Today’s Sketch Thursday features Hurricane Harley, Judy Boom, and Sunny! Most of these were actually planning sketches for this comic, so it’s like a little window into my comics-planning process.
Hey guys! I’ve decided that, on the last Tuesday of every month, I’ll do an impromptu Q&A session where you ask me (OR any BPD character) questions, and I answer a few of them. I’ve done the character Q&As in the last couple books, and it’s always a lot of fun to do. I figured this would be a good way for you guys to get some of those burning questions you’ve been DYING to ask off your chest!
This week’s questions come from Twitter! Let’s get started, shall we?
Q: “How will the new process and schedule affect Book 5?” -@Jaeger74
A: The short answer is “hopefully for the better.”
The biggest changes I anticipate will be the book format will change from a landscape to a standard portrait layout, to accommodate the taller comic pages. New format means new cover designs and more landscape for cover art, however they won’t fit in a nice neat row with the previous 4 book. I’m considering reprinting all 4 books into 1 mega collection down the line, for those people who don’t feel like buying 4 books at once to catch up. But we’ll see what happens with that when the times comes.
The other big change will be that I am planning to, for the first time, including COLOR inside the book. This is mainly because I plan to print all of the bonus PDF comics in the books, all of which will be in color. This also means I’ll be looking into a new printer; Lulu just isn’t cost-effective when it comes to color printing. While not something that you guys will have to deal with directly, it could mean preorders earlier in the year and possibly higher quality books. This also means the price will likely go up, but I will do my absolute best to make sure they stay affordable. Again, we’ll see what happens when the time comes.
Other than that though, not much else should change. My goal is still to have one new book every year during the summer, and provided nothing horrible happens between now and then, that will still be the plan.
Q: Inix, have you been forced to find work since your recent expulsion from the position of Elder? @DraegWolf
A: I think we will let Inix answer this one. Inix?
Inix – Oh, you ask me if I have acquired mundane employment since I was…. erm, let us say I was given a temporary leave of absence.
Max – You were kicked out. Don’t lie to them.
Inix – I am not lying! I was merely-
Max – And to answer the question (since we all KNOW she’s just going to dance around it like a politician), No. She doesn’t have a job. She continues to squat in our building, doing absolutely nothing all day. And I’m fairly certain she’s stealing leftovers from my fridge.
Inix – That is absolutely not true! Despite being removed from the Circle of Elders, I still uphold my duties to protecting and guarding my designated realm from chaotic magic. Without my efforts, you and the entire east coast of this country would have long ago been corrupted by dark energies, torn from this mortal plane and plunged deep into the heart of the nether, where demons and evil spirits would have had their way with the lot of you.
Max – And do you get paid to do that?
Inix – I hardly see how that is relevant.
Max – Do you get paid?
Inix – Well, No. I receive no financial compensation for my efforts.
Max – So it’s a hobby then. Or at least volunteer charity work.
Inix – Must you oversimplify it so grossly?
Max – Just making sure you don’t get too full of hot air that you blow away, twinkle toes.
Inix - SIGH….
Have a question for me? Follow me on Twitter at @Lizardbeth OR e-mail me at LizardbethArt@gmail.com with the subject line “Q&A Tuesday”! I’ll pick a few of the best questions and answer them next month. The only rule is No Spoilers (“what’s going to happen to X and Y?”). Other than that, ask away!!
Inspired by my recent dabbling in the Diablo 3 Demo (thanks to Arkilyon on DeviantArt for the guest pass!!), I did some doodles of Inix as a Witch Doctor. I will most likely create a finished piece based on this idea for the Anthrocon art show, so those of you going will get to see the finished results in person, and possibly even take it home! For now though, check out the sketches.
