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21st Jul 2020, 1:56 PM #1
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For days my "Merged Double Post" never posted.
I could see a stored record of it in the message thread, but it never actually posted to the forums.
Then I decided to post an entirely new post on the same thread, obviously different thoughts and wording.
Because of course, it was when I wrote the exact same thing over and over again that the double post was created to begin with...
At the time I thought that perhaps there was some "temporary glitch" in the forums, and that maybe my duplicate post would bypass this glitch and actually post, but it never did.
Well guess what. After I posted a new and unique post, instead of my new post posting, my merged double post finally posted!!!!
It was like it was a clog in a pipe that got "dislodged"!

After days of being in limbo it finally posted!

Then many hours later, actually like the next day I think, the newest post that I made finally posted!

Only Kyo could figure this out!
21st Jul 2020, 2:06 AM #2
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Blah Blah Experiment to see if I can post a reply to this thread...
19th Jul 2020, 7:06 PM #3
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Well my "merged double post" never showed up at all and it has been more than 6 hours...

It was on this thread

It feels like the whole post is somehow locked or glitched, but I am not sure...
"What is a "Merged Doublepost"?", 19th Jul 2020, 5:16 PM #4
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Something new and different happened to me the other day here in the forum it is called a "Merged Doublepost".

It was basically a comment I left on my own thread, but it is not showing up...
Does anyone know why this would happen?

What is a "Merged Doublepost"?

Thank you for your time.
Result in thread: test
"test", 19th Jul 2020, 4:46 AM #5
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19th Jul 2020, 4:03 AM #6
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LOL that Family Guy clip was hilarious!
Now I can chalk up any and all criticism I receive as the "language of the opposite goblins"!
Ha Ha!
18th Jul 2020, 5:59 PM #7
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What an amazing answer mitchellbravo!
Do you have an I.Q. of about 160?
The information you provided helps me tremendously to put a lot things into perspective.
You just revealed why on a subconscious level I have always loved Post Apocalyptic themed movies, shows, books, and comics.
Mainly the part about "rule-bound lives".
Yes. I think that the rogue anti-hero in a lawless post-apocalyptic setting provides a cathartic release to the reader/ viewer from their rule-bound lives, and the drudgery of the "daily grind", the never ending rent and bills, fines, pain, and scrutiny from all areas of life.

Also thanks for solidly defining premise, Tone and Theme.
I now see the premise as a super concentrated summary of the entire story's plot written in a few lines.
And tone and theme as the emotions generated by the plot, with theme being the set of consistent emotions that help define the genre.

I agree also with your analysis of the dystopian anti-hero:
By allowing the protagonist to act not in the interest of "the law" but on their own personal set of ethics and values, films in this genre can play more fast and loose with the intensity and absurdity of their action and dialogue- acknowledging the flawed protagonist allows the audience to relate and live vicariously through them more easily, to identify with them.

If I were using the D&D alignment system, I would say that Post Apocalyptic heroes were lawful-Neutral perhaps, or chaotic-good. Administering their own personal form of justice, ...Vigilantes basically.

Thank you so much. ;)
18th Jul 2020, 3:02 AM #8
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OK These next questions are specific to:

I love your advice about:
"A good story buckles you in, has an identifiable tone, and a sense of purpose "

1) Can you define "Tone" a little bit more in regards to a story please?
2) Also, how is "Tone" different from "Theme"?
3) And lastly, can you articulate in words the "tone" of a good 1980s post apocalyptic movie like "The Road Warrior"?

What exactly was it that made that movie so timeless, interesting, and popular?

Thank you for your time!

18th Jul 2020, 2:46 AM #9
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You got me there Amazing Chris Godbey
I was wondering WTH? you were talking about.
17th Jul 2020, 8:37 PM #10
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Great advice everybody.
You people are really smart and have helped me.
Thank you.
Feel free to add more insights...

17th Jul 2020, 8:36 PM #11
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Great advice everybody.
You people are really smart and have helped me.
Thank you.
Feel free to add more insights...

17th Jul 2020, 8:36 PM #12
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Great advice everybody.
You people are really smart and have helped me.
Thank you.
Feel free to add more insights...

17th Jul 2020, 6:09 PM #13
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Cheetor said "Any idea can be good if executed well"

in your opinion, how does an "idea" get "executed well"?

17th Jul 2020, 5:51 PM #14
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What is your definition of "theme"?
What does that concept mean to you especially in terms of comics?

"What is the most important thing about a story to you?", 17th Jul 2020, 9:00 AM #15
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For you personally, what is the most important thing about a story to you?

Is it the characters and their personalities?

Is it the world and its lore?

Is it the emotions you feel when reading the story?

Is it a totally unique idea that sets the story apart from others?

Is it the artwork?

Is it something I haven't mentioned?

Your thoughts and ideas help me to grow as an artist and story teller.

