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#7, Pg. 2 | Masturpiece Theatre

October 4, 2016 in Issue 7
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Caley Tibbittz Collopy 4th Oct 2016, 11:29 PM
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Teehee, I made a PBS masturbation joke. I'm so proud.

...but you probably care more about the delay in getting this posted.

Well, I spent several days rewriting this scene -- of all the scenes in the original script, it's probably the one I was always least happy with. With the recent rebranding to SwordCat Knights, I finally had an angle that was less generic than what I did originally (which was a sort of Buffy-ish "let's arm up for battle" scene).

...the downside of working from such a freshly reworked version of things is it didn't have 13 edit passes under its belt before I got to the lettering stage. I adjusted the hell out of much of it, most notably Julia's dialogue; she has a River Tam-esque way of speaking, which can be fun to play with, but very hard to narrow to a focus that balances the plot, the character, and the dual goals of revelation and obfuscation.

I also took my wife on a trip to her hometown between pencilling and inking; that was a bad time to interrupt the flow. By the time I got back to work, I was a little lost as to which of any given four lines anywhere on the page I had been intending to ink. This led to a LOT of mistakes to clean up in Photoshop (I was also running out of usable markers, so I had to go over most of the pools of black several times).

The omega breastplate was a last-minute invention in Photoshop; the original art has a line drawn in the metal belt thing to place the omega there like a buckle. I'd struggled previously in my sketchbooks to find a way to make the omega a Power Girl-esque boob-window breastplate, but couldn't make it work. I'm really excited about finally working out that bit of design. TOO excited? Maybe. But it's my superhero nonsense, dammit. It's nice to see something which has been rattling about my brain for so long finally shake out.

At the conclusion of this arc, I'll set aside a little time to come up with a costume that melds the best of the SwordCat and the Artemis costumes into one extra badass outfit. The SwordCat costume is heavily based on the first costumes I designed for Kathryn, back when I was still a teenager full of verve and excitement, and back when comics were a little more fun than they tend to be today.

I loathe the dry, bland, ugly militarization and depressingly practical trends which have plagued formerly fun characters for the last decade and a half or so. I think of them as being mostly Brian Michael Bendis' fault, but The Ultimates definitely added to the snowballing dullness of faux-reality which has bogged modern Big 2 comics down. I've let it influence me, but now I give a hearty "Feh!", and I boldly (or something) return to the mindset of insane kickass fun first, practicality second.

I'm going to sell so many books in 1997.

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Garthvader76 31st Oct 2016, 2:37 PM
The new uniform is super-fucking-awesome. I'd love to see it in color.
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 7th Dec 2016, 8:48 PM
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There WILL be purple. :)
RandomFan 4th Dec 2016, 10:11 PM
Splurged your entire archive... loved it all. Is this going to continue updating? been a month plus with nothing. DONT LEAVE US HANGING!
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 7th Dec 2016, 8:50 PM
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I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

SwordCat Princess will be continuing VERY soon; more real-life stuff has gotten in the way, but will be resolved soon. The next page is already pencilled, just waitin' on my sweet, sweet inks...
Nef 8th Feb 2017, 2:02 PM
We'll wait... It's not like we could put a sword tp YOUR neck to force you to produce a comic, right? :)
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 9th Feb 2017, 10:31 PM
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But I'm working on a new page RIGHT NOW! It should be done and posted tomorrow. :)