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Comic 74 - Page 72
18th May 2015, 9:07 PM
Page 72
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Author Notes:
Skweeee edit delete
Skweeee
I am sooooo sorry for my absence! I have a lot of things going on at once so pushing out this page has been painfully slow for me. I've been chipping away at this page for little 15 and 20 minute increments. As you guys can guess, that's terribly inefficient and irritating.

I will visit your comics in the next couple of days. Give me time. I like to leave meaningful comments for you.

Things are still going to be a little slower for the next few weeks, but I'm confident that I will be back to normal production soon.

I look forward to chatting with you all!

BTW, tomorrow I will have my portfolio looked at by a potential art school I'm thinking of applying to. (fingers crossed)
User comments:
L. Cardenas edit delete reply
Hooray, Piper's back!
Amalockh1 edit delete reply
Amalockh1
Yay! :D

Also, I loved the third panel of this page! Astounding colors!
Skweeee edit delete reply
Skweeee
Hi Amalockh1!

Thanks man. I am still working on lighting and glowing effects with colour. It's fun to experiment.
Skweeee edit delete reply
Skweeee
Hi L. Cardenas!

Thanks. Your cheers for Piper's Song mean a lot to me!
Seabiscuit edit delete reply
Seabiscuit
Yaaayy!!! I was hoping you were alright! Glad to see you were just busy, but, hopefully that all works out.:D

Goddamn Skweeee, those top three panels...! Especially the 1st and 3rd. Really damn gorgeous!! Holy shit!!

(ART SCHOOL!? Pff, like you need school. But good luck, you can teach them something!;D)
Skweeee edit delete reply
Skweeee
HI SEA!!

Your concern for my well-being does not go unnoticed, and I really appreciate it. You're a good friend, thanks.

Oooo! I'm really happy you like those panels! This was a tough page, because I was doing little bits of it at a time. Starting and stopping work on one page over an extended period of time is frustrating.

Yes, Art School!!! Edmonton Digital Arts College

The head of the DISA (Digital Illustration and Sequential Art) program was very complimentary of my portfolio. After talking with some of the schools admin people and other faculty members, they started talking in a way that sounded like they were expecting me to be a student there.
Vincethestick edit delete reply
Vincethestick
woah, the sky in the first panel is great!

It's good to hear that you're alright for the most part albeit juggling a lot of things. I'll be looking forward to any updates regardless of wait time!

Having someone review your portfolio for acceptance sounds pretty anxious, but I'm sure it'll work out well for you!
Skweeee edit delete reply
Skweeee
Hello, Vince!!

Thanks. All done with Corel paintshop pro basic 5. I'm glad you like it.

Thanks for your concern. I apologize for going so quiet. I should try harder to keep some sort of regular presence on CF during my busy-life periods.

This was the first time I ever had anyone review my portfolio. It was nerve racking but a very positive experience in the end. I learned a lot!
chris-tar edit delete reply
chris-tar
Whoa all three groups converging..the perfect storm!
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Also, I hope you get into that art school.
I was accepted into the Ringling School of Art and Design once. It was incredibly expensive, and the students were incredibly competitive and unfriendly. I was the oldest person there, in my 30s, and the teachers thought I was some kind of perv or nut case. In reality I had a life long passion for art and learning and I was genuinely there to just learn and develop my talents. However, I buckled under the toxic, hostile unwelcoming environment and dropped out. It had nothing to do with the intensity of the curriculum, it was the culture of the school. I guess what I am saying, is that I sincerely hope that the art school you attend is full of mature and accepting and friendly fellow artists.
Good luck.
Skweeee edit delete reply
Skweeee
Hello Chris-tar!

Thanks!

So sorry to read about your experience at your art school. That must have been such a bitter disappointment. Especially when you're excited and looking forward to learning and working with others, who should have the same experience.

Art schools should cultivate a relaxed and friendly atmosphere to work in, so that you are more likely to experiment and take artistic risks. this is how we learn. Have you thought of joining any comic art hobbyist clubs? I've joined one in the Edmonton area. Everyone is like-minded and encouraging to one another.
chris-tar edit delete reply
chris-tar
"So sorry to read about your experience at your art school. That must have been such a bitter disappointment. Especially when you're excited and looking forward to learning and working with others, who should have the same experience."

Yes. Sorry to say but that was the true reality of my situation there. I think there was a generational age barrier (I was in my 30s, most students were fresh out of high school), and a socioeconomic one as well (most the students seemed to come from affluent families, my family was poor to lower middle class at best), so we had a very hard time relating to each other.

"Art schools should cultivate a relaxed and friendly atmosphere to work in, so that you are more likely to experiment and take artistic risks."

