A brick comic maker’s dilemma: Use LEGO for all sets or let your characters mingle among non-brick objects? Aside from the characters, ships, some buildings and occasional other set pieces, I definitely fall in the latter category. I commonly shoot in front of a TV or computer screen (not always successful, but it does add a nice glow). And I really enjoy creating settings out of other household objects, such as my wife’s mermaid blanket and a frisbee in this comic. On one hand, it is a little weird to see brick characters and ships among objects that are from a non-brick-based universe. lol But on the other hand, it does fit the nature of a comic starring toys, and the ways kids play with them around the house – on the kitchen table, on top of a bed, in the backyard, etc. I freely admit that I don’t always take the time to create elaborate sets and instead go for what will allow me to complete the comic in a timely manner. I don’t mind letting expressionism supersede detail or realism. But I’m fond of the look of my pages that ditch the computer/TV screen in favor of a cardboard backdrop of stars and other objects that suggest environment. And of course, the most important thing to me is manipulating the minifigures in ways that convey emotion despite being fairly limited and static. I want it all to feel alive, you know?
Archive for ‘Bruce’
Valkyrie’s been laying low from her usual criminal career due to threats from her fellow Blacktron pirates, so I figured that had to be driving her law enforcement pursuer, Officer Freundlich, nuts. Freundlich’s quest to capture Valkyrie hasn’t been depicted in a long time, and in reading back through their previous comics, I realized I had actually shown Valkyrie displaying her face to the guy who was after her! D’OH! This kind of conflicted with later comics in which she was very concerned about anyone seeing her face, or at least connecting her visage to the notorious Commander Valkyrie. The facial distortion field in Blacktron helmets is absolutely a retroactive fix, but I also liked the idea. And Valkyrie is the kind of person who would take a chance like that for the thrill, and to taunt an opponent she was also trying to briefly distract with her flirtations in that particular story. When the comic started, both Schwartz and the reader assumed that Valkyrie was a man, until the dramatic reveal. I’ve settled on her gender perhaps not being known by everyone, but not a secret either.
Oh my God, Verwaand’s ship just flew right off the page and poked me in the eye!
I don’t know why I chose the lightsaber as the artifact, since it wasn’t actually meant to be one, but I still might work this is down the line.
Someone, I don’t recall who, once pointed out to me that the ATV had very small tires and that a joke might come of it. Lo and behold…
There are a lot of conspiracy theories about the moon and, believe it or not, castles being up there is one of them.
Bruce and Cheryl’s original lab shows up (in slightly disassembled form) at the Blacktron base in “Revenge of the Hooting Space Monkeys.”