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Post by Brambleberry » Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:42 pm

Oh Teri that was superb! :heart:

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Post by Serethil » Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:20 pm

Oh Teri.... that was so excellent. And so so sad. I had to wipe my eyes and blow my nose before I could post! That animated pic is just fantastic - you are so damn good at this!
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Post by Andra Hawksdaughter » Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:40 pm

Gods, poor Nathan!! To go through that again! This was more than excellent Teri, and made me want to rage and bawl...Reading the spoiler, I didn't give a damn, these shots were great!
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Post by Kane » Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:36 pm

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"Oh, he was a locksmith," said the watchman. "Best there was. Wasn't a lock in town he hadn't fixed or replaced himself. With all the break-ins around Goodneighbor, it certainly kept him busy. Heh heh, some of us even teased him that he was the one keeping himself in such high demand..." Both guards chuckled.
As a locksmith, I resent your implication.

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Post by Teridactyl » Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:30 pm

Oberland Out
HA HA! Get it?

I can haz settlement nao, pls?

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Just a charming little hippy commune where the hair is long, the love is free, and the STD's are a'plenty.

Er...no, it's okay. I'll sleep somewhere else. (NEXT SLIDE PLEASE!)


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Ah, that's better...

I expanded the settlement so I can build on the other side of the train tracks along the water. I thought I'd give that Castle In the Sky manor house look a shot. Turns out it's a pretty cute little cottage style home. Not sure I'd do many more this way, but it doesn't look bad.

And bonus shot right into the john. (Heh. Forgot to install the front door. Oops.)

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Mary, Mary quite contrary, how do your taters grow?
With blue mutfruit, and tater root, and corn plants all in a row.

Mother Goosemutant. Nursery rhymes for the atomic age.

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Master bathroom. Honestly, the place only sleeps two at the moment because of the water wheel engine takes up so much room, so pretty much everything is "the master ______". The master kitchen! The master staircase! The master laundry room. The master front porch... You get the idea.

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I always see to it that all my settlements have plenty of towels and toilet paper. The Minutemen provide.

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Charming as fuck, no? It's almost like someone set all that there just to take a picture. Huh...

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I need a vacation! Hey, I know a place...

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Dear Nora...

The world was beautiful once.

I have to remind myself of this now and again when I catch a glimpse of sunlight through the trees that have begun to regrow as the settlers till and work the land to make it fertile again. Amazing how that's started to happen after 200 years of inertia and ruin. All the earth needed was a little TLC to give it that special spark...

Well. To be accurate, it needs a lot more than a little TLC. It's going to take a lot of blood, sweat, tears, and patience not necessarily in that order to get it there. Some settlers are willing...others, not so much. They'll learn to pull their weight or they'll find themselves homeless, which is NOT a situation you wanna be in in the Wasteland. Everyone does their share.

And some of us do a little more...

Danse thinks I should cut back, relax a little. At almost 250 years old, he reminds me I'm no spring chicken. Jerk. I think he's just jealous of having to share me with the rest of the Wasteland, heh. God forbid I should ever get bored, there's no shortage of tasks to do around here. Most of the time, I don't mind. A lot of people out here just need help--some need a nudge, others need a little more hand-holding--and I'm in a position to provide. It's kinda nice. Sometimes, though... Some days, I just wanna quit. Just sit down and never get back up again. I wonder, haven't I done enough already? What, exactly, is in this for me?

Then I think of you...laughing at me. Taking stuff apart was always my thing, not so much fixing stuff. I couldn't even put Shaun's crib together without going through a whole box of band-aids, now look at me. I am the Wasteland's crazy landlord. Can you believe it?

I helped hook up a hot water heater today here at the Oberland Station house, and when I told them the "bad news"--that the heater was old and it might only give them 10 or so minutes of hot water at a time before they have to wait for it to heat up again--one of the residents just broke down crying. I thought, "Oh, shit. Here comes someone else whining at me for something they want that I can't do anything about," but no. She cried because she's never had a hot shower IN HER LIFE. I couldn't believe it. This woman is probably 25 years old, and she's never lived in a place with running hot water... She hugged me so hard my ribs creaked, and praised me like I was Jesus giving them loaves and fishes...