Wow. I couldn't agree more!!!

"Have you thought of joining any comic art hobbyist clubs?"

No, I have not. Sadly, I have never heard of anything like that in the area where I live. You are lucky to have such a thing where you live. I'm envious!

"Everyone is like-minded and encouraging to one another. "

That is the environment I dream of!
TheD-Wrek edit delete reply
TheD-Wrek
WB, brotha. Those top three panels? Perfect. X)
Skweeee edit delete reply
Skweeee
Hi D!!

Thanks! It's fun to create a mood with no words on a comic page.
HeSerpenty edit delete reply
HeSerpenty
Yay so happy to see an update! Egads I'm reeally concerned about what's gonna take place T__T-- the anxiety!

Great page tho!
Skweeee edit delete reply
Skweeee
Hello HeSerpenty!!!

YESSS! I'm doing my best to build up tension. Glad that that is the feeling your getting so far!

Thank you very much! I'm glad you like this page.
Miaubol edit delete reply
Miaubol
Yay you're back! :D

"all the players are following their predicted behaviour"
Do they really? *If* they do... That's scary. Did they predict Donnie's part too..? D:

The top three panels totally rocks! I think it's safe to say that Bebber is one of my all-time favorite badasses. :D
Skweeee edit delete reply
Skweeee
Hey, Miaubol!

They think everyone is where they are supposed to be. They don't realize that Piper is gone with Robin on a day trip. They also don't have a clue about the criminal element's plans to unleash Bebber on Piper and her family.

Thanks! I am happy that you like those three panels.
Matt Knab edit delete reply
Matt Knab
What would be the soundtrack you would choose for those first three panels? They deserve some epic music in the background. :)
Skweeee edit delete reply
Skweeee
Hello Matt!!!

That's a great question.

This is what I pick for Bebber's Soundtrack Bad Company, Bad Company.

Let me know what you think.
Matt Knab edit delete reply
Matt Knab
Very nice. :)
DizzasterJuice edit delete reply
DizzasterJuice
It's okay, we understand that you've been busy. Like taming grizzly bears, moose hunting season, and dog sled races and the other things that Skweeee of Canada does. Good luck with the art school!

Did Bebber just bring a sword to a gun fight?
Skweeee edit delete reply
Skweeee
Ha ha ha! Hi Dizz!

Yep.. Just shaved with my axe this morning. Thought I'd be a pussy and use water this time too. True, being me is very time consuming.

Thanks man. I'm optimistic about going to this school.

Bebber is pretty penissy isn't he?
QuietClayton edit delete reply
QuietClayton
Awesome dude!! Take your time, we will be waiting for ya.
Skweeee edit delete reply
Skweeee
Hey Clayton!!!

Thanks for your kind words. It's very encouraging.
Stever edit delete reply
Stever
I was just wondering about you yesterday. Glad to hear your just busy being Skweeee ;D

Those top 3 panels are great dramatic shots!

Good luck with your portfolio review. Cheers!
Skweeee edit delete reply
Skweeee
Hey Stever!

Yeah, this is a particularly busy spring for me. There will be a slowdown in my activity level eventually (I hope..)

Thanks! I'm glad you like those panels.
iggycrypt edit delete reply
iggycrypt
Things are about to get very loud at Piper's house!

No worries about slower updates! We'll be here. :-)

Good luck with your portfolio review!
Skweeee edit delete reply
Skweeee
Hello, Iggy!!!

You've got that right. Good thing that Piper wont be there. (quasi-spoiler)

Thanks, eh! The portfolio review went better than I expected. Since some of the Faculty Members have already looked at it they think that I am suitable for their DISA (Digital Illustration and Sequential Art) program. So everything is still moving in a positive direction reference my vocational rehabilitation.
demcleod edit delete reply
demcleod
It's good to see you, Skweeee. Missed your presence here, man. I'm sure the art school will have NO problem accepting you. You're too talented for them to reject you. :)
Skweeee edit delete reply
Skweeee
Hi Dwayne!

Thank you for your kind words, friend! Good news! The faculty have looked at my portfolio and agree with you. So if everything goes well over the next little bit I could be a student in a few months!!
Clanjack Farlo edit delete reply
Clanjack Farlo
Hey, it's great to have you back!
Oh, man, that third panel. Love that lighting, and the ominous foreshadowing is amazing!
And I'm sure the art school will love your work. Good luck, though I don't think you need it! ;)
Skweeee edit delete reply
Skweeee
Hi Clanjack!!!

Thanks, Buds! I honestly did not expect that panel to be very well received as it has been. I struggled with it so much!

