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Hey, he's only a minor-league villain ... he can't be evil *all* the time.

A few subtle changes ... I'm switching to a different font, and I'm trying a couple of different things with shading and coloring.  I would like to think that my skills have improved a bit, doing this for a year now.

I just realized that I started this strip almost exactly a year ago.  Instead of doing 3-per-week updates (which would have produced 156 episodes), I've done about 70, not counting fillers.  At this rate, I should reach the final chapter by the time I'm 60.  Or 70.

Remember when comedians made jokes about how bottled water was more expensive than gasoline?

92 comments:
Karen & Bill Drastal (karetoons) says:

Dang...did my last comment not get submitted? I think my browser messed up, well let me re-cap;

Love the new additions, your style is getting better it looks great. Kudos to you! mmmmm Kudos...

Should I drink bottled gasoline now? 

Karen & Bill Drastal (karetoons) says: Mutagens? Dang and I was planning my block mutagen party next week! Now we'll have to send all the decorations back...
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

And in a few years, there'll be a small army of micro-supers zipping around....  employment crisis?  I like Mr. M's quivering flinch -- while his voice is still tyring to be polite.... 

PS:  The display box is actually pretty readable -- certainly better than Shaenon's Ellman-bait.

Karen & Bill Drastal (karetoons) says: Sure sugar may be free...but what about putting those critters through college?!? Wait...do flies go to college?
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

I remember VillainSupply.com... I guess it got foiled.  ;-(

 

 

Karen & Bill Drastal (karetoons) says: *gasp* I must go and make my life happy and complete right now!!!
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: Looking at that expression in panel 4, suddenly I can believe her!
Karen & Bill Drastal (karetoons) says: Ahhh nothing like that heroic smell at the end of the day! It smells a lot like broken dreams and baby tears...but not at bitter. Yeah that's it.
Luke Gedeon (lgedeon) says:

"Less sporadic"

I like it. Almost one of those dreaded double negatives, but so perfectly excuted as to make it completely forgivable if even detected.

Karen & Bill Drastal (karetoons) says: My apartment always smells like Xbox and Meatballs...should I be concerned?
Indigo C (indigo) says:

Brilliant clever! Well done.

 

 And your art is really coming along!

Bauke Schildt (tephlon) says:

I would suggest still pencilling on paper but inking it in Photoshop (Hard) or Painter (Better, My Wacom came with "Painter Classic") or "Open canvas".

 

Liking the strips.. !

Marleen de Kramer (malabarista) says:

Villainsupply is back as villainsource.com! :) 

 

Oops, guess I came out of the woodwork there. 

Luke Gedeon (lgedeon) says: So they are driving along and then all of the sudden in the last panel, where did the steering wheel go?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

One of two possibilities:  Either they're at a red light during the last panel, sitting and waiting for it to change ... or there is a really lousy artist drawing the thing.

"Drawing is hard!" -- S.K. Garrity

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: Or the scene has changed to a coffeehouse which happens to match the color scheme of the car....  Come on man, you need to work on your excuses!  :-)
Sam Daniel (samhdaniel) says: The "Hi, Jane." voice balloon would make a really cool rocket ship....
Sam Daniel (samhdaniel) says: Those socks match her mom's 'evil' t-shirt....
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: Actually, the socks match her older self's 'evil' t-shirt.  This is a flashback, remember.
Daniel Dwiggins (dand) says:

Obviously she was so shocked by the IRS comment that she slammed on the brakes, hence the no hands on the wheel.  At the same time the camera jumped inwards to emphasize the suddenness of the action, and thus the wheel is below the frame.

 

Luke Gedeon (lgedeon) says: Too weird. My mom's birthday is tomorrow.
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: "A black belt in Takemdown"?!  <giggle>
Emily P (emilyp) says: Yes! use of shadows is key!  I'm not sure what the time commitment is for you, so I'm not qualified to say that it's worth every second, but I suspect that it is.
Marleen de Kramer (malabarista) says: I'm more busy being fascinated at the fact that a guy without pockets has manage to secrete a yo-yo about his person...
Luke Gedeon (lgedeon) says:

Marleen,

He keeps it in his sleeve/wristband. :)

Marleen de Kramer (malabarista) says:

Oooh, I want one of those! I always have too many random things floating around in my pockets... Makes it too easy for Gollum to guess.

Love the eyebrows in the last panel, btw!

Indigo C (indigo) says:

Hee hee!

 

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AgonyOfTheFeet

Marleen de Kramer (malabarista) says: I'm still impressed by your ability to actually do hands... ;-)
nathaniel miller (skavensrule) says: Congrats on the 100th strip!  I forget what the stastictics say about average duration of a new webcomic but I do know that you are well past it.  I hope to be congratulating you again after another 100.
Matt Stout (mattstout) says: Great installment, Ed!  Congratulations on reaching 100!  I really like the shading.  I love it!
Lincoln Robertson (lincoln_r) says:

Ed,

I have been reading this comic for a long time, and while I enjoy it and think that the artwork is great, I am always frustrated by the time lag between new episodes.

