Monday, November 12, 2012

Hatman & Indigo Save Twin City Again

By Christine Montgomery, The Twin City Register
Updated on November 12 at 2:30 p.m.

Twin City, USA – A plot to take over Twin City by imprisoning residents and covering buildings and infrastructure in pumpkin vines has been thwarted by the superheroes Hatman & Indigo.

The superhero team returned from vacation in Hawaii and promptly was able to eliminate the vines and free local residents.

“I’m not really sure how we did it,” Hatman said. “As we were flying over the city in the Hat-mo-copter, the vines just sort of disappeared.”

The vines began appearing all over the city on the evening of October 30th and most of the city was covered by the following night. The city remained in this condition for over a week with local police and the National Guard unable to remedy the situation.

An editorial earlier in the week by William D. Stetson of the Twin City Sentinel warned of the possibility of an attack, though it did not specify what it would be. Stetson’s article claimed that Hatman and Indigo were ultimately to blame, though police at the scene credited them with rescuing the city.

“Sheesh, people,” Indigo said, “we take a couple of weeks off and this whole place just goes to pot! I mean, who you got running this city while we’re away? And then we show up and the problem just magically solves itself. You know why? Because the bad guys are so afraid of us that they just run and hide when we show up!”

Police have taken William Bill, 54, an area farmer, into custody in connection with the attack. Bill claims that the actual culprit is The Big Giant Pumpkin Headed Man, a sentient pumpkin creature he says was created by Super Cold Frozen Man.

“I’m innocent! I didn’t have a gosh darn thing to do with these here vines,” Bill shouted as he was being escorted into a police cruiser. “It was that pumpkin man again, I tell ya! I should have known better! I never should have gotten so close to me barn this time of year!”

The attack caused pumpkins and pumpkin related products all over Twin City to spontaneously grow pumpkin vines, which wrapped up thousands of local residents, putting them into a coma-like state. The vines also covered buildings, vehicles and utilities.

The majority of the vines have now disappeared, although they have left behind an estimated $475 million dollars in damages and have left thousands of residents without power or water. There were no reported deaths and only minor injuries.

Mayor Ingot has called for a state of emergency and is requesting federal aid to repair Twin City. This is the fifth state of emergency declared since Ingot took office. 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Regular Man and The Amazing Aquatic Kid To The Rescue!

Sorry for the break in our Big Giant Pumpkin Head Man blog-story action, Hatman & Indigo fans! But we're continuing the story today with a text message we found between Regular Man and the Amazing Aquatic Kid. Looks like they might have found a way to fight off the Big Giant Pumpkin Headed Man and his evil scheme. But can they succeed, or is it too late for Twin City?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

911 Transcript

October 29, 2012 10:53pm

911 Dispatcher:  911.

Caller: Yes, is this 911?  Um... my husband was just taken away by some vines!

911 Dispatcher: Did you say vines?

Caller: Yeah, like pumpkin vines!  You gotta do something!

911 Dispatcher: Ma'am 911 is for real emergencies, not pranks. [end call]

October 29, 2012 11:17pm

911 Dispatcher:  911.

Caller: Help me!  You gotta help me!  There are vines squeezing my car, I think they want to get me!

911 Dispatcher:  Vines, really!  What is everyone's deal tonight!  911 is for emergencies, it is not a toy!


911 Dispatcher: Hello, sir.  Sir, are you there?  [end call]

October 29, 2012 11:51pm

911 Dispatcher: 911.

Caller: Please send someone to 2782 Sycamore Lane!  I just saw a man dressed like a farmer with a gigantic pumpkin growing out of his back!

911 Dispatcher: Okay, well, Halloween isn't for two more days.  Just settle down.

Caller: You don't understand, the pumpkin had fire inside it.

911 Dispatcher: Yes, that's called a Jack'O'Lantern.

Caller: But the pumpkin spoke and the man was floating.  There were vines everywhere; crawling behind him.

911 Dispatcher: Okay, I've notified police, someone will be there momentarily.  But if this is a prank, you need to understand that the police have the authority to arrest you for abusing 911.

Caller:  It's not a prank!  It's real!  AH!  The vines are now covering the street and yards of the whole neighborhood! [crashing sound and glass breaking]  NO!  NOT ME!  AAAAHHHH!

911 Dispatcher: Would you like me to stay on the line until the police arrive?  Hello? [end call]

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Twin City Mail Room


Hey, Hatman & Indigo,

I sure hope you had a great time in the great state of Hawaii.  I trust that the return trip in the Hat-mo-copter didn't cause too many issues with traffic control.

