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Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on July 11, 2006, 09:43:01 pm
Username: fesworks

Preferred URL: psi.xepher.net
Alternative: fesworks.xepher.net

E-MAIL:
fesworks
@gmail
.com

TITLE:
"a pessimistic sense of inadequacy"


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ABOUT MY CONTENT:
The website is going to be a vent for my real life frustrations. To put it out in a creative artistic way. Yes I'm going to "blog" each comic, but how I write isn't in an immature way, but rather I tend to ramble on and break off into tangents. As a "WTF is he talking about?" style of  contributer to the message board I frequent, I tend to deliver one hell of a good post that gets people entertained. I tend to post insightful, or rather things you never considered, at times. I'm pretty individualized in my thinking.

The comic itself is going to be a satirical representation of musings and thoughts I have about inconsequential and seemingly unimportant matters. Along with human-sized animals/characters/beings/pets (i have not decided yet) that will play as protagonists or antagonists to a character in some why. So its a bit surreal as well. Including taking thoughts and situations and putting them to semi-extremes.

The actual direction of the comic should tie in with the "blog" post each time I update, which I hope to be weekly. The actual plot of the comic, for now, is going to be random and undefined, but perhaps later it will develop into something more. I also plan to do some webcomic parodies or  satires for fun, but not as a mainstay. I don't plan to borrow any characters from other webcomics for use as regular, nor semi-regular characters. Though I would still be open to the idea.

The name is "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy", but its not meant to be a depressing webcomic, but rather satirical. The style of the website is in greys because I thought it would look cool, and I worked hard on a simple style for the site which I am pleased with. All text images were made from flamingtext.com's image makers. Plus I am adopting Amber's "Fa Teen" Censor Panda image.

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RATING:
The content is going to be rated Web 14, as I plan to include have some swearing and some satire probably not for people that should not be online without parental consent anyway.

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EXISTING CONTENT:
www.fesworks.com

I am using a Geocities website until I can figure out where to go with this content. Bear in mind the site might not load right because of Geocities' crappiness. So I uploaded the other comics to Putfile.com:

http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/7/19112015865.jpg&s=f5
http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=7/19115221154.jpg&s=f10
http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/7/19116571281.jpg&s=f10

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ADDED: 07-14-2006
http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/7/19219130338.jpg&s=f10
http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/7/19223412683.jpg&s=f10
http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/7/19301135226.jpg&s=f10
http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/7/19422420516.jpg&s=f10

ADDED: 07-15-2006
http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/7/19523062367.jpg&s=f10

ADDED: 07-20-2006
http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/7/19902592290.jpg&s=f10
http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/7/19902594432.jpg&s=f10
http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/7/20011144197.jpg&s=f10
http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/7/20016512534.jpg&s=f10

ADDED: 07-30-2006
http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/7/20222240629.jpg&s=f10
http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/7/20422102891.jpg&s=f10
http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/7/20622011768.jpg&s=f10
http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/7/20900230183.jpg&s=f10
http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/7/21002075643.jpg&s=f10
http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/7/21009025685.jpg&s=f10

TO SEE ADDITIONAL COMICS:
http://fesworks.atspace.com/archive.htm
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This content is in the early stages, as I may not filled everything out yet, and just got the few comics. I, of course, plan to be improving my drawing methind, but will continue to draw as free-handed as possible.

Unsure if I will be making color comics as a regular update, but I plan to do some here and there.

I do plan on continuing to update the site while my Application here is being processed and reviewed and challenged. I wanted to start this process now to motivate myself to keep making more comics.

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How I heard about Xepher:
Saw a link at the bottom of Amber's DMFA webcsite.

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INSPIRATIONS:
The first webcomic I recal ever seeing was Homestar Runner. I loved the comic, but they don't update as often as they used to. The next two I was told about, and they were Penny Arcade and VG Cats. Through VG Cats i went through their links and found Badly Drawn Kitties. From there i was hooked on webcomics. After that I found Amber's Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures and absolutely loved her comics AND the stuff she posted about. She sounded very real, and just like anyone else, but with a great talent for expressing herself.

