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I got the paper ~ArtGumshoe.com 10.34 by KCclearwater I got the paper ~ArtGumshoe.com 10.34 :iconkcclearwater:KCclearwater 3 3 Scritch scritch ~ArtGumshoe.com 10.33 by KCclearwater Scritch scritch ~ArtGumshoe.com 10.33 :iconkcclearwater:KCclearwater 1 2 Anxious is ok ~ArtGumshoe.com 10.32 by KCclearwater Anxious is ok ~ArtGumshoe.com 10.32 :iconkcclearwater:KCclearwater 2 2 It'll be there ~ArtGumshoe.com 10.31 by KCclearwater It'll be there ~ArtGumshoe.com 10.31 :iconkcclearwater:KCclearwater 2 1 Our Muscle ~ArtGumshoe.com 10.30 by KCclearwater Our Muscle ~ArtGumshoe.com 10.30 :iconkcclearwater:KCclearwater 1 1 Cab Money ~ArtGumshoe.com 10.29 by KCclearwater Cab Money ~ArtGumshoe.com 10.29 :iconkcclearwater:KCclearwater 1 2 This thing I must do ~ArtGumshoe.com 10.28 by KCclearwater This thing I must do ~ArtGumshoe.com 10.28 :iconkcclearwater:KCclearwater 2 1 Gums who ~ArtGumshoe.com 10.27 by KCclearwater Gums who ~ArtGumshoe.com 10.27 :iconkcclearwater:KCclearwater 1 2 stair shadow zigzags by KCclearwater stair shadow zigzags :iconkcclearwater:KCclearwater 0 0 We're not bugged ~ArtGumshoe.com 10.26 by KCclearwater We're not bugged ~ArtGumshoe.com 10.26 :iconkcclearwater:KCclearwater 2 2 Sorry, of course ~ArtGumshoe.com 10.25 by KCclearwater Sorry, of course ~ArtGumshoe.com 10.25 :iconkcclearwater:KCclearwater 2 2 You weren't the only visitor ~ArtGumshoe.com 10.24 by KCclearwater You weren't the only visitor ~ArtGumshoe.com 10.24 :iconkcclearwater:KCclearwater 3 3 shallow water gulls by KCclearwater shallow water gulls :iconkcclearwater:KCclearwater 1 0 Ocean-going Concrete Cylinder by KCclearwater Ocean-going Concrete Cylinder :iconkcclearwater:KCclearwater 4 0 It's a bird, it's superman, it's... by KCclearwater It's a bird, it's superman, it's... :iconkcclearwater:KCclearwater 0 0 The door's stuck ~ArtGumshoe.com 10.23 by KCclearwater The door's stuck ~ArtGumshoe.com 10.23 :iconkcclearwater:KCclearwater 2 2
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The Parable of Harvey Pekar
Well, I'm feeling down these days due to a variety of different things, mostly trying to find a job and keep up with planning this encroaching wedding of mine.  That being the case, I thought I would discuss someone I turn to for artistic inspiration.  Some of you may know about this man, but if you don't, I advise you look him up. Hopefully, you'll come away from my shpeel at least feeling a little bit better about yourself and a little more encouraged to keep doing what you do. More importantly, maybe I will too.
Harvey Pekar was a man so ordinary, it's painful just to look at him.  Google a picture of the guy:  he could literally be anybody. Your doctor, your nurse, your dad, your uncle, a mugger, a rapist, a delivery boy, a senator, anybody you could name.  He's the type of dude who would disappear in front of a beige wall, who vanishes into crowds everywhere he goes.  Born Jewish in Cleveland, Harvey would work his entire life at odd jobs, finally end
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You saw her under a black umbrella on the corner of Cherry and Wessex. Dark eyes, dark hair, pale skin; her rainbow polka dot rubber boots felt incongruous under the orange street lamp as she stepped back, avoiding the wave created by a passing taxi. The rain splatters over the taut black curve of her umbrella in a melody you almost recognize before the tempo changes with her impatience and she walks into the street just before the walk sign changes.
You start from your place under the awning of a small-time lawyer in a small-time town - the compulsion to follow her, to know her, is suddenly unbearable. You duck into the rain, heading for the crosswalk, already feeling the uncomfortable sensation of water down your collar. The white walking man is blinking orange - you only have a few seconds to reach the corner and cross. Your feet graze the street just as a flashing ambulance appears from around the bend; the wail of the siren is like a death whistle, and you rock yourself back just
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KC Clearwater
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I've been writing/plotting stories for a very long time, but only telling stories with drawings since 2007.

I add pages on Tuesday to my doodle story comic at ArtGumshoe.com:
ArtGumshoe is a story comic which begins with Nerva Scarlotte waking up lying in the back of an unfamiliar car with dried blood on her face and knuckles. It will eventually (after about four or five chapters) include the origins -- and then cases -- of the Easter and Barr Detective Agency; a/k/a, the Art Gumshoes.

Visually, it features...oh, let's say "glacial visual storytelling" and panel framing of the "Drunken House Fly Cameraman" school.

I'd be happy to swap feedback/comments with folks who create comics with the same kinds of ideas that inspire and drive me -- generally comics that contain as few of the following as possible: corporation's intellectual property, capes, guns, smug goriness, gratuitous monstrousness, showboating nihilism, etc.
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I got the paper ~ArtGumshoe.com 10.34
Nerva returns from the bathroom with the newspaper.

Dana remembers she left the pulp novel in the hotel's laundry room, but has the children's magazine.  The magazine has an article a kid wrote about a visit to an Aunt's house.

