pt. 1 ch. 8 - page 31
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MistakeNPotatoes
2nd Jun 2017, 10:39 AM

Yeah! Wait, what did the firefighter say to do if someone is attacking you with a flamethrower? :I

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Xylas_Incarnum
2nd Jun 2017, 11:58 AM

Yeah, Hugh needs to get out of the fire cone's spread before he can stop drop and roll.

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MistakeNPotatoes
2nd Jun 2017, 1:34 PM

I mostly just want to see an 90's style shot-on-video fire safety PSA from a firefighter that includes instructions on how to survive a flamethrower attack for some reason.

"Remember to get out of range of your assailant or dispatch of them before you can safely stop, drop, and roll!"

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Memoria Caelestie
2nd Jun 2017, 10:40 AM

OH NO HUGH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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PeterVonBrown
2nd Jun 2017, 11:02 AM

I came back for another look at the fire. Didn't appreciate it the first time because it looked just right. And then I realized... wait... he must've done a great job on that fire if it just looked natural and I didn't think of it as art. So, yeah. NICE fire art!

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MistakeNPotatoes
2nd Jun 2017, 11:26 AM

Ah, oh my gosh, thank you :)

The fire was giving me agita for a bit, I worried about this page for a number of reasons but that was the main one. I've never actually REALLY had to draw fire, digitally, before this page. I was pretty happy with how it turned out and I'm glad you are, too! :D

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Sturzkampf
2nd Jun 2017, 1:04 PM

That's the second person I've seen on fire today.
http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php
Must be something going around.

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junoro
2nd Jun 2017, 2:52 PM

oh my WORD I'm CRYING WITH LAUGHTER AT THIS IMAGE

I hope Hugh wore it better, as in, he was able to withstand the damage okay :'D

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MistakeNPotatoes
2nd Jun 2017, 3:42 PM

Oh god - in the unlikely event that a fighting game ever comes of this comic, I think Thiggwin would have to have a flamethrower move called Fishfry :')

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Myetel
2nd Jun 2017, 2:00 PM

I LOVE the art overall (especially the fire, yes!); the first panel, the trenchcoat is dynamic, clearly flowing in the wind. Pure hero pose, I might add. Love the reach in, as if he's going for a weapon in a concealed holster (as opposed to from his not-so-concealed shoggoth.)

Slight nit-pick, and I hope you forgive me for it: the trenchcoat in the fourth panel? The part above the belt might need another edit before this is printed (if it's ever printed, that is). If it's puffing out, it wouldn't flare, but bell, and then tuck back down into the belt. Though his straight-backed posture and extended arm would stretch the back, not encourage it to puff up, I would think. . . .

As is, it looks like he's wearing a shorter jacket above the belt, and a matching set of tails below, especially as his hand is visible just below the flare of the jacket on the left, and the jacket flare extends far past his actual waist on that side, too.

I apologize. I could be seeing it totally wrong.

The facial expression, the weapon detail (down to how it's still connected to the body by an umbilical of flesh), the way the ripple of the lower fabric echoes the ripple of the landscape and the ripple of the fire? All awesome. The upper part is a nitpick.

I also really like how the pullpack shot goes to largely black and white. It both makes rational sense--we're in a dark environment, and at more of a distance, details would be lost. But it also makes emotional sense, too--matches the dispassionate chill with which our maybe-hero regards the probably-villanous fishman (whom narrative has taught us to empathize with, too) as he flash-fries him. Heh.

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MistakeNPotatoes
2nd Jun 2017, 7:26 PM

Holy wow, text :D

First off, I wanna say thank you for taking so much time to both compliment and criticize, it's awesome. It took me a moment to parse what you were talking about and I see what the issue is - the problem is that Irwin's new costume is stupid and a little difficult to understand, visually XD

Take a look at this page in the top right panel, you'll see he does actually have a 'short jacket' thing over a longer coat beneath it. It's a layered sort of outfit, so on the panel you're talking about here, the top part is actually flaring out while the heavier part is flaring out at the bottom - the coat itself does not have a belt :)

I hope that clears it up, but yeah, I really appreciate you taking the time! :D

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Myetel
3rd Jun 2017, 1:41 PM

Well, in that case, it makes *total* sense that it's flaring in *precisely* this way, and it's an excellent job at depicting it! I take it back. :D

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MadMango
2nd Jun 2017, 2:31 PM

"Flaming youth will set the world on fire!!!!"

