Blinky Dan!

Postby CJGarver on Sun Nov 19, 2000 8:31 am

Yeah, this is up on my site as it is, but at the moment I am insanely proud of this ... It's Blinky Dan! <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/biggrin.gif"><P> <IMG SRC="http://chrisandcrew.keenspace.com/images/blinkydan.gif"> <P>Inspired by a pic one of RPGamer's Q&A guys, and also incredibly easy to to, but JUST LOOK AT HIM!!! HE BLINKS!!! ISN'T THAT THE COOLEST THING EVER?!?!?!<P>... OK, I'll stop. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/smile.gif"><P><a href="http://chrisandcrew.keenspace.com">Chris</a><p>[This message has been edited by CJGarver (edited 11-19-2000).]
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Postby Lord Emsworth on Thu Nov 23, 2000 9:35 am

Rather neat animation, Mr. Garver. Just found your forum (perhaps you might consider adding a link to your main page) and thought I'd say hello. <P>I must confess that I've mostly just glanced at the strip sporadically, and have yet to complete the archives. Still, good effort from what I've seen (the dialogue is often as amusing as the exchanges you've used on the "Class Menagerie" forum), and I hope you find time to continue the endeavor at some point. Happy belated birthday, btw, hope you had a pleasant Thanksgiving, and farewell for now. <P>
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Postby CJGarver on Thu Nov 30, 2000 2:42 am

Hey, LordE! Nice of you to drop by! Thanks for the compliment on the GIF. Alas, I'm probably not going to put a link to this forum on my main page until Dec. 15 (last day of finals), largely on the grounds that that's when I'll probably be able to start updating again. Stupid teachers, making it potentially risky for me to procrastinate. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/wink.gif"><P>Bleah, I probably shouldn't have mentioned my birthday on that board; of course, it was only AFTER THE FACT that I thought it came over as pathetic. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/smile.gif"> <P>... Geez, I gotta stop writing amusing stuff on the CM forum, then. Almost like being in competition with myself. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/wink.gif"><P>CJ
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Postby Lord Emsworth on Fri Dec 01, 2000 8:31 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by CJGarver:
<B>Hey, LordE! Nice of you to drop by!</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Just trying to spread a little sweetness and light. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/smile.gif"> Might have done so earlier if your forum wasn't buried (my, the forum list here is substantial.) <P>Out of curiosity, if you don't mind my asking, had you not wanted a forum prior to now, or simply waited to apply for one? I've noticed you started "Chris and the Crew" back in April, but did not receive a forum 'til November (I know these things take time, but still...) Maboo had one before you, and he started in September! <P>
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by CJGarver:
<B>Bleah, I probably shouldn't have mentioned my birthday on that board; of course, it was only AFTER THE FACT that I thought it came over as pathetic. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/smile.gif"> </B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Well, I don't know about that. KantanaWolf mentioned his birthday on the board. I even mentioned mine, back on October 23. It was buried at the end of my usual ramblings, when I was revising the incidental species guide, so only Mr. Schissel replied Over on other boards (esp. "CRFH"), there've been people who've started new threads simply to announce their birthdays, so I wouldn't feel bad about it. <P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>... Geez, I gotta stop writing amusing stuff on the CM forum, then. Almost like being in competition with myself. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/wink.gif">
</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Well, I'm afraid you may be right, but I do hope you don't cease your amusing exchanges. I particularly remember your dialogue for the CM version of <I>West Side Story</I> (still marvel at the thought you were involved in a production which featured a mutant Gladhand, of all characters!) Besides, I'm not sure how many of your readers (aside from myself) frequent that forum. <P>Well, farewell for now, Mr. Garver, and may you do well on your finals (I can certainly relate.) <P>Lord Emsworth (who still wishes he'd been able to play Henderson the tax man in <I>You Can't Take it With You</I>.) <P>
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Capital, capital. Quite.<p>[This message has been edited by Lord Emsworth (edited 12-01-2000).]
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Postby CJGarver on Fri Dec 01, 2000 10:31 am