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Scritch scritch ~ArtGumshoe.com 10.33
Dana leans back to get the magazine.  Nerva retrieves the newspaper from the bathroom, reflectively; perhaps a bit of a throwback to one of her flashback sequences.

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Anxious is ok ~ArtGumshoe.com 10.32
The cab for tomorrow is arranged, the teevee is troublesome; what next?

They consider the available reading material.

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Our Muscle ~ArtGumshoe.com 10.30
Nerva's nonplussed by the idea that Dana might have to leave to arrange their cab for tomorrow, after what happened last time Dana left.

Fortunately Dana's fingers can do the walking (via a telephone).  So she can be their detective agency's muscle.

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DrizDew Featured By Owner May 2, 2018  Student Digital Artist
heyhoo! For some reason, I didn't know where else to comment about my recent reading spree of Transbunny. But is there a better place than in the comment section? I don't think so!

And here we go: I've been reading up until page 147 of Nerva's journey and I was REALLY surprised. Your stories were pretty different than from what I've seen in "Artgumshoe". Especially the first few stories. "A helping hand" for example had me laughing about nearly every page. I actually think Thomas/Hazel/Dennis/Silvia is very relatable... I'm guessing he/she is based on your own character. The same ocurred to me with Zpringzia. Plus, she is German and I think that fact alone and her cute personality make her very likeable. I'm not sure how it's like for other readers, but I was amazed at how easily I was able to decipher her German accent. It was actually quite nice to spot words like "mein frend" or "gott em himmel" (my favourite one so far :D). So I'm guessing you do know just a bit about German too. By the way, throughout these comics Nerva has reached and even higher state of "Artgumshoe"'s favourite character for me. She's just cool. But pretty different than from how she is like in her later adventures... I wonder what happened...

Well, let's start with "A Helping Hand", which was overall VERY funny and crazy. The pace was pretty fast, and each page was more like a separate story with conclusion. Also interesting to see! The running gags were so well chosen, in the end I was searching for lobsters and bugs on every page. Plus, Thomas just always ended up jerking off when another girl ditched the bunny and I love "do it yourself"-jokes, what more can I say :D
It's funny but a lot of jokes or things you added to the comic are like some of the insiders I've got with my friends... like... "fish magic" [I'm a fish after all, it's even in my profile pic]. The "I don't know how to call it arrows explaining certain surroundings or actions" was something I added into my own comics when I was younger too. It just makes the whole situation more humorous and it suits the style of your story. I hope I can see more bugs and lobsters eventually.

Oh, another thing I nearly forgot: The sheer absurdity of each and every comic in the beginning is simply hilarious... like the Ukelele... and then the sea god drinking from an irresponsibly tiny tea cup. Also... throwing cottage cheese at a rhinceros?? I'm still wondering if the twinsister taking up her brother's role with the fish sword actually existed? It could be! Apart from the fish sword, that is... We are also confronted with a commutant in the subway and with a woman who pushes tofu around! Geez :D maybe it's because Thomas always ends up in such strange situations... pick axe in midair or in the middle of a desert and yet he/she always ends up meeting the most beautiful women/peaches he's ever seen in the weirdest of places! I mean even the peach can talk... AND walk! Wow! Too bad Olivia the two-faced robot didn't appear again she was interesting! Having only two faces out of six on the cube... And the "then she said, in a voice like a chorus of steam-powered pipe organs  stoked by the fires of hell itself," Oh wait, is that it on my keychain?"-line.. one of the most amazing things I've seen in a while :D I couldn't find a single flaw in the storylines or a scene where I thought,"this could have been better", because the storytelling was so good.

And now I've talked about the first two books even though I wanted to talk about all of them... well there's always a next time, and it gives me the opportunity to read them again, which I'd do anytime because they are seriously great! I think you should consider uploading them in other places as well to enable more people to read them I'm sure you'd get a lot more readers this way ^^
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KCclearwater Featured By Owner May 3, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Hey, thank you so much for reading and responding -

you're right in that the style / approach has changed radically over the years, transbunny was very loose and silly in the beginning, and by the last 2 books, it's a lot closer to ArtGumshoe (or at least Chapter 1 of ArtGumshoe)

however, i like that there's a direct line between ArtGumshoe and Transbunny - in that they meet Nerva during the adventure of the Glowing Photocopy, which Thomas got in the 1st page of Transbunny.  It's like the yin-yang, man - no matter how little of X there is in Y, there's always a little.

I'm glad you like Nerva!  She's.. well, she's a wonderful f***-up:  weak, failure-prone, indomitable.
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DrizDew Featured By Owner May 4, 2018  Student Digital Artist
sure thing!

I enjoyed all the funny puns and the surrealism of the later chapters also. I actually did think "A helping hand" also had quite a few abstract story elements. And of course, everything is tied together, like with Nerva and the photocopy... it's all quite thought through ^^

And that's why we love her :D
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DanielleComics Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2017
Yo another favorite; you spoil me. La la la la 
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KCclearwater Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
:)  'watch' just ain't a river in denial.  wait, i think i bungled that.
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KtObermanns Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the :+devwatch: and the :+favlove:!
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KCclearwater Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
no sweat, i spotted a lot of neat stuff so i'll check out your stuff for a while :)
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KtObermanns Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
:heart:
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DanielleComics Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017
Thank you again for the favorite! Norbert was so much fun to draw!
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KCclearwater Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
animals + small hat at jaunty angle = awesome every time!
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