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Magravan edit delete
Magravan
Hey guys, hope you're having a good week :)

Poor Sylene... She thought she was going to get to hang out with Phantom some more, and he shut her down. What a guy...

Sometimes I feel that I'm wasting too much time with these scenes when there's still so much to get to before the end of the story, but I found that I had rushed a little too much for the end of the last one, and had to struggle to figure out how to pad it out so that it didn't get to the conclusion too quickly...

So hopefully I'm just terrible at determining how long it's going to take me to get to the end of this portion of the story.. :)

Anyway, have a great weekend!
Skrael (I'm the artist) edit delete
Skrael (I'm the artist)
I actually had something planned to talk about for this one, but I plum forgot while Iw as drawign it .. oops.... Oh well

I actually think that Phantom is a little sweet on Sylene ... maybe.

EDIT

I REMEMBERED!
Congratulations to T.Gatto on their new bundle of joy! :D :D
User comments:
bbedlam edit delete reply
bbedlam
@Skrael, how could he not be a little sweet on Sylene? She's hot! But I do feel bad for her... clearly she didn't think she was going to just be a hostage. That does beg the question though: Who else does The Phantom have hostage right now, or is it just a tease?
model S edit delete reply
model S
i love the phantom's expressions. wonderful work.

^^ if you read this, congrats T. Gatto.

what do you think of my new avatar? i made it myself!

i think you're doing great with the padding/story ratio. and you still manage to keep the humor as well as some information in every comic.
Skrael (I'm the artist)
@bbedlam I agree, Sylene is hot! :D

@model S I like it a lot! Can we see it bigger?
MatthewJA edit delete reply
MatthewJA
Phantom and Sylene 4 LYF
model S edit delete reply
model S
sure thing skrael!
image
here's the original full size sprite.

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here's the 228x228 i use for MSN.

i didn't scratch them they're actually edited from sprites of "hazama" a character in "blazblue:continuum shift" not that it was easy.
T.Gatto edit delete reply
T.Gatto
Gee what a good boss the Phantom is!

Hey, you mean the Phantom's thugs have the guts to abduct people on broad daylight, but won't bust open a door because it is (presumably) locked? Isn't it more of a risk to stand around like idiots with a large sack, in a neighborhood where they just abducted someone else, or won't anyone miss Sylene?

Thanks for the Kind Wishes Magravan, Skrael, AOK666, and Model S (yes I actually read the posts)!
Frappecinno (Guest) edit delete reply
Booo~
Bring back the hot Zombie-on-Human Action!!!

....both the bloody and sexy variety.

I'm not that picky! XD
model S edit delete reply
model S
-does a thumbs up- hey T. Gatto, any progress on the soja toy? or are you too busy the the newbie? tell the wife i say hi and give her a hug for me! ^^
Frezak (Guest) edit delete reply
Frezak has FINALLY finished draining the archives of any comic-ness they had. Antique 56K modems do not allow a smooth reading of your comic. I am sad.
But thumbs (or appropriate extremeties) up for the awesome comic.
model S edit delete reply
model S
welcome to the herd.... wait... one of us, one of us.... no that's not it, you will be assimilated... no tht's not right, OH! -eats Frezak's brain- there we go. now he's a one.
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
What happened to that "Will Thrill For Brains" shirt design you were thinking about a while ago?
Also, Beth says to RZ at one point that he was ALWAYS too good for Chad - somehow this suggests she knew RZ before the Enlightenment, am I right?
model S edit delete reply
model S
aok: will thrill for brains was cancled because zazzle was afraid they would get sued for copyright infringment by micheal jackson's lawyers/record company.
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
@model S: where did you find that out?
Also, why can't Zazzle or whoever pay for permissions?
model S edit delete reply
model S
james said it in one of the ustreams, as for why they can't, because it's not actually copyrighted you can't copyright a particular outfit, considering gaiaonline has the thriller top, both zombie and non. zazzle is just stupid.

is it me or am i just really good at knowing what's going on?
wolfrun (Guest) edit delete reply
copyright infringement on the word 'thrill'...uh, no. I would recommend finding a better merchandise company...I bet One Hour Tees in Chicago would put that shirt out in a heartbeat.
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@bbedlam - Yeah, the Phantom is a bit of a jerk...

@model S - I like the new avatar ;) When I first saw it, it hadn't updated so it was just the cog, and I wasn't sure what you meant :D

@MatthewJA - You're shipping Phantom and Sylene now? :P

@model S - Still, it looks nice :)

@T.Gatto - Well there's no reason to be rude... :)

@Frappecinno - Yeah, I miss them together... But I think they need some time to grow on their own ;)

@model S - I think that he might be somewhat preoccupied with things that aren't making toys right now... You know, if it was a boy instead of a girl, I could have said "He's doing better at making boys!" ... But he had a girl.

Way to ruin my joke, Gatto.

