TC107 – Holiday Phrases


TC106 – Help from the Internet



This Christmas will be the 8th anniversary of the start of Nextuus, The Search for the Ocean Shard, the webcomic. To celebrate, Thom (writer/artist), Professor Trey (co-writer) and Matty (fellow 515comicker and Nextuus fan) are going to make a podcast talking about some of their favorite moments and characters from the story up to this point. (All three did a similar podcast 3 years ago for the 5 year anniversary, listen to it here!)


If you have a question relating to Nextuus, please ask it on the Nextuus site, send it to me in an email or tweet it to me. This way we can answer your questions during the podcast.

Please know that as the story is still ongoing, some questions about the future of the plot or certain characters may not be able to be divulged.

But if you have questions about the story, the characters, the behind-the-scenes process or anything else relating to Nextuus, please ask away! We will try to answer as many as possible, so there is no limit to the number of questions you can ask!

Thank you for your help, and for your support of Nextuus!


TC104 – One Day More


TC103 – DA Tag Hoopla


TC102 – Back from Burlingtown


TC101 – I-CON 2014

Professor Trey and I reflect on the I-CON



A science fiction adventure comic set on the planet of Nextuus. A band of treasure hunters are hired to find the Ocean Shard, a legendary artifact. Many will stand in their way to keep them from their prize.


515 Radio

Listen and learn as the members of discuss various topics, interview other people from the internet, and generally waste a bunch of time in front of a live microphone.


Swag Shop

The Swag Shop is a store set up by Thomas Hotka and friends to house all number of random t-shirts, collections of comics and anything else they deem worthy of putting their names on and selling to the public.

The Shop is hosted on and carries any and all merchandise relating to that site.

The Shop was established in September 2009.

Visit the Shop

Non-comic sites

Levi Hoffmeier
Rainarc Rhapsody
Rubber Punk Productions
Underfiend Radio
Yen Nguyen

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Leth Hate
Mangled Stare
Objects of Amusement
Out At Home
Reign: Knight of Time
Sensei Yakuza
Sex, Drugs and June Cleaver
Soul Symphony
The Glass Urchin
Watusi the Talking Dog
Whispers Of The Divide

The 515

Coming Soon

About was formed in 2005 by a handful of guys in Central Iowa. The site hosts a variety of mediums- blogs, podcasts, novels-
but mostly we have always been a home to comics.

Thomas Hotka
President & Dictator-for-life

Nextuus – Artist/Writer
Redemption – Co-writer
NQD – Artist/Writer

“I'm rich! Rich with nickels!”

Trey Petersen

Nextuus – Co-writer
The Rants – Writer

“This sh*t better be worth it…”

Pat Hawks