ok, thank you for clarifying, I was starting to get frustrated with my perception of reality.
― Voltero, Tuesday, 19 May 2009 19:30 (thirteen years ago) link
1. I really loved all of the characters faces, especially when they were reacting to each other. I liked when Violette was attaching Ethan to the Balloon and their faces were touching.
2. the perspective in action scenes was excellent, conveyed an excellent sense of speed and weight.
3. the layouts were amazing, I look of the smoke when the grenade goes off.
4. The format didnt bother me at all, I actually like that I couldn't see the next panel as with normal graphic novels/comic books. It kept the tension very high.
5. I honestly wish it could've been a little longer.
6. One little thing, in a few instances, I wished there had been one or two more panels to explain some of the action that was happening. I thought that I had skipped a frame once or twice, but maybe i just need to read through it a few more hundred times.
― Voltero, Saturday, 23 May 2009 03:39 (thirteen years ago) link
I went through many emotions trying to get the apple native file to play.
Animation, moving, is definitely your medium!
I read how you dont care for static images/comics before, and it shows.
You have to learn to love it if you want to do it well.
Your distaste kinda shows.
(And I have no problem with that)
Its not as easy and untalented as it may seem.:)
Your animation and art is better than a thousand of your peers!
I enjoyed the first 2 episodes, but the third is the one that I love.
It reminds me of you more than the others.
Would you do personal work, maybe just online, without the hamstring of payment?
― robthom, Friday, 12 June 2009 03:51 (thirteen years ago) link
I'm gonna complain some more.:)
This is regarding the Velvet Assassin comic:
The color scheme is claustrophobic!
Maybe I'm over reacting. Aeon was also very color specific.But I do get easily claustrophobic ever since a child. I never had that problem with Aeon. This one makes me feel afraid and cornered.
I do understand that this happens at night so the color scheme is limited. But its mushy and depressing. And not depressing in that warm comfortable way. :)
I didn't really care for the "cartoon" exaggerated features of some of the characters. Like the fat faced guy, or the squirrel faced guy.
At a distance, at first possibly distorted, when the squirrel faced guy killed the scotts, it was strange and intriguing. Pretty cool like a boogey man.
But when he later turned out to just have a squirrel face, it lost its "spook".It just looked cartoony.
Its also too similar to the concept of Aeon!
The way she bats away knife attacks to stick a needle in a neck is too similar to the Aeon concept of ridiculing action movies.
But it is a beautiful series of art! Tattoo worthy as usual.
Have you ever had an opportunity to do your art in Japan?
Would you be less muddled by western style contract obligations and freer to focus more on your art than on "selling" in that environment?
Or would your personal, non "anime standard" "big eyed" style be a hard sell there?
― robthom, Wednesday, 24 June 2009 12:59 (thirteen years ago) link
unnh guh kkkahkek kek kek
― zombie, Friday, 26 June 2009 05:09 (thirteen years ago) link
The gaming site IGN interviewed me a while ago on my involvement in the Graphic Novel for Velvet Assassin. I guess for reasons of limited interest, the interview never made it online. I'm posting it here. My plan is to get back the right to publish the story some time soon.
IGN: How much did you learn about the game (Velvet Assassin)? PC: I'm not a gamer, so I didn't play the game itself, though the developers walked me through it when I met them at G3 in Los Angeles. The game developer provided all the reference material available at the time I started, including screenshots and a summary of the course of gameplay. I also had detailed discussions with them before starting. It was important for me to be true to the game's objectives and to keep in mind the points of interest that would be relevant to the prospective user. That meant being true to the historical period, and more importantly, letting the graphic novel feel like an interactive experience. IGN: What’s your favourite thing about the story? PC: Regarding the story of the game character, Violette Summer, I've always been interested in strong females in traditionally male roles, which is no doubt why the developers wanted to get me involved. The game itself is like a dream, in that Violette is passing in and out of consciousness between missions. I'm not sure if that is still the framing device of the game, but it was a large part of the original concept.
