For My Fan

Posted: 10th July 2010 by Chuck Flysh in Murphy's Law

Jeebus, it’s hot these days. Doesn’t help I’m being treated to an extra dose of university over the weekend. Still, those precious little minutes in front of my oscillating fan I could squeeze out were put to good use: I remade the first page of Murphy’s Law from June 2008, which was pretty much alright as it was, but I really wanted to check how easy it is to create and pose Sweater-Murphy with his gun holster. Plus, it’s all part of the retconning progress.

I actually liked the hand-drawn art style in the old one better, as it is the most dynamical version of Murphy I’ve created up to this date. However, what it has in style, it lacks in detail and reproducability. So, while I don’t consider this illustration an improvement, but more of a sidegrade, it serves to level the comic’s style quite a bit. And I now have more templates to work with in the future.

But go ahead and make up your own mind.

Welcome back to Murphy’s Law, which last time took six months to go from the teaser-trailer to page one. I guess you could call that an improvement. In this episode, we follow Detective Debjit Murphy as he puts the “tool” in “multitool”!

Initially, I wanted to give the cola a more fiery design and call it Phoenix Cola, but apparently some New Zealandian do-gooders were one step ahead of me. Herbal cola that’s not actually, ahem, “herbal” but contains Ginko, eh? That burns on a wholly different level. The worst thing? I wanna drink one of those now. Damn you people.

Oh well. Guess the reference works this way, too, if not even better. Stay cool the best you can folks, until next time. And remember to drink the Wright stuff™!

Let’s Get Ready To Retcoooooon!

Posted: 6th July 2010 by Chuck Flysh in Murphy's Law

Dear readers, viewers, listeners, tasters and other synesthetes. I took it upon me and sacrificed pretty much all of my Sunday recreating the teaser from back in 2008 with the new art style and made it… SHINY!

I guess you can now look upon it as the intro sequence. The prologue. The real starting point. Ladies and Gentlemen: Murphy’s Law is at hand!

Murphy's Law Teaser REMAKE
Welcome to Murphy’s Law, where we follow the exploits of Indio-American all-purpose dective Debjit Murphy in the crime ridden city of Peaceful Hamlet. In this episode, we’re treated to… A TEASER TRAILER! BLAM-O!

All the work with Illustrator over the years finally made this one a breeze. Well almost. If you take the frustration out of trying to illustrate something and fill it with progressive success, it feels more like a breeze even if it takes hours. In summery heat. On a metal Mac. Oh well, at least I could do it outside in the grass. As long as the sun wouldn’t hit Steve’s patented über-reflective screen. Thanks man.

Technical difficulties aside, I retconned (link goes to TVtropes, enter at your own risk) Murphy into being of Indian (as in “from India”) descent now. I never could make up my mind what nationality he stems from, and how the name Murphy would make sense in that.
He started out as a sketch that I, at the time heavily influenced by the Ace Attorney series, based around the useless-but-amiable Detective Gumshoe. He ended up looking too much like the “grizzled detective” stereotype, so I reworked his hairdo to look a bit less conventional. That, again, looked so much better when I gave him dark skin. Following this completely arbitrary design progress, he appeared to simply be Afro-American at first. But that soon became unattractive as I did not want to invoke any Shaft-esque cop story that would border on Blaxploitation (crap, I did it again). Giving him the project name “Lavernious Murphy” didn’t help much either.
I then thought about where else he could be from, conceding with “oh what the hell, how about the Middle-East”. And there was Darius Murphy, of Iranian descent, whose parents came to the states and got a new name. Or grandparents. Or his mother married an American. As you can see, that backstory felt incredibly uncomfortable to form.
In the final design stages of the last few weeks, I shifted his skin colour a bit more towards Auburn, and bam, suddenly he had an Indio-Irish heritage… you may get a look at that scrambled up genealogy later. Soon as I have it figured out myself. All he needed now was something of a more stereotypical name. Thankfully, the internet is full of creative ways to name your baby boys, even in Hindi. He ended up with the name Debjit, which not only sounds like some sort of Irish curse and thus goes nicely with Murphy, but apparently also means “one who has conquered the gods”.

Oh, have I got plans for you, Murphy! Stay tuned for more of my Redesign Retcon Rampage.

Illness, Lust and Traitors, Part Deux

Posted: 27th June 2010 by Chuck Flysh in Art Dump, Murphy's Law

So, I caved in and practised my skills in Illustrator on the sketch I had posted earlier. It. Looks. Gorgeous!

Also Buddy Cops, too?

And there goes my resolve. With that reworked borderless design, and customizeable highlights in rugged-ish lines, they finally look exactly how I imagined them. All in all putting that sketch into an illustration only took me a double lecture (hey, guy’s gotta keep his hands busy during long, excruciationg philosophical dead-end discussions) so it might be sensible to go with semi-clean illustrator cubism after all. Ahh, decisions decisions. And what to do when my lectures end? I’ll keep you posted.

Can’t Think of a Pun for This One

Posted: 17th June 2010 by Chuck Flysh in Rant and Ramble

Alright. Updated WordPress to the highest version the server can handle. Smacked a sweet new theme on it. Removed some spam. Updated the permalink structure. Installed some widgets. I think Black Rabite should almost be back in 2010 now.

I know my last post may have been a bit harsh towards a sad little font that only wants to be our friend. I did not mean that this font is a useless rotting mass of flesh that through some sort of wicked sorcery and/or viral infection manages to still stumble over the surface this planet and bring terror and destruction wherever it smells an intact human brain… well, okay, I did call it a zombie apocalypse. But there are several uses for Comic Sans after all! Kinda like in the ending of Shaun of the Dead!

I’ve strained my tasty grey matter to uncover just a few of the million ways one could use Comic Sans for personal or societal benefit:

  1. Put it on a flyer for your party to make sure no designers show up and ruin the mood with their constant gobbledygook technicalese babble.
  2. Use it as a font for the potentially dangerous additives in your chemically enhanced food. No one will take that part serious. It’s way better than fine print.
  3. Make it the official font in all videogames, so children go outside to play or read a book. One printed in a proper font, of course.
  4. Print tax exemption forms with it, which should quickly reduce all of your country’s debts in just a few years.
  5. Write a declaration of war in it, thus not violating any conventions but being able to deliver the first strike, while the enemy still wonder whether you’re for real.
  6. Use it on an application to stress test how much the company really wants you for your skills and adjust your wage negotiations accordingly.

See? Comic Sans can be your friend, if you use it in just the right way! And there are so much more ways in which you can make this frowning typeface feel needed and a valuable member of fontiety. Because excluding a handicapped font just because of its physical properties is just plain wrong. Just, because. And I won’t tolerate any fontism on my blog, no siree!

PS: You have no idea how closely MS Bob escaped font zombie hell.