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#421350 Harry Monster's Monstrous Sketchbook: In Glorious Technicolor!

Posted by Jlblue on 16 February 2014 - 07:43 PM

So is this SWYBAA continuation a thing that's actually happening? Because if so that would be... Well, that would be just swell. :D Your versions of the characters really do just like you took the exact designs and just turned them into cartoons. In the best way possible.

#421349 Short Stories Beyond Redemption

Posted by Jlblue on 16 February 2014 - 07:40 PM

Awesome! :D I guess it does make a lot of sense to compile these short stories in a topic outside of the sign-up topics. Definitely makes things a lot cleaner. Plus maybe we'll get some new additions soon now that IV is underway...

#418522 Harry Monster's Monstrous Sketchbook: In Glorious Technicolor!

Posted by Jlblue on 18 December 2013 - 03:32 AM

Really? Pudding fights, guys? My gender makes me sad sometimes. :P


But while we're on the subject, I really like the strong female presence that seems like it'll run through the Hexagon. I feel like too often the gender balance in fiction is super uneven, so it's cool to see how you're shaping up to avert that.


Plus, art is good, the normal compliments. :D

#416560 Harry Monster's Monstrous Sketchbook: In Glorious Technicolor!

Posted by Jlblue on 25 November 2013 - 07:59 PM

Only you would go through the trouble of a viral marketing campaign all for a drawing of a mediocre pun. :P


Admittedly, I loved it, but that's beside the point (Somethign about the half-psychotic, half-joyous expression on your face in the last panel is what sells me completely :D).

#415610 Harry Monster's Monstrous Sketchbook: In Glorious Technicolor!

Posted by Jlblue on 14 November 2013 - 01:19 AM

(I think I mayyyy have a slightly unfair advantage since you may or may not have given me summaries of the characters' personalities and backstories... :P)


Peter Blackery is a fantastic name in my book. I don't even know if that's a real last name, but it's in that sweet spot where it sounds like it could be but still sounds awesome at the same time. That's a keeper.


Camilla I feel like almost needs a name that sounds as happy and cutesy as she is, like Albright or Valentine. Or actually I kinda like the way all three of those names flow together. Camilla Albright-Valentine. That might be a mouthful. :P But hyphenated name are common these days, so that's just a thought...


For Marcellus, I personally liked the suggestions Lord Capulet made for Darrow and Cole.


Miranda... Hmm. This might be trickier just because she's the director, so she might actually be referred to by her last name more often than the other characters.... Ah, I must be out of ideas for today. :P


( The poster looks awesome, btw. :D Really like that you incorporated an actual hexagon into the design.)




#414755 X-Men: Days of Future Past

Posted by Jlblue on 30 October 2013 - 08:12 PM

It's hard, because when I first read about this concept, I thought to myself that it was probably going to be this grand, unifying film that took the pieces of the rather confused X-Men franchise and put them all back together into this glorious story.


But I kinda feel like the fact that it even acknowledges X3 is a serious problem. :unsure:


Admittedly I had problems with the first two X-Men movies (I never really liked the portrayal of Iceman as a generic heartthrob who dates Rogue). But X3 just took what was otherwise a pretty awesome franchise and just tore it to pieces. Cyclops dies off screen, Iceman gets to date Rogue and Shadowcat for some reason, Angel shows up to... Actually, I don't know if Angel did anything in that movie. :P


And I want to trust that Bryan Singer can fix it somehow, but the guy's only human. Plus it looks like it's going to suffer from one of the problems with First Class, which is the use of third-string characters that even die-hard fans don't care about. So in this one, we'll be introduced to Sunspot, Blink, and Warpath? Oi.


But I don't know, I'll try to stay optimistic, I guess.

#414615 Harry Monster's Monstrous Sketchbook: In Glorious Technicolor!

Posted by Jlblue on 28 October 2013 - 05:23 PM

I really like how all it takes is one drawing for you to instantly establish exactly how these two characters would interact. The fact that the "(wo)man" is grinning wildly while the "machine's" has half-lidded "eyes" and a noticeable slouch... Well, it makes it very easy to imagine the kind of high-energy/low-energy dynamics this pairing would probably have.


Cool stuff.

#414396 Harry Monster's Monstrous Sketchbook: In Glorious Technicolor!

Posted by Jlblue on 24 October 2013 - 03:24 PM

Oooooohhh, okay. :o Yeah, that makes sense.


I didn't mean "average-looking" as an insult, by the way. :P I just meant it to mean you're clearly not a demon or a bespectacled internet artist. :P

#414242 Harry Monster's Monstrous Sketchbook: In Glorious Technicolor!

Posted by Jlblue on 21 October 2013 - 12:54 AM

A good batch as always. Though I'm curious as to who the sort of average-looking stubbly fellow is next to your by now very recognizable self portrait. Whoever he is, I like how he and your self-portrait, in spite of being different builds, are a good size in relation to one another, if that makes any sense.


Can you tell that I'm bad at art critiquing? :P

#413774 Versetrotters!

Posted by Jlblue on 09 October 2013 - 10:51 PM

Awesome. Love the spirit. :D

#413665 Harry Monster's Monstrous Sketchbook: In Glorious Technicolor!

Posted by Jlblue on 07 October 2013 - 11:25 PM

I like your face! Well, I mean... your drawing of it, at least.  :whistling: Will say it's a big step up from your previous self-portraits with regard to detail.


Also, Jenna's scarf color wheel is pretty artsy and awesome. I am a fan. 

#413559 Versetrotters!

Posted by Jlblue on 04 October 2013 - 04:54 PM

That was fantastic. I could ramble on about it, but I'd just be saying what was already said. When you create such beautiful stories like this, it makes me so proud and  happy we're married!


