128. Remodeling the basement
Posted on 23rd Jul 2012, 3:30 PM in 5. Battle at Pokeyhead

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Morgenstern 23rd Jul 2012, 3:30 PM edit delete
When the going gets tough, and the really off beat scene concepts start mixing with the whole "only two hours of sleep today" thing, I come to various sets of crossroads where I have to make a choice.

Do I sacrifice my original concept in order to "play it safe," and draw a scene that's less interesting to me but more aesthetically pleasing?

Or do I take the risk of my art looking like ass and just draw it how I envisioned it, no matter how tacky it comes out looking?

I spent the first chunk of Mushroom Go picking option A.), and alot of potentially really cool ideas I had for scenes were cut out of the Thrive and Birdo arcs because of it. I'm hoping that I won't regret taking the road less drawn well this time.

Speaking of things I'm probably going to hear about later--gradient backgrounds. I'd normally avoid them like the plague, but I couldn't really think of another way to depict this particular battleground the way I wanted--a space surrounded by nothingness, the ground stretching off into eternity. No signs of walls, or where things begin and end--just pillars dotting a landscape that seems to go forever in all directions, off into the dark somewhere. Ol' Jack has sort of a thematic thing with obscured infinities, but now I'm getting ahead of myself.

Hopefully, the webcomic gods will forgive me for my use of gradient backgrounds in this one fight.

(Though, if that's the only thing I go to Webcomic Hell for, I'll count myself lucky)
Morgenstern 23rd Jul 2012, 3:48 PM edit delete
And in case there's any confusion, yes, he's hitting her with the flat of the blade.

CyberSkull 23rd Jul 2012, 3:54 PM edit delete reply
She's right. From what I've seen of this crew, statistically there has to be several worse crews the public knows about and at least 2 even worse than those who have kept out of the limelight.
Cammiluna 23rd Jul 2012, 4:30 PM edit delete reply
You're forgiven, dearie.

Sometimes I feel like a gradient is the only way too sometimes, so I paint magical manual gradients and hope they don't look too halfassed!
Amaare 23rd Jul 2012, 8:02 PM edit delete reply
I can't speak for others, but I didn't even notice the background. I was far too caught up in the action and story to pick out details.
Also, he broke her shades.
I think he may just be lucky enough not to die.
the_unchosen_one 24th Jul 2012, 2:42 AM edit delete reply
Not the shades!!! No, there's no way he's lucky enough to not die. I tend to get a little violent if people even TOUCH mine
JRChace 23rd Jul 2012, 9:15 PM edit delete reply
Yeah I didn't even notice the gradient backgrounds until I read about it. I was way to focused on what was happening :D
Morgenstern 23rd Jul 2012, 11:14 PM edit delete reply


DeadApple 24th Jul 2012, 2:48 AM edit delete reply
oh the amount of hours a friend of mine wasted when he first played windwaker...

We were both pretty impressed that those pigs would just swim back like it was nothing :3
MarcusOterra 25th Jul 2012, 5:53 PM edit delete reply
Pigs are actually okay swimmers (if they're from a tropical region where water is common enough, like hawaii or something.)

armadillos tho, those buggers can hold their breath for a long while.
Evdog 24th Jul 2012, 12:37 AM edit delete reply
I have to say that until you told me otherwise, I thought he had lunged his sword into her head.

I'm not sure how you were intending your audience to feel, but I'd be happy seeing the fight go either way. It'd be easy to redshirt Fabes, but that wouldn't be interesting. Killing Sasha may work, but then I have no idea where you're headed with this comic. ...or maybe...
"There's always a Plan C..."
the_unchosen_one 24th Jul 2012, 2:46 AM edit delete reply
No, I don't think Fabes is small enough to just drop like that, and where would we be without Sasha? It's either gonna be a long-drawn out battle with no advantage gained, or one is going to beat the other to a bloody pulp, but not finish them off. In any case, something is going to happen (*coughshrapnelexplodesagaincough*) to make it have to end early
MeowMixIsorCats339 28th Jul 2012, 1:44 AM edit delete reply
I bet that "Shrapnel" is just a distraction and by the time the rest of the crew finishes him off, that detective guy will have dragged Martello off after knocking her unconscious with his sword, leaving only her shades behind for her friends to discover.

That might also set up another story arch where the crew sets out to find her. But then who will be the captain?
the_unchosen_one 28th Jul 2012, 1:46 PM edit delete reply
Owl 29th Jul 2012, 12:04 AM edit delete reply
Guy for 2012!
Lukkai 24th Jul 2012, 8:41 AM edit delete reply
Would certainly be interesting for Sasha to hear, just why Fabes thinks so badly of her and the crew.

And I can't say that I'm disappointed by the art in this one, Nosirree! What trouble there is, is easily covered by what action there happens.
*blaZe* 24th Jul 2012, 2:38 PM edit delete reply
he speaks.
Sheets 25th Jul 2012, 5:55 PM edit delete reply
Not the shades! :(
Silverpraetorian 25th Jul 2012, 6:46 PM edit delete reply
From what he says I get the feeling Fabes knows there are worse people out there, but its just the chainless is eaiser to find.

