Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Curious Case of Mo Stache and The Power Inisde

Well, this is a bit awkward.

So, there I was, thumbing through the day's tweets while watching some football last night, when I came across a tweet for a new web series called The Power Inside that caught my eye:


Since I've been writing a webcomic about #moustachealiens called Mo Stache for the past three years, I was interested to see what this series was all about. Here's the video of the first episode:



Needless to say, by the time I was done watching the first episode of this series, I couldn't help but think about its similarities to my webcomic Mo Stache. In addition to the core concept of alien mustaches and the similarities between Dave and the main character Neil in this series,there were specific things from Mo that jumped out at me when watching this film.

The old barber and his shop, for example:


Then the scene that starts around the :49 mark, which is reminiscent of the sequence in Mo where the aliens drop pods full of sentient mustaches in the middle of the city and they proceed to attach themselves to people.



I know what you're thinking--the mustaches in the web series don't turn people into sasquatch beasts. Well, there are "aliens in disguise" in Mo Stache as well:


The main character's friend, who shows up around 3:17 into the film, looks an awful lot like Smitty, the local comic shop owner who went to school with Dave:


And then there's the comic book framing device used at the end of the episode:



Looks like both of our main characters use public transportation.

Maybe I'm being completely paranoid, but it's hard to ignore the similarities between this web series that premiered yesterday, and the ongoing webcomic John Cordis and I have been producing for three years now. The Power Inside seems at least somewhat inspired by Mo Stache. There are plenty of differences to be sure, but man, there are some really similar pieces as well.

I'll be very interested to see where the web series goes from here. Mo Stache is in its final chapter now, where a full-on invasion of mustache aliens is taking place. I already have the ending of Mo Stache plotted out, and I'm tempted to post my outline just so no one thinks I'm being derivative of this web series, which will be finished long before Mo concludes.

Watch the first episode of The Power Inside. Then head over to www.mostachecomic.com and read all 104 pages of Mo Stache. See what you think.