 I truely hope that you will spend less time on the art and more time on the story.  We still have to find out what is up with the girls at school and about the evil guy down the street.

 Not meaning to offend, but I tune in for cool characters and interesting storey, not great shading.

 

Keep up the great story!

 

lsr
Marleen de Kramer (malabarista) says:

Congrats on reaching 100!

And I'm afraid I disagree with Lincoln. Wanting to get ahead is no excuse for sloppy artwork. I think you've come a long way art-wise, Ed, which isn't to say it was bad at first, just that it's better now!

Lincoln Robertson (lincoln_r) says:

Wow.

 

Very nice.

 

lsr

gwen patton (ardrhi) says: Whoa, Ed...
Dave Fields (greatgonzo) says: Just discovered you today and read through the archive. Seriously painful single panel solar plexus sucker punch, seventeenth previous.
gwen patton (ardrhi) says: didn't paul forget that isn't Jane's real hair?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@Gwen: You figured out what's coming next episode.

gwen patton (ardrhi) says: Paul always was a few Borg short of a Collective.
Jack Staik (bookkeeper) says:

I just finished reading the archives again, and I had a thought.

Jerome gave Goldie the brochure? Why would someone give a brochure for an organization? Because they belong to it. Therefore Jerome was Paul's co-worker.

Why didn't he give it to his sister, who - despite being a year younger - he knew to have definite talent, as opposed to Goldie who was more or less a random person? Because he knew the nature of the position.

So Jerome set up his sister's best friend to be murdered. Deliberately and with malice aforethought.

Poor Jane.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@Jack:  Interesting theory, but not what I had in mind.

Jerome isn't part of the organization that employs Paul.  He knows the owner (they play golf together), and knows that there's a lot of turnover among henchwomen, but just assumes it's because the young women take their money and leave.  When Jerome offers Goldie the brochure, he's just doing a favor for his golf buddy.

Remember that Jane and her brothers didn't get along.  Jerome wouldn't offer a good job to Jane.  Also, Jane is under 18 and there are age requirements for professional villains.  Plus, if Jerome urged his sister to drop out of school, his mom would be furious with him.  (Mom wasn't too happy about Jane dropping out, but was slightly mollified by the fact that she had a successful villaining career.)

Perry Belmon (perry) says: mmMmmm yummy. there's nothing worse than sand in the mouth ... except dying. That would be worse.
Luke Gedeon (lgedeon) says: I thought her hair looked different back when she started her new job but thought that might have been your new shading techniques or something.
Perry Belmon (perry) says: hit 'im in the chicklets !!!
gwen patton (ardrhi) says: Hmmmm...first time I noticed that Paul's big honkin' ball-gauntlet had little blinkenlights on it.  I wonder if the reason he's able to swing it around and do so much damage with such a heavy ball is because it's augmented by gadgetry in that gauntlet.  Gadgetry that can be...squeezed?
Timothy Whitcomb (hroar) says: Mr Mighty  must be Mighty  in  a limited way..
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Hmm ... in the past few strips, he's been knocked into a steel beam hard enough to fold it in half, thrown a person 50 feet with pin-point accuracy while falling through the air, survived a 10-story fall, taken a punch in the jaw that could smash a car ... "limited" is a relative term.

These two are about even physically.  Now, can Mr. Mighty out-think his opponent?

gwen patton (ardrhi) says:

I can't look at some gadget that has lights on it and NOT think it's more than it appears.  Blame it on those old signs that used to grace computer rooms:

 

ACHTUNG! ALLES LOOKENSPEEPERS!

Das computermachine ist nicht fuer gefingerpoken und mittengrabben. Ist easy schnappen der springenwerk, blowenfusen und poppencorken mit spitzensparken. Ist nicht fuer gewerken bei das dumpkopfen. Das rubbernecken sichtseeren keepen das cotten-pickenen hans in das pockets muss; relaxen und watchen das blinkenlichten. 

 

Timothy Whitcomb (hroar) says: Nice effects! Well done!
gwen patton (ardrhi) says: It's Hammertime.
chic geek (onechicgeek) says: I didn't see that coming! Great job, as usual!
Timothy Whitcomb (hroar) says:

I didnt either! Neat!

I love a good surprize!

Timothy Whitcomb (hroar) says:
More! More! We want more!
John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

Come on, Jane, he's obviously a Hero. He can't let you do that.

What you do is say, "Yes, a crutch! Exactly!" and then when mullet-guy is off looking for those bolt cutters, that's when you remodel J.P.'s skull with the sledgehammer.

Timothy Whitcomb (hroar) says:

You know, it just occured to me..in a way, this is Dr. Jekkel (sp?) and Mr Hyde, regarding Paul..

Interesting!

All the great stories com e back, in one form or the other. I think you have done well with this one!

gwen patton (ardrhi) says: Thuch a big hammer.  She's tho mad.  Think she's a little Thor?
gwen patton (ardrhi) says:

Geez, Ed, that is teh suck.

