Random-encounterz will be taking a break for one month as Tea and I set our eyes on completing as much of our other comic project as possible in that time. We’ll be happy to post images and panels from that project as we move through. People can expect Random-encounterz to return late May to early June for an overall status report on things. We’ll keep in touch and be working hard on our pet project.

– Yuji


A Graphic Delay

I take full responsibility for the delay of this comic. We have another comic that will also be coming out this Friday as well. But you have to understand, Witcher 3. At Ultra settings. At 60 fps.

Well that’s not an excuse so I will still apologize. Hope to stay on track for the next good while.

– Yuji

The Least Favorite

Sorry for the lack of coloring, last week it was a joke but this week is because I’ve really started to delve into Physical Therapy and I just did not have the energy.  I hope this won’t happen again.

Anyway, I’ve been playing Mass Effect: Andromeda and I have been enjoying it.  There are big problems with the game however… the writing is all over the place.  Where its most obvious is Liam’s character.  I never thought I would hate a character more than Moody Anime Emo guy (Fenris) but congrats Bioware, you created a character I hate more than a Dragon Age 2 character.


Gender Swap

Tea brought forth this idea to me one day about whether there are character’s whose gender have little to no impact on the character’s story. These are a few of the examples we thought of, with some rationale to explain our opinion.

Goku: Goku’s all about fighting and getting stronger, and while that seems macho and full of testosterone, his attitude about being strong is pretty gender neutral in my opinion. If Goku were male or female he/she would still be fighting and training to get stronger. Canonically both Saiyan men and women were recruited to battle off-world so this goes without saying.

Harley Quinn: Her story is more centered around the idea of severe Stockholm syndrome, which works for either a guy or girl. It would simply be a matter of making the Joker bisexual, which given his chaotic nature isn’t all that demanding of him.

Duke Nukem: Duke’s character is all about his ego, whether it’s to be taken seriously or not. As such making Duke a woman wouldn’t necessarily change the “all about me” attitude that he sports. Some quirks and nuances may change with a gender flip but the core of his character would remain mostly in tact.

Lara Croft: Placed here for the sake of making a Tomb Raider/Uncharted joke.

Cthulhu: Placed here for the sake of making a joke about unidentifiable alien genders.

Morrigan: Outside of wanting to have a baby w/ the Grey Warden to have a god baby, Morrigan’s story wouldn’t change all that much with a gender swap. To me her story is one of learning more about the world and trying to escape the perceived clutches of her mother who may or may not be evil.

Link: I guess Link’s gender is super important to his character. I mean, If Eiji Aonuma says that making Link a girl would mess with the balance of the Triforce, then I suppose we have no choice but to accept what he says. After all we can’t make changes happen to a fictional character if they have an impact fictional concepts right? Right? It may just cause Eiji Aonuma to fall out the space time continuum.

Strokes suck

For the children that read this comic;  There are appropriate times to use a swear word.  One of those times is when you are diagnosed with a stroke.

Some of you may have seen our facebook post last week, saying it was just my fibromyalgia acting scary.  That is what we thought, that is what the doctors thought… until they looked at my MRI and found out I was having a stroke.

This past week I suffered a stroke at the age of 30.   I spent the whole week angry.  How dare this happen!  (Terry Pratchett wrote in one of his books ‘don’t get scared, get angry’ and that is exactly what happened.)  My dad’s employer has allowed me to remain on his health insurance because he still cares for me because of my Fibromyalgia.  I got into a great hospital with excellent care and I have a great team of people trying to figure out why a 30 year old had a stroke, and what we can do to prevent it from happening in the future.

My motor skills are impaired, but thankfully only my left side was effected (I draw with my right hand).  Mom and Dad got me a sweet new mouse with buttons on the side so I can still play video games effectively (I have enough coordination to press WASD but not enough to use powers with the 1234..etc buttons.  I am replaying Mass Effect in anticipation of Andromeda, but I kept on dying.  My new mouse helps a great deal with the not dying part!) (I am still dying, WASD is hard 😦 )

I am making a fast recovery.  I have to use a walker to help me walk but I CAN walk.  I can move around my house easily (including the staircase).

I was not lucky because I had the stroke, but I am fortunate the damage was not more severe and I’m making such a fast recovery.  I don’t know if any of the damage will be permanent, so I will keep everyone updated in the following weeks.

This whole ordeal has been very hard.  I have claustrophobia and I had to put up with an MRI.  I have a fear of needles and oh.. there were so many needles.  Mom and Dad bought me season 1 of Iron Chef: America on Amazon and it helped me through the ordeal of eating horrible hospital food (and believe me,  it was horrible.  At least the vegetables were fresh…).

Yuji slept next to my hospital bed on a cot every night.  He would not let go of my hand, even when we slept.  Mom and Dad visited every day.  I had a stream of amazing friends and family visiting me(I was given a moon stick which annoys everyone but me.  Its awesome!).  My aunt drove here to help out.  I am loved, supported and I have another experience to draw inspiration from.

So in other words, sorry for the missing content last week.  We are back on schedule!