Junior Mad Scientist – Lab Notes

Noble Failure #12 (The Last 24-Hour Comic)

December 31st, 2007 by Weber


NOBLE FAILURE #12 (December 2007)

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(Click here to view)

01/02/08 UPDATE:

Thanks to Webmaster Mike for creating the link to the final installment of NOBLE FAILURE.

The first part is a self contained story. The last two pages are experiments with the 3-panel dailies usually seen in newspapers. There’s no narrative connection between the two pages.

(That might be an interesting 24-Hour Comic: 24 pages of 3-panel gags that have no narrative thread other than the main character. Could you keep a coherent story out of that many pages and panels?)

Started at 9:00AM 12/30/07
Finished at 04:09AM 12/31/07

Pithy commentary to follow sometime after the new year.

[Having some technical difficulties with the upload: my blog account won’t let me upload files larger than 1.9MB. (NF12 is 2.08MB. So close, and yet so far). Will be asking Webmaster Mike for some assistance a little later — when it’s not 4:30 in the morning. So, yeah, please stand by. ]

 


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Noble Failure #11 (Another 24-Hour Comic)

December 17th, 2007 by Weber


NOBLE FAILURE #11 (November 2007)

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Noble Failure #11
(click here to download)(1.6MB)

What’s all the hub-bub, Bub?

Only the latest edition of NOBLE FAILURE, my monthly 24-Hour Comic!

(Just because they get done on a monthly basis doesn’t mean they’ve gotten posted in the same month. Lots of excuses I could bore you with, but why bother? You wouldn’t believe half of them anyway.)

Having gained a ton of computer drawing experience with NOBLE FAILURE #9, I decided to take another swing at an on-line comic.

Swing — and a miss!

Issue #11 tops out at 14 pages. There are some surprises in those pages, artistically speaking. The newsmen came out nicely. They don’t look like my usual style, which must mean I’m learning.

So, only one more issue to go. I’ve got a couple of days off in a row this week, so will making my twelfth and final attempt starting late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, depending on the wife and kid.

The final issue will be posted before the end of the year. Count on it!


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Noble Failure #10 (Another 24-Hour Comic)

November 30th, 2007 by Weber


NOBLE FAILURE #10 (October 2007)

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Noble Failure #10 Halloween Special
(click here to download) (2.16MB)

I’m thinking this is about as close to a 24-Hour Comic as I’m going to get: Twenty-six(!) pages (24 interiors, plus front and back covers) penciled in 15-and-a-half hours. Yee-haw.

Then again with the headaches! What the #@$%*?!?? So instead of pushing myself to the point of illness, I put some finishing touches on the interiors, inked the front cover, and that was that.


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Noble Failure #9, Part V — The Last Of It

November 30th, 2007 by Weber


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NF#9: “Big Trouble, Part V”
(Click to download)(867KB)

The final installment of the Mr. Sprinkles saga.

The art was finished back on October 24 but it took this long to get it posted.

Why?

Oh, doing the October AND November editions of my 24-Hour Comics, as well as a few other messes, trickbags, and imbroglios — all of which turned out fine. I’ve got a new job and a new car, neither of which I was looking for nor wanted at the time, though things are all working out for the better.

So, read and enjoy these last few pages of Noble Failure #9. Doing the story this way was completely worth it to me. I hope you’ll find the conclusion worth your wait.


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Noble Failure #9, Part IV

October 31st, 2007 by Weber


bad kitty

NF#9: “Big Trouble, Part IV”
(click to download) (948KB)

Mr. Sprinkles finds out what happened to the cat. But what happens to Mr. Sprinkles?

This story is definitely trouble for the fuzzy detective. Big Trouble.

Check back in a week (more or less) for the ending.

And it ain’t a happy one, either.


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Noble Failure #9, Part III

October 11th, 2007 by Weber


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NF#9: “Big Trouble, Part III”
(click to download)(1.25MB)

Add another ten pages to the story of Mr. Sprinkles’ search for the Little Girl’s vanished cat.

Fuzzy Noir at it’s finest!


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Noble Failure #9, Part II

September 30th, 2007 by Weber


NF#9: “Big Trouble, Part II”
(click to download) (521KB)


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Noble Failure #9, Part I

September 28th, 2007 by Weber


NF09: “Big Trouble, Part I”
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Noble Failure #9 — An update

September 28th, 2007 by Weber


Climb Mount Fuji,
O snail,
but slowly, slowly.

Kobayashi Issa (1763 -1827)

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Some teaser art for the forthcoming NOBLE FAILURE #9.

The pages for the September attempt at a 24-Hour Comic are progressing, but slowly, slowly.

The hang-up has to do with working on the computer. The vector graphic program/drawing tablet combo are getting easier to use, however, I find myself tinkering with individual lines for long, long minutes to get the angle of an arm or just the right bend in a word balloon’s tail. I keep telling myself, It’s a word balloon! Let it go! but the program’s 2000% zoom and the ability to infinitely monkey/un-monkey with lines only feeds my compulsive compulsion to obsessively-compulse over every detail until it’s right. Right? RIGHT?!?

Well, that’s my neurosis, not mine (or mine), and clearly defeats the point of a 24-Hour comic.

But I’m happy with the eight pages done so far. It’s not often I can say that about my own work, so that’s at least something.

The wife and kid are off to Minnesota for a long weekend, leaving me here to work on more comic art and to pound away at a middle grade sci-fi/adventure/comedy I’ve been wrestling with.

I wonder which I’ll finish first.


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NOBLE FAILURE #8 (Another 24-Hour Comic)

September 12th, 2007 by Weber


NOBLE FAILURE #8 (August 2007)

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(This probably should have been posted prior to my September attempt. Ran into some problems trying to layout the pages and get them converted to decent sized PDFs. Problems solved, thanks to the wife. See below.)

Noble Failure #8, Part I — “Monkeys On An Elevator
(click here to download PDF) (1.34MB)

Noble Failure #8, Part II — “Inter-Galactic Space Patrol”
(click here to download PDF) (1.6MB)

The August comic is — surprise, surprise! — another noble failure. I’m not even sure if they can be considered noble any more, just failures.

Don’t get me wrong: the stories are getting better and art is a little more serviceable, but I’m barely paying attention to the time requirements any more.

When I start these things, it’s with the full intent to do all 24 pages in 24 hours. But man, it’s getting rougher, even with all the household/baby wrangling support from the lovely and talented Stephanie. By hour 18, I’m pretty well fried.

I’m glad I’m doing this little project, and pleasantly surprised with most of the results. I’ll tell you what, though. I’m already looking forward to January.

The August issue started great: ten pages in eight hours. How awesome is that? Frickin’ awesome, if you ask me. Then things started to fall apart: Distractions, my perfection obsession — the usual.

I did get all 24 pages penciled in 24 hours, but then went back and did the inks.

Due to layout changes in the two stories, this issue is split into separate files.

Read. Enjoy. Comment.

Thanks.


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