30 July 2010 - Can you have a "Cat's Paw" if a spider's calling the shots?

posted 29th Jul 2010, 11:54 PM

30 July 2010 - Can you have a "Cat's Paw" if a spider's calling the shots?
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29th Jul 2010, 11:54 PM

Lich_Barrister

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Caution: textdump tomorrow!

Is this text more legible? It's a single point up on the font.
...it takes up so much space! How am I supposed to be locquacious with this constraint?

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30th Jul 2010, 1:09 AM

Capt. Redstorm

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Yeah, it's easier to read. Not that I couldn't read the old size fairly well, but yeah. It also depends on if the program your using allows you to save the comic at higher DPI. Of course it will ultimately make the page even larger, which is why I only do NIS at 72 DPI. I'm not sure if this is just a Comic Life thing or if I'm just too retarded to figure out how to properly save it at higher DPI, without making the page humongous.

Anyway, as far as the dialogue goes, we're both people who clearly enjoy writing at length, which is actually not so good for webcomics, because stuffing a novel into every page is probably a turn-off to at least some readers. Not that I'm saying we should sacrifice our desire to tell really good stories, we shouldn't, but more conciseness might be good. Hard to pull off though. Mainly I'm speaking from what Kurtz, Straub, Kellet and Guiger said in "How to Make Webcomics."

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30th Jul 2010, 4:31 AM

Deathdog

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The font size is perfect -- much easier to read. As for the wordiness, perhaps a single panel soliloquy strip is in order now and then. And nobody does Shatner like Shatner. Nobody.

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30th Jul 2010, 8:45 AM

Lich_Barrister

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@Redstorm - I've that book, too. (I've been meaning to do a review of it for BCN for ages...) There's some sections of it that are really excellent, some that are totally inapplicable to Lego webcomics. And yeah, I'd assume that I'm trying for something more novelistic - well, graphic novelistic - though that's tricky as a seat-of-the-pants exercise. I'm still feeding the strip in hot, not building a buffer. Soon, maybe?

@Deathdog - There is no substitute. Don't worry, they won't just slot someone in that role. I have another Canadian actor of note I'm considering if the chance crops up, but it's not an active plan.

Re: legibility - good to know. Also the opaque setting's turned up another 10% to 77% for the bubble, so that probably helps.

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30th Jul 2010, 3:05 PM

Capt. Redstorm

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Yeah, definitely some inapplicable stuff as you said. A graphic novel would be really good. I've hinted and outright said I would do one, but now I'm not so sure. I guess I'll have to let the comic decide whether I start filling in stuff that would be in such a tome or not.

Same for me on the buffer. I've sort of tried to get one going, but find myself still working on the comic the day they're supposed to be posted. There's a lot of inefficiency going on, doing one series of shots for one panel mostly. I really need to just shoot all the shots on one "roll," but that's just the problem with digital. Rolls really don't exist. They're merely an intangible concept now. Hopefully building a buffer will be easier next season, when I'm no longer relying on sunlight to shoot the comics. Which also will no longer give me an excuse not to do it the whole year round.

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30th Jul 2010, 3:14 PM

BrickVoid

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This is much more legible. You need to watch out though for when the background "accidentally or on purpose" (depending on circumstance) leaves black elements where you want text to go. Photographing black always had it's drawbacks.

BTW, does anyone know anything about GIMP? I want to know how to get the panels into a blank strip without having to mess around with it so much!

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30th Jul 2010, 6:28 PM

Lich_Barrister

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@BrickVoid - The biggest problem I've noticed is with the red background bubble for Sir Veux messing with his body colour. I wish I could avoid it sometimes. I've usually just got single word/phrase notes for panels before I compile in GIMP, and then I find that there's something more - or an aside - that I want to add. The 2nd and 3rd bubbles in panel #4 are examples of this - and those are asides that also do exposition!

As for GIMP, I'm not the one to ask since I've only been using it for about six months now. I like it a lot, and I'm getting better each week (I think) though I do better, more interesting stuff when I'm not up against the gun. (Like tonight! Nothing done yet, and I still have to take the kids up to their grandparents' house for a cool-down before bed!

@Redstorm - sometimes I find after a shoot that I thought was for one page I've instead done the whole weekend. I rarely have time to get them all in, though. Last night went quicker with just five panels, less text, and no outlines around the bubbles (any thoughts on the "feathering" of the edges?).

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30th Jul 2010, 9:08 PM

Capt. Redstorm

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lol. That must be nice to have done shots for all three comics in one day. I don't think I could plan it out that well. Story lines are generally written as far as what is going to transpire over the two weeks, but usually I have no idea what sort of shots I'll be taking, until I'm doing it. The talk show is pretty much the exact opposite.

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31st Jul 2010, 5:49 AM

Dave

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Much, much easier to read.

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