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16th Dec 2009, 7:00 PM
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The Kid tells a Joke
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Magravan edit delete
Hello! This, unfortunately, is straight up filler. Not because we couldn't have dropped 16 in here instead, but because it was the only way that we could put the pamphlet in 5 days in a row without breaking up the next day's storyline. Sooo... This is R.Z. #1, rather than an official number.

That said... Wasn't that neat! (presuming it worked appropriately and so on... We're new to this...) I have to admit, I was terribly impressed by it... But then, I'm one of those people that is easily impressed by nifty visual stuff. I figure if we had to go for Filler, this was a pretty cool way to do it..

About the joke.. It's actually a joke that my 7 year old son came up with while June and I were batting the story back and forth. I was sleeping through the day, woke up in the evening and they gleefully told me about how R.Z. could get John. I promised him that if he did well in school that I would do this comic. He's been doing a lot better this year, so we're honouring that deal now.

I don't know what June's going to mention in her comment (I'll be driving home when it goes up), but I hope she mentions the issues with the punchline picture... We learned some things about communication between writer and artist on this one :)

Thanks to all who are checking us out, we would appreciate your vote on the TopWebComics, and if anyone wants to write a review, we posted the comic on http://belfrycomics.net . We're also very grateful to everyone who is helping to spread it around by telling friends and such about the comic. It's a great feeling to see our unique views rise to more than double our previous best.

See you on Monday for Page 1 of the Pamphlet!
Skrael (I'm the artist) edit delete
Skrael (I'm the artist)
An animator I ain't.

Ok I'm tired so I don't know how much sense this is going to make, but I guess James wants me to tell you the story.

The Gist of it is, I don't know how to follow instructions. On two accounts.

The first incidence was the original joke itself. I misunderstood what he meant, and drew panel four portraying R.Z. sneaking up behind John and shouting "now!" at him. James was having none of that. Well, I wondered why it was unfunny. I told James to ensure that I "get" the joke next time to avoid future redraws. Yeah I ended up redrawing John completely in panel 4.

The second incidence was about the animation. James wanted it animated as it is now, but I assumed he wanted the full four panel layout only animated. We seemed to be talking about the same thing, but once in a while he seemed confused about what I was talking about. He never asked me for clarification, so this one was his fault.

User comments:
Magravan edit delete reply
But she did it in 1 panel anyways... Awwww, what a sweetie!
SilentCruel (Guest) edit delete reply
I'm with ya, June. Never did get James' humor. ;)

Great update! Little guy reminds me of my daughter.
2gcomic edit delete reply
Nice! What program did you guys use to animate this?
Skrael (I'm the artist)
LOL I used photoshop to animate it
Magravan edit delete reply
Haha! You wound me, SC :)
Effigy_Power edit delete reply
Awesome job.
Yes, Photoshop is underrated as an animation-tool. It actually works quite well.
VIPER edit delete reply
that made me lol

personally i use gimp for photo manip and animations
DC (Guest) edit delete reply
You guys make me happy. :)

Awesome work on the comic so far!
marilynzelha edit delete reply
Sometimes it's just really hard to communicate visual information verbally. I get this all the time in my business and that's why I never make so much as a parking sign without showing proofs first. Color is the worst though... one person's "aqua" is another's "turquoise". If I never hear, "oh just a forest green," again, that would be okay with me.
Magravan edit delete reply
Definitely, Marilyn.. She said that from now on, I either make her a stick man version of it, or I suffer the consequences :D
Skrael (I'm the artist) edit delete reply
Skrael (I'm the artist)
Thanks!! :)

This is some of my best cloth painting here: