9. Long talks with ravens
Posted on 14th Jun 2010, 12:00 PM in 1. Boarding the Chainless

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Morgenstern 16th Jun 2010, 3:49 PM edit delete
So the comic's still going through some developmental changes. Messed around with the font in this one, and I have to say I'm rather fond of the new text. I can fit more in a smaller space and still have it readable, and the old font had alot of... err, behind-the-scenes problems. I also tried something new for characters speaking off-panel, and I kinda dig it (though outside opinions would be cool, too).

I'm also working on drawing more backgrounds, or at least throwing more detail into the scenery once in a while. I originally pictured The Chainless as just being a Mario Bros 3 style airship, but traveling through quicksand; the more I've drawn of it and thought about its design, though, the more its taken on elements from other sources. More specifically, it's drawing a bit from Jonathan Jones' sunken ship from Super Mario RPG.

Really, this strip gave me an excuse to toss in alot of little references. The raven sprite, of course, is from Yoshi's Island for SNES. The big cubes that McCoy sleeps on resemble used or dead blocks from the original Mario Bros, for NES. One of the blocks is probably still active, actually, just under the blanket--maybe it's got coins in it, akin to keeping money under one's mattress.

Ponchos Sweater 14th Sep 2010, 2:55 AM edit delete reply
I really love how the offscreen characters have the icon speech bubbles.

The bed was an awesome idea, I love how one might still be active.
E.R. Silverman 19th Sep 2010, 3:09 AM edit delete reply
The comics world needs more six-foot tall, chain smoking ravens.
Mythus 16th Jan 2011, 5:19 PM edit delete reply
I love these first comics, Go's expressions are so adorable!
Zeke 17th Mar 2011, 6:07 PM edit delete reply
I love how the Raven speaks in segments. I'm betting that he pulled his character elements from Raphael the Raven.
BlueMario 22nd Mar 2011, 10:39 AM edit delete reply
I like how you stick in those icons for who's talking off screen. Nice touch
MeowMixIsForCats339 18th Apr 2011, 12:04 AM edit delete reply
I saw a box......
Losstride 8th Mar 2014, 7:30 PM edit delete reply
Spoiler: No grave robbing happens on panel at any point in time.