Schlock Mercenary is a webcomic by Howard Tayler. It follows the adventures of a mercenary company aboard a starship in a 31st-century space opera setting. Despite the narrative following a band of military freelancers, it's mostly family-friendly entertainment with expletives commonly hidden.
It debuted on June 12, 2000, before he was added to Keenspot's line-up in September of 2000. When he began Tayler had relatively crude graphics, however over time his artwork improved from bad to, as the artist describes, "marginally less bad." Beginning on February 9, 2003, Jean Elmore started as colorist for the strip. This ended in the spring of 2004 when she developed a repetitive strain injury from her work.
On March 9, 2003, the comic reached its 1001st strip. Tayler marked the milestone by "re-launching" the comic. The relaunch was done to signify the increased quality of the strip and to make the further strips reoriented slight for publication, organizing the comic's story into "books". Each book has a fairly self-contained story, although they are still chronological and connected. As of October 2005, Schlock Mercenary was on Book V: Emperor Pius Dei[deviantart] => [twitvid] => [webcomic_rss] => http://feeds.feedburner.com/SchlockRSS?format=xml [googleplus_id] => [googleplus_followers] => 0 [webcomictweets_rank] => 49 )