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Character and Scene Swapping fun!
ozoneocean at 4:31AM, June 6, 2016
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This is an idea that Pitface came up with!
We explain it in this Quackcast vid here: https://youtu.be/ADSESnKYcp0



WATCH it!

1. So the idea is that you sign up here to be part of this and submit your ONE or TWO page comic scene with your MAIN character in it (that's already drawn and been published on DD or somewhere else).
2. THEN we'll assign you someone else's scene.
3. Then you redraw that whole scene but with YOUR character replacing the original main character.

The exercise is for you to work out how your character would handle that unfamiliar sort of situation if they were facing it as well as adapting their outfit and hair to fit the setting so they fit in with it correctly: like if they were a time traveller and didn't want to look out of place.

DON'T make them go “Hey, where am I? what am I doing here?”. NO None of that fish out of water crap.
They have to act as if they ARE the natural main character in this new setting, as if they have always been there.

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Assignments:
Irevenant - Usedbooks
Ashtree House - Ozoneocean
CZweig - KimLuster

You guys will swap scenes to put your own characters in.
This order was achieved by random. I had myself in there even though the number was odd, but Ironically my number never came up :(

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Bravo has dropped out so I'm up!



 
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irrevenant at 12:22AM, June 7, 2016
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I love this idea all the much!

What sort of timeframe are we looking at? I'm going to have to get a couple of pages up in order to participate. >_>

EDIT: Actually my first couple of pages are probably too slow moving to be useful for this anyway. :/ Still interested tho, if possible.
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ozoneocean at 12:27AM, June 7, 2016
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When (if) we get enough people to make it a thing then we'll just start assigning pages. :)
If this moves sow and we only have a couple of people participating then we'll start anyway. There doesn't have to be a huge group :)
 
usedbooks at 7:38AM, June 7, 2016
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Sounds fun. I'm behind on updates, but I'd find time to participate. (Plus, I'm more productive when I have more to do.)

Deciding on a scene will be tricky.
bravo1102 at 7:54PM, June 7, 2016
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So if I like submitted the opening of Tales of SIG where Aura arrives on the ship an example could be Oz having Pinky arrive on board the Starship Surprise?
ozoneocean at 2:44AM, June 8, 2016
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Yes!
 
ashtree house at 10:39AM, June 8, 2016
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I'm interested, can always use practice!
KimLuster at 11:14AM, June 8, 2016
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Oh God I do NOT have time for this, but I simply can't resist, so… Sign me up!!!

Errr… are the swappings going to be randomly selected, or are y'all gonna try to mix up what would be the most potentially interesting/hilarious?!
CZweig at 2:38PM, June 9, 2016
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Yeah this idea is too dang cool to pass up. Really great writing exercise :D Count me in!
hi
irrevenant at 7:44PM, June 11, 2016
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Does it need to be a complete scene?
ozoneocean at 12:08AM, June 12, 2016
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Awesome, I think we have enough people top begin now!

@Irrevenant: No, just one or two pages with enough of a role there for the character to react/adapt to.
I'd say One page for preference.
 
bravo1102 at 11:50PM, June 12, 2016
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The single page could be the set up for a situation. Like beaming aboard a star ship or turning into a blind alley or any other easily adaptable situation a character could find his or her self in.

You could almost consider it like one of a scene improv piece like Second City or Whose Line is it Anyway?

Another example to use a recent page from Typical Strange: your character walks into the video store he/she works in and discovers it is closing what do they do?
ozoneocean at 5:36AM, June 13, 2016
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Yeah.
My thinking is that In order to make it fun and doable that would don't fork over too much work onto people- redrawing one page isn't so hard. They could take on more if they wanted.

OK, I'll pair people off tomorrow!

Tonight I'm ill with a cold and too tried to think cleverly.
 
ozoneocean at 7:42AM, June 15, 2016
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Still sick with a cold but I randomly assigned partners. :)
I had myself included but my number never came up…
I might have to wait for someone else to come along.
 
usedbooks at 10:09AM, June 15, 2016
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You could have done it more like the secret santa to allow for the odd number. Like, instead of pairs, character B in A scene, Character C in B scene, A in D scene, etc. Might make things more interesting.

