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Text is Boring

Text is Boring

A group of high school friends discovers how vast the world really is when they become targets of an insidious bureaucratic organization known as the Fun Police. Their secret goal: to eradicate all fun in the universe.
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Text is Boring

A group of high school friends discovers how vast the world really is when they become targets of an insidious bureaucratic organization known as the Fun Police. Their secret goal: to eradicate all fun in the universe.

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Glad to have you back, artofjoe. We never really went away. I've just been lurking, reading comics, and not really doing much else for a while now. This comic has had several long hiatuses during our eight years on SJ during which everyone (including me) forgets what is happening. It's about the journey, not the destination. Having said that, this page bores me and mostly serves to bridge the the gap between visual effects. I aspire to make comics for people like me with short attention spans.
Welcome back, TheFunTrain! XD This comic has so much in it, I may need to go back to remember what exactly is going on.
We may or may not have recorded such a set of principles for comics based on highly limited experience and firsthand observations of a couple of 16-20 year olds. In the ongoing quest to be less of a hack artist, I began not shading with pencil big dark areas until the rest of the page was complete. This works reasonably well as long as I remember to go back and actually shade it in before I scan it and can't be bothered to fix it.
TheFunTrain
December 3rd, 2018
I almost posted an un-edited version of this comic because I forgot until the last minute and didn't want to wait a full hour for the offline Windows Vista machine to boot up and recognize the scanner. I didn't though. The fan(s) need to see this absurdity in fully rendered glory as the director intended.
artofjoe
November 27th, 2018
roasted
TheFunTrain
November 26th, 2018
Now Back To the Show
Whats this? An update?! Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I committed to rebuilding a small buffer. Let's see how long I can keep the weekly pages flowing this time. If Matt can't be my friendly rival who pushes me to do better in the present, I'll just steal ideas -er, draw inspiration- from him in the past circa 2008.
TheFunTrain
October 27th, 2018
@artofjoe
I was wondering what prompted this odd medical fact when I finally realized you were referring the the children in this comic.

"Two out of four children look emotionally disturbed; The other two brush with Colgate!"

I was tired.
TheFunTrain
October 25th, 2018
@artofjoe
No one notices exposition if you break it up with subsurface to air missiles. That's basically how the comic got its name: gratuitous boom in the middle of a page that was getting too talky.
artofjoe
October 25th, 2018
2 out of 4 children look emotionally disturbed.
artofjoe
October 25th, 2018
yay, explosions!
TheFunTrain
September 17th, 2018
In school, no one wanted to be my partner for anything so I got stuck with the weird kid or the teacher if there was an odd number. One notable exception was when we were learning about circuits and I was partnered with this kid who covered his desk in wire and D batteries trying to blow up a raisin. This is not relevant to the comic in any way, which is a shame.
artofjoe
September 5th, 2018
@TheFunTrain
HAHAHA! XD I bet we share a similar opinion on StarWars.
TheFunTrain
September 5th, 2018
@artofjoe
Just wait until page 12. In hindsight, it would have been cooler if they said wrong place/wrong time in panel 20. I actually enjoy doing gratuitous action scenes and visual effects more than character interaction and what passes for a story.

Basically, I make Star Wars prequels.
artofjoe
September 4th, 2018
I love how epic these drawings get.
TheFunTrain
August 26th, 2018
Stolen Identity III
The reference here is to a MAD TV parody of Schwarzenegger movies. After drawing these characters and their escapades for so many years, they become real to us. I couldn't just abandon all that canon, so I decided to roll it in. All the smudged, amateurishly constructed, copyright-infringing comics Matt and I made throughout high school are now in-universe. Well, an alternate universe. Even if they are never shown publicly, it is all part of our comic's history.

I totally planned that title two years in advance and it's not just a coincidence.
artofjoe
August 14th, 2018
@TheFunTrain
It works! Nice explosion!
TheFunTrain
August 14th, 2018
Fixed?
@artofjoe
Let's try that again. It wouldn't let me post a comic without a title, but a tile without a comic is fair game apparently. Now if only fixing the substance of this page were so easy. It looks okay to me, but my display settings are 150% scale. Then again, I mainly did that so I don't have to wear glasses. Basically I have no idea what is legible to a normal sane person.
artofjoe
August 13th, 2018
I keep getting a "bad image source" on it, might just be me though. Is the image loading for anybody else?
TheFunTrain
August 13th, 2018
I played around with the settings on this one. It preserved some of the nuance of my pencil shading, but the words are kind of faint. I think I wrote too small here but nobody cares because TEXT IS BORING HAHAHA
The style of these comics was originally intended to be read on a high school cafeteria table less than two feet from the viewer's eyes. I'm still trying to strike the right balance of legibility and not huge pages that flow off screen and eat bandwidth.
TheFunTrain
July 30th, 2018
Splash Zone
I measure the success of a story arc based on how long it takes to get to the first gratuitous explosion. These comics are meant for attention spans as short as mine.