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Comic 358 - Red, White, and Blue, Page 18

31st Aug 2014, 11:00 PM in 11. Red, White, and Blue
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31st Aug 2014, 11:00 PM
Martin F.
No weekend page this month, sorry to say - we're still sort of working on catching up after past issues we've had, but we're getting there slowly but surely.

This page had kind of an embarrassing mistake in it that I'll let Adam go into, kind of amazing how long it took before either of us noticed it. At least the quick fix wound up surprisingly being not all that obvious.

So, remember this page?

That was setting this, and some other stuff, up. The idea for a long while has been that Alex occasionally uses a cross armbar as a big killer move, but there was never a place for it in the Weapon fight and the Bullet Time one was intended to have it but it just couldn't really organically be worked in, with most of the other fights to this point not being big showdowns like those two were. We'll be seeing it more from here on - like, I'll go ahead and say now we'll see it done in the next chapter too. The next page is the only other one in this chapter where it's seen, though.

Anyway, yeah. The actual Starchild / Arc fight is basically done at this point and it's mostly talking from here. Like I said before, Arc isn't exactly supposed to be a genuine threat.
1st Sep 2014, 12:33 AM
Adam C.
Eheh. Mistake being... and I neither fixed or caught this, I was asleep for both steps of it, is that Arc's gauntlet kept switching blades. That's a really rookie mistake, so pretty embarrased by the whole thing. Not to mention I had to already flip the final panel because between that and the penultimate one Alex and switched which arm he was locking.

I dunno what happened... This page was sorta hard for me to handle all around because of those last two panels, my only excuse. I've never seen a "Cross armbar" before and when I Googled it I had no idea what I was looking at. It was like two boneless monks doing the world's most kinky move in the Circus-Rubberman Gay-sex handbook.

Turns out afterward that if I'd actually looked up videos of it happening as opposed to still pictures I might've understood it better. But eh.

All that and didn't even get to the new addition on this page; Concrete texturing! Like we've brought up, Martin's been texturing the background in various tiny ways to make it seem more three.....

Wait, is this the first page where that happens? .... Shit, okay... Yeah, that's new. Yeah, newer, more detailed backgrounds to put a bit more "Umph" into it. Part of that is texturing on the concrete since stone is especially hard to texture in the way Martin does it. ^^ It's the same texture as the sand in BP, just toned down slightly more. This'll be happening in BP shortly, though in Blues it'll be a while.


1st Sep 2014, 12:43 AM
Just how desperate is Arc that he would blindly charge headfirst into a situation that would get him killed in a second if he was spotted. I have a feeling fights this one sided happened a lot more often when Alex was in his own body.