The Gods of Arr-Kelaan

Before there was “Rubber Mallet Comics, LLC” the comic book store, there was “Rubber Mallet Comics”, the comic books. (There still is, of course, though updates are incredibly late).

Our one and only comic is titled “The Gods of Arr-Kelaan”, and it is a mix of mythology and fantasy and … like most things … mostly harmless.

I am working to get the online pages back up, but my website was hacked. For now, we still have the books available for purchase on AMAZON.


26 Responses to The Gods of Arr-Kelaan

  1. Albert says:

    Has there been any movement on restarting updates?

  2. rmcomics says:

    Not yet. I am working on it, but I have a lot of stuff going on right now.


  4. Xellos says:

    Happy to see you are following your passion in opening your store. I have been a long time reader of Ronson and crew for going on near a decade now. Every year or so I go back and read through the archives again. Hopefully you can find the time to create more stories in the future, if not though thanks for what you gave us and best of luck in your endeavors!

  5. Batmanbeyond101 says:

    When and where is free comic book day this year? (2015)?

  6. Dan says:


    I am a new comer to this industry. I had distanced myself from comics early on due to some bad encounters and bizarre hostile elitist behavior from acquaintances. Also, honestly, I’m not a masochist. I enjoyed reading, writing, math, science, playing in band,and especially science fiction in a conservative northern Michigan town where the Friday night game was the single biggest thing going, despite the team being awful (followed closely by tractors, alcoholism, and snowmobiles; I’ll let you guess in what order). Let’s just say life wasn’t exactly idyllic and whatever curiosity I had regarding comics was definitely not worth heaping on additional punishment at the time. Not that there wasn’t a whole world of fiction and non-fiction, everything from Orwell’s 1984 to Imbert wood gasifier cars, to keep me busy. Time went on and my aversion to comics evolved from a survival choice to a habit.

    Then enter Halloween 2010 and the Walking Dead. I found the story engaging, character-driven, and, frankly, well-written; enough so to look up more about the creative processes behind the show. The plot was not only inspired by a comic series, the writer of the comic had direct creative input with the writing team for the show. Siding with my biases, I shelved that nugget and continued watching the series. It was only with the continued success of the show and the persistent references to the long-running comic series did I decide to put aside my reservations and give the comic a chance. Even then, I read the first fifty or so issues online for free, not wanting to invest myself into something I was unsure about.

    They were good, surprising good. I had always assumed that a story told by pictures rather than words would restrict the narrative by dictating how my mind would flesh out the descriptions. This being opposed to the freedom straight prose gives in how one individually experiences a story. I found, however, whatever freedom is lost with the lack of mental rendering was more than compensated by the nuanced and numerous ways that the illustrations and perspectives added to the narrative. I could read as much into each panel as I chose to, blurring the line between what was intended by the comic’s creators and what was being suggested by my subconscious mind. Finding myself guilty about robbing talented story tellers of their well-earned wage, I bought both compendiums and the digital versions up to the current issue at the time. Once done binging on the back issues, I found myself waiting for the monthly issue to read any comics. I’ll continue reading the Walking Dead (Looking forward to the story on that boat cover next Wednesday), but I want to explore this newfound interest of mine.

    Surely, there must be other comic series I would enjoy. However, there lies the crux of the issue. I pulled down a torrent compilation of comics, figuring if I found something I liked, I’d go out and buy the rest of that series. Unassisted and picking at random, I chose “The Rise of Arsenal”, or something like that. It was… bad. The plot just didn’t hold together. I’m not shy about brutality, I’m a fan of the Walking Dead, after all, but I didn’t get the attempted rape of his dead daughter’s grieving mother, what their past sex life has to do with the plot, nor what ‘the rotting cat corpse is my daughter’ psychosis has to do with… anything. Puzzled and disappointed, I resolved to pick something that might be clearer and maybe light-hearted in contrast with whatever I had just read. There, parody; a whole folder of parody comics. I opened “Marville”…

    What did I just read? Have you read this??? I am lost; I cannot express how bizarrely weird that was, and not a good zany creative weird, but a bad bizarre pointless kind of weird. The kind of weird that brings you to question your faith in your fellow man and ultimately conclude that you must’ve been grossly over-optimistic until this point in your life. What did I read?!? I want to read more intense character-driven stories told with beautiful piercing art. That is not what I got. In fact, I’m honestly hesitant to pick something else, lest it be worse (possible?).

