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« on: July 21, 2011, 10:11:41 pm »

Some years ago there was an initiative where SPC fans created an SPC comic. The setup was as follows: every week another fan would draw a page of the comic, taking the story in whatever direction he/she imagined. The next artist had to take over where the last one ended, so to say.

Does anyone know what the website was called? I'm pretty sure it was actually hosted on edoropolis.org so shame on me for not being able to find it...
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« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2011, 07:15:05 am »

I believe that was the SPC Impromanga, started by runningfromgodot.

It would be neat if we could finish that or start another one, but I'm not sure how many artists with free time we have in the community these days, and something like that is even harder to keep going than a fanfic chain. But who knows?
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« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2011, 03:32:19 pm »

As I recall, the storyline ended up so screwy that no one could really think of a way to continue it.
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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2011, 03:35:50 pm »

It would be neat if we could finish that or start another one, but I'm not sure how many artists with free time we have in the community these days, and something like that is even harder to keep going than an fanfic chain. But who knows?

On paper it sounds nice but it's all too easy for it to hit a fatal snag when someone in the chain doesn't update. I would love to be on board for something like this but it would depend on if you could pull away enough of the community from pony related crap and over to something like this. NoName, Von, I'm looking at you... Angry Polly by Felineki
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« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2011, 06:50:22 pm »

I sort of remember that.. and sort of recall it being off the wall... but I only remember because it was brought up.

I'd probably jump in on a new one if we could get some others involved. Maybe our COLD pal would enjoy contributing, too...

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« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2011, 05:58:55 am »

Well, if/when our resident artists get some free time, I'd love to see a new one get started. And if it gets too tricky doing straight-up improv, maybe a very loose script could be worked out beforehand while still leaving enough room to change things around if desired.
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« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2011, 04:50:09 pm »

I remember the setup was like, if you wanted to participate you asked and were then scheduled in for a page somewhere in the future. It was supposed to be a weekly affair, however I think some artists took longer so you never really knew for sure 'week 4' was starting date + 4 weeks as it could just as well be + 5 weeks or + 6.
I think some improvements could be:

* no artist queue; artists can only register to draw next week's page, applications open when this week's page is published. Either on 'first come first serve basis' or a 1 day open subscription where the next artist is chosen randomly from the applicants. To counter true randomness*1 a slight favor might be granted for every time an artist applied but wasn't chosen (so over time, it becomes more and more certain that you'll be picked, if you keep applying).
* as Tigriss suggested, have a very loose script, and have a set number of pages for the parts of the story arc. Like, 1-4: introduction; 5-12: story arc unfolds; 13-18: climax; 19-20: conclusion. Number of pages are just examples (based on a 2:4:3:1 ratio, which I just made up as well).

Point one would help artists plan and avoid them being caught in real life issues just when they're supposed to create their page. Another advantage would be that artists would know what they applied for as they'd be free to refrain from applying when they'd have no idea how to continue the story at a given week.
Point two would help them determine 'where' the story is and as such, how much and in what direction they can develop the story. It certainly would take away some freedom, however I suppose the benefit would outweigh that.

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« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2011, 08:38:00 am »

So I wasn't first to come up with this idea  Guido Confused
Oh well. We have this kind of thing currently rolling on my Russian SPC site (you might remember it) since March 2010.
It's more of a roleplaying game, though. Each player has their own character who they control, and... eh, I would give you the ruleset rather then telling, but it's in Russian.
Anyway, we don't have a strict schedule or a set number of pages, but we do have an order of players' turns and a set of rules.

Back to the topic... I'm looking forward to see how this turns out.
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« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2011, 09:30:01 am »

So I wasn't first to come up with this idea  Guido Confused
Oh well. We have this kind of thing currently rolling on my Russian SPC site (you might remember it) since March 2010.
It's more of a roleplaying game, though. Each player has their own character who they control, and... eh, I would give you the ruleset rather then telling, but it's in Russian.
Anyway, we don't have a strict schedule or a set number of pages, but we do have an order of players' turns and a set of rules.

Back to the topic... I'm looking forward to see how this turns out.

Sounds a lot like what Vi started way back in the day on AOL.

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« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2011, 02:55:28 pm »

I still have the page I did


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« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2011, 03:50:32 pm »

I'm not sure what came before or after that page but that's funny none the less. That's a really good job Vi. and Purrcats idea for the format seems even and fair also.
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« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2011, 04:12:13 pm »

As I recall, that page took me over a week to do (I'm not a good artist, but I can fake it by doing it over and over until it looks right) and that was when I didn't have a full time job.
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« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2011, 06:49:19 pm »

that brings up a question...for the comic would it be better just to have it all B&W? or is it gonna be colored? I think either or it should be consistant
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« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2011, 10:20:23 pm »

that brings up a question...for the comic would it be better just to have it all B&W? or is it gonna be colored? I think either or it should be consistant

I think it's really up to the consideration of the artist since it will be impossible to be consistent due to the varying styles of each artist. If they want colorgasmic effects or lines from MSpaint then that should be up to them...though I would prefer anyone who did this not use paint because that's just silly.
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« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2011, 01:52:03 am »

I think it's really up to the consideration of the artist since it will be impossible to be consistent due to the varying styles of each artist.

Heh.. and you should know that, if I do partake in this, I'd barf everything... just like I do with everything else.
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« Reply #15 on: August 02, 2011, 05:36:39 am »

As I recall, that page took me over a week to do (I'm not a good artist, but I can fake it by doing it over and over until it looks right) and that was when I didn't have a full time job.

That's all I do too =D
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« Reply #16 on: August 09, 2011, 12:02:35 am »



Peoplez on here should start letting me know if they're interested...before I come bother them. I'll start making a list...
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« Reply #17 on: August 09, 2011, 10:26:24 am »

that brings up a question...for the comic would it be better just to have it all B&W? or is it gonna be colored? I think either or it should be consistant

I think it's really up to the consideration of the artist since it will be impossible to be consistent due to the varying styles of each artist. If they want colorgasmic effects or lines from MSpaint then that should be up to them...though I would prefer anyone who did this not use paint because that's just silly.

i kinda got to take it personal that you said smth against paint...paints awesome.
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« Reply #18 on: August 09, 2011, 10:42:25 am »

Paint isn't so bad... I made this back on 1998 with MS Paint of Windows 95 and a mouse...



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« Reply #19 on: August 09, 2011, 11:20:54 am »

that brings up a question...for the comic would it be better just to have it all B&W? or is it gonna be colored? I think either or it should be consistant

I think it's really up to the consideration of the artist since it will be impossible to be consistent due to the varying styles of each artist. If they want colorgasmic effects or lines from MSpaint then that should be up to them...though I would prefer anyone who did this not use paint because that's just silly.

i kinda got to take it personal that you said smth against paint...paints awesome.

I say that because it's not hard to obtain a decent image manipulation program for free...*cough* Gimp *cough*
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Surget iterum
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