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Loud Era

Loud Era

by mitchellbravo
The daily trials and tribulations of a group of friends entering adulthood- funny, sad, relatable. What happens when you're standing on the edge of your own future, and the drop looks pretty steep? Friendships fade and endure, self worth is questioned, substances replace solutions.

Historical slice of life fiction, begins in 1917.
Occasional mature language/content.
Traditionally drawn and colored.
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Loud Era

The daily trials and tribulations of a group of friends entering adulthood- funny, sad, relatable. What happens when you're standing on the edge of your own future, and the drop looks pretty steep? Friendships fade and endure, self worth is questioned, substances replace solutions.

Historical slice of life fiction, begins in 1917.
Occasional mature language/content.
Traditionally drawn and colored.

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I propose Cecilia and Darla just climb on top of the table and WRESTLE LIKE REAL WOMEN already. :U

And gah, I get so emotional when you update. I with we both could do it more regularly but I also wonder if part of the hype would be gone if it was a weekly thing... Naaah, I'm glad to see comics I like any time. <3
Let me not labor over these pages any further.

Enjoy your unseasoned chicken breast, unseasoned potatoe, unseasoned asparagouse. And white wine for those who partake. Sparkling water available upon request.
@Face Eater: Wow, thanks so much for your comment!! Glad to be back and have you along for it! Hopefully I'll have another page ready to go next weekend. :) :)
Glad to see you're back at it! I've missed reading your stories about this crew.
@mitchellbravo: I JUST COMMENTED HERE AND SJ ATE IT

But ooh yes dumb decisions, bring them on (apparently I can't have enough of my irl dumb decisions and my OCs' dumb decisions) 8)

Right, I'm applying the same theory I use for Black Dram and assume Eddie has an even more unfortunate relative in the basement until proven otherwise. 8I

Real life stuff is hard, enjoy the art times! Seriously, I've been doing unusual amounts of irl stuff lately and I want my routine baaack.

Ooooh, PM AWAY!! :O I often find initial research confuses things more but then I try to step back and think of what I was trying to get to narratively and there usually is some part of that research supporting that. This world is confusing enough for so many things to be possible and I don't even mean it in a positive or negative way, just woah, life is sure weird...
@mitchellbravo: I would say forming friendships was easier when we were kids because kids are more or less stuck in the situation where there's tons of peers to socialize, except I was regularly failing/avoiding that too. Proper friendships are weird and rare, but having someone who's okay to temporary share the temporary space you're both stuck in is not too bad either (THAT'S ABOUT PHIL AND EDDIE, NOT A WEDDING SPEECH DRAFT LOL)

Sweatpants are the best attire for creative work (that and PJs). HOW DO YOU WEAR SWEATPANTS AS A SHIRT THO???
@Oly-RRR: He's definitely glad to just have a companion, which I think is really nice for Eddie too- not that Eddie isn't used to having friends, but he hasn't made any new ones in a while. Omg the dumb decisions that are going to be made so so so soon XD XD XD XD

I think probably some time in the next chapter I'll be able to expand on Eddie's crazy stupid family a little more (THERE ARE OTHER VICTIMS TO THE BADNESS), I've been thinking a lot about them lately and how i want to start weaving that thread in...

Yeeeaaaaah the holidays didn't help me much lmao, I think I drew twice during the month of December. -_- I'm actually procrastinating on real life stuff I should be working on... which is bad... but like I come home and it's dark out and how can I work on things that have to do with the outside world when it's dark??? xP

I HAVE TO PM YOU SOON ABOUT A LOGISTICS PROBLEM I HAVE REGARDING A PLOT ONLY YOU KNOW ABOUT.... one of those things where I thought I had the easy answer but doing research has actually confused things more....
Awww, I start liking Phil more - I mean he's still doing the whole "manly guys doing manly things" act but he's also interested in getting to know Eddie and letting him choose how to have fun too and them getting to feel included on an equal ground (unless Phil is in it only to meet girls which I hope he's not). I dunno. I like how no character makes perfect decisions in the story (and to be fair they ARE the age where people are especially prone to making ridiculous decisions) but I also like to believe most of them have good intentions in heart until proven otherwise.

EXCEPT EDDIE'S FAMILY, THEY ARE EVIIIIL but anyway

I'm so happy you keep updating 8) Gotta jump on that train too but the holidays left me with a backlog of stuff to wade through and finish.
@Oly-RRR: Thanks!!!!!! I can feel parts of it getting easier again. I worry that's just another fakeout lol but I am starting to get interested in just working with the characters again and actually making pages so i can get to these new plot points.