We are having a blast, despite Blonde and Hatman taking time away, and my having to be at daycare most evenings.

Love always,

Addressed: Mrs. Badgerson

Dearest spouse of mine,

I am writing to inform you of my extended stay at the Bill farm.  It seems that Farmer Bill has been overcome by the Pumpkin Man again, and I have been incapacitated in the back of the Bill farm's barn.
Fortunately there is a postal delivery box just beyond the wall here, that I can reach with my elbow-knifes, so I am able to send you this correspondence.
Please don't forget to water the vines in my training room, as I will defiantly need to sharpen my skills prior to attempting to defeat this orange sentient slime.

Regards, as always,
The Badger

Official Notice:

From the Desk of Mayor Ingot
Addressed: Hatman & Indigo

Mr. Hattington and trusted pet-thing,

Enclosed are your invitations to the city key ceremony.  This year we would like you to present the Key to Twin City to Dr. Vanderstroodlebergermeisterhimmerson for his innovations on weather technology.  As last year's recipients, you have the honor of presetting the Key to him.

Thank you for always keeping our fine city safe,

Mayor Rodney Ingot

Twin City Lotto:

Scratch and win $10,000,000.00
Our city lotto has grown to an astronomical number.  Take your chance and see if you could win 10 million dollars!!!
(chance of winning 1:100,000)

Appointment Reminder:

From: Twin City Hair n Nails
Addressed: Auburn Damsel

For- Auburn Damsel
Date- Friday, November 2nd 2012
Time- 3:45pm

Friday, October 26, 2012

Hatman & Indigo: Friend or Foe?

By William D. Stetson, Twin City Sentinel Editor in Chief

            Dear citizens of our Twin City, through the years it has been my pleasure to use this space from time to time to brag about our wonderful accomplishments and achievements. Things such as the many wonderful inventions of our resident genius, Dr. Vanderstrudelbergermisterhimmerson; the critical acclaim of our talented mime guild; our World’s Largest Wrecking ball and adjacent wrecking ball museum; and the daily hard work and loyal service of you, the people of Twin City!
            We have a fine metropolis indeed.
            Unfortunately, I have also had to use this column, on occasion, to call out our city’s faults: the near constant criminal activity drawn to our many abandoned saw mills, warehouses and water towers; the marching band fiasco of ’96; and of course, the infamous and foolish killer bee festival – may we never forget.
            But today I must write to you about our greatest black-eye of all. Today I write to you about the source of, in my estimation, 60-75% of our city’s most recent and dangerous troubles. You may think that I am referring to the villains known as the Terrible Trio, but no, I am talking about Hatman & Indigo.
            I know, I know, many of you, including our mayor and law enforcement officials, consider Hatman & Indigo to be our greatest heroes. They stopped a baldness-inducing toxin from poisoning our water supply, they ended the reign of an evil and all-powerful 3rd person omniscient point of view, and they have been responsible for the arrest of the Terrible Trio on multiple occasions.
“These two have risen to the task and rescued our city in our greatest moments of peril,” you might say. “How could you possibly refer to them as a danger?”
Well, what if I told you that I have received information that indicates that these two so-called heroes are actually the very SOURCE of the perils they have supposedly saved us from?
My source, who will remain anonymous, pointed out something out to me that should have been obvious to us all: that none of our greatest villains – Glomo, The Evil Zap Man, Super Cold Frozen Man, The Mad Hatter, The Big Giant Pumpkin Headed Man, Bald, and the Man-Hat – even existed until AFTER Hatman came onto the scene!
Is it possible that these threats only exist BECAUSE of Hatman & Indigo?
Is it possible that Hatman himself may have actually CREATED these enemies?
My source, who is credible I assure you, tells me that these things are absolutely true. And if this is the case, then however many times they have saved the city, however good their intentions may be; Hatman & Indigo are our greatest nemeses!
And I’m sorry to tell you, dear citizens, but this is not the extent of this scandal! My source tells me that as we speak, trouble is brewing once again at the Bill farm. This is the farm where, with the aid of Hatman, The Big Giant Pumpkin Headed Man was born, where he came back to reek havoc the following Halloween and then, a few years later, where he spawned a new villain called The Man-Hat emerged who temporarily lured all of our children to do his evil bidding. And now, as Halloween approaches again, it seems that The Big Giant Pumpkin Headed man’s power is returning once more and he’s plotting yet another evil scheme.
A relatively obscure podcast with an incredibly small listenership hosted by The Man-Hat published a new episode on Thursday featuring The Big Giant Pumpkin Headed Man. This proves that he is back and that he is out for revenge, promising to strike this Halloween!
My source tells me that this wicked plot has already begun! The Pumpkin Man has been tainting pumpkins at the Bill Farm for months with an unknown toxin. These pumpkins have been distributed throughout the city for weeks and may already be in your homes! It is uncertain what role they will play in the Pumpkin Man’s attack, but I assure you, it will be sinister!
And where are Hatman & Indigo? Where are the so-called heroes who should be working tirelessly to prevent another tragedy? They are on vacation!
That’s right, I called the Hathouse myself early this morning and it was confirmed on a voicemail message left by Indigo: our city’s only hopes for averting another pumpkin-headed nightmare have decided to take a few weeks off in Hawaii, laying out in the sun and sipping on drinks with tiny umbrellas!
Citizens, I am afraid that we have no choice but to prepare for the worst! Lock your doors! Hide in your basements! Do not let your children out of your sight! Do not send them out trick-or-treating this year no matter how much they scream and cry! And most importantly, please, I implore you, throw out all of your pumpkins, pumpkin seeds, jack-o-lanterns, and cans of pumpkin pie filling! Get them as far from your house as you can and perhaps you will be spared from the ensuing pumpocalypse !
And if you have already eaten any pumpkin seeds, pumpkin pie or other pumpkin related food products, then please, seek medical attention immediately, and may God have mercy on your soul! 
But do not, I repeat, DO NOT trust Hatman and Indigo to save you!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Man-Hat's Podcast

