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Re: My odd little comic

Postby Earlz » Sat Oct 03, 2009 8:18 pm UTC

iglidante wrote:Oh, and the "this cheese is burning me" thing is starting to sound like "gently caress" over on the SA forums. I get the impression that it's a word filter joke. But these things are rarely amusing if you have to explain them, so I'll just accept it and move on.


I think the lol joke came after I first came here(see join date) and before I came back(like 2 months ago)..

and I don't understand it either.. I don't think anyone but the mods do. l.o.l.. Or maybe its just so you can say "no burnt cheese allowed"
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Re: My odd little comic

Postby iglidante » Sat Oct 03, 2009 11:55 pm UTC

Hey, that works for me. I don't need to understand in order to be amused.
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Re: My odd little comic

Postby iglidante » Sun Oct 04, 2009 3:16 pm UTC

On another note, I'm looking to do some reworking of the speech bubbles and font - does anyone have any suggestions? How do you feel about the way I'm currently doing them? Does it work?
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Re: My odd little comic

Postby Earlz » Mon Oct 05, 2009 3:16 am UTC

iglidante wrote:On another note, I'm looking to do some reworking of the speech bubbles and font - does anyone have any suggestions? How do you feel about the way I'm currently doing them? Does it work?


I think the way it's currently done is just fine.. you can always try out new styles though and post them to see what others think
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Re: My odd little comic

Postby iglidante » Mon Oct 05, 2009 11:18 am UTC

Okay, thanks - some people have taken issue with the speech bubbles having straight sides, and with the straight pieces connecting multi-part bubbles. And some people hate the font. I don't mind either, but I'm willing to try to make them better.

Also, new strip is up here.
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Re: My odd little comic

Postby Omegaton » Mon Oct 05, 2009 2:56 pm UTC

Yeah, I can see why they wouldn't like the rectangular bubbles instead of round bubbles. If I changed the bubbles, I'd go for elliptical bubbles. The font is probably getting complaints because it looks italicized, which is not as easy to read.

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Re: My odd little comic

Postby iglidante » Mon Oct 05, 2009 3:21 pm UTC

The main reason why I went with rounded rectangles is that they make better use of space, with less dead spots. But I agree that they aren't a perfect solution. And as for the font: I never realized how hard it was to find a good comic font until I actually had to. Most of them are only good for effects or little spurts here and there.

Are my letters too big? Big enough? If I went with a lighter font, could I shrink the letters a bit and change the bubble shape and make things more legible? Or would that make it worse. I've seen some comics where the speech is difficult to read (too small, usually) and it's a huge turn-off.
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Re: My odd little comic

Postby iglidante » Wed Oct 07, 2009 6:48 pm UTC

New strip today. This time, we get to make a large nugget gold:

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Re: My odd little comic

Postby Earlz » Thu Oct 08, 2009 6:01 pm UTC

wow. that disturbed my mind lol
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Re: My odd little comic

Postby iglidante » Thu Oct 08, 2009 7:58 pm UTC

I just love that nugget. And the thought of the nugget being *harvested* from Mr. Stinky was something I found disturbing and...well, just plain wrong. I think that's why I went with it.
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Re: My odd little comic

Postby iglidante » Sun Oct 11, 2009 1:29 pm UTC

The newest character is an elephant. He's pretty happy, as is par for the course.

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Re: My odd little comic

Postby Earlz » Mon Oct 12, 2009 3:38 am UTC

mmm.. I love cookies
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Re: My odd little comic

Postby iglidante » Mon Oct 12, 2009 3:56 am UTC

Oh, and I've got to say (before I forget again) - Earlz, that croissant avatar is adorable. Seriously.
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Re: My odd little comic

Postby Earlz » Mon Oct 12, 2009 3:31 pm UTC

iglidante wrote:Oh, and I've got to say (before I forget again) - Earlz, that croissant avatar is adorable. Seriously.


lol.. thats why I ripped it out. It's from Why's Poignant Guide To Ruby. It's the "always happy and talkative croissant drawn by the cartoon foxes"
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Re: My odd little comic

Postby iglidante » Thu Oct 15, 2009 2:34 am UTC

...and today, our friend has himself a beer.
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Re: My odd little comic

Postby Earlz » Thu Oct 15, 2009 12:39 pm UTC

you never cease to amaze me..

this is a great comic. lol
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Re: My odd little comic

Postby iglidante » Mon Oct 19, 2009 5:49 pm UTC

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Re: My odd little comic

Postby Earlz » Mon Oct 19, 2009 11:59 pm UTC

why is the ground shiny? rofl
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Re: My odd little comic

Postby iglidante » Tue Oct 20, 2009 3:02 pm UTC

Just a little poke at "web 2.0" glossy graphics (which I love as much as anyone).
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Re: My odd little comic

Postby iglidante » Fri Oct 23, 2009 2:20 pm UTC

A couple of updates (in my opinion, some of my better strips to date):

First, today's - Flying Man enjoys some modern art.
Second, Wednesday's - Flying Man frolics at the sea.
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Re: My odd little comic

Postby iglidante » Wed Oct 28, 2009 3:08 pm UTC

What do you do when you run out of hamburger on Burgertime Sunday? Not this.
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Re: My odd little comic

Postby Earlz » Fri Oct 30, 2009 3:20 am UTC

Dude, this is one of my favorite comics. I seriously will punch you if you ever stop lol.
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Re: My odd little comic

Postby Omegaton » Fri Oct 30, 2009 3:26 am UTC

I don't know if this is a comic that everyone gets, but in my opinion you are hitting your intended type of humor spot on every time and presenting it with clean and bright art. Personally I am quite amused with each installment. I think you're on the road to success with this comic.

