- It just occurred to me, starting from the last strip, he goes from the 3x2 (2x3?) to 4x2 panel wise.
- Well, it's not a bad choice, but it's odd that he decided to make it more horizontal, as opposed to more vertical. Especially if it was in book form, it wouldn't work too well horizontally, but who knows.
- Notice, no backgrounds.
- THIS is the type of thing that needs to be foreshadowed. It doesn't really work well as a last second add in.
- Especially since it's just a way to make sure Nanase didn't die...and that someone could contact the army. Or something.
- Now, I am not a physicist. All I know about sound waves is that if you hit the right frequency, you might be able to make someone explode, maybe. It can be done with glass, mythbusters approved.
- So, the fact that Vladdikins was able to knock out Nanase and potentially kill her, puzzles me.
- Not because of it being pseudo or correct, just...it's...oddly specific. Almost all the pseudo-science has been done, up till this point, with VERY broad strokes. Y'know, like those old comics that used to be able to get away with 'unstable molecules' and just go on their merry way without having to explain a damn thing.
- Only MORE vague than that. All we have been told for a very long time is what they can do as a result of this supposed science, and anything that actually could be considered scientific, is made up alien stuff that is given a once over and not really developed all that well.
- I'm not saying the sound thing is bad, but I honestly wouldn't be surprised if Shive had just heard it by chance in the one day he paid attention in science class, scribbled down 'sound can kill you — Vlad' and used it that way.
- It just puzzles me, because I honestly can't go and poke holes at it, because it's so specific and jarring.
- Which of course, is rather bad and annoying, especially since it *might* have been kinda cool, but something that might have actually been legitimately deceiving in the scienceness is never used again. It's all comic book talk.
- And I really don't think I have to say this by now, but no, Shive, lampshading exposition does not make it inherently funny.
- Interestingly though, Shive DOES get better at this lampshading of exposition thing, but just barely.
Sketchbook Strip 060504
...Shive took psychology?
Yeesh. Maybe he doesn't have a poor understanding of psychology. Just people.
Or both. I like to think both.
- Still no backgrounds~
- Silhouettes work better when you're not being pummeled with dialogue.
- Gotta love Mr. Dreads. He goes and clones his own daughter, using her effectively as a replacement goldfish, is forcefully taken away from her (why Grace was allowed to stay alive or as an innocent child really makes no sense. Hell, that timeline in general makes little sense. How old was Grace when Dreads was taken away? How old was she when Damien came? How old was she when she left? What the hell was she doing between those events? Where did the actual training happen?), and this scene is as emotional as it gets.
- No 'I wanna be a part of your life'
- No 'I missed you'
- Just this.
- Can't you just *feel* the love between the two?
- Especially since Grace has been known to cry at the drop of a hat.
- I'm not saying they should be totally hugging, it has been years since they were together, but Grace called him 'Papa' for chrissakes, clearly, there was a strong enough bond.
. Feminine because he has sparkly eyes (a trait very few females have) and long hair. Unlike Tedd though, he DOES get more feminine later on...eventually.
Check the date on this baby. June 13th, as opposed to last strip's June 7th. Schedule slip. EET. EES. STARTING!
Oh joyous day!
- No. The first panel does not count as a background. Not unless she's standing in an elevator portal thing.
- Oh jeebus that torso. It still creeps me out. Her torso is the size of one of her heads. Her legs? Three.
- Average person? 7-7.5ish heads. Me? I'm roughly three heads from chin to crotch, and two and a quarter half sorta heads from my chin to my hip bone. Legs are about three and a half heads. So I meet the requirements of the average headness. Grace? Grace doesn't. Grace is five, and three are devoted to her head. There is something wrong there. For her one head, I have two and a half heads. If someone is one head in torso, please take a picture and provide a link. I NEED to see this.
- What a dramatic reveal! If only Shive hadn't included him three or so strips ago!
- Hedge demonstrates his shock at discovering hair can, in fact, be cut or altered. Seriously, was there bone in those things?
- Still no backgrounds. Teehee.
- You know, for a guy that assumed Vlad was dead, he seems pretty nonchalant about it. Although the avenging death thing is pretty amusing, but just barely so.
- Don't you just love how the first thing Vlad does as a female is hit people? It's like now that he's a girl, it's OK to hit his brothers, and not worry about any repercussions or coming off as an asshole.
- Of course, Vlad isn't making the double standard happen, Shive is.
- Now, the deductive snort joke is an odd one. It's not a bad joke, but I think that if this series hadn't had ONE perverted reference or ONE half-baked sex joke its ENTIRE run, and then did this, I think the context would make it a lot more funny.
- That's just my personal opinion, but I think if a series were to have ONE perverted scene, it would come across as a lot more sensuous/humorous (depending on your angle) then if it was a typical running gag.
- VHAT? An actual morally grey scene that's done subtly, sorta? Who knew Shive had it in him?
- Granted, it still sucks. We barely saw Vladdikins and Damien interact, and we never saw Vlad actually being abused, or how their dynamic worked, and since all we know about Vlad is that he has image problems and likes to hurt people, this really comes off as more telling than showing.
- But at least Shive had the decency to keep away the dialogue in the last two panels, and not cutaway to a chibi Grace.
