06 - When I Grow Up

Inkmonkey on Aug. 3, 2006

I'm worried that Green's dialogue in this is going to be too much of a gaming in-joke for casual audiences (one of the banes of sprite comics, or so I've been told).

Speaking of problems with sprite comics, today we're going to talk about bit-mixing. I'm not sure if that's the “official term”, but basically what I mean is using two sprites of different resolution. The problem with this is that, if done poorly, the two sprites will clash, and whichever one the reader is more familiar with will seem “real”, while the opposing character will look like a cardboard cutout of itself. I know a lot of people like to make sprite comics as a way of combining some of their favorite games, but I'm afraid it just doesn't work in their favor. So far I haven't found any real tricks to blending clashing characters like this, and the best recommendation I can give is to avoid mixing sprites randomly. There are some games that are similar enough, graphically, to allow this kind of mixing, but those are few and far between.