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Strip Search - Elimination #7

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  • lofloloflo Registered User regular
    edited May 2013
    I have a question. I was told my interpretation was "bonkers". If that is so, then what is the purpose of the line "You should be grateful for this opportunity/the economy"?

    Or the line "this next job will be great"?

    My interpretation was that this dinosaur was rollerblading for their job as opposed to doing it as a passion project (competing for medals). And yet I was told that was a crazy interpretation. I think it is the only one that makes any sense logically.

    Yeah, no ... your logic is kind of bonkers. :)

    Kidding aside, the lines "You should be grateful for this opportunity", "the economy", and "you were serious about rollerblading?" are fragments of the arguments the dino's family member/s used to convince him to take a presumably serious and reliable non-rollerblading job.

    The line "This next job will be great" refers to the job that is replacing rollerblading.

    Just picture the well-meaning partner/mother/unspecified-family-member's dialogue going like this: "This next job as an assistant accountant will be great! I know it will!"

    And picture the fragments running through the dino's head in bed that night as:
    "You should be grateful for this opportunity to work as an assistant accountant."
    "The economy is uncertain and scary, which is why it is a good idea to have a nice proper career like accounting instead of rollerblading."
    "You were serious about rollerblading? That is not a serious job. Accounting is a serious job."

    But it doesn't need all those clunky expository additions, because it's quite clear as it stands.

    Not trying to be rude, but I'm honestly surprised by the people who thought the dinosaur (hint: NOT A DRAGON) was lighting lamps with flaming breath, including lighting the lamps he hasn't got close to yet. I mean, huh, what?

    I'd almost be less surprised if someone concluded the dino decided to smoke a joint while rollerblading off to meet his shady dealer to get more weed to make his impending serious job more tolerable.


    edit: OK, I probably should have read the multiple other posts on the previous page already explaining the matter before I replied.

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  • LampLamp Registered User regular
    edited May 2013
    It was already posted a few pages back that Monica said she wanted to redo the dino strip before offering it as a print. FYI for those who don't follow her on Twitter she confirmed she is currently working on that tonight.

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  • thegreenmonkeythegreenmonkey Registered User regular
    Monica's comic was good, but I felt it was kind of cliche. I must admit that it didn't really strike a chord with me at first, mostly because I am working at my dream job, of course my last job was my dream job too until I got tired of it. I really do enjoy what I do, but it took me over twenty years to get to this point, not through lack of trying but through hard work and even some disappointment. It happens all throughout life, but I never did give up, and redirected my efforts toward other areas once things started to become unpalatable in my previous career.

    Lexxy's comic made me laughter OL because I wasn't expecting what happened. It started as a basic comic and transformed into something fascinating with a great twist on a tried and true plot line. That's why I think she won.

    Good luck Monica, I hope you realize your dream, I believe you will do quite well at it. And I'll miss your spunkiness.

  • ghostcatghostcat Registered User regular
    Time to put up or shut up. My stab at the elimcomic for this week.
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    Not great time management on this one, so I had to rush the last panel and lettering.

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  • ahdokahdok Figment of your imagination Registered User regular
    edited May 2013
  • ahdokahdok Figment of your imagination Registered User regular
    Interestingly: the addition of a word so humble as "in" to the text of that comic clarifies its meaning a hell of a lot...

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  • Angry_SamoanAngry_Samoan Now with 20% more mange... Registered User regular
    edited May 2013
    @ahdok...

    Good comic, but I think it works better with no text.

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  • ahdokahdok Figment of your imagination Registered User regular
    mm. I only realised its potential for a no-text version on completion. If I were designing it for no text, I'd have put a facepalm in there for one of the poses :)

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  • LampLamp Registered User regular
    edited May 2013
    ahdok wrote: »

    This is great but I kind of wish she had stuck with the open format of the last few panels. The final moment feels kind of claustrophobic and sort of diminished all boxed in like that. I like how in the original the skating sequence bleeds into the sleep panel. It gives me the sense that he even dreams about roller skating, and that it's his desire to skate that wakes him up.

    But on the whole this is obviously a big improvement all around, and the story is much clearer with a few simple tweaks.

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  • Finnish_LineFinnish_Line Registered User regular
    Great art, ghostcat, AND FUNNY!

  • seegruseegru Master of None St. PaulRegistered User regular
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    Playing with the pen and color tools in Manga Studio EX. Not sure how I like the finishing tools.
    Fun with Dinos!

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  • ahdokahdok Figment of your imagination Registered User regular
    edited May 2013
    Lamp wrote: »

    This is great but I kind of wish she had stuck with the open format of the last few panels. The final moment feels kind of claustrophobic and sort of diminished all boxed in like that. I like how in the original the skating sequence bleeds into the sleep panel. It gives me the sense that he even dreams about roller skating, and that it's his desire to skate that wakes him up.

    But on the whole this is obviously a big improvement all around, and the story is much clearer with a few simple tweaks.

    Me too, I also lament the loss of the super-happy dino-mum in panel 6. (the fact that she is so happy makes the strip more heart wrenching.)

