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Everyday Grind Comic 30

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Ah, 30 at last! And what a story behind this one!

Initally, I had 30 and it's subsequent comics entirely planned out, when I heard about a contest for :iconhumorous-art:

The contest was to make a picture with poo in it, so, naturally, I went with Paunch. It was about 2 frames, when I decided it would be funny to add the cat. That turned out too cruel, so I added Jamie to counter him. One thing led to another, and before I knew it was 8 frames!

"Ben, you disco duck," I said to myself, "you can't have all this material and NOT make a full comic out of it!"

Even I laughed at me when I thought of trying to cram this in the storyline, so I added a few more frames (and a snazzy Tex Avery esque intro) to make it a "story". Shenanigans ensued, I was forced to rework a couple comics, and the line was rearranged with much difficulty.

I have my beloved comic, I get to enter the contest, and get to battle the mighty ninja horde with the hammer of Mjolnir *citation needed. Author is extremley tired and delirious*

And some fun facts! This is the first comic I've ever done without dialogue to carry it on. It was a challenge getting each face right, but Paunch and Jamie have such wonderful expressions from cute to pissed to shocked. I learned a lot with this comic, and I plan to do more without dialogue in the future!

Okay, it's past 1 a.m. as I submit this, and I have been working on this for far too many hours in a row. Off I go, and I hope you all enjoy it! Every fav and comment means a lot, and thank you for your support! We will see you next week for comic 31!

...this is also the first project where I had a photoshop layer named "poop".

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Critique by woohooligan Feb 7, 2010, 11:38:50 PM
Hey Ben, I fav'd this without commenting ... and I realize now without reading the comments... must have been in a hurry. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/w/w…" width="15" height="15" alt=";)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="387" title=";) (Wink)"/>

Anyway, I'd been meaning to come back in particular to say that I really love the decision to go script-free on this strip. I think you have to have just the right kind of story to do that and this one was a definite win there. It's not even so much that the lack of script enhances it as much as it is that you would really lose something I think from the feel and the impact of the script if it were cluttered with dialogue.

And having another look at it now, I love conceptually the use of spit in the angry frame, although the presentation of it loses me a little. It may just be me and my own proclivities, since I've done spit before -- I think I'd have preferred to see it illustrated as a contiguous glob, the way it's shown in my energizer bunny strips (energy drink is one of them). I think this presentation took me a moment to figure out that it was supposed to be spit -- I think that's what tripped me up was I didn't recognize it at first.
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Hey Ben, I fav'd this without commenting ... and I realize now without reading the comments... must have been in a hurry. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/w/w…" width="15" height="15" alt=";)" title=";) (Wink) - ;)"/>

Anyway, I'd been meaning to come back in particular to say that I really love the decision to go script-free on this strip. I think you have to have just the right kind of story to do that and this one was a definite win there. It's not even so much that the lack of script enhances it as much as it is that you would really lose something I think from the feel and the impact of the script if it were cluttered with dialogue.

And having another look at it now, I love conceptually the use of spit in the angry frame, although the presentation of it loses me a little. It may just be me and my own proclivities, since I've done spit before -- I think I'd have preferred to see it illustrated as a contiguous glob, the way it's shown in my energizer bunny strips (energy drink is one of them). I think this presentation took me a moment to figure out that it was supposed to be spit -- I think that's what tripped me up was I didn't recognize it at first.

The sad puppy eyes was an excellent touch as well. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/b/b…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" title=":D (Big Grin) - :D"/>

Overall great job!
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Ben- Wowzers! Thanks for the critique, Ike!

I'm glad you like it! I must agree with my own misgiving sbout the angry spittle. Normally, I would have had it as a drawn outline, but usually that makes it look robust. In the case of Orlov or Paunch, that's fine, but on such a tiny woman as Jamie, it looked very odd. I'm sure there is a better way to do it with female characters, but I decided to just do it the old fashioned way after I couldn't get it right :D

Thank you again!
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Poor cat 😅
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delightful
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The girl looks like "Megg Griffon" without an hat! xD
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Hehe :Meow: I Love this xD
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:meow: *
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I won't lie to you…I have been in that exact same scenario paunch was in but did not have to balls to actually use the cat!
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Haha, it's one of the most harrowing moments in anyone's life. how do I get out of this?
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un gotta enjoy paunch,s face in the last panel rolf he looks like that chicken from family guy or peter from fg
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Haha, I love the giant chicken! Everytime he comes back I say its old and not funny, but because it goes on for so long if becomes funny again
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She looks like Meg, I'll call her Meg in a nutshell
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Everyday-Grind-ComicHobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I didn't even think about that until after it was posted and many people pointed it out. Oh well, lesson learned!
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you draw awesoom and lol
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thanks!
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is this drawn on paper if so can u help me withhow to layout comics i am a beginner so go easy ben 
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sure thing!

first, no, this was not drawn on paper. Many more before it were, but this one was done all in photoshop. I don things a bit weird, but that just works for me, I guess!

First, I'll decide on a relative size for the comic. 8.5x11, 11x17, etc. whatever works.

Then, I'll write it. Always write everything first! it's easier to edit words than pictures. Then, (a lesson I learned much later, lol) cut everything that doesn't need to be there. Read it aloud several times, think about it overnight, whatever you need to do!

Once you have a general idea of what you want to say, it's good to start giving it a face. I'll assign all my words to different panels (just labelled 1, 2, 3 or whatever) and then make a new document (piece of paper, if you will). I'll draw the scene, and then do the same for all the rest if the frames. I do this because I'm not sure what I want to be bigger, smaller, or what.

After they're all done, I'll start putting the pieces in the original document (page). From there I can cut pieces of them off, resize, or whatever I want to do with them until I'm happy with the way it looks. This is also the time where I'll decide how much space each frame gets, so that the text can fit in too.

Professionals (for action comics at least) do rough sketches and frames all on one sheet of paper, while I will make all my frames and then try and puzzle-piece them into a comic. I can see the validity in both techniques, but it's always good to know how others do their work to better influence you how to do yours!
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Np
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Awesome comic! here is a cool comic i like to read
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this is hilarious!
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thank you!
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poor cat O>o
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:XD:
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