That was all about a year ago. More direct inspirations have come from Badly Drawn Kitties, showing that "badly drawn" comics can work; DMFA which showed me a great expression of an artist; Punks and Nerds where randomness and parodies proved to be great when adapted to one's own art style; and Girly where the artists awesomely unique yet kinda old-school/pre-schoolish art style driven in adult-themes yet underlying kiddie-cute themes makes me wish I could draw like his simple yet complex stlye.

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SUGGESTIONS:
Certainly am open to suggestions, but I still want to do my comic in my own way in my own style. I have a bad habit of making people happy by sacrificing myself for their approval. I hated doing this and this comic is going to be my own expression. So dramatic suggestions may not be taken, but don't take offense. It may work, but just not with my content.

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CHALLENGE:
I need to take the Challenge. It will do me good to motivate me more into this. Despite the webcomic's title, I have gained a huge spark of abition for this project. BRING IT ON!
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on July 11, 2006, 10:11:45 pm
Ah, before anyone says anything, Yes i know i only have 3 comics thus far, but i do plan to do more, like i said I want to do at least weekly. But also reading through some other applications I see how things are. So if I don't get into Xepher as far as hosting goes (by which i can easily contribute a few bucks each month... not a bribe, but this a good host and you really can't free adless space these days), but hey I'm sure i'm still going to have some good feedback here as well as suggestions. I figure i should post the Application to get a jump on myself. So i can get myself out there and and re-apply in a few months if i don't get in..... Though hopefully my stuff isn't terrible to you guys... but this is why I choose "challenge" so i can for sure get some honest opinions.
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: griever on July 11, 2006, 10:43:37 pm
You hate personal blogs.  So you're ending up making a personal comic-blog.  Kind of a hybridization of a personal blog and a video blog - same amount of whining (as indicated by your menu), but we don't actually have to look at you...but we do at least get to look at something.  

At the same time, you say that you post insightful things that most of us haven't considered yet, but your current comics don't really demonstrate that.  Personally, I'd like to see these insightful things.  Right now, it reminds me of a slow-motion video blog.  Longevity will probably reveal or not reveal the development of your comic blog.
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on July 11, 2006, 11:02:07 pm
Good points, and I had that in mind when i made my second post... I'll get to work on the intended comics of which i have a couple of story boards for already. Hopefully others will find them as funny as i find them funny... in my mind.  In any case, thanks for the comments, and certainly that was something I was afraid of doing but ended up doing anyway.
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: griever on July 12, 2006, 01:17:24 am
Hey, it's okay.  A lot of sites apply with lots of plans and a few examples.  The general recommendation is push for longevity, but only a few sites have come back to reapply afterwards.  It's true though - if you don't get in this time but apply a few months later, the portfolio to back up your words will be stronger.  I found it strange that you would mention the conflict in your application and pursue the application anyway, which is why I spoke up.  

In any case, webcomics...I might find your future strips entertaining.  I like comics that can be witty and profound (Calvin and Hobbes, for a big example).  However, I've got several artist friends and the strips you currently have sound all too familiar....  Less humorous, more "OH GAWD" for me.  I don't know if that makes sense at all.
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: Munerift on July 12, 2006, 04:48:05 pm
I dont know...

Too little content...

Content that is there makes me chuckle, but I've seen it done by too many other small-stream comics before... (the make fun of comic clich'es...)

...and your mood as a person is bordering on sarcastic arrogance... I'm not sure this would be your time for an application process... =/
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on July 12, 2006, 08:56:50 pm
I certainly understand that there is too little content. I submitted an application at this time so i could gain some feedback from people that see early comics a lot. I also feel it as a good kick in the but to get me more motivated by having some preasure on me. As far as Longevity, yes that is important, and I just hope that what i ultimately want from my comic will happen.

I do appreciate the comments, and totally understand that i will most likely not be accepted at this time, but i certainly want some more advice/critisim/comments on this stuff.
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on July 12, 2006, 11:15:48 pm
In any case... because of what i put for my signature was in my head all day, i just had to do it...

(http://f10.putfile.com/thumb/7/19219130338.jpg) (http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/7/19219130338.jpg&s=f10)
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on July 13, 2006, 03:49:36 am
comic 5
(http://f10.putfile.com/thumb/7/19223412683.jpg) (http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/7/19223412683.jpg&s=f10)

BTW, tell me if i should stop linking the new comics in this thread. I do not wish to annoy, of course.