Uhm..oh, we've already had a music reference. Sorry I'm late.

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MadJak91
2nd Jun 2017, 3:47 PM

Holy crap! Grilled fish this evening!

I see. Just how much can Thigg do? Seriously. So far, he is capable of producing counters out of uh, thin material. It is like he can do a lot but his combat capabilities depend on the host and how skilled they are with his tools.

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MistakeNPotatoes
3rd Jun 2017, 4:07 PM

Thigg can do a lot, sure! You have to think about how much resources it's using, though, it's not a pace it can keep up forever :)

I'm sure Thigg could do stuff on its own, too, but it wants Irwin to feel like he's participating, heheheh.

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Bob Mozark
2nd Jun 2017, 5:37 PM

I guess a flamethrower works as well as a microwave. Upon reflection, since microwave appliances weren't invented until the 1950s, a flamethrower is more keeping with the time period. Not that Thigg couldn't teach Irwin how to build one with things from the local "radio technics" store. BTW, that is the word that was used for what we now call "electronics" prior to World War II.

Also, excellent artwork in today's comic.

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MistakeNPotatoes
3rd Jun 2017, 4:08 PM

I'm sure Thigg knows how to use something like a microwave, but has a different name for it or something.

Radio Technics! I'll actually maybe need to remember that XD That's great.

Also, thank you! Always love hearing from you, Bob :)

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Twilight
2nd Jun 2017, 9:16 PM

From now on, the rest of the guys can rib Hugh about him ... being flam'in. XD

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Mgnostic
3rd Jun 2017, 10:22 AM

Flamminwefer!
Since Thigg is re-purposing bits of itself and Irwin I wonder how much flame he can produce. I'll bet Irwin will be feeling a little depleted when all is said and done.

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Mr. Casual
3rd Jun 2017, 11:58 AM

Hopefully Innsmouthers have some form of regeneration, even limited. I remember the big guy being in the hospital, though, so who knows. :/

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Thracecius
6th Jun 2017, 6:25 PM

"Fire! Fire! Fiiiiirrrrreeeee!"

Now you have a video game reference to go with your song reference. :D

Also, if you're seriously saying that you've never had to draw fire digitally before now, then you obviously are a quick learner, because it doesn't just look good, it looks INCREDIBLE, especially if you consider the source is more than likely generated through magical means (even if it's the standard chemical reaction, it still needs help to get from mass to ignited fuel). Thigg is full of surprises! Now he just needs Irwin to strike a pose, put on a 19th century style US Cavalry hat and exclaim, "I love the smell of napalm in the morning." (And now you have a movie reference too!)


P.S. If you don't know the video game reference, just google "Meet the Pyro" and enjoy. :D

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MistakeNPotatoes
7th Jun 2017, 12:11 PM

Gosh, I think "Fire, fire, fiiiire!" is probably in a lot of games anymore XD

But wow, thank you! I really appreciate the praise, I did work pretty hard at making it look this way, so it's good to know I'm doing good things :)

Thanks again!

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Thracecius
7th Jun 2017, 12:19 PM

Well, perhaps so, but I was specifically referencing "The Heavy" from Team Fortress 2 (a classic!) when he gets set on fire by "The Pyro". All of the characters have something funny to say, but coming from the big guy with the Russian accent who's always calling people "big babies" when he's shooting (or killing) them, well, it's just too hilarious. :)

P.S. The movie reference was "Apocalypse Now", which was Francis Ford Coppola's attempt to do a modernized (Vietnam War) adaptation of Joseph Conrad's classic novel, "Heart of Darkness".

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AlpineBob
7th Jun 2017, 4:02 AM

Huh.
I figured it was some sort of acidic foam (so, chemical burn instead of fire).

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MistakeNPotatoes
7th Jun 2017, 12:11 PM

Ah, no, the fire is just kinda stylized like the comic itself so it doesn't look out of place, if that makes sense?

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