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Reply mitchellbravo, December 9th, 2014, 6:00 pm

Whenever Leon and Cal get together, the trees turn purple as a sign of respect.

Page title courtesy of Janis Joplin. I've always felt her music just sounded immutably summer-ish, I can't explain it but listening to it always makes me feel like it's the middle of August and I'm heading to a barbecue or something. I thought about how Cry, Baby felt appropriate for this scene, and while I was sitting on that train of thought I pondered a few more "soundtracks" for scenes from this chapter:

Piece of My Heart for this train station scene

Maybe for when Leon and Cal were at the fountain

Try when the gang are at the theater (maybe that one's a little obvious or on-the-nose though :P )

Summertime for the last scene we just had with Aggie and Donny

I can't make promises because sometimes the tone of things change as I work on them, but expect me to make some reference to "Me and Bobby McGee" and/or "Move Over" before the chapter is over :P

Well, that's enough carrying on about good music. This is a short-ish scene, the next page should be up tomorrow. Coloring took me so little time it was kind of suspicious. I feel pretty good with the way it turned out. Yaaaaaaay.

Hope to see you all back again tomorrow.


Reply Oly-RRR, December 9th, 2014, 6:45 pm


I love the colours here (especially the sky, damn, it did turn out really good)! And aaaw babbies, I want to hug them both now. They say how it's the best time of life and all but I think it's bloody confusing and shaky and everyone going their separate ways... And I know that it's how it works and it's probably right but to me it feels more like, I dunno, a feeling you get when you rip off a band-aid somehow stretched into months. :P

I usually feel guilty when I link songs with my pages (not even sure why) but I enjoyed having Loud Era with a soundtrack a lot right now! DOOO EEET MORE! :D

When I went to listen to Cry, Baby youtube put Adam Hills in the recommended section (so apparently youtube thinks humour solves everything?) but when I got to Summertime "recommended for you" changed from standup comedy to anti-drug PSAs - YOUTUBE KNOWS DONNY HAS A PROBLEM. 8I

Reply mitchellbravo, December 10th, 2014, 5:53 pm

@Oly-RRR: I think if we updated at the same exact minute there would be a vortex and our characters would apear alongside each other :0

Thank you!! The sky was rather pleasant to work on which was really unexpected given my previous jousts with it XD And I know what you mean... sometimes it's weird for me to write from that perspective again because my life is so... like... relatively settled and stable right now? At least nowadays it's so easy to keep in touch, I could imagine how depressingly small the social circle could get in those days when old people you liked didn't have the energy to keep in touch with you anymore... which explains why community-based socialization was so abundant, since you were more likely to see those people, whether or not you liked them :P

HAHA I GET THAT FEELING TOO THOUGH??? Like "Jeez I'm drawing a parallel between this fucking amazing song and my relatively very mediocre art/story..." It's almost like some kind of self-congratulatory thing that feels kinda wrong. But sometimes it's such a perfect fit, even if it's only obvious to me, I just have to share it!!

OHMYGOD THE YOUTUBE THING MADE ME LAUGH SO HARD XD we need to test this, I'll post a song with the next Donny scene, let me know if it gives you one of those domestic violence PSAs :o

Reply Oly-RRR, December 10th, 2014, 6:09 pm

@mitchellbravo: We'll be aiming for it then! >8D

And yeaaah, definitely! Even when my mum went to the uni she could only call her parents maybe once a week since calling to another town was another expense on top of an already tight student budget. Let alone pre-telephone times...

Yeah, that! But I guess one of the reasons so many people like music is because it's often easy to relate to so it makes sense. And I guess I also think that nobody is going to bother to click the link anyway but it's a silly reason not to share it!

Hahaha, and we need to see if this works the other way round - I think I'm going to link a couple of songs in the beginning of Chapter 2 at least! :P

Reply mitchellbravo, December 12th, 2014, 9:06 pm

@Oly-RRR: Omg. In my very, very old proto-scripts for Loud Era before it was Loud Era, I had this dumb excerpt with one of the characters being suspicious of using the phone- it was probably Clarabelle, now that I think about it XP It'd be neat to work something like that in now, but it wouldn't fit her character at all! She's welcoming of anything that makes it easier to interact with people at any hour XD

I always wonder about the link-clicking too! But I think we already talked about that in PM so I won't broken record myself and tell you the same thing again XD

Omg, please. I will probably get related videos of those children's shows I send you, Spone Lady like people, and so forth... I look forward to the experiment :D

@mraab: Marc that is quite the compliment coming from you!!! For what its worth, your characters always seem to authentically belong in their settings to me. And to give you credit, I've found it's harder to simulate depth when working in black and white, and yet you still manage to pull it off quite well!

I agree with you about high school. My most painful nostalgia for it has finally faded now that my sister is away at college herself, but every now and then I get a longing for those kinda simpler stupid times, you know? I didn't really realize what I was losing until after we were all out of college and trying to gather the few remaining local friends grew more and more exhausting and trying until the group splintered and reformed with new people...

It is strange the way it happens sometimes with music! I find I have a lot of times where I'm just hitting fast forward on the shuffle of my iPod tens, scores of times in a row, and then I have times where it's like the perfect songs that are *exactly* what I wanted to hear keep coming on, you know? I also find that when I get my hands on a new album that tends to become its own muse for a while until the honeymoon phase ends. Hahaha that's superb! I am totally unable to write while listening to anything with words myself, so I had a playlist made up of classical pieces, the Fantasia soundtrack (which has Ave Maria but I can't understand those words so they don't count :P) and like, some Scott Joplin stuff.

Reply Oly-RRR, December 12th, 2014, 9:23 pm

@mitchellbravo: The ironic thing is, I still can get away with my characters being suspicious about phones... DON THE TINFOIL HATS!!

Bwahahaha, Sponge Lady lead to some good stuff so bring it on! :D

Re: soundtracks @mraab: and still @mitchellbravo: too, haha! I notice that I associate separate songs with specific moments when I listen to them when NOT drawing but I do have certain albums, radio shows and podcasts I end up running over and over when working on particular comics. Like Piss Business is mostly Billy Elliot soundtrack, Ouch podcast and occasionally Cabin Pressure (and it oddly makes sense) and the main plot usually brings Doctor Who soundtracks on. But I can't listen to anything when writing, thumbnailing or even sketching. Funny how it varies for everyone!

Reply mitchellbravo, December 14th, 2014, 10:54 am

@Oly-RRR: I wrote the whole camping chapter with artificial campfire crackling/crickets and nightbugs chirping soundtrack playing :D

Reply Oly-RRR, December 14th, 2014, 1:18 pm

@mitchellbravo: That's METHOD ACTING! Well, method arting? :D

Reply Squirreltastic-Blue, December 30th, 2014, 2:52 pm

In perspective, some problems are microscopic to others.

Reply mitchellbravo, December 30th, 2014, 3:28 pm

@Squirreltastic-Blue: That's for sure.

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