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cyrano (and sister marthe)

Hooray, here's my Cyrano comic! I could do a lot of these. I perhaps should've ended it with the second page, but I thought Ragueneau could use some company. Poor Sister Marthe is really a very minor character in the story.

And now I ought get back to the day job.


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May. 20th, 2009 09:22 am (UTC)
cyrano fan fiction
I like this quick-draw style you're using, and the monochromatic color. Hm. Is Cyrano in the public domain? You could do a graphic novel adaptation...
May. 20th, 2009 09:45 am (UTC)
Re: cyrano fan fiction
Thanks, Dave! I don't think I could manage a whole Cyrano, but I love to pick little apocryphal bits out of it! :-D

I'm glad you don't mind the quick-draw style. I just got banned from contributing to an anthology because I wouldn't submit something as worked-up as Vern and Lettuce. But it wasn't paying anything and one V&L page takes me something like four days to put together. So this is all I can manage while I'm working full-time. But it feels better than not doing comics.
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May. 20th, 2009 09:33 am (UTC)
That's not a very chaste nun...

Also Cyrano has a very Depardieu chin, there.


(also, hem, ahem, "mon petit chou")
May. 20th, 2009 09:46 am (UTC)
Zut alors! My French is SO rubbish. Thanks for helping me out there!

Hee hee... the nuns in the film are pretty flirty, too. Marthe's actually being fairly level-headed here in comparison!
May. 20th, 2009 09:36 am (UTC)
haha this is great. more please?

(also i hate to be a grammer nazi, but duel, not dual.)
May. 20th, 2009 09:47 am (UTC)
Thanks SO much for the catch! Wow, I really rushed this one. (Glad you like it anyway.) :-)
May. 20th, 2009 09:57 am (UTC)
Have you read any Castle Waiting? Your irreverent nun puts me in mind of the (bearded) sisters of Saint Wilgeforte's...
May. 20th, 2009 11:08 am (UTC)
Re: adorable!
Thanks! No, I haven't read it. I'll have to look into that!
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Real saint? Sorta - jinty - May. 24th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 20th, 2009 10:06 am (UTC)
That's really lovely! My excitement was thoroughly vindicated.
May. 20th, 2009 11:08 am (UTC)
May. 20th, 2009 10:55 am (UTC)
i can't believe you knocked this out so fast! and it's great! -- i think the 3rd page really rounds it off nicely -- in fact it may be my favourite page.

in sharp contrast, my cyrano drawing is still in production... i started last night by watching the clip you posted (terrific stuff! it's years since i saw the film but i remember i loved it) and making a few little prep sketches...
don't hold your breath...
May. 20th, 2009 11:09 am (UTC)
Thanks, Will! About your Cyrano drawing... I am quietly turning blue, don't mind me. ;-)
May. 20th, 2009 11:10 am (UTC)
wow you got this done super fast! and super cool. I should really learn more about Cyrano other than watching Roxanne.
May. 20th, 2009 11:13 am (UTC)
Yeah, I don't have very fond memories of Roxanne, but everyone keeps telling me to go watch it. I have a big stack of videos right by my chair that need watching, I think I'll hit a few more of the Miyazaki animations before I get around to Roxanne.
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May. 20th, 2009 11:27 am (UTC)
Hiya :-)
The quick drawing style is perfect. It seems to me in these days of over rendered super photoshopped comics that the result is a bit of a diminishing law of returns on narrative. What I mean is that the glossier the art the more it slows down the pace of the story. Too much to look at. This quick drawn style sets just the right pace to 'get' the intention of the strip. Can you imagine how diminished the result would be if PEANUTS or CALVIN&HOBBS was beautifully and glossily rendered? Just wouldnt work.
IMHO of course ;-)
May. 20th, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Andrew! Hmm, I would call Calvin & Hobbes, well, not exactly glossily rendered, but definitely spot-on! He's put a lot of thought into his compositions and colour placement, and I can rarely spot a stray line. But it doesn't look heavy or forced, you're right about that.

