Still, are these pictures great or what?
In other comics I’d sometimes have text in diminishing point size within each bubble, so that it got smaller and smaller. I’d always hoped this would convey to the audience “You are not supposed to actually read this”. When it was really extreme, I’d also cover up the spam bubbles with other, shorter bubbles. My worry was always that people would actually try to read the stuff, get bored, and accuse me of being the thing I was trying to mock.
I never really figured out how well all of that worked. Here we didn’t try to drive off the reader with tiny fonts and we left a most of the text open and readable. We didn’t get a lot of complaining about excessive text, so either people have a good sense of when they should skip, or they have a bigger appetite for this sort of thing than I ever imagined.
I think it works. I tend to glaze over the mass of word bubbles in panel 2. I actually quite like this strip, between the mass of narration and the bitchin’ artwork, I think this one works out rather well.
Looking back, I do wish I’d have stuck with the DMotR tradition of doing Casey’s DMing bubbles in yellow. I think on strips like this one it would have worked better.
Also, that last panel is one of my favorite things I drew in the entire run of CB.
No comic on Friday, we’re taking the day off, even from reruns.
The Terrible New Thing
Fidget spinners are ruining education! We need to... oh, never mind the fad is over. This is not the first time we've had a dumb moral panic.
The true story of three strange days in 1989, when the last months of my adolescence ran out and the first few sparks of adulthood appeared.
Grand Theft Auto Retrospective
This series began as a cheap little 2D overhead game and grew into the most profitable entertainment product ever made. I have a love / hate relationship with the series.
Quakecon 2012 Annotated
An interesting but technically dense talk about gaming technology. I translate it for the non-coders.
Starcraft 2: Rush Analysis
I write a program to simulate different strategies in Starcraft 2, to see how they compare.