Friday, January 25, 2013

Earth Bear Homestuck to the C&H show

Here's a bit of an update for page 82 for Tomb of the Undead, sort of the "with commentary" portion of a DVD, or something like that.

On this page we've got the uniting of Ian Escutcheon with Casey and Howard finally formalizing. The blood spatters on Escutcheon and Bolam will last for a while - my sister didn't understand it, and kept wondering if they had like sweaty armpits or something. So DON'T FORGET, he's been shot, and it's blood, and it's not sweat.

The scene, Call the Office, is named after a legendary / infamous bar in London, Ont., that I'm not sure I've ever been to, but certainly knew about when I would visit friends in college at Western University. I thought it was a cool name for a club. In any case, that's a little 'behind the scenes' take on this last series of images.

Dr. Miller, Dr. Bolam and Evelyn return to Escutcheon's office in search of a new direction in Call the office.
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Earth Bear Homestuck to the C&H show
This week I have been immersed in Home Stuck,  at MS Paint I wasn't sure what this was, but a video hyped it up for me.I've included it below - the webcomic/game is really cool, and I can't stop reading it (and it's like more than 7,000 pages in size, meaning, you can take it the distance. It's a fun read). There's also a much more in depth discussion on the Cyanide and Happiness cartoon show, which is definitely worth a read.

In other news,
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Andrew Hussie
MS Paint

This week I have been immersed in Home Stuck,  at MS Paint I wasn't sure what this was, but a video hyped it up for me.Simply put, it's a webcomic, but it's like, animated in some spots, and the characters are especially well fleshed out. It's VERY interesting, and it's immense, so ... if you like it, there's lots there to stay interested in.

MSPA stories exist in the format of "mock games", specifically text-based adventure games. You advance through the pages of the story by clicking links which sound like commands you would type in a text prompt to get a character to do something. Generally, the character will respond to that command on the following page.
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Cyanide And Happiness Opt Out of Old Model For Animated Show

Charles Kenny

While it is tempting to brush off the C&H decision as merely the latest in a long line of internet phenomenons whose creators are unwilling to bend to the demands of traditional business models, that isn’t the case. The decision to go the alternative route was not rushed by any stretch of the imagination.
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Sweet Deal
Jason Poland
Robbie and


There's not a lot to say other than this little comic was a load of fun to read when it was Tweeted out yesterday. Loved it.
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Friday, January 18, 2013

Super-Hating Silent Pirates with Cyanide and Happiness, Turbo Sloths and a Broctopus

Texty is not equal to sexy, but I try and get the exposition done and over with quickly, not to make it seemed rushed, but I can only imagine readers don't want too many long pages of just people standing around chatting, esp. without any menacing gestures or swinging emotions.

Therein lies a good note for when I write a script again, I'll make a point to infuse a lot more action into what's going on - too often I've found people are just standing around. Television often makes a good example of not having people just standing and talking, often they're on their way to do something. If you watch CSI, those guys are always pacing the hallways giving the exposition, rarely standing still unless evidence is in their hands.

In any case, that's my reflections on page 81. How long do you suppose Escutcheon remains in that bloody shirt? Or Bolam for that matter!

Dr. Miller, Dr. Bolam and Evelyn return to Escutcheon's office in search of a new direction in Call the office.
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Super-Hating Silent Pirates with Cyanide and Happiness, Turbo Sloths and a Broctopus - webcomic / graphic novel news
Some really interesting news coming from some of the webcomic sites I've been following lately. Firstly, very exciting is a new message from Nick Marino (creator of Super Haters), the first since Nov. 30, when his characters left the comic when a subspace distortion or temporal displacement and "POP" were gone.

It was a finale to Super Haters as a daily webcomic and the birth of Nilufa and Destruct-o-tron's new journeys in different media. Which is beginning very soon, thanks to this update!

Check it out!