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Re: My odd little comic

Postby Earlz » Sat Oct 31, 2009 1:28 am UTC

Omegaton wrote:I don't know if this is a comic that everyone gets, but in my opinion you are hitting your intended type of humor spot on every time and presenting it with clean and bright art. Personally I am quite amused with each installment. I think you're on the road to success with this comic.


Agreed. Your comic strikes a very rarely touched funny bone.
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Re: My odd little comic

Postby iglidante » Sat Oct 31, 2009 4:05 pm UTC

Hey, thanks guys - I feel like things are settling into a nice, consistent "groove," and I'm happy with the direction the strip is going. I do think it's either a "like it or you don't" thing, though, because in other forums (the Penny Arcade one especially) I've gotten no end of "this isn't even remotely funny, and nothing is working" responses. I think it really depends on the audience.
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Re: My odd little comic

Postby Omegaton » Sun Nov 01, 2009 6:49 pm UTC

Not surprising. Webcomics are all about finding your niche, and Penny Arcade isn't your niche.

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Re: My odd little comic

Postby iglidante » Mon Nov 02, 2009 11:50 am UTC

Good point. Forums can be weird like that, though - I had some people on the Cyanide and Happiness comic tell me "this sucks worse than C&H." But FMAF is definitely a niche thing. That's why, even though people have told me to give it up and do something else, I'm standing my ground.

New strip today, with some changes to the art.
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Re: My odd little comic

Postby mr_pathetic » Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:04 am UTC

I do believe you are getting a bit better with the jokes... then again the more you practice your craft, the better you get at it (The latest block it is one you might find particularly close to your gags).

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Re: My odd little comic

Postby iglidante » Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:03 pm UTC

It's my hope that both the jokes and the art / look will get better as I go. In a year, who knows what it will be like?

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Re: My odd little comic

Postby Earlz » Wed Nov 04, 2009 12:44 am UTC

iglidante wrote:It's my hope that both the jokes and the art / look will get better as I go. In a year, who knows what it will be like?


That reminds me: I think your art style really contributes something to the comic and the jokes. The way Flying Man is always giving us that creepy smile and stinky is always just... well himself lol
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Re: My odd little comic

Postby iglidante » Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:41 am UTC

I've had some people (quite a few, actually) suggest I incorporate many expressions, and that the smile does nothing for the jokes. But I'm torn, because I think the smile is key.
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Re: My odd little comic

Postby Omegaton » Wed Nov 04, 2009 3:13 am UTC

Hey, it's your webcomic, do what you think is right. If you think the smile is key, then it's key. You'll eventually gain readers that agree that the smile is key, and you'll be better for it. Also consider that if you change it, some people might actually get upset because Flying Man is supposed to smile at all times! Personally I like him always smiling, it's part of what makes the comic so bright, bubbly, and fun.

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Re: My odd little comic

Postby Earlz » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:36 am UTC

Omegaton wrote:Hey, it's your webcomic, do what you think is right. If you think the smile is key, then it's key. You'll eventually gain readers that agree that the smile is key, and you'll be better for it. Also consider that if you change it, some people might actually get upset because Flying Man is supposed to smile at all times! Personally I like him always smiling, it's part of what makes the comic so bright, bubbly, and fun.


Although maybe 1 in every 100 comics you can bring up something extremely dramatic or something else weird and maybe have him not smiling.. but even then idk
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Re: My odd little comic

Postby iglidante » Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:39 pm UTC

His expression will occasionally change for a frame, but that will be quite rare. He's just a happy guy, and that's the way I'd like to keep him.
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Re: My odd little comic

Postby iglidante » Thu Nov 12, 2009 7:54 pm UTC

I'm really happy with Wednesday's strip. The last panel really brings it all back home.
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Re: My odd little comic

Postby iglidante » Fri Dec 04, 2009 2:30 pm UTC

Okay guys, I've been doing some new stuff lately, and I wanted to share it with you all. I'm at work, so I don't have time to direct-link all the images (and find them via FTP or something or another), but if you go to today's strip and work backwards, you'll see the new stuff.
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Re: My odd little comic

Postby iglidante » Wed Dec 16, 2009 6:32 pm UTC

I wanted to share my newest strip with you guys. It's something a little different:

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Re: My odd little comic

Postby iglidante » Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:49 pm UTC

Okay, so it's been a while since I posted an update, but a lot has happened since then. I just posted strip 83 this morning, and here is another recent strip for your viewing:

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Re: My odd little comic

Postby Omegaton » Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:54 am UTC

Am I not finding it, or do you not have an archive page?

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Re: My odd little comic

Postby iglidante » Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:54 am UTC

Currently, I have the calendar archive to the left of the strip, but I'm working on figuring out a better way to do it. I'd like a more...easy to browse archive.
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