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Mr Happy 1 - pg 3 by Bracey100 Mr Happy 1 - pg 3 by Bracey100
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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:iconlatroma:
Latroma Featured By Owner May 23, 2018
Happy can find the bright side of anything.
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 23, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Its just a matter of perspective!
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:iconjamoodoodles:
JamooDoodles Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NOT THE SANDCASTLES!!!
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Yes...ALL the sandcastles will fall!
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:iconbjatkinson:
BjAtkinson Featured By Owner May 21, 2018  Hobbyist 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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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 21, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I must be too, because I drew it lol! 
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:iconrodcom1000:
RODCOM1000 Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Professional 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:
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Professional 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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:iconrodcom1000:
RODCOM1000 Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Professional 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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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 21, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
True, true. 
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:iconclonesimone:
CloneSimone Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
To be fair, living in a city with a giant leviathan would be pretty freakin cool.
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Professional 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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:iconclonesimone:
CloneSimone Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True dat
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:iconkostmeyer:
Kostmeyer Featured By Owner May 20, 2018
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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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Professional 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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StarGamerWorld Featured By Owner May 20, 2018
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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Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Professional 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. 
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:iconstargamerworld:
StarGamerWorld Featured By Owner May 20, 2018
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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UrsaMagnus Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Another fantastic page, sir. Love the color and detail in your work on these.
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Professional 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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:iconanastasiy:
Anastasiy Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
This is just beautiful! Colors are truly great
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Professional 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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:iconlecter-the-mu:
Lecter-the-Mu Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Making a kid cry? That's not cool, brah :no:
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Monsters dont give a F__K!
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:iconbranded-curse:
Branded-Curse Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It stomped a kid's sandcastle?
Pure evil confirmed!
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed, my villains are the worst, the very worst I tell you!
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:iconkaijuduke:
KaijuDuke Featured By Owner May 19, 2018
Lifeguard: Mr. Harryhausen, I love your work, but please keep your Kraken on a leash would ya? He's disturbing the other beachgoers XD

Sorry, I know we haven't seen the entire monster yet, but I couldn't resist a Ray Harryhausen/Clash of the Titans reference, hail to the king of stop motion animation :D
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Hail to the king indeed. I have a collection of his films on DVD and Im amazed at hell well many of them still stand up as far as Im concerned. 

The creature is in fact a giant mutant lamprey. I got the idea from a Marvel Superheroes RPG I was playing years ago where Mr Happy tangled with this thing while living at the beach...before joining the X-Men. Nope he wasnt a mutant in the game but the X-Men were desperate for help, so....who ya gonna call! 
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:iconstegron:
Stegron Featured By Owner May 19, 2018
Hope to se the rest of that huge monster soon. Great work.
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Oh yeah you'll be getting an eyeful of it shortly, but Ive got to add one more funny bit first.
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:iconantonellisofbbender:
AntonellisofbBender Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Student Filmographer
that looks like Manda
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Its a giant mutant lamprey, so you know, long snakey body...check.
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:iconantonellisofbbender:
AntonellisofbBender Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Student Filmographer
I like to see monsterverse portray manda this way
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Id love to se a monsterverse Manda as well! Manda doesnt get enough love.
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:iconantonellisofbbender:
AntonellisofbBender Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Student Filmographer
Indeed
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:iconblazeknightdt:
BlazeKnightDT Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, man. The oblivious protagonist returns.

Love it.
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah Happy is making the mistake that is usually reserved for villains, he's monologuing. Wait, I guess actually he's narating, I guess that's his kryptonite in this instance.
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:iconblazeknightdt:
BlazeKnightDT Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I suppose it's to be expected from a guy who doesn't have a care in the world.
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Since being Mr Happy is literally a dream come true, yeah he's on cloud nine.
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:iconblazeknightdt:
BlazeKnightDT Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
And that will make this comic all the more interesting.

Can't wait for more!
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:iconangelfromgod2:
AngelFromGod2 Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Student General Artist
Mr Hand: Sometimes a villain needs a break once in a while right?
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
They arent very good about calling ahead and scheduling an appearance. Villains and monsters are rude like that.
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:iconangelfromgod2:
AngelFromGod2 Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Student General Artist
Mr Hand: Well of course at some point they can be pretty small minded of course.
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:iconragnarokoffical:
RagnarokOffical Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Hobbyist
No!!! Not the sand castle!!! Damn you Kraken!!
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Yes the sand castle! Muhuwhahahahahahaha!!! PS, its not a kraken....but what could it be?
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:iconragnarokoffical:
RagnarokOffical Featured By Owner Edited May 19, 2018  Hobbyist
The Leviathan? Ohhhhh I must know. PS amazing work
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Its a giant mutant lamprey. Because....why not.
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:iconragnarokoffical:
RagnarokOffical Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Hobbyist
Ohhh!!! I’m so scared of lampreys fear revamp fear revamp 
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