Coming January 21, 2013!! A new Super Haters short story featuring art by the incredible E.D. and written by yours truly. E.D. also made this trailer (which fucking rocks, if ya ask me!).
Read "When Ya Comin' Back, Kid Raptor?" at

- Nick Marino.
The Cyanide & Happiness Show

Cyanide & Happiness Show
No networks, no regional restrictions. We’ll be using Kickstarter to raise money for production. We firmly believe the entertainment industry is changing, and the Internet will eventually become the only way people watch shows. Especially the people that make up our awesome fanbase. The Internet is already the largest network, available when you think about it. Why go anywhere else?
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Silent Pirate Fan Art

A little shameless plug, but I was happy to share some fan art with the creator of Silent Pirate the other day and he featured the work in his gallery, which you can find here. Also, check the comic out!

Other stuff I've been following up with lately include, featuring the art of Scott Campbell, which has been fun. Check it out here.

Also, a fun webcomic to follow along with is Turbo Sloth  by Ben Pernick- it's funny.

The Walking Dead Vol. 15: We Find Ourselves Graphic Novel Review 
Chris Beveridge

The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead continues to hit some strong notes here as it moves this community storyline forward, dealing with ways to shore up what’s protecting all of them, expanding their overall knowledge of the area outside and working to really make it a community. The open nature of discussing what needs to be done is well handled and it has some interesting ideas, whether they bear fruit or not, it’s good to see the slow but steady focus from survival in the present to thinking long term.
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Fairest Vol. #1 – Wide Awake Graphic Novel Review

Chris Beveridge
The Fandom Post

Fairest had me intrigued with the first issue, but in reading the first story arc in full here it becomes apparent just how engaging and fascinating the storyline is. Rose may be the weaker of characters here overall in terms of story, but there’s a lot of exploration of her whole True Love’s angle that’s well done. Everyone has a storyline of importance here and they all blend together well into a narrative that compels you to move to the next page quickly, but with artwork that makes you linger over it as long as you can.
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A Truly Humbling Moment | Broctopus
Broctopus Team member Ryan

Welcome to The Broctopus Webcomic. We had a dream to create webcomics and we have made that dream a reality. Please enjoy our take on games, movies and whatever else!
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Friday, January 11, 2013

Increasingly impassioned with webcomic community

Well, here's the update for Page 80 of the Tomb of the Undead. I really liked the opening scene, and felt it really said a lot while they were entering the scene. I think this might be the turning point in the comic where I started to get the hang of drawing these characters - but then again, the artwork continues to be an evolving animal, changing in complexity (both up and down) and reflective of my attitude when I'm creating it, which is that special something about creating art.

I hope you like it.

Dr. Miller, Dr. Bolam and Evelyn return to Escutcheon's office in search of a new direction in Call the office.

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Webcomic news
I've recently become much more impassioned with webcomics than graphic novels, and think that the work I'm doing falls more in line with that species of art. But, who am I to classify it - in any case, the online community seems much more vibrant around webcomics than graphic novels anyhow. I think I'll be happier there.

Webcomics I've been following up with:
Buttersafe  from Alex Culang and Raynato Castro
Silent Pirate from Ahmed Fahim
Curvy from Sylvan Migdal @SylvanMigdal
Zombie Ranch from Dawn and Clint Wolf @zombieranch
Tripp from "Spinester" @kingsburymanx
Katamari from Alex Culang and Raynato Castro (the folks at Buttersafe)
Garfield minus Garfield from  Dan Walsh  @GMinusG
Super Haters from  Nick Marino @Super_haters
Goblins from  Thunt
Cyanide and Happiness from Kris Wilson, Dave McElfatrick and Rob DenBleyker @Explosm
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal from Zach Weiner

There are a whole cast of other webcomics out there I'm interested in following up with, but haven't yet jumped at like El Goonish Shive, Accursed Dragon, Tales of a Checkered Man, which are next on my schedule. 

If you've got any recommendations for me leave a comment and I'll look into it, for sure!