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Mr Happy 1 - pg 3

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Ok so on this page we see that the cover isn't a gimmick but it actually pays off with something that happens in the book itself. Wish more big time comics did this. I'm pretty sick of comics that have exciting covers but the content isn't reflected in the story within, the ole bait in switch steals another $4 bucks! Not so with Southern Comics friends! If
it's on the cover its gonna be in the book!

So we see the beach is not so idyllic as it first appeared. Who would have thought in a superhero comic that local danger would be prevalent? Luckily there is a (somewhat oblivious) hero hanging out on the beach!

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Latroma's avatar
Happy can find the bright side of anything.
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Bracey100Professional Digital Artist
Its just a matter of perspective!
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JamooDoodlesHobbyist Traditional Artist
NOT THE SANDCASTLES!!!
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Bracey100Professional Digital Artist
Yes...ALL the sandcastles will fall!
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BjAtkinsonHobbyist Digital Artist
I must secretly be a troll, because that last panel cracks me up more than it should. Doge troll emote  
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Bracey100Professional Digital Artist
I must be too, because I drew it lol! 
RODCOM1000's avatar
RODCOM1000Professional General Artist
Looks like Happy's starting big, he's got a real giant on his hands! Love the textures and details, nice work :thumbsup:
Bracey100's avatar
Bracey100Professional Digital Artist
Like they say go big or go home. Much like the intro comic I did for the DU I need to use my first set up to define Mr Happy. In that case it was setting up the T-Force, Happy's personality and his powers. In this case its his location personality and powers. The monster will give new readers a good idea of what Happy can do and a good taste of his sense of humor...before I drop the hammer! 

Cant tell you how nice it is to get the official thing going after 20 years, I created him in 1988. He went through so many evolutions before becoming what you saw of him in the DU and he's even gone through some more changes since then. Hopefully the new or revised ideas will work out. Damn I wish I could skip ahead to all the really BIG stuff but I gotta be patient and set it all up properly. 
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RODCOM1000Professional General Artist
I know how you feel. I often want to just jump right into the juicy bits,
but storytelling is an art and needs a setup.
That's what makes joining these DA competitions so much fun.
You can usually jump in to the juicy bits without worrying about the setup or conclusion.
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Bracey100Professional Digital Artist
True, true. 
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CloneSimoneHobbyist Traditional Artist
To be fair, living in a city with a giant leviathan would be pretty freakin cool.
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Bracey100Professional Digital Artist
When you live next to the ocean in a comic book world you can expect to see many a fantastical beast of the sea, rest assured.
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CloneSimoneHobbyist Traditional Artist
True dat
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Love the build up here - some tantalising glimpses of the creature as it carves a path of devastation, but building up anticipation of the full reveal by holding back a good look at it - great storytelling. Have to wonder about that kid's priorities though! (Unless his family were also under that flipper - in which case I should say he's justified!)
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Bracey100Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the feedback. Yeah you gotta build these things up properly. In the first draft/thumbnails of the script the monster was revealed on the second page with very little buildup. In fact the whole first sequence here was moving at a very rushed pace because of how I was structuring the first issue. Ive since revised the entire first issue and I think the pacing is much better now. On top of that Im still thinking of this as a book that will see print at some point so to that end I am always trying to consider the page turn. So the final reveal of the creature will of course come with page 5. 

As for the kid, totally done for lols. The original sequence I had in mind had the terrified tot being scooped up by an equally frightened mother in the last panel to emphasize the terror of the situation. Thing is I often work in the classic Marvel Method from back in the day. Basically I plot, then I thumbnail and then I script in the dialogue. The oblivious narration from Mr Happy just didnt fit with a scene of a child in explicit danger and experiencing pure terror, so I redrew the panel to make it a bit funnier to fit in the overall tone of this first sequence. 

The plan will be to initially hook people in with Mr Happy as a lighthearted fun book before letting the audience know that shit will in fact get real in this story. While there will be a lot of fun Mr Happy is going to exist in a world where there are very bad things happening a real world consequences for actions.
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Gotta love the dissonance between Mr Happy's narration and the scenes playing out. It strikes me as perfect for setting the kind of tone Mr. Happy's story might be. :D That, or Mr. Happy is just looking at the bright side of things, which I commend him for! =P

And in regards to the drawing itself, I love the water effects again, especially with how they wave and splash around. That could not have been easy to do and it does look really nice. Being able to portray shadows/lighting of the water and keep it distinct from the blue sky is also an accomplishment :D
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Bracey100Professional Digital Artist
Mr Happy is so busy narrating that he hasnt noticed what must be a very load commotion going on behind him what with the splashes and screams and the breaking of timbers and not to mention that the beach surely shook with our little beastie making landfall. But its about to get his attention and soon lol. I definitely thought the juxtaposition of his words with the scenes going on would be great for their comedic flair. 

Water is oddly one of the things I hate drawing the most, Im almost never satisfied with it or how I color it. Interestingly this is one of the few times Ive drawn water that I think turned out ok. I was trying a new technique here, attempting to have my digital drawing match my old pen and ink style and it seems to be paying off. 
StarGamerWorld's avatar
It's a pretty great way of doing comedic flair I think. :D And I don't blame you for hating to draw water. It never seems easy to do, especially when drawing massive waves and splashes like in this page. Glad the new technique is working out though! Seems like it's doing well so far :D
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UrsaMagnusProfessional Digital Artist
Another fantastic page, sir. Love the color and detail in your work on these.
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Bracey100Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, Im really trying to push my digital work to look more like my analog pen and ink work. Since going digital a few years back my line work has been more "empty" as Ive let color and dropped in texture replace a lot of crosshatching that I used to do.
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AnastasiyProfessional Digital Artist
This is just beautiful! Colors are truly great
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Bracey100Professional Digital Artist
I really appreciate that since I m no colorist by far. I feel like my coloring skills are mediocre at best.
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Lecter-the-MuHobbyist
Making a kid cry? That's not cool, brah :no:
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Bracey100Professional Digital Artist
Monsters dont give a F__K!
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