Waited a while to get it. Teri Crosby sent out an e-mail to all of us saying that these forums could be created easily sometime towards the beginning of November. Actually wasn't planning on getting one at least until I was back in business again, but I figured I should apply early, in case there were a lot of applications. Of course, they made it the day I applied for it, so it's been gathering dust until recently. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/smile.gif"><P>Mid-April ... Well, if you want to know the truth, the strip started more than a year before then. I started doing this as an excuse to keep in touch with high school friends (all of the main characters are based on people I'm friends with), and wasn't too worried about an audience, updating regularly, or proper scanning techniques. Consequently, I had comic strips that were between 100 and 500K. This worked out fine for my friends and I, all of whom are college students and most of whom are either patient or have Ethernet connections at school (usually the latter). Then I stumbled upon CM, and contacted Vince, mentioning that I also was drawing strips (somehow, I had managed to remain oblivious to the fact that there were a couple hundred other web strips out there; CM was the first one I had found). Vince checked them out, and mentioned that they weren't too bad, except that they were HUGE. Way too big for people to read with a normal modem connection. I got this advice from a bunch of other people as well, so I worked to shrink my future images, right around the beginning of "The Comix". Of course, that left the original strips, the introduction series, a decathalon series, and a few one-shot strips that were too large for viewing. So when I made the move to Keenspace in September, I did two things. First, I decided to put all of the strips I had done previously behind the starting date (using Thursday/Saturday scheduling, except I was somewhat careless about the math <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/smile.gif"> ), so the people who had been reading wouldn't be forced to read repeats. Second, I didn't post any strips that were too large to view. Working backwards like this managed to make it look like my starting date was in April, even though Keenspace wasn't even around back then. If you're morbidly curious, the old ones are still up at <a href="http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~cjgarver">my old site</a> for viewing. Plan to redo them eventually (maybe Christmas break).<P>More than you bargained for, eh? <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/smile.gif"><P>Oh, the stories I could tell about West Side Story. Heh ... the West Side Story production video ... that was basically a really, really bizarre continuation to the story. Basically it involved everybody killing off everybody else. I was a Shark, so I got killed off with the rest of them by an explosive basketball after all of the remaining Jets were killed by maracca-shaped dynamite sticks (the principal Jets were already dead at that point from various causes, which I won't get into unless begged <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/wink.gif"> ). There really was no explanation for why there was a mutant Gladhand tearing up New York, or why Mecha-Anita showed up to finish him off. But the guy who played Gladhand was a fun guy, and I think the people making the video wanted to feature him more than he was in the show. It was an experience, to say the least. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/smile.gif"><P>Geez, this is pretty long. Oh well. And don't worry, my finals won't know what hit them. Well, aside from a #2 pencil, I mean. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/smile.gif"> <P>Chris
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Postby Lord Emsworth on Sun Dec 03, 2000 7:26 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by CJGarver:
<B>Of course, they made it the day I applied for it, so it's been gathering dust until recently. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/smile.gif"></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Ah, that explains why my sinuses were affected. <P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by CJGarver:
<B>More than you bargained for, eh? <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/smile.gif"></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE> <P>Actually, I confess that I do tend to be "morbidly curious," so I do like to know these details. Rather interesting, really, I always like to know background information about the beginnings of a strip (or for that matter, book, film, etc.) (though the sudden realization that your principal characters are based upon actual acquaintances may to a certain extent curtail or at least limit attempts at character analyzation on my part.) <P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by CJGarver:
<B>Geez, this is pretty long.
</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>You seem to have forgotten who's reading this. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/wink.gif"><P>Well, many thanks for the information, Mr. Garver. Will try to drop in again at some point, when time allows. Farewell again, Mr. Garver, write if you get work, and remember to hang by your thumbs. <P><p>[This message has been edited by Lord Emsworth (edited 12-03-2000).]
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