Webcomic profile: My Life Without A Jetpack
My Life Without A Jetpack
If I don't have a jetpack, I'm making comics.
Last update: 1st Nov 2019, 2:00 PM
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My Life Without A Jetpack is a biographical webcomic about MaGnUs' life, written by him, with art by Taibox (and sometimes colored by Mindy Lopkin). Published weekly in English and Spanish.

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MaGnUs
Martín A. Pérez (AKA MaGnUs) writes short stories, articles, comics and radio plays. One of his short stories has been published in the book Contagion: War Stories, and an essay of his apears in "Teenagers from the Future: Essays on the Legion of Super-Heroes.". His articles have appeared online or in print magazines like Inforol, Ururol, Kryptonian Cybernet, and Strange Days, while he's currently writing for GeekGirls Online, G.A.S. Comics, and other sites. He co-produces and co-hosts a radio show about comics and related subjects, Perdidos en el Eter. An active part of Uruguay's fan scene, he's one of the creators of Montevideo Comics, the first local convention (since 2002), and one of the founders of Caballeros de Montevideo, which promotes RPGs through charity events. MaGnUs works in tech support, and is happily married to his wife Cindy, with whom he has a son, Gabriel, who ever since his birth has been marked to become yet another nerd... just like daddy!

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MaGnUs
Children's questions get one's imagination going. He didn't ask about a specific pokémon, but I thought Sandslash would be best, so I could punch him to no effect, and he could scratch me good.

This strip's music is Manowar's "Battle Hymn", from their 2010 album "Battle Hymns":

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MaGnUs
My sister Marina found this note I wrote to the tooth fairy ("the tooth mice" in Spanish-speaking countries) among my father's papers after he passed. I don't recall if it actually worked and I got good money, or not.

Music for this strip is NWA's "Fuck Tha Police", from their 1988 album "Straight Outta Compton":

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MaGnUs
Well, what can we say? This is the start of a new era, the end of another. All of our readers will have noticed that in the past almost three years we released less than 20 regular strips. More than once we said we were back for good... and we never managed to keep a bi-weekly schedule, or even a monthly one.

This comic was created as a two-person project, despite it being my personal autobiography. Taibox helped me give birth to it, and together we created our first regular comic. The first collection was also the first book we financed on our own.

But obviously, things don't last forever. Taibox is still a very good friend, my co-editor in GAS Comics, and we will continue to make other comics together. But between other jobs and obligations, he could no longer dedicate time to Jetpack. The strip needed a new artist.

I delayed the search for months, because I didn't want Jetpack to change. But it was that, or the comic ceasing to exist. So I posted a call on Facebook, and got several offers, but the first (and best) was from our new artist: Nicolás Bail Ingold. Nico is an artist and animator, he's worked in several areas and projects, but this is first time in comics.

After a few sketches, he was ready for the first strip, and I thought that, as with the very first one, it'd be good to introduce the change in artists with a bit of fourth wall breaking.

As I said on the strip, I want to thank Taibox for his years of work on the project, with all of my heart. Also, welcome Nicolás, for what I hope are many years.

This strip's music is, predictably, "Changes", by David Bowie, originally from his album "Hunky Dory" (1971), but in a live version in Paris, 1999:

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MaGnUs
My son was three when he asked me what "soviet" meant. And now, at fourteen and a half, he's a WWI and WWII scholar of sorts, interested in history all-around, but he's not a commie (I think). But apart from all that, he's very artistically talented, and his favorite art is music. He did take recorder lessons in school, and he has general music lessons now in high school, but he also plays the ukulele (which he learned with a phone app and web resources), the keyboard (he learned on his own), and also owns a harmonica... which he doesn't play much, and has been sitting on my nightstand for months, abandoned.

He now wants a guitar or a pair of bongos... hmm... he might want to become a beatnik poet... We should have sent him to actual lessons for something other than the recorder, but schedules are hectic; we'll probably get him some lessons for the guitar if he gets one.

Music this week is "Rossiya", from Laibach's 2006 album "Volk", and it's inspired by the anthems of the USSR and the Russian Federation, as well as the International:

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MaGnUs
Man, I couldn't believe my luck when I was invited by the Uruguayan embassy in Stockholm to give a talk at the Cervantes Institute Latin American culture week... and then my luck doubled, because it was the same week as that year's Stockholm International Comics Festival, and I was a guest there. And then my luck tripled, because Kate Beaton, one of my favorite cartoonists, was going to be there. She was amazing, gracious, and very patient with me.

... and then my luck multiplied tenfold, because I met several new friends, from different countries, some of whom also became my creative accomplices, and we're still making comics together. Plus, I got to visit Stockholm, Madrid, and London on that trip. Not bad, huh?

Music this week is "Word Crimes", from Weird Al Yankovic's 2014 album "Mandatory Fun":

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