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Comics - How To: Equate Aliveness Under Division Of Five (New Years 2011)

December 31st, 2010, 6:01 pm

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Dregan , December 31st, 2010, 3:18 pm

The Mother of Bar'd

Link here as SJ has decided to spazz at the last moment stopping me from being able to post the comic direct;

Ohgods, where to begin commenting on a page like this? I should probably break it down into sections of useless banter, then people can choose all the bits they don't care about...
Oh, and for those few of you who oddly read the Author Comment before reading the comic - yeah, spoiler alert, probably wanna read the page first. And on that note, I may begin my inane babble which I'm sure you'll all mostly ignore.

So, some of you may be wondering, why the new bar? Well... simply enough the old one was being... well, used. By everyone. That old bar was every bar in every comic - but I didn't want that. I'm running a comic about a specific bar, and that's hard whenever anyone looks at it and goes 'oh, that's the bar background'. I wanted people to say 'oh, that's The Leafy Bar'.
Therefore, I had someone who makes scratch backgrounds do this for me upon request. There's a few bits which aren't custom (Primarily, the view outside the windows) but beyond that it's scratch.
Unfortunately, Funky, the guy who made the background for me, disappeared before he had chance to make an outside, thus the shambles I cobbled together for that.
So yeah, hope you like seeing the new 'Leafy Bar' as opposed to the old 'Generic Bar Background'.
Oh - before I forget and leave it on that note, yes, you did all totally call it on Maximillion being behind it. Whilst I did think this was probably obvious, it was seemingly even more obvious than how obvious I felt it was. Well done on getting that.

Godmodern, the new character introduced in this page, probably immediately struck a wrong chord with most people. I was actually hoping to introduce him a little earlier, to make the sudden spying nature of him seem more surprising, however, with everything else going off, I only really managed to introduce him now.
Even so, I hope that the fact he turned traitor still surprised some people - I did drop a hint here and there on the page (primarily, if you think about it, most things that Gmod seems to do in response to Maximillion actually seem to help him in some form or other), but tried to make them subtle enough that you wouldn't realise he was in alliance with the Outcast Mercenaries.
On that note, some of you may be wondering WHY I made him a member of the Outcasts? I mean, if you read the current Outcast Mercenaries comic, it should be noticable that he's not a member (Unless something's changed since I last checked). The truth is, I've had this planned for quite a while, since back when Outcast Mercenaries was an author comic - at which point, Godmodern WAS a member.
On that note...

I'm curious how many of you realised you'd be seeing these guys again. If you don't remember them, they last appeared from pages 87 to 96, being quite the nuissance in the bar...
That is, unless you count Xavier's off-panel appearance in page 150, the one which got a fair number of people curious as to who the speaker was. Well, now you know, and you've probably put together in your mind exactly what and who they're talking about.
The bar has certainly made some enemies in it's time... and not all of them are happy to fade into obscurity after one punch in the face.
Speaking of punches to the face...

Fun fact for you all, though it may not look like it, Ze's big speech to Maximillion is actually over 10% of the spoken script for this entire page.
This was obviously a big moment for the character... he found out that Shelia didn't love him, smacked Maximillion in the face, and proceeded to monologue like no character in Bar'd has ever monologue'd before. I'd like to say he somewhat 'took a level in badass', though I wrote the script, so I may be somewhat biased here.
Unfortunately, this will be the last time we get to see Ze as he currently is - Ze's owner has given him something of a character overhaul... when he appears again, he'll look completely different... and act completely different, due to a personality overhaul. I'll be honest, I prefer current Ze personality-wise to new Ze, but I ain't his owner, so it's not my place to say really. Needless to say though, the next Ze you see will be a very different Ze indeed.

Lastly I'm gonna talk about probably the most major (and yet most blatantly obvious) plot point here, the fact Shelia is 'all gooey and warm inside' for Vas. I do realise how much of an obvious choice it is for her to have a crush on - hell, if I didn't, Leo wouldn't be as busy pointing it out as he is.
I actually mentioned a while back in a 'Fun Fact' that I'd recieved very few pieces of information on Shelia before writing her - one of these pieces of information was that she fancied Vas, and it's taken this long to mention it directly.
As I say, it was pretty obvious as it was, only made more obvious by the rare hint - for example, Shelia's thing for muscles. Despite this obviousness though, I still feel finally getting it out and stated is kind of a big thing. So there we go, Shelia loves Vas. No big surprise, but hopefully something of a big deal.
What? Not every comics 'big deal' can be Mr. McNaughtyface trying to end the world again.