- Also, the dialogue is kinda bad. It's way too expositiony. A simple "So what? I'm human!" would have sufficed. Well, it could be a bit longer than that, but not as long as Shive made it.
- Finally, this is where writing on a strip by strip basis REALLY harms these things. Easily, stuff like this could have a whole page devoted to Vlad just enjoying his humanness and another to his breakdown. But here it's not, and it ends up being kinda rushed.
- This is why it's better to write for the trade, as opposed to a strip by strip basis. It gives you a better sense of pacing.
- Although, considering how slow Shive moves, maybe it's a good thing he doesn't waste time trying to make his characters emotionally attractive to his readers.
- Look! Part of a couch! That totally doesn't count as a background and don't kid yourself otherwise!
- Another shot of someone looking upwards, as Shive desperately practices one of the least used facial positions in his comic.
- Look at Jaguar. He is spurting flames for no good reason. And it still hasn't been explained yet!
- Secret test joke? Not bad.
- Last panel? Total joke killer. I don't even know if it's entirely the text's fault. I think it's Grace's nonchalant look. It would have been better if she had her eyes half lidded and in an exaggerated 'deduction' pose and expression, looking off to the side suspiciously.
- That's one of Shive's problems, if one that I keep forgetting about. He doesn't mix and match facial expressions well.
- Luckily, I have the solution!
- I present to you, an artist's wet dream.
- Read it. Know it. Worship it. It is your GOD.
- Moving on...
- Hey! Hey Listen!
- Hey Listen!
- Still no backgrounds :D
- Also, Shive, dude, the cat with the ascot-tie thing from the above link is more attractive than Guineas, and I'm not even a furry.
- ...that being said this is one of the better jokes of EGS history. Short, quick, to the point, not explained, and have I mentioned that's it not too long or drawn out because I don't think I did!
- But since is the NITPICKY blog of EGS, let us count the ways that it sucks, regardless of whether I like it or not!
- ONE! We get ANOTHER showing of how Ellen is all biness and not only that, but soon will be retconned away, even WITH the addition of an entire life of guy lusting.
- Not only that, but attraction to males is not so one-dimensional that all girls will like the same guy. That picture alone, muscles, defined cheekbones, a complete lack of nipples, a bellybutton and wrists, all potential turnons/turnoffs to any given female. Especially the lack of basic body parts. That's just creepy.
- And COME ON. No one went all googoo eyes over Vlad. Just Guineas. Why do Ellen and generic female get this and the guys don't? Because when guys do it, it would be considering objectifying and rude. When girls do it, it's A-OK!
- Double standards just make the whole world fun, doesn't it?
- And, of course, a strip with sex jokes and Nanase would not be complete with that slight turning of the head, to indicate her annoyance at Ellen having an orientation that is not lesbian.
- Hey look! Actual backgrounds! Only...they're all...CGI...ish...
- Oddly empty CGI room for a place that has a hole in the ceiling and a hole in a glass window above it.
- When did Elliot get his clothes back?
- And holy crap, why is everyone glowing?
- Oh well, at least they don't have those dots on them, amirite?
- ...son of a bitch.
- ...blush lines on Tedd for non-blush related reasons? Shit. Did I step into Dominic Deegan by mistake?
- And even on a close up super detailed face, Tedd's mouth is still relegated to the side, and is super small.
- The tears look like goop, by the way.
- More importantly, that bastard. Shive went back to 3x2. Gr. Wait. This means less content per strip, which means I need to write less! Think we can turn this into a 2x2 deal?
- I think this is the only time that a guy cries and no girl does. At least, in my memory, could be wrong.
Did that strip have actually...backgrounds?
Holy fuck. So it did. And minus the house bending a bit, it's not that bad either. Lets see how long this lasts.
Sketchbook Strip 062604
Never look up again Tedd. EVER.
- Well, it lasted four panels. That's something, right?
- Oh thank god, the dots are gone. That was a close one.
- And more looking up. I don't know why I keep noticing it, probably because it only just started happening, and it's not in your typical box of lazy drawing techniques.
- —looks at Susan—
- Does your art style fluctuate THAT much?
- Do you fall out of practice THAT easily?
- And her braids areDAGHOLYCRAPELLIOT. YOUR HAND. OMIGOD. WHAT HAPPENED TO IT.
- And, to top this shitstorm off for the day,
- Justin too actually.
- More Nanase and Ellen. Because if Nanase bonded with anyone else, the world would explode. And we don't want that now do we? Same thing with Ellen. That's why Nanase never has any conversations with Justin, and Ellen no longer talks to Tedd and is given minimal alone time with Grace that is more told than shown.
- Other than that, there really isn't much else to say about this strip. At least Susan didn't hit anyone with a hammer.
I would like to make an edit on my past liveblogs. At one point, when describing the uryoums, I implied that other than the couple Tedd encountered, we would really only see uryoums once more. That was a mistake. But the other part, the 'being so indistinguishable that they could be replaced by a human' still stands. I had completely forgotten that there were a certain amount of uryoum extras, because they literally are just there to occasionally remind the reader that there are aliens in the story. So, Nioi is the one exception to that, although I don't actually know if she's an alien or not...
Anywho, tune in next time, where we tackle the special features and see what could have been on EGS!