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Postby MichaelMF on Mon Dec 11, 2000 5:52 am

Hi Steve,<P>I just discovered Steverino over the weekend through the Keenspace spotlight. Very nice. I can't wait to see how it develops. Wonderful use of photo backgrounds.<P>Michael.<P>------------------
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Postby Steve Emond on Mon Dec 11, 2000 7:08 am

Thank you! Stick around, now that I've introduced the characters a bit, I plan to throw in some twists, turns and new faces. Glad to have you on board, thanks for posting!
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Postby Acelex on Mon Dec 11, 2000 10:58 am

Hi Steve,<P>Wow! I just read the comic - beginning to end, and I love it! It's quite witty. It reminds me of my comics hahaha...<P>I like your style and the colouring and backgounds are done so well it's not funny.<P>Keep up the good work!!<P>MikeY<P>------------------
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Postby Lostfactor on Tue Dec 12, 2000 7:51 am

How, exactly, do you do the photo backgrounds? Elaine said that you did it in Photoshop, which would certainly explain why they're such a pain - but they look absolutely spectacular. It's actually a little unnerving sometimes how well the characters drawn in seem to match their surroundings. Surreal, man...
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Postby Steve Emond on Tue Dec 12, 2000 10:19 am

Thank you! The photo's are a pain but I like the effect, even in priint surprisingly enough. I'm considering selling the print versions online too, somehow... but that's still just an idea.I just took a trip to New York and got some nice photo's there that I might incorporate into the strip, too!
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Postby Lostfactor on Wed Dec 13, 2000 3:22 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by rtist54:
<B> HEY!!!! Photoshop is Phun!!!!!!</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Yeah, but it can be tedious. I remember once splicing two photos together... one was against a bluescreen, but they were still a pain to do. I have a lot of respect for Steve doing that every day...<P>Of course, I have a lot of respect for Steve for being able to do in his sleep what I can't do on performance-enhancing drugs. In summary: I respect Steve. ;>
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Postby Elaine_Hornby on Wed Dec 13, 2000 8:07 am

Yeah... it's Photoshop. I wish I had Photoshop... although with my crappy processor, if I tried to run it, the motherboard would burst out of my computer, decapitate my roommate while flying across the room, and then blow up. <P>Please. Donate a computer, preferably one with a DVD player, a Pentium III processor, and lots of other neat stuff to the Lazy College Cartoonists' Fund. You know you want to help.<P>**This has been a public service announcement**
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Postby Steve Emond on Wed Dec 13, 2000 10:14 am

Hey! What kind of pl;ace do you think I run? Just kidding, babe, good luck to you with that.<P>As for the backgrounds, the dea that sparked it all was to use my digital camera, but I learned that while it would look alright on the site, it wouldnt translate to print at all because they're at such a low resolution. So what I ended up doing (much to miss elaine's dismay) is start taking pictures of everywhere I went. So I develop, scan them as I use them, and build the archive. Then I scan my cartoon (using rough sketches of how the background pictures should look) and edit the photo's on a "multiply" layer so I can still see the black lines through it. Then I color on the multiply later (keeping the color layer seperate from the art layer so I can still translate it to black and white bitmap for the print version.) At this rate, I can draw up to 4-6 strips in a day, but I can only color 1 or if I'm lucky 2 per night. <P>It's hectic, but hoefully all this work will be noticed and I can dominate the world soon. Keep your fingers crossed! Or you'll be the first to go.... mwa ha ha (meant to think that) right I'm rambling nopw- I'm outtee!<P>~Steve<P>
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Postby Rtist54 on Wed Dec 13, 2000 10:47 am

(12/9) Is the story of my life.<P>Pauly<P>------------------
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Postby Rtist54 on Wed Dec 13, 2000 10:50 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by lostfactor:
<B>How, exactly, do you do the photo backgrounds? Elaine said that you did it in Photoshop, which would certainly explain why they're such a pain - but they look absolutely spectacular. </B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>HEY!!!! Photoshop is Phun!!!!!!<P>Liked the Gap ad too Steve!!!!<P>------------------
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Postby Rtist54 on Thu Dec 14, 2000 2:22 am

