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March 12th, 2014, 2:00 pm

Average Rating: 5.00
If she had invested in contact lenses, none of this would have happened.
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Author's Comments:

Reply melaredblu, March 8th, 2014, 1:42 am

For the life of me, I could not decide on how to draw her eyes. I thought about making her one of those characters who never opens their eyes, but June's mother already has that covered. I tried giving her tiny bead eyes, but that looked too weird. I tried giving her huge magnifying glass eyes, but manga characters already have big eyes and it kind of diminishes the effect.
So in the end, she's got normal eyes. Blah. I hate it when none of my possible punchlines work.

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User's Comments:

Reply GroovyKinda, March 12th, 2014, 3:03 pm

@melaredblu: I think her eyes work beautifully. She's just so darn cute!
Besides, I always thought we couldn't see her eyes because her glasses were reflecting.

Reply melaredblu, March 12th, 2014, 5:58 pm

@GroovyKinda: It was supposed to be a joke that her glasses are actually opaque because they're dirty, but I think the joke fell a bit flat because I took so long to deliver the punchline that readers had long since gotten used to her eyes not being visible. In retrospect, I probably could have dropped this idea and played the scene without the glasses.

Reply Hjels, March 12th, 2014, 8:21 pm

I think the glasses thing plays fine. Made me smile. I figured we were looking at a Farnsworth situation from Futurama. Nice way to subvert it.

So is this the moment Princess Chroma was tasked with fighting the Monochromes? Like the first Phantom swearing to fight pirates?

Reply Hjels, March 12th, 2014, 8:25 pm

By the way, this update didn't show up on my SJ favorites list. Did you do anything different when uploading?

Reply GroovyKinda, March 12th, 2014, 9:32 pm

@melaredblu: Well, you may have lost the joke, but it still works. It gives the king something to do while he talks, and it gave you that quiet panel to make the timing work out better.
Plus we got to see her without the glasses.

Reply NitztheBloody, March 12th, 2014, 11:19 pm

@melaredblu: As a regular of TVTropes, I definitely appreciate the subversion of the Opague Lenses trope.

Reply melaredblu, March 13th, 2014, 1:08 am

@Hjels: Yes, this is pretty much showing how Princess Chroma the Magical Girl came to be. As for how June ended up being a part of this...well, that's a story for another update.
I have no idea why the update didn't appear. I don't think I did anything different. Maybe it's just a glitch.

Reply melaredblu, March 13th, 2014, 1:11 am

@GroovyKinda: Yeah, I knew partway through coloring this page the joke wasn't working, but I couldn't bear to scrap all that work and create a new scenario. I decided to roll with it anyway because it's more interesting to watch someone do something while they speak instead of sitting still.

Reply melaredblu, March 13th, 2014, 1:14 am

@NitztheBloody: Even worse is those stupid spiral-y lenses. I never understood that. I recently watched Wind Rises, and let me tell you, Ghibli's animators have mad glasses-drawing skills. Future pages will actually borrow some of their tricks.

Reply Delta-v, March 13th, 2014, 9:13 am

So her eyes are blue? Blue eyes, green hair, pink cheeks--all very chromatic.

Reply melaredblu, March 13th, 2014, 4:32 pm

@Delta-v: Well, her parents didn't name her Chroma for nothing. As for Brunswick, anyone who can figure out the significance of his name gets a gold star.

Reply Delta-v, March 14th, 2014, 12:48 am

@melaredblu: This is a bit off the wall (although, so am I, now that I think about it), but does it have anything to do with the crown on the neck of a Brunswick bowling pin?

Reply melaredblu, March 14th, 2014, 3:28 pm

@Delta-v: No, but that is an excellent guess. I wasn't even aware of that.

Reply GroovyKinda, March 14th, 2014, 6:54 pm

@melaredblu: There's a Brunswick Green (r27, g77, b62) that might explain his hair color.

Reply melaredblu, March 14th, 2014, 6:58 pm

@GroovyKinda: Bingo! Enjoy your gold star. It doubles as a shuriken in the event you're having a ninja moment.

