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27th Jan 2010, 7:00 PM
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Author Notes:
Magravan edit delete
Magravan
I just wanted to start this off with an apology for the word bubbles. It wasn't a good day for them, and many a noble bubble sacrificed itself in my vain effort to get something decent. Especially the tail-y bit. Some of them also sacrificed themselves for my amusement. Stupid tail-y bit. Also, one of our readers got a job that they hopefully wanted, rather than the one they didn't really want... Congrats! :D

Now that we're past that, Hello!

Beth's mad! Anyone else find it interesting that even when she's fuming, she's still speaking as though someone else would eat his brain? Definitely weird.

Enough about the comic, let's hear about the contest! (Unless people want to hear more about the comic.. Then feel free to ask :) )

The contest:

At 9pm GMT on Saturday, January 30th, I will set up a comic to post. In the author's note will be a list of comics, a 20 strip (or less) span and an object to find. It's not necessarily going to be fair to everyone, due to the specific of the timezone, but this is our first contest, and we will definitely be interested in hearing suggestions to make it better.

In the address bar of the comic, you should find a number (if you press the back button on this comic, it should show up as http://togm.webcomic.ws/comics/43, which would mean that if the object you were looking for is on page 43.)

Your task, should you choose to accept it, is to trek through these comics and find the objects in question. I've specifically made sure that none of them have actual nudity, though some are perhaps less than SFW if you work at some place where a shot of a bra or underwear might be inappropriate. Also, there might be some with dialogue that contains inappropriate words, but I've tried to select things that means you don't have to read the words if you don't want to. And I will mark on the page which ones contains words, to my knowledge, that you might want to avoid if you are of a delicate persuasion. Still, I encourage you to check these comics out after the contest, just because they are fun.

If you like a bunch of them, maybe join Comicfury and check out some of the others for yourself, there are a lot of good independent comics here.

How to Win:

Fill out the form with the numbers from each comic that you find the selected object in. Email the finished document to Gottogm@gmail.com and the first one to give me a 100% correct result will win.

The Prize:

1 Pin Up Image of you, or a character you own the IP rights to in the Zombie Level of your choice.

This will come when June has time to do it, obviously, and we're not going to risk missing an update to get it done on a certain schedule.

Additional 'prize': If you are willing to renounce any say in what happens to the character / any right to sue us over the use of the character, we may include the character in the TOGM world as well. Neither side is obligated to do this.

I just want to thank Cyborg from Comicfury for his helpful suggestions in making this contest, and all the people who allowed us to use their comics in our contest. You guys are all awesome ;)

If you need any clarification, now is the time to ask it..
Skrael (I'm the artist) edit delete
Skrael (I'm the artist)
I must say, in contrast to the last update, I am impressed with the art on this one. This confidence is likely to be a rarity, but I really worked hard on this one. I tried to focused on portraying Beth's anger, not only with her expression, but with her body language in general. I must admit that John was an afterthought, and I only did my pencil sketches of him after Beth's had been scanned, inked and coloured. Regardless, I think his silly/meek apologetic pose in panel one is adorable. And in panel two, he's just like, get me the fruck out of here! Zombie One John was the final touch. I wasn't going to add him in, but I had some extra time before James was to wake up and I couldn't resist throwing it together. He looks a lot better bigger, however.

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I'm also trying to use different angles to either invoke a certain feeling, and/or to ensure that the comic doesn't become too boring. This is not easy! I find backgrounds can quicky become over-detailed, and I have a lot of difficulty with perspective. Speaking of which, does anyone know of any tutorials for drawing perspective that are (preferably) free?
User comments:
Sarge edit delete reply
Sarge
Can't wait for the contest...
And when I saw Zombie One John I was cracking up xD

as for a perspective tutorial, I wish that I could help you there but I too am looking for a free one. I'll let you know if I find anything :D
Xenrin edit delete reply
Xenrin
I have to say, panel four is amazing.
I'm not sure, why, but it filled me with happiness. :P

Probably his expression, coupled with the hole in his head.
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
John as One was worth the effort, I think.. It turned out nicely, and it adds to the scene :) Beth is very evocative in her mental imagery, I see...
Barrahir edit delete reply
Barrahir
Hmm, in my honest opinion, I'd say this is probably the best page yet. REALLY good. GJ June :)

I really hope I manage to attend to the conquest, I've never done something like this, but I'm sure it will be fun :D
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
Very subtle, Barra :) Pretend to be referencing the contest, but plug your comic ;) Should have made it a hotlink for extra points :D
Effigy_Power edit delete reply
Effigy_Power
Man, Beth looks absolutely kickass in Panel 2... that is some impressive looking angry right there.
Barrahir edit delete reply
Barrahir
I don't get what you are saying :O is there some ComicFury joke I don't know? D: rly don't get it
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
"I really hope I manage to attend to the conquest"

You could have been saying it in a weird way, I suppose, just found it amusing that you used the word conquest in your comment, and your comic is called Conquest :)
Barrahir edit delete reply
Barrahir
LOL! I didn't notice at all! My brain works in a weird way... should get eaten by a rampaging zombie. Anyway, it wasn't intentional.
VIPER edit delete reply
VIPER
lol this is my favorite one so far, great job :)
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@Barra - I know, just bugging you ;)

@Viper - Thanks! :) My favourite is still Green Eggs and Braaaaains for writing, but this one is probably my favourite for drawing. Beth is very expressive with her body language here.
Rival Comics edit delete reply
Rival Comics
This looks like it's going to be pretty funny. I love the art and colors. It definitely pops off the page with vibrant colors and shading.
AngryRob edit delete reply
AngryRob
This is your best art yet! Your style is evolving in a very nice way, keep up the good work
Skrael (I'm the artist)
@AngryRob I appreciate this comment very much, it means a lot coming from a great artist such as yourself :)
Skrael (I'm the artist)
@Everyone Thank you for the comments on the art. I hope I'll be able to keep it up instead of turning out pure crap again in the weeks to come? lol
Damian edit delete reply
Damian
what time will the link be posted and in what timezone?
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
9pm GMT on Saturday... If your timezone isn't GMT, it'll be + or -... Just take that number and add or subtract hours. For example, EST will be 4pm with a timezone of -5 GMT.