Hey, I know a few people from UCONN. I just don't remember their full names. Okay, so I don't really know them, but my girlfriend does. She's from Connecticut. And she has a lot of friends at UCONN. Um....That's all I have to say about that.<P>Pauly<P>------------------
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Postby Elaine_Hornby on Thu Dec 14, 2000 5:34 am

^_^ yeah, I wouldn't know any of them unless they lived in the Towers Complex or were Art majors. Even then, it's a long shot. I have like 4 friends here (JJ, Eliot, Joe and Amy!!! I'm talking to you!!!!) and I haven't really branched out. BTW, several of Steve's background photos were taken at UConn. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/biggrin.gif">
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Postby Lostfactor on Thu Dec 14, 2000 7:22 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Elaine_Hornby:
<B>^_^ yeah, I wouldn't know any of them unless they lived in the Towers Complex or were Art majors.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Not so, Elaine! I am neither in Towers nor an Art major, and you seem to know me. ;> Of course, after a rather embarassing debacle last night with a few former friends from high school, I'm at least temporarily of the mind that the vast majority of UCONN's population isn't really worth knowing intimately...
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Postby Steve Emond on Thu Dec 14, 2000 8:05 am

Hey where'd all my compliments go?? Just look at the title of this post! That's right, get back to kissing my ass everyone!
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Postby Elaine_Hornby on Thu Dec 14, 2000 8:48 am

OK, no, I don't think you want ALL of us to pucker up for your derriere.
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Postby Rtist54 on Thu Dec 14, 2000 9:53 am

HOLY COW!!!! AMY!!!! YOU KNOW AMY!!?!? I don't know any Amy.<P>------------------
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Postby Elaine_Hornby on Thu Dec 14, 2000 11:26 am

Performance-enhancing drugs???? Hand some over here. Oh wait, unless you're talking about "male performance." In which case, by all means, don't. But, due to my final exam situation, I so desperately need to eliminate sleep from my regimen, thus freeing up about 9 hours per day, in which I could study, or in extreme cases, watch Mystery Science Theater 3000. I'm aiming to eliminate other basic bodily functions from my life in order to have even more time to study for finals. I figure if I stop eating, that would get rid of the functions of both consumption AND elimination... thus saving me up to an additional 2 hours a day. That's a whole Art History chapter!!! However, it would also cause extreme discomfort, and I would probably die before my 18th birthday. Goddamn these @$#!* finals.
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Postby Bobby J on Thu Dec 14, 2000 11:54 am

My Girlfriends Name is Amy...but not the same one... lol. Amy is a cool name, dont ya think?
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Postby Elaine_Hornby on Fri Dec 15, 2000 1:28 am

No way, man! I'm not criticizing it. ::sigh:: Emotions do NOT show up well on type. I love the romance! No sarcasm!!!<P>Howcumzit I woulcn't like Escaflowne?? I heard the ending was a tear-jerker. I'm always up for a good tear-jerker. But wait! Don't tell me! I really DO want to see it. Oh Mecha. You will never let me down.<P>LUM! LUM! TEAM LUM DOES IT AGAIN!!!! WE'RE 1 AND 20,000!!! YAY!!!!<P>-Elaine<P><P>------------------
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Postby Lostfactor on Fri Dec 15, 2000 6:03 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Elaine_Hornby:
<B>No way, man! I'm not criticizing it. ::sigh:: Emotions do NOT show up well on type. I love the romance! No sarcasm!!!</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Okay. ;><P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>Howcumzit I woulcn't like Escaflowne?? I heard the ending was a tear-jerker. I'm always up for a good tear-jerker. But wait! Don't tell me! I really DO want to see it. Oh Mecha. You will never let me down.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Oh, you <strong>will</strong> like <cite>Escaflowne</cite>. Gods, that series is hands-down the most phenomenal anime I've ever seen, better even that <cite>Slayers</cite> and <cite>Bubblegum Crisis</cite>. I absolutely love it, and I'm asking for some of the DVDs for Christmas. The ending isn't so much a tear-jerker as... well, I won't give it away.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>LUM! LUM! TEAM LUM DOES IT AGAIN!!!! WE'RE 1 AND 20,000!!! YAY!!!!</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>The crappy part was that it was against half of team Kickarse... ;>
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