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  • jarrod-elvin

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    September 7, 2021 at 7:28 am
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    Hi everyone!

    I have started a Meatbucket MegaBabes webcomic now! I’m not sure how regularly I’ll be able to update it, but here it is! I hope you like and I’d love to know what you think!

    https://www.mick-macks.com/MeatbucketMegaBabes.html

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    June 28, 2021 at 8:33 pm
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    Thanks @redheadeded and @buddyscalera !!
    Here is my final, finished just in the nick of time! (I actually thought I had a couple of days left until Production was due! But I have uploaded all my pages to my submission folder)

    Hope you like!

    -Jarrod.

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    Oh @buddyscalera and @redheadeded I wanted to apologise for being quite absent on the forums lately, I’ve been so busy with work. I hope I haven’t missed anything that you need me for.
    I don’t know if it’s just on my end, but I couldn’t find, or get to, the sub-forum on Cover Step 2 Pencils, so here are mine. Hope you like! πŸ˜€

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    June 5, 2021 at 8:39 pm
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    Thank you so much @mikedoestheart and @buddyscalera !! I’ll try to keep up the good work! πŸ™‚

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    June 5, 2021 at 8:34 pm
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    Thanks @buddyscalera and @redheadeded !!
    I actually put the final logos and text on it at this stage to make sure I left room for them, but I just hid them for this stage to show the whole layout.

    Thanks Erin! I agree. It is far too busy – even for me! But I am just compelled to put in detail! Sometimes I just can’t help it! Save me from myself! lol

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    May 18, 2021 at 8:20 pm
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    Hi Everyone!
    Firstly, congratulations @jholder12 and @evan-scale on the Kickstarter! I made a pledge and shared it on my Facebook page.
    @thesurrealari That comic looks great and is hilarious! I retweeted it!

    I have a lot of self-published works available from my website https://www.mick-macks.com
    They are available for sale, but they are old, and I am not actively ‘promoting’ them, so I’m not sure if they should go here (I’m not sure if I’ve ever had the right idea about marketing and self-promotion!) But needless to say, I would like it if they could get more attention.
    I suppose my latest Graphic novel, ‘Ranger Dentface’ is something I guess I am actively promoting, via inexpensive daily Facebook ads. MickMacks – The Art of Jarrod Elvin -Ranger Dentface (mick-macks.com)
    More currently however, the Meatbucket MegaBabes do feature in my ongoing Patreon, doing pinup art! Regular art with various rewards. https://www.patreon.com/MeatbucketMegaBabes

    If you could help me out with promotion that would be awesome, and also, I’d just really like for you all to see the stuff I have created! πŸ™‚

    -Jarrod.

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    May 7, 2021 at 9:23 am
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    Thanks for all that info Buddy, I hope to get a chance to check it out soon.
    Also I really appreciate the ‘going slow’ part, because I do find it a little intimidating to be honest haha.

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    April 10, 2021 at 7:38 pm
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    Thanks Ari and Dave!

    It seems you both don’t resonate with the 4th wall break with Zacat. Which I can totally understand, and I’m grateful you let me know.
    To answer your questions; The other characters don’t really know what Zacat is talking about. The line about comics is just meant to be dismissed as crazy talk by the MegaBabes. (I started developing a longer story for a Meatbucket MegaBabes webcomic, where there is a religion that believes that the Meatbucket Multiverse was created by ‘The Great Artist’ and they are all living in a big comic, Which happens to be true, but most of the inhabitants of the Meatbucket don’t believe in it) -But that’s never meant to be a focus in the storyline, nothing more than some ‘world-building lore’ mentioned here and there.
    As for Zacat, they too were to appear in the webcomic, in similar ways that they appear in this story; In a kind of dream-like sequence in which time runs differently, sometimes looping, the 4th wall is broken, and no one remembers that it happened. So yes, I guess it is a recurring aspect to the character.

    Thanks for saying the story is tight Ari! That’s what I was worrying about. I really respect and admire your story-writing finesse, so I will stop worrying now! That’s good enough for me! Haha.