Thank you for your kind encouragement and positive words. It truly does help.
zaika edit delete reply
zaika
I finally read through the entire story...and wow. I'm loving it. Your art is just fantastic. It's so authentic and believable, and I think that takes some real skill.

Good luck with art school! I'm sure you'll get it with zero problems. I'm thinking of doing that too, but quitting a job I've had for 12 years is some scaaaaary shit. :/
Skweeee edit delete reply
Skweeee
Hi Zaika!!!

Thank you, thank you for your kind compliments! I'm so pleased that you like Piper's Song, and that you got to experience it as a solid chunk of reading. Thanks for taking the time to do that.

Ooooo! You've got that right. There are so many risks and unknowns in making a commitment to becoming a student of any art. I'm with you.. I'm very nervous and intimidated. After 32 years of soldiering, the transition to being a student at an art school is crazy-weird.
ProfEtheric edit delete reply
ProfEtheric
Skweeee! You HAVE been missed, brother!

And this page... oh man, this page. I still love this set-up, and... just...

DON'T LEAVE US SO LONG!
Skweeee edit delete reply
Skweeee
Hi Prof!!!

I missed you guys too.

Thanks man! I'm glad that you're enjoying the story so far.

I will try and manage my time better so that I'm not away from CF as much as I have been. Sorry.
moizmad edit delete reply
moizmad
The winds of shit are starting to blow Randy...
Skweeee edit delete reply
Skweeee
Mo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yup. Just need a fan with some very high RPM's.
Rd Ashes edit delete reply
Rd Ashes
Skweeee!!!! Beautiful job and well worth the wait!
Your colouring is gorgeous.

That last panel is spot on. Man, I wish I could draw like you.

Tell me more about this art school thing!!!
Skweeee edit delete reply
Skweeee
Hello Ash!!!!

Well thanks very much, friend! I've been enjoying experimenting with colours lately.

Wow! Thank you so much for the super compliments. It makes my day, truly!

Edmonton Digital Arts College is about a 30 minute drive from my house. what's really exciting is that they have a Digital Illustration and Sequential Art program. It's a 10 month program with about two years worth of normal college work crammed into less than a year. If everything works out I could be a student there!
Rd Ashes edit delete reply
Rd Ashes
Oh wow! I wish there was a program like that around here.
I'm so, so jealous that you get to go.
Please keep me posted on any developments there.
I'll need to live this through you!!!!

;-)
Ninabird edit delete reply
Ninabird
Wow! Panel three sure pops!
Skweeee edit delete reply
Skweeee
Hi Ninabird!! Thank you very much.
Outlaw edit delete reply
Outlaw
It's about to get REAL in that sleepy little town!
Skweeee edit delete reply
Skweeee
Hey Outlaw! You've got that right. It's about to get very serious, very soon, indeed.
Domship edit delete reply
Domship
Dude, welcome back! Can't wait for the next page and good luck with the art school!
Skweeee edit delete reply
Skweeee
Hello Domship!

Thank you! I've already started work on the next page.
randomNPC edit delete reply
randomNPC
I love those Bebber shots!

Good luck in your application in Art School and God Bless :)
Skweeee edit delete reply
Skweeee
Hi RandomNPC!!!!!!

Thank you very much! It's awesome that you like those Bebber shots.

Thanks for your kind words and your blessings. These sentiments mean a lot to me, and truly give me a boost.
dougwarner59 edit delete reply
dougwarner59
this page is beautiful.
Skweeee edit delete reply
Skweeee
AH! Thanks Doug!!
sephirencomics edit delete reply
sephirencomics
Lovely backgrounds and good luck on your application! :)
Skweeee edit delete reply
Skweeee
Thank you Sephirencomics!

Everything went way better than I could have hoped!
shinka edit delete reply
shinka
Love it... 3rd panel rock!
Great page
Skweeee edit delete reply
Skweeee
Hi Shinka!!

Thank you very much!
Spelledeg edit delete reply
Spelledeg
Oh dang, I missed this in my subscription tab somehow! Skweeee, that's awesome that you've applied to art school! :D I'm sure you'll go far, is there a specific skillset you're hoping to get from it?

As for the page, mannnn, your atmosphere and pacing sense is brilliant in this page. I can't wait to see how the shindig goes down between Donnie and Bebber. This has built up beautifully.
machinehead edit delete reply
machinehead
Top three panels looks awesome! Hope all goes well with art school.
radio_mustard_james edit delete reply
radio_mustard_james
It's great to see you back! Your attention to detail is as always inspirational! Good luck with art school
IllustratorMan edit delete reply
IllustratorMan
Killer shading there, Skweee! Real commanding.