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Boing Boing reviews the new book by Kurt Anderson on America's love of the boom and bust cycle of business. I love how Anderson has bounced from Spy to Studio 360 to ripping fictional yarns (Turn of the Century) to serious social analysis -- I've never met him but he just strikes you as the definition of curious.
This book looks interesting and I'll probably read it. I was struck by this excerpt in the review, however, on how damn fat American's have gotten:
Meanwhile, the average American gained about a pound a year, so that an adult of a given age is now at least twenty pounds heavier than someone of the same age during the 1970s. Back in the late 1970s, 15 percent of Americans were obese; more than a third of us are now.
We are a nation of Cartmans...
Half Life is one of my favorite videogames of all time.
I only found out about Ross Scott's series of videos called Freeman's Mind this year. Simple but funny - Scott riffs over the action in the original Half Life game as if he was the main character. It is not at all what I'd think of as Freeman's personality (although in a remarkably McCloudian trick, Half Life gives no personality to Freeman so that every person playing the games gets to fill in whatever they imagine).
I did the thought balloon in panel 3 in MS with a pre-configured balloon shape (I think it was called Cloud 1). I don't love this one but I wanted to make sure I knew how to do thought balloons with MS.
I ran out of blue pencil when drawing this one. Wow - I forgot how much of a pain it is to clean up pencil work. I guess either stick to blue pencil or re-ink the whole thing on the WACOM. I did the curving inter-bubble in panel 4 in PS (with two elipse shapes) -- I think that works pretty well actually.
Another comic from re-visiting my law school comic strip. This one's not based on an old one directly although all of the characters were in the school strip. I posted the finished one (scanned into PS, lettered in MS and then saved for the web in PS) and the rough for comparison (right now, I sketch in blue pencil, go over in ink). I need to figure out if you can do the inter-bubble connector for double-bubbles in MS -- I did these in PS but that's an extra step it'd be nice to avoid if possible.
Done a little bit of drawing here and there this year and figured I should start sorting out the digital side of things again. So a few tests to see how things look on the web. I've got Photoshop Elements and Manga Studio Debut 4. Scanned this one in PE on the Epson at threshold 70. Used MSD4 for the word ballons (
oops - didn't adjust the size of the word balloon up -- looks like 1 pixel).
I think I drew this a few years ago in Manga Studio.
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