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A Month of Webcomics – Registered Weapon

All throughout May, I’ll spotlight a different web comic. Like with the month of independent comics and the month of LGBT comics, I figure I will let you web comic creators out there suggest your comic for spotlight during this month. So if you want me to spotlight your comic, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com!

Today we look at Gardner Linn & Chris Thorn’s offbeat crime series, Registered Weapon, about a hard-nosed homicide detective and his partner…a cash register. Dave Lentz & Rob Simmons have been the artists so far on the series.

Honestly, there really isn’t much more of a description needed than what I told you about up top. This comic is about a tough cop (think Dirty Harry) and his new partner, a cash register “come to life” as an experiment in robotics.

Here is the hilarious introduction of Frank, the tough cop…

and here is the introduction of FELIX (Farthing Electronics model 59), the cash register who is now a cop…

Their new partnership gets off to a rocky start…

and their different approaches lend to some humorous situations…

But through all of the levity, they get the job done!

The original artist on the strip was Dave Lentz.

Later on, Rob Simmons took over the series (another robot joins the fray)…

This is a fun, offbeat series. The Registered Weapon website has a fun set-up. Besides strips, Linn and Thorn do a regular “Crime Blotter” bit with strange crime stories (this is helpful, because it gives their site new content even when they don’t have new strips).

The strip began in 2009 and since then, they’ve completed the equivalent of about five extra-sized issues (50 pages or so), which is an impressive output, as that’s not even counting the crime blotter stuff or the special pieces they do (like a 12 Crimes of Christmas bit they did for this past Christmas).

They’re currently on a bit of a hiatus while they get a new regular artist, but they’ll be back soon with two one-off stories with fill-in artists before they announce their new regular artist.

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