Pathos in the Plumbing
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When I make a comic, I start by building the character(s). In the old "stick-figure" days, the characters were made from scratch every time, but these days I have extremely large image files with all the pieces that make up any given character. I select and move these pieces around to form the completed pose and expression. Sometimes there's a bit of airbrushing. Occasionally I'll revise and update the character's components if I discover a new way to make it look even better.
After that, I will select or build the scene(s). Again, in the old days I made the sets in the bitmap editor, but these days all the backgrounds come from a modified 3D game engine. Using my own textures, I've built several buildings. Brandon's house is actually based on my own home, but the office building is an original design. So I load one of my maps, move to the point where I want to set up the scene, and take a screen shot. I then load the scene into the bitmap editor and tweak it as necessary. To be honest, I re-use a lot of those screenshots because "they work".
The next step is to resize the character(s) into the scene(s). This is just a trial and error thing to find that spot and size that looks right. If the set would overlap onto the character, such as Brandon's legs under the desk, I will carefully select the part that overlays and make a copy of it. After the character is placed in the scene, the copied section is pasted back on top of the character. I might even include a custom prop or two and paste them into the scene for good measure.
Using the square select tool, I would then crop the scene(s). There's a lot to consider here too, like don't cut off the feet, or putting a little extra space above their heads. It then gets resized to fit a template that will hold either one, two, or three panels. Carefully I paste the panel(s) onto the template.
Now comes the dialog. I have a speech bubble template that I created. I type in what the character is saying and copy/paste the bubbles onto the comic, taking great care to position them so they read left to right, top to bottom, and don't cover anything important. After that I apply the tails and aim them at the character's mouth. Finally, I clean up any stray pixels and add in the title of the strip.
Once the panel or strip is complete, I'll save that version, and then make a copy that gets resampled to a smaller size for uploading to the web. My original stays with me as a kind of "Master" file in case there's ever a problem. Since the originals are of a higher resolution, they might also be useful if I ever need to print a comic or make a T-Shirt.
Of course this is a rather time consuming process. Believe it or not, a single character on a single panel can take 30 minutes or more. A three panel strip with multiple characters in each panel can take several hours. Of course I also look for any time saving tricks along the way, such as reusing part of a character's pose and the set, but making the comic is still embarrassingly time consuming.
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Settling Into the New Place
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Three guys began work as salesmen for a toothbrush company.
Every day, Larry and Curly sold about twenty toothbrushes each, but Moe consistently sold at least two hundred.
Of course Larry and Curly were jealous, and wanted to know Moe’s secret.
One day, they ran into Moe at the mall, where he had set up a chips and dip sample table.
“This is your secret?” said Larry.
“Why don’t you try some dip?” asked Moe.
They both took a little bit of dip.
“Blech!” exclaimed Curly. “This tastes like shit!”
“It is shit.” said Moe. “Would you like to buy a toothbrush?”
Here are 8 things we know by watching movies:
- It is always possible to park directly in front of any building you are visiting.
- A detective can only solve a case once he has been suspended from duty.
- If you start dancing in the street, everyone you bump into will know all the steps.
- Most laptops are powerful enough to override the communication systems of any invading alien civilization.
- It does not matter if you are heavily outnumbered in a fight involving martial arts, your enemies will wait patiently to attack you one by one, dancing around in a threatening manner until you have knocked out their predecessors.
- After a person suffers a massive blow to the head, they will still be surprisingly good looking.
- No one involved in a car chase, hijacking, explosion, volcanic eruption or alien invasion will ever go into shock.
- Partnering police officers with their total opposites will always, eventually, lead to buddy teams who share unbreakable bonds and gruff affection.
A man called his wife into the bedroom and said, “I want to show you the new watch I got today.”
So she went into the room and found him with his pants around his ankles.
“That’s not a watch!” she said in an annoyed tone.
“Well sure it is,” he insisted. “You just need to put two hands and a face on it.”
John O’Reilly hoisted his beer and said, “Here’s to spending the rest of me life, between the legs of me wife!”
That won him the top prize at the pub for the best toast of the night! He went home and told his wife, Mary, “I won the prize for the best toast of the night.”
She said, “Aye, did ye now. And what was your toast?”
John said, “Here’s to spending the rest of me life, sitting in church beside me wife.”
“Oh, that is very nice indeed, John!” Mary said.
The next day, Mary ran into one of John’s drinking buddies on the street corner. The man chuckled leeringly and said, “John won the prize the other night at the pub with a toast about you, Mary.”
She said, “Aye, he told me, and I was a bit surprised meself. You know, he’s only been there twice in the last four years. Once he fell asleep, and the other time I had to pull him by the ears to make him come.”