Thank you!
Sincerely, Chris

"What are some of your story telling secrets?", 17th Jul 2020, 8:55 AM #16
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What are some of your story telling secrets?
Please share!

"What is the difference between a good story and a bad story?", 17th Jul 2020, 8:41 AM #17
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Hi. Simple question.

Speaking of comics, in your opinion, what is the difference between a good story and a bad story?


Thanks for your time!

2nd Jul 2020, 5:02 PM #18
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Great answers!

GMan003. I swear I was already thinking of an "explosive" form of locomotion, and I think I may go with the "rocket piston" idea! That is dope!

Also, you just taught me a new word and concept "Diesel Punk". I never even knew that genre had a name, but now I do. Probably "Road Warrior" is the epitome of Diesel Punk!

Joshystar .. I may go with your idea of "artificial wings", perhaps a small pair of "glider wings"? hmm. yes. Another great possibility! and Esperon Person

I really like the idea of "Gecko Gloves", but the "Extendo Hand" is just too technologically advanced and somewhat implausible, even though it is cool, and too similar to "Inspector Gadget" also.

Space Railroad
"Linear Induction Motors" is a no go since they only work with metal, but perhaps an imaginary alternate version of that technology? Like "Silicon Induction Motors"? That way it could be used over the Earth and over rock, any thing with silicon... hmm...

"Need alternative to grappling hook or some unusual method of "propulsion" for my post apocalyptic character. Any ideas?", 2nd Jul 2020, 4:23 PM #19
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Hi. I am looking for an unusual method of "propulsion" for my post apocalyptic character, and I don't want it to be a grappling hook, or "Boot Jets", or a horse or flying bird creature, but I ultimately may have to settle for one of those concepts anyway.

Do you have any cool and original ideas for propelling a comic character short distances?

I am not talking sustained long term flight, but something that allows my character to quickly scale cliffs, hills, small mountainous landscapes etc... so that he can basically move around more efficiently...

The world my character is set in allows for high technology, sort of in between steam punk, and modern military level technology, or retro-futuristic technology similar to Jules Verne.

Thanks for your help and time!
27th Jun 2020, 9:37 AM #20
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Reapeageddon and Nooga: Can "SketchUp" or "Design Doll" render non linear, organic backgrounds, like mountains, hills, trees, and streams etc? It seems to favor architectural type environments with lots of hard straight lines....

Thank you for the insights into your comic making process. Good stuff. You clearly approach it from a traditional art standpoint by drawing your panels first, then importing them into Photoshop to clean up and improve them later.
However, I am beginning to move further and further away from "traditional media" and rely more on digital media because it seems to be faster, and you have access to a seemingly unlimited amount of tools, like layers, the "back button", special effects, and the ability to reshape your sketches using the "free transform tool" etc.
I couldn't do any of that with pencil....
However, the one superior thing about drawing with a pencil, even now, is that it seems to translate your thoughts and feelings onto paper more accurately than digital, because the digital pen program "interprets" your wrist and arm movements to some extent which can make the drawing look a little more "artificial" in my opinion.

Also, no matter how into digital I get, I will ALWAYS keep a sketchbook around for sure... but, I am beginning to do my sketch work on the computer....

I like your 2H and then 2B drawing approach.. Great stuff.

Yes. by having an "unbroken line", the magic wand tool can easily encapsulate your drawing so that it can then be copied and pasted into a new background.

I agree that "scanning" should only be used for the most detailed of artistic pieces, whereas, photographing a pencil drawing is way faster...

I think "Composting" is my biggest take away from your post, especially the part of creating and reusing backgrounds. WOW. It never occurred to me to do that... talk about a mega time saver...

Thanks Rootwood!

I tried using "vector linework layers" in Sai, but ended up not liking them.
The raster lines translate my ideas and hand movements more accurately from my drawing tablet than the vector line work that has a tendency to snap or move slightly into different positions, curves, or shapes. I will keep fiddling with it though...

Also, is the basic version of "Design Doll" truly FREE forever? or is it a 30 day trial?

Songdog, Mitchellbravo
For now, I am going to stick with working on one page at a time, but I can see how if I focused on just one aspect of the comic at a time, like inking, or coloring, and I did multiple pages at once, then it would be faster because I would be immersed into one type of thinking, like "inking thinking" LOL, and I would not be simultaneously worried about all the other aspects of the comic, like word balloons, and layout etc... in other words, I wouldn't get distracted...
Using a construction site as a real life comparison, it would be like switching from plumbing to electrical, and then to roofing in the same day which would be super inefficient.
Great advice.

"Pre Built Layers" are a great idea.

Not drawing the areas under the speech balloons is something I have done as well, but after learning about "compositing", I may never do this again, since if I complete the background, it could be re-used at some point, and the spot that was empty may not get the word balloon... Plus, I have found that creating your backgrounds first, helps with making the whole scene look more natural, like the placement of your characters in the perspective plane, and also with "lighting".
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