Understudy 02

September 10th, 2013, 9:19 am

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Reply TheCatMolloy, September 10th, 2013, 9:27 am

Aleister keeps trying to use the fact that he doesn't have a human mind as an excuse to slack off. You're just lazy Aleister. Lazy.

Today's vote incentive is a photo of our bin.



Never work with animals, folks.

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Reply Deonis, September 10th, 2013, 10:20 am

So... the latter is, due to evolution, impossible.
The first is a mystery because when it comes to understanding cats, we know nothing. At all.
Nor will we ever know. They're cats.

And the vote incentive is indeed a bin. A uncomfortably happy looking bin. Like it's going to steal my soul or something. Or maybe I am just overthinking it. Also a possibility.

Reply NtKPaige, September 10th, 2013, 12:22 pm

You think the bin is scary you should see the cat boxes. . .

Reply BKeil (Guest), September 10th, 2013, 3:51 pm

Blast from the Past Reminds me a lot of the first comic where Neko was going to play some video games.

Reply GabrielsThoughts, September 10th, 2013, 4:54 pm

Poe, I sincerely doubt either of those is required to make a comic. I've seen little evidence of the former at work and the latter can be compensated for by artistic license. What's needed to make comics is literacy. Logic and abstraction need not apply.

http://www.jenkatgames.com/blog/cat-artists-and-their-work-cat-on-frosted-windo/

Reply Lilithmae (Guest), September 10th, 2013, 8:43 pm

At the risk of it going to his head, I must say that is one gorgeous cat.

Reply VictorB, September 11th, 2013, 12:10 am

Double WOW! not only did you get back to the 50s on TWC in such a short time, but you also did it without showing Neko or Keno... What's your secret? how can I get that good?

Also, that cat tower sure looks familiar

Reply GabrielsThoughts, September 11th, 2013, 5:04 am

@VictorB:

My understanding or theory is that most comics in the top 20 are either hegemonically approved, in that they maintain the status quo under the guise of rebellion. Or, alternatively, Neko has impressed one of the programmer elite in society who has taken it upon themselves rig the odds. There's also the possibility someone has been fibbing about their financial restraints and has been consistently pouring money into feeding the hog of banner advertisements.

Reply GDA (Guest), September 11th, 2013, 10:15 am

In response to the votey, I am taking away your entire supply of google eyes.
That is all.

Reply TheCatMolloy, September 11th, 2013, 1:56 pm

@VictorB: I f there's a secret, it's kept by the Nekolytes and not by me. I don't know why people like you keep coming back and voting even when the comic's not updating, I just think it's awesome that it happens.

@GabrielsThoughts: I wish.

Reply VictorB, September 11th, 2013, 11:09 pm

@TheCatMolloy: however how did you start getting fans and comments? I have posted about 10 comics already without even one "you suck"

Reply GabrielsThoughts, September 12th, 2013, 5:27 am

Now. I realize it isn't my place to answer your question, but... @VictorB:



When I initially started updating at smackjeeves the readers weren't as discriminating when it came to selecting comics. The system was still rigged in favor of the "fan" vs "#'s of comics" set up they have on the front page. And, it appeared that Pokemon fan-comics and sonic sprite-comics had dominated the landscape as far as the eyes could see. Keep in mind this was before the Yowee/Yuri manga and Clopfics with pictures showed up. On the first day I made 12 fans after uploading just under 20+ pages and assumed that updating every weekday day around lunchtime would bring them out in droves. . .

Naturally, I had a cache of 200+ comics that I had made while I had a windows 95 computer with half a gig of storage capacity in the years before I could afford a scanner. I had made several attempts to color the early pages using MS paint.Being that I was partially color blind and the monitor was older than dirt the main character had blue/purple hair and the meticulous backgrounds I had made were colored in odd shades of red and green. I went out of my way to look up coloring tutorials but everyone was using photoshop and I knew that a color wheel would make color selection a lot easier.

