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21st Nov 2017, 9:06 PM #1
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Yes, I love silly questions like these, I find them actually really valuable for character building XD

I tried to spoiler this, but I couldn't work out how to put spoilers within spoilers so I'm sorry this is such a long post.
1. When picking out an electronic do they pick a white or black finish?
Seth: Trick question, red.
Jon: Black.
Anna: White.

2. What awful Wal-Mart calendar would they have?
Seth:
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Image: http://i5.walmartimages.com/asr/30f8861f-a407-44c1-8845-b5b97b932163_1.30a39a8c5bfd8f53fcdf407043e213f3.jpeg

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Jon:
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Image: http://i5.walmartimages.com/asr/b440ae45-b411-44b5-a140-3571f52b307c_1.e337beea0b27e04554cbd4e731a19053.jpeg

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Anna:
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Image: http://i5.walmartimages.com/asr/ec38f58b-5877-495e-bd1f-f8ca27fea430_1.87705d1c4905b1dbe064188e0894f99e.jpeg

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3. Nutcrakers, creepy y/n?
Seth: *had to look up nutcrackers* Kinda.
Jon: EXTREMELY YES.
Anna: The ballet? Oh. The... that kind of nutcracker. Not really, no.

4. How do they make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches?
Seth: Spread peanut butter on one side, spread jam on same side, accidentally scrape peanut butter off while trying to spread jam, get peanut butter in jam jar, get yelled at by Jon
Jon: Peanut butter on one side, jam on the other, cut diagonally
Anna: Jam first, you heathens.

5. Toilet paper over or under?
Seth: ??? Whichever way I pick up the roll...??
Jon: OVER.
Anna: UNDER.
Jon: So the dirty wall touches it?!
Anna: So it doesn't all spin off the roll if you fall over and knock your hand against it!

6. What handwriting do they have?
Seth: Scribbly, big, lots of stuff spelled wrong, even I can't really read it.
Jon: Small, neat, efficient, and I've been told it's a bit feminine.
Anna: Fast, scrawling chicken scratch, I write quickly and I won't apologise for it.

7. Pinapple on pizza?
Seth: NO.
Jon: YES.
Anna: HELL YES.

8. What social media would they use?
Seth: Facebook, Instagram, Youtube
Jon: Facebook, Flickr, Twitter
Anna: Facebook, Pinterest, Youtube

9. What would their favorite meme be?
Seth:
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Image: http://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/hostedimages/1472587037i/20212144._SY540_.jpg

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Jon:
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Image: http://i.imgur.com/GugjXl.jpg

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Anna:
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Image: http://i.imgur.com/uCZL2oH.jpg

[/spoiler](my choices show how out of touch I am, these are all ancient, don't care, not sorry)

10. What pointless thing would they collect? Stamps/interesting rocks/playing cards ECt.
Seth: Uhh, nothing I collect is pointless? Rude.
Jon: You don't even play Yu-Gi-Oh anymore, there is no reason for you to own those cards.
Seth: Well you collect junk parts for your old, rubbish camera.
Jon: Those parts are functional and I use them all the time!
Anna: I collect paintbrushes which I never end up using... :')


I wanted to add some, but I couldn't think of very many...

11. What is their least favourite word?
Seth: ...The "F-word".
Jon: Moist.
Anna: Incentivise.

12. Do they capitalise and/or use correct punctuation in texts/letters/forum posts/etc.?
Seth: nope y bothr
Jon: Yes, I do.
Anna: punctuation when i need it, everything else: nah mate
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17th Nov 2017, 8:46 PM #2
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Mothtrap:Aw man, I feel the same way. You ever catch yourself just drawing your other concept a bunch instead of working on pages? I do and sometimes I even cross them over

I'm trying really hard not to draw anything for this new concept at all because I'm worried I'll get nothing else done :,D
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17th Nov 2017, 7:41 PM #3
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I'll probably start another comic, I already have a concept, and I've been held hostage for so long I'm way past Stockholm syndrome at this point.
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11th Nov 2017, 10:02 PM #4
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@RazorD9 I believe that's the "Gilligan cut" and I freaking love that trope. I use it a lot myself, it just never fails to get a laugh out of me.
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11th Nov 2017, 9:57 PM #5
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multiple people:Freckles

Yeeeeaah one of the main reasons none of my characters have freckles is there is an extremely slim chance I'll ever remember to draw them.

killersteak:character design sheets, with the front on, threeqtr turn, and back shot, are what ive seen recommended to have so you dont forget to put in details.

i tried it once and the thing sat in a folder for years and i forgot it existed.

