Like A Rock

Posted 21st Nov 2016, 7:53 AM


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21st Nov 2016, 7:53 AM

ilayas

Someday I will master the art of a action sequences. Someday...

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21st Nov 2016, 9:02 AM

Darth Imperius

A rock would have stayed quiet*

These are great, keep it up :)

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21st Nov 2016, 9:08 AM

ilayas

Thanks for pointing that out, it has been fixed.

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21st Nov 2016, 10:32 AM

Guest

Your comics are so amazing. Thanks for brightening up my Monday!

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21st Nov 2016, 5:02 PM

ilayas

You are welcome! I'm glad I can make your Mondays better. :)

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21st Nov 2016, 10:53 AM

Sawney Bean

Mendiloquence looks unusually pissed in that penultimate panel. This won't end well, will it?

On a lighter note, it's nice to see him using something like logic.

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21st Nov 2016, 5:06 PM

ilayas

Mendiloquence can be very logical, he just chooses not to be most of the time.

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21st Nov 2016, 11:52 AM

Darth Huller

I just love serious(?) Mendiloquence. Kinda wonder how he'd react to the Foundry. World ending rage?

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21st Nov 2016, 5:03 PM

ilayas

You'll just have to keep reading to find out :p

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24th Nov 2016, 11:41 AM

msanthrope

LOL- and many years away will that be? Actually your comic strip is closer to a realistic timeline than the game.
I echo everyone else, I love your work- thank you for sharing it!

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25th Nov 2016, 1:33 AM

ilayas

It's far too depressing to think in terms of years.

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21st Nov 2016, 6:01 PM

Vader999

So, will Mendy kill the kid the usual way, or will he invent some sadistic, torturous joke of an execution?

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22nd Nov 2016, 10:20 AM

HitokiriAkins

Yes, he will.

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22nd Nov 2016, 12:23 PM

Number 6

He will realize the kid is sincere in his regret for his previous actions and has already suffered enough so he will show compassion and let him off with a stern warning.
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ok, maybe not.

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@ NUMBER 6

22nd Nov 2016, 5:18 PM

ilayas

It's good to have dreams. Even if they are very unlikely dreams.

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21st Nov 2016, 6:26 PM

GokaiLevina

:O posted two pages when I wasn't looking! you sly fox!

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22nd Nov 2016, 5:19 PM

ilayas

I am pretty sneaky with my weekly updates.

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22nd Nov 2016, 9:39 AM

HitokiriAkins

Speaking from experience, writing an action sequence is harder than drawing one. Drawing an action sequence has to make sure the poses flow into each other and the anatomy isn't breaking people's spines. Writing one has you keeping track and making sure nobody gets lost without a visual representation, and not forgetting what was done before as you're banging out the scene onto "paper".

Not knocking drawing though. Your skill far surpasses mine; my drawing hasn't improved since 5th grade, so your action sequences have FAR more detail than mine ever did, so for that, you have my respect.

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22nd Nov 2016, 5:17 PM

ilayas

I don't really "write" an action sequence until I draw it. I imagine it'd be different if I was writing a comic for someone else to draw. For example in the last two comics the script just was "show Mendiloquence and Vette fighting" I didn't really get into the nuts and bolts of how that was going to look until I started drawing it.

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Really?

23rd Nov 2016, 6:11 AM

Khulmach

Interesting

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Ya really.

23rd Nov 2016, 6:57 AM

ilayas

This is what my script looked like for the above comic:

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24 – Like a rock

Durmat: Come on talk to me Zixx, get up man...

Mend: Zixx can't hear you and getting up is a bit beyond his skill set right now.

Durmat: Please I know why you are here. But I promise I won't break. Let me live, my dad's secret is safe with me. I- I'm a rock.

Mend: You broke the moment Zixx told you to be quiet. You are terrible at both being a rock and following instructions. Admittedly rocks aren't great at following instructions, but a rock would have at least stayed quiet.

Durmat: Yeah, but he's dead now, so he can't tell anyone.

Vette: You just now figure that out?
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I rarely include any additional "stage directions". Pretty much all of that is done on the fly when I get around to drawing it. I added the action sequence to this page because I thought it would be a bit boring other wise and I needed something to deal with the events of the previous page.

When I started scripting out comics (way back during Black Talon) I did include a lot of stage directions, (I also used to write things out by hand in a spiral note book and I sure as hell don't do that any more either). I found, after a few rounds of revisions/rewrites, when I actually sat down to draw the comic the stage directions that I thought were good didn't really work. Now I just don't bother with them any more.

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23rd Nov 2016, 10:50 AM

Hitokiri Akins

I was actually talking about for a book, but yeah. I'm working on an original novel to get published, and the action sequences require careful planning. Drawing them, however, you're not leaving the action to the viewer's imagination.

You're still better than quite a few big names though. Your action is leagues above Rob Liefeld's work, for example.

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23rd Nov 2016, 5:07 PM

ilayas

I have the sudden urge to draw all my characters with tinny little feet and add a bunch of superfluous pouches on everything.

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24th Nov 2016, 11:39 PM

Jaq

I think you did a -wonderful- action sequence! You have also inspired me to register for 'Comic Fury' ... and have delighted me ALL day as I read through the complete archives.

... and up until now, I have tried to limit my comments. Otherwise I would be writing this a couple hours from now.

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27th Nov 2016, 5:19 PM

ilayas

I'm glad you have been enjoying my comic and hope you continue to do so! :D

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29th Nov 2016, 5:27 AM

Steven-Vincent

I *love* the reasoning... a rock can't follow instructions but at least a rock would be quiet. LOL.

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