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Eric: The quote is actually a quote, for the record. I didn't make the quote up. I wouldn't do that with a quote.

So, we're in the process of waiting for doom (doooooooooooom!) at my place of employ. (We switch our ISP -- and migrate our IP range in the process -- at 3 pm Eastern Daylight TIme, which means the giant switch gets thrown.) Until this happens, I'm actually at loose ends. And, well, I needed to eat lunch at my desk today.

Which... is actually how I normally work anyway.

Anyhow, the multimedia teacher, knowing my interest in webcomics and webcomic production, pointed me to the Macintosh program Comic Life, by Plasq. Comic Life is software designed to take images (most particularly, pictures sitting in iPhoto, though it will work with anything), and quickly and easily lay it out into a comic grid. They have lots of premade formats, from four panel through full comic page.

Well, I wanted to see just how "quick and easy" this thing could be. And so, I downloaded the software and, in the course of eating my lunch, I created my first self-created webcomic since Unfettered by Talent. Well... not counting my guest comic for Daily Dinosaur Comics I did because... well, it's fun to do those.

So, hidden away behind a "click for more" link at the bottom of the entry (RSS readers? Click on the link to go to the entry on my blog) you will find a brand new photocomic, using the first comic I found.

It stars Revolutionary War Era Brigadier General John Stark.

Look, you take pictures of stuff you want to take pictures of, I take pictures of stuff I want to take pictures of.

The software was a little bit annoying, here and there (I would love to get more granular controls for image scaling, for example), but it certainly is easy to use. It seems to be yet another way to unleash one's inner creativity without needing... well, the ability to draw.

Next, I'm going to try out some of the filter sets -- there are apparently ways to make things look drawn even when they're not. And that's what I'm shooting for. (They also apparently can take pictures directly from an iSight, which rocks.)

So without further ado... The Adventures of Brigadier General John Stark. (And yes, the logo in the first panel sucks. I've come to terms with that.)

The Adventures of Brigadier General John Stark!

Posted by Eric Burns-White at September 23, 2005 2:17 PM


Comment from: siwangmu posted at September 23, 2005 2:51 PM


Click here for Historical Subversion!

Comment from: DocN posted at September 23, 2005 4:02 PM

Don't quit your day job.


I'm kidding, I'm kidding! Stop with the hurty-thing!
You gona pull a Holbrook on us and end up doing a whole slew of comics to make the rest of us unimaginitive slackers look even worse by comparison?


Comment from: miyaa posted at September 23, 2005 4:04 PM

So, he didn't play for the New York Knicks?

Comment from: Steve Mollmann posted at September 23, 2005 5:01 PM

Bennington Battle Monument! W00t!

Comment from: Alan Sharkey posted at September 23, 2005 6:05 PM

One word.


(Also, I need this. Everyone's creating a webcomic, I'm not going to let my inability to draw stand in the way now.)

Comment from: kirabug posted at September 23, 2005 6:34 PM


I'll stick with Photoshop, but I might point this out to various mac-using friends who have all, since I started drawing, started going, "Hey, how do I draw a comic, anyway? I mean, if I wanted to."

Viral little things, aren't they?

Comment from: vark posted at September 24, 2005 1:59 AM

maybe on your next lunch hour you can port that to linux?
generic plug here for stripcreator, for the art-impaired.

Comment from: Tom posted at September 24, 2005 8:47 AM

Quotation! Quote is a verb. Quotation is a noun.

Anyway, a program which lets even more people easily make comics, combined with something like keenspace, means that the number of comics online is going to increase even more. I'm not sure whether this is a good thing or not. On the one hand, a lot of new material means something really good might come up, but on the other hand, a lot of it will be rubbish...

Comment from: SeanH posted at September 24, 2005 1:10 PM

Tom: I call descriptivism. People have been using "quote" as a noun for easily long enough for it to count as a proper usage. Unless you want to argue that "nice" in fact means "accurate"...

Comment from: Alan Sharkey posted at September 24, 2005 3:28 PM

It's quite obviously "eyren", as well. I have no idea where people get this "eggs" word from.

Comment from: siwangmu posted at September 25, 2005 8:26 PM

The only thing that could possibly be more awesome than someone just casually saying "I call descriptivism" is not even having to think about what they mean by that. Words I learned in my intro linguistics class make my life awesomer!

Comment from: Lilamrta posted at September 25, 2005 10:31 PM

Even better is being able to use said linguistic words to muddle up a conversation to the point where everyone gives up because they can't understand what the heck you're talking about. It's one of the many benefits of studying a field full of its own bizzare terminology. Mmm, morphemes....

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