Thanks to everyone who has favourited this webcomic and has been coming back to see what's new and good lately! It's been a busy few months! This is just another update about what's been added here recently.
As you've probably seen we've been bulking up our Patreon content this winter. Patreon is really the only effective way to monetize a webcomic and we have added a lot of fun features that reward our fans who want to support us.
Other than the behind-the-scenes artwork and free commissions available exclusively to supporters we have been working on a few new features: Retro on Ice and City Folk Special Edition.
Retro On Ice is a series where I go back to some great old retro hockey video games to give them a play through and a quick review. So far I've looked at Blades of Steel, Hit the Ice and Ice Hockey for the NES. Check it out, it's a ton of fun!
City Folk Special Edition is another interesting series where I take an older strip of mine and redraw it in the same way my new strips are done. 3 are up there now and I have a ton more that I want to try.
So that's what's new and good here at City Folk! Consider becoming a supporter of ours for as little as $1 a month to get access to these fun features.
I love Hornqvist, you love Hornqvist, Crosby loves Hornqvist (sometimes) and even this adorable dog loves Hornqvist. But even the most dedicated Patric fans in the world don’t know the truth behind the man with the baby-blue eyes. Tread carefully, dear reader, your mind is about to be blown. Blown like Lundqvist’s mind whenever Horny backs into his crease.
PATRIC HORNQVIST IS COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY IMMORTAL.
I know you don’t believe it, but trust me… I’ve done the research. The facts don’t lie. He’s been walking the earth for thousands of years and will be for all eternity. Well, at least until the earth melts into the sun and he is relegating to drifting through the blackness of space.
There is ample evidence to support the existence of Hornqvist as far back as the Viking Age. Ancient writings state (probably, I can’t read ancient writings) that a man of great stature and even greater lungs ruled a region in Iceland they called (again, I can’t read ancient writings) Mount Hornqvist. I’m sure they pronounced it something weird like “Herrn-qweeest” or whatever. Who cares right?
Anyways, the legendary viking made quite the name for himself by ravaging the surrounding coastal villages in the most peculiar way. He would routinely back his warship into the channel, slow and methodical-like. Then, without warning, hundreds of naked and screaming men would pour out of the ship into the crowds of horrified onlookers.
I won’t go into detail about what happened next (mainly because I have no skill or experience in deciphering ancient manuscripts) but believe me when I say the nudity alone was enough to absolutely decimate the will of any village person. Don’t even get me started with all the rape and pillaging. No, stop asking.
Jump ahead several hundred years. Right to World frickin’ War One. The image above is that of the Horny Badgers Regiment. These men became famous during the Great War for their utter lack of fear and better judgment. Commander Hornqvist (prior to volunteering for duty he owned and operated his own cologne manufacturing plant) developed the theory “more clothing more dead.”
His regiment would casually stroll to the front lines wearing little more than kilts fashioned from the hides of black bears they would come across on their long hike towards certain death. Certain death for mere humans that is. Patric and his men came out on the winning end of many, many highly outnumbered engagements with the nazis. His well worn kilt is displayed proudly on his mantle at home to this day.
Finally we look to the future. Past his years as a boisterous vacuum cleaner salesman. Past his days as a world famous yogurt speed-eater. Past his well-documented career as an NHL superstar Stanley Cup winner. Many years from now…
PATRIC HORNQVIST CHANGES HIS ACCENT YET AGAIN AND BECOMES AN AWESOME APOCALYPSE SURVIVOR
This sounds crazy and believe me, I’ve been called that before, but Hornqvist will outlive us all and lead his redneck people to survival against overwhelming numbers of the undead. The apocalypse is coming and Patric is our only hope to get through it.
He’s a redneck now (it just happens sometimes guys) and he’s as angry as ever. He’s had hundreds of years of survival training, leading men and lifting heavy things (3 Stanley Cups with the Pens, those get heavy). When you’re pathetic 40 year old camper is slowly being torn apart by the hungry mouths of your former neighbours and family you’ll pray to see the silhouette of Hornqvist and his shotgun marching over the horizon towards you.
Is City Folk back on Smack Jeeves?!
The truth is out! We are back on Smack Jeeves for good after a long hiatus over on Wordpress. Things really took a turn downhill with constant site outages and plugin malfunctions the last few years that I've finally given up on it for good. Just this month the site has gone down 5 times with no permanent fix in site.
So we're back on Smack Jeeves. The nightmare is over. I'm looking into porting the cityfolk.ca name over here as soon as possible as well as ironing out a few more coding issues I'm having on this side. Stick around for comics!
Player Profiles is a new feature we are excited to introduce this year. Today’s feature Penguin is #43 Conor Sheary.
Conor was an un-drafted Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguin before he was called up to play for the big club in December, 2015. This speedy winger’s biggest moment came in last years playoffs when he scored the winning overtime goal in game 2 of the finals to put the Penguins up 2-0 in the series. Sheary soon won the Cup playing on Crosby’s wing.
We have two facts for you, but only one of them is true. Which one do you think is correct?
A – Sheary was recently engaged to coach Mike Sullivan’s niece.
B – Sheary’s family are all Rangers fans and he’s tried to convert them.
If you haven't heard, the SJ Awards is back up again. Please nominate comics you think deserve the honor. This is a really awesome way of finding new talent in webcomics and sharing the wealth. I was nominated a few years ago and it really increased my viewership, so please do your small part in nominating someone!
This is something I've been thinking about for a while and I think that I have finally come to a conclusion on it.
The Smack Jeeves "News" page. Or at least City Folk's "News" page. I don't know how many of you actually use it or read it. The way cityfolk.ca is set up, the latest news posts show up below the latest comic. You can scroll down to see the previous 5 or so news items. Easy, right?
I don't know how to do this on cityfolk.smackjeeves.com. I could probably do it, but it would be a frustrating week of coding and troubleshooting. Would the effort be worth it? Maybe not.
So the conclusion I've come to (at least for now) is to have a link to the cityfolk.ca news posts sitting just above the comic strip. There has been links up there for almost a year now already, but now the link will direct you primarily to News Posts on cityfolk.ca.
I hope this makes sense to you guys. My goal with this is to have a visible, easy to access link on the front page to share the latest City Folk news with you. Let me know what you think in the comments!