    I assume the format changes are due to the constraints of needing to fit a standard poster shape. I'd prefer a custom sized long-poster, but it's hard to find vendors to make those.

    I bought one anyway.

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  • emarecksaykayemarecksaykay Registered User regular
    I'm kind of surprised that nobody's mentioned Rex Ready in all this. Imagine him with roller skates a moment. Now imagine him undercover at a roller derby being run by some nefarious Bond villain in the 1960s.

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  • Spman2099Spman2099 Registered User regular
    I'm kind of surprised that nobody's mentioned Rex Ready in all this. Imagine him with roller skates a moment. Now imagine him undercover at a roller derby being run by some nefarious Bond villain in the 1960s.

    I wonder how Mike and Jerry would have reacted to a Rex Ready submission...

  • wahaywahay Your Handicapped Hero Cincinnati, USARegistered User regular
    I think my favourite part of the Home Edition attempts is comparing my concepts to other people. I must have brainstormed five potential directions, and every last one of them showed up on Twitter. I know one can only do so much with two words, but that still blows me away every time.

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  • PeterBmanPeterBman Registered User regular
    ahdok wrote: »

    Wowee. Mother and child are getting pretty... affectionate in that middle panel.

  • tastydonutstastydonuts Registered User regular
    PeterBman wrote: »
    ahdok wrote: »

    Wowee. Mother and child are getting pretty... affectionate in that middle panel.

    Well, your mind goes to some pretty creepy places.

    I think I like the original one better though.

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  • LampLamp Registered User regular
    edited May 2013
    PeterBman wrote: »
    ahdok wrote: »

    Wowee. Mother and child are getting pretty... affectionate in that middle panel.

    Yikes. Moving on.

    So I know track record for theorizing based on tweets, blog posts and the like has been pretty dismal but here's something that I thought was interesting. In her newest comic/blog post Abby writes about taking time off from college to pursue cartooning (see here: http://www.jspowerhour.com/comics/69). Since stopping school is a pretty big step for a young, obviously intelligent person (at least to my mind it is), I wonder if that could mean she either:

    1. Won strip search and is taking time off to go do that.
    2. Maybe more likely, since Mike said a final winner doesn't exist yet (and assuming that's even true), she is in the top 2 and is still in the running, and is waiting to see what happens before enrolling in another semester.

    OR, of course that could all be bullshit. Maybe she lost and is just feeling inspired to do comics. After all, I haven't forgotten the people who thought that Amy's posts about moving to Seattle were proof-positive that she wins the show!

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  • parmeisanparmeisan Registered User regular
    I just figured that all the fallout from being super famous now made it a much more reasonable prospect.

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  • LampLamp Registered User regular
    True. I think she's more than halfway through college though, so it seems like a big step to take regardless. On the other hand she doesn't say she's stopping altogether, just that she's taking a break. Which makes sense -- gotta capitalize on the comics stardom while the iron is hot, or however that stupid metaphor goes.

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  • PeterBmanPeterBman Registered User regular
    edited May 2013
    Well, your mind goes to some pretty creepy places.

    My mind didn't need to travel very far to get to the creepy place. It's pretty unique to see a mother whisper tenderly into her child's mouth from an inch away.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited May 2013
    Just... stop.

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  • PeterBmanPeterBman Registered User regular
    Okay, look. I'm honestly not trying to be a nuisance, and this is the last thing I'll say about it.

    I just want it on record that I was not titillated by it! My "wowee" was an exclamation of shock. Not excitement. I was just trying to say that I found it a strange choice for the comic.

    I'm sorry if I caused anybody distress...

  • ElbasunuElbasunu Registered User regular
    I think Abby mentioned her grades not being....very good...at the strip search panel.

    But I could be mis-remembering and I can't watch the video right now.

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  • Spman2099Spman2099 Registered User regular
    Elbasunu wrote: »
    I think Abby mentioned her grades not being....very good...at the strip search panel.

    But I could be mis-remembering and I can't watch the video right now.

    I would be interested in hearing more about this. One thing I discovered during my time as a student is that "good" is a very subjective classification. I always considered a B to be a bad grade; those were my standards. However, an A was always a success in my books. I know people who got low As and felt like failures. I know people who were quite happy to have a B average. So there is plenty of room for interpretation. It wouldn't surprise me if Abby was just being hard on herself...

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  • RicciardiVFXRicciardiVFX Registered User regular
    (I'd quote but it doesn't seem possible when on mobile)
    I agree that it would be super awkward for Tavis to fight Lexxy in another Elimination and lose! Would make for a great episode to see a rematch!

  • kedinikkedinik Registered User regular
    I'd love to see a Tavis / Lexxy rematch.

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  • Spiffy McBangSpiffy McBang Registered User regular
    Spman2099 wrote: »
    Elbasunu wrote: »
    I think Abby mentioned her grades not being....very good...at the strip search panel.

    But I could be mis-remembering and I can't watch the video right now.

