Just about everyone has experienced the eternal longing programmed into our biological survival instincts. When that natural yearning occurs we typically seek advice from our closest friends. Sometimes it’s best to follow your heart instead of any wisdom friends might divulge. And if that doesn’t work you might be better off following your gut. Follow it to the nearest fried food restaurant and remember that the food in your tummy will fill the momentary void and will not offer too much resistance to your charms or lack thereof. But if it is a human you are looking for to pass on your genetic code with, may I suggest going outside, meeting that person and communicating with them face to face in a verbal fashion. It worked fine before the age of telephones.
Archive for ‘August, 2012’
Hello again fellow Pangaeans!
We hope you have been enjoying our comics and the Summer. We’ve noticed that there are many more of you watching Emo Caveman now and we are delightfully resolved to entertain you more than ever. Here is another brand new adventure from the before now.
This strip marked the point of our departure from the usage of digital word balloons. The available balloons generated by our programs were too hard to deal with and were not flexible enough. So this is the start of hand drawn word balloons going forward. We had tried to avoid drawing them before because we didn’t feel confident about how they looked, but they look better to us and take less time to do than the ready made ones. We just hope we don’t draw them too small or the text will suffer.
Our inker Joanna found the previous strip a real challenge especially with the buildings in the third panel. This strip too required the precision of a surgical knife, but she pulled through and it came out better than the original illustration. The design of young Chillaxasloth was not too difficult, but young Emo Caveman took a lot of time to get right. We tried several different color combinations for his hair and clothes including brown, grey, black, dark brown and orange until we settled on what you see here.
As far as coloring, this was the most fun for Lyndon to work with since the initial strip. The balance of colors, contrast and the composition of characters came together in such a wonderful harmony by the end that we stood back and looked at it for some time. So you could say we were very, very pleased with this one.
Perhaps the best part about doing this comic is learning so much about how to make a comic actually work. We’ve stated before about how this is our first web comic, but we had been tackling the idea of making our comics four years ago.
At the time, we were bouncing ideas off each other and doing a lot of experimental comic layouts and stories. What we quickly learned was how hard it is to make just a plain old comic. Basically a lot of stuff we were coming up with just wasn’t ready and was lacking certain essentials. Things like gutters, panel size, word balloons, font style, font size, character space, texture, thickness of line, eye flow, hierarchy, focus of composition, word choice, build up, punch lines, pay offs and visual jokes are the sorts of things we never took the time to consider until we tried doing them. And we are still learning as we go. But it’s really fun that way because we are learning the rules and tying different things here and there.
Characters also take a lot of effort and time to develop. And we are definitely not masters of the trade. Good characters can be placed in almost any situation and deliver delight to the audience. We felt confident about the personalities of Emo Caveman and Chillaxasloth by the time “What Dreams are Made of” came along. The surreal juxtaposition of Emo Caveman as something he would never be (a successful business man) and Chillaxasloth as his wife is an image that begs to be seen. I don’t know why this scenario works for these characters but it just does.
Originally this particular strip had Emo Caveman waking up out of bed smiling and then meeting wife Chillaxasloth in the kitchen. Later this was changed to having him getting ready in the bathroom and watching his own reflection, smiling confidently. There was a desire to avoid confusion from the reader when Emo Caveman wakes up from bed. We didn’t want people thinking he was smiling for a different reason (ahem). It was also important that we see that he’s smiling because he is excited about the rest of the day, so the mirror and the bathroom were more complimentary to the story. Although there is the chance we might have sacrificed a neat parallel between Emo Caveman waking up in the first panel happy and glad and the dismay he expresses in the final panel waking from what he believes to have been a nightmare.