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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.

Recent Comments

O-o-old habits die hard!
That aside, I’m glad to see you updated again in the same month! Full steam ahead!
Like obviously he's just playing some old jazz or whatever but it's fun to imagine the first panel is like really intense techno-club-dubstep music.

I hope today you feel as blissed out as the dude bottom left in panel 3.
mitchellbravo
January 13th, 2019
I've used this visual shorthand for Eddie's piano playing in the past, to better effect then, IMO, but I couldn't spend much longer on this page, especially just to work on wigwag lines.

Off the top of my head, this is the happiest Eddie's ever been in the comic, post-prom mania and camping drunkenness excluded.
@Squirreltastic-Blue: XP
I used to churn out comics once a week back in the early days. However, many of those pages are no longer included in the archive, so perhaps something is to be said about quality over quantity....


but yeah, agreed :P
10 years!?
That's dedication! Looking at your archive, it means you post a comic once every 12 days or so.
Those are rookie numbers!
You gotta bump those numbers up!
It seems like the new tradition to start off each year with a scene featuring Eddie & Phil. (by tradition I mean it's now happened twice)

Anyway...

HI!!!

2018 was an intense and busy year for me. I moved out of my family's house into an apartment with my then-fiance, got married, got a full time job, and... yeah!

Every year I promise to update more frequently, and so far it's never happened. I won't make that promise this year because it's just useless words. All I can say is I have a lot of storylines I'm looking forward to exploring with the cast, and that barring large changes the rest of this chapter should clock in around another 35-40 pages. This scene is 5 pages long (the pages are all scanned, but not edited yet besides this one) and then the next scene bounces us to a flashback featuring Aggie. Things are starting to settle into a routine at work now, and I'm hoping to have more energy when home to be able to produce more pages. It'd be really significant if I could finish this chapter this year.

Thanks to my returning readers and my new ones (Loud Era finally got over 100 fans on Smackjeeves this year!) for joining me & sticking around. This year also marks the ten year anniversary of the first Loud Era comic I ever put online, so look for some silly celebratory crap related to that soon as well.

See you next week!! :D
@mitchellbravo: thank you
@Squirreltastic-Blue: XD

@JFP: Thank you for your kind compliment!! I work mostly traditionally except for some color modification and "cleaning up" that I do digitally after scanning. Lineart is just regular old pencils and then Copic multiliner pens, then color is added with Prismacolor or Copic markers and then Prismacolor or Derwent colored pencils. :D

@Oly-RRR: I've done this way, way too many times..... not to Freddies per se, but suspicious visitors in general....
Creepy stares are the last word of the antisocial. Oh Marie, this is too close to home. <3
@mitchellbravo: What materials are you using to make this wonderful comic?
@JFP: :D :D :D

@Squirreltastic-Blue: Aerosmith, unofficial band behind Loud Era
@Oly-RRR: XD XD That makes me think of the line from the song "Hey Baby" "with a stranger in my face who says he knows my mom and went to my high school...." :P

Oh bless I'm glad to hear that, we'll see. Since coloring this page I remembered a few tricks I used to use for many of the chapter 6 pages and might peruse some of my books on coloring again.
@Oly-RRR: YOUR ANALOGY MADE ME LOL

Luckily for Freddie he is deliberately irritating rather than unintentionally irritating (ironically considering this is happening to Marie which I guess makes them good foils.... writing idk???????) He's been fun to draw although I FORGOT TO ADD FRECKLES AGAIN. I guess he looks alright without them though :/

Yeah it was really weird, like Marie was barely a few shades off from her own hair meanwhile Freddie looked like I used an actual red marker on him. Never had such an issue before and I'm not really looking forward to dealing with it again in the coming scenes when there's many more faces that will need to be edited D:
Social butterfly.
If he turned around and saw her in the window like that D:


We'll see if I can have the next scene up and running before the wedding.
Oly-RRR
July 15th, 2018
Marie is taking stranger danger seriously, that's good. I wouldn't let a dude saying he knows my aunt in either.

And I'm not noticing the compositional similarities but I'm noticing colours getting better. 8)
I keep repeating the same compositions over and over. Or at least it feels like I do. Bleh!

Hate the way this page turned out but gum drop it I'm posting it....
Re: the avatar - do it, Mitchell, do it. 8)

Ahaha, Marie is experiencing that thing when you have too many browser tabs open but irl. Freddie is just too much. XD Poor guy, he has no way of knowing why exactly he's disliked like that (but then he's so cheery he probably gets that a lot even from the people who do know him).

AAAH I NEED TO RE-READ THE ENTIRE COMIC SOMETIME

And that's odd about the scanner but I remember feeling similar after switching from my old HP scanner to an Epson one.
Freddie's face in bottom left panel makes me almost want to update my avatar.

Yeah, I was gonna wait until next week to post and just do one update a week, but this isn't exactly an action-packed scene and I might as well just start uploading pages as they're finished. Even if I have a buffer I'm not going to "use" it so why bother with the pretense that I will?

Also, this scene has been irritating to edit because I'm using a new (to me) scanner whose interface doesn't allow as much pre-scan manipulation, so everything scans in much more washed out and the colors are a bit off and I have to mess around with the color balance a lot more than usual. I got it more or less okay as far as I care but Marie is still a bit too Simpson and Freddie way more sunburnt than they both look on the physical page.

Next page soon...
Dudette looks like a man-man!
Ban-ah! Ban-ah!