This will work too, but you shouldn't be left out. :-P
ozoneocean at 8:15PM, June 15, 2016
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Hmm, we can do that next time. I though of that but then I wanted to know how a straight swap switcheroo would work so the viewer can directly compare how things change, you know?
Bravo dropped out and graciously gave me a space so it's me Vs Ashtree now.

And we can always mix this up and have multiple shots at the idea if we're inclined. Especially if it's just one page scenes- they're already plotted out and drawn so it's way less effort to draw them than it is to create from scratch.
 
usedbooks at 8:26PM, June 15, 2016
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Another interesting idea (maybe for the future) is to have the other person pick the scene. Like, “Oh, my character would do that differently.”

The direct trade will be neat. :) Just pinning up some other ideas as they come to me. (So they don't vanish into oblivion.)
bravo1102 at 11:36PM, June 15, 2016
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I am sorry for any misunderstanding, but I only ever intended to explain the idea clearly, not to participate. Besides I don't have any applicable recurring characters or scenes worth anyone redoing.
ashtree house at 3:32PM, June 16, 2016
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I'm excited to start! Are we just going to PQ each other the finished pages, or post them here? I want to see everyone's soo :D!


ozoneocean at 6:01PM, June 16, 2016
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Yup, we'll all post theme here. :D

Due any time within the next two weeks so that people have enough time to fit this new thing within our existing projects.
 
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KimLuster at 10:28AM, June 17, 2016
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Heya CZweig I've sent ya a couple PQs - just FYI…! :D
irrevenant at 4:32PM, June 17, 2016
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ozoneocean wrote:
Yup, we'll all post theme here. :D

Due any time within the next two weeks so that people have enough time to fit this new thing within our existing projects.
What's due in the next two weeks? The initial scenes or the redrawn versions?
ozoneocean at 9:35PM, June 17, 2016
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irrevenant wrote:
ozoneocean wrote:
Yup, we'll all post theme here. :D

Due any time within the next two weeks so that people have enough time to fit this new thing within our existing projects.
What's due in the next two weeks? The initial scenes or the redrawn versions?
The re-draws, but if you can't get a scene ready in time, just have a word with Usedbooks and you two can talk about what to do.
There's no penalty for breaking any deadlines here. It's just an arbitrary number to encourage people to start :)
 
irrevenant at 6:03PM, July 8, 2016
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I haven't forgotten this, BTW, I'm just sloooooow. UsedBooks and I have swapped scenes. I've justfinished the first page sans colours.
KimLuster at 7:23PM, July 8, 2016
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My swappee never responded to my PQs, so no scene-swapping has occurred for me, and now some RL stuff has came up so if I do get a response it's gonna be delayed…
ashtree house at 8:32PM, July 8, 2016
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I also haven't forgotten this! I finished my comic jam page, I have an exam on Monday and then I am all about this!!
usedbooks at 3:23PM, July 11, 2016
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It took me a while to put a script together, but I'm to the coloring step for page one of two. :)

The writing exercise is really fun. It's much the same process as normal script writing. Character in a scenario -> reaction. Someone else's scenario makes it more interesting.(It makes me want to insert my characters in everyone's stories. I have a feeling they'd get killed off at least half the time.)
irrevenant at 6:09PM, July 11, 2016
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Yeah it's a really interesting challenge.

I scripted out everything too and I was making good headway. And then I realised I had no idea how to draw panel 1, page 2. xO I'm kinda tempted to work around it and come back to it later…
usedbooks at 9:41PM, July 12, 2016
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I have only half done, but it's going to be a while before I can get onto the second page. (Fitting in time between working on UB updates.) I figured I'd post what I have and keep this thread moving.

Irrevenant provided this scene from Tales of the Unpredictable Chaos:




I inserted Seiko from Used Books, a fair protagonist with pretty much zero physical prowess. – It took me an embarrassingly long time to come up with how she could/would react to the situation. In her native comic, “bad guys” rarely see her as enough of a threat to initiate this type of confrontation.




I'll get the next page done when I can.
ozoneocean at 7:50PM, July 14, 2016
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Well done UB!
I'm still working on my Steel an Manitou pages… I have one done but no text yet, the second one isn't yet coloured :(
 

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