It was funny, at the Kunioyoshi exhibition, spotting a major compositional error in one of the woodcuts. They're so painstakingly carved that you'd think it couldn't happen, but even there, it did. (It's a scene with some fisherman, where the fisherman's head exactly hits the horizon line in a way it really shouldn't. It looks like something went in as a kind of afterthought.) That said, the different elements of the picture were still very beautiful.
May. 20th, 2009 11:34 am (UTC)
Ohhh, your quick-draw rules, and your Cyrano strip is tres charmant.
I stand awestruck. 8-D.
And yes, the third page is perfect.
May. 20th, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks for that!
May. 20th, 2009 11:37 am (UTC)
This is brilliant - I would not know it was a quick style if you hadn't said!
May. 20th, 2009 12:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks, James! Well, quick in that I finished it a few hours ago! But it's still lurking in the back of mind, I'm desperately trying to vanquish it while I'm doing my other work. Argh.
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May. 20th, 2009 11:56 am (UTC)
This is so much fun! Soldier kabab and baking pastries in a single story!
May. 20th, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC)
Ooo, there's a roast skewered rat in the film! That'll have to go in somewhere.
May. 20th, 2009 12:06 pm (UTC)
Your quick-draw is v. impressive. Especially with the expressiveness of the fight. Very sweet.
May. 20th, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC)
May. 20th, 2009 12:14 pm (UTC)
If or one like the "quick draw" look as it keeps alot of the energy in the line and makes it more interesting.
May. 20th, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I hope so!
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May. 20th, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
Yay! I even just like saying the title. I butcher the French 'r', but I get to do it so many times in CyRRRano de BeRRgeRRac. RRRRRRawr!
May. 20th, 2009 12:36 pm (UTC)
What everyone else said.
Also: nice tumbleweed fly there.
May. 20th, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, tumbleweed fly! That's a good one, you're right.

... That said, I spent a few seconds looking back over the comic, trying to discover if it was some sort of period-piece novelty trouser attachment I didn't know I'd drawn.

Edited at 2009-05-20 01:00 pm (UTC)
May. 20th, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC)
love, love, love it!
May. 20th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Candy! Whew, I haven't seen you in ages! I must get back into the SCBWI thing!
May. 20th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
That is so sweet and excellent! Nicely done!
May. 20th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thanks, Anthony!
May. 20th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
Lovely! Fab colours and expressiveness and stuff. Cakes are always a good way to end a tale...
May. 20th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Mr Tozo! Yes, cakes are always good. Love your latest Rag-and-Bone post, by the way!
May. 20th, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
Cyrano was one of the first 'real' plays I ever saw (i.e. not starring children dressed as states or trees), and it's had a special place in my heart ever since. After the performance, us kids got to go backstage and see the pile of fake noses in the makeup booth.

I think your take on Cyrano is dead-on -- of course he'd be a jerk to someone who had eyes for him, just to be in a position of power for once.

More longform comics plz
May. 20th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
Ooh, fake noses! That sound fun. Did you get to try them on?

Actually, I think Cyrano was more of a gentleman, and he used to affectionately tease Sister Marthe on his Saturday visits to Roxane with the line 'yesterday I ate meat'. But I was imagining he could get a bit weary of her if she pestered him all the time, in a bratty little sister way. Maybe he's still fond of her, when he's not in the middle of letter-writing.
May. 20th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
Ha, ha, that's lovely.The 'fight' panel is brilliantly done.
May. 20th, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And I thought I was being lazy! :-D But I was pleased with the way the swoopy lines came out.
May. 20th, 2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
I love it when drawing looks like handwriting: when you can imagine the sequence in which the lines were drawn. I think that adds to the vitality of it.
Plus the quicker you draw, the more comics we get!
May. 20th, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
this is so wonderful! Oh little Martha!
May. 20th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jess! I had a bit of a giggle when I drew Cyrano's nose and then thought of Chester's own prosthetic version.
May. 20th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
This is very enjoyable, and yeah, besides the fact that you SAID it was quick draw, I couldn't tell, just thought it looked all normal comicky (and don't interpret that as some sort of slight against the work you spend more time on -- if there's a comicker you like, you tend to enjoy everything they do)

The swoopy sword fight panel looks a litte different compared to the rest of the drawings, maybe it's just because it's the only action scene in and amongst a lot of talking, but it seems to contain more thick lines than the rest, the other have more variance between thick and thing. That is the only nit I can find to pick, and it's unimportant.

Fooey on the day job, more comics please! hee hee.
May. 20th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, you might be right about the sword fight lines. Nitpicking is good. And useful!
May. 20th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
I want to know how long it would take you to do a while novel in this style. And then I want to read it!
May. 20th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
It would take a long time! I would have to think about it as chapters, not a book, I'm guessing.
May. 20th, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
I'm adding a comment too; here it is.
May. 20th, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC)
Why, thank you, Mr Decie! ;-)
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