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Some hammering

May 16th, 2009 by

Here’s some hammering. Haven’t done the arms part yet. Animators: how does it look. Might get rid of a couple frames at the top, after the upswing. Just one or two to speed it up. Almost too slow…

I haven’t done this in forever and I need your input.


*EDIT*
Here is an updated version, but I’m putting it behind a cut if I can figure that out… …Continue reading »

Some Logo Design

May 10th, 2009 by

I need to post something about a project that recently went up for sale in the iTunes App Store, but until I get my stuff together and make little ads for it so you can go and buy it, here is a logo I designed for another random comic series. It’s called Better Idea Comics. These are comics that sound like a Better Idea when you’ve been drinking. Then you make them when you sober up and find out something has gone wrong. There’s a color version and a black & white version. The color one has a bit of a gross scheme, as sometimes gross things happen when you drink too much.

Better Idea Comics

Science Consultant

May 6th, 2009 by

This comic will go up in a couple of hours, so I’m scheduling this ahead of time as well. Enjoy it. I’m not making fun of Mr. Asimov in it. Just the use of him by the Star Trek folks, as it may have gone down.

Asimov the thinker

Asimov’s Chops

May 5th, 2009 by

Here are a few sketches of Isaac Asimov for a comic I am working on. Just needed to get something that would shout “Asimov” to the reader. Mainly, those enormous chops. Wolverine has nothing on Asimov.

Isaac and his mutton chops

comic layout for asimov

Don’t look at this post

May 4th, 2009 by

You can’t say I didn’t warn you. This may well be number 1 on the list of Most Offensive Things I Done: the comic I just put up over at ChronicMalpractice. Enjoy this sketch of it, only two-thirds done. In case you can’t see the note I put on there, the face of the long-haired girl in panel two cracks me up every time.

rape-class-sketch

Zuda comics

March 5th, 2009 by

Does anyone actually read any Zuda comics? Or, considering that they appear to be episodes or issues of comics, has anyone read an entire Zuda comic? It’s been out there for a while now, but I can’t read them and I don’t understand why anyone else would.

Why not? That ridiculous method of delivering the content.

Go to any respectable webcomic site and you can actually SEE the comic. A comic is a combination of words and pictures that tells a narrative (possibly more, see McCloud’s Understanding Comics). Thus, it should be easy to post a comic on a website in order for one to read it. Go to any respectable website that displays comics and you can see the comic pictures and read the comic words. End result: people read the comic and maybe send you money or fan mail or buy merchandise. Why does Zuda insist on making it an annoying trial to read any of the comics on their site?

Zuda puts each comic “issue” inside of a Flash enabled viewer and I have no problem with that. Platinum Grit does the same thing. Go to the Platinum Grit site and you can read each issue inside an embedded Flash player by clicking or hitting the arrow keys left and right. It is enjoyable and loads quickly for viewing enjoyment. Go to the Zuda site, and you are shown what looks like a poorly exported JPEG or GIF file all full of jagged aliased lines. If you want to read the dialog, you either have to zoom in by clicking the tiny zoom bar and then panning around the entire comic in the tiny window or click the ‘full-screen’ button, effectively making your entire monitor the comic page. While in full screen mode, you cannot do anything else with your computer until you finish the comic. If, like me, you chat with friends who don’t live near you anymore while you browse the internet, the full-screen Zuda comic will close every time you respond to a “What’s up?” or “Check out this silly YouTube video.”

I haven’t finished reading a single Zuda comic since the site was launched in 2007. Whether or not comics were put up in 2007 is a moot point, as I haven’t finished reading anything that I started reading on the site. I keep clicking on Project Wonderful ads and each time I get tricked into going to Zuda and leaving after 2 pages. The artwork is always interesting, but it’s a waste of time if I can’t just look at it without playing Sherlock Holmes with a magnifying glass. In regards to Platinum Grit, it shows comics that were originally in print form and it doesn’t show the entire comic page, but are you really missing anything that way? Fables has fancy comic borders that detract from the content of the panels and Watchmen has the minimalist grid layout with little variation in panel layout so as to keep FROM distracting you. If you zoom in on Zuda’s comic viewer, you are only seeing a couple panels at a time anyway and miss out on the general layout of the page. You’re better off reading Platinum Grit at this point, which is actually an enjoyable comic.

What if Zuda did this on purpose? Make their comic viewing experience annoying in all the little ways because the little things add up to make big issues. In this they could be saying, “wouldn’t in just be easier to go out and buy some DC print comics? Eh? EH?” At least you could still chat with your friends without the book slamming shut on you when an AIM window pops up.

*EDIT*

I know Myspace is dumb and even I have a profile there, but at least their comic thang lets you read the entire comic without having to zoom in or open some monitor hogging ‘full-screen’ mode.

Make a wish

February 18th, 2009 by

make a wish

This here is the sketch for the comic up over at Chronic Malpractice. I’m very happy with the half-tone shading on it. It looks like it was placed right, but something slipped. It looks the way Meg Lee Chin sounds.

lolbot

February 14th, 2009 by

Although I’ve seen Terminator 2 several times, I just watched The Terminator for the first time yesterday.  After his cyber skin melted off I felt the urge to do the following.  Har har.

not three laws safe

Adventures in Retail #55

January 5th, 2009 by

Adventures in Retail 55

There we go. Finally finished. Looks like a completely different artist drew this one. If you can’t tell what is going on, go back and read from here. If you still can’t tell what is going on, you know where to complain.

Sketch – AIR#55

December 29th, 2008 by

Here’s a sketch for the next Adventures in Retail comic. This will be #55. It’s been a long time, but I’ve been planning. Sketching. Scheming. It seems the longer I take between installments the better my work looks. Or is it just me? Click the image to see bigger.

adventures in retail 55 sketch