Less than a week until Halloween now.  Our exploration of the Hatman Universe has brought about something interesting today.  A short 5 minute podcast featuring Man-Hat and the Big Giant Pumpkin Headed Man (right click link to save or left click to play in a new window)!

Take a listen to learn a bit more about Big Giant Pumpkin Headed Man's plans!


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Regular Man & Amazing Aquatic Kid Halloween Comic Strip

Late last night Tilian Wagner sent me her addition to the year without a Hatman Halloween!  Below is what Regular Man and Amazing Aquatic Kid are up to in the midst of Farmer Bill's journal entries (see yesterday). 

I can't wait to see what happens after this!


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hatman Halloween-The Text Adventures!

We are well into October now, Hatmaniacs, and normally this is when we bring a new Hatman Halloween story to you.  Sadly though, this will be a year without one.

I spoke with Andy and Steve about the lack of a Halloween special this year and we decided that to help ease the Hatman withdrawals, we would offer our fans a text based Halloween story.  My idea with this is that since we will not have an actual comic for this story, we will not feature our main protagonists in this tale.

So, I bring you the first installment in the Halloween Text Adventure.  What follows is some excerpts from Farmer Bill's personal journal.  (Please note that since Farmer Bill is a simple farmer, his spelling and grammar may not live up to your 3twins expectations, but isn't that part of why we love him so much?)


Oct 1st
Dear Gernal

The Bill Farm had a real crummy pumkin harvist this year.  Prolly due ta all that frost from that Freezy Man, Electric Twirly Mustash Guy and his yella pet dog that lasted all June.  Then we had a really hot July.  I honest to goodness tested it and fried my brekfist eggs on the enjin of my car.  Too bad I broke the yokes and all that gunky stuff went into the works.  The air condishuner has been spittin out scrambled eggs ever sense.


Oct 8th
Dear Gernal

I just don't know what I am gonna do ta pay the bills come winter.  Billy took off on an adventure with that water kid, splash boy, or wutever his name is and I had to hire that Badger guy to help me harvist what little crop I had left.  Hes a gud worker but he keeps practisin his nife elbowin on the pumkins and I keep hafin to sell the pumkins haf off!


Oct 15th
Dear Gernal

Well, I went inta the barn agin.  That box of pumkin guts is tryin ta seduse me inta freein him somehow.  He says if'n I kin figger how to git him out, he can use his powers to make me a huge pumkin harvist and my money woes'll be over!  With Billy and splash boy off on that adventure I think I mite git a chance to try things my way!  I shur hope that pumkin guy hasn't got inta my brains agin.  Nah, he prolly aint!