If i should stop, i'll leave it be and continue to update my site (nearly daily ATM because i'm on a creative roll).
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on July 13, 2006, 05:14:55 am
Up late and finished another one:

(http://f10.putfile.com/thumb/7/19301135226.jpg) (http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/7/19301135226.jpg&s=f10)

EDIT:
originall called "#6 = 3#"... upon thinking about it, this title is funnier:

"#6 / #2 = 3#"
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: Munerift on July 13, 2006, 04:35:45 pm
Errrr... you certainly are a free thinker, though I'm not too sure about the toilet humor.

...ok, you can laugh. =P

But why so "gloom and doom!" ?

...and what's up with the giant rat?
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on July 13, 2006, 06:00:08 pm
I'm doing whatever comes to mind, or has happened to me... its kinda humor that might be too inside, but its kinda like how you find certain things funny or hilarious... to you... in your head.... while others may not know what you are laughing about.

The giant rat? I have not decided yet... If he's going to be my roommate or pet.... I have not decided on the "universe" yet... If I'm going to be a human in an Anthromorphic world (kinda) or if everyone is going to have a humanoid animal counterpart.... we'll see once i get outside the apartment (in the webcomic).... I was thinking about Fes' character, and how i wanted him in there... and then i was thinking "Furries"... and thought to try that... but i can't draw "cartoony" and adding clothes to "Ernst" didn't fit right in my mind... so that's what i came up with.... I was going to scrap the first comic and re-deaw it, but it seemed to work out anyway because I like the expressions and head positions and overall outcome... so i kept it, and It will be nice to look back and see how my drawing has (hopefully) improved from my first comic.

That last comic was more of an inside thing that was directly related to something on the other message board... combined with a few other details, it has a much more inside joke than merely what is at surface, but i think it works both ways. So i guess the style of "comedy" is introspective (if i am using the word right) while other just don't seem to get the small things you find funny because the big picture looks to depressing. Which is not going to be toilet humor, which was not the intent of the joke, thought it inturn included toilet humor, it was not the basis for the joke or punchline.

When i introduce more characters, they are not all going to be like the main character. In fact they will be modeled after people i know... to some slightly exagerrated part of them. I'm not sure if I understand your "gloom and doom" comment specifically...

Starting a webcomic is a bit difficult since you have no audience and therefore noone knows your characters, so I am trying to do some character development before just jumping into jokes where they relate to the characters themselves... jokes that ones make only get if they know the characters and/or had a similar experience.

I wish I could drawn "cartoon"-like for my style... but whenever i try, i can't help but making them look like it does.... so i decided not to try to force a style and just draw the way I naturally draw.... Same thing with realistic drawning... it would be cool if i could... but i don;t have the patience to put so much detail in that by the time I am done, i'm too tired to finish the 75% of the comic left. Though i do like to make realistic sketches when i go camping. For the time-being, I'm drawing how it naturally sprouts from my #2 pencil and my ever cramping hand.
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: Munerift on July 14, 2006, 02:46:26 pm
Another thing, the challenge is somewhat-of a retired thing as far as I know, it was more in use back in the day... and it's not something that would motivate you by nature...
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on July 14, 2006, 07:18:36 pm
Well whilist reading the "read this first" posts, i saw that... In any case, the feedback (critisism and comments) is mostly what I am looking for. I mean if/when (most likely not, because i'm just starting) I get a "no" here I have plans to get a Geocities paid hosting for 3 months (they have a special ending in Sept) and then after that, see what up around every where.

and, believe it or not, I certainly would be motivated by the "Challenge" because I am in the early stages of making a webcomic, and i think its best to get some feedback in the beginning, rather part way through, but that's me. I mean, i have been dragging my feet in making a webcomic for some time.

Also, I did make some cherry cobler the other day, and it was fantastic.
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: griever on July 15, 2006, 12:46:50 am
I had a lot of fun with the challenge, actually.  I can't say it motivated me, but it was certainly fun to write.
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on July 15, 2006, 02:43:14 am
Comic 7

(http://f10.putfile.com/thumb/7/19422420516.jpg) (http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/7/19422420516.jpg&s=f10)
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on July 16, 2006, 03:07:14 am
comic 8

(a part 2)

(http://f10.putfile.com/thumb/7/19523062367.jpg) (http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/7/19523062367.jpg&s=f10)
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on July 19, 2006, 11:37:49 pm
Well I made two more comics.. part of a 3-4 part strip entitled "Icy Hot".... its all true too

http://fesworks.atspace.com/07-17-2006.htm
http://fesworks.atspace.com/07-19-2006.htm

In any case. I could stay here updating each time I do a portion. But as I had seen from that other post... It might become annoying, or just unheard, since I think people have said (the ones that were nice enough to comment) what they are going to say... I guess the "Challenge" part is out if noone else chimes in.

