on Earth

(G; Science Fiction) Today’s alien invasion and personal tragedy become tomorrow’s history lesson.

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Little Green Man

(G; Fantasy) Through her muse, a young woman defines her artistic integrity in an abstract landscape.

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Plate Ground

(G; Fiction) A young lady watching the sunrise on her tenement roof, while her dinner guests still party down; it’s really their damn party.

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Dark Knight on a Dark Knight Rated G-PG

Dark Knight on a Dark Night is Hub Comics‘ annual exhibition of Somerville/Cambridge artists’ take on “Batman, his world, and any part of his 75-year history”. So far, my contributions involve Yvonne Craig’s Batgirl in compromised situations.

Dark Knight on a Dark Night 2015

(G; Superhero) A 55-year-old Barbara Gordon comes out of crime fighting retirement.

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Dark Knight on a Dark Night 2014

(G; Superhero) With the help of a time-traveling alien, Barbara Gordon visits her older self.

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Dark Knight on a Dark Night 2013

(G; Superhero) Three eras of Barbara Gordon join forces through time and space, thwarting Shame and Calamity Jan.

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Dark Knight on a Dark Night 2012

(G; Superhero) Gotham librarian Barbara Gordon finishes her costume just in time for the masquerade ball.

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Dark Knight on a Dark Night 2011

(PG; Superhero) Training with the Dark Knight himself, Batgirl learns how to escape traps.

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Doctor Who Rated G-PG

I stopped watching Doctor Who in 1982, but caught up with the 2005 reboot version last year. Between Netflix and iTunes, my son and I caught up with 7 years of continuity in 5 months, just in time for “Name/Night/Day/Time of the Doctor”. These are my complaints so far.

Doctor Who: Flatline (Flat Stanley)

(G; Science Fiction) The Gabby Gallifreyan was in full swing in this episode. As the Boneless might say: Flat feets, don’t fail me now!

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Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor (Handle’s Revenge)

(G; Science Fiction) Public display of beheaded enemies is more Vlad the Impaler than rebel Time Lord. Perfect illustration of the Doctor as Kirk.

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Doctor Who: Into the Dalek (Next Time Try Words)

(G; Science Fiction) Sticking up for the hen-pecked rebel Time Lord with my latest 1-page comic. loaded with author notes, references and looks like a Jim Warren publication.

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24-Hour Comic Books Rated G-R

24-Hour Comics Day is an international annual challenge to produce a 24-page comic (normally a month’s amount of work) in 24 consecutive hours. Now an annual tradtion, this dare was invented by Scott McCloud in 1990. Participating artists include Dave Sim, Neil Gaiman and Kevin Eastman. Creators of all ages and levels of skill and experience sturggle to complete this creative marathon. Learn more about details and history, or how to participate.

2004: Reach

(PG; Memoir) An abstract mess of autobiographical details, media obsessions, comics history references and far too much deliberation. Probably my most coherent 24-hour comic book.

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2007: Soaked

(R; SciFi/Action) A lone agent brings important information through enemy territory, fights an army, rescues a damsel in distress and saves the world. Not bad for a day’s work.

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2009: Blank Spot

(G; Fantasy/Adventure) A childhood nightmare, girlfriend delirium, wordless Ditko-wannabe pages, a battle to the death on the Planet of Kung Fu Fighting, a visit to Ball Nut Avenue.

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2010: Training Daze

(PG; Fantasy/Adventure) ’60s Batgirl abuse, visually abstract transitions, a mystical art gallery hook-up, talking stars, city rampaged my monsters, a rotten kid saves the day … all ending with an empty panel.

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Comics for Adults Rated R-NC17

A-Runnin’ From A Gunnin’

(R; Scifi/Action) A petty thief is hunted by his former Mafia employers, wealthy ex-girlfriends and various law enforcement agencies.

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(Not Really) Blade Kills Twilight

(R; Violent Satire) Blade kills everyone on Twilight. Actors, writers, caterers…everyone. Special edition colored by Jesse Farrell!.

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The Bleeding Mirror

(R; Horror/Psychological Drama/Social Commentary) This symbolic tale serves as one response to the mass media and urban loneliness.

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Bottle of Red

(PG; Historical Romance/Crime) Story and art by David Marshall. On a cold December night in 1945, our young couple dines at Louis Italian-American Restaurant on the same night Michael Corleone murders a rival gangster and corrupt policeman.

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Dead by the Pool

(R; Action/Psychological Drama/Sexual Content) Our vengeful nerd fights to the death against a corporate enemy. He dies, then parties in a lustful Purgatory. Surrounded by posers, bouncers and bondage models, will he return to the living?

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Encore

(R; Horror/Crime/Social Commentary) This supernatural revenge thriller exposes the side effects of one man’s built-up frustrations. Our protagonist is a CPA who, in a race against rigor mortis, seeks revenge on the bank robbers who murdered him.

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The Null Device

(PG; SciFi/Action/Dreamscape) A reluctant hero gets deep into enemy territory in a UNIX war zone, fights an army to save the world. First appearance of Agent K and The Director!

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The Return

(R; Action/Social Satire) “The Prodigal Son” story, as told by ancient NYNEX commercials, if they used a different set of brothers.

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School Fight!

(R; Pseudo-Biography) 40-something Karen Tash shares a story from her wonder years as a high school student 1976. She did well in school and hung out with her best friend. Her idiot boyfriend, however, had a mouth that got him into trouble.

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Twilight’s Last Gleaming

(R; Scifi/Action) Blade kills everone on Twilight. Actors, writers, caterers…everyone. A sparkling franchise meets its truly bloody end.

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Window of Opportunity

(NC-17; Raunchy Satire) Betsy and Veronika visit their first big city, all-women’s health club. Those icky men folk, however, are closer than they think.

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The World’s Slowest Foot Chase

(R; Slice of Life) One crippled old man chases another, each screaming deadly threats like a Tourette syndrome procession. Just another day in Inman Square.

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Zip’s Last Day

(R; Crime/Horror) A corrupt FBI agent arrives in Boston to solve what looks like a murder mystery. As he tracks down clues, the case evolves into something much more bizarre.

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