5/1/16

My Friends Are Djs #56 - "Musica Movement #1"

Well got a new paint program (OpenCanvas 6) and experimented around with it before attempting anything. I always wanted to use my pictures in my comics but lacked a proper paint progrm to it so here we go. Despite getting a new program....I'm still sticking to handcrafted, water colour painted look/nature to this comic. The inspiration trigger for these and its sibling panel came from how a very exotic number composed by one of my friends, is able "transport" listeners to other places. The actual picture used was taken on my trip to Northern Malaysia, a tropical country in South East Asia. Heavily filtered to make it look a shade of Breezey Blue.

The unaltered picture.

Fun, Random fact....this and its sibling comic was inked and shaded on sunny day in Steveston while watching the Power Rangers filming taking place. Crew were getting interested in what I was making and complemented.....I was humbled and focused on the job about it but wow its nice. Plus its an inspiring setting to do any art in.

4/27/16

Gamer's Review - Puzzle Agent

Well the first thing I noticed about this game from Telltale, when I spotted it in the steam store one day was...hey this art style looks familiar...where have I seen this...OH YES the Graham Annable short comic in the Flight anthology. Just like the short comic...Puzzle Agent retains Annable's  "line" drawn/simple style and its very bizarre/surreal-humor style with a touch of x-files mixed in a "mundane" setting.


You play a shaky/slightly jumpy FBI agent with the department of puzzles (?!) whose been greeted by a guy in spacesuit (?!?)  in the opening. Then you are given the case of what is happening at the eraser factory in Soggins, Minnesota as the White House ran out of erasers to do stuff fwith. Yep very bizarre/surreal stuff going on. Greatly amused too they incorporate the fact Minnesota REALLY does get heavy snow in the fall and has Scandinavian heritage (notice most of the locals are sporting such, slight accents). If you played Professor Layton before you'll be familiar with this game's style of play. A linear point-click style adventure/story with puzzle assignments along the way to move the story along. Puzzle types range greatly from "jigsaw puzzles" to "Spot the difference" with a hint system for help and....comically if you make mistakes with the answers it will be calculated as "Tax Payers" dollars...all just part of the humor.




Liking and knowing Graham Annable's style from the start and loving puzzle/adventure games like Professor Layton....I am deeply satisfied with this game so far.





4/24/16

My Friends Are Djs #55 - "Don't Bite Needlepoint"

Well the inspiration for this one is kind of obvious....why would fans'n etc bad mouth the djs with THAT reputation. I seen it many times and the results were pretty predictable...really people? In addition, I wanted to show characterization with Needlepoint...the resident "insane-maniac" dj proving her stuff...jumping off the decks during a performance, I wonder if real djs ever did that during a gig.


4/17/16

My Friends Are Djs #54 - "Roadie Bill"

Behind every great concert or dj...etc there is always a crew of roadies helping put on a show and setting up the magic. It would be very wise for the performer in question to treat the roadies/ crew with respect:) Partially inspired by one dj being bad to the lighting crew and in turn the lighting crew pulled a prank on the dj during his drop. Note also....Major Tom the roadie is a female.


4/10/16

My Friends Are Djs #53 - "New Drops"

Well I wanted and tried to experiment more with sophisticated multi-panel way of storytelling. So in this case we have Bitz demonstrating his new "drops" to his mentor Komodo with explosive results. The fact that Komodo and Bitz are master and student is to parallel/allude tot he fact the real life inspirations are master and student in real life. "Phat Ass Drop"is the name of a song by "Djs From Mars".

4/3/16

My Friends Are Djs #52 - Happy 1st Birthday

Who knewit was 1 year since I started this webcomic project and its been a labor of love and personal pleasure....and its still is. Here's a Birthday cake to commemorate the moment.

4/2/16

My Friends Are Djs Special #1 - Autism Awareness

Hey well found out at the last moment it was World Autism Awareness day today and this is kind of how should I say it an important thing for me because I recently found out I have a mild autism. Just found out and figuring out/coming into grips with things. I did have an idea for such an occasion and recounted on personal experiences of being in the clubs for this one.

 For me personally, going clubbing is huge endeavor/ courage requirement for me. I strictly only go to club venues to enjoy music and only if my friends(or their friends) or/and djs I really love is performing. Stadiums and festivals are off limits for now.  Why? I panic at the sound of sudden loud noises like an air cannon/co-2 gun firing; the musical sounds are mostly ok. In addition and the msot pushing reason, I am super uncomfortable with large crowds of people in tiny spaces because I feel different from everyone plus ...especially if some people are being "crazy", irresponsible, negative...no sense of manners. The feel of being squished with so many people tightly is so much of a fear for me that I will get physical by accident/instincts (like a shock wave,panic response) if I slip into panic mode...worse for the other person (they deserve it!) if they're stupid enough to grab/provoke me on purpose for any stupid reason. Yes just like in the comic...one stranger in a club was stupid enough to..."Why arn't you dancing?" *grabs and pulls my arms to get me to dance*...ditz in question was lightly shoved away. I got a lots of stories like this from club nights.

I fine in clubs if I plan before hand in immense detail, stay mentally calm and aware of things around you (Big One!), expect crazy will happen and get ready, have phone in ready positions (with contacts on other end ready), and a big one....have friends on hand to offer any help what so ever. As bonus it helps if you're nice to the venue staff in particular the security, etc. If all goes well...club nights will be ok.

PS "Heart of Ice" is a real seasonal winter cocktail (vodka, Blue Alize combo) from the Exp Bar in Vancouver. My favorite cocktail so far.