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Result in thread: Studio Ghibli shuts down
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4th Aug 2014, 3:59 AM #1
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It's actually not true, just a mistranslation by an English fan blog for Ghibli that spread like wildfire.

They're actually just restructuring and taking a break from any major productions while they decide what to do without Miyazaki, given his son has been hesitant about working in animation. There's a chance they may decide to close down their production studio entirely in the future (it's not phrased as anything more than one possible option among many when properly translated), but that hasn't been decided yet.
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Result in thread: Guardians of the Galaxy
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3rd Aug 2014, 2:32 AM #2
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danielthecreator:Dave Batista as Drax and Groot


Just for clarification here, Batista didn't play Groot. That was Vin Diesel.


Although I think they could've probably hired anybody to play Groot. He only has one line and he is completely CGI.


Having to portray a broad variety of emotion, meaning, and conversation purely through facial expression (his face was mo-capped for the role) and tone is actually incredibly difficult, and as much as I think Diesel is usually a waste of screen time he did a phenomenal job and put a lot of work into making the role come out right (he's a fan of the source material).

It's like claiming Andy Serkis is easily replaceable in all of his roles, since it's all CGI and he often doesn't have a lot of lines.
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Result in thread: Guardians of the Galaxy
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2nd Aug 2014, 8:54 PM #3
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danielthecreator:Dave Batista as Drax and Groot


Just for clarification here, Batista didn't play Groot. That was Vin Diesel.
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21st Jul 2014, 6:28 AM #4
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Moonratds:It's pretty demotivating because Freak On looks pretty unprofessional....


One of the most oft-repeated compliments about my comic is that I put a high level of professionalism behind it that a lot of comics are missing.

However, in no way does that seem to make up for sheer talent and practice. It doesn't matter if I know how to use my tools and software to the best of their ability if I can't create something truly interesting or unique.

Just keep working and be the very best you can be, every time. You'll either get there or discover that comics may not be your thing. Either way you'll have the experience, right?
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3rd Mar 2014, 12:42 AM #5
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danielthecreator:I just always think that at these cons for 15-20 pounds they can get posterprints of batman by Neil Adams for 20 quid I shouldn't cost stuff with my original characters close to that.


This is a terrible mindset to get yourself into, especially when you take into account the gap in effort/expenses between a Batman posterprint produced with support from one of the biggest names in the industry and an independent creator doing things one their own.

Charge what you think both covers the expense/effort of making the posters and bringing them to the convention for sale, while still keeping in mind what you hope to make off them. You'd be surprised, I have a wealthy friend (I'm talking old-money wealthy, the lucky bastard) who loves comics, but he's WAY more likely to buy a unique/original piece he's never seen before but thinks looks cool than yet ANOTHER mass-printed Batman poster.

People buy what they think is cool. Unless you're actively trying to draw the superhero comic demographic, don't worry about matching their price-points so much.
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27th Jan 2014, 10:28 PM #6
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In Plastic Bullets Mayhem Unloaded today, there is a splash page as the little RC car strapped with the airsoft grenade goes off.



I like this page. I liked it enough to read back and figure out what's going on, then promptly subscribe.

More. THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE!


"Today" in My Mediocre Mind, there are no cigars.

Almost conspicuously so.
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21st Jan 2014, 6:17 PM #7
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Self-taught. Twice.

I actually feel like I used to be a vastly superior artist to what I am now, was starting to work on figuring out photorealistic pencil drawing.

Then I was homeless, had a psychotic break, and shattered my hand in an abandoned car garage.

Just in the last few years have I been trying to re-teach myself. Hard, my hand always starts throbbing halfway through any drawing, but I stick with it.
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19th Jan 2014, 5:05 PM #8
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I legitimately don't know what's happening, but I can't imagine creatures bursting from the ground is a good thing by anyone's definition.


Today in My Mediocre Mind, existential racism becomes a thing.
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3rd Jan 2014, 11:08 PM #9
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Lizuka:Wright as Rayne cuts back to Rin, who's having more insecurities in the face of more strange events.