Or he could just be claiming that no one is worse than the chainless which I disagree with. Most the other people are just better at hiding.
the_unchosen_one 26th Jul 2012, 1:14 PM edit delete reply
I think he means no one is worse. Granted, it likely isn't true, but it may be something he genuinely believes
Mr. Vareel 27th Jul 2012, 3:00 AM edit delete reply
Mr. Vareel
I think Martello hit the nail on the head. Especially because Jack (in the page where he is introduced, he specifically tells Shrapnel that he's seeking the Chainless.
Flipz 27th Jul 2012, 2:03 PM edit delete reply
I 'm not sure he's talking about crimes here. More than likely, Detective Fabes is part of the pun police, or something to that effect; the whole BeanBean Kingdom IS based off of laughter, after all.
Mr. Vareel 27th Jul 2012, 4:33 PM edit delete reply
Mr. Vareel
Seems kinda...extreme to me, but I've been wrong before.
Maltor Drey 28th Jul 2012, 1:23 AM edit delete reply
I personally feel that Fabes has had some kind of misunderstanding about the ships' crew. As far as we've seen, they haven't done anything particularly <i>evil</i>, although it's possible he has a different definition of evil. That said, there's the other possible extreme where the crew are hiding some horrible secret Go is unaware of. Then again, this comic always manages to surprise me.
Starcat5 28th Jul 2012, 11:17 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, I'm leaning towards "Misinformed" myself. Perhaps someone did a bunch of bad things, like genocide and mind rape, got all the evidence to point at Martello, and then hired THIS rube to take care of the loose ends.
Henix879 26th Jul 2012, 8:30 AM edit delete reply
This has actually been bugging me for a while- Is that sword made of diamond?
theo 26th Jul 2012, 7:24 PM edit delete reply
Not talking about minecraft... urg...
Evdog 27th Jul 2012, 8:46 AM edit delete reply
Hello Koopas, look at your hammer, now back to me, now back at your hammer, now back to me.
Mr. Vareel 27th Jul 2012, 4:45 PM edit delete reply
Mr. Vareel
Look down. Back at me. Where are you? You're on an airship with the hammer your hammer could swing like. What's in your hand? Back at me. I have it. It's a clam with two of your favorite items. Look again; the items are now frog coins! Λnything is possible when your hammer swings like Hard-HIT!™ and not a wooden bat. I'm on a Goomba.
Silverpraetorian 27th Jul 2012, 5:10 PM edit delete reply
I award you 2.5 Internets for that Vareel.
Mr. Vareel 28th Jul 2012, 2:24 AM edit delete reply
Mr. Vareel
cman 28th Jul 2012, 4:14 PM edit delete reply
I saw this one first after coming from a cinemassacre.com ad and I gotta say this is confusing and awkwardly animated... that being said, i've read every comic and love the series- except for the guest artist that made palma look like a man
Mr. Vareel 28th Jul 2012, 6:12 PM edit delete reply
Mr. Vareel
Your right. The animation sucks. I wonder why? Maybe because it's NOT animated?
Super Mariachi Bros. 29th Jul 2012, 3:34 AM edit delete reply
@cman: Opinions on the art shall differ... this has been established.
Me, I enjoy both art styles, but what I really come for, here, is the story. You can have the most amazing visual art skills in the world, but without a good story and dialogue it'll still be eye candy at best, or straight drivel at worst.
Nairenu 28th Jul 2012, 10:47 PM edit delete reply
Jack Fabes is british in my head.

Is he supposed to be british? O_O
MarcusOterra 29th Jul 2012, 2:21 AM edit delete reply
I'm actually giving him a well spoken indian accent (Hindu and Himalayas India) Not quite Apuu.
Morgenstern 29th Jul 2012, 3:43 AM edit delete reply
I made this attempt here at fixing the Fabes-hitting-Martello scene. I think it looks a little more awkward, but doesn't look like he's shanking her in the brains this time. Better? Worse? I'll replace the main comic image if people prefer this version.
Silverpraetorian 29th Jul 2012, 8:25 AM edit delete reply
It looked a little better... I think to really fix that it was take a little more work though.

If it really bothers you enough that you want to make it look clear I'd almost suggest having it where Fabes is bracing the sword with his other hand. That would take a decent bit of redraw though.

Either way take the word of a "not artistically enabled" commenter with a grain of salt.
Morgenstern 29th Jul 2012, 8:58 AM edit delete reply
Nah, I'm cool with it (hence me looking for the small, I'm not going to totally redraw and color this fixes. I know a couple of people were thrown off by the page at first, though, so I figured I'd at least take a half assed crack at it.

I sketched around with the image multiple times prior to... well, to the actual version I used. I'm not sure I'm up to the task of making a scene like this not at least slightly confusing.
Evdog 29th Jul 2012, 10:08 PM edit delete reply
I guess it's just the angle of the shot that makes it awkward. Ah well, It can't be helped.
the_unchosen_one 29th Jul 2012, 10:39 PM edit delete reply
It's just a "what just happened?!" moment. Those happen in real life too, so I wouldn't worry about it too much
GDan 29th Jul 2012, 11:30 PM edit delete reply
just a suggestion to help the frame with the slap: try moving Fabes to the left a bit and show a bit of his arm. That would help with the motion of broadsiding Martello upside the head.