Hello! This is Peter H. Nguyen, creator and artist of the Riptiders universe. What you're reading is the result of over a year of toil, sweat, and love. First off I want to thank from the bottom of my heart everyone who helped make this dream a reality: Graeme Pollard for making this incredible website, Alan Belongie for assisting me with the color production, and Jessica Gee-George and Grant George (http://dynamicduovo.com/) for lending their incredible voice talents. Would you believe all of this is the result of only five people? If this project looks like the effort of a huge team of people, it's because they all came together and did the work of dozens. You guys are true superstars!
What is Riptiders? Apart from being a whole lot of work, it's an action/comedy comic book, but simultaneously so much more. Everything on the website (aside from this area here) is completely in-universe, in an attempt to bring the story beyond the mere confines of a comic book page. You don't just get Riptiders in each page I create, you get snippets of the world through the blog posts, the Youtube videos (which I hope to create more of as the series progresses), and so on.
Why so much effort to tell a simple story about a bunch of aliens on a track of water? That's because it's not quite as simple as it seems. Riptiders is my attempt at High Concept/Low Brow comedy. You see, I'm not a writer. I am grossly unqualified to write anything anything beyond a grade school book report, and even that I submitted 3 years in a row to different teachers (none of them ever noticed). However, I dabble a bit in comedy (you might have read a few essays by me in the past. Yes, they're mine). In this latest endeavor at making people laugh, I've crafted a book that parades about as a typical action book, complete with super hero aesthetics, with a plot that is completely insane. And that's because the universe that they live in is insane. But the only way any of it can work is with you, the audience, joining in on the show!
You see, in order to fully enjoy Riptiders for what it is, you have to lose yourself in it, and seat yourself in the crowd. Like a magician or a stunt show, you let yourself have fun and go with it.
And I really do hope you enjoy the show. Coming up with each page is so much fun, and I want you guys to have fun with me. I hope if you do enjoy what I'm doing, that you'll consider spreading the word to your friends. Contributing to the Patreon would be extremely helpful in allowing me to create more content (being able to pay for music, voice actors, and more importantly easing the split between writing/drawing/coloring the pages and working a dayjob to pay the rent). But even if you can't support Riptiders financially, you'd be doing me a huge favor just by giving out a link to anyone you'd think would like it. Even doing just that would make me very happy.
I hope you do come back again to check out each update, and I look forward to seeing you again! PHN out.