Image by Gunwallace, from Utterly Rucked, found here on the Utterly Drunk Duck!
My somewhat undisciplined, regularly wandering mind went, awhile back, to the possibility of doing photocomics instead of drawn ones.
Of course, my fanciful thoughts hit a wall after realizing the amount of WORK that goes into doing a project with photographs.
Models have to be built. And not just for characters. All the props and backgrounds have to be figured out, whether they're built, bought or found, drawn or photographed. Frames have to be composed - and as annoying as editing a misplaced arm or a too-small head can be, altering a detail or two while keeping a photo intact must be exponentially harder (if I even knew where to begin doing something like that).
Then there's lighting the image, and the usual comic thing of creating panels, word bubbles, and comic or dramatic timing, which has got to be a heck of a lot harder if any of the pictures are a little bit off. And the various special effects which are pretty much infinitely varied and challenging to achieve in a photo.
The level of preplanning and work required boggles my mind.
But I love the way a lot of these comics look! The images have actual WEIGHT to them, being, y'know, actual 3d objects (or the illusion thereof).
Some notable photocomics on the Duck:
Interstellar Blood Beasts and the work of bravo1102
If you hang around the Duck enough, you'll know the infamous bravo, who has been a major contributor to discussions and comic creation here for years. My favorite work of his so far has been Interstellar Blood Beasts, but he's done a lot of stuff, mostly sci-fi/fantasy/comedy mashes, using certain attractive, leggy, feminine toys with amazing sets and effects (WARNING: They do tend to get a little bit nude). A talented, talented bloke this guy is.
His eye was ripped out by a pair of rabid weasals recently, so send the poor chap some love, hey?
Pegwarmers by Sameth
If you love movies and pop culture, Pegwarmers will be your bag! Updating Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Pegwarmers has very funny and on-point comedy featuring toys from movies like Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ripping that fourth wall a new one every week!
Sameth has quite a few other comics in the ol' catalogue as well! Check 'em out!
Utterly Rucked and the work of Gunwallace
Talented writer of many scripts and comics, purveyor of much gut-busting humor, and composer of a MULTITUDE of theme songs for our webcomics here on the site, Gunwallace is actually a cruel, brutish man in person. Keeping at least one kilometre away is recommended. Though he draws some of his comics these days, much of his work has been done using Playmobil toys, and this stuff works WAY better than I would have imagined such an idea would!
Gun has done several of these in various genres (always replete with puns) and my favorite was Utterly Rucked, a slasher/murder mystery featuring a rugby team that's being offed one by one.
Kudos to these photocomic makers!
What do you all think of photocomics? Any recommendations?
Interstellar Blood Beasts by bravo:
Pegwarmers by Sameth:
Utterly Rucked by Gunwallace
Sword of Kings, the newest comic by bravo!
Banes at 12:00AM, March 9, 2017
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