Here's to you, sweetie!

Thanks babe. ;)


 To get back on topic, let me put on my reporter's fedora and press badge:


 Mr. Jlblue, now that you've completed your last comic project, what advice would you give to aspiring comic makers eager to carry on your legacy of excellence and emulate your creativity?

Yikes, that's a very serious way of phrasing that... :P But honestly I would just say to take the "aspiring" part out of "aspiring comic maker." I don't regard Altrax V all that highly now that this much time has passed, but if I hadn't just made it and kept making comic after comic, I never would've improved as a writer. 


Specifically in the area of writing... >_> I've got characters and equipment, just no inspiration (or time) to figure out a good story...

You don't really need that great of a story, I don't think. Like, this was a while ago, but when Forty-K was still around these parts, he made a comic called Castle vs. Vikings, which started as exactly what it sounded like (knights fighting vikings), but over time it progressed into having a story beyond that and it became pretty popular. I think if you just get some decent characters in a simple story and just start writing, then things will come together.

#413127 Versetrotters!

Posted by Jlblue on 28 September 2013 - 12:53 AM

So I know you posted a list/links to all of your old stuff at some point in this topic... but I'm too lazy to look for it. And I want to read all your old stuff now to see how it ties in and stuff.


Ooh, maybe I should do that... But that's way too much work to do right now, so I'll figure it out later, haha.  :P


Blue, that was moving, and nearly brought me to tears, sir.


It makes me sad that this is it, as far as LEGO comics go from you, but dammit, Jeff, you outdid even yourself. I loved every bit of it all, and it was fun to be along for the ride. You know, your comics are what originally made me join this forum, so I owe my membership to you.


I just want to say thank you, Jeff. For the comics, the friendship, and the enjoyment of it all.


To the future, Blue. ;)


Aww... Thanks buddy. Feeling the love so much right now.  :D



#412807 Versetrotters!

Posted by Jlblue on 23 September 2013 - 01:30 AM

*sob*  That was beautiful.  I am officially out of words to describe this.  Well done!


Oh my gosh. You really outdid yourself here.

I read your other comics, and this is amazing. All of it. Just, wow. Congratulations, man. This is so awesome.


That was moving and heart-wrenching. I'm so...proud...of Kidd. I loved the scenes of your previous comics tied in to the finale. Way to go out with a bang.

Well thanks, guys. Reading your kind words always makes me feel pretty awesome. :D


It.....   it can't be truly over....   MAKE A PART TWO OR AN EPILOGUE OR SOMETHING!!!!   D:    I want moar...... 

Sorry if you weren't a fan of the ending... But I don't think I'm going to make an epilogue. That's really the only way I could see it ending. *Shrug* 


Well I have to say that, This was masterfully written and well executed.At first I though that this would be one of those "Indiana Jones in space" stories but as the plot twists and turns it became something memorable...Even if I can pronounce the name. (or at least what it would be pronounced if I knew what it was.)

Overall 10/10

You mean you can't pronounce the name Versetrotters? Or am I misunderstanding?  :huh: Because if that's the case, it's just pronounced "verse" (as in Uni-verse) and "trotters" (as in globe-trotters). 


Wow... holy crap I nearly cried. I think the only reason I didn't is because I have dysfunctional tear glands. That was such a wonderful ending, oh man. And showing shots from all your previous comics just makes it even more of a wonderfully bittersweet experience, especially seeing Strangway at his dying moment again, oh god the feels. So wonderful for his morals to win out in the end, that people still are willing to fight fire with water, it's such a wonderful message that I 100% love and agree with.


Oh man, fantastic job, Blue. Cheers to the conclusion of this adventure, and here's hoping for many, many more wonderful adventures. :D

Thanks! And with regards to the whole message thing... Well, once I realized this was going to be the last comic I'd make (at least in this format), I sort of remember myself mentally reviewing all of the comics I'd made and realizing that they did fit together in a lot of ways. In general terms, I've always at least vaguely written about a group of misfits combatting some form of corruption, oftentimes an oppressive government. So it sort of became sort of a fun little puzzle for me to work everything together.


And I ended up really taking a liking to the concept that even when an individual fails, what they stood for carries on and is fought for by someone else. So when Rob Loxley dies in his battle against crime and corruption, then Joseph Strangway will fight for it twenty years later. And when he fails, the Smileville crew ends up fighting for the same idea, and it keeps getting passed down all the way to Avery.


The only slight disappointment I had was that I couldn't really tie Est. '62 back into it as well (for the simple reason that Earth was still a well-known, habitable planet in Est. '62 as opposed to the dried-up, abandoned rock it is in Versetrotters), but I still like the idea that Est. '62 is a fictional story within this other shared Robin Hood/Smileville/Black Thursday/Versetrotters universe.


In fact, I remember thinking at some point that maybe Est. '62 was a story that the people on the Exodus from Earth told each other as a way of entertaining themselves, and when they finally found new habitable systems many years later, they based several aspects of their new society around it, resulting in the similarities between Versetrotters and Est. '62 (such as the similar shiny silver communicators or even why people like Avery would be attracted to starships as a sort of statement of freedom and defiance). (And speaking of starships, I don't know if I ever mentioned this, but the name of Avery's ship, The Merész, is actually Hungarian for "daring" or "adventurous." Just thought that was a little bit of trivia :P )


Anyway, I'm rambling. But I just wanted to say thanks for actually reading these things for the past few years and giving me an outlet for some stories... And also that even though I think I'm done with making these kind of comics, I'll still be around the forums and whatnot. So thanks. :)

#412546 Versetrotters!

Posted by Jlblue on 18 September 2013 - 04:15 AM