Comic 52 - Spires and Bubbles

29th Jan 2011, 8:14 AM
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Spires and Bubbles
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Realn 29th Jan 2011, 8:14 AM edit delete
Five months, fifty strips. I'm pretty pleased with myself. I like to think I've gotten a bit better at it compared to the first strip. Thank you to everyone who has read Mildly Amusing; thank you for putting up with my less than good art, my sparse twice-a-week schedule, my late updates, my MISSING updates, and bearing with me as I try to figure out what the heck I'm doing. This little comic here is probably the biggest project I've ever undertaken, and I'm surprised I made it this far without getting to down on myself that I just quit. That'd be really easy to do: whenever I can't make something look how I want, whenever I look at a finished strip and am disappointed, whenever it's an update day and I still haven't started and start freaking out I threaten to call it quits. But lucky for me I've persisted, because I really enjoy making comics. It's really nice to be able to look at something and say, "I made that and it isn't completely terrible." And it warms my icy heart to know that other people agree that it isn't completely terrible (even if I'm still to nervous to actually show people these comics in real life...). So here's to fifty strips, and, hopefully, many fifties more.

As far as this particular strip goes, it's a concept that I've wanted to do for a year now. Months before I even started Mildly Amusing, when I was doodling these characters on notebook paper during zero period at school, Todd and Stan walking through a bizarre places with weird twisty spires and bubbles floating around and Todd complaining about being bored with life was one of the first comics I made (the half-clouds were a recent addition). In fact, I'm pretty sure it was the origin of the "flights of fantasy" part of the tagline, if not the whole thing.
Then in August when I started MA proper, I wanted to make this concept the tenth strip, as a reward to myself for getting it off the ground. But when I got there I decided I wasn't a good enough artist yet to squander my favorite strip idea so soon. So I put it off again and again. I still don't think I'm a good enough artist, but I probably never will. So this is now my fiftieth strip present to myself, and I'm pretty pleased with the result. Silhouettes are classy.