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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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@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 ^^
October 4th, 2017
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@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.
September 25th, 2017
@mitchellbravo: I must say your pages are beautifully colored. do you still work traditionally?

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

@Oly-RRR: LMAO RIGHT It's such a "well DOOP-DEE-DOO." pose XD

Looking back I knew a lot of people like that growing up, I think it might be more normal than it seems, like some people have one best friend that they stay best friends with for years or deades, but there's also people who kind of wind up floating from being close to one person and another. I think in many people's cases it's a matter of independence or just personal preference, but for Marie, so much of her persona is like, bluff and bluster and I think people pick up on that- it's hard to get really close to someone who isn't being 100% authentic to themself, you know?

LOL LOL BAD BAD POSTMAN PAT SEQUEL XD XD I picture Marie casually dropping the "My family is making me go to my Aunt's farm" convo nugget and everyone just kind of nodding it off like "Yeah okay Marie that sounds nice, keep us posted on that etc." Though yeah, she definitely hasn't written home to anyone, and is playing kind of a spiteful game with herself of "Well, let's see who cares most or at all!" and angrily wondering why no one has reached out... :( :( :(
@Bluezilla: ;;;;;;;; THANK YOU for leaving such a lovely and uplifting comment!!!! So glad to still have you on board as a reader after so many breaks and hiatuses.... I'm not gonna lie, these past few months I came close to, as far as I could tell, hanging up my hat for good, but it seems like things swing one way and then swing back... There's storylines that are coming up down the way that I'm particularly excited about, it's just... very different from where I had intended to take the story a few years ago.

I'm so flattered to hear that Loud Era inspires you!!!! It's been a rough road for me and I've even had times- years ago mostly but still- where I wondered if I was an idiot for continuing to work traditionally when it seems to be a lot more work that way (well, in some ways). And your comments about feeling like you know my characters as people is really encouraging, as it's probably my main concern when I write- "Do these characters seem like real people? Are these actions believable?" etc.

I love panel one, she's so frustrated and sassy there, with a perfect mocking expression! THE GOATS DON'T RELATE

And I was that kid. Part of it was definitely my own awkwardness, part of it was moving at 11 but it was like everyone I met already had a best friend and I was the "reserve friend". I think it gets better towards mid-twenties but I never quite figured out why exactly.

Did... Marie... actually give her address to anyone outside the family?? >_> OR MAYBE THERE'S A CORRUPT POSTMAN WHO STEALS MAIL AND ROLLS AROUND IN IT NAKED ahem
My first thought here was, "Marie," in that very loving and frustrated tone of a friend, as though she's some person i've known for a long time and have just got back to...only to see that she's the same loveable moron she always was.

I just read your 'final 2016' post and am so happy that you're going to be continuing work! Your comic inspires me (to persevere in my art projects, and to do more art in traditional media), and I think it's one of the most interesting underrepresented comics out there, and I'm so glad I found it, and so glad you keep working year after year. Hooray! I look forward to new pages as always. I feel as though these characters remind me of my friends in high school in the best way, with their closeness, their quirks, and the things that drive them apart... and i feel like i know each of them a little better each page.

I'm just gonna gush here, obviously... so just, yay for new pages!
I guess you get to a point where your anger, with others and/or yourself, overrides your sentimentality.

Speaking of "you-know-who," the next scene takes us back to Eddie & Phil, and from there we'll head back to Cecilia & family. At the time of this writing I haven't started drawing those scenes yet, but their scripts are completed and edited, so, you know, etc.
@mitchellbravo: Good point, a lack of choice can make even good options seem bad.

And yeaaah, up and down here too. I work on stuff and it seems fine but then I look at my overall progress after other things take their share of time and despair. XP
@Squirreltastic-Blue: Glad to hear you appreciate it! I doubt I'll ever do a full stream or anything, and in the past when I've considered taking, like, checkpoint pictures I tend to forget partway through. But I'll try to get some next time I do something interesting.

@Oly-RRR: I was impressed with how fast the tail-end of the process went, it seemed like it took so long to sketch and ink everything, and then coloring just zipped by and editing was even faster....

