15 thoughts on “Bloody Deckers (Blog or Die! Entry #12)

  1. Dang Vit, back when you talked about the difficulties of making a comic I was kind of relieved because it sounded like you’d just given up and I’d still have only have one person to conted, er, contend with.

    Through intense squinting I discovered that your comic definitely has most of the elements that mine lacked: love, crime, cats. No edgy subplots or existential angst, just a nice slice of life production. That magnificent cyber display was ripe for this sort of thing!

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    1. I was close to giving up actually, I initially tried doing manual text + bubbles in photoshop, when that failed I resorted to my old friend: paint! That didn’t work out either, I cropped the pictures and had various resolutions and messed up everything. Also I used different colored text for each character for the first two, then forgot on the third and used black and obviously saved it as that. :))

      So after googling for a bit I found a web comic maker for the bubbles that actually made the text fit automatically and pixlr collage to arrange everything and it worked, but I ended up with tiny text and a low res file. Better than nothing, I suppose.

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  2. I’m glad you decided to throw-down in this category. Somewhere along the way, I was going to comment that a good web comic series does need a good “stage” to perform on. I think that was what you were getting at when you linked your pirate ship image earlier, and it’s what you ended up doing here as well. It’s probably a lot like a television “sit-com” where you have a couple different main sets, and a new one every now and then for a change of scenery.

    The text I had the hardest time reading ended up being all the “yada, yada, yada, so I guess I really didn’t miss much before the zoom-link. Sometime you still want to know. (I ended up sizing my comic panels first, then building a composite image, and then laying down all the bubbles… definitely tedious, and mine were just 3 panels…)

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    1. Yeah, I think both for brickfilms and comics a stage is the best way to go. Gives you plenty of room to play around. Another thing that would be nice is to have a few smaller side builds for a change of decorum, for example I wanted to add a scene inside the comic store, but I could’t get myself to build anything else after finishing this.

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  3. Does that thing he likes involve a trombone, a can of Cheez-Whiz, and him dressing up as Little Bo Peep? Any midgets in a vat of lime Jell-O? Asking for Mike.

    Fun comic, straight forward, simple, and full of eye candy. You built that whole dio just for this comic, didn’t you? That’s commitment! Extra points, Keith! Just agree, Vit. -wink- XD

    To be honest, I’m more pleased that you threw down than with what you threw. Both outstanding BTW! jerk. 😉

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    1. You know, we don’t have those things in the middle ages Romania’s stuck in. :)) The cool sounding ones, not the trombone playing midgets, plenty of those around.

      Yep, totally, bring on the extra points! 😀

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  4. Holy cow, I didn’t realize all these builds you have been posting we’re for a comic. You took it to the next level. I spent way more time looking at the overall scene than reading the comic. Brilliant work. I’m not sure I understand exactly what is happening in each panel, like why is money falling out of the ATM, but I got that last joke. Maybe it needed thay scene inside the comic book store.

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    1. A decker is a cyberpunk version of a hacker, usually entering cyberspace with a deck/rig and can pretty much hack anything with a circuit. Not really sure where the term originates from. That’s what the scene is trying to show, he’s hacking the atm’s to get money for the comic instead of going with the break-in plan.

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      1. As a word, it’s most likely derived from the (cyber)deck (I believer Gibson introduced this one, whether this has anything to do with Deckard, I have no clue) – decker, a deck user. What I meant is I don’t know where it was first introduced, when it actually replaced hacker in cp, although I’m pretty sure every cp game I’ve played used the term, no matter how old.

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  5. Official Contest Review
    Entry # 12
    Title: Bloody Deckers
    Author: Vitreolum (Letranger Absurde)
    Views: 109 Comments: 13

    Favorite Quote: “We’re totally doing that thing you like tonight!”

    Favorite Comment inspired by the entry: “Through intense squinting I discovered that your comic definitely has most of the elements that mine lacked: love, crime, cats. No edgy subplots or existential angst, just a nice slice of life production.”

    Single Sentence Summary: In a cyberpunk future, a man commits theft to please his girlfriend and increase his chances of getting some action.

