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A little coitus interruptus today as sand can be a nasty little bugger while bumping uglies on the beach. And I’m going to kill off yet another set of Disney characters as I continue my wrath of revenge on Disney for traumatizing me as a wee lad by killing Bambi’s mom. Cried for hours, man. Of course, I was like 6 or 7, but still remember it vividly to this day. So, if you have a favorite Disney character, beware, I’ll be knocking them off slowly as the comic progresses. Also, this is to see if Disney will actually step in and send me a cease and desist letter. I’d love that.  🙂

For those of you interested, I’m trying a new technique. I am no longer inking my comics. I am converting my pencil lines into black. I attempted this years ago and it looked horrid. Manga Studio 5 has greatly improved the ability to modify a layer’s mode, and now I can convert my pencils into black lines! They’re still a little rough and/or jagged, but I’m getting the hang of it.

Also, I’m “painting” most of the backgrounds now. I no longer use ANY lines and use only shading and colors to draw the bushes, ocean and sand. Foreground objects like people or trees are still drawn the normal way. With my improved shading techniques, doing the backgrounds like this was a natural step. These newer techniques, once I get up to speed on them, hopefully will allow me to increase the output. I have already started next week’s comic, so I’m hoping it stays that way.

Depending on your age, you will either immediately recognize today’s song, or you’ll go “What the hell is that?” The Hollies are a forgotten ’60s group that had Graham Nash (of Crosby, Stills and Nash) and Alan Clarke, most notable for his work on 1977’s “I Robot” by the Alan Parsons Project. The Hollies had some 30 songs that hit the charts in the UK and the USA, but this one from 1966 (!) is a fun toe-tapper and a great title for today’s action.