I definitely agree with you that taking "another path" so to speak isn't bad. I think though especially for osmeone like her, she would have rather had a choice about what came next- not that she'd likely pick anything studious or posh, but she gets annoyed by changes she has no control over.

Yeah it got a bit gray there for a while, not necessarily a bad way but just a "not the right time yet" sort of way- I can see things picking up for me for a while and then deflating again once school stuff starts up. A few times in the past month or so I considered just stopping altogether but I guess the momentum isn't fully out of me yet :P

I guess the only thing worse than seasonal temp work is involuntary seasonal temp work...

It's tough for Marie, because of the cast she's the only one without a direct, identifiable best friend. Everybody else has at least one very best friend, but while Marie is "close" with some of them, she's had trouble making a really deep, authentic, mutual friendship with any of the rest of the main cast. And it's something she's been aware of for some time, but as she's getting older- and especially now that everyone's going their separate ways- it's weighing on her in a way it never did before.
AAAAAAAAaaaaah I NEVER EXPECTED THIS SO SOON AND YOU NEVER TOLD ME!!!1 (And I didn't associate "finished colouring the page" with an update because you often work in bulk)

This makes me ridiculously happy. 8D

And Marie of all the characters, the wonderful strong-willed silly Marie <3 Those two weeks might as well have been months for her too, judging by her expression! :P

Also Marie is spot-on but it... doesn't have to be a bad thing. I mean we're used to looking at college at "the norm" but really you just have school years and whatever happens later, and it's a change for everyone. Grass is always greener on the other side, but higher education can be an equally bitter experience, especially in the long run.

I love those holes in the wall and the light shining out of it.

This feels awfully right. I dunno what I'll do when/if we both decide to bury our art tools and retire because I sort of get used to these times of (our both ) comics dormancy but then you update and I get so emotional I'm all gushing here.
The way you craft your comics sounds really different than most medias. I'd love to see it in action, like a video demonstrating the steps to a typical page with cut-out layers.
@Oly-RRR: Loud Era has become a summer-time association for me too XD Which kinda stinks a little bit because now the comic is getting into the cold months??????????

It's been a while since we last saw Marie. Not for her, for her it's been like, two weeks.

Next page up next Monday!

This past semester was really heavy for me- I took more credits than you normally are supposed to because I had to fit them in before the fall (and adamantly refused to take a summer class again haha because that was horrible). Some big changes happening for me lately but they're all good, it's more of a relief of stressors than anything else.

There were some frustrating things about this page- things I used to be better at but my skills have deteriorated over the past few years due to lack of exercise- but there were some neat things too, for example the holes in the wood beams of the barn are actual holes I cut out of the paper just to try something different. Cutting paper is probably one of, if not the top of the list, of my least favorite craft/art activities, but I pushed through it and it wasn't too bad.

Like I said, the next page will be up next Monday, and the page after that will be up the following Monday. I haven't started the next scene yet, but life changes have necessitated a return to, like, having hobbies and my own life, so that'll hopefully guide me back to my desk more often. (Job stuff changing & not in a bad way).

I forget if I mentioned it last time but I'm also rewriting chapter 1, and will start redrawing it at some point. It should be shorter than it is now and more enjoyable and set things up a little better.

Anyway- Hope you all are doing well, and I'm glad to see a handful haven't unfaved the comic after such prolonged inactivity.
Not a dull page at all! :D I like the rhythm it has in it, like there's a background music starting out slow and then getting faster and stronger when Aggie looks up, and that's pretty cool (and I'm not a musical person so I'm not good at describing it but I just see it like a show with a good soundtrack).

And it's so cool to see these two again! Maybe it's because we both rarely update in winter or because I first read Loud Era in the summer but when you update it's like "aw yeah, the warm times are coming!" :D I WANT TO SEE THESE PEOPLE MORE (but no pressure, just lots of love)~

And I have even more respect for how you colour after chickening out with traditional! I'll still do it but with shorter comics and man, I feel that I have a lot to learn from you.