Games: a short(ish) arc: #15

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This is the other one that gave me some art block, but the other one was the worse culprit for sure.

In one of the images I use as a background for this one, I do a similar trick. I think it was the 6th or 7th strip in this arc? But yeah, similar concept. I like how this one conveys the emotion, more? Like I thin it does a better job?

And considering how arc is all about feeling stressed when you are new or inexperienced at something, I thought I would throw in some panels from my earliest comics, in the background, too.

Actually, the inspiration for this whole arch was actually… gaming with my mother. 

She got into playing Mario Kart with me a couple times, and though our skill levels are kinda different we have fun. It started out after I played with my little cousins, and she started playing a couple rounds. Then we just started play Mario Kart on the switch together, and it’s a good time.

So I thought she’d like Kirby. Kirby is notorious for being easy to play, to the point I have seen some people complain Kirby is too easy. And short.

But, for my Mom, it was distracting and hard to figure out who she was. She kept saying she didn’t hate it, and that she would keep going. She did, but it wasn’t like Mario Kart. It’s hard to tease out what was so different, outside of one thing: She would ask me to play Mario Kart, and Kirby. Well, not so much.

Like Jessi and what ever game we are playing together in the comics, My mom thought Kirb’s was cute. That the game was cute.

But it wasn’t really her bag.

I think sometimes with either being the youngest, being small, sometimes getting picked on, add, or what have you, I ended trying to puff up when I feel small. My mom, also the youngest, I think she does this too at times. I think that’s part of why it’s easy for each other to point out when the other isn’t listening, than to admit it ourselves.

But I don’t think either of us want to be that person. I don’t want to say “you’re not a real gamer if–.” I don’t want to exclude people from having the chance to enjoy something. I may try to explain how I can see something is problematic, or why I like something, or why I don’t. But I don’t want to push people away just because they may be starting out or have a different experience with something.

With certain stuff, people may think otherwise of me. And, fair.

But I think there is a balance between setting and respecting your own boundaries, accepting others, and either being pushy or a door mat.

And even though it’s just games, the whole point of this strip is that if I am remember what it was like to start out, I should give people that chance too as well. That it’s cool that my mom even shares my interest with me in that small way. I’d always rather sharing together so we both have fun rather than me just data dump to her about why I like thing. Because then, it isn’t just about me. 

When kids where being shit to me about those things, or even adults, it felt shitty because I couldn’t share in something or with folks. But, if I am mad about that, I should be careful when I do it, too.

I’m pretty sure this isn’t that big of deal, but as I try to for better relationships with both others and myself, it was something to think about.

Shrugs.

Going to be some strong language here, Chapter 3 strip five:

So, if foul language is not your thing (or you are young and parents would prefer NOT for you to see foul language), please enjoy this instead:

This is what the “this” is.

Alternatives are important!

Now, for those who are crass bass and old(er):

Chapter 3 strip 5

For a guy who complains about to many ads in his face, advertising in the comic IS pretty low.

But YAY JESSI! She is a character I have been trying to design since at least… October? At least November, so I am glad she actually shows up. There are some other characters I have designed that haven’t appeared yet, so I will be happy when I get to their strips as well! It’s frustrating when you are so behind that characters you almost designed a YEAR ago haven’t shown up. But I will get on that.

Also, can I just say I HATE doing grey scale for skin tone? I never planned for Jessi to be white. She isn’t. She and Dylan are both Asian. But not all Asian’s have the same skin tone and I knew that Jessi was slightly lighter. But to get a grey that shows up and isn’t the same as Dylan’s? Like… making diversity in grey scale is HARD. Alright? The obvious solution is colour, but I am not at the level where I can make my GREY SCALED STRIPS on time. Colour? Not happening yet. So, there may be some issues with tones of characters until I am ready for colour pallets. I apologize.

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My Brother’s book:

 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NDLMDT4

He is also writing a second one and starting a Kickstarter, but I will tell you guys about that as get details. I am in the dark about it too.

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I’m the kind of guy who discovers a new thing, plays with it obsessively, then totally forgets about it later on.. It’s pretty cool, let’s you design your own shirts and things. So, it is kinda early in the strips history for me to start making product, but here are some designs that I came up with while I was playing around. Let me know what you think, and  come check it out!

Yeah, I apologize for the #shamelessselfpromotion. But I wasted so many hours goofing around on that site I figure I might as well tell you guys about it.