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Comic 171 - 145 give me a break

6th May 2012, 11:09 AM in Date the Cheerleader Take the World
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Kai Faydale 6th May 2012, 11:09 AM edit delete
Kai Faydale
I experimented with a lot of things while drawing Robin this time around. Some turned out better then others. I do like the blue shine for her new leather coat (though I could use more practice with the very light shading areas). I'll have a better idea of what worked after I let the page sit for a while, and can look at it through fresh eyes. Which is fine since I should sleep now anyways, working a double shift later today and all. Ironically it shouldn't hamper my work on the comic much since I am so use to sleeping in shifts that when I have been trying to sleep for 8 hours just once a day this past week I have failed miserably. I get tired after being up for 8 hours yet still try to stay in bed as many hours as I can since my body expects to be woken up every few hours (for good reason). I guess it will just take time to transition out of this horrible sleep cycle, and I probably won't get that till next month when I'm at the cabin again.

Comments:

Barreytor 6th May 2012, 9:28 PM edit delete reply
Barreytor
It's not a civilian, it's Charity.
I can't believe I just said her name.
Wisknort 7th May 2012, 1:51 AM edit delete reply
Hehe, dilly deli.

Also, I'm not sure I follow this page... I'm pretty sure it's just me though.
Page guide 7th May 2012, 8:25 AM edit delete reply
*Panels: Top left, top right, then straight down.
*In-panel dimensions: Protagonist is walking right, past columns in front of a blue sky.
*Speech bubbles: Downward within each panel, and when in doubt, go left.
*Dialog: Sarcastic narrator torments hero about getting roommate into this situation - see the protagonist's first encounter with the designated villain.
*Ideology: It's a free country, in most corners of the internet.
*Meta: You are also free to precede the page.
Kai Faydale 7th May 2012, 3:43 PM edit delete reply
Kai Faydale
Thanks Ms. guide! although while i did follow the standard top to bottom and left to right I broke the flow in Panel 3 so that is probably where people are getting confused which is ok because Robin's speech bubbles there are somewhat whited out meaning she is not speaking very loudly and clearly. specifically she is grumbling under her breath about it being Charity's fault that they were out of coffee (something "revealed" in the next panel).

unless of course you were confused by the background and the angle of the light posts. sadly my outline before i started drawing was not quite accurate and so Robin walking along a path lined with light posts like in http://booksdontworkhere.thecomicseries.com/comics/14/ did not turn out quite like i wanted. I should have had at least one panel zoomed out more and worked out the angles exactly before spending 8 hours drawing Robin.
Wisknort 7th May 2012, 11:30 PM edit delete reply
Actually, that wasn't what I was referring to. Either of you.
In particular, panel 2: Is the Narrator replying to Robin, or continuing off what he last said?
It's obvious he isn't doing so in panel 3, but the whole of the Narrator's dialogue in that panel is kinda confusing. (Doesn't help that heroes has an apostrophe, among other things. /grammarnazi)

Also, how did my comment end up as a reply to Barreytor's?
Barreytor 8th May 2012, 11:31 PM edit delete reply
Barreytor
Now that is a good question. No idea, though.
And I think the Narrator is not replying to Robin at any time.

<Iwannabeagrammarnazitoo>Panel 3, last narrator bubble, "surly"->"surely"
Panel 3, second narrator bubble, "would have ate"->"would have eaten"
Panel 3 (again?), first narrator bubble, "hero's"->"heroes" (In this case, and I think Wisknort was referring to that one too)
Panel 4, narrator bubble, "with out"->"without"</Iwannabeagrammarnazitoo>
Wisknort 9th May 2012, 4:14 AM edit delete reply
I dunno, that "surly" could be entirely deliberate. (I should probably check the definition to see it makes sense. Meh, too lazy. BTW, who knew Japanese write "meh" with one character? Teenager language? I think so. め)


Oh, also, I have a most peculiar thing... Using the native groups system in FireFox, I have this tab stored in one of my webcomic groups. Every time there's an update, it redirects from the main page to the archive page that was just been. Any idea?
BeetlesBane 9th May 2012, 9:26 AM edit delete reply
That's not a "character" but a "kana"; that is it's one of the phonetic symbols used to augment the characters in Japanese.
Kai Faydale 10th May 2012, 2:22 AM edit delete reply
Kai Faydale
Have not used that particular method of keeping track of comics so not sure what will work but there are three ways you can see the most recent page that i can think of off the top of my head.
http://booksdontworkhere.thecomicseries.com
the same with a " /comics/ " on the end, or adding /comics/171 the number will change each time there is a new page so that would not take you to the most recent page but maybe one of the first two will.
Wisknort 10th May 2012, 4:56 AM edit delete reply
@Beetles: Whatever. I'm not quite done with the first semester of the intro course. Let me be wrong in peace, it won't last. >_>

@Kai: The tab is on http://booksdontworkhere.thecomicseries.com, it's only when you post a new page that it goes to /comics/<not latest>.