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Loud Era

Loud Era

by mitchellbravo
a hundred years ago, we are a bunch of misfits.
we are a symphony of disorders and dysfunctions grasping at dreams.
you see--outcasts have to look out for each other, or else no one will.



Historical slice of life fiction, beginning in 1917, following a group of adolescent friends into adulthood.

Traditionally drawn & colored.

Contains some mature content/coarse language, depictions of racism, and physical & substance abuse. Recommended for readers 13 & older.
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Loud Era

a hundred years ago, we are a bunch of misfits.
we are a symphony of disorders and dysfunctions grasping at dreams.
you see--outcasts have to look out for each other, or else no one will.



Historical slice of life fiction, beginning in 1917, following a group of adolescent friends into adulthood.

Traditionally drawn & colored.

Contains some mature content/coarse language, depictions of racism, and physical & substance abuse. Recommended for readers 13 & older.

Recent Comments

This is so awkward and hilarious I can't handle it! XD Pure Loud Era. <3
@mitchellbravo: I WAS wondering if that would be bad news or needing the bed but... IT COULD BE BOTH, RIGHT? (That would be just cruel.)
@Squirreltastic-Blue: That could work!

And thanks! I try to use colors for shadow effects though I think it's something I used to be better at. This --> https://imgur.com/b8q6kDy was a piece I did around New Years 2013-2014 featuring some characters from other comics, I was really pleased with the way the tones turned out to suggest a brisk night scene. I keep intending to go back and do more with that... the next scene I'm working on now uses a technique I haven't ever used before and hopefully it will be effective.
@Squirreltastic-Blue: I was thinking yesterday about the fact that I have a character who was intended to become a large-playing role, but recent changes I've made to plot arcs have pulled the rug out from under the character... I'll find a way to keep them a relevant contributor, but yeah, if you were to compare my plan years ago (or like even just months ago) to today, there'd be a big disparity there.

Lmao at the idea of Tony just beating up on Joseph, I feel like it'd be more in character the other way XP And it'll be a while before we get to more of Uly's sstory, though I'm hoping to get some flashbacks in there.

@Oly-RRR: LOL, my intent was the officer would be conveying "bad news" but I really like your interpretation better XD IN THIS PERIOD OF RATIONING WE NEED ALL YOUR SURPLUS BEDS
What if they swapped where the beds are?
Is that a good compromise?

Also, holy arm strength!
And the clash of levity and seriousness with the sound effect and curse!

I really like the colours on this page, I like to play around with blues for dark scenes instead of just making everything 30-60 shades darker. It's a nice look.
:o


Next scene is one I wrote years ago, like probably 2012 or 2013. I only have it thumbnailed but I'm hoping to have it ready to go by next Tuesday, especially since we're traveling the next several days after that and if it's late, it'll likely be double-late.

Well, thanks for reading!
Oh Tony... XD I like how it went from being worried about Uly to an imaginary army officer really needing that bed ASAP.

And hah, it's funny how brains work like that! I think something like that happened to me too at some point, though I've cycled through so many drafts of CS by now it's hard to remember the details.
I do love the warmness of this page, both the sunset and the room. And ouch, awkward, I understand Tony had his reasons for quitting (and it's good to quit sometimes!) but to Joseph it would be "I can't even get hired and you throw a job away?!" situation, wouldn't it...
By the way, if you ever get the chance to go to Guam, go. I highly recommend it!
Tony is superstitious!
I think it's pretty common to retread old ground when you're writing. I'm on my uh... 3rd(?) formal version of my comic Nick Polar Bear, and a lot of scenes I plan out either change to a point where they're unrecognizable or they contradict what I had in older drafts.
You got me wondering how things are for Uly. I feel it's been forever since I've seen him.
Or! Or! Maybe we'll see Tony get into boxing and he'll clobber Joseph just for yuks!
@mitchellbravo: I love how the red, purple, orange combo in the first panel conveys the setting sun scenery. It contrasts nicely with the whiteness of the last three panels. The whiteness of those panels expresses youthful innocence when showing how alone he is without his family to support him. I hope he doesn't get depressed because deep down this is what he wanted; to be making his decisions on his own.

You're welcome regarding the compliment. Hoping the compliment inspires you to keep making art like your art inspires me to start making art.
You're just making this up! You're just making all this shit up!!!

Over-lightened this page when adjusting levels so it looks blown out; oh well.


In the original first Loud Era chapter, there was actually a page where Uly is writing home to the family and admonishes their mom not to rent his bed out to hobos. I actually wrote this scene having completely forgotten about that old one. I mean, for good reason, because it was bad and dumb, but it's kind of funny how your brain cycles over on itself like that unintentionally....
@JFP: What an incredibly kind thing to say. Thank you for your compliment. :) :)
I always love it when talented artists make me remember comics don't need to be Marvel/DC type coloring to bring out the brilliance in a comic.
@Squirreltastic-Blue: All the animals and crops would die under Farmer Tony's reign D:


@Oly-RRR: I remember quitting my shitty-ass job, and there's really no good way to go out when you hate being somewhere. I think telling my boss I was quitting was the most awkward conversation I've ever had to have. Tony seems to have taken the opposite, "go out in a Blaze of Glory" approach... though I can't say it was wise or his best option, but that makes sense considering his emotional condition at this point in time...
I had originally picked out markers for this page, but decided to just do some textures first with a set of colored pencils I haven't touched in years- a huge range set of 150 pencils as opposed to the set of 48 I'd arbitrarily been limiting myself to the past few years- and when I got partway through, I realized I kinda loved it? So like, for the first time in the history of Loud Era, here's a page done entirely without marker.

I'm not planning to change the way I do the whole comic or anything, but pages like this may come up again now and then if the mood fits. Here I think it does a decent job of conveying the warmth and comfort of Joseph's house/room. IDK!!!
I love the first panel, it's so full of that feeling of life quietly turning over.

And gosh, I never had the balls to do what Tony did. But again, I'm glad he took the posters.
Farming seems nice.
The most terrifying avocado of all. :C
OMG THE DRUNK EDDIE 8DDD

And aaaw, Tony is being relatable across generations. It's like a problem everyone had at some point in their lives, maybe more than once, but the usual response from family members is "Don't Quit Your Job/ Don't Start A Band".

I like how Tony's family's kitchen is full of spices and stuff. X)