@Frezak - Ouch. I hereby apologize to anyone with a 56k modem... I'm glad you're enjoying it so far :)

@model S - Well great, now all his comments will be "Brains".

@aok666 - I have the only copy that Zazzle printed. They got a cease and desist from MJ's people after that, and forced us to take it down... If there was sufficient demand for one, I could get it printed, but it's not something that I can do as a Print on Demand...

Which is pretty much the only way I can do it, given the fact that I can't afford to buy stock that might never be sold ;)

@model S - They got an actual cease and desist, I believe.

@aok666 - Zazzle paying for permission for us to sell shirts? We make all of a buck or so on a T-shirt sale, so it's not exactly like it's financially viable to pay any money at all to anyone for it :D

@model S - I think if I fought them, I'd win... But it's not worth the time or money to hire a lawyer or whatever if they decided to escalate it.

I think that Zazzle felt the same way... It wasn't worth their time or money to start a fight.. Quicker and safer for them as a company to just ask the creator to take it down...

The only reason that I have issue with Zazzle over it is because they basically chided me for breaking their rules, which irritated me.

@wolfrun - It's not that I can't find a way to get it printed, it's that it's not economical to do so.. I mean, if I got 50 orders for it, then I would just take it to a local place in Toronto or something... But I can't justify spending the money on ordering that many shirts when I'm pretty sure that it isn't that popular, and I can't be guaranteed to sell them ;)
model S edit delete reply
model S
seriously a cease and desist? that's just stupid. gaia has "micheal's memory" item which has the thriller top both zombie and non. as well as his glove and "moonwalker" (your avi standing on a moon) and i don't think they went out and got permission.
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
Them's the breaks ;) Zazzle's not willing to fight it, I'm not willing to fight to print it on Zazzle... Maybe if we get super popular one day, enough people will want the 'Forbidden Thrill' shirt to warrant me going to a print shop to do it :)

For now, I have the only copy :D
model S edit delete reply
model S
i'd totally buy that copy, just to show off that i'm your number one fan. course i have no money...

i'm really happy you both like my avatar ^^ i'm working on one for my brother. i'll post it up when it's done.
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
I .. wore that one. I think it would be kind of weird to sell you a shirt I'd already worn ;)
model S edit delete reply
model S
meh. makes it more valuable as a TOGM fan. all the other fans would be so jelly. you and june could even sign it!
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
That would be the one advantage of a non-Zazzle option.. :) Then we could add personalization and such to them, including signing them or sending along bookmarks or stickers or whatever ;)
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
model S cannot buy that shirt, because I want that shirt. No different from buying secondhand stuff on eBay.
Oh, but I do like model S' avatar.
SOLUTION! Email us the designs and we'll print out our own transfers and make the shirts ourselves. Stuff MJ-estate's cyst-and-decease order! (My mother uses this pun whenever the cats chew stuff.)
If Frezak is a One for just joining, what am I? I've been here for months (just took a while to decide to start talking, call the silent spell my time as a One). I guess I'm a Three?
I worked out how to solve the Mashed One problem with Phantom's powerstation: put the Ones in a treadmill. You could make the side of the treadmill into a vertical cog. Or something.
What is that being used as One-bait in the powerstation anyway? It can't be a real brain but it doesn't look like TOGM... it looks like cottonwool.
Beth is the only fictional character I've ever come across who has hair as long as mine AND isn't a hippy. Sylene's hair is longer than average too. Is this a zombie trend or something?
I notice my question about Beth's comment re: Chad and RZ has been conveniently ignored. *tut tut*
Sorry for the overload of chatter, I'm at a party overnight so I won't see TOGM again until tomorrow evening. Hence I wanted to offload all my questions beforehand in case I forgot them. :-) must stop eating orange Smarties...
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
Wow, that's a long comment ;) I know that I have given a TOGM design to a few people who expressed an interest in a shirt but the shipping costs were too prohibitive. So that is certainly an option, I'd just need to find the file again.

Ones are a quick conversion, growth afterwards is a little more difficult :D That being said, commenting is definitely worth consideration ;D

I have no idea what you mean about the Mashed One though... The One bait is TOGM shaped as a regular brain :) When they are done their shift, they are removed from the harness and given the brain to eat.

Beth and Sylene both have long hair, and I think that it's a status symbol, but mainly because June enjoys drawing hair.

