Behold! Beardhammer -Retail Barbarian!! This savage wrecker-of-skulls is born from my deep love of the over-the-top barbarian movies of decades past (Conan, Beastmaster, etc.) - combined with my (lengthy) experience working behind a cash register. At my day job, I pretty much act like a barbarian as it is - exclaiming that my 30-minute lunch break is acutally "The hour of feasting upon the flesh of the fallen" and my commute home is plagued by wild, beastly hobos and their various leavings, I feel like I need a mighty axe to force my way through to the train platform. But mostly, Beardhammer is the dude I want to be, or at least have on my side, when a customer gets particularly dick-ish. His tales are embellishments of 100% true customer interactions - obviously names and stuff have been changed, but the complete buttface-ery of these shoppers is not exaggerated. So, enjoy the newest, and most brutal, addition to the 6th Circle cast rotation!
In sadder news - I've dedicated this strip, where I've introduced my new favorite creation, to the memory of Monty Oum. Monty was an animator at Rooster Teeth - an animation studio who has been making the internet's sides split since 2003 with their flagship show, Red vs Blue, and have grown into so much more. Rooster Teeth has, and continues to be, one of my biggest creative inspirations, and in many ways, I have tried to mirror their business model in We Doomed Productions. Matt Hullum, lead editor, and voice of "Sarge" on Red vs Blue, issued a heartfelt statement about Monty,
"As for honoring Monty, we will do that in our own way. In lieu of flowers or gifts, we ask that you simply do something creative. Use your imagination to make the world a better place in any way that you can. If you know Monty like we do, then you know he would certainly be doing that if he were able to. "
With that, I bring you the Retail Barbarian. My heart is heavy with sadness for their crew and especially for Monty's family. Raise a glass for him, for he dines with the gods in Valhalla now.
Thanks for tuning in this week, and see if Mike can even drive that mechanical T-Rex next week.