Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Page 102

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Time to pull out your ol' red-blue 3-D specs! The effect works for me, though the colors sometimes turn a bit funky when I upload the JPEGs to Blogger.

Working on Smell-O-Vision for the next page....

Friday, September 26, 2014

Page 101

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Page 99

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As was Page 98, this page was originally scripted to supply dialog that, after drawing the art, I decided wasn't necessary. There's a kind of ruthless minimalism involved in making comics. At least the way I try to do them, it's all about distilling scenes/characters/actions to their essence. Streamlined. Even bits that may not seem to advance the story have a purpose--pacing, atmosphere, character development, sometimes just a breather. Sometimes they're not intended to pay off until much later. At the same time, room for text is always at a premium. I can't tell you how much time I spend trying to pare words and even individual letters, often just because it looks better. Comics are Words + Pictures, but if I can get away with no words I will. If you miss them, they'll be back next Tuesday.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Page 98

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Today's and next Friday's pages turned into a sort of experiment. I originally scripted dialog for each page, then as I put it together I decided the dialog wasn't necessary. I though the art conveyed all the necessary information. We'll see if you agree....

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Page 96

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Larry Cruz of Comic Book Resources' "Robot 6" wrote a very nice little essay today about the "Mechanical Monsters" cartoon, and concluded by mentioning this webcomic (favorably!) as well. I think Larry's analysis of the original cartoon's appeal is right on, and especially appreciate his careful reading of my comic. He concluded that the inspiration of the Fleischer cartoon is "a testament to the power of art and how something so perfect can leave a lasting legacy that transcends time." Nice.