However, someone convinced me that while the coloring was a wasted effort the line art was still pretty good. My mom told me about about this song writer that only made this one song and had become a billionaire, so I knew as soon as I had the money I'd get it copyrighted. As Such, it sat on my computer for a few years while I meticulously edited the dialog over and over again so that it would be funny. This was all very difficult since I did it all with Ms Paint and went through several fonts until I found one that I liked. I didn't know I could cut and paste from word pad, not that there was a spell check feature on my computer at the time, and obviously mistakes were made.

Keep in mind I was using Windows 98 in 2003, so you know I wasn't exactly not in the bleeding edge of technology.

On a side note, I am well aware that my characters look like elves and vampires and don't really resemble anime and the closest cartoon influences one could attribute would be AHHH! Real monsters, sam and max, batman the animated series, cat-n-birdy Warner-oonie series style, and Don Bluth cartoons. Naturally, my comic book influences were a bit more esoteric than Johnen Vasquez, Marvel, and DC. However, I somehow believed that my effort would be rewarded, and that somehow, somebody, would see my comic and think "Wow! this is great." I'm not going to deny I used resources to help me design the characters. I'm pretty sure Gar used Excel Saga. I used nintendo marketing literature, magazines, and anime porn (underwear models of course, not anything too dirty ecchi stuff to be sure, but nothing hentai).

It wasn't until I entered college that I learned how to make a webpage I learned Xhtml (which is XML btw) and some minor CSS, PHP, Java programming language which consisted mostly of viewing source code and learning how to identify tables, nesting links, setting up a register, and embedding photos and audio files. I was the best programmer in my class too. Im actually an A+ to B- student when it comes to most subjects. That takes effort too btw. I then spent a year looking for "free" web hosting, so that I could show off my mad programming skills. For some reason both my graphic design teacher and my webpage design instructor couldn't, or wouldn't teach me how to set up a cd like PC magazine. My graphic design teacher was schizophrenic and actually wasn't sure I was there, present, or really real for most of the first part of class. He tried to encourage me to learn flash instead of teaching me to set up a CD, but there wasn't much he could teach me. I tried telling him that I had made a web comic, or regular comic and that I had finished the pages but couldn't figure out who to contact or what I could do with it, but he got real nasty without having ever seen it.

Of course, once I started Nevada State College, I finally had the money to purchase photoshop elements I could do the same stuff I learned to do on CS2 Professional at CSN. I bought a windows Xp Professional Gateway laptop. The computer was manufactured in 2005 so it was a little under two years old. I finally printed out all the copies of the pencil work I did, spent several weeks inking the monstrosity with both my left and right hand and experimented with every pen in three colors black blue and red. I used sharpie, gel, bic, uniball, but my favorite pen was a one of a kind, the ink was a beautiful shade of vermillion red, and I found it in the street near bus stop by my college outside of a pizza place. I could never find the brand though, even with the internet, the pen manufacturer was vapor-where. Not that it really mattered since I used a slider to blacken the ink to the appropriate shade of black. And, all of this became superfluous later on since I rasterized the line art later on as soon as I managed to get ahold of Adobe Illustrator.

After completing the ink work, I gatherd it all together and sent my masterpiece off to the library of congress. And, on September 11, 2006 my comic was protected by the amazing copyright law of the United States of American government. I was really proud. Especially since I was dropping a deuce when the first of the twin towers were hit and I considered that particular red letter day a point of shame. No longer would it forever be stigmatized as the day I baked a loaf so big it stopped up the toilet and I had to rush to the phone with a dirty backside and a tail of toilet paper trailing behind me.

it was slow going after those first 12 I captured on the first day, but then I eventually had as many as 35 fans, it only took me four years. Then I lost ten of them when I stopped updating in 2009 or so. I even lost half a dozen when I got my 1st poor review from Popcorn-comics It wasn't like I could retaliate. My voting and commenting rights were blocked from the stinky review site anyway.

I think TheCatMolloy has the gift of celebrity. I think 200 fans cropped up on the first day of uploading on smackjeeves alone.

Reply VictorB, September 12th, 2013, 11:53 pm

@GabrielsThoughts: Wow, what a story. you have one detailed, but grand adventure to tell. I can relate as I am using Elements as well (Photoshop Elements 5.0) due to financial issues.

however, there is a cheaper trick to copyright your material that should work wherever you are. PM me if you are interested.

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