Of course this means you can read tomorrow’s comic before it’s on the site!
An employee at the Arizona State Universities Fletcher Library wrote me this summer to ask if she could use this comic in their display to promote their game collection. Of course I said yes, and she recently sent me pics of the display. Thanks, Michelle! It looks like they have some great games in their collection.
Don’t forget, you can buy this comic as a print!
It’s so cool to think of a university library having board games. Any readers out there who play tabletop games at their local libraries? Do you have to be quiet while you play them? Do you check games out? Could gaming collections breathe new life into libraries that struggle for funding?
The beauty of Mischief is that it has great vector line quality. The canvas can zoom in infinitely and because it’s vector, you don’t have to worry about how big your document is.
While I really like the line quality, I’m not sure I’ll buy this unless they implement some more tools. As it exists now, I can really just sketch and ink the comic. There’s no paint bucket, making coloring tedious. And I don’t even want to sketch the comic in it, since during my sketching process I also lay out the type. There’s no type tool in Mischief. Another hang up I have is that there’s no visual indication of the size of the brush you’re using, except in the brush panel. In Photoshop, unless you have caps lock on, your brush cursor is indicated by a circle that is the same size as the brush you’re using. Hit a keystroke to change the size and you get instant feedback. Oh, that looks TOO big. Smaller. Ok. That should be right. Now I can start drawing with my perfectly sized brush. Not so in Mischief.
But the line quality is reeeeeaaally nice. So I’ll be checking in periodically to see what’s new with it.
As you may know, Chloe and Bink have to assist each other to play World of Warcraft, which isn’t very convenient when they aren’t getting along, or one of them refuses to play. Last year, Chloe got so desperate that she tried some bogus mail-order potion that claimed to make her kitty paws just as dexterous as a human’s. The stuff wasn’t just ineffective – it caused her to sprout wings!
If you read through it, you’ll see that it didn’t go as I envisioned in this doodle. Apparently during the writing process I dreamed up that instead of her landing on the Statue of Liberty, she’d fall into the infamous Gowanus Canal.
When I first moved to NYC, I lived about a 15 minute walk from an industrial neighborhood with a smelly canal running through it. The Gowanus. I still live pretty close. I walked over it in the dark at the end of 4 hour hike home from Manhattan during the 2003 blackout. I walk over it now every two weeks to get vegetables at a farm share.
Nothing has reached out from the poison canal to grab me. But I can’t help but look at the greenish water with a sense of foreboding. I heard that a man once fell in and died hours later from the poison he accidentally ingested while swimming out. Earlier this year, a dolphin wandered into it and suffered the same fate. It’s a Superfund site, which basically means that the federal government has deemed it toxic enough to warrant spending millions on fixing it – if that’s even possible.
As horrible as the Gowanus canal is, it makes for great inspiration for stories of mutants and monsters.
I’ve recorded four more New To You Shows since I blogged about it last! Two with theme “guilty pleasures” (yeah…mine is The Tudors) and two with the theme of non-fiction.
Check them out here: Guilty Pleasures Part 1, Guilty Pleasures Part 2, Non-fiction Part 1, Non-fiction Part 2.
My boyfriend John works hard to organize and edit these shows. If you like them, please consider reviewing it on iTunes. It’ll help more people to find the show!