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#242497 - 09/03/01 02:09 PM "The Morning Improv" at scottmccloud.com
Scott McCloud Offline
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I've added a new daily feature to my site called "The Morning Improv." It's just a one hour a day, improvisational series -- I'm literally making it up as I go along.

You can find it from the main page:
http://www.scottmccloud.com

Nothing earth-shattering. I'm mostly doing it just to keep loose, and to brush away a few cobwebs since I can only work on the site part-time leading to infrequent updates. It's also pretty weird. More in line with things like the 24-hour comic or some of my more bizarre minis.

Oh yeah, and it has Millard Fillmore for a mascot! Obviously I'm catering to a teen demographic.

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#242498 - 09/03/01 08:03 PM Re: "The Morning Improv" at scottmccloud.com
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Yeah, very wierd. I like it. And what are you doing to create the embossed effect? Is it just a Photoshop-type effect? The gradiated text too. It looks very cute like that. Certainly a great exercise for any cartoonist.



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#242499 - 09/03/01 08:28 PM Re: "The Morning Improv" at scottmccloud.com
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And what are you doing to create the embossed effect? Is it just a Photoshop-type effect?


Yep. It's one of Photoshop 6+'s layer effects (the inside bevel one) available straight from the layers palette. You can apply it to the whole layer prior to drawing/painting the elements. Those panels, btw, have about 20 layers each.

Of course I'm only using it for the current strip. God only know what the next one will look like!

I'm also using the "Story Machine" for these, if anyone's curious (I have some details on the Story Machine in my "Inventions" section.)

I've also put up a form for people to suggest titles for future M.I. strips.

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#242500 - 09/03/01 09:20 PM Re: "The Morning Improv" at scottmccloud.com
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Scott, you are one bizarre individual.
Keep up the good work.

later,
dave

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#242501 - 09/03/01 10:55 PM Re: "The Morning Improv" at scottmccloud.com
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Fun art. I like the improv idea. If I can offer a comment on the site, the top frame with theFillmore picture is very big. Also the side bar is wide, leaving little room for the artwork panels. I had to scroll up and down on the third panel to see it.

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#242502 - 09/03/01 11:57 PM Re: "The Morning Improv" at scottmccloud.com
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...the top frame with theFillmore picture is very big. Also the side bar is wide, leaving little room for the artwork panels. I had to scroll up and down on the third panel to see it.


Hmmm... Anyone else having this problem? Perhaps I should consider a redesign.

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#242503 - 09/04/01 01:31 AM Re: "The Morning Improv" at scottmccloud.com
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I agree that the header frame is pretty tall and smaller resolutions would probably have to scroll down...



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#242504 - 09/04/01 02:18 AM Re: "The Morning Improv" at scottmccloud.com
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I'm running at 1024x768 and I don't see any problems.

However, when I switch down to 800x600 the left panel needs to scroll both vertically and horizontally by a tiny bit (small enough that it's clearly not intentional). And the top panel seems shifted a little too far down vertically, but not enough to bother me. The artwork panel did display a vertical scroll bar, but the actual strip still fit in the panel, so that's not really a problem either.

later,
dave

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#242505 - 09/04/01 10:35 AM Re: "The Morning Improv" at scottmccloud.com
James Kochalka Offline
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I had to scroll up and down to see the vertical panel too. (iMacs have small screens, so I usually keep the resolution at 800 x 600)

I think you'd be better off not varying the height of the panels....

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#242506 - 09/04/01 11:59 AM Re: "The Morning Improv" at scottmccloud.com
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I just trimmed the top panel's height and took away the text and dividers under the image. Let me know if that helps.

Look for this morning's update (Tues) around 10:30am if all goes well.

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#242507 - 09/04/01 12:57 PM Re: "The Morning Improv" at scottmccloud.com
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yup, much better.
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#242508 - 09/04/01 01:47 PM Re: "The Morning Improv" at scottmccloud.com
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Wild, weird, wacky! It's definitely stream-o'consciousness and bizarre! But it looks cool, Scott. Looks like you're having some fun playing, that's for sure. [img]/resources/ubb/smile.gif[/img]

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#242509 - 09/25/01 02:18 PM Re: "The Morning Improv" at scottmccloud.com
Ben Adams Offline
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Proto The Pet was painted in an interesting style, but, for whatever reason, I really didn't get into the story.

Brad's Somber Mood, on the other hand, I'm finding to be riotously funny ... particularly Brad's dialogue.

Actually, he reminds me of the Whiners from Saturday Night Live (played by Joe Piscopo and Robin Duke). His dialogue has a more Bergmanesque flavor though. The coloring and characters suggest a suburban setting and bring back memories of American Beauty for me. Why
not take this in an American Beauty kinda direction? That would be too cool.

When does Mena Suvari show up? [img]/resources/ubb/biggrin.gif[/img]

Ben Adams, having fun after a very depressing week


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#242510 - 10/02/01 03:05 PM Re: "The Morning Improv" at scottmccloud.com
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Just a note that "Brad's Somber Mood" is now complete.

The new strip, started today, is called "I Am The Most Beautiful Dog in The World."

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#242511 - 10/02/01 05:08 PM Re: "The Morning Improv" at scottmccloud.com
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I still don't understand why Brad's wife/significant other doesn't leave him. The story leaves too many unanswered questions for me -- bring these two back for a sequel already!

Oh well.
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