    That is why I’m here. I figure I need a guide into the vast (and apparently mined) expanse of comics out there. You own the closest comic shop around, not to mention you’re a writer and obviously familiar with a diverse array of comics. Can you help me, or at least point me in the right direction?


    • rmcomics says:

      What I think you are looking for is more creator-owned books like “Walking Dead”. Kirkman has another series called “Outcast”, which seems to be about semonic possession. I would also recommend “Revival”, “five ghosts” and “ghosted” as books similar in tone. The are all published by Image Comics.

      If you are looking for different styles of writing and art, Image has comedy, sci-fi, fantasy and horror as well.

      Creator-owned comics are more surprising and offbeat than work for hire comics (generally superheroes and tv & movie adaptations), but also are prone to delays between issues and sudden cancellations (because the creators get sick or get better paying jobs that force them to slow down or stop they’re passion projects).

      Hope that helps! Stop by sometime and I can show you some of these berks directly.

      • Dan says:

        Thank you for replying and that does help! I’m guessing that what I had read were work-for-hire comics? Regardless, if you’ll let me hold you to that, I’d love to stop by and see some of your recommendations. Also, looking into Image, I’ve noticed that many of their current comics are 10 issues long or less. Is that due to the creator-owned issue you mentioned or is the comic book market really that volatile? I was hoping on getting into something with some length. The idea of reading only a half-dozen issues and then being back to the whole once a month thing is a little disheartening. I don’t mind if the comic is out-of-print (assuming it is still available somewhere and not astronomically expensive) if I can get a decent running length. Anyway, thank you again and I’ll stop by the shop sometime soon.

  7. Darryl B says:

    Are the “Dead Man Working” and “Point of Some Return” storylines available anywhere online? I’m not sure about the latter, but I know the former used to be, but it doesn’t seem to be anywhere in the archives (well, except for the last page, which shows up randomly at the end of one of the “Consequences” volumes)….

    • rmcomics says:

      Not right now. The online content needs to be reorganized. I’m working on a short story right now, maybe once I have that fleshed out I’ll really get into making GoA a bit easier to navigate.

  8. Adam Thompson says:

    So… I know you probably get asked about this a lot. But is there any chance that the comic will be continued? Soon? Ever? Gods of Arr-Kelaan remains one of my favorite stories in fiction and every year since it stopped updating oh so long ago I check up on it.

  9. Parker says:

    Just want to say I love The gods of Arrkelean! That’s all, please make more of this.

  10. whiteblur says:

    I’ve heard great things about acupuncture for arthritis and carpal tunnel. Anyways I wish you the best. I loved Gods of Arr-Kelaan and still re-read it now and again when I get the chance. Cheers.

  11. Laurent Cavin says:

    Hi – it’s a bit more than 4 years since I left my last comment on your Gods-website. Just wanted to tell you that I am still checking regularly and hope to be able to continue one day my collection (I own all your books in paper-copies!).

  12. Keith H Weston says:

    Just a comment to ask: even if it may take time to hopefully restart things… any chance of putting up Merch in the meantime? I wore out my Ronson T-Shirt, and would love to acquire other Arr-Kelaan stuff (Shirts, Ronson Beer Steins, coffee mugs, etc), even if it has to be thru CafePress or something.

    • rmcomics says:

      I hope to start the final story of the Gods of Arr-Kelaan next year (2018). It’ll be a long one with lots of flashbacks, but hopefully I can have the whole thing tied up if I can just attack it from the right angle. As far as merch, I will look into it.

      • Parker says:

        Can’t wait to see it. I’ve been a long time fan of the Gods of Arr-Kelaan. Was very upset when I couldn’t find the web comic anymore.

      • rmcomics says:

        I had to scrub my website when it was hacked, but when I get time I think I’m going to put it all back on drunk duck (the now I think).

      • Parker says:

        That’s great to hear. If you plan to finish the comic, I’d recommend posting it on Hiveworks and Spiderforest as well.

  13. TheAuldGrump says:

    A fair amount of the comic is still on The Duck.

  14. Is there any chance that you could circumvent the problems are carpal tunnel and arthritis by hiring someone to do the art for you while you continue to write the story? I know there would be some amount of kvetching if this were to happen, but screw those people. The story is what’s important!

    • rmcomics says:

      I wish. I am not a script writer. I write by drawing the panels and dialog at the same time. I’ve tried to script it and I feel there’s no heart to it. Also, it’s bad enough I’m doing it for nothing … someone else who wants to split nothing with me seems a bit of a demand. I actually am plotting out the story right now, and I think I can find some workarounds to save my hands. Now I just need time.

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