Script by MGHC & TMJ --- Artwork by MGHC
And now, the Fort Paradox Weekly FAQ, #2
(An actual question from the audience this week! Courtesy of hannahlikessheepbaa.)
Q: How do you decide what format to do each episode in, as in hand drawn, computer, colour, b/w, etc?
A: Now that's actually a harder question than you might imagine. I can think of some guiding principles which explain a lot of our choices, but for every principle there are some glaring exceptions...
- "strips with complex visual humour are more likely to be hand-drawn" - mostly true, but last week's strip bucked that trend
- "if there are lots of panels to be drawn that are all very similar, they're more likely to be done in the computer" - this held true for the recently-published 'Bubble-07' scene, but not for the snails' introduction back in the first fortnight of publication
- "colour makes creating the artwork more complicated, which is basically the only reason some episodes are black-and-white" - more or less true, but considering the existence of the user-friendly 'bucket fill' tool, this doesn't explain why Darlan failed to be green in the already-mentioned scene with 'Bubble-07', which stayed black-and-white apart from that little red 'REC' icon because that's the way Bubble's own, short-lived strip was drawn. Which reminds me...
- "when we introduce a new character, we tend to use the same art style as their native film or webcomic" - true in many cases, but not for Darlan, Forkley or the Bookworm
And another closely related Q: Just realised the tag at the bottom of [Episode 21] says 'microsoft paint'. Why did you choose microsoft paint?
A: Because it's quick and simple to use, and it was already installed on the computer. We might go for all-digital episode creation in some other, more advanced software someday, but that's not a definite plan. Yet.
Before I sign off, here's a quick run-down of some other questions which we're planning to answer in the near future (in no particular order):
- Q: Why avocado smoothie? Why not banana? Because bananas are good. Always take a banana to a party... *cough* sorry, getting sidetracked there. (from hannahlikessheepbaa)
- Q: Which snail is which?
- Q: Can I join in?
Hope that was enlightening, or at least entertaining, or something. If you've got any more questions, however esoteric, please ask.
- MGHC / The Colclough (on behalf of itself & TMJ & SRJ)