I got into comics relatively late in life. I never read them as a young kid. I think the first comic series I ever started collecting were the Ranma 1/2 and ElfQuest books, with more (less embarrassing) titles to come later. I honestly couldn’t tell you what drew me to those comics in particular; just that they WEREN’T superheroes. Because superheroes were dumb. Before all of you protest, I was into My Little Ponies before all you bronies thought it was cool, so suck it. Where my other 80′s Ladies at? What WHAT.
In hindsight, I’m sure if that really helps me.
I preface with this to say that I knew very little about mainstream superhero comics, or specifically the Avengers, before the movie. What I knew about Iron Man, I learned from the movies. And before his own movies, Thor was a goofy costume that blond nerds wore to conventions. I knew Hulk got really big and hit things, and figured that was the end of that. Captain America had the longest history for me (“He fought Nazis, right?”), but even HE was a bit skewed in my mind; the first I learned about HIM was a goofy one-issue comic my dad got from a drug rep at work about Cap fighting evil Asthma monsters, and a bunch of kids come in and save him with their inhalers. As for Green Arrow… err, I mean Hawk Eye, and the Black Widow? Yeah, never heard of them before the movie. So I guess you could say that my review of this movie is fairly free from the biases of nostalgia and fanboyism.
So keep all that in mind when I say that the movie was HOLY SHIT AMAZING OH MY GOD AHHHH!!!!!!
The primary thing I was impressed by was the fact that none of the Avengers felt like they were given the short end of the stick as far as screen time, or “Bad Ass Moments”. In particular, I was concerned going in about Black Widow, being that she hasn’t had her own movie (much like Green Ar-HAWK EYE Why do I keep DOING THAT), AND because she’s the only female Avenger. We’ve seen the “what if the Avengers posed like the opposite sex” poster parody. We know that in many summer blockbuster, comic book action, and man’s popcorn movie that very often, the female characters end up being just back grown support roles, overly forced love interests, or talking delivery systems for tits. Widow didn’t feel like this at all, and a lot of credit goes to Whedon for being able to create believable, strong female character that didn’t feel like she was just an accessory to the men.
But beyond just Widow, everybody had their moments to shine. Even if you haven’t seen the other movies, you got what each character was about, and you completely understood why they sometimes Just. Don’t. Get. ALONG. The back and forth dialogue between the characters was just so rich and so on-point. So much was said within a few words and so much meaning got across in 40 seconds of back-and-forth fighting that didn’t seen possible. Whatever Whedon’s drinking, I want a life-time supply. Seriously.
The Hulk was probably my biggest surprise in the film. I haven’t seen the most recent Hulk movie, giving up on the character after Ang Lee’s mess as more of a “How can you make a big green guy who hits things interesting?” Trying to give Hulk depth, in my mind, just wasn’t possible. Not only did this movie prove me I was absolutely wrong, but it made me seriously reconsider Tony Stark/Iron Man as my favorite Avengers character. While Stark had more laughs-per-minute (a term I’m borrowing from The Totally Rad Show), The Hulk’s comedy moments, like his fists, hit WAY harder. My favorite mini-moment in the movie was one with the Hulk and Loki, which… well, if you saw the movie, just read this post’s title. You’ll know what I mean. And seriously, if they use anyone besides Ruffalo in the next Avengers movie, or even ANOTHER attempt at salvaging the Hulk solo-movie franchise, I might have to get a little smashy.
The only minor, teeny tiny issue I had personally with the movie (and I say personally because nobody else could possibly have this problem), is that at certain, unflattering angles, Loki looked a bit too much like an Ex of mine. On the bright side though, it just made it easier to hate him. …I guess it’s not that much of a problem, now that I think about it.
So there you have it; My review of the Avengers, coming weeks after most of you have already likely seen it twice. Yes, I realize I’m late to the game. But what do you expect? Superheroes are dumb.
Today’s the first day of our weekly Sketchbook post! Since I recently replayed Mass Effect 3, I have a bunch of random little doodles from the game, as well as a couple of Max looking suspiciously adorable.
Click the Thumbnail below to view the full sketch page!