Lastly, the details which everyone seems to pine after;
Time It Took To Make: A Month (Would've been less if not for Uni and other stuff to deal with)
Number Of Panels: 200 exactly
Dimensions (Pixels): 671 x 15934
Dimensions (CM): 17.76 x 421.65
File Size: 2.48MB

Hope you enjoyed it all~

Oh, and before I forget... quite a lot of you may've tried to sneak-peek 200 and found something... rather unusual instead. Credit for that goes to Tsurugi, you can find it on the Extras Page now if you're curious to see it again~

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AnXjak , December 31st, 2010, 6:09 pm

Insane babble. AWESOME.

In other news, are you still accepting cameos? I haven't been paying much attention of late.

DemzBoredLol , December 31st, 2010, 6:10 pm

Happy New Year!!!

blitz5000 , December 31st, 2010, 6:12 pm

happy new year.

Tanokki , December 31st, 2010, 6:13 pm

Like the new layout, Oh, and good luck on the next 200.

ClareSilver47 , December 31st, 2010, 6:22 pm

The new banner is indeed sexy

godmoderncommander , December 31st, 2010, 6:31 pm

Though now I get the feeling there is going to be a heart breaking fight between me and the gang.

Oh, and can you send me the sprite of the trailer bike you used in the comic? I might use them later. Also, I have a new look if you are interested in it.

blitz5000 , December 31st, 2010, 6:37 pm

but wait, what's the new feature that's replacing the fun fact bar? YOU HAVE TO TELL US!

Irene the SeedrianRabbit , December 31st, 2010, 6:52 pm

Happy New Year! :)

Jake E. Fisher , December 31st, 2010, 6:58 pm


youdont12know , December 31st, 2010, 6:58 pm

congratz on 200 comics.

BreakerLOLZ , December 31st, 2010, 7:01 pm

Are you kidding? Not only did Ze Take a Level in Badass, he amped it Up to Eleven, and even Punched Out Cthulhu right before a Crowning Speech of Awesome!

Zmanwarrior , December 31st, 2010, 7:08 pm



blitz5000 , December 31st, 2010, 7:09 pm

you really like bees, don't you, Dregan?

Mix , December 31st, 2010, 7:14 pm

Did anyone else rofllmao at Vas' face when the ratbastard yelled "WHAT ARE YOU GAWPING AT INBRED"

AkumaTh , December 31st, 2010, 7:18 pm

That's why I like using my own canon over the original owner's. Though this was a good send off for Ze's old self. Now that he showed his love, he can move on.

And I knew that money shouldn't be trusted. Here's hoping he doesn't go mortgage on us. And finally the last set of panels kind of freaky.

Blitzn'Burst , December 31st, 2010, 7:45 pm

I'm in love now

oh yeah happy new year too :3

youdont12know , December 31st, 2010, 8:01 pm

@BreakerLOLZ: Are you perchance a troper?

ClareSilver47 , December 31st, 2010, 9:06 pm

I should really send in a cameo request, but I would prefer if I had a full sprite sheet

BreakerLOLZ , December 31st, 2010, 9:30 pm

@youdont12know: Maaaaaaaaaybe~

cqclegoman , December 31st, 2010, 9:40 pm

Oh fuckyes.

Neociz , December 31st, 2010, 10:00 pm

This is turning into a Soap Opera... where's my popcorn.

Sqoby , December 31st, 2010, 10:35 pm

Somehow, Shelia's confession was the biggest surprise for me on this page. to the return of the bees..

Whip the Rabbit , December 31st, 2010, 10:49 pm

This is definately my favourite page of all. And Shelia confessing both surprised me and made me happy. I hate it when comics hint one thing and fly the other way.
Also, Ze has definatly becomes one of my more favoured characters in this comic. +1 Lv. Badass.

hockeydude77 , December 31st, 2010, 11:56 pm

Very nice and congratulations, keep going.

Xavier the Dark , January 1st, 2011, 12:11 am

Xavier and Jax are bad guys.
Vas is the secret love.
New people.
This is getting amazing for the new year XD

Also, I thought the same as Leo. Wasn't expecting it to be an easy guess who the person was XD

Sagat the Tiger , January 1st, 2011, 12:27 am

Nice! The comic, the backgrounds, the bar. Other than that this has got to be the longest comic ever.

GMC workin' for the bad guy?! No way! :O

Marioismyman , January 1st, 2011, 12:51 am

Also epic sauce.

AndrossTh , January 1st, 2011, 4:46 am

all I can say is.... shit.

OnceTMaster , January 1st, 2011, 5:03 am

I love the new layout of the Leafy Bar. It actually kinda has a "leafy" feel with all the green.

