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Empires page 15 by staticgirl Empires page 15 by staticgirl
Whew new submission process!

I'm thinking of changing the name of the comic when I think of one that I can use interchangeably for any character I want. At the moment all names seem naff. It'll probably end up being a song-title and I'm combing my music collection at the moment. I'll probably redesign page 1 at the same time so it looks better.

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Renamed comic title 16th December 06
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EryckWebbGraphics Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
nice, got some good story continuation goin. characters/ everything always well drawn. i like the sci fi element too
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staticgirl Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks!
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Mizra Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Is it bad to be lusty after a comic-book character?
:drools over Razor:
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staticgirl Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes very bad. You are doomed. *

*I'm just as bad.
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pinkfluff100 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"NAFF" was first used as a gay slang for a straight person it ment "not availible for f*****g".
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staticgirl Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's interesting! I'm amazed at the things you know, young lady.
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BreakInTheSun Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2006
My comments on this page are pretty similar to the last one: on its own, it's really good - the dialogue works well, the art is superb as usual, and the plot direction looks interesting.

The problem is there seem to be pages missing between this page and the last couple of pages - they all seem to know what's going on and being quite calm about it, but we don't know, and so don't really know why they're so calm. I'd say, if you want to keep us in the dark so now then that's fine, but if you do they should have more urgency, so that we feel urgency, and care about what we don't know. Otherwise it just feels like a hole...

Similarly - I assume the United Global Boy was the ninja-type character from before? If so, it feels a bit anti-climactic to explain that he's from United Global (whoever they are) and for that to be taken calmly... With a buildup like he got, it seems that he should lead into something dramatic.

Anyway, while this is pretty good as a page, I feel that it needs another page or so beforehand to orient us to what's going on, or else changed to keep our adrenalin pumping as fast as it was before.
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staticgirl Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Comments are noted and being chewed over. I think there's a cultural difference in how they react to things that would send me insane but they just think 'how I can fix this?'. Not sure. Anyway, I'm trying to get to a bit more of an explanation but I just have to get everyone off that planet first...
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BreakInTheSun Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006
Hmm - the cultural difference is actually a good point, I didn't think of that. Just be sure to throw in a wrench every now and again - if they're always perfectly sure they can solve everything, and then do, that saps some of the excitement.

Anyway, looking forward to the next installments!

Just curious - do you have a script written out already, or are you writing each page as you draw it?
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staticgirl Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I write too focussed a script I get really bored and stop (which is why I never tried to do it professionally) so what I have done is a 'meta-plot' where I've had a brainstorm on a huge sheet of paper and written everything down I can think of including problems for my charas to solve and then linked them up. It's amazing how it all starts flowing. Apart from that I write a page at a time before drawing so that I can plan the layout.

I have always had a problem with plot and placing - my strengths are with settings description and character building as a writer. I'm trying lots of new ways to improve with this comic as I have the extra impetus of letting other people see it other than myself but I don't have much idea where this is going! :( I certainly don't have a clue at the moment if the 'alien menace' is going to be defeated or not. Sci-fi has a nice line in post-catastrophic literature for me to steal from if I so wish.

Another cultural difference may be that I'm British and I was thinking of the 'blitz spirit' shown by Londoners in WW2 and which seemed to reoccur the summer before last when our transport system was bombed when writing the characters. Although I know there were plenty of people panicking last year and probably some looting it was weird how defiant, unhurried and stoic we were. Being in London myself, I witnessed how strange it was for a long time afterwards. I think we still have an attitude of 'if you think that's the best you could do my grandma could do better' about us. Maybe it's a post-Empire thing. :) I don't know how else people might react because I've only been to a few countries outside Britain and can only go on what I've seen on TV and TV can be biased. For example, they made it look like the US ran around like headless chickens in a panic after 9-11 but I don't know for sure how ordinary american-folk took it. They may have had their own coping strategies.

The above makes it all sound really well planned but this is mostly instinct in the back of my head kind of thing put into words.

However, I think you have a good point and I am altering my next page as a result. If I get to a natural breaking point I may expand some sections and redraw others and will use the guidance I have recieved from you and others in doing so. It's bloody helpful.
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