In any Case. I am updating my comic about every other day now (quick build up of content) and plan to do so until August 1st when I (hopefully) go on a 2 week camping trip. and then Mad rush a bunch of updates afterwards.

I have plenty of Ideas I am story boarding, and many of which I am skipping to do other ones. Like I stated before, this might be a sort of Mild humor or inside humor (for those with similar Experiences) But I like it and I am glad I am finally doing this. My drawing has been getting slightly more firm in how I am doing things, and certainly has room to improve naturally.

In any case what I'd really like is for Xepher to come in and give me a definite "no" or "yes", but mostly I want his comments. I'll not update this thread (if and probobly when a "no") like that other guy did (noone seemed to listen/respond) and then reapply in the fall or something with more content under my belt. In the time between I think I'll stick with adpace.com (if they don't keep going offline) or buy 3 months of Geocities space.

I mostly don't want to wait 9 months for a Xepher reply i guess...

but I still welcome comments and critisism and suggestions, and I thank those who have already contributed.

-Fesworks
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on July 20, 2006, 01:47:46 am
Just recently altered the appearance of my website, added a little content in "about", readjusted some spacings, and added a new "psi" image. I personally think it looks better. If anyone cares to comment...

also, in case anyone wants to know HOW i do the comic:

I draw it with a nice #2 pencil on Xerox paper. I limit myself to half the page high for the height and the whole page long as the Length.

My format is presently 275x800... unless I go double, then its 550x800.

When I scan the image in: I cut out each panel seperately and resize the image to fit the panel and to allow whatever amount of space I want for text.... Using Irfan Viewer I change the Gamma to .35 from 1.00, and then sharpen the image.

Everything is Hand-drawn and/or cut-paste. I only insert the text on the computer, which i use MS-Paint.

This is a underdog way to do a webcomic, i'm sure, but hey, we all can't be photoshop experts. I grew up making MS-Paint art... art that included pixel by pixel editing to make smooth edges for pasting images over one another.... if I was raised with a Mac, things might be different.
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on July 20, 2006, 08:55:24 pm
Meh, might as well update with some links to show the last set that I just finished today:

7-17
(http://f10.putfile.com/thumb/7/19902592290.jpg) (http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/7/19902592290.jpg&s=f10)
7-19
(http://f10.putfile.com/thumb/7/19902594432.jpg) (http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/7/19902594432.jpg&s=f10)
7-20
(http://f10.putfile.com/thumb/7/20011144197.jpg) (http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/7/20011144197.jpg&s=f10)
7-20
(http://f10.putfile.com/thumb/7/20016512534.jpg) (http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/7/20016512534.jpg&s=f10)
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: Munerift on July 21, 2006, 03:10:39 pm
...that rat scares me.
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: Databits on July 21, 2006, 04:14:15 pm
The fact of the matter that fesworks actually knows you CAN take a challenge is a good sign though. This means that he/she actually read at least some of the information before posting. Which is a big plus in my book. Most people who post an app completely ignore the whole "read before posting" thread it seems.
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: Xepher on July 21, 2006, 11:35:06 pm
True enough... That's why I haven't really said much on this one yet. I haven't had time to think of challenge questions, and so I've been letting some of ya'll flush out the details here.
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on July 22, 2006, 03:49:54 am
Quote from: Xepher
True enough... That's why I haven't really said much on this one yet. I haven't had time to think of challenge questions, and so I've been letting some of ya'll flush out the details here.
haha, I was wondering when you were going to post :P I see you post in others around me and I'm all like "He's ignoring me! He must think this really sucks!" Which is why i made a post basically asking for closure :P

But hey, when you get questions, fire them off.

I'll be working on another comic set in the next day and/or two.
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on July 27, 2006, 02:09:13 am
Ok, here is the next 3 comics I have done already (i'm trying to update entire sets of comics).

