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Sayin' Alive

September 10th, 2014, 2:00 pm

Average Rating: 5.00
Nobody's seen Julio in over a year.
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Reply melaredblu, August 18th, 2014, 6:01 pm

April, why you gotta be such a downer?

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User's Comments:

Reply Guest, September 10th, 2014, 4:12 pm

@melaredblu: Yeah, C'mon April, Randall's trying to reach out here.
Good for him.
It's nice to see him not: 1) angry, or 2) getting smacked around.

Reply melaredblu, September 10th, 2014, 11:56 pm

@Guest: This might just be the first helpful thing he's ever done, but does he get any credit?

Reply GroovyKinda, September 11th, 2014, 12:17 am

@melaredblu: Dang it! That "Guest" was me. Stupid work computer.
Yeah, poor Randall. Normally he's their portable black cloud of gloom, but this time he's being sensible.
No wonder he's wearing a Charlie Brown sweater.
Also, I really like how you've placed everyone. Especially panels 5 & 6, with the same positoning. and the increasing closeup in the last three.

Reply Delta-v, September 11th, 2014, 5:04 pm

It's been a while since we've seen Randall, so I went back to see, and he definitely looks different somehow--better, more....I don't know...real? April, too, although I didn't notice until I looked at Randall. I wish I had better words to express what I'm seeing.

Reply melaredblu, September 11th, 2014, 8:41 pm

@GroovyKinda: There's more to Randall than being a cynic.
Well. I mean, not much more, but...

Reply melaredblu, September 11th, 2014, 8:41 pm

@Delta-v: I've been using different shading styles. Maybe that's the reason.

Reply Delta-v, September 11th, 2014, 10:03 pm

@melaredblu: I'm sure that's part of it, but to give you an example, April's lips and nose in panel 9 are very similar in style to the same view of the historian lady that Sir Leopold was sparring verbally with in Page 157 "Historically Speaking". Remember how taken I was about that? Well, I'm just as taken about this page.

Reply NitztheBloody, September 12th, 2014, 1:34 am

Well, now this comic isn't safe for kids, because they said "Kill"! At least that's what 4Kids told me, and we all know they're the authority on quality entertainment.

Reply melaredblu, September 12th, 2014, 3:18 am

@Delta-v: Well, I'm glad you like how it turned out. I did spend quite a bit of time fussing with that panel.

Reply melaredblu, September 12th, 2014, 3:18 am

@NitztheBloody: I'll take it as a compliment that I don't meet the "standards" of 4Kids.

Reply Hjels, September 12th, 2014, 4:46 am

@NitztheBloody: I remember the old 90's X-Men cartoon would always use the word "destroy" rather than "kill". It was very confusing for someone trying to learn english that they would shy away from a much more natural sounding word like that. :)

Reply Hjels, September 12th, 2014, 4:50 am

I've probably expressed this before, but I really enjoy the way this comic keeps me guessing
at the darkness level in its narrative.

I've never been able to quite place it within a fitting age range
or demographic. Every time I feel I have it pegged, a page like this show up, and makes
me have to re-evalutate.

Reply melaredblu, September 12th, 2014, 4:45 pm

@Hjels: I like to think of my comic as being fairly safe for a kid to pick up, but not talking down to anyone. Your comment makes me think I may be getting better at reaching that balance now.

Reply GroovyKinda, September 12th, 2014, 10:49 pm

@melaredblu: There's nothing in this comic that I've seen that wouldn't be appropriate for a kid to read. A kid old enough to read it, of course.
And I second Delta-V's comment on Randall. Your characters are getting more realistic looking with every strip. It really adds to the mood of the dark pages.
I remember hearing an animator talk about working on the old Planet of the Apes cartoon from the 70s. They weren't allowed to have people shoot at each other with guns, but artillery pieces were okay. So they just had lots of artillery battles.

Reply melaredblu, September 13th, 2014, 1:09 am

@GroovyKinda: Because artillery is much less lethal than guns. Then again, since when are cartoons meant to make sense?

Reply JDPftw, September 18th, 2014, 11:01 pm

I have to admit, I'm surprised there isn't a "to be continued" at the end. Seems like the kind of thing you would do melaredblu :P

Reply melaredblu, September 19th, 2014, 5:15 pm

@JDPftw: What are you talking about, I never leave off on cliffhangers, how dare you, the very idea, harumph-harumph.

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