January 19, 2010

page 36, down there somewhere, of this.

I thought: I can get away with 15 frames because this “scene” is mostly talking, mostly by the same creature, myself forgetting that before the end I’d have crazied it up with distracting lsd backgrounds. I would like to be part of an anti drug program, for the part where you explain how illicit substances destroy a user’s brain cells. You would show the caffeinated spider’s web and then this comic page. We won’t tell the kids that the worst thing I ingested was a barrel of snack mix. Maybe if I get famous I will be able to hire an assistant to undraw backgrounds for me. Fortunately, this issue has totally distracted me from the list of problems with the page I was initially going to list here. After doing them this time, I had momentarily become terrified that my character drawings were becoming more troublesome than the backgrounds, but in the end the backgrounds came through and reaffirmed themselves as the bigger nuisances and all was as it should be. Howdy.

Hey, I wonder… You don’t think…

I worry I may have more in common with that spider than I thought.

26 Responses
  1. 1
    7:28 am, January 20, 2010

    Babe: Pig in the City sez:

    I suppose that knee-to-the-stomach is fitting payback for this.

    One might also say that Hat is a veritable “thinking cap”.

    In any event, the strange, elaborate and oft-changing backgrounds are one of this comic’s most notable charms, and provide much impetus for reading the pages multiple times due to the tendency to discover new details therein. There is no need to apologize for them, nor would I recommend sourcing them out to a third party. I especially like the trees in this one, incidentally. They are very dignified trees.

    That said, if you wished to reduce your workload (and thereby the interval between pages of this work), it is common practice even among internet-based comicants (or at least those who regularly provide large, glossy, full-color pages) to employ a separate colorist to aid them. That would of course require extensive cross communication in your case, especially with a work using such a non-standard color scheme as this one, but it’s a possibility to consider in certain potential future scenarios should you wish to make a proper occupation of this.

    Elpse’s use of Nemitzese here is particularly interesting–or rather, Elpse’s normal reluctance to use Nemitzese is particularly interesting, and the outburst here throws it into sharp relief. It rather reminds me of various bilingual conversations I’ve heard between children of immigrants and their parents. One would, after all, presume Nemitzese to be Elpse’s first language (or at least one of two or more languages Elpse grew up speaking from an early age), yet nevertheless biv tends to use English–or rather whatever strange impish language English is intended to stand in for here–even when speaking solely with Nemitz, who can’t effectively communicate therein. Obviously that’s partially for narrative convenience, as it’s generally helpful to be able to understand at least half of the conversation, but it nevertheless has some interesting implications. It’s almost as though Elpse seems particularly determined to assert biv’s self as a functioning member of this particular culture and society rather than biv’s previous, or at least as some sort of world citizen who can blend in anywhere and prefers only to speak the language of the land biv happens to be in at any particular moment. It is difficult, of course, to make any deeper inferences until we learn a bit more about Nemitz and Elpse’s history, but these small hints are all the same quite interesting to speculate about.

    Speaking of Nemtiz and Elpse’s past, I see that we are again reminded that contrary to appearances, they are in fact attempting to achieve some sort of goal. I suppose their tendency as of late to wander about seemingly aimlessly and to be bounced back and forth by various silly people whose only joy in life is making it difficult for others caused me to subconsciously view them as drifters of a sort, but we have, after all, had several suggestions in the past that indicate they are indeed attempting to reach a specific destination for a specific purpose, and it is good to be reminded of this again. Why, we may even be developing an over-arching plot!

    Finally, your additional comments awaken in me the realization that we have not, as far as I can recall, had a spideroid character in this comic. Seems almost a shame, really. Perhaps your newly discovered connections therewith may inspire you to give some voice to this all-to-oft underrepresented social group?

  2. 2
    8:24 pm, January 20, 2010

    Ifihadjo sez:

    Oh Pshaww! There’s nothing in that snack mix that’s mind-altering. Just read the ingre..di….ents. Well maybe just the Sodium Polyphenol Sulifinate and Bituminous Nitrogenated Transmattered Polystyrines. Still. . . the backgrounds are awful nice!

  3. 3
    8:15 pm, January 22, 2010

    Fonbiyulb sez:

    not-yet-busted pig:
    I know where they’re going, I just don’t know why yet. I do have an idea of what will happen to them apart from that. Maybe, after all this time, I should change my mind about where they’re going if I still can’t conceive of a reason. Maybe they could potentially do more interesting things if I didn’t have a reason to keep them traveling [once I start them traveling].

    “Nemitzese.” I highly doubt nemitz invented that “language.” All nemitz invents are new reasons for punishment.

    I couldn’t let somebody else color the things; many of the details only come out or are brought to mildly satisfactory statuses while I work on that. I wouldn’t mind having somebody with opinions for me to run the “scripts” and or preliminary artworks by, however.
    I suppose I COULD have somebody color the initial scans and then I could try to fix details, but I foresee much difficulty with something like that.

    I don’t do well with spiders. They have too many eyes. And so it would have to be a cartoon spider and I’m not so comfortable with those, either. I had not intended for there to be any identifiable -oids in the comic at one point, but my intentions are often questionable.

    I have always liked the “spiders” in the Super Nintendo game Robotrek, but those are more blatantly inaccurate than I could allow myself to get away with and still refer to as being spiderlike.

    The ingredient list on that keg is far too expansive and tinily lettered for me to find out whether you’re making those up or aren’t. But aren’t you flattered to know I considered it? Although if I had read them closely I would have realized that of course you did. How dare you!

  4. 4
    10:49 pm, January 24, 2010

    Ifihadjo sez:

    That’s a fair cop! I made a lousy chemistry student but you have to admit there is something strange about “natural flavors”. I bet those are in that bucket o’ trail mix. Have you ever wondered who makes “natural flavors”? They must be quite wealthy. “Natural flavors” are in just about everything but I’ve never found the actual source of said flavors. Perhaps . . . New Jersey?

  5. 5
    12:44 am, January 27, 2010

    Fonbiyulb sez:

    I wouldn’t be surprised. Ortega, America’s number 1 taco sauce comes from New Jersey. At least it is bottled there when I see it and examine its label. Ortega.com has a story about a “Mama Ortega” from the 1800s, complete with black and white photographs and old world values of quality food and unchecked breeding, which is more back story than I got on Mama Utz, but that’s not important. What’s important is that often times doing a bit of research makes my complaining less fun. Ortega might have multiple bottling places to meet demand and to reduce shipping costs and one may just happen to be in the Union’s classiest state. Now, Jose Ole on the other hand is totally made up but I can’t guarantee that his legacy can be traced to New Jersey.

  6. 6
    8:42 pm, January 27, 2010

    Cowpoke sez:

    This stuff’s made in New York City!

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  9. 9
    2:14 am, January 28, 2010

    Sack hitting cowpoke sez:

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  10. 10
    2:15 am, January 28, 2010

    Sack sez:

    Ow stop, hitting me!

  11. 11
    2:15 am, January 28, 2010

    Cow sez:

    Ow, stop poking me!

  12. 12
    2:16 am, January 28, 2010

    Sack sez:

    Are you addressing me, madame?

  13. 13
    8:33 pm, January 28, 2010

    Mxy sez:

    I’m not surprised that Nemitz would turn so violent. He says such nasty words.

  14. 14
    2:55 pm, January 29, 2010

    Fonbiyulb sez:

    I can’t imagine who that scoundrel is learning them from.

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