Originally planned as a 3-4 part set... It seems It is going to end up being a 6-7 part set.

I take a long to to set up a joke, and I end up stretching each part to fit a short (2 or 3 panel) or tall (4 panel) strip if the intended "mid-joke" won't end on the right panel.

In any case I make it work out, and end up getting more strips anyway.

Ok, here are the 3, and I have 3-4 more coming to hopefully conclude this "idea" (or perhaps running "joke")

7-22
(http://f10.putfile.com/thumb/7/20222240629.jpg) (http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/7/20222240629.jpg&s=f10)

7-24
(http://f10.putfile.com/thumb/7/20422102891.jpg) (http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/7/20422102891.jpg&s=f10)

7-26
(http://f10.putfile.com/thumb/7/20622011768.jpg) (http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/7/20622011768.jpg&s=f10)
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on July 27, 2006, 02:16:25 am
Part 3 there was going to work as a quished 5 panel on a TALL strip, but I didn't want to squish it. So I am stretching it out to be a 2 and 4  (part 3 becomes Part 3 and 4).

I could easily squish the conversations into a single panel. But I don't like that in all situations. If Fes replies in the same panel as Ernst, the effect of the second panel would not be as good because you should be left thinking about what happened to Fes before you are shown/told. Also, it works best to put that out (Shown and told) in the same panel.

I guess I also like to stretch conversations out to one dialog per panel (in most cases) is to get the sense of going back and forth between the two. Each would have their own panel to express themselves with what they are saying, so the reader can get a better interpretation of HOW they are saying things. Plus Its better for inserting added silence between dialogs, so that one may be expressing thought into what was said and/or are going to say... and it may also give a little suspense what might happen next.

I don;t want too much progressing in one panel.
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on July 30, 2006, 06:11:10 am
Ok, here we go, The final 3 parts:

Part 4 - 7.28
(http://f10.putfile.com/thumb/7/20900230183.jpg) (http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/7/20900230183.jpg&s=f10)

Part 5 - 7.29
(http://f10.putfile.com/thumb/7/21002075643.jpg) (http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/7/21002075643.jpg&s=f10)

Part 6 - 7.30
(http://f10.putfile.com/thumb/7/21009025685.jpg) (http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/7/21009025685.jpg&s=f10)




EDIT:

So there you have the thrilling conclusion to the "Brains" set. If anyone was reading the website I was entitling it "Because we all thought about this before", But for short I call it the "Brains" set. Actually, the last comic will be updated on the site later in the day if you don;t see it on the main page now.


Also, if anyone is into Nintendo. Infendo.com had their #19 podcast/radio show. I am in a guest spot at the end (at 30:25) called "Two Cents in Sixty Seconds" So if you want to here my stupid voice talk about a few Nintendo items posted last week on Nintendo, Check out http://infendo.com and look for the Radio Show #19 ... a link is also on my main page at http://fesworks.com
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on August 01, 2006, 04:42:25 pm
Well, I am off to a camping trip for 1.5-2 weeks. The comic will be suspended until I come back, then I will be having Fes and Ernst going camping as well. I have some ideas already, but I'll have to limit them. Otherwise I can see the camping trip strips going for a whole month.... but that would not be a bad thing would it?

Also, for those interested, i'll have my spot on Infendo Radio again this Saturday. I already submitted to them the sound clip for the show.

In any case. Xepher, I hope you can come up with some questions to ask me... or at least some feedback about my comic.

Anyway, Thanks and ta ta for now!
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on August 07, 2006, 03:56:29 am
Well I am back for a bit before I head off again. Leaving on Thursday with my brother for another few days. Anyway, as many have heard about Amber's mishap with syrup terrorist profiling, or something, with the Canadian Border Patrol.... I made a fan comic for her site... Hopefully it will get posted with the other submissions, but I'll post it here too.

This is more along the lines as what I have been planning for mock strips featuring other webcomics.

(http://f10.putfile.com/thumb/8/21723464327.jpg) (http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/8/21723464327.jpg&s=f10)

I also have an idea to do one slightly based on a Calvin & Hobbes strip... though The idea came first, i found it similar to a C&H strip, so I will decide to go all out parody asside from the last panel.