I missed your question, but there is definitely something there, well done on picking up on it ;)

Enjoy your party! And enjoy your orange Smarties too! :D
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
The "Mashed One problem" was discussed (including by you) in the comments for "A Place For EveryOne" - if the One keeps walking, he'll get mashed between the cogs. A treadmill would sort that, when you do your overhaul patch-up thing.
Since I came up with stuff like "the Five Paradox" but don't know when to shut up, maybe I am only a 2.95 like R.Z. - oh well, that's still cool. :-D
If hair is a status symbol, and June likes drawing it, how come Katie had short hair?
(haven't set off for the party just yet and decided to check for updates)
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
@model S: I didn't see any of the UStreams because I hadn't discovered TOGM then, so you can't blame me for my ignorance in this instance.
I actually *am* setting off to catch my bus to the party venue now!
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@aok666 - Oh, if she had just drawn the Conan-esque "Wheel of Pain" that I suggested at the outset, it would have been fine ;D

Katie has short hair for a very specific reason that shall be mentioned sometime well in the future, I'm sure :)

I think that some of the streams were recorded, but I'm not sure if you can still watch them, since June got us banned by trying to paint clothes on a nude Poser model, and uStream was all like "OH NO BOOBS" and hit us with the banhammer :D
model S edit delete reply
model S
yea you can't watch them anymore which is sad cause they were alot of fun. but aok, i'm not blaming you, i was just saying. also i know it's human nature to question information not from the source but i think i've proven i know what's going on pretty conclusively. i remember the mashed one discussion. it'd be funny to see all the suggestions for fixing it and all the "accidents" that lead to this being the best solution... hehe
Skrael (I'm the artist)
To be fair, I did redesign them later to resemble the wheel of pain.
model S edit delete reply
model S
it'd still be a fun mini-comic of phantom going through all the "mistake" power sources. maybe i'll guest comic it.
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
I doubt anyone is still reading, but I made a guest comic for Good Sir, I Cannot Draw!

Guest Comic Goodness
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
Of course we are still reading. There hasn't been a Monday update yet, so we have no choice... and I read your guest comic, Magravan, nice work!
And I DEFINITELY want a minicomic of Phantom's minions trying different power generators (and maybe Robert losing progressively more intelligence as the Ones are killed).
Kyo edit delete reply
Kyo
Wanting a shirt maggers has already worn, because he's already worn it is kind of creepy

just sayin'
T.Gatto edit delete reply
T.Gatto
Why are our comments under "User Comments"? It's not like I just used TOGM to say; change the oil in my car; write a paper; or change the channel on my TV?
Aren't we "Fans", or "Readers", not "Users"?
Sorry just thought I'd be nit picky for no reason.

Model S. I'm still picking at the SOJA toy, but I've been a little busy lately.
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@aok666 - Well I wasn't sure if people were still checking back ... 3 or 4 days after the most recent update :)

@Kyo - I'm simultaneously flattered and kind of weirded out.

@T.Gatto - You must have posted between the time that I reloaded it.. :) I'm weird about calling people fans.. It seems presumptuous... I'll see what the new layout says, and see if I can get it changed to Reader :)
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
@Kyo: I wanted it REGARDLESS of Magravan having already worn it. Like I said, it's the same as buying secondhand stuff from eBay.
@T. Gatto: I think it's more along the lines of "we use ComicFury to read TOGM". How are your wife and baby daughter doing? (And your sons of course, wouldn't want them to feel left out - they might start demanding cameras as Older Siblingdom presents... *ahem*)
T.Gatto edit delete reply
T.Gatto
New TOGM fan photos.
Ruth Elizabeth Gatto
(Definitely not a zombie).
Daddy's little girl.

Online at www.our365.com/
Password is 510101365936260
Last name is Gatto
City is Youngstown Ohio

Fortunately UGLY skips a generation in my family.
T. Gatto

@aok666 all are doing well thanks.
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
*checks photos of Ruth Elizabeth Gatto from Youngstown, Ohio*
*notes a crossing-out on the wristband - such a teeny tiny wristband, awwwwww*
She's absolutely ADORABLE *makes traditional cooing-at-baby noises which almost every adult human is genetically programmed to produce upon seeing a cute baby* - and a very alert baby I think, she's definitely looking at something with great concentration in most of the photos (though not the one where she's sleeping). Those beautiful big eyes do look suspiciously dark though - are you SURE she isn't a zombie? There must be babies who became Fours, surely? (Saves time otherwise spent growing up the hard way.)
Oh, and I hope that the hospital staff didn't forget to put a nappy on her. The ones at my sister's birth did, and she wet my dad's shirt... (Whereas I apparently glared at everybody and fell asleep, since I was full of the pethidine they'd given to my mum.)
*makes more cooing-at-baby noises*
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@aok666 - I think it's just a thing that the default thing had and I never changed :)

@T.Gatto - Awwwww, she is certainly adorable! Congratulations again, she's so cute :D

@aok666 - There could be a baby who became a 4, but I think that I might save that for a side story or something, because I can't help but think of the baby from Who Framed Roger Rabbit :P
model S edit delete reply
model S
it's not like i'm gonna wear it if it's signed, i'm gonna frame it and hang it on my wall! does that make it less creepy?
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
That would make it less creepy, but I just don't think that it's worthy of that kind of treatment ;)
model S edit delete reply
model S
yea and i don't think micheal jordan (or any sports player) is worthy of a 4million dollar sallary for throwing a ball around for a couple hours. it's all reletive.
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
Touché!