CoWLUG (Colorado Wyoming LEGO User Group) is doing a display in Estes Park featuring Star Wars: Battle of Hoth. I’m contributing four 32×32 baseplates to the cause. I decided to throw a bit of humor in to the scene with Stormtroopers ice fishing and a new system lord coming through a Stargate.

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The Fairview Monorail Project is the title of my LEGO Monorail documentation. I’ve always wanted to have a LEGO monorail, but due to circumstances that were out of my control (that’s my story and I’m going to stick with it) I was never able to get one.

Many moons ago, sometime in 1991 I believe, I was working in Boulder Colorado. Across the street from my job was a Toys R Us, aka: TRU. I would wander through there off and on, my neighbor worked there too. Just remembered that. I’ve always been a fan of LEGO products. I noticed one day the monorails. I don’t remember which one it was, I’m sure Bricklink has it listed. They weren’t cheap back then, really not cheap now. So I saved my money to get one.

I stopped in to pick it up when I had the cash. I wasn’t a credit card user back then, if I couldn’t pay for it, I didn’t buy it. I went down the aisle where those fun LEGO products were kept only to find an empty spot where the monorails were located. They had the track expansion pack, so I picked it up and figured another month of saving and I could get a few more sets to go with it. Shortly afterwards, I was transfered to another store and out of Boulder. I never made it back to get the monorail, I was stuck with a useless expansion pack for 21 years.

All these many years later, I was wandering through eBay and found a good deal on monorail parts, with motor, battery box, and car chassis. And that’s where it really began. I’ll post more on progress and thoughts about what I’m going to do. When I’m not doing comic stuff. Which I should be getting back to soon.

The comic is taking a bit of time off. Why? Well I’m having some problems with a storyline and the stories that are written, I don’t have the sets built and I wasn’t planning on running them until the fall/winter.

I’ve also begun a monorail project which is taking some of my time and a bit of cash, let’s just say my other hobbies and fine dining have suffered a bit. I’ll post a few videos of the progress, the first is now availible. Like much of the comic, I have to keep it small for now.

So hopefully a few more weeks and I’ll have the next storyline going. I also hope it cools down soon.

I’ve suddenly busted out of my building funk. I’ve also been on a massive spending spree, which might get taken up in a different post. I’ve always been interested in the Lego monorails. They’ve always seemed to be fun, interesting, and just plain cool.

Sometime in late 91 or 92, I was working in Boulder Colorado across from Toys “R” Us. I was never in a dark age per se, I just never really spent a lot of money on Lego. One day when I was over at Toys “R” Us, I saw Lego monorail system. ↓ Read the rest of this entry…

What is my memory? Well it starts on the 10th. I was living in Spokane Washington and the football season was begining. Being a Denver Bronco fan I was really excited that I was going to be able to see a game with out having to go to a bar and hope they had the game on. It was a Monday night game against the New York Giants. I think the Broncos won the game, but Ed McCaffery got knocked out and I think he was done for the season. I went to bed a few hours after the game was over.

When I woke up aboot 12 probably, I didn’t turn on the tv or have the radio on. Spokane has the worst tv in the afternoons and the radio is hit or miss. So I went downstairs and did ↓ Read the rest of this entry…

Have you ever wondered how I make Dreamers Ink? Well, I made a video showing you how it’s done. This assumes you know how to build sets, take pictures, and process them aka: resizing. This is the assembly process of comicking. I recreate the following comic using the most recent techniques I’ve come up with. To make the 15 panel comics follow the same way, just 15 instead of three. I didn’t make an exact copy of this comic. They were made nearly a year apart. Enjoy.

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I’ve been thinking about putting up the original comics for the 153rd which was called “Freedom Fighters”, a totally G.I. Joe ripoff. I was 13 at the time and my drawing skills were more on the less refined stage. In all, I think there are 45 comics including the big graphic novel. There were 5 series which were almost planned out. By the time series 5 came along, the tone was set and the drawings were getting better. Still didn’t have that pesky story telling down. All the covers are at the end of this article from issue #1 to the “Zehnn Doctrine” graphic novel, which is the updated version done in 2006 based on the original.

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Okay, if you are reading this you know that I’ve changed the name of the comic. The reason is simple, Genuine Draft was a story set in the universe, it was never intended to be the main title. I didn’t like the orignal name of the comic which is how it became Genuine Draft. I’ve been thinking aboot a re-branding since late summer of 2010. I’m still working on a direction for the comic. Something different, yet keeping it the same. The main storylines will continue. Burgatory, The 153rd, Bob’s adventures, and the single comics.

Why Dreamers Ink? Simple, it’s the web address. 10 or 11 years ago, I bought the domain to start a web design business. Dreamers Ink was the name I used when doing graphic arts for people. It started in 1995 or 1996 when I got my first Mac, scanner, printer, and copy of Photoshop. I did small stuff like logos and letter heads. It paid for my internet access.

I went to school to learn how to make web sites and fix computers. When I was about to graduate, I bought the domain and put together a site. I made a few contacts then the internet bubble collapsed and the big firms that didn’t do single pages, family, church, or small sites found themselves needing business and they went from sending the small stuff to independant designers to taking anything they could get. I was out of business with in 6 months.

I decided to keep the domain and use it for whatever I fancy. It’s hosted my other creations under the JMS Entertainment name for many years, it’s still here somewhere. Once I got in to comicking again, I used it to show the world. After thinking about it, I figured Dreamers Ink was a suitable name for the comic.

But what about the comic? It will still be brick based, I may show the old Life Is A SitCom strips that happens to be what Bob and Burgatory are based on. The biggest, noticable difference will be the update schedule. Instead of daily updates, the comic will get a single update. Right now it will be on Wednesdays, with the weekends for the single panel. The thought behind this has to do with the longform comics I tend to do. Currently I do 3 panel comics 5 days a week. The new single page will be 15 panels 1 day a week. Same amount of comics, just less days. This should help make the longform comics easier to follow. I plan on converting all the older comics to this new format eventually…

I have some new ideas for the comic as well. I’m just not sure how I can get it to work. Just keep reading.