I have a few camping jokes I'm going to be using that I came up with... maybe not "jokes" per-say as most of my comics have been, but rather "little things" that I... or Fes rather.. find enjoyable, yet weird to others.


In the meantime... please if anyone has feedback, comments, or whatnot... Please respond... I feel like I might be talking to myself and noone is telling me to go away... I feel like I might be bothering people here. I mean if noone like my stuff, so be it. I'm doing it for me and those that will also "get" them. In any case, I am severely enjoying working on my webcomic. :D
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on August 07, 2006, 07:23:12 pm
Color Version

(http://f10.putfile.com/thumb/8/21815224317.jpg) (http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/8/21815224317.jpg&s=f10)
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on August 07, 2006, 09:41:36 pm
If anyone does not read DMFA, the strip is a based off of a few events, namely these:

Merlitz finds a Human
http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_053.php

Dan turned into a human, messing with Merlitz
http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_249.php

Merlitz teaming up with Aliyka
http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_668.php



I think I did alright assimulating her two characters to my style:
(http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l40/fesworks/Clipboard02.jpg)
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: Xepher on August 07, 2006, 10:57:45 pm
Don't worry, you're not being ignored. Things just tend to move slowly around here, especially when real-life has me tied up. I just got the super-fun news that I've got to work 17 hours tomorrow. Things like that really put a damper on my reviewing time. :-)
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: Munerift on August 07, 2006, 11:56:47 pm
Dare I say you're a really cool guy and I like your humor; I dont think you'll have any problems getting in. =P I had to wait awhile too. ^_^
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: dragyn on August 08, 2006, 12:34:39 am
Hey, what I've seen looks all right.  You aren't ignored, I just don't tend to say much-- at all.
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on August 09, 2006, 05:37:11 pm
haha, alrighty man, Sounds good. Good luck with work.

and if anyone wants to see some quick pics of part 1 of my camping trip, I have 25 (lower quality, from my cell phone) Pics at http://www.geocities.com/fesworks/camping.htm

I took some with film too, need to develop them yet, But still these are a good look at 3 different state parks in Minnesota. So if anyone is interested in looking at some nature... :P

And thanks for the comments guys :D



Alrighty. Probably the last comic before I least on Hiatus part 2 (Camping with my Brother for a couple days). Hope that the people saw my DMFA fan strip and liked it. I have no idea if I will make my comic in color... but I may try it a few times and see how I and other like it. Also, I'm unsure if I will be having my animal characters to start wearing clothes, but If you see from the 3rd panel here, that made some changes to make Ernst a bit more Anthromorphic than merely a "giant rat". Since I did originally want it that way.

Comic 21
(http://f10.putfile.com/thumb/8/22013211014.jpg) (http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/8/22013211014.jpg&s=f10)




Perhaps the next thing i'll do is to experiment with this strip in inking and color... to see if I can get some good looking results... we'll see.
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on August 09, 2006, 06:45:32 pm
In Color:

(http://f10.putfile.com/thumb/8/22014450738.jpg) (http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/8/22014450738.jpg&s=f10)
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on August 10, 2006, 05:26:29 am
Comic 22
(http://f10.putfile.com/thumb/8/22101224826.jpg) (http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=main/8/22101224826.jpg&s=f10)


By the way if anyone has a comment on the B&W vs Color comic, i'd like to hear it... Also, I have done some changes to the site if you have not checked it since the first few comics. http://www.fesworks.com
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on August 14, 2006, 03:12:34 am
Comic 23

(http://f10.putfile.com/thumb/8/22423115559.jpg) (http://www.putfile.com/pic.php?img=3198856)
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on August 16, 2006, 02:48:48 am
Comic 24
(http://f10.putfile.com/thumb/8/22622472963.jpg) (http://www.putfile.com/pic.php?img=3209990)

Been wanting to do this joke for a while.
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on August 19, 2006, 05:28:33 pm
Comic 25

(http://f10.putfile.com/thumb/8/23013272624.jpg) (http://www.putfile.com/pic.php?img=3228536)

... had to get them out of the car.

