Strip Search #24: Thanks, Obama

StripSearch24_aIn a particularly strange challenge, the Strippers must compete to forge President Obama’s signature over and over again, because that’s the foremost skill that today’s webcomic artist really needs to survive in this economy. No, seriously, I get the point of this challenge (and why it would have been somewhat unfair to have everyone use their real signatures, which vary in length and complexity), but, I mean, it’s just…really? President Obama? That’s where your minds went when designing this challenge? Continue reading Strip Search #24: Thanks, Obama

Strip Search #23: It Was The Best of Times

StripSearch23_cThe Strip Search screenshot by which all future Strip Search screenshots will be judged.

It was the best of episodes, it was the worst of episodes. On the side of the angels, we get to hear everyone’s thoughts on both the last elimination and what to expect during the final leg of the competition, and it’s a nice change. On the minus side, this game they play should not be played in a house with so much furniture, and it’s darn lucky that everyone escaped sans concussion. Continue reading Strip Search #23: It Was The Best of Times

Sketchblog: Muromi-San

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Here’s another Sketchblog with multiple sketches, all featuring Muromi-san from this season’s anime feel-good mermaid comedy sensation.

The first is the first image I’ve ever colored in GIMP, so it was a learning experience. Lately I’ve been using Paint.net for my image needs, but Paint.net lacks pressure sensitivity, so it was clear I needed something else for drawing and painting. GIMP supports pressure sensitivity, but I’m finding it a little confusing to use– coloring this lil’ Muromi seemed way harder than it should have been. Plus, while the pressure sensitivity does work, it doesn’t seem to work the way I was hoping it would; this is probably more due to my need to fiddle with the settings than any problems with the software, though. I’m learning as I go.

Hit the jump for two more Muromi drawings, which, while they may technically be better drawings, I deem inferior because they don’t really look like her. Only the super-cartoony one above came out really looking like the character, to me anyway. Continue reading Sketchblog: Muromi-San

Gargantia 6, Or When Is Fanservice Not Fanservice?

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Most regular anime viewers who keep up with currently airing shows seem to agree that Gargantia is one of the better offerings this season, but many think it has too much fanservice. The character designs were done by a hentai (or erotic, for those of you new to this whole thing) artist, and all the females have this weird thing going on where they seem to constantly be blushing. Then there was the unfortunate need for a swimsuit episode on a show where most of the characters run around half-naked to begin with.

I would tend to agree that the show would be improved if it dialed down the fanservice in general, but episode 6 made me wonder: was the belly-dancing scene really fanservice at all? I don’t think so, and I think that goes to show that the frequency of quasi-exploitative nudity, in the form of fanservice, has so thoroughly annoyed us that we have no tolerance left for sexual content that actually serves a purpose. Continue reading Gargantia 6, Or When Is Fanservice Not Fanservice?

Strip Search #22: Dino Skates Smackdown

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For Elimination #7 in the Comic Battle Dome, it’s the epic battle of The Great Lexxy Conspiracy Versus The Great Monica Conspiracy. For those that don’t already know, The Great Lexxy Conspiracy is the idea that the entire competition is rigged in favor of Lexxy, because Penny Arcade would totally stage an entire reality show competition to invent an excuse to hire someone they could hire any time they felt like it. The Great Monica Conspiracy is the idea that everything is rigged in favor of giving Monica the opportunity to counter-troll the internet’s most accomplished trolls like a tiny, trash-talking steamroller, and get free Sour Patch Kids at the same time

I think it’s safe to say that of the two, the Monica Conspiracy is the one with real merit, because at least we have video evidence of Monica downing some Sour Patch Kids. Oh, and some comics were drawn. Continue reading Strip Search #22: Dino Skates Smackdown

Strip Search #20: Show Me Your Spinny-Thing

StripSearch20_eMaki: Well done, good sir and madam.

Lexxy: I respectfully acknowledge your ping pong skills, but never forget that I can draw circles around you. CIRCLES.

Monica: Elimination. Tonight. FUCK.

Graham: Well, that was …respectable?

Abby: I pull off a great upset and you make me play SPORTS? FUCK.

The inevitable Ping-Pong Challenge finally happens, and the dirty secret of Strip Search is revealed: Robert Khoo has just been using this whole competition as a ruse to recruit another talented table tennis player to his team, in order to continue Penny Arcade’s dominance of the sport(?) in the greater Seattle area. Unfortunately for him, none of the Strippers are all that great at it: Katie is the best, and even she calls topspin a “spinny-thingy.” Continue reading Strip Search #20: Show Me Your Spinny-Thing

Sketchblog: Gambit (X-Men)

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Look guys, I drew a guy! An actual guy!

Hot on the heels of my relative success with cute little Jean Grey, I tried to draw a cute little Gambit; he did not come out anywhere near as cute. That said, at least this sketch has some personality. I’ve always thought the idea behind Gambit’s card-throwing gimmick is really clever, because it gives you lots of stuff to draw–with all the cards flying everywhere with their trails of glowing energy and whatnot. He’s a character who’s just really suited to the medium he was created in, which may be a reason why he’s been mostly ignored by the movies.

This definitely looks a little off-kilter though…I think I just need more practice drawing guys. And cartoony things. And everything. I really like drawing X-Men fanart though, so I’ll probably do more of it– who knows, give me enough time and I may have a downright X-Men doujin going on here.

Strip Search #19: Naughty Mysteries

StripSearch19_bAbby “#TeamTangent” Howard, getting her Sherlock on.

During the sixth elimination, Mike and Jerry realize that despite the simplistic style she used for her cartoon self-portrait, Abby is actually a rockin’ cartoonist. It’s really satisfying to watch– kind of like that episode of Britain’s Got Talent where Simon Cowell was acting like his usual insufferable self, then Susan Boyle came on and sang I Dreamed A Dream like a total boss and you could see his eyebrows try to forcibly escape from the rest of his body. “OMG she’s really good, HOW COULD I HAVE KNOWN? She looks like she would be so NOT-GOOD!”

Well, it’s like that, except we don’t hate Mike and Jerry like we do Simon Cowell– well, most people don’t. Some people are big into the hate. Continue reading Strip Search #19: Naughty Mysteries

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