The name's Ford, Henry Ford...

Repeat after me: the Henry Ford as portrayed in Time Cheetah is in no way to be confused with any Henry Ford living or dead. 

With that legal disclaimer out of the way, allow me to share with you a glimpse at the process of making this Time Cheetah story. Not the stuff that makes us sound smart, but the part that makes my brother sound insane.

Time Cheetah stories tend to be born from booze so they're all pretty wacky to begin with. And while this story is nowhere near the craziest, it does have one of my brother's weirdest creative choices. Time Cheetah playing in a secret card game where all the players are car makers is, already, rather specific. But hey, at least it's tried and true ground for spy stories, right? No, the choice he made was that Henry Ford was going to be a rogue asshole

Perfect salt and pepper hair? Check. Enormous ego? Yup. About to beat someone up within the first page of meeting him? You fucking know it.

I won't get too into it, but the choice ended up really paying off. There is not a single person in this story Ford will not piss off in some way. Why not start by checking out his awesome introduction, in the newest Time Cheetah page?

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Usual Suspects

The plot thickens in today’s Time Cheetah page, as we get to meet the dudes who might be stealing Henry Ford’s money!

It’s a colorful cast, and it took us a little bit to arrive at this specific lineup of car makers. Since we have a “whodunit” running in this issue, we wanted a list of people with interesting personalities that would create some friction with Ford, since that will keep you guessing as to who’s up to no good. But seeing as we intend to keep Time Cheetah at least marginally based on historical fact, we had to find contemporaries and business associates rather than just make up adversaries (though, there is one more suspect to introduce that is wholly fictional). Luckily, the early days of the Automobile industry were not lacking in interesting personalities, and the choices came pretty easy:

Dodge Brothers: you got two brothers with different personalities, who worked as suppliers for Ford but eventually leave to form their own company. Their actual history with Ford is complicated, but it’s not a stretch to say the pair didn’t like him much.

Henry Leland: Leland’s personality is mostly invention in this story, we make him into a pretty pithy asshole, but all that Cadillac stuff is true. Even crazier, Leland is responsible for later founding the Lincoln Motor Company, which in 1922 became insolvent… then got bought out by Henry Ford. And Wikipedia puts it best: “Ford deliberately low-balled his offer as revenge against Leland's role in the creation of Cadillac.”

Karl Benz: I mean… he’s German. You gotta have a German. Everybody hates Germans (sorry, Germans).

Later this week… the main man himself enters the picture. Stay tuned!

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Ford's Fortune

And now the story kicks in! Secret gambling room full of mysterious automobile industry legends? Check! Time Cheetah ready for action? Check! Barely moldy Encyclopedia Britannica? Also check!

Many many years ago, a simpler version of this story served as our introduction to Time Cheetah. It was a shorter tale, but all the elements were there: Time Cheetah, gambling, Henry Ford, cars.

Once we wrote the first fully scripted version, we added a lot more in, most of it spoiler-y so I won’t mention it. But I can say: even from the first version, as soon as Ford enters the script, the story becomes one of the most fun things we’ve written. Next week, we’ll finally meet the infamous American car-maker. Today, bask in the glory of Matt Cossin’s awesome establishing panel!

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Guardians Of The Comedy Vol. 2

James Gunn is too funny.

After watching Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, my girlfriend loves Baby Groot, my friend was sad there wasn't enough Chris Pratt and I knew I would never be as good at comedy as James Gunn.

Not convinced? Here are some of the things that happen in it, a multi-million dollar superhero film financed by capitalist corporations with the sole intent of making a bunch of money:

- There is a super tripy sequence in which four characters scream uncontrollably while their looking dumb. 

- Dave Batista as Drax guffaws right in people's faces all the time. That man is a gift.

- There is a poop joke that is so good, it made me furious after the film

If James Gunn continues to be this funny, there will be no comedy left for the rest of us. He must be stopped for Time Cheetah to succeed. In fact, do your part and look at today's New Page!

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