Satan Ninja 198X

A webcomic about a dweeb in the '80s who accidentally becomes a satanic ninja.

3.20 - Dude Shinobi in Ninja Exploder II

30th Jul 2016, 10:32 PM in Ninja Power!
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3.20 - Dude Shinobi in Ninja Exploder II
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Adam Dravian 30th Jul 2016, 10:32 PM edit delete
Adam Dravian
This page is possibly the greatest thing I’ve ever written. Not sure where to go from here.

There are six movies in Dude Shinobi’s Ninja Exploder series, with the most recent one being Ninja Exploder VI: Cult of the Satan Ninja, which is the movie that inspired the arcade game that Eddie and Joe are playing at the start of the comic. I actually wrote a synopsis for each movie in the series, along with how they were received by fans and critics. I even started writing a script for the first movie, just for fun.

We’ll probably end up showing more scenes from Dude Shinobi movies as part of our monthly bonus comic series for Jessica’s Patreon. Maybe we’ll even use that to eventually tell the complete story of one or more of the movies (the key moments, at least).

One of the challenges of creating this comic is that we want the SN8X-verse to walk a fine line, with one foot planted in wacky over-the-top land and the other foot planted in a land closer to reality. We feel that going too far into Wackyland can cause it to feel like nothing actually matters within the story, making it harder to actually become invested in it. That works fine for something that’s a pure comedy, but we feel that Satan Ninja 198X is a bit more than that. However, with the media within the SN8X-verse (like the Ninja Exploder series), we’re free to go as over-the-top and wacky as we want.


jamie59 30th Jul 2016, 10:47 PM edit delete reply
Love the grope hold!

And yes it's so realistic that a 2oz star could propel a full grown man into a helicopter with enough force to make it explode.D movie at its best.
Adam Dravian 31st Jul 2016, 8:57 PM edit delete reply
Adam Dravian
Hell yeah. Dude Shinobi is just that badass.
Garthvader76 31st Jul 2016, 1:08 AM edit delete reply
Great fucking page.
Adam Dravian 31st Jul 2016, 8:56 PM edit delete reply
Adam Dravian
Thanks, dude! One of my favorites, for sure.
The Letter M 31st Jul 2016, 8:05 AM edit delete reply
The Letter M
Good choice walking that fine line. If it were more wacky and over the top it might also lose that 80's cool. It's funny enough to make me laugh without becoming a mockery. We don't laughing at Satan ninja 198X, we get to laugh with Satan Ninja 198X, and that's awesome.
Adam Dravian 31st Jul 2016, 8:56 PM edit delete reply
Adam Dravian
Well said. While I can appreciate some of the more over-the-top farcical mockeries of '80s stuff like Kung Fury, we wanted our comic to try and capture the heart and soul of an '80s product, so we wanted it to avoid seeming overly self-aware, and a bit more straight-faced with its humor.
StLOrca 1st Oct 2018, 8:54 PM edit delete reply
And that’s where movies like Megaforce failed entirely—to effectively parody something, you need an underlying affection for it. Otherwise, you just get people talking funny instead of saying something funny.
RageTheDragoon 5th Aug 2016, 9:48 AM edit delete reply
*sniff* Beautiful!