Reply Delta-v, March 15th, 2014, 9:15 am

@melaredblu:I really didn't expect that to be the answer, since the pin crown (tall, thin triangles connected at their bases circling the neck of the pin) look nothing like his. I see that the right answer concerns an artisty color reference that not everyone would know. I LIKE that. It has a real Easter Eggy feel to it.

Reply GroovyKinda, March 15th, 2014, 1:36 pm

@Delta-v: Hurm, humph, yes, well, as an artsy type person I suppose I did have an advantage over you mere mortals.
Except that I thought it was the bowling pin crown too, until you mentioned it first.
So I owe it all to my mad Library Reference skills. That, and Wikipedia.

Reply melaredblu, March 15th, 2014, 1:47 pm

@Delta-v: The trouble with Easter Eggs is having the patience to let people find them. I...have trouble with that.

Reply melaredblu, March 15th, 2014, 1:48 pm

@GroovyKinda: I found the name through a Wikipedia search too. The color doesn't match his hair, but it just sounds so prim and regal and I fell in love with it.

Reply Delta-v, March 15th, 2014, 2:19 pm

@GroovyKinda: Um. I didn't say artsy, I said ARTISTY. Artsy is a dismissive sneer, and while artisty probably isn't a real word, I use it to mean "of or pertaining to artists, artistic abillity or expression, artistic media and tools, worldview".

For a while I toyed with "New Brunswick", with an eye towards seeking the original namesake, but that seemed a dead end. I'm sure the inhabitants of "old" Brunswick like it, but I saw nothing there that might inspire melaredblu's muse, so I went with the bowling pin. Ironically, I used Wikipedia, too, but I skipped over the color reference because I was looking for the bowling pin.

Reply Delta-v, March 15th, 2014, 2:29 pm

@melaredblu: You might be selling yourself short. You seemed surprised that I noticed Leopold's ears, even though you had carefully drawn them--unless the surprise was that it was me that noticed them. And, yes, I saw Brunswick's.

Reply melaredblu, March 15th, 2014, 4:26 pm

@Delta-v: For my money, artisty is a fine word whether it's in the dictionary or not.
As for the ears and whatnot, it's not so much that I'm dismissing your powers of observation as I'm still reeling from the fact that I actually have fans to notice it in the first place. For the first year I was making this comic, I rarely got comments, so the fact that I now have people actively looking for these things is really something special.

Reply Delta-v, March 15th, 2014, 11:10 pm

@melaredblu: I was referring to the fact that I'm not a painter or sketch artist, and I do have some problems with contrast. And, yes, I used to miss a lot of those nuances and sight gags. You and the other commenters have trained me to be more observant.

I don't know how many other webcomics you read, but if you look at their comment sections, you'll find a similar pattern: months, or even years of very few comments, and then a fan base begins to grow. Commenters attract other commenters, and that attracts non-commenting readers. Your actual fan base is closer in size to the number of unique views than it is to the number of people who comment.

One more thing I'd like to stress (the garrulous old goat said). Please don't think that because people like your work, it's "feeding your ego". Instead, accept that it's "building your confidence". There's a world of difference between those two viewpoints.

Reply melaredblu, March 16th, 2014, 1:25 pm

@Delta-v: Your kind words are appreciated more than you realize. It means a lot to me that people like you make time to read this and I don't want to ever take that for granted. I'm harsh with myself and my "ego" because I want to keep pushing myself to improve. I owe it to the people who enjoy what I do to make it as good as it can be.

And remember, if a page is too low-contrast, feel free to say something. Contrast is an easy fix in Photoshop and raising the contrast usually results in crisper, more interesting art anyway.

Reply Delta-v, March 16th, 2014, 4:30 pm

@melaredblu: That's the only page I've ever had a problem seeing clearly. I also have a problem with dark blue, dark purple, and dark green. Your fix (thanks again, by the way) showed the details I'd missed, but I worry that it damaged the effect you were going for. Here's a benchmark. I can see Brunswick's face just fine in panel 4, right down to the smallest detail.

How about this: Go for the effect you want, and I'll tell you if the contrast gets too low for me. I have a vested interest in the success of people whose work I like.

Reply melaredblu, March 17th, 2014, 1:54 am

@Delta-v: Will do! I welcome critique of any kind anyway.

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