Well this is awkward...

April 14th, 2011, 4:59 pm

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Reply Sir Bacon, April 14th, 2011, 4:59 pm

I won’t lie, I pretty much came up with this strip on a whim and never had a real plot figured out. I had planned to show Blue donning the Penguin Suit only to find out it’s a non-working prototype, possibly mention the Frog Suit or Ice Flower or something in the same comic, then cut to Princess Peach and Toadsworth, who had been in Sarasaland visiting Princess Daisy when the outbreak occurred, and have them mistake a Koopa trying to warn them about the zombies for a brigand trying to kidnap the princess, and then I had planned… absolutely nothing. My far flung goals included all four groups of characters, including the Troopas, meet up, and maybe have the main characters and myself figure out who created the zombies and how to stop them.

So yeah, I’ve been improvising the plot from the get go, and the further I go, the harder I find it to be to come up with new scripts. I had a little inspiration a while ago, but sadly that just so happened to occur at the same general time that… something rather personal happened that led me to lose interest in this comic for reasons I can’t explain. And I do mean all interest in the comic. If I ever were to start this comic up again, it just wouldn’t feel right at all, and I really don’t know why. So this is the end, I’m afraid.

But I won’t be going away.

I have another comic I have planned. I actually thought about doing this comic long before I ever came up with MKZA. So why didn’t I make it? A number of factors, such as a complete lack of faith in my abilities to draw the characters consistently. Yes, that’s right, my next comic is going to be drawn. By hand, I might add, with pencil on paper. You may remember my saying that there was a very good reason for me doing a sprite comic. Yeah, I can’t draw, hence the aforementioned lack of faith. That’s why I’m going to spend the next several weeks practicing long and hard.

So what makes me think this comic will succeed where an easy to make, brilliant comic like MKZA failed? Honestly, not much. On the one side, it will be much, much more action based, and as difficult as it may be to believe, the action scenes will hopefully be both easier to make and a dozen billion times more epic than those in MKZA. Honestly, whatever story I eventually come up with will be an excuse plot between cool fight scenes.

Yeah, that’s right, I have even less of a story thought up for this comic thought up than I had going into MKZA! =D I have like four or five characters kind of vaguely thought up, and most of what I do have is related to their appearance and choice of weapons. I think I’ll go spend my upcoming weeks of drawing practice scrounging up some archetypes and personalities and stuff on that site that shall remain nameless, by which I mean TVTropes.

But then again, creating strips should be about as fast as MKZA and much more fun. No more tedious Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V, drag selection, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V, drag selection, notice the pixels are a little off, delete selection, double check that I copied the image correctly, select the image to be copied again, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V, etc. Nope, just a little drawing on a note card, never erase, never surrender. Yeah, that’s right, I’m not going to ever erase if I make a mistake, hence why I’m going to practice drawing a whole lot before I create the first strip. If I make a mistake, I’ll either start over on a fresh card or leave the mistake be, depending on how egregious the mistake is.

Prior to writing this, I had drawn on two note cards, with studies of fight scenes, effects, and characters’ heads on the one, and everyday poses and random pop culture references on the other. Yeah, all this on two little note cards. As you may have guessed, the scale of this comic is rather small. In fact, the characters are all stick figures, more in the xkcd sense than the Order of the Stick sense, but not really looking like either. I actually stole the style from my friend Stephen several years ago, but I seem to recall him saying he got the style from a friend of his, so… I guess it’s like Pay it Forward, only not at all. So yeah, see you all in a few weeks, hopefully.

I’m going to go continue practicing drawing stick figures now.

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Reply The_mad_one, April 14th, 2011, 6:02 pm

Alright, -fav then. :s

Reply locoroco1, April 14th, 2011, 6:06 pm

I'll miss this comic. :(

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