This happens absolutely every time I try making reference sheets. :,D

Fabian W.:The hairstyles of Dexter and Sinistra are asymmetrical, and they are basically the mirror images of each other. I always check on which side that one tuft of hair is supposed to be for each one, and I still screwed this up on several occasions! (For example in the last panel here, even though I got it right in every other panel on the same page!!)
Also, I always keep forgetting that Sinistra is wearing a short asymmetrical skirt over her pants.

Oh man, my character Anna wears asymmetrical tops almost exclusively and I frequently have to go back and check which shoulder is showing, so I know your pain. Similar note: my character Karen has one brown and one blue eye, and you'll never guess who had to label the colour swatches "right eye" and "left eye" (spoilers: it's me).

Kevtrev:Many of my characters wear badges on their shirts. I fully expected to forget those all the time, but somehow I never do. I guess it's become a habit at this point?

I know what you mean, some details I for some reason remember every time, like the same character who has a finger scar also has a teeny scar on his face and I almost never forget to draw that! If only I could turn drawing every detail into a habit like that...

junoro:All my land shark characters are swimming (haha) in details. I think I straight up forget to draw their coral pieces at least once a page. I've always caught it so far, though... <_<

I often wonder how on earth you keep track of so many details on your characters. Your character designs are detail goals.

junoro:I think once I drew Caddy without sharp teeth and it was an abomination.

oH NO.
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"Remembering Character Details", 11th Nov 2017, 4:21 PM #6
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If you're anything like me, you love adding little details to your characters: scars, birthmarks, tattoos, jewellery, etc. just some extra small things to give subliminal clues about your characters.

If you're ALSO anything like me, you forget to draw these details constantly, and visual consistency is dead. When you're drawing the same characters hundreds of times, it's almost inevitable you'll forget sometimes.

If you aren't like me, and you actually do maintain consistency with these little details, how do you do it? Do you just have a really good memory, or do you have a system I haven't thought of? Share your wisdom!

Alternatively, share your stories of forgetting character details if like me your memory is a sieve.

e.g. My character Seth is supposed to have a quite visible pale scar on his finger, but I've forgotten to draw it for so long that I think it no longer counts as canon...
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11th Nov 2017, 1:24 PM #7
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Honestly the only reason I don't use Sketchup for my backgrounds is I can't figure out how to use it.

But yeah, you're good. Especially if no one's paying you to make stuff, you should make it how you like. If it makes you uncomfortable using "shortcuts" like this, that's a different story, but if you're happy, I don't see any issue. :)
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10th Nov 2017, 12:44 PM #8
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Late April. Technically spring, but in England so it's still pretty cold and miserable. I'm also using the time of year as an excuse for the terribly inconsistent outfits I've been giving my characters recently: T-shirts one day, jackets the next, long sleeves the next, it's because it's spring in the south of England, who knows what the weather will be like day to day?

With the rate I update, my characters won't see summer until 2020 :'D
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10th Nov 2017, 12:33 PM #9
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10th Nov 2017, 12:31 PM #10
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I'm very tempted by this new idea for a comic I've had rattling around in my head for about a year now, but I barely have time to make one comic, let alone start another. So now I have to think about an actual end point to Waste Of Time so I can work on this new one once Waste Of Time is done. Which will take me about ten years, I bet.

This is the webcomic artist's life.
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7th Nov 2017, 4:18 PM #11
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deerwithgoggles:
7. the character learning how to control their power/do that skill they're bad at in their party's time of need

YES.

PlatinumPencilz: Also when characters who don't normally get along have to team up for whatever reason then end up being friends (or at least hate each other less).

