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Insecurity System

May 7th, 2014, 2:00 pm

Average Rating: 5.00
It's a hand-off approach; keep your hands off the door or we take your hands off your arms.
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Reply melaredblu, April 16th, 2014, 10:46 pm

Now who could that be skulking about?
For those not in the know, that lil' hexapus hanging around is from Groovy, Kinda, a most excellent romantic comedy that has recently reach the end of its run. That shouldn't stop you from reading it, though! If you haven't seen it, take a little time to leaf through the story and see what you've been missing.

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Reply GroovyKinda, May 7th, 2014, 2:24 pm

It's Robespierre! Thank you so much for that, and for the mention.
But who is this mysterious figure going to the forbidden door? We know it's forbidden by the slashed circle (those must have proper names by now) and the velvet theatre rope.

Reply Charil, May 7th, 2014, 3:35 pm

Well now those doors are clearly off limits; who could resist the urge to go investigate?!

Love the whole atmosphere here, it's really gloomy and almost foreboding. Love the dynamic colours of the sound effect too.

Reply Delta-v, May 7th, 2014, 5:13 pm

Let's see, obviously June is a famous performer now, and Security is chasing an ardent fan away from her dressing room door.

And your use of sepia tones and blue and--lilac?--on the walls, hand, and sword gives the whole page a real three-dimensional feel. You're getting scary good at this.

Reply melaredblu, May 7th, 2014, 9:16 pm

@GroovyKinda: You're welcome! I actually made this page a while ago. If I'd known back then that Groovy, Kinda was about to be concluded, I would have tried something more elaborate...not that anything could compare to Hjel's tribute. http://www.october20comic.com/comics/1945317/closing-night/
According to Wikipedia, it's called a prohibition sign, which makes me wonder if placing that sign over a picture of beer counts as a double entendre.

Reply melaredblu, May 7th, 2014, 9:21 pm

@Charil: It's pretty much a fundamental rule of reality that forbidden doors are made to be opened. That no-entry sign might as well be a bull's-eye.

Reply melaredblu, May 7th, 2014, 9:29 pm

@Delta-v: Oh man, I'm trying to imagine June as a Magical Idol, but I think she might hate that even more than what she's currently saddled with. Plus, she'd probably scare away all her fans.
I've been looking to other webcomics like The Demon Archives and Kyria for color and background ideas. The oil painting class I'm in has also been very helpful.

Reply Guest, May 7th, 2014, 10:44 pm

@melaredblu: You've certainly become more daring in your composition and palette, and I really like the results. I probably should wait until the artists comment, but I also really liked the page layout from the size, shape, and contents of each panel to the overall balance of the page itself. I learned to look for those things from reading this comic. You're not the only one who is learning gobs of technical stuff here.

Interesting thought about the beer and the prohibition sign. Would the sign over Carrie Nation's axe then be a double negative?

Reply melaredblu, May 8th, 2014, 3:50 pm

@Guest: One of the best things about webcomics is the ability to watch other peoples' work as it progresses and learn from theme. I love how open it all is! Believe me, I could recommend dozens--DOZENS--of even better comics that have taught me things I would've never figured out on my own.
And now I know who Carrie Nation is. Wow. What a scary person.

Reply Delta-v, May 9th, 2014, 2:37 pm

@melaredblu: DagNABIT! That was me, again. I'm beginning to think that SmackJeeves hates me (Or at least likes to mess with me--aargh!). I guess my point would be that whoever you learned from, you're becoming one of them. If I can see the improvement, then it must be glaringly obvious to others.

Old Carrie was a holy terror, all right, but she was less effective than you'd think. The bar owners learned that the curious would flock to any bar she destroyed, and pay elevated prices for the drinks they consumed while they were there. It became so profitable that bar owners would try to attract her wrath, so they could make money, too. Since she never did catch on, it was a great scam.

Reply melaredblu, May 12th, 2014, 2:08 am

@Delta-v: I figured it was you. I kind of recognize your writing "voice". And as always, I appreciate your encouragement. It's one of the things that pushes me to try even harder.

As for Carrie, she really gives teetotalers (like me) a bad name, but that bar scam? That has to be one of the best bits of irony I've heard in a long time.

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