This arc is already going to be 20+ strips... possibly 30+.
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on August 20, 2006, 02:32:48 am
Comic 25 in photoshop color.... first time trying photoshop like this:
(http://f10.putfile.com/thumb/8/23022304359.jpg) (http://www.putfile.com/pic.php?img=3231279)


I plan to do a version in colored pencil too... Experimenting and all.
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on August 20, 2006, 02:13:44 pm
Inked and Greyscale Version:

(http://f10.putfile.com/thumb/8/23110114716.jpg) (http://www.putfile.com/pic.php?img=3233419)

I should have put more BG stuff in, But I'm experimenting.
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on August 20, 2006, 02:50:43 pm
Inked + Colored

(http://f10.putfile.com/thumb/8/23110500325.jpg) (http://www.putfile.com/pic.php?img=3233608)
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on August 20, 2006, 11:07:23 pm
I'm actually liking the Inked with Grayscale... and the coloring looks MUCH better with the Inked version than merely taking the Original... but still would need to practice a bit more with PS Coloring and Shading.

With Inking, i'm doing better with not over-shading with the pencil, and actually getting simpler shapes and coloring, which was my intent.

So please, Comment away with these different renditions.... Also... though I know what Color Pencil looks like, I'm going to try and Inked + Color Pencil... I'll upload that another time.

But please, I would like your impressions on these styles.
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on August 21, 2006, 09:49:50 pm
Here is the Inked + Pencil...

(http://f10.putfile.com/thumb/8/23217483948.jpg) (http://www.putfile.com/pic.php?img=3241753)

can't figure out how to make the color come out more without messing with the Black and whites too much... Still, People have been telling me the Grayscale looks best.
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on August 31, 2006, 02:28:36 am
Ok, for those still interested, if any,

New format: inked and grayscale, new font

Comics 26-29

(http://f10.putfile.com/thumb/8/23500210457.jpg) (http://fesworks.atspace.com/00026a.htm)

(http://f10.putfile.com/thumb/8/23613355070.jpg) (http://fesworks.atspace.com/00027a.htm)

(http://f10.putfile.com/thumb/8/23900555785.jpg) (http://fesworks.atspace.com/00028a.htm)

(http://f5.putfile.com/thumb/8/24118550430.jpg) (http://fesworks.atspace.com/00029a.htm)

Slowly been "Upgrading" Ernst to a proper Anthromorph... versus "Giant Rat".


I'm updating every 2-3 days.
http://fesworks.atspace.com/index.htm
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: Munerift on August 31, 2006, 03:02:07 pm
Your pencil coloring might turn out more to your liking if you laid down a watercolor base first..? This of course would take considerable time more, but I think your grayscale is just fine.

Another note, you may want to check with Xeph about using the solfire banner exchange; I can't recal the exact on that or not.


Xepher? This poor kid's been waiting forever. At first I was unsure of him, but he's stuck around and continued on with the comic even as it's seemed he's been the only one posting to his own thread. I feel like he's took a dive into the community and become one of us anyway. =0)
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: Xepher on August 31, 2006, 10:28:34 pm
Fair enough. A+ for effort. You should have an email with instructions.

Oh, and Solfire banners. Hmm... as far as I understand Tet doesn't give you any money for doing it, it just helps him out. I'll say "okay" for now. We'll see if they become more commercial or not, because he seems to be selling them to whoever. For now it's mostly other comic sites though, which is okay.
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on September 01, 2006, 10:15:07 pm
A most gracious thanks! *bows*

Hopefully I'll be able to set up over the weekend, though I have a comic tonight/tomorrow, Work tonight, Dad's B-Day on Sunday, Work on Labor Day, and a Labor Day Comic. So we'll see. But Thank you so much and Munerift, thank you for your comment!

The Solfire banner is not profit to me, in fact I'm trying to get my banner on the exchange (which costs me $5 for a month), but I have not heard from them yet about it. But yea, just let me know, and I'll keep an eye on it too if it goes more commercial. I don't want ads at all, and have no intention to turn a profit on the site, especially since its my glowing hobby :D. I don't even want google ads. But I'm always up for plugging webcomics I like.

I'm going to check out the E-mail now :)
Title: "a pessimistic sense of inadequacy" (CHALLENGE)
Post by: fesworks on September 02, 2006, 07:47:24 pm
Thanks again to all those that replied and helped me out!

I will be changing all the atspace.com pages into redirect pages come Labor Day, so they all point to http://fesworks.xepher.net/ and appropriate pages on there.