Yeah, Phil's got a pretty valid point :( You and I are similar in that regard, I mean I did have a friend group in college but I wish I had spent more time getting to know other people. Like planning for my wedding made me realize how few close friends I've made in the past 5-7 years... I *make friends* wherever I end up, but it's always in the context of the workplace, we don't really hang out outside of work/grad school, and then don't keep in touch afterward except through pseudo-interactions on facebook... bleh :/

I WRITE TO YOU AS I SIT ALONE IN MY ROOM DAY ## OF STAYING HOME WEARING SWEATPANTS AS PANTS AND A SECOND PAIR OF SWEATPANTS AS A SHIRT
I actually remembered to add Phil's freckles in this scene but I feel like they barely showed up after all the post-editing.

I had fun drawing this football game but I think I could still go another lifetime before actually wanting to draw another one lol.
NEW YEAR, NEW UPDATE, LIFE IS GOOD 8D

Seriously, I know you have a lot of stuff on your plate lately (good luck and congrats!!!) so it's good to see you update on top of it all. I believe you can do it, the key to a healthy art habit might be enjoying it just enough to want to carve out a bit of time for it regularly. I'm still learning to do it too.

And in a way Phil is right because college IS about making connections but I was like Eddie and didn't realise it until way after graduating (and even if I did realise it earlier I still fail at social stuff anyway).
Yay for getting married!
I started working on this page in August.....


Real talk, one of my resolutions for this year is to just enjoy drawing again. I wanted to finish this page tonight so even though it's not perfect (like right now I see about 5 things I would go back and change if I had to re-scan it, or like why did it resize so shittily and everything is so harshly aliased) I'm just glad something is going up onto the site.
Most of my resolutions this year also had a second "reach" goal- my reach goal art-wise is to finish chapter 7. *I don't know that this can actually happen.* Outlook for 2018- I am, in theory, 1. getting a job, 2. moving out into an apartment, and 3. getting married actually in real life, for real, to a real actual man. So, like, *will* I be able to make enough time for drawing? Probably not enough to actually finish the chapter but if I can beat 2017's output of four updates I'll consider it progress.

Remind me NEVER TO DRAW A SPORT WITH BLEACHERS OF SPECTATORS EVER, EVER, EVER AGAIN (though imo the bleachers are one part of this page that actually came out close enough to how I wanted it so maybe it was worth the tedium)

Um, other than that, thanks to those of you who have stuck around and not unfollowed the comic???? There *will be* impending drama, I promise, and I am in fact in the process of re-writing this chapter's scripts for like the third time because I need to add ADDITIONAL DRAMA.

Happy New Year everyone, and I'll see you next week with the second page of this scene!
@Dranxis: Thanks for the reread!! I always appreciate you dropping by :) :) :)

And it's funny, some of these storylines I wrote long ago and then wound up experiencing them for myself later, or just identifying with a character more than I had expected I would.

I'm glad you find it so!! :D :D
I re-read from the beginning of the chapter and definitely feel for Marie... I know that feeling of regret when you realize you should have tried harder to get close to certain friends, and now you're drifting apart and its too late.

And maybe there's a reason you didn't get that close to those friends. Maybe you didn't have that much in common after all. But the nagging feeling of what-if remains!

...For a historical comic, Loud Era is way too relatable ^^
Meleeman
October 4th, 2017
I'll click on your Project wonderful ad to help you out.
@Meleeman: Thank you so much! I do, though there's a lot of digital tweaking/adjusting that I do once the page is scanned, just to help colors and contrasts stand out as well on the screen as they did on the page. The light of the scanner tends IME to wash everything out a bit.

Thank you for your comment!! Jeez, I really need to get updating again.
Meleeman
September 25th, 2017
@mitchellbravo: I must say your pages are beautifully colored. do you still work traditionally?
THEY WILL WEEP SO MUCH, MARIE. THEY ARE ALREADY WEEPING. THEY WILL NEVER STOP WEEPING.

I feel bad for her but it's still so funny somehow. XD And oooh, Eddie, can't wait (even though we got a scene with him last summer)!
@mitchellbravo: Yeah, that makes total sense (both when it comes to it being different for everyone and to Marie specifically).

Our characters keep walking into that (mis)communication crash course when everyone wants to stay in touch but nobody actually does it (though it's technically in the future for my guys)... :c

THOUGH CONSIDERING THAT OLD SCHOOL QUESTIONNAIRE I CAN IMAGINE MARIE'S CORRESPONDENCE WOULD BE A DELIGHT 8D