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F16 - Beauty and the Geek by jbwarner86 F16 - Beauty and the Geek by jbwarner86
It's taken me so long, but finally, this is done! :iconloudnoises: commissioned me two months ago to draw the 1991 sequence of Forever 16 strips where Joel and Michelle meet for the first time. It's a long story, so I'm posting it in three installments. Here's week one - more to come soon!
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MetalHeadFan2500 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Whatever happen to Aaron's glasses?
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
I got rid of 'em; I decided his character design looked better without them.
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
Nice comic
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UncleScooter Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Professional Artist
Nice origin for Joel and Michelle, Jesse! Michelle blushing on one of the second panels looks cute, and I love how the humor plays out :thumbsup:;)

Did you do the lettering yourself? Man, I wish my handwriting looked that eligible :doh:
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"Quick, press down on the medulla oblongata! Five bucks says he smells burnt toast!"- Sam ("The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police", Ep.5- "They Came From Down There")
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
Thanks! Personally, I think my handwriting is total chicken scratch (which is why I usually type all the dialogue in my strips), but everyone else seems to think it's good enough to be its own font. I left it alone here to make it look more like a completely hand-drawn strip from the early '90s, before computers became commonplace in the comic strip world.
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UncleScooter Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Professional Artist
No problem- it looks cool here, and the fact that these are all in black-&-white without any digital coloring- just the handdrawn linework with handwritten lettering and dialog balloons gives it a very nice nostalgic look =D

Speaking of which, how do you get your black-&-white linework looking clean? I've been having the worst luck whenever I scan, and all those little pixel blocks pop up around the lines. I know you can just scan it on a higher DPI setting, but they just appear even worse when I do it :doh:
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"Quick, press down on the medulla oblongata! Five bucks says he smells burnt toast!"- Sam ("The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police", Ep.5- "They Came From Down There")
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
I scan it as a 1-bit black-and-white image rather than a full-color scan. That just gives me flat black pixels that I can color in with ease.
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UncleScooter Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Professional Artist
Cool- thanks for the tip! Do you get those little black squares in unwanted places sometimes, too? Those can be a pain to completely blank out. One more thing, when you scan your pieces, do you usually chose "Auto Mode" or one of the "Photo"/"Magazine" modes? Sorry for all the questions; I'm still a newbie at using a scanner ^^;
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"Quick, press down on the medulla oblongata! Five bucks says he smells burnt toast!"- Sam ("The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police", Ep.5- "They Came From Down There")
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Lorelei27 Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
It's looking very good so far, and it's pretty funny as well.
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moonsierra Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
Aw! I'm so glad Joel found someone! That's so cute!
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