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The Mal and Chad comic strip is back!

Post by pH » Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:48 am

Hey all, about two years ago I posted about 5 or so of my first Mal and Chad strips online here at the flight forums. I got some good feedback, and a lot's happened since then! I had to take a hiatus from drawing this strip so that I could focus on drawing a graphic novel for kids featuring the Mal and Chad cast. Let me tell you, drawing 200 pages of Mal and Chad has changed my style significantly. Here's a couple strips from when I first started:

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And here's some strips I drew last week:

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So I just wanted to announce that the hiatus is over and the strip has begun updating again monday through friday, and also ask for critique since it was so helpful the first time around. What do you guys think? Is the new, cleaner style better? Or is the old scratchy style something I should move back towards?
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Re: The Mal and Chad comic strip is back!

Post by Jason_Brubaker » Tue Apr 20, 2010 3:13 pm

I think I like your new style better. It's clean and easy to read. It looks really professional if you ask me! Where can I see your graphic novel?

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Re: The Mal and Chad comic strip is back!

Post by Mr. Average » Tue Apr 20, 2010 5:09 pm

I have to say I like them both equally - the key is that they're consistent with each other - the sketchy ones are sketchy throughout, and the slick ones are slick throughout. And they all have a wry and kind of warped sense of humor to them that speaks to me. The "Man's worst enemy" gag was particularly on target!

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Re: The Mal and Chad comic strip is back!

Post by Gunwhale » Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:09 am

Love it. New style is better. Your linework flows more naturally. Are you doing it traditionally with ink, or all in Photoshop/Manga Studio? (or whatever it's called) Oh, also, I love that the robot speaks barcode. Good stuff.
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Post by pH » Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:00 am

Jason: Even though I've finished inking it, my publisher's tell me it won't be out for a while. We've still got corrections and cover design and print tests to do. I can't wait!

Mr. Average: Thanks! I'm happy to hear that.

Gunwhale: Thanks man! I've got a method where I pencil and letter in photoshop, and then ink in Corel Painter. Painter has those nice texture brushes. Maybe I should make a post on the process sometime.
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Post by pH » Tue Apr 27, 2010 8:45 am

There's more on the site, but here are some of my favorite strips I've made in the last couple weeks.

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Let me know if you have any ideas on how to make this feature better! Thanks everybody!
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Post by Joost » Sat May 01, 2010 6:06 am

Wow these are really funny and original! I love the last one "I thought you'd never ask... that stupid question again", really great!

What I also would love to see, is some strips colored. The header image of the Mal and Chad website is just gorgeous and I think it would look awesome in the strip. I know it wouldn't serve a real purpose, because the focus lies on the gag and not on a some amazingly colored background, but I guess I'm just a sucker for good color :D .

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Re: The Mal and Chad comic strip is back!

Post by pH » Mon May 03, 2010 8:00 am

Joost, you're right! They would look good in color. I wonder how long that would take. This weekend I made a visitors page with all the characters colored, and that didn't take too long. I dunno. Thanks for the feedback! I'm glad you enjoyed the latest!
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Re: The Mal and Chad comic strip is back!

Post by thirdeyeh » Tue May 04, 2010 8:41 pm

Love this comic so much. So good to have it back.
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Re: The Mal and Chad comic strip is back!

Post by pH » Mon May 10, 2010 10:16 am

Thanks Michael! I'll try to make it even better!
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Re: The Mal and Chad comic strip is back!

Post by RobPeters » Mon May 10, 2010 12:34 pm

I hadn't read any of your work before, but I must say that this is fantastic! I'm definately checking out your site.

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Re: The Mal and Chad comic strip is back!

Post by pH » Tue May 11, 2010 8:50 am

Thanks Rob, let me know what you think!
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Re: The Mal and Chad comic strip is back!

Post by mr cow » Tue May 11, 2010 10:17 am

woo! great to have m&c back, stephen! new strips are better then ever.
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Re: The Mal and Chad comic strip is back!

Post by k-9lives » Fri May 14, 2010 2:34 am

I'll be really interested to see the graphic novel... Is it B+W? These strips are looking better in the new style, definitely improved over the course of drawing your book! Looks like a funny strip.
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Re: The Mal and Chad comic strip is back!

Post by RocknOats » Fri May 14, 2010 7:55 am

These are really great! Funny and appealing! You got the whole package. Good Luck!

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