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Reverse Spam Calls
My ol' pal infinity_nan has been getting lots of calls from telemarketers lately and has taken to turning the tables on them by wasting their time. He shared his calls with me, I laughed, I thought they should be shared with the world and decided to animate them. Well, I've animated one so far and don't know if I'll do more, but I very well might! I haphazardly stuck it in the Videos section (I'll sort it out better later), so go check it out there.
In other Cloudflash news, weekly C-Mix updates have been going strong so far. I still have a long way to go with changing the blue comic borders to white. Sadly, the font I used on my old computer isn't exactly the same on my current one; if I edit old comics, none of the text properly fits the speech bubbles, so it takes a little work to fix it. I'll get around to it sometime.
No comic today
No comic today, I've been busy and burnt out.
Maybe I'll make one in a day or two.
Here's an unsolicited look into the process of how I make my comics. First, I'll come up with an idea in my day-to-day life, while playing a game, or someone I know says something that I think could be turned into a comic. I'll write the idea down right away if I'm at my computer. Otherwise, I might make a little note of it on my phone to save on my computer later... Or I won't have access to any way of writing it down, then I'll hope I remember it later, which probably results in half of my ideas being lost.
Anyway, I keep a list of comic ideas on my computer. Depending on the time of year (for comics with a seasonal theme), how much time I have, how much I feel like drawing, and how well I can visualize the idea, I'll pick something from the list and roll with it. Some ideas get skipped over for months/years, then I might reevaluate some of the ideas. This has resulted in 3 tiers of comic ideas:
- 1. Usable comic ideas.
- 2. Complicated ideas where I can't visualize the comic well, it seems too underwhelming/poorly written, or I thought it'd probably be funnier as an animation.
- 3. Ideas that were too half-assed to make the cut, these are way too situational or obscure for a general audience. Or sometimes I can't remember if I already saw someone else make a comic with the same idea, in which case I sometimes find the original source and scrap my plagiarized plans.
Long story short, the past 2 comics came from some pretty old ideas that I previously categorized as "complicated tier". Like, probably 10 years old. I was on the fence about C-Mix #315 "Bombs for Sale", thinking I couldn't get the point across without making it an animation instead. I still think an animation would be better, but I can't be bothered to do it anytime soon, so comic form will have to do.
C-Mix #316 "Team 8" also had me stumped for a long time. The idea came from when I worked on the 8th floor of a building. Each floor had its own team and manager; employees just referred to each group by their floor, such as "6th floor is so slow." Anyway, through circumstances I don't remember, someone said "8th floor is the best!" and basically we had this comic. I felt like the whole "8th floor (group)" vs "4th floor (group)" didn't flow well, so the idea collected dust for a decade. I recently dug through some of those old ideas and discovered the comic would make sense if I just call it "Team 8" instead of "8th floor".
It's still a pretty mediocre comic, but I was short on time and needed an easy idea. It's mildly amusing enough. Why did I go to such lengths to explain something no one asked about? It's my website, I can do what I want!
No comic for May 6th or May 13th? It would appear so. I've been busy studying for a gauntlet of 10 tests pertaining to my electrical career. 13 days of school, 10 tests - the final one being a big ol' final exam with everything on it. Or something like that.
Anyway, I was hoping to keep the comics rolling out on schedule and then call it quits at a nice, even 320 comics total, but I've just been too busy. Taking a break at #320 is still my plan - I've got other things I want to focus on. When will we see #320? I'm not really sure, maybe sometime in June. After that, we'll probably see at least 1 new comic on August 18th. Beyond that, I'm not sure when I'll get back to making comics regularly, though.
There we go! A nice, even 320 comics. I'm ready for some sweet, sweet hiatus. Cloudflash Mix will receive some new comics on Cloudflash's anniversary, August 18th. Other than that, I have no immediate plans to get it back on schedule, though I probably will at some point. My artistic efforts will now likely be directed more towards Re:Spite and miscellaneous (video game) art.
Also, I really need to get around to fixing up Cloudflash's mobile browsing experience. I kinda put it together when I was using a highly obsolete Windows phone (that's right - I said Windows). The phone I have now should probably give me a more accurate idea of what Cloudflash looks like for other people. Off the top of my head, I think the navigation buttons are squished together on mobile, so I need to space them out better. It'd probably take 5 minutes to do, but I'm just not feeling it right this second!