YES.

I also love characters who have known each other a really long time and insult each other relentlessly, but they are extremely loyal and protective of each other when it comes down to it. Warms my tin heart every time. :)
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7th Nov 2017, 8:08 AM #12
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I don't really have a limit. My comic is a toy box, my characters are barbies, and I'm a toddler who will bang them against each other and see which ones work. I'm planning on doing what I've seen sitcom writers do, which is to introduce a new pairing and keep or scrap it depending on audience response. Then again my comic doesn't have much in the way of plot so I can afford to fart around with romances as much as I like.

It's weird, because in my other projects I either write only one romance or none at all, and I'm not really sure why. It could be because when I work in prose I have word counts to keep within, and in my experience romantic arcs are among the easiest things to cut (unless you're writing a romance of course).
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6th Nov 2017, 9:08 AM #13
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khkddn:I would make all my characters left handed because it feels natural, but then people might think it's a plot point. I'm sure I still have a disproportionate amount of lefties though. 2/4 of my main characters are righties, and the majority of the ghost characters (that still use/have hands) are righties.


If I recall, every character in The Simpsons apart from Homer is left-handed. So it's happened before :)
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5th Nov 2017, 9:19 AM #14
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I'm a righty, but I have a habit of making my protagonists left-handed for reasons even I'm not clear on. Seth and Jon are both lefties, and off the top of my head most of my other characters are righties. Though I did forget on one page and showed Jon writing with his right hand so I decided he's slightly ambidextrous, with a preference for his left hand, and tried to show him using either hand for various tasks, while Seth is meant to be consistently left-handed. I try to keep this stuff consistent now, since I also think it's a nice touch when authors include details like this. I like including the detail that Jon holds a pen in that "claw grip" I see lefties use, so his writing won't smudge, while Seth just holds a pen in a tripod grasp and presumably gets ink all over his hand.

Another reason it's useful to have two of my main characters be lefties is I don't have to mirror photo references of myself. I think this is why many cartoon characters are left-handed, people use themselves as references and forget to flip it over.
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2nd Nov 2017, 7:32 AM #15
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Thanks everyone for another great exchange, and thanks again Jammy for hosting!
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2nd Nov 2017, 7:29 AM #16
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Woo Christmas! I'll sign up with Waste Of Time, it's got L! and S! flags, I don't mind any flags, and I'm happy to draw for a comic I've done before!
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25th Oct 2017, 4:37 PM #17
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JC Webcomics:Hadn't realised I'd been an influence :)
I'm pretty sure Ctrl-Alt-Del was my second, and that I read it on your recommendation, so it could have very well been your first. I agree that it had its moments in the early days, but doesn't really stand up now.


Did I just Mandela effect myself twice in a row?? I thought you told me about both. I'm senile.
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25th Oct 2017, 6:48 AM #18
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JammyTheBirb:Twokinds. I thought it was a nice happy comic about animal people, yay.

Now I can't stand it and the messages it sends. The one good thing about it it that it got me into other webcomics. Also, its colours are horrible.


Thank god I'm not the only one who now thinks the first webcomic they read is a smelly waste bin. Mine was Ctrl Alt Del. Egh. Like, to its credit, some of its earlier jokes were kind of good, I mean that's what first drew me in, but wow talk about your missteps.

I think my second was 8-Bit Theatre, which I have more positive things to say about. That comic had comedic timing DOWN, I actually think it still influences my paneling and sense of timing.

Having read my sister's post, it occurs to me I may have read 8-Bit Theatre first, since I read it on her recommendation, and I got into webcomics because of her. So I could be wrong, whoops.
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21st Oct 2017, 8:38 AM #19
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Very useful, thanks!
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19th Oct 2017, 11:20 AM #20
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Ooh matron

I have one page in the wings right now, but I update once a fortnight, so that's a two week buffer. Sometimes I have no buffer at all and I'm working right up to the deadline, it just depends. If I had enough time to create a bigger buffer I'd probably be updating once a week again, so.

I know for some people having a buffer is demotivating, but I personally find missing updates way worse for my motivation.
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