Kingdom In Crisis

8 Apr

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The story for the next book is a new direction for a series that began as a humble black-and-white webcomic. Instead of the gag/page-a-week format I’ve moved into a fantasy approach for the art and a more traditional approach to story. This arc turns the Roach kingdom upside down. It reveals intrigues and introduces fascinating new characters.

This book has been penciled. I’m in the process of cleaning it up and digitally inking now. Colors for the book seem to need more attention. The flat and slightly shaded style used in book one is now a thing of the past. The early results for book two look very good.

Exuvian Village

New types of roaches and insects are coming up in the next book. I really wish I could say more! Subscribe to this site for upcoming announcements.

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Comic Cards

16 Oct

Click These Cards For A Larger View

Having some fun throwing together some cards for the new Roaches book. There are some dramatic turns coming up as the Roaches find themselves declaring one war and then fighting another! When will these bugs ever learn that no one wins a war but the survivors?

Stay tuned for more pages and news.

Roaches Animated Short

7 Feb



This year I’m working on an original short that I’ve based on my comic. It’s set in a World War One era world where bugs reign – in the Kingdom of The Roaches.

All animation is being done in Flash. Voice Over by Canadian actor Julian Mulock. AD and VO Direction by Tim Thomson.

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Short Storyboard Art

12 Jan

Roach War – What Is It Good For?
Microscopic Melodrama Marches Into Production
Schmitt Indianapolis Comic

During of the worst of the new year’s harsh quasi-blizzard weather I’ve been working on an animated short for Roaches. This first pilot episode is titled “If War Were Declared”. It’s set in a WWI era world in the roach city of Kor.

Schmitt Indianapolis Comic

“If War Were Declared” stars Canadian actor Julian Mulock as the Grand Roach. Assistant Director and Sound Engineer Tim Thomson. Written, designed and directed by me, Paul Schmitt.

I’m looking for 2D Character Animators to help finish this short. Send me an email if you’re interesting in volunteering your time to help with this indie animation.

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Wrasslin’

21 Dec

Roach Wrestling Federation Title Match
The Crimson Millipede Versus The Royale Rumbler
Schmitt Roaches Webcomic
THE KING DOME, KOR – This Inter-Continental title match held Saturday afternoon and was set for one fall with winner take all. The undefeated myriapod, The Crimson Millipede, faced off against the Roach Wrestling Federation Inter-Continental Champion – The Royale Rumbler.

The hulking, red beast looked very formidable – coming into the fight with a 8-0 record. It truly seemed like the Millipede was going to beat whoever stood in it’s way into a green puddle of goo.

Yet, using his lightning speed and acrobatic agility, The Royal Rumbler descended from the roof of the King Dome and planted a steel chair into the maw of the hideous creature!

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Puppets, Roaches: A Graphic Novel, Cement and The Grand Roach are all registered trademarks of Gargantuan Media. All rights reserved 2010.

Disco Versus Rock

16 Dec

Rock ‘n Roll Roach Versus Disco Roach!
Why 1’s And 2’s Can’t Deal With 3’s And 4’s
Roaches by Paul Schmitt
As soon as the turntables and the Cold Play hits your favorite rock ‘n roll club – duck for cover. Things are about to take a sudden left turn.

Bars and clubs grow to a point where they book great regional and national acts that draw quality crowds. Alt-rock/punk/rock-a-billy road warriors drive in from all over the country to rock the house. A club at it’s peak is something to experience.

Then, all of the sudden, that stops. The next thing you know: one guy is spinning records, terrible dance pop records that pose the existential question: “Do you believe in life after love?” On Friday and Saturday night. At the same club. The one that had all the good rock bands for years…

So, what happened to your rock club? Instead of talking with a wide range of people from all over the country you end up with a identical crowd of the drunk Cher lovin’, Madonna boogeyin’ yuppie tool bags from the “right” side of town packed in 300 deep. 220 of them have their phones out at all times like Star Trek tricorders being used to carefully navigate a class M planet.

Your favorite rock club is now a very large phone booth (remember them?) that is playing bland Muzak. Just like that.

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Puppets, Roaches: A Graphic Novel, Cement and The Grand Roach are all registered trademarks of Gargantuan Media. All rights reserved 2010.

The Third Greatest Story Ever Mumbled

27 Oct

Does Messianic Lore Exist In All Species?
How He Was Squashed For Your Sins And Why
Roaches by Paul Schmitt

Do roaches have their own religion? By being close contact with humans for thousands of years, as witnesses to human history and our behavior, have they absorbed some of our legends and created their version of events that center around their own species?

That depends. Have you ever watched a bee as it assesses you? They hover and observe, not because they are unintelligent, but because they are making an educated guess about you. Can they same me said of cockroaches?

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Stature

10 Aug

Social Studies In Roach Culture
Why Can’t These Bugs Seem To Get It Together?
Roaches by Paul Schmitt

When is this title not about biting perspective on cultural elitism? It works out that way a lot. Even when America is moving from a 1st world country towards a 3rd world country we still cling to our notions of superiority!

And us poor “hipster” bastards are aware of it. The only times we seem to get above the drag towards ruin that the country is clearly caught up in, in any obvious way, is in one or two places where we don’t feel like a sweatier version of Quasimodo! These places are almost always bars and coffeeshops.

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Puppets, Roaches: A Graphic Novel, Cement and The Grand Roach are all registered trademarks of Gargantuan Media. All rights reserved 2010.

Social Vermyn Guest Strip

28 Jun

Upcoming Guest Strip At Social Vermyn
Featuring all original webcomic characters in a title cross-over.
Roaches Social Vermyn Guest Comic Page

Here is my guest comic page with the Roaches happily spoiling Victor Vermyn’s lunch break. This page will be appearing at John Hageman’s Social Vermyn.com webcomic during the week of the June 28th.

More Roaches pages are heatedly underway for the full-color digital edition of the Roaches book available this Fall. Please subscribe and follow to keep these pages coming!

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Puppets, Roaches: A Graphic Novel, Cement and The Grand Roach are all registered trademarks of Gargantuan Media. All rights reserved 2010.

Killed By Death

22 May

Webcomic Headed Into Second Edition
Full-color pages, new fonts build on the style of first book.
Roaches Death Comic Page

This new page concerns dead roaches and why they always end up belly up. Why is that? Does gravity effects cockroaches differently than it does people?

Please subscribe to this comic for more pages and looks ahead at the cartoon. As long as you kind folks are viewing and subscribing – I will be keep updating this blog with preview pages for the next edition of the Roaches title and more.

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Puppets, Roaches: A Graphic Novel, Cement and The Grand Roach are all registered trademarks of Gargantuan Media. All rights reserved 2010.