I have absolutely, positively no idea what's happening in this comic.

I actually started giggling near the end, I was so confused. I'm going to say that's definitely a win.


Today in My Mediocre Mind, we revisit that tentacle obsession of mine.

Damned if that little bugger ain't cute, though!
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3rd Jan 2014, 5:02 PM #10
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Were I to average between what Google Analytics and the CF tracker, an update day is anywhere between 150 and 270 users with two or three times that number in repeat hits, most days I'm usually settled somewhere around 45 per day.

I also have a HORRENDOUS update schedule, at least since I had to move the comic into more of a "for fun when I have time" situation than making it my main project, and I barely advertise. In fact, most of the time my Project Wonderful advertising is more my way to give other cartoonists/artists/etc something back via paying for ad space.

I'm not really a marketing person, nor is my stuff particularly marketable. If I'm lucky, there'll be a niche that gets drawn to my stuff... because that's the only hope for readership my scribbles are ever going to have.
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18th Dec 2013, 9:18 PM #11
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EssayBee:Issue #8 of Fusion draws to a close this week (link in sig).


I'm still trying to figure out if it's just me, or is he pointing that camera at her chest?

Either way, I giggled for like a minute solid.

Today in My Mediocre Mind, I managed to finish the comic without throwing my desk out a window!

Seriously though, I'm terrible with coloring. Terrible.
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9th Dec 2013, 5:49 AM #12
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I have one, but it's only got like 16 likes.

Not even all of my family likes it.

I'm a hack.
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9th Dec 2013, 4:01 AM #13
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There's two, in specific, that I've been playing with in my head. Even drawn some concept art for them.

One is pretty simple, I wanted to take the Great Old Ones and the Outer Gods from the Lovecraft mythos and put them all in regular, everyday workplace situations (in particular, I had an image of a teenage-bodied Cthulhu working in retail and devouring the sanity of an asshole customer, getting him yelled at - again - by his manager). Hastur in a cubicle just sounded funny to me.

The other is about a little girl and her friend, the monster that lives under her bed, with a lot of really dark comedy involved.

Problem is that I barely have time to slap together the occasional My Mediocre Mind update, and that has a really simplistic art style. Both of these would be more along the lines of Charles Addams style of artwork, which would require a lot more effort on my part. Maybe when I finally get my tablet display.
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9th Dec 2013, 3:48 AM #14
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Well, I don't have insurance (haven't been able to afford it since I managed to get off the streets) but my stint of homelessness pretty much obliterated a good part of my dental hygiene, so I've had 4 really rotten teeth for a few years. It's not that I don't take care of them, but for some reason these select teeth keep rotting no matter what I do.

I grind my teeth in my sleep (apparently) and, one night, apparently I crushed one of the rotten/hollow/cavity-riddled teeth and ground it into the gum. I remember waking up with this pulse of pure agony from a dead sleep, feeling like my entire head was splitting apart. I'm pretty much the dumbest sonnoffabitch alive, so rather than wake Em up and suggest a trip to the hospital I sit in bed, whimpering into a pillow and nearly passing out from the constant waves of pain.

Sometime around 5AM she woke up, probably noticing I wasn't laying down anymore, and pressured me to visit the emergency room since I couldn't stop moaning and was barely coherent. Continuing my streak of pure fucking stupidity, it took nearly two hours for me to allow this to happen, which resulted in a RIDICULOUS hospital bill for an intern to look at my tooth and let me know I definitely need surgery of some sort, then gave me the number to an emergency dental surgeon.

Em called and set up an appointment around noon, nauseous and vomiting from the agony in my mouth up until that point. Once I was finally in to see the dentist, up pops the "dumb as fuck" beast in my head, demanding I play it down. The assistant and I chit-chat while she prepares an xray, mostly about my work and other meaningless small-talk... until she actually takes a look at the scan of my mouth. Mid-sentence she stops speaking, and I get worried enough to say "Something wrong?"

