My Brother, My Brother and Me: Road Trip Mysteries

[Happy Friday the 13th. I was trying to think about something spooky to cover today, but I wrote about Requiem yesterday which was spooky enough. This is tangential to the spooky supernatural but a little fun and funny too.]

MBMBAM Road Trip Mysteries is a fan-created comic about the three McElroy brothers of the My Brother, My Brother and Me podcast. As the site itself says, it started as a goof on the MBMBAM Appreciation Group (which I personally recommend for fans on Facebook) but the project grew and became something bigger. Twenty-Serpentine (or 20🐍 as most of us referred to it) was the MBMBAM motto for 2017. It was about doing something new, or different than usual. The creators took that to heart when creating MBMBAM Road Trip Mysteries.

The comic, written by Tim Hely & illustrated by Kayla Mitchell with a cover from Chris House, is free on the website roadtrip.axolstudio.com. Although there is a Patreon for Axol Studio, if you’d like to support them further. At the moment there’s just one issue of 24 pages, but I really hope they make more.

In Road Trip Mysteries, we see a comic version of brothers Justin, Griffin & Travis on a cross-country road trip in their own version of the Mysteries Machine, The MBMBAM Van. Griffin spots a theme park called Six Pennants out the window and demands they stop for a visit. Those good, good boys spend all day in the park and then settle in for a tiny break to rest when a mysterious sound gets their attention.

From there, we see the three brothers making their way through the park again, but this time after dark and with a mystery afoot. This story plays on goofs from the podcast, but I don’t think it’s necessary to have listened to the podcast to enjoy what the comic is doing. I think it’s pretty adorable and I also find great appreciation in things that are created out of love spawned by a podcast.

As I mentioned in my post the other day about the MaxFun drive, I get a lot of enjoyment out of the McElroy brothers bevy of work, specifically podcasts like MBMBAM and The Adventure Zone. And it’s awesome to see how their works inspire others in unexpected ways.

Artwork: Libro de Pequeñas Manchas de Tinta

My friend Summer runs a poultry sanctuary, A Flock Between Pastures, where she’s been caring for roosters, hens and peacocks for the last three years. She’s also an artist, creating wonderful drawings and unique handcrafted pottery. Recently, she’s collected her works from Inktober (last October) into a handcrafted a book full of awesome ink drawings and a collection of rituals, spells and practices to go along with them.

From her shop description
Completely handmade booklet of my Inktober 2017 project, Libro de Pequeñas Manchas de Tinta has 31 illustrations, plus background information on each. Also included in the booklet is a brief explanation of my thought process in making this booklet and putting the theme for Inktober 2017 together.

  • Cover is card stock with embossed logo
  • Interior pages of the booklet are all handmade
  • Lokta paper from Nepal 
  • Binding is waxed linen thread, hand bound
  • Each copy is handmade, signed, and numbered.

This book is for sale now at her storeenvy shop: http://uzisuzuki.storenvy.com/products/23013543-inktober-2017-booklet. For $15 you can help support an artist and get an amazing handcrafted book.

While you’re there, check out her other awesome drawings and ceramic work.

And please check out her website to learn more about her sanctuary, A Flock Between Pastures and the Patreon she’s set up to help keep it running.

As a patron, you will be helping to feed the animals of A Flock Between Pastures on a monthly basis and get access to merchandise and artwork at a discounted price, exclusive one-of-a-kind digital artwork, videos, and more. You can also “sponsor” any of the birds and get a monthly care package from them, if you want.