043 – Where Are You?

I really love drawing these kinds of strips. Sometimes I think I should drop them and try to bring the humor with every update, but then I go and draw a strip like this and I fall in love with these characters all over again.

I don’t know if you guys feel the same way or not.

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Discussion (12) ¬

  1. wit says:

    Don’t second guess your writing (easier said than done…believe me). Let your characters speak to you. You’re right. Strips like these are very important. On a day to day basis they may seem like speed bumps in the “funny.” But once you take a look at them in the context of the storyline, you’ll realize the depth that they add.

  2. Mimere says:

    Besides, I like the continuing saga in addition to the humor. It keeps me “hooked,” and cultivates my sympathy and empathy for each unique and lovable character. I can hardly wait two days (or five days, if it’s Thursday) to see what happens to my friends next.

    Like Mutts’ Shelter Stories or Earl and Mooch’s scheming outside the window of the Fatty Snax Deli, it makes Robot Beach a “must read.”

  3. Russ says:

    Poor guy. He needs a hug.

    Adds weight to the characters, if you know what I mean. I really like it.

  4. malrd7 says:

    And if Larry wasn’t lonely, who would feel sorry for him?

  5. Splox5 says:

    Being funny is important but there are definitely times when the story has to take over, not that I’m any sort of expert but I think that balancing them is one of he hardest things about writing.

  6. Matt says:

    Mike – Thanks for the advice! I actually am starting to get to the point where my characters are infact speaking for themselves. It’s weird to think about. I have heard other comic creators talk about it and never really understood what they meant. I bet by year three I won’t need to do any work myself!

    Ma – Again with the comparison to Mutts!? Your embarrassing me!

    Russ – I need a hug too.

    Jim – Deep man. Real deep… *cough* :)

    Splox5 – Yup. The balance is tough. I just go with my gut on it though. If the time feels right, I just go for it.

  7. Perhaps panel 2# or 3# could have gone ultra-wide to show his isolation a bit more. But the preamble of “the life of seagulls” really makes this work in hindsight. Nice forward thinking.

  8. Thomas says:

    awww. poor guy.

  9. Steve McNair says:

    Nice job. Gives us insight into Larry that helps develop his character/personality. As the strip goes forward it will also help us anticipate how he will react to various circumstances. Like with a show like Seinfeld, as you got to know the characters, you smiled with anticipation as various scenarios started to play out knowing how they would react. This is what I see you developing in your strip. Well done.

  10. Matt says:

    Steve – One of my favorite episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond starts with his brother bringing a new girl over to Ray’s house for the first time. She goes into the kitchen to prepare some food and moments later Ray enters the kitchen to grab some drinks.

    Ray walks in on Roberts new girlfriend as she catches a fly buzzing around her head and promptly eats it. What follows is a full minute of side splitting laughter as you, the viewer, work through how the rest of the half hour is going to play out in your head. When a show gets that good, when the characters are that well developed, it transcends its medium I think.

  11. russ says:

    Exactly. And I think your characters are ones who could develop into that well

  12. AlphaCroc says:

    awww poor larry but that makes me think, again? ooow i wanna see larry’s history xD