Don't worry. It hasn't gone my head that much yet. But it's moments like that why I keep doing what I do. It's worth putting up with the complaints, the time away from my friends (if I can't drag 'em along with me), and my own aches and pains, the danger of traveling... It's also why I know I'll be doing this the rest of my life.

The Wasteland's got a long way to go before we can have visitors over, but we're getting there, one settlement, one house, one water heater at a time. And if you feel like giving me a little sign now and again just to make sure I'm on the right path, I'd appreciate it.

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Yeah... Like that.

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Thanks, hon. Miss you lots.

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Post by Brambleberry » Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:02 pm

:hug: Teri :hug: simple and poignant, beautiful in every way!

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Post by Serethil » Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:14 pm

Aw damn it. I just KNOW when I get to read/see a new installment, I'm gonna cry. So yeah.... That sunbeam shot got me right in the heart....

Great stuff girl! I don't mind the sniffles (but explaining them to husband can get iffy....) Loved the Oberland Out pun, and REALLY love that highboy in the bath!
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Post by Andra Hawksdaughter » Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:26 pm

I love that he still talks to her... :19: Wondering why he keeps on doing what he does, my Brae has that in common with Nathan. One does what one can. I love this, and love the shots. Maybe one of these days I'll give Oberland more attention. It's not an easy spot, but yours looks great!
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Post by Teridactyl » Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:27 am

Serethil wrote:
Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:14 pm
Aw damn it. I just KNOW when I get to read/see a new installment, I'm gonna cry. So yeah.... That sunbeam shot got me right in the heart....

Great stuff girl! I don't mind the sniffles (but explaining them to husband can get iffy....) Loved the Oberland Out pun, and REALLY love that highboy in the bath!
Those sunbeams get me every time. Makes me wanna fall over like a fat, lazy cat and soak it all up. I haven't left my house in like 5 days, either, so I'd actually like to do that in real life!

Your poor husband must think I'm the most tortured, pathetic person in the world! LOL This was just a little out-of-timeline drabble I dreamt up while I was putting together these pictures. I needed to go in-character for a bit and give my head a break from being me. (I had to replace my water heater a few years back, and I offered to build a shrine to my plumber. I think he was more than a little embarrassed.)

I've been working on the next update for a while. It's gonna be a doozy, though, because I don't want to break it up. I've done hours of in-game building, prepping, off-script writing, gazillions of screenshots, lore research, and even some (:6:) original (award winning, even!) artwork for it. The moment I think I am close to finishing it, I find something else I wanna add to it. It's gonna be a watershed, though, so I'll give you warning before I post it. :) It should be a mostly happy one, though. Mostly. :)
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Post by Teridactyl » Tue Oct 15, 2019 1:34 am

Andra Hawksdaughter wrote:
Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:26 pm
I love that he still talks to her... :19: Wondering why he keeps on doing what he does, my Brae has that in common with Nathan. One does what one can. I love this, and love the shots. Maybe one of these days I'll give Oberland more attention. It's not an easy spot, but yours looks great!
Yeah... Gosh, I have so many thoughts on that, I couldn't even begin to sum up all the reasons he still talks to Nora, or why he won't rest, other than it's probably borderline psychosis at this point. I'm not sure he'd know how to quit any of it, even if he wanted to. But hey...cheap therapy, right? :)

I'd totally love to write a crossover fic with Brae or someone's original non-canon Sole Survivor, maybe even a round-robin sort of thing. It'd be interesting to see how these two got along...or wouldn't. Could even do screenshots with a Showlooks Preset... Hmmm. Just throwing that idea out there. :D
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Post by Serethil » Tue Oct 15, 2019 3:00 am

Heh. Teri, I don't go into that sort of detail, as husband doesn't have anything approximating knowledge of fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, games etc. The culture in which he grew up didn't allow knowledge of mythology or even penny dreadfuls. So much of literature he grew up not knowing - and though I have introduced him to some things since we married, he still doesn't "get" most of it. Especially fantasy - and games on a computer. He doesn't use computers, email, the internet....

So I just tell him I read something that caused me to cry, similar to when I read LotR, or Lackey's Valdemar books, or McCaffrey's Pern books. That suffices for him, even though I get rather bummed that there's so much of life he simply has never had any experience of. Can you imagine someone who doesn't know the Greek and Roman gods, or Peter Pan.... Sad. These idiot religions have SO much to answer for....