Her only response was "Just... just give me a second..." as she speed-walks out of the room. I sit there, vaguely concerned, and twist around to see the image hanging from it's spot on the wall. I notice a strange discolored blob under a tooth, but knowing very little about orthodontics I don't jump to conclusions... though fears of a tumor in my jaw start simmering under the surface. Eventually, the dentist himself finally walks into the room with the asisstant, introducing himself amiably and letting me know he'd be taking care of me. While still chatting, he turns to the xray - much as his assistant had - and suddenly falls silent. A few minutes passes before I finally hear his voice.

"... how are you conscious right now, without screaming in pain?!"
"Huh?", I ask, more than a little concerned.
"It looks like you have an abscess in your jaw, the biggest I've ever seen!"

A little stunned, the polite mask I usually wear around strangers drops as I respond, without missing a beat: "I am Jedi."

He laughed, the assistant laughed, I got a huge dose of painkillers and the shards of tooth pulled out, along with a small amount of my gums removed from the infection. I had to sit there with suction on the open cavity for about 40 minutes as pus poured from the abscess. It tasted vaguely like old grapes and fried chicken... fucking foul.

Turns out, when I was a kid and had to have a root canal done (thanks to never seeing a dentist until I was 12) the dentist hadn't preformed the procedure correctly, crookedly jamming the artificial metal root deep into my gum-line and causing an infection to slowly build over the last 13 years. They prescribed my some hydrocodone for the pain, but I'll tell you now... totally didn't need it. Suddenly having an intense pain I'd never even realized was there taken away left me feeling high as a kite for almost a solid week.

Totally awesome times, and thankfully the missing tooth isn't particularly visible.
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6th Dec 2013, 12:46 AM #15
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OnlyFoolsAndVikings:(Like, Sword and Sorcery for me falls under High Fantasy as well?)


Sword and Sorcery, to the best I've been able to understand it, is basically High Fantasy tailored for young adults.

Less talking about morals, philosophy, etc and more fighting and angst and yelling. Always seemed like a trivial difference, really.

As a point of interest, there's quite a few really rather interesting female characters in the Wheel of Time series. I've always liked (most of) the character development in that story.
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5th Dec 2013, 7:18 PM #16
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As a bit of an update to my previous comment, I've gone ahead and slapped three bio-bits (the hell would you actually call these?) for the cast up on my site.

I think it was more so I could make really terrible in-jokes. To myself. In fact, looking back at cast pages from other comics I rather enjoy, I think the only reason ANYONE does these things is for funsies.
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5th Dec 2013, 7:16 PM #17
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So, if I'm reading that right, they're basically saying "Yeah, we dunno, it'll take some time or something. Or not? Really, dunno."

Absolute MODEL of professionalism, that lot.
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1st Dec 2013, 6:19 PM #18
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Sir_Fonzie:Today on college munchies we hear some odd noises during a smoke break
college munchies- odd noise


For a brief, terrifying moment... panel 4 made me think the entire brown wall behind them was a huge spider.

Scariest double-take I've done all week!

Today in My Mediocre Mind, Jason gets coerced out of the house (finally) and WORDS.

MORE WORDS.

ALL OF THE WOOOOOORDS.
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1st Dec 2013, 6:14 PM #19
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I actually JUST added a button to a cast page on the site, but it doesn't lead anywhere just yet (I'm tweaking things because I decided it looked too messy).

Personally, it all comes down to the type of comic/story you're trying to put out. MMM is kind of a "sitcom in comic form" sorta thing at this point (despite my best efforts to move away from that) and a brief little bio for each character will probably be a welcome addition to the poor saps I lure my way. However, if your story is more action-oriented with deeper nuances to the telling, a character bio page is probably more irrelevant than anything else. Not that it could HURT to have, just that a lot of people might not even bother to look at it.
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21st Nov 2013, 7:03 PM #20
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Jetyl:for Isonacia today, Alysandra crashes.


"Shit dude, I think we broke her" is now on the list of things NOT to say out loud without context.

The look my fiance just gave me...

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Was debating on not posting these in here anymore, but screw it. Big enough change to warrant showing.

Today in My Mediocre Mind, we observe the artistry of blanket cocoons.
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