Oct 22nd
Dear Journal,

That farmer bought me line-o-bull and fashioned 'imself a backpack wif me box!  I was able to squeeze the tiniest portion of me juices onto his skin and now I've got me body back, in a manner of speakin!  It's really great to be able to move around and not be stuck in that dusty ole barn.  To keep suspicion away, I've been pretending to talk like the farmer and go about his normal daily activities.  But me birfday is comin' up and dats when I'll be the strongest.  That coupled wif the full moon on da 29th outta give me some extra magical mojo!  Soon, the world will be mine!  Bwa ha ha ha ha!

Sincerely yours,
Big Giant Pumpkin Headed Man in a Box-on the back of the farmer

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Early Marvin and Gidju Animatic!

I was recently looking at some of our archives and I stumbled upon a very early animatic featuring Marvin and Gidju in their concept stages! These were very early concept drawings where Marvin was thin and tall and Gidju was fat.

As many of you may know, I am not an artist, I am a writer. However, I do play around with artistic tools from time to time to help get my ideas in some crude tangible form. I created the Gidju concept through a compilation of several found clipart images. Gidju's head was modified from a hippo clipart, his body a dinosaur clipart, and the wings were from a dragon clipart. If you compare these designs to our final designs you can see how things evolved, but a lot of elements from the concepts are still present.. I think the current designs (drawn by Steve Surine) have a lot more character though.

You might notice that even though this animatic has no audio, it follows the script of the very first Midieville Teaser with Marvin making himself disappear and then reappear. Interestingly, the other background images are very similar to the final backdrop for Marvin's hut in the woods.

That's all for now,

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Superheroes part 3 Teaser page!

Greetings Hatmaniacs!

I thought it might be fun to show you all a page from Superheroes part 3! What is Hatman up to? How does this fit into the mysterious Dr. Beakman's plot? Well, you'll have to wait until Superheroes part 3 comes out to find out those answers!

In the meantime, check out one of my favorite Hatman stories while you wait. Our first 4-part story, Hatman & Indigo Issues 36-39: Back to the Beginning!


Monday, February 27, 2012

The Return of Superheroes!

In all the frenzy that is wrapped up in the life of our humble 3twins executives (namely Andy, Steve, and myself) the Futurama review has still not appeared. However, I bring you other exciting news from the realm of lost Hatman comic issues!

Some of you may recall that before releasing "The Revenge of The Big Giant Pumpkin Headed Man" story we had an unfinished story titled "Superheroes." The first two issues of that four part story had been released and then we ran into a snag with finding artists for it. However, we have recently caught up with Kendall Stump to help us finish that story! Kendall was the artist who penciled and inked the first issue and part of the second for that story (his art is featured to the right for a previously unreleased cover). Initially he had to leave work on the story due to a death in the family, but he is back now and working his magic on finishing it up!

You may recall that the second part of that story ended with the reveal of a new villain known only as Dr. Beakman, Indigo trapped in peril, and Blonde worried about Hatman's absence at her graduation party! Part three (currently in production) picks up right where part two left off. In preparation for its arrival I will be uploading a few Hatman stories that preceded "Superheroes" to our blip account, and Andy will be working on a whole new Comic's page layout. Our current Comic's page is full to bursting and we need to offer a better way to access all of our comics without it feeling too bogged down.

Production on Zapman Reimagined is also continuing. At this point we don't know which one of those stories we will have finished first. However, I think in order to avoid long wait times the best choice is going to be for us to wait to start releasing either of them until we have a whole story done. In the meantime we will continue to re-release old material to our blip account and hopefully get onto some reviews!

Here's hoping that 3twins hits it's stride again in 2012!
Stay brimming with anticipation, Hatmaniacs!


Friday, February 3, 2012

Where's that Futurama review?

Way back in the late summer of last year we posted a little teaser to our blip account announcing that we would be starting episode reviews of Futurama soon. Well, if you read my last post, you can probably guess what happened. School happened. It kind of got in the way of our grand venture. Another issue we have run into is that Andy and I haven't ever made a review before. We love watching other people's reviews online, but when we tried to do it, we just didn't know where to start. All that being said, Andy and I are planning on working on that next week with hopes of getting it online before Valentines Day! The main reason I am blogging about this is to help give us a deadline that is out there so we just do it and stop hesitating!

Hopefully the Futurama reviews will lead into some of the other television show reviews we have mentioned in the past!

So, here's hoping!


P.S. progress continues on Zapman Remastered coloring! I've also gotten some amazing pages for part 2 already from S. LaDon Ware, and wow! He just keeps topping his own work!