This comic asks a question I’ve often wondered about. Why in the wide world of sports would anyone live in Metropolis? Or Gotham City, for that matter. I would think after the city had been destroyed a few times by this week’s super villain or hostile alien race, you’d kind of start seeing a pattern.
I mean, if you live in either of these cities, chances are staggeringly high that your apartment will be reduced to rubble by either the bad guy, or a superhero trying to “save” you. I’d probably look into telecommuting.
I’m holding any excitement for the Superman/Batman movie in reserve until I get more facts. I am, however, pretty excited for the look of Affleck as Batman and the new batmobile. He’s got a bulky, Frank Miller-esque vibe going on.
This is another one of those strips where I wrote something that ended up being pretty hard to translate to a strip. Let’s forget the crazy 2nd panel with buildings in perspective (thank you, Manga Studio). But this is also a rare 4-panel strip for me.
My 2 main struggles right now are 1) how to draw the panels how I want, but still make the line work strong when they’re resized for the web. Often, the lines are just too weak, or I lose a lot of detail. And 2) how to fit all that dialogue in. I need to keep tweaking font sizes and line spacing, but it’s also difficult using Manga Studio’s built-in balloon tools. Using ellipse balloons, you’ve got to be super careful about how lines wrap to maintain a round-ish shape. Often, the bubble has to be wider or taller than I’d like, just to make sure all the text has breathing room.
Then I see strips like Penny Arcade often squeezing in TONS of dialogue and I wonder what I’m doing wrong. Then again, Mike hand-draws his word balloons to fit around the text. So maybe I need to experiment with that, too.