Now, on another whole subject.... You are extremely talented. Perhaps you should be looking into getting into producing story lines for games.
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Post by Teridactyl » Tue Oct 15, 2019 1:57 pm

Wow, so much of my life has been shaped by stories, whether it be from books, games, television, music, or other people's... I had a discussion with a Mormon who'd never seen a rated R movie, and I thought THEY were missing out on a lot of great stories. But maybe it's a good thing he has you in his life to sort of absorb what little he's taken in. :)

It's funny you say that I should look into doing more creative work for a living. For a long time, I attempted to make money on my artistic abilities, and I don't know how many unfinished novels I have sitting on my hard drive. Every now and then I need to take an assignment to remind myself exactly why I DON'T want to do that. Frankly, the stuff I produce for other people isn't nearly as good, because I'm not having fun. The last two weeks with this extra graphic design stuff I've done for work is just the reminder I needed. It was stressing me out. I had to unhook from work yesterday and take a half day off, so I came here (now don't you feel special :D). While I am largely happy with the quality of work I did, it was costing me more daylight hours from my actual job than it should, so I had to cut into my personal ME-creation time. Maybe it'd be different with a whole creative team to bounce ideas off of, but as soon as you introduce a deadline on it, that's the moment I go into low-level panic mode and start losing sleep.

So, I appreciate the compliment, but no thanks. I'd rather keep to my own little world. I love doing it and it makes me happy. That I can share it and others enjoy it too makes me even happier. :heart: :hug: :heart:
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Post by Serethil » Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:03 pm

Funny Teri - husband grew up mormon.... which is why he knows nothing about what has shaped our imaginations! His children (three of the four anyway) buy into the whole mega-religion thing, including "sterilization" of anything more than PG rated as to movies....

Heh. Believe me, I'm not at all into that kind of crap. I put up with them, because he isn't devout (and hasn't been for appx 60 of his 85 years). It's not that he's not intelligent - it's that he was never shown how to use his imagination, or even what it is. It's odd. He can build a house (which does take some imagination of course) but he can't reframe that to approach mythology from that angle.

Ah well. It does take all kinds - and mormons are no exception.

Oh, as for deadlines - I work best to them. I don't have them any more of course, being retired for so long. So lots of stuff never gets done!
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Post by Teridactyl » Sun Nov 24, 2019 7:57 pm

I know I've been lying low for a while, and honestly, I have no excuse other than I've been burying myself in this comic, near obsessed with getting it done. Work has been really frustrating me for the last several months, and, like I do with most stressful situations, I cope by withdrawing into my own head. Sometimes, that just makes things worse. But in this case, it actually led to something productive!

I've been working on this since late August...which doesn't seem like a terribly long time, but it took me a while to commit to actually making it a comic. I was going to write it out in narrative "journal" format, then I realized this is a conversation I've had in my head for a long, long time between these two characters. Probably one of the first that really started to give "Nathan" shape in my head as his own character, other than just Sole Survivor (TM). I'd written this conversation out in multiple formats--1st person, 3rd, journal, even started an alternate version as Nora--and none of them did it any justice. I realized I wasn't going to be happy with the end result until I made it a full-blown comic. Three months and a crap ton of hours later: taa daa.

It's a semi-parody of those old 50's romance comics. If you're not sure what I'm talking about, I urge you to Google a few. They're a bit of a curiosity now and an interesting slice-of-life look at pre-feminist media. In short, romance comics were comics produced by men--the very same authors and artists who also made superhero comics--primarily geared toward women. These comics featured teary-eyed, stuttering, insecure women (think Roy Lichtenstein's "Oh, B-Brad!" paintings from the 60's that he parodied in his pop art), and pretty heavily suggested how women should behave, dress, look and act to attract tall, hypermasculine, and REALLY OLD men. And God forbid any woman should ever become an "old maid"! It was literally the worst thing that could happen to a woman.

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*Golly, yes! She must be all of 22! She'll die alone now, for sure. Never mind that he's, like, 45...

In short, they were massively sexist, but then again, so was everything. Independent, career-minded, confident, sexually-aware women were shunned if not outright vilified. In short, our Sole Surviving heroine Nora would be this vilified old hag (at the ripe old age of 24!) if this were "period accurate."