The job thing, not the comic.  The comic is, as always, magnificent.

gwen patton (ardrhi) says: Wouldn't have a relative named "Wayne", would he?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@Gwen:  He does have two brothers named "Michael" and "Morrison" ... yes, it's a reference to John Wayne.  His folks were big movie fans.

@Jack: The current Mr. Mighty didn't serve with the 101st.  His grandfather (also a superhuman) fought in Europe during WWII.  The 101st gave him the jacket as a memento after he helped them win a decisive battle.

gwen patton (ardrhi) says: Have you tried using LinkedIn?  My partner swears by it.
Timothy Whitcomb (hroar) says:

Okay..I am very computer illerate (which at my age MAY be good...) However I AM curious..

Wha t do they mean?

How doyou use them?

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@Timothy:  Clicking on one of the buttons indicates that you like this website and would recommend it to others.  For example if you click on the first one, it takes you to Digg.com.  Based on this page and other pages that you "digg", that site would recommend other pages that you might like.

The more people click on this page's button, the more likely that this page would be recommended to other readers. 

As to how to use them, just click on them!

Timothy Whitcomb (hroar) says: Thank you Ed! that does help..and I understand better! Thank you! I wil do so!
gwen patton (ardrhi) says: Ed, I'm glad to hear you found work, but goodness, I'm sorry to hear it's taken you from home so much!  My thoughts are with you!
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: So, did Jane's family ever come after her? I mean, talk about your in-laws from hell!
Timothy Whitcomb (hroar) says:

And she really hasnt put it behind her. After all, she is able to talk about it in detail..it still lives within her.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Of course, it depends on the worldset you're living in... every work of fiction deals with villainy in a different way.
Here... it's more unfeeling.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: *snicker*
Timothy Whitcomb (hroar) says: this could be a painful relationship! 8-)
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: There's also a little rule about announcing yourself before touching someone from behind....
Timothy Whitcomb (hroar) says: He actually had cigarettes left? They didnt fry?
John Higley (jedraft) says:

HA!!

 

That's funny.  And the writing and the art is getting better all the time.  This isn one of the comics I follow regularly.  I like the sort of "Incredibles" take on the typical comic-book superhero story.  Keep it up! 

Timothy Whitcomb (hroar) says: Interestingly, my ex is a Joan.
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: OK, those two should be good for some B plots!
Timothy Whitcomb (hroar) says: Well, more people perhaps?
gwen patton (ardrhi) says: Curse you, Ed...now I can't see the page cuz it's all BLURRY...
Timothy Whitcomb (hroar) says: I really love how you switch back an dforth between "reality" adn "what is being thought about"..as in panel 2. The figures get exagerated, etc.\Very nice!
Timothy Whitcomb (hroar) says: And, it good to be reminded that we need to tell folks occasionallly jus thow we feel. Or shown.
Timothy Whitcomb (hroar) says:

I think you did just fine on the drawing...and in expressing how it would feel. Have I felt that way, illustrated above? I am not sure..but it must be pretty wonderful.

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: Awww....
Sam Daniel (samhdaniel) says: Marko missed out on some major husband points in panel 3 by not telling Jane that she still has the legs of an 18-year-old cheerleader.... And she does, from what I've seen.
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: Well yeah, not to mention she can still fit into her villain-suit from "college"! ;-)
james crnin (chasbanner) says:

genuine lol perry

Tyler Wright (tylgar) says:

I'd just like to say that the lighting on this last panel is beautiful.

Wayne (wayne) says:

There's a reason why I switched to Mac 3 1/2 years ago after using every Microsoft OS since Dos 1.0.  I still make my living with SQL Server as a DBA, but I'm a Mac user at home.  I've never had CS3 crash on me.

E.T. the Eccentric Type (et_the_eccentric_type) says:

I never really understood that whole "evil villain" thing. Villains reward each other for helping each other (because they're being good to bad people) and for hindering each other (because they're being bad).

wut?

Galen R. (guitarfan01) says:

That's a fantastic set of poses on the Narbonicrew.

Galen R. (guitarfan01) says:

Wonderful character moment.

Paul Blay (paulblay) says:

This doesn't seem very realistic to me. Surely many of those incidents would have been splashed all over the news?

Paul Blay (paulblay) says:

I'm not convinced a pile of sand would be much better than concrete when you hit it at that speed.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Mr. Mighty tried to throw her in a way that would cancel out most of the downward momentum.  She's still getting a hard impact, but not a deadly one.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

This is why their boss always sent the girls out of town immediately after each job.  They'd be away while the murder was on the front pages; by they time they got back, something else was the lead news story.

Also, these crimes are all taking places in different cities, so there's very little to connect the killings.

Plus, if a henchwoman gets suspicious, she'd go to see J.P., the boss ... and that henchwoman would conveniently disappear.  Paul goes through a lot of partners.

Sean Duggan (duggansc) says: ^_^ I'll admit that that last panel still reads to me as "My lungs are begin compressed into the cubic area of a baseball..."
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I'm a middle-aged computer programmer from Indiana, but I've always enjoyed doodling and drawing. After discovering webcomics recently, I decide to try my hand at creating one. My wife thinks I'm crazy. My wife is a very sensible woman. ... full profile