Monday, December 04, 2006

Day 4


Blogger Evan said...

Ok, this is the first one that could actually get me in some trouble. Because of my job, I work with a number of consulting firms, most of whom obviously drive me crazy. There’s one firm in particular that I have a slightly longer personal and professional history with; many people who know me will recognize that the “Marketing Consulting Group” name and logo both bare a striking resemblance to this particular firm. Sorry guys.

Anyways, I really like this one because it was my first attempt at drawing the same character in multiple frames. It sounds stupid, but it’s more difficult than it seems like it should be. It’s not perfect, but I think they at least look close enough that people should get that it’s the same guy.

9:01 PM  
Anonymous ashley said...

I just read your whole Nomember blog, and than looked at your four comics. People like you keep me interested to meet new people in life. (That started out sounding like a threat..hah) There's people in the world, that are amazing, and people,(put nicely to the extreme)..could be a little more are definately amazing, and interesting. Good job on the $1 a day. I love doing things like that.. but they usually don't have a purpose behind them, mainly just to amuse myself because I get bored where I live, and a lot of the times the things I do (like this) change my view points in many different subjects (for the better) I ate a can of condensed soup a day for a month..(different types and flavours though) so I had some taste..and a bit of protein. I was never so happy for a spicy chicken burger and fries and sprite from wendy's when it was all over. Mind you I got an extremely bad stomach ache. haha. After all that, it really changed the way I took things into perspective though. I enjoyed it. I use to do strange things like that when I was a kid to..just for amusement, it would be more meaningful to do it at this age though. When I was about 8 we got a deep freeze..and I kept the box and put it in my room and put a blanket over it, and inside, without a pillow, and slept there for about two weeks until my mom made me stop...than I moved on to putting a snow sled in my bed..and sleeping in full snowsuit boots mittens..the works..that only last about a week...this is a ridiculously long comment. Point being, it's good to see people out there that have a similar brain wave, makes me feel less strange:). Nice comics by the way, funny.

10:49 PM  
Blogger Erynn said...

These are great Evan. I haven't been able to get our scanner working so Tim and I are doing this all on the computer and we aren't nearly as successful as you are. Keep it up!

10:55 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

If you take out the pictures, and just have a series of panels with text, does the strip change at all?

My point in asking the question is that images in comics (strips, books, single panel, whatever) should add meaning to the work; if you pull out all the images and still have the exact same meaning, whats the point in having the images in the first place?

The one with the guy in the clown suit works well, because you don't want to describe using text that there's a guy in a clown suit talking to his employee. You want to show it, and you do. Today's strip though, just has one guy talking to the reader. I think not having him there wouldn't have changed anything (for me anyway), and it should, otherwise I can just read the text and ignore the pictures.

I'll probably do the same thing at some point, I think that these are different in my head than they are on paper, because there's much more description in my head than I can get into a picture. But I guess that's sort of the point of doing this as a cartoonist - learning to tell a complete story or idea with plenty of description using pictures instead of words.

Now that I think about it, I probably could have done mine from yesterday with far less text and more picture detail in the image.

7:47 AM  
Blogger Evan said...

You're right, the drawing has little or nothing to do with the joke. I actually thought I mentioned that in my original post about this...

You have to remember that this is only day four and that I haven't drawn anything before. While there are certainly funny scenes that could have gone along with this, they're just out of my drawing range right now.

Give the project a little time.

8:06 AM  
Anonymous Triedandwired said...

I really love your web comics so far. I can see that they are mostly work-inspired, but they are clever and cute, and actually make me chuckle. I never chuckle when I think something is funny. I usually just smile and move on, but these are really cute and because they are work-related, they are very relatable to (especially the clown one!)

Although this will come in time, you should probably move away from mundane topics and move onto one that are more original and individually inspired. A million and one people write about their boring-ass jobs and the hipocracy and hilarity of it all, and though it is by no means your "responsibility as an artist" to come up with something new, you should definately write/draw about things that resonate within you. But then again, these 30 day projects seem to do that anyway.

Although, I have to admit, I would enjoy reading comics like this every day regardless!

I love your blog, and I hope you keep on doing these 30 day trials! They really spice up your life and help you develop new skills and learn new things about yourself and the world!

Thank you for doing this. We all enjoy it so much!

8:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now THAT is funny!


8:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're doing great Evan. Still have me coming back for more!

4:41 PM  
Blogger Peter Scott said...

You might try to go for more jokes which actually depend on the picture for effect, rather than having the picture seemingly tacked on as an afterthought.

Here's a crude example which nevertheless illustrates my point. I think it's kind of funny because I've actually done what it describes, but the point is that you can't get the joke properly without looking at the picture. When you shoehorn text jokes into comic form by adding pictures of some guy pointing at text, it makes the picture seem kind of... lonely.

(Incidentally, while making that comic I discovered that making decent backgrounds is harder than I anticipated -- but the background was necessary here, too.)

8:31 PM  
Blogger Evan said...

Dear peter scott,

"It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue."

(That's a bad joke from an old text-based RP game. Seemed to fit with his comic. Sorry if no one else gets that.)

8:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You've got a good sense of the absurd and your phrasing is good and succinct!
This cartoon feels like the setup for a gag, but needs a punchline. I can't for the life of me think what... maybe try a bunch of stuff. Pull back and see who he's talking to, cut to the person he's pitching to who delivers a brushoff in a similar frank manner, we find out he's talking to his wife, a room full of monkeys, etc.
Good start though!

5:20 AM  
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