Now, I'm not out to turn the whole genre on its ear, but I did want to play with the gender dynamics at least a little bit. In the little interaction we see the two of them have, I never felt that "Nate" was super masculine, nor did I think Nora was overtly feminine. They laugh and poke fun at one another, and they cleary had an equal partnership. You'll find that "Nate" is very proud of his wife's law degree, if you walk around the house and click on everything long enough. And her "I Love You, Honey" holotape message to him is equally sweet and flattering. So during all this, I couldn't help wonder how a soldier and a lawyer hooked up.

This isn't that story.

Buuuut, it's the next best thing. :)

So starting Thanksgiving week, I'm posting the whole 22(ish) page thing here because I really do want to thank you for being the supportive, creative-inspiring friends you are. :hug: :heart: :hug: But, because I'm also kind of a jerk, I'm only going to be posting a page a day. :evil_laugh: But that'll give me some room to share some alternate pics and thoughts with you as well while I go through it...and possible build up a bit of a buffer for what comes after this.

Enjoy, my friends! And Happy Thanksgiving...

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Post by Teridactyl » Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:18 pm

Life is But a Dream...

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Is it a dream? Is it real? Am I dead? Am I asleep?

...Does it matter?



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When we last left our hero passed out on the floor of the Memory Den, he didn't look so good...
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Post by Serethil » Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:38 pm

Teri, I am SO looking forward to the comic! I remember those - I grew up in the 50s, and my mother the mid-vic prude would have had pink and purple kittens over the stuff I read, not only things like Burton's unexpurgated 1000 Nights and a Night (which yes, I understood quite well, and the illustrations were - interesting!), but things like those romance comics. I remember thinking I simply was NOT going to grow up like that! And I didn't mostly....

This should be great! Been missing you lady....
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Post by Andra Hawksdaughter » Mon Nov 25, 2019 3:01 am

I was only a wee bit past those years/comics, but not by much! However, that was still the prevailing attitude of the time. I was a tomboy and very much into the the superhero comics, and was always told I was neverrrrrr going to have a 'boyfriend'! I wasn't 'girlie' enough. Pffffff. While I loved my Dad, my Mom was my 'shero', and that was another strike, and a bone of contention with my Dad, (and his pride) as she worked outside the home to help provide for 5 kids. (She was actually in college and quit to marry my Dad and his myriad dreams of get rich quick.)

So, I understand those times and attitudes quite well. I am SO looking forward to this Teri!!!! That screenshot is fantastic, I love how you did that!!
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Post by Teridactyl » Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:10 am

I wasn't cool enough to be a tomboy (all the ones I knew were, anyway), and I was too tall and awkward to be a girly-girl. But I was totally into superheroes, too (and Star Wars, and cartoons, etc.,) so I was only vaguely aware of those comics until I started working on this. As an animation student, I admired Roy Lichtenstein's art quite a bit, but I didn't realize he'd reproduced his images from existing comics, and I also didn't realize it was an established genre. I actually didn't really get into comics until well after high school and had a job at Waldenbooks (where I could read most of them for free!).

So when I discovered them a couple months ago, I got crazy with Google looking up as many as I could for "references." I was half-amused and half-horrified at how serious these mini melodramas took themselves--and how out of touch with women it was. But they certainly have their place in comic history!
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Oh yeah, that's gonna go well...
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Post by Teridactyl » Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:56 am

Image -----
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I started looking through the images on my iPad while I was at work today and realized how dang DARK they all are. Apparently, my laptop monitor, where I do all the graphic work, is like staring into the sun. Even with the brightness all the way up on my iPad it was still a little dark and washed out. It's supposed to be a little dark here at the beginning to set the mood, but anytime after this if you have problems seeing anything--text, people, images--please let me know!

Okay! It's started! :popcorn:
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Post by Serethil » Tue Nov 26, 2019 2:26 am

Teri.... it's SUPPOSED to be dark. It's not the "too dark to see" thing. It's the "this is so painful I can't deal" dark. At least that's how I see it. Your images are fine for me....

And.... as a "starter".... well, that's honestly a killer since I do KNOW what the FOs are about. Which is why I can't play them.
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When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back,
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Wood, bronze, iron; water, fire, stone:
Five will return, and one go on alone.

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