    I would be interested in hearing more about this. One thing I discovered during my time as a student is that "good" is a very subjective classification. I always considered a B to be a bad grade; those were my standards. However, an A was always a success in my books. I know people who got low As and felt like failures. I know people who were quite happy to have a B average. So there is plenty of room for interpretation. It wouldn't surprise me if Abby was just being hard on herself...

    I believe I remember her saying this, and she said it in the way you do when your grades are really, objectively bad. Like academic probation bad.

  • Spman2099Spman2099 Registered User regular
    edited May 2013
    Spman2099 wrote: »
    Elbasunu wrote: »
    I think Abby mentioned her grades not being....very good...at the strip search panel.

    But I could be mis-remembering and I can't watch the video right now.

    I would be interested in hearing more about this. One thing I discovered during my time as a student is that "good" is a very subjective classification. I always considered a B to be a bad grade; those were my standards. However, an A was always a success in my books. I know people who got low As and felt like failures. I know people who were quite happy to have a B average. So there is plenty of room for interpretation. It wouldn't surprise me if Abby was just being hard on herself...

    I believe I remember her saying this, and she said it in the way you do when your grades are really, objectively bad. Like academic probation bad.

    Well, once you start heading in the general direction of academic probation the subjective element becomes significantly less pronounced...

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  • shisershiser Registered User regular
    erom wrote: »
    It's also worth pointing out that Seattle isn't a cheap city - $15,000 even before tax is tough to live on. $15,000 is live with roomates, pack your lunch every day, eat ramen regularly kind of money in a city like that.

    A kickstarter is still a reasonable move if you want enough money to start your own thing, and not have to take commissions to make ends meet.

    $15,000 is just starter money. It's not to live on. This isn't $15,000 and a vacation in Seattle. You get $15,000 to help with your move, to buy tools or supplies, servers, whatever, and then you WORK for a year with Penny Arcade teaching you how to make money off of your webcomic (and presumably you're successful at it with their support) plus their help with marketing you. The point is you're supposed to be able to use this as a launching point for a full-time comic making career. It's like any prospective businessperson dipping into personal savings a bit until their business becomes profitable. PA is just giving the winner that extra money to help ends meet until things take off.

    There's nothing wrong with a winner or finalist seeking additional funding on top of the $15,000, but it does seem a little weird considering how valuable the final prize is in terms of apprenticeship, the free office space, and access to PA staff. If you can't make ends meet with $15,000 and all of that to help your business, you're really not using the opportunity very effectively. Penny Arcade apparently thinks $15,000 is plenty when added to whatever money they'll be able to make at comics, and they would probably know, right?
    with Penny Arcade teaching you how to make money off of your webcomic

    You realize this could literally be the advice they're teaching her? "Yeah, Kickstarter is a great way to market your stuff, you can really use it as a launching point for a full-time comic making career!"

    Not saying this us evidence that she won, obviously, just that it's certainly not evidence she didn't. The PA folk are all about the Kickstarter these days; it's a great tool to launch into something you otherwise wouldn't have the resources to do and Strip Search is an example starting you right in the face. Given Lexxy's particular situation (doesn't have an established strip, has grand visions for what she'd want to do given the resources) it would not shock me at all for that to be their first advice...

  • Angry_SamoanAngry_Samoan Now with 20% more mange... Registered User regular
    And so begins the Tuesday/Friday F5 ritual...

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  • TheKeckTheKeck Registered User regular
    F5...
    F5...
    F5...
    F5...
    F5...

  • ahdokahdok Figment of your imagination Registered User regular
    edited May 2013
    I recommend filling the time by playing a game where we guess what the next elaborate strip-destruction method will be. Every time you F5, you have to invent a new method I like all of the following:

    Destroyed by angry Rotweillers
    Pin to wall and then a crazy man unloads an AK47 into the strip
    Dynamite
    Paper aeroplane through an engine turbine
    Crushed by falling piano
    Dissolved in acid
    Enshrined in the centre of the building on a podium, and then a giant wrecking ball destroys the building (last week only)

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  • Angry_SamoanAngry_Samoan Now with 20% more mange... Registered User regular
    I'm surprised one of the "destruction methods" hasn't been placing the eliminated comic on the bottom of a bird cage. But that might be a little dated and too "Lou Grant" for this...

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  • GPrime85GPrime85 New JerseyRegistered User regular
    Please upload the new episode! We need something new to criticize!

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  • MekkaBMekkaB Registered User regular
    new destruction method: toddler with crayons/markers. Bonus points if the kid ends up crying.

  • TheKeckTheKeck Registered User regular
    F5...
    F5?
    F5?!

    They could put the strip through a paper shredder and then put the resulting paper strips through a wood chipper.

  • EusixEusix Registered User regular
    Oh, the irony in the name of today's comic...

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  • Finnish_LineFinnish_Line Registered User regular
    PA, you're making me unreasonably dislike Gabe Art Episode 3 because it's not the new Strip Search.

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  • moranarmoranar Santiago, ChileRegistered User regular
    Does refreshing this page work? Shouldn't we be clicking on "Latest episode" instead?

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