For the issue, it's pretty damn emotional, looking back I woulda thought this was another comedy comic but with an original setting. Now I see it's original all together.

Happy New Year and G'luck with the next 200 amazing issues :D

Celestial_Wolf , January 1st, 2011, 5:26 am

Great work Dregan, I've been following this comic since Comic 1 and I will be continuing to follow from this. Hoping 2011 will have more from our favourite bar.

Sadpanda , January 1st, 2011, 9:02 am

Tsundere? Oh dear, I didn't sign up of this. I have my silly romantic animes for that.
Also, nice pants for that girl. they're open in the middle. Reminds me of some panda or so..

But in all seriousness, long page, good stuff. Didn't read that mouthfull though, just skimmed.
Also, Vas and sheep girl?
Can't really see it.
Now, if he went in and said "Hey Babe"
Well, then maybe.

Brade the echidna , January 1st, 2011, 9:47 am

Guys! That's not Bees! That's...


What is their secret!? We must know!

SolaratheHedgehog , January 1st, 2011, 9:52 am


Supersheep64 , January 1st, 2011, 11:11 am

Dear god. This is like 5 comics in one.
what is that, like 13 plot twists in quick sucession?

Ultimate the Hedgehog , January 1st, 2011, 11:12 am


this was a very funny & dramatic episode.

but i agree with leo. in the beginning i thought there was a little chemistry between sheila and vas... but it was too obvious, so i eventually let it go.

jeffreyex , January 1st, 2011, 11:23 am

YAY im going to visit the bar!...over 3 years

SPDark , January 1st, 2011, 11:40 am

It's all fine until someone can't view the comic on the site. Then you're in tr-

Oh, it's loaded. ^^ No crisis.

robybang , January 1st, 2011, 1:37 pm

Didn't like the whole VasXSheila confession much. I mean, there may have been some subtle hits in the beginning, but over 200 comics, there wasn't much buildup to this moment.

Lord Enigma , January 1st, 2011, 2:26 pm

Wow. This has to be the second longest comic I've ever seen. Not too surprised that Shelia loved Vas. Also nice new layout.

Ciber Paulo , January 1st, 2011, 9:33 pm

Holy fuck, the new bar is so green it can defy depth perception, proportion and angle.

But I laughed enough with this comic to ignore that.

jeffreyex , January 2nd, 2011, 8:35 am


blitz5000 , January 2nd, 2011, 1:04 pm

MR. I-fire-double-rainbows-out-my-arse. surprised nobody commented about that.

metaboo , January 2nd, 2011, 1:17 pm

Nice new look

Supersheep64 , January 2nd, 2011, 1:33 pm


Shadow Lugia , January 2nd, 2011, 1:44 pm

I lol'd @ the reduced comic size.
Liking the new template/banner.

FerreTrip , January 2nd, 2011, 2:24 pm

This must've taken forever, Dregan. Great, amazing show. *claps*

As for the defy physics thing, um, is it the way the backs of the benches actually widen as they go back, when they should shrink (due to spriting, I'm sure)? Or the fact they all go off into the distance the exact same way instead of to one/two set points? (Otherwise, I couldn't spot anything, and besides, I take this kinda stuff with a grain of salt, anyway.)

Snurple-the-Hedgehog , January 2nd, 2011, 4:21 pm


Screen timez~

But that's not the reason why I commented.

I am far surprised that you have the gut to make a comic like this long. Excuriating LONG. I must applaud you for such an effort and I actually am glad to see this going up to the 300th.

Blitz3124 , January 2nd, 2011, 5:44 pm

that was long...long...long comic page

greenblur101 , January 2nd, 2011, 6:39 pm

my most favorite page of bar'd now...

OmegaSonic , January 2nd, 2011, 10:39 pm

God damn, Dregan, that was a REALLY long page... But really awesome =D And thanks for sticking me in the credits again, even though it's been 150 pages since I last appeared XD

Koren , January 8th, 2011, 10:50 pm

I didn't find Shelia x Vas obvious. Honestly I thought it was her boss. God, if I weren't so sick it'd make me vomit, I'd be laughing my head off right now! That was undoubtably the BEST moment in the entire comic. Second would actually be Ze punching Maximillion in the face. Not for the humor, but for the drama. I have a thing for dramatic comics and that one moment from the punch to the rant is enough drama for the entire comic.

greenblur101 , January 13th, 2011, 9:18 pm

wut exactly defies the laws of phsyics?

Striffen Cloud , February 7th, 2011, 12:39 am

I extremely agree on the predictability. I mean, I called it from the start, given the muscle fetish. Anyway, just started this a few hours ago, and you have a new favoriter. Yay you!

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