Today is the six year anniversary of Odin and Friends (the site launched on April 1, 2009). There have been some bumps in the road, to be sure, but I’ve managed to produce quite a few comics in that time. I hope you all are enjoying the latest stuff! I’m working hard to get 1-2 new items up every week; relative unemployment is helping for now. I’ve got plenty of ideas for the future, so please keep reading, and if you like what you see, ask the gods to grant me their blessings.
Fehu is the rune for cattle, and also wealth (same thing back in the day, right? Or still the same if you raise beef in Texas). So I’m wishing you all a prosperous new year with lots of cows.
To all you new folks just finding the comic: thanks for stopping by. To check out the comic, I recommend letting fate guide your way by clicking this random comic button. To those of you who like to control things more, check out the archive with over 300 comics!
And to all you veterans of the psychic wars – thanks for continuing to hang around. I’ve been on a pretty big respite, so there hasn’t been much new in a while, but I’m working to change that. I’ve got a lot of scripts produced, so I now I’m working to art them up. And a special thanks to those of you who have emailed me or posted messages asking where the hel I’ve been. All is good. I’m still alive, relatively healthy, and ready to make some more toons!
Heja, Odinites. Got some good news and bad. The good news is that I am now a mead hall owner. No, I didn’t just purchase a bar… my wife and I finally got our act together and purchased a house! The bad news is that I have to take a little break from the cartoon while I get the place in working order and move in. According to the home inspector, the place is “in a state of deferred maintenance,” which means I have a giant list of things to do to before moving in. So Odin and Friends will be on low power for a little bit. But stay tuned! I’m going to try and sneak out a few cartoons here and there while pushing to get back on schedule in about a month or so. And if anyone knows any Norse housewarming rituals, let me know!
Move over Warcraft and Left for Dead and Space Invaders and whatever else people are playing nowadays… Odin and Friends now has its own video game! Dragon Balls! was created by my wife in Scratch and given to me as a birthday present and I’m happy to share it with you finally. The is my wife’s first game (possibly her last, haha) so please don’t give her a hard time for leaving out the VR component this time around. Have fun and look out for Technoviking, he’s a real bitch to hit with a lightning bolt!
Did the Norse Gods Destroy a Statue of Jesus in Ohio?
News of this event was sent to me by a reader (thanks!) who figured maybe Odin blew Jesus away. But even though Odin tosses lightning bolts on a regular basis in the pages of this comic, I wouldn’t point the finger at him for this kind of thing. Blowing away statues of other deities seems a bit petty for Father of Thor. Loki on the other hand… definitely a suspect!
Of course, maybe Jesus himself blew the statue away. After all, isn’t there something in the Bible about not making “unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth — especially really cheesy ones”?
And then there is another theory, quite controversial and certainly ludicrous, but presented here solely for your amusement. Maybe, just maybe, liquid and ice particles above the freezing level collided and built up a large electrical field in the clouds. Positive and negative charges separated, resulting in a negatively charged cloud in the atmosphere and a positively charged Earth surface below. Soon, a giant “spark” occurred between the positive and negative fields, reducing the charge separation. The spark in this case occurred right between the outstretched hands of the touchdown Jesus. At this point, a mighty clap of thunder shook the land, a flash of lightning cut across the sky, the Jesus statue became hotter than the surface of the sun, and all that carefully wrought metal-and-plastic burned to the ground.
Nah, that’s preposterous…
Either Jesus blew himself away to protest his tacky portrait or Loki did it as a practical joke. Apparently the statue was made in Florida, probably by the same crew that paints faces on coconuts to sell to tourists. I say Jesus did it.
Stone Age Tools in Viking Graves Raise More Questions than Answers
We got some interesting news this week from the folks who get their kicks digging around Viking graves (archaeologists, *sigh*).
Just as today one might be buried with an antique Viking sword for good luck, back in the Days of High Adventure and Not Infrequent Death, Vikings were buried with stone age weapons that they considered special. Namely, flint axes and hammers, which may have been symbols of Thor.
Of course, what scientists are failing to say is exactly who wielded these tools and for what purpose they were welt before the Vikings acquired them. Simply calling the tool “an axe” is not enough, for as we Viking aficionados know, there is more than one purpose for such a device, from chopping firewood to settling a blood feud.
Were these tools used as weapons by badass proto-Vikings against Jotuns? Or did cannibalistic lizard people employ them to crack the skulls of dinosaurs? And who actually made the stones? Blabbering neanderthals or clever dwarves working deep underground?
Truly, the necrophiles have a bit more digging to do before making such bold pronouncements in a trussed up boob rag like National Geographic. But I guess nowadays you take what you can get, and it’s always cool to learn something new about the Vikings from a source other than Odin and Friends.
Odin and Friends turned 150 a month ago and I forgot to roll out the mead barrels to celebrate. That’s 150 episodes of floating head madness. It’s been a crazy few months so I’m pleased — almost surprised — that I manged to maintain my schedule while moving, traveling, building two websites, writing a novel, and preparing to move again (overseas, no less). Thanks to everyone who has been getting their Viking fix by following the modern day adventures of the Norse gods, including you chubby chasers who only come here for the sexy giantess jokes.
Some highlights from the last 50 episodes:
- Technoviking becomes the Norse God of Dance thanks to apotheosis by YouTube.
- Thor and Mjolnir make sure the clouds of Migard stay in in good and working order. Important lesson in meteorology: don’t hook up clouds on a single circuit.