Victor looks different here from when we saw him at the con.
There are only two real differences between Victor now and at the con–the first is his nose, and the second is the fact that they’ve been in space for over a month with nary a hair product in sight.
However, let it be known that part of remastering chapter 4 included me redrawing his nose in every single panel, so if you go back and look at him at the con, he’s not really as different, and the only real difference is that I am better at drawing and more comfortable in this style than I was in 2010.
…lonely at the ‘top’
I wouldn’t worry about this page being wordy, it fits, and is a good change in the pace. He is, after all, actaully explaining something, and through how he explains it, we are being shown his character, etc. etc.
I have to admit, I had forgoten that guy was the famous actor…… Once they got on the ship, I began to have trouble making out some of them. The dad here, his girl, the glasses girl and the hot headed guy were all memorable enough, but this bings up a slight issue with the comic overall, and that is body types.
There just aren’t enough of them.
Diversify the body types, and it will be hard to ever mix up or forget a character again. I mean, the personalities are great, and the heads are decently iconic, etc etc.
This is a great comic, thought it could do with some crit. It took me until this page to really see what was bugging me, and that’s it; lack of body types.
There is a minor problem with that, it isn’t that hard to get a group of non-related people together and only have 2 or 3 body types. If you want to see what I’m getting at go to a midnight launch for a major new game at a Gamestop sometime. The last one I was at (for Diablo III) I think we hit 4 basic body types, with well over 20 people present. What makes you think a con is going to do tremendously better than that for body type to head count ratios.
That may be true, but in art, making a good visual impression is much more important than exactly mirroring real life. It’s all about exaggeration and what’s pleasing to the eye. I find it hard to differentiate the characters too, and I think varying the body types would make everything look more interesting. The artwork in this comic is gorgeous and more variation could make it even better.
Also, the last con I was at definitely had a lot more than four basic body types…
This is a bit of a…not touchy topic, or sensitive topic, because I see what the three of you are saying, and I agree.
The issue is that once I’ve established something at the beginning of the comic, back when I was, frankly, not as good at art as I am now, it’s difficult to make drastic changes without confusing the readers. I still get emails concerned that Victor looks nothing like he did in the earlier chapters, and that’s just because I changed the way his nose is drawn.
This leaves me with two options–suffer through the concerned emails and comments and respond with ‘I know, I know, I’m sorry, I know’ every single time for the rest of ever, or go back and redraw those chapters (which I actually did do for Victor’s nose, which was a small fix in comparison to changing entire body types), which I don’t currently have time for–I’d rather keep the story moving forward.
That said, part of what keeps Cory and I excited about the progression of the story in this comic is how much space is going to change the cast of this comic. Most of these changes just aren’t visible right now, especially not physically–they’ve been up here for a month, so they’re just scraggly and unshaven at best. However, a time will come where a few years actually pass in between parts, and that’s where we’ll really get to highlight those changes physically. I’ll get to update base body types in a way that won’t be extremely jarring for readers, and at the same time add to the story by making and showing the audience how those changes came about.
It is a third option that satisfies my wanting to update the look of the comic drastically and also keeps me from feeling anxious about annoyed or confused comments and emails, and will hopefully be satisfying for readers as well.
I think people should stop complaining about body types and stuff. I know that I’m having problems remembering everyone’s name, but that’s because there’s SO MANY PEOPLE, and I suck at remembering names. Also, they haven’t really been using names a lot to each other. They’ve also been in/out of focus for a while, a cycling cast. I think that once things start happening, we get into more people’s backstories, and we have personalities to go with faces to go with names, it’ll be better.
Can I also say that I love what you’ve done with the archive page? Now it has some character names to go with faces and I think that might help some of the people having trouble; it helped me, definitely.
Hahah, yeah, that was also something I was thinking about after I responded to Ben, Raz and Carrie; Ben mentioned that certain characters were memorable, and most of the characters he listed are characters that have had waaay more screen time. It IS a cycling cast, and Henri and Jack have just been cycled out to a different location. Other characters are going to get way more screen time in part three, and they’ll likely be more memorable when you know more about them as characters.
It is a large cast, and introducing them quickly and in minimal detail was something that we needed to get out of the way because once they left Earth, there would have been no way to introduce them otherwise.
Meh. Worry not. Which character is which can be determined by process of elimination. The readers who can’t have no excuses.
I’m also bad with names; if you ask me almost all comics and movies could show name tags whenever a character appears, at least for the first hour or chapter or so.
Well, since they can’t all go the route of The Invisibles with a character who thinks he’s a comic book superhero and says other character’ names left and right with bold emphasis for the benefit of the reader. . .
Is it odd that I didn’t recognize Smart for a while? He seems a lot younger and…different without all of that stuff on and the slicked back hair.
Victor speaks the truth
Bart sounds as if he needed to get that off his chest. Why do people always assume that the rich and famous are any different from everyone else? I’ll bet the only difference is the toys!
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