    And Thank you Dave! The whole reason I left Zacat in the story was because I thought it would be needed to be bluntly spelled out to the readers that the comic loops. That was back in the beginning of my brainstorming, and perhaps the script as it is doesn’t need that anymore. Do you think it is apparent enough that the comic loops without calling direct attention to it, at least once? -Do you think it makes sense to someone who would only read it once? -Is it satisfying for a single read-through?
    -I kind of liked the idea of the MegaBabes stumbling upon the Artifact on their own better than having Zacat hand it to them, so maybe I can just write Zacat out of it completely, which would simplify it all a bit and make it all bit more succinct. …Then again, I did write him in as being part of the ‘spiritual nexus’ history of the hotel, as one half of the forces of good and evil battling for eternity. Hmm… I’ll need to give this more thought, which I don’t really have much time or chance to do. -Maybe I should just remove the line about the comic looping, haha. What do you think?

    And that line by the Concierge, when he says ‘Putrid?’ -That is the name of the Bellboy he is calling for. (It will be on the Bellboy’s nametag in the illustrations which I think should make that clearer.)

    Thanks again for the feedback gentlemen! I’ll need to start my thumbnails asap, so I will keep in mind what you have suggested.

    -Jarrod.

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    February 23, 2021 at 8:06 am
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    Thanks D!

    Oh yes, the monster they defeat at the start is definitely the one the Concierge unleashes in the middle. Although I’d like that to be not so obvious at first, so maybe it will start small and grow in size or transform leading up to the end.

    And yes, the Meatbucket MegaBabes will use the artifact to escape the hotel maze – in a climactic (and hopefully satisfying) ending – but the monster comes out with them and they all wind up in the same scenario as at the start. I’m thinking of having the last dialogue balloon of the comic saying “Phew! I think we lost it” as they are exiting the hotel, and the first dialogue balloons of the comic, when they are in open space, will say “What?” – “I said, I think we lost it” – “Oh no we didn’t!!” for example, when the monster appears (again, for the first time).

    I don’t really want them to break the loop, however on subsequent readings I’d like the readers to be able to see smaller details that may not have made sense at first, and how the loop might be broken if the characters were to do a specific thing differently. Like it’s teetering on the edge of being broken if only ____.

    (Sorry – again – if there are multiples of this reply. It seems to disappear when I edit it, so I will stop doing that)

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    February 23, 2021 at 7:34 am
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    I’d vote for ‘By the Stars’ because it has a cool twist to it (a little sad, but unexpected), and I’d love to see the star chandelier! It seems like the one you have fleshed out most, which makes me think it is the one you are most interested in. Although, if you want to do one of the other ones to be different from the spacetime shifting, my second pick would be ‘The Ring’ because I think it sounds like a lot of fun action, and I’m interested in how you will fit the ‘Time Inn’ theme into it.

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    February 22, 2021 at 3:33 pm
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    Hi, I’m Jarrod, and I am returning to the Comic Challenge because I had a really great experience last year!<div>

    I am an Artist/Indie Comic Creator for my business ‘MickMacks’, in which I group my original creations under the name ‘Meatbucket’. I have been drawing, creating comics, animations, and other visual media all my life, and self-publishing my works for a good 15 or so years.


    You can check out my website at http://www.mick-macks.com to see my work if you are interested.

    Like last year’s challenge, I intend to work solo on my comic as Writer and Artist, which will feature the same characters, the ‘Meatbucket MegaBabes’ in a new episode adventure!

    I am really looking forward to being part of this (growing) community again, making a new comic, and also helping out with some graphics for these forums and Comic Book School website!


    Best wishes to everyone involved, I hope you all have a great time making awesome comics! I can’t wait to see what’s in store!


    Exercise! …I mean… Excelsior! 😜

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    I’ve set up the basic framework webpages for my webcomic. In time I will replace all my ads with real ads, I guess when I get the ball rolling with production of comic pages and a decent amount of readers down the line. There is only one comic page on there at the moment, but this post is more about the webpage layout rather than the comic pages. You can navigate around to find more info throughout the site. https://www.mick-macks.com/MeatbucketMegaBabes.html
    Please let me know what you think. Is it easy to use, clear and readable? Anything you think I should change? I’d love to get some feedback.
    Thanks! πŸ™‚

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    Here’s another question I have: Artwork aside, what do you prefer to READ in a comic; action scenes or more dialogue-heavy story-driving scenes?
    I find story more interesting, but do you think that too much dialogue or exposition, especially at the beginning of a comic, might driver readers away? What are your thoughts?

