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Postby Terragent on Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:05 pm

Ha, very classy! Nice to see Hermes get some love, too - he and Hephaestus were pretty much the only Greek gods who weren't massive jerks.
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Postby onegreyelephant on Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:10 pm

Goats with delusions of grandeur...love
enter the labratory.....
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Postby Murky Merc on Mon Jun 13, 2011 2:50 pm

LauraSeabrook wrote:Ever was Hermes a psychopomp, and this illustrates that perfectly. :D


Ooh, I had to look 'psychopomp' up- what a brilliant word! Now to try and slip it into everyday conversation...

Thanks guys, it's great to see so many Hermes fans, he definitely doesn't get enough love. ;)
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Postby Owen Heitmann on Mon Jun 13, 2011 2:57 pm

Very clever story - I had to read it twice to get the full flavour, which is a compliment.

I dig the character designs too - the art is super bold and striking.
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Postby Murky Merc on Mon Jun 13, 2011 3:50 pm

I'm glad you like it Owen- I was a bit worried it was too sparse with the dialogue to be coherent- I'd originally planned to do 16 pages where the goat goes to confront Hades and Apollo, so it's sort of a different story , but I'm glad it still works! :)
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Postby Chuc on Mon Jun 13, 2011 4:22 pm

Wow.. great work. And in only 8 spectacularly illustrated pages!
I love the goat's final look of contempt :P
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Postby jing on Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:28 pm

Ooooh, nice work! Pagan gods represent! (Well, they do.)

'Super bold and striking' is right, Owen. Great use of black and white here. Well done!

(Hermes has always been on my shortlist of awesome gods. He doesn't get enough love these days -- though I'm wondering if 'messenger' 'fast as thought' and 'communication' means that he's the god of SMS and Twitter ... huh. Maybe he gets a lot of love, then.)
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Postby hannijules on Tue Jun 14, 2011 12:09 pm

Awesome artwork!
Very impressive stuff.

I see people do stuff like this in the allotted time and I cringe at the basic linework and too-much-text I offer up and cringe inside.

Very well done. :D
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Postby LauraSeabrook on Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:14 pm

hannijules wrote:I see people do stuff like this in the allotted time and I cringe at the basic linework and too-much-text I offer up and cringe inside.
I really don't know how you can say that when Black Gold is so nicely done. We all do our stuff in our own way. I learnt a long time ago not to be envious of other's abilities, but to spur them on (and go back to my own thing)! It is gorgeous artwork, isn't it? :D
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Postby hannijules on Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:30 pm

Nah, not envious, Laura.
I can and do draw like that at times. I just can't do it for the 24hr Challenge and hope to get it all done on time.

And I always want to go for the whole hog too, doing the 24 not 8 or 16.

So it's compromise more than anything I guess.
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Postby LauraSeabrook on Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:51 pm

It occurred to me that if I can do a full 24 page comic for the event (and I can) then maybe 3 x 8 pages would shake me up a bit more. But I guess the trick would be to plan ahead on that one.
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Postby Murky Merc on Tue Jun 14, 2011 6:20 pm

hannijules wrote:Awesome artwork!
Very impressive stuff.

I see people do stuff like this in the allotted time and I cringe at the basic linework and too-much-text I offer up and cringe inside.

Very well done. :D


Ah Hannijules- I was all vice versa on yours- "how does this guy manage to pull one of these pages off every hour- they look so pro!" :|>

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Postby Murky Merc on Tue Jun 14, 2011 6:24 pm

LauraSeabrook wrote:It occurred to me that if I can do a full 24 page comic for the event (and I can) then maybe 3 x 8 pages would shake me up a bit more. But I guess the trick would be to plan ahead on that one.


I bet it would be a really challenge to have to switch straight from one project to the next, but I suppose you could give yourself a couple of hours grace between each one. I get the feeling each of the three different quantities (8, 16 or 24) is each a really different sort of challenge.
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Postby LauraSeabrook on Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:48 pm

Murky Merc wrote:I bet it would be a really challenge to have to switch straight from one project to the next, but I suppose you could give yourself a couple of hours grace between each one. I get the feeling each of the three different quantities (8, 16 or 24) is each a really different sort of challenge.
Yes, I think so as well. Maybe then I'll do a 16 pager, but spend a bit more time on each page. I used Paint Tool SAI (with some slight help from Illustrator) to do the main strips this time around (and Art Weaver to do the supplementary ones) and I found that if I did two or three at once, it flowed between pages very well. But - I find the faster I draw the more I tend to draw like I did when I was 12 years old. Be nice to get something nicer done for this event.
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Postby hannijules on Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:08 pm

Murky Merc wrote:Ah Hannijules- I was all vice versa on yours- "how does this guy manage to pull one of these pages off every hour- they look so pro!"


Well, in truth it wasn't per hour. It was faster! ;)
The script took me the first three and a half hours and then it was catch-up for the rest of the time.
Around the halfway mark (at 8am) I was only up to page 8.
I carefully wrote in that the ink would run out near the end, thus allowing me to get slacker as I got tireder!
I did the same thing with my 2006 entry, but it was WAY less 'pro' in the execution as this one was.

I am a full-time professional cartoonist and have been since 2004. Since doing my last two entries (2006 and 2007) I've become an Editorial cartoonist doing daily cartoons for two newspapers (among numerous other projects including illustrating kids books). That has sped me up considerably and helped me draw better for longer, so I cite that as one major reason for my improvement. However, comics have always been my first love with drawing and some day I hope to be in them full-time, whether illustrating or writing.

Thanks for your kind words.
I remain wholly impressed by your style and your entry this year.
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