Undergrounds is on the Move Again

After a few months of being super busy with getting married and moving out, I’m finally coming back to the Undergrounds. My writer, Geert Heetebrij, got a teaching job in Michigan. But even though the team is separated, we intend to keep the Undergrounds moving.

We are planning for another kickstarter to get out issue 2 in print in August.

Issue 4 is in the works for digital release. See above for the working cover.

Besides that, I’ve also been working full time at a structural engineers office which uses a different part of my mind but I’m really enjoying it.

I’m finally beginning to learn to balance art and work, and hope to be able to draw much more in the near future.

Here are some inks of Issue 4.

Issue 4 Cover

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Manga you Should Read #2: Parasyte

It’s hard to read manga because I’ll be honest, theres a lot of bad ones out there. Here I will recommend new manga for people who don’t know where to start. I consider ParasyteVol4Cover

Parasyte the perfect Seinen manga (Japanese comics aimed at older readers)  It has a great horror element to make the reader feel uneasy, a mystery to keep the reader going, and a deep philosophical question at the heart of it.

The question is who is evil: the parasytes or human kind?

The story has a very simple set up. Parasytes come from some unknown place and invade human brains.These parasytes blend into society and eat people. However, the main character stops a parasyte from reaching his brain by cutting off circulation in his arm. then he has a parasyte living in his arm and they form a symbiotic relationship and try to survive in a world of parasytes.

There are many questions as to who controls the parasyte, or why they are on Earth. It relates to the scientic idea of emergence. Emergence is like how a hive works. But the queen doesn’t give the orders, the creatures just know what to do, what their job is. People do that to. There is some mysterious urge or order that is unseen.

Parasyte explores this question as well as putting humans love to kill other humans against parasytes who kill for food. Which group is more moral? The comic is not too long (for a manga) and is definitely worth the read. It doesn’t feel drawn out like many other mangas of its kind and has great cliffhangers and mystery running throughout the manga. The character development of the main character is interesting enough to keep you reading.

Check it out!