    The Good:

    1. The build! Although I have enjoyed all of the comics regardless of the complexity of the build, it was nice to see an entry that went full throttle in that area. The diorama is multi-level, uses a variety of colors and techniques, and most importantly it prominently features giant tattooed boobies. That single decision is probably worth a prize. The Wintermute (great Neuromancer reference) structure is a standout, it is simple but beautiful and the glass elevator is a nice touch. I’m also a big fan of the sushi restaurant down by the polluted water. Although I’m not sold on the color of that water, the use of the dragon wings is inspired, as evidenced by the repeated praise you received on Flickr. You worked in a clear focal point for the narrative action and packed in a consistent level of detail from one side to the other, there are no dead spots or wasted space. It was also nice to see you work in one of your trademark busty busts, it makes for an excellent hologram advertisement. Kudos for raising the bar with your bricksmithing, you reminded everyone that the building is just as important as the writing.

    2. I absolutely love the “cover”, the round overview shot with the black background, the filtered effect is damn good and really adds to the presentation. I think it’s an especially fine line when it comes to altering the photos with post production, it seems to be very easy to overwhelm the model instead of just enhancing it. This is going to be a short point, because there isn’t much to expand on, I don’t have any background with photoshopping that would allow me to comment more incisively, but the cover is one of my favorite things about the comic and worthy of it’s own point.

    3. I enjoyed the fact that the comic didn’t have anything profound to say, or offer meta-commentary on the blog. It offers a simple, funny story that looks like a page from a comic book. It also doesn’t feature me, which is a plus, unless you were sneaky and I’m really supposed to be the guy in the sewer pipe. The entry looks more like a page ripped out of a comic book, rather than a newspaper comic section. I intentionally didn’t specify in the rules exactly which approach I was looking for because I’m a fan of both, but you nailed you chosen style Even if I thought the two main characters were A-holes, you gave me a chuckle and created a convincing, immersive environment for them to inhabit.

    The Bad:

    1. When you were building this entry you tagged me in the WIP shots without saying it was for the contest, looking for constructive feedback. Although it might have been a clever strategy, I’m glad I didn’t offer my thoughts because in retrospect it seems like you were operating under false pretenses. At best, it seems like you were trying to bend the rules and gain a competitive advantage by seeing if I liked the model and making changes if required, at worst it seems like you were trying to trap me into saying something you could use later in an argument. I didn’t include any rules against such behavior, and it won’t be counted against you, but it did rub me the wrong way.

    2. Your minifig selection was pretty solid but I don’t think there were enough of them. In most cyberpunk depictions I’ve seen over the years the urban streets and buildings are crowded with people, because the future is plagued with overpopulation requiring all the buildings to go vertical. I think you could have doubled or even tripled the number of figs for a more traditional look, and tradition does seem to be what you’re going for with all the references.

    3. I think you dropped the ball with the frame showing the boyfriend hacking the ATM’s. The money shooting out of the machines is great but there is no solid connection between the minfig and the act. The deck is laying on the ground while the boyfriend stands next to it at stiff attention. To make matters worse the cable goes from the deck to the figure, wouldn’t it make more sense narratively to have the cable run from the deck to the ATM? In any case, I think the scene lacked the clarity it deserved, and you could have fixed it by simply having the boyfriend holding the deck.

    The Whatever:
    I appreciated the Easter egg hunt, despite the fact that I have the sneaking suspicion I missed most of them. It adds another layer to the enjoyment of the model and almost makes it interactive.

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    1. Regarding the bad:

      1. Yeah, I only realized what I did there after it was all said and done; I was so excited I managed to do something different from my standard stuff and it wasn’t a failure, I didn’t think about what I was doing and just tagged the usual suspects – the aim was not the advantage or pleasing you (I’m not that big a moron to imagine you wouldn’t figure that out ffs :)) ), but pushing the build to it’s best. But it’s true, I fucked it up on that point.

      3. Wireless baby! I knew I messed that up after Jake’s comment, but I’m so used with the way this thing works in the sources I’m familiar with (basically deckers connect to the deck, entering cyberspace, and connect through that to any electrical thingy, no wires or, in some sources, even remoteness needed; they’re also tend to be in a sort of vegetative state at the moment, hence the reason the deck is on the ground). I didn’t take a moment to consider if the scene was clear enough to the people not familiar with the idea.

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