Comic 201 - Regeneration

18th Jan 2012, 11:51 PM in Filling in the Past
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view 18th Jan 2012, 11:51 PM edit delete
Wheeee... I hate Januaries.


siliwili 18th Jan 2012, 11:59 PM edit delete reply
Enjoying this muchly, view. It seems like the comics are getting sketchier in feel though. The unnamed comics have a more solid feeling, cleaner and darker lines. Was this on purpose or are you just slaving away like a madman to get one out everyday? I still love the story we're getting, but panels one and two are far and away my favorites
view 19th Jan 2012, 12:02 AM edit delete reply
This section is supposed to be a bit sketchier, because it's a dream sequence. It's about three pages from done.

But I'm still trying to figure out line weight. Do you think the thicker lines were better?
siliwili 19th Jan 2012, 12:06 AM edit delete reply
Short answer: yes.

Long answer: It's more about the contrast and being able to pick out whats going on and where I need to look. Right now everything feels like its on two levels, grey and white where it used to be three with the black lines being a goof fit for the grey embellishments and white everything else.
Edit: Trying to be constructive, not a whiner. Sorry view. :p
view 19th Jan 2012, 12:14 AM edit delete reply
No, this is good analysis to hear. I've been trying to figure out how to do lines, and I've been going more towards lighter, higher-complexity linework.

I think I'll probably try heavier lines again once she wakes up.

Unless you're just talking about the borders of the panels, in which case they're really pale on purpose in this set of pages.
siliwili 19th Jan 2012, 12:18 AM edit delete reply
Yeah character lines. Panel lines are fine.
a-vex 19th Jan 2012, 2:02 AM edit delete reply
I like the lines a little thicker too. I didn't really notice they had changed until I read through the comics again. Also, I'm really liking this dreamy sequence! Good Job!
view 19th Jan 2012, 2:08 AM edit delete reply
I think you're the only one, but thanks!
JasperWB 19th Jan 2012, 2:17 AM edit delete reply
Well I'll tell you what, I think anarchist Mary would look better with thicker lines. She'd stick out some and it would show off the style more.
JasperWB 19th Jan 2012, 12:08 AM edit delete reply
Aww. Great page. I needed it too. Today has been...a very, very trying and bad day.

So did Mary get her tattoos removed with some kind of future tech? Or were they future tech to start with?
view 19th Jan 2012, 12:12 AM edit delete reply
They're henna.
JasperWB 19th Jan 2012, 12:16 AM edit delete reply
Pain in the ass to keep re-applying I imagine
view 19th Jan 2012, 12:19 AM edit delete reply
She never bothered to reapply them - it's just a one-off thing. You'll see shortly.
JasperWB 19th Jan 2012, 12:23 AM edit delete reply
Ah. Alright. And I think, about the defining lines on your work, they're a bit better now than how they were the first fifty pages or so. I don't notice much having a third color or shade to make things stick out. It works better with your style to not have such thick lines. To me at least, adding a dissenting opinion
view 19th Jan 2012, 12:35 AM edit delete reply
Well, I don't plan to go as heavy as they were in the very first pages, but I do want to make the characters pop and flow better.
Alecsander 19th Jan 2012, 3:54 AM edit delete reply
Alright, I'm apparently entirely lost here. Are there two different Marinas?
view 19th Jan 2012, 4:03 AM edit delete reply
Nope! Just lots of transitions... I knew it was going to be confusing, but it looks like it was really confusing.
Alecsander 19th Jan 2012, 4:18 AM edit delete reply
Okay, that's the only thing that I was scratching my head over. It's mostly that the time jump just HAPPENS, from her being the little girl holding Jim's hand to being the hardcore Anarchist with tattoos and a degenerative nerve disease without a whole lot of transition.
Alecsander 19th Jan 2012, 4:21 AM edit delete reply
And BACK to being the little girl, without a shred of modesty, apparently. It's nothing on you, it's just that I've never been very good at all the jumping around that some comics do.
view 19th Jan 2012, 4:32 AM edit delete reply
It was intended to be a dream sequence. If I do another one for another comic, I'll be a lot more careful with it.
Alecsander 19th Jan 2012, 4:34 AM edit delete reply
And again, nothing on you. Following dream sequences is something I've always had trouble with. I like sequential progression. Right brained. You know how it goes, I'm sure.
RandomTroll 19th Jan 2012, 4:39 AM edit delete reply
"Thanks Marina...(oh...she's naked, again)..."sigh..."
cattservant 19th Jan 2012, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
Was out in The Woods for several days, so got to read four pages in a row. Makes the dream/transitional/flow feeling much more obvious. (The beautiful dreamer is sleeping on a bean-bag at this point, one presumes...) On a side note, was the Press calling Jim 'Winnebago' an ethnic reference?
view 19th Jan 2012, 1:36 PM edit delete reply
Yes, and arguably a fairly rude one. Sort of like saying "Polish Pete" or "Rasta Mike".

He's a fairly divisive figure - so are the rest of the crew.
JasperWB 19th Jan 2012, 8:20 PM edit delete reply
Old Rasta Mike. Never was easy to trust that bastard.
Meh.Aloe 19th Jan 2012, 3:09 PM edit delete reply
Goodness, Nanite Man there likes to laugh a lot. Therefore he must be a very positive and pleasant person to be around! :P

Hmm, I'm trying to piece this history together... So first, a bunch of land sank in the sea and Marina met Jim during the evacuation (or did she already know him?) Then later she ate a hot dog while he worked on some solar panels; then Marina grew up alongside Jim while they were working together with a group of robots and hacky people of some sort, which presumably is the people we saw before in that photo Jim threw out, then Marina got Vett's disease, then she was a subject for an experimental cure that butt-slappin' dude up there invented.

Clearly next, this man became her personal hero and that is why she went into biology and lived happily ever after the end. XD

Oh, and also Marina likes looking for Jim and asking where Jim is and finding Jim and possibly she likes Jim. :P
view 19th Jan 2012, 9:19 PM edit delete reply
That is right on almost no particulars! But, in essence, it is rightish.
Meh.Aloe 20th Jan 2012, 2:49 AM edit delete reply
GOOD ENOUGH. Victoryyy
Sheela 19th Jan 2012, 10:11 PM edit delete reply
Heh, you may hate the old pervert for the butt slapping and all, but at the same time he also seems to truly care about curing people of their ailments. I kinda wish that this politically incorrect old pervy man lives a long and happy life. Just because he's *so* wrong and pervy, he makes me laugh.

I guess that makes him a love & hate kinda guy then ?

I rather like that most of the characters have multiple sides to them, but without becoming "over dimensional" as sometimes happen when an author doesn't want his characters to be too one-dimensional. Just like in the real world, some people are not that hard to figure out, and are fairly simple at their core. But if done right, that doesn't make them less interesting.
view 19th Jan 2012, 10:24 PM edit delete reply
He's not as good a guy as you're thinking... :(
JasperWB 19th Jan 2012, 11:16 PM edit delete reply
I knew it. His face has that stereotype about it. I could suddenly see flashes of a subplot where someone winds up killing him for his actions and it becomes a big secret to be revealed later. Course I don't think this story is gritty enough for that. Though I see that bad perv/selfishness in him
Sheela 20th Jan 2012, 5:32 AM edit delete reply
Ah well .. can't have it all.

If he is to be bad, then so be it.