  • jarrod-elvin

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    June 5, 2021 at 8:36 pm
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    @krisburgos Thanks man! I got through the pencils! The inks is a different story so far lol

  • jarrod-elvin

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    Thank you so much Erin, for your thorough and thoughtful response! I truly wish I had seen it earlier, before I posted my script just now. It still needs work I think, so I’ll go through what you have written and give it further thought.

    -Firstly, I do want the loop to keep cycling. Like they are stuck in an endless purgatory. Nobody has to read it into infinity, or even more than once, but if the loop is broken in the story, then there is no loop to speak of. I don’t want to make more than one version that might have a different ending on a subsequent reading. It’s just a standalone episode that has no influence on future or past episodes. Just meant to be fun and quirky way to tell a story, something I haven’t attempted before.

    -You bring up great points about everything being unclear. I really wanted to have a clear reason for everything happening, even if I didn’t expressly exposit it in the story. In fact I did actually want to keep it quite vague and unexplained (or at least not ‘over-explained’ which I think I have a habit of doing), though I do realise the importance of knowing it myself.
    I have to say, that because I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked (Funny that, considering this premise!) due to being so busy with work, that I kind of just had to go with it all being quite ambiguous and leaving these questions unanswered.
    All these elements do kind of blend together, kind in parallel to the story; Where does it begin? Where does it start? Which comes first? (Maybe I should have entitled it ‘The Chicken and the Egg’! -Or maybe ‘The Egg and the Chicken’!) The most I have explained it all in the script is that the Time Inn hotel is a ‘spiritual nexus where good and evil battle for eternity for souls…’
    To be honest, I hadn’t even thought of a cause for the time loop. That was just meant to be a quirk of storytelling. -That was basically my first idea for a story, then I realised for it to work, the characters couldn’t have memory, so I had to say a reason why they didn’t remember. Haha, so for both themes I’m basically just going with ‘Spiritual Nexus’; ‘Nuff said!

    About the artifact and the monster (Housemother); the artifact is kind of the opposite to its cage. So the artifact manifests the monster into physical form so it can be drawn to the black hole and destroyed – by the artifact itself. I’ve been over this so many times in my head, and on the one hand it would make more sense if the unbroken artifact DID imprison the monster and unleash it when it gets broken, but then that affects how it would lead the MegaBabes out of the hotel and towards the black hole…

    While writing the script I stumbled upon making it so the Housemother envelops the Concierge (and the Bellboy) into itself into one being when it is awoken. I just went with that, hopefully so it might illustrate the Concierge’s motivation a bit more – So he is one with the great powerful Housemother entity…

    I really want to thank you so much for your thoughtful feedback. I’m a bit ashamed that I didn’t see it earlier. Obviously I have bitten off more than I can chew with this story (Which was intended to be simple!!) It would benefit from a more experienced Writer’s hand, and clearly needs more time and thought poured into it to make it what it could be. Unfortunately I just haven’t had the time to do that lately.

    Please have a read of my script and let me know if there are any glaring plot-holes or questions that need to be answered or details that need to be explained, or if I have managed to glaze over them successfully enough to get away with it.

    Thanks again,
    -Jarrod.

  • jarrod-elvin

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    Haha thanks Kris! Yes! They are back! -This story could be better handled with only a single character or two (and would undoubtedly be easier for me that way) but I want to bring them all in again. Hopefully they’ll each get a chance to have at least a couple of lines of dialogue or action.

    I love 12 Monkeys! But it is really convoluted and filled with detail (Like all of Terry Gilliam’s amazing works). That’s something I’d like to avoid this time around; trying to write this time-loop story does my head in enough as it is haha. (I am thankful for this Step 2 Plot assignment that really helps to keep it simple.) I know what you mean though, and it’s a cool suggestion. I’m so busy at the moment it’s hard to find the time that it needs to put into developing this story, but if I’m able to I should indeed give 12 Monkeys another watch!

  • jarrod-elvin

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    March 2, 2021 at 9:56 am
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    Thanks D!

    I can’t wait either!

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    Thanks Evolver! Hopefully I can get it working seamlessly without plot holes or any issues like that

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    Done. Sorry I didn’t do it earlier, I thought it was only for new enrolments for this year. Let me know if it is all satisfactory.

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    Ok, thank you for that! I will take into account what you said about the index. I had been wondering about that for a long time actually.

    The main body background is a different colour to the black header and footer, although it is very dark. Perhaps I should lighten it a bit. Is that what you meant?

    Thank you again for your feedback! πŸ˜€

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