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Reply mitchellbravo, October 5th, 2014, 8:59 pm

"The panels are slanted."
Yes. yes they are. This time around the skew was particularly bad and after I fixed it on the computer I just couldn't be arsed to shuffle everything around to fit in regular non-rhomboid panels. Pretend it was a deliberate artistic choice.

Joseph turned out kinda pale in the last panel now that I'm properly looking at it, I'll spoil it and say he's not going to flop over fainted in the next page, my bad, my bad. Though that would have been a hilarious alternate to this storyline and I kind of regret not having gone with it.

"Misty Moonlit Night" doesn't appear to be an actual song, Alfred Hayner is a made-up name that is a semi-shout out to a dear friend of mine I had at my old workplace who made things a lot more bearable for me during the shittiest times.

That's a good note to make I guess, all of the bands/songs mentioned in this scene are made up. In general for the rest of the comic that is probably the case unless I make mention of the actual band somewhere in the comments. I don't know how consistent this will be though, and if you're interested in something you are of course welcome to ask, as I obviously really don't mind talking on and on and on and on about this comic. :P

The piano is the only place in the world where Eddie opts not to slouch.

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Ball & Chain by Cristina Marin

This is a great example of a comic I adored, caught up with all in one sitting, have been following since, and really need to go back and reread because of how much I liked it the first time. The art which is for some reason, in my opinion, of passing familiarity to my own was what drew me in the first time, but I found the story to be pretty fascinating and the characters thoroughly likeable as well. It's a modern tale set in a post-nuclear world where many of the human population are varying types of mutants, and violence is not only common, but a necessity for survival for many. The main character, Sliver, is of particular interest, and I really like that she's the forefront of what is essentially an action comic and you don't have to worry about the weak or tryhard writing you usually find with STRONG ACTION FEMALES. The spot coloring is effective and never overused, the characters are adorable in spite of their often tragic back stories, and in general I'm just really excited to see where the story will be several months from now.
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Weekend got a considerable bit better, crossing fingers that it is heralding an overall better week to come. The Tuesday update may be "late" and by late I mean "on time" as in it may actually not be up until sometime Tuesday, but that remains to be seen.


Reply Oly-RRR, October 5th, 2014, 11:21 pm

Awww, the kiddos all look so appropriate for the occasion and brimming with excitement and it's one of those festive moments but OH MY THE CROWD I CAN'T GET OVER THE CROWD OKAY LET ME POINT INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE OUT:
- the entire second row is hilarious, I especially like the old lady, the grinning guy with a goatee and the sulky guy bearing a resemblance to Kevin Doyle (a British actor who tends to play butlers and serial killers); but the couple on far right are fun too!
- and the bucktoothed person behind the empty seat next to the grinning guy looks like someone I know irl!
- and I really like the tiny people in the faraway dark rows, I know that those tend to be entirely random in such scenes but what can you do, I think they are charming


And it's funny, Ball & Chain was one of those comics where I've certainly stumbled on the banner before but never clicked on it for some reason - now I can fave it for sure and check it out properly! :D

Reply The_Hankerchief, October 5th, 2014, 11:29 pm

One thing I learned during my brief stint acting in high school was the reason all of the performers wear makeup. (Mostly to eliminate blushing or the paleness that occurs from both the spotlights and possible stage fright). So Joseph actually came out okay. Good eye for detail! ;)

Reply mitchellbravo, October 7th, 2014, 6:41 pm

@Oly-RRR: AHAHAHAHA I'm so glad to hear that you've enjoyed them XD LOL I DIDN'T PLAN FOR HIM TO BE, though he is sitting with his own twin brother, which makes me extra happy that Hank has commented on the page :P The bucktoothed one is a little girl not properly sitting in a seat and blocking people behind her, along with her little sister who was the one I had mentioned to you reminded me of Uly :D But it's nice to hear she actually resembles a real person!!

And I will message you more in depth in KERDS because I don't want to go on and on about these for too long XD

Oh I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I have! Like i said it's the type of thing that normally really wouldn't be my cup of tea so I was quite pleased to enjoy it that much.

@The_Hankerchief: LOL! That's a good point, I'll pretend I meant it that way from the start! :D I hope someday relatively soon I'll get to draw them in proper stage makeup, especially for the time period, with the dramatic eyeliner and so forth.

Reply Oly-RRR, October 7th, 2014, 11:14 pm

@mitchellbravo: Oh god, THOSE children. XD I'm an old grumpy person (and I have a flat cap to prove it), I have a strong dislike for children not sitting properly in theatres or crowded public transport.

Reply mitchellbravo, October 8th, 2014, 6:15 am

@Oly-RRR: I'll give them a what for if they're in my way. Tho sometimes they're just diddling around somewhere far in front of you where you can't do something about it, because their parents are assholes and don't know about it or think it doesn't matter.

Reply The_Hankerchief, October 9th, 2014, 7:47 pm

Ah, totally missed the twins. Nice!

Reply Squirreltastic-Blue, December 30th, 2014, 2:30 pm

I was actually convinced the slanted panels was on purpose to show the mild-yet-uneasy nervousness of the main cast, and then you said something. :P
How do you handle crowds? Do you draw people you know like a slew of cameos or Google people, watch TV, or completely wing it? I often use people I know IRL, but once in a while I'll use Google and search something like "cool dude" or "grumpy man."

Reply mitchellbravo, December 30th, 2014, 3:25 pm

@Squirreltastic-Blue: I kinda just wing it, really! Sometimes designs pop into my head, quite often I'll reuse designs from old projects/doodles. It depends on what the crowd needs. Drawing a crowd can be a menace so I try to remember it's a background and I don't need to overwork it. I try to keep the designs: Varied, cohesive, thoughtful, but raw. It's an easy thing to get overwhelmed by but you just need to remember where you want the reader to be looking, and consider how long you want a reader to be looking at that panel.

The trick with a background crowd scene is finding that balance between generic featureless crowd people that look lazy and overworking the crowd so it doesn't fit stylistically and still looks weird.

Reply Squirreltastic-Blue, December 30th, 2014, 3:45 pm

@mitchellbravo: It's too easy to worry about an image people will often spend about a second looking at! Honestly, I never thought about how long I want to have someone look at a particular panel, but that's definitely food for thought!

Reply mitchellbravo, December 30th, 2014, 4:44 pm

@Squirreltastic-Blue: Exactly! People slave away on backgrounds, and while I definitely don't recommend skimping on that because it can add great immersion to a story, you either want to give yourself some leniency OR acknowledge that you're putting hours and hours of detail into something that most readers will process and move from quite quickly.

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