As for my favorite thing about the graphic novel, it was a chance to establish a character through an emotional arc that expresses itself through her actions rather than through dialogue and exposition. As a filmmaker I strive to employ visual storytelling to its fullest, and I hoped to apply those skills to the medium of comics. For me, it means forbidding myself the use of narration. The challenge is in the orchestration of visual elements in a precise sequence that allows the reader to infer motivation, as well as emotional and psychological dimensions to the characters that aren't apparent in any single image. To achieve that is my main interest in doing comics. IGN: What was your inspiration for the work you did on the GN? PC: I began the project by looking at a lot of comics from the era. I especially enjoy the work of Lou Fine and Bernie Kriegstein. It was important to preserve the feeling of the 1940s by using a classical approach to illustration without the stylistic flourishes of drawings you see in today's comics. I was also inspired by Leonard Starr's "On Stage" strips as an example of classical storytelling values. IGN: What was the biggest challenge in bringing the game to the pages of a GN? PC: My preference is to work on stories that occur in imaginary settings, such as the future, or an alternate history. This was the first time I've done a story set during World War 2. Knowing that gamers can be very knowledgeable about the minutiae of things like the equipment used during the period, I spent a while doing research to make sure the settings, the vehicles and other hardware were believable. Of course, the events in the story never would have happened in the way I depict them, but I also need to be true to my own ways, both to motivate myself and to put my personal stamp on the material.
IGN: There’s been a lot of crossover between video games and comics lately—do you see this progressing in the future? If so, how? PC: I'm not very tuned in to either the current gaming or comics scene. I'm frankly not sure of the future of traditional comic books. In the case of the Velvet Assassin graphic novel, I was actually glad when the game company decided to publish the story for on-screen viewing rather than printing it on paper. The need to lay out a story on a page is, to me, a liability rather than an advantage of the comics medium. I say this coming from my background in animation. I hope that we will see more comics artists take advantage of publishing for the screen, as I think it will broaden the readership along with distribution. If so, then the crossover will continue, as the two mediums will be employing the same delivery device.
― Peter Chung, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 12:59 (thirteen years ago) link
This reminds me of some very forward-oriented webcomics that really take advantage of the medium rather than just appearing on the screen as they would in a newspaper. (Can't remember any examples at the moment, but I'll have to track some down.) I'm also reminded of Marvel's (I think?) recent decision to publish all their comics digitally for the Playstation Portable recently. Just download wirelessly from the network and you're set.
― Matt Rebholz, Tuesday, 10 November 2009 03:35 (thirteen years ago) link
When trying to avoid the use of dialogue and narration, how do you overcome the inevitable resistance to it? I'm constantly told that comics are too limited a medium to be able to be subtle and rely on the art. This is often by the artists themselves! "some dialogue needs to go in, some narration needs to go in" etc. To what extent should we allow the audience to meet the story halfway, rather than having it spelled out?
However I am of the opposite feeling regarding layout - though not many writers and artists use layout to incredible effect, there are some like The Maxx, Sandman, etc where the layout is very important to telling the story. I though the television adaptation of the Maxx especially was benefited by taking a lot of design elements from the layout of the comic and expanding on them.
― skyknyt, Friday, 18 December 2009 11:48 (thirteen years ago) link
also sup again, I managed to successfully navigate the registration process I botched so many years ago. I'd given up and remained a specter. BUT NO MORE
― skyknyt, Friday, 18 December 2009 11:52 (thirteen years ago) link
Resistance? I don't really understand. Just go for it! I've read plenty of effective comics that avoided dialogue - it's more of a challenge for the writer and artist, but most certainly possible.
― Nhex, Friday, 18 December 2009 19:09 (thirteen years ago) link
Yes, the reg process filters all but the most determined. Welcome back Sky.
― Sam G, Tuesday, 29 December 2009 09:49 (thirteen years ago) link