Here are some frequently asked questions (and yes, the second one has actually been asked, more than once) about Support Group. This may give you a little more insight into how things work here, and hopefully earn your forgiveness for the delay. It could also be a way for you to refer more people to us without exerting much effort. Example:
YOU: You should read this Web comic, Support Group.
SOMEONE ELSE: What’s it about?
YOU: Not now! I’m watching the latest updates on what Will and Kate are doing on their vacation! Check out these FAQs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is “Support Group” about?
A: It’s a support group for people with lame super powers, for folks whose secret origin didn’t work out the way it’s supposed to in the comics. These are people with powers, abilities or circumstances that have thrust them into a role they may or may not be capable of handling. Frankly, most of them are on the “may not” end of that spectrum, but they’ve gathered to help each other deal with life’s disappointments and obstacles and maybe find their place in this world. At least, that was the idea when Libby started the group.
Q: Is Aquaman a member?
A: No. First of all, we do not have the rights to Aquaman (although if DC Comics would like us to take a stab at him, we’d be more than happy to, even if he no longer has the harpoon hand and mullet). Secondly, Aquaman is an iconic superhero, a member of the Justice League of America and the ruler (at least he was at some point) of a vast undersea kingdom. He knows how to use his powers and has been doing so successfully for quite a while. Show some respect.
Q: How often do you update?
A: Every Tuesday, usually around 6 a.m. You may have to wait until Wednesday for new comic books to be in stores, but we’ll try to help tide you over until then.
Q: For what age group is “Support Group” appropriate?
A: While it’s not aimed specifically at a younger audience, we have grown weary of the many comics out there drowning in graphic violence and adult content. We believe superhero stories can be entertaining for adults without being completely inappropriate for kids. We’d probably rate “Support Group” a PG, perhaps skewing toward kids of a double-digit age due primarily to the subject matter rather than the likelihood of seeing characters ripping each other in half or ripping each other’s clothes off.
Q: What is OVAL?
A: Seems a little off-topic, but OK. According to Dictionary.com, oval means “having the general form, shape or outline of an egg” or “ellipsoidal, elliptical.”
Q: No, OVAL. As in your URL, support.ovalnetwork.info?
A: Ha ha. Oh, of course. Just, uh, just kidding on that last one. OVAL stands for the Ohio Valley Artists League, a group of artists and writers based in southeastern Ohio and West Virginia. It’s a bit of a support group itself, with people sharing their experiences, expertise and moral support on creating comics. In fact, that’s where we met (OK, technically we crossed paths at a trivia contest at the local comic shop) and started working on “Support Group.” Check out oval.shortpantsromanceonline.com for the work of other OVAL members. (We should note some of their projects, while entertaining, don’t necessarily hold to the same age level as ours.)
Support Group members so far…
Dr. Monolith: Archaeologist Grace Stoudamire discovered a powerful suit of alien armor in an underground pyramid in South America. At least she thinks it’s powerful. It wasn’t designed for humans, so she doesn’t really know how to get it to work.
Wonder Wolf: Wesley is an honest-to-goodness werewolf, but not the kind that goes all savage when the change occurs. He’s resolved to use his powers for good… on the three nights of the month when there’s a full moon. The other 27 days, well, he’ll tell you how great a hero he is.
The Sitting Duck: When the innocent are threatened, the Sitting Duck emerges from the shadows, providing a more appealing target for evildoers. The innocent are then free to run like heck.
Libby: The de facto leader, she’s had her own brush with superheroing. But we’re not going to tell you about it here.
One more guy: Check the bottom of the fourth panel in Support Group 1.1. There’s one more guy in the group. You’ll be seeing more of him soon.