The Escapist Radio Theater #6

The Escapist Radio Theater #6

Some games just get old, others age like fine wine.

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So much Colour! It's like Vegas for Gamers!

Calumon: Zerg Rush!

Best one of this round :D

Nice~ Hehe, Loved the use of colour in it too!

Just in case anyone was curious, this is actually a rather fun game.

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I thought I'd take a bit of space to explain that the comic is based on a real location, and that's the Retro Arcade Museum in Beacon, NY. They're in a spot of trouble right now, something with local laws on operating an establishment with arcade machines, so I do wish them well and hope they continue to operate for years to come.

It's the one place I know of right now where you can still experience "Electro Mechanical" gaming, the stuff that predated video-gaming. Things that operated on hooks and wires and toys and holograms and just really cool fascinating pre-computer tech. I wish I could have gotten into it more, and incorporate more of the machines into the comic, but I think it might be better just to let the place speak for itself.

http://www.retroarcademuseum.com/

What in the world was he playing? A prize grabber?

By the way, prize grabbers are many times more awesome than just about every arcade game ever made, mostly because when you're done you might have a bunny. When you're done with Pac-Man, you just have a lighter wallet.

BlueHighwind:
What in the world was he playing? A prize grabber?

By the way, prize grabbers are many times more awesome than just about every arcade game ever made, mostly because when you're done you might have a bunny. When you're done with Pac-Man, you just have a lighter wallet.

Read the post above you for an answer to that question.

OT: I really love this series, if not for the humour, for the amazing graphical style. Honestly I could just stare at these panels all day!

Every single one of these comics can and should have been 75% shorter. Good comics are succinct and punchy, they lose all their effects when you pad them out and slow them down out of a misplaced desire to be dramatic.

DAMN, I just can't get over how good the drawing is in this strip. So many cartoons, even syndicated ones, are made by people who simply CANNOT DRAW and it makes me RAAAGE.

Plus your strips and endearing and funny. Keep it up!

Jack and Calumon:
So much Colour! It's like Vegas for Gamers!

Calumon: Zerg Rush!

Indeed, this art style really wow'd me into submission. Or maybe it's because I just returned home from seeing Inception. God what an excellent movie.

Either way, this one really stands out. Keep up the good work!

OMG, the colors! How weird! x.x
Yet, it was intersting.

I can't be the only one that got excited seeing colors as soon as I saw the first panel.

Nope. Thank goodness.

Hahaha.
That was funny.
I loved the use of color.

How did you color it btw, if you don't mind me asking?

And that's a pretty cool Arcade machine.
And i thought the Saturday Night Slam Masters my local Arcade has was a fossil.

Id love to be able to try a Machine like that one day.
Its cool to see games from decades ago that are still in use, shows how far the industry has come from its roots.

ArmorArmadillo:
Every single one of these comics can and should have been 75% shorter.

They most certainly "can" be whatever percentage shorter but I certainly don't know if they "should" be shorter. That I'm probably spending a bit of an over indulgent time expanding and playing simple ideas longer than they need to go, isn't something I take lightly. I don't agree that shorter would make it punchier, or even more succinct. Longer comics than mine have also been funnier, more poignant, and more important than the things I've done here. Some people do strips in three panels, some take twenty three. If the work is true to itself the whole time, the length should naturally out of that.

Maybe I'm not hitting the right notes in the writing, or maybe I just can't please everyone with this particular route of making comics. I can't be too sure. But I do know that the "rules" of good comics are not set in stone. And what have been making these a fascinating experience writing for me, may very well make them wrong for many other people.

Gigaguy64:
How did you color it btw, if you don't mind me asking?

If you keep watching this comment space, I'll see if I can provide a short tutorial on how I achieved the strange colors here. Once you're set up and know how to do it, it's an incredibly quick method to apply strange glows and colors. From then on, it's just massaging it towards a visually pleasing or potent image.

To be honest, I wish I could have taken the time to solidify the colors a bit more, and take a less... impressionist route to the illustration. And then I could add flesh tones and more proper colors to each of the characters. But the result here, I'm happy to say feels "noisy" and the wild pinks and clashing greens seem to help with that.

Any case, the tutorial will have to wait. It's late at night here for me. I'll see if I can explain for you guys the wonders that a "Gradient Adjustment Layer" and "Color Blend Layers" can do for your standard everyday grey scale image.

Remy Cambridge:

Gigaguy64:
How did you color it btw, if you don't mind me asking?

If you keep watching this comment space, I'll see if I can provide a short tutorial on how I achieved the strange colors here. Once you're set up and know how to do it, it's an incredibly quick method to apply strange glows and colors. From then on, it's just massaging it towards a visually pleasing or potent image.

To be honest, I wish I could have taken the time to solidify the colors a bit more, and take a less... impressionist route to the illustration. And then I could add flesh tones and more proper colors to each of the characters. But the result here, I'm happy to say feels "noisy" and the wild pinks and clashing greens seem to help with that.

Any case, the tutorial will have to wait. It's late at night here for me. I'll see if I can explain for you guys the wonders that a "Gradient Adjustment Layer" and "Color Blend Layers" can do for your standard everyday grey scale image.

Wow, thanks!
Ill be looking foreword to it.
(No rush though, i don't want to make you feel pressured :P)
And are you drawing this by hand and then Scanning it into a Program, or are you drawing with a Tablet?

Apart from the penmanship, this is a great read; not every comics needs to be a joke-filled strip. It's contemplative and beautiful; keep it that way!

(And do something about these letters ;) )

Gigaguy64:
Ill be looking foreword to it.
(No rush though, i don't want to make you feel pressured :P)
And are you drawing this by hand and then Scanning it into a Program, or are you drawing with a Tablet?

And here's a bit of a play by play on a recent drawing.

The comics are a hundred percent digital. Using a bit of Google and a little know how, I managed to make a custom brush that comfortably emulated a pencil. That could be a tutorial for another time.
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And the final piece after further adjustments. I apologize if the tutorial doesn't quite provide a lot of answers, but hopefully it opens up a lot of options for you. Experiment. There are no rules. Enjoy what you do.

Here's the final piece for the curious.
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Remy Cambridge:

Gigaguy64:
Ill be looking foreword to it.
(No rush though, i don't want to make you feel pressured :P)
And are you drawing this by hand and then Scanning it into a Program, or are you drawing with a Tablet?

And here's a bit of a play by play on a recent drawing.

The comics are a hundred percent digital. Using a bit of Google and a little know how, I managed to make a custom brush that comfortably emulated a pencil. That could be a tutorial for another time.

And the final piece after further adjustments. I apologize if the tutorial doesn't quite provide a lot of answers, but hopefully it opens up a lot of options for you. Experiment. There are no rules. Enjoy what you do.

Here's the final piece for the curious.
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Wow...
That is beautiful.
Thank you!, this is very helpful!
Once i get the right program i cant wait to try this out!
(the only program capable of drawing on my Laptop is Paint, Xp/Vista Version...)
Once i do get something to draw in ill defiantly try this out while i experiment on my own.
Again, thanks for the tips and tutorial!
This is really cool.

Oh hey, it got CNN's attention. (The Arcade, I mean. Not my comic.)

Check it out. http://gamepolitics.com/2010/08/09/town-where-pinball-illegal

I continue to extend my well wishes to Fred Bobrow and the truly great relics he houses there.

 

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