About This Episode:
When I was given the chance to do a guest comic I had a story in mind and even built the set for it. But soon after I decided that it might be more fun to do a guest strip based on a something from a book. Since I had just finished reading Pavlov’s Dogs and enjoyed the story so much I reached out to the authors David Snell and Thom Brannan to ask if they would like their story to be featured. They both loved the idea and dove right into getting helping me get this started. Within a few hours we had an 8 episode script written by them that did a great job of being able to fit into this LEGO comic world.
We chose chapter 1 since its a perfect microcosm of the entire book and 1 chapter makes the right length for a comic short series. It’s face paced, has plenty of action and the story hits the ground running. The best part about Pavlov’s Dogs is we have the Human vs. Zombies angle we all love, but there is an extra dose of awesome as we also have…werewolves!
So as you can see by looking at episode 1, Pavlov’s Dogs gets right off too it with no build up. The story starts right as everything is falling apart. Sometimes I don’t want a huge build up to the zombie apocalypse story. Sometimes its nice to just get right to the action. But later on in the book it touches on it so you’re not left wondering.
As for me actually making this comic. I am NOT the most prepared person. In fact, my zombie apocalypse preparation strategy is to hope a fully stocked neighbor dies quickly so I can loot them. So as with most projects I start, I went into this having no clue how I would do it. No idea how to edit pictures, no idea how to type text or thought bubbles onto them, no idea how to set up a scene to shoot pictures for a comic. Sure I have shot some mocs before and put them on flickr and mocpages but this is different since you’re shooting scenes that have to tell a story. That’s the best part of hobbies, its a fun way to learn something new. And while frustrating at times, the best way for me to learn new things is to throw myself into something. But even with a lot of stuff to figure out I had an absolute blast doing this.
I figured I would explain how I did each scene as it might help someone who wants to do their own webcomic. The first challenge was figuring out perspective to photograph everything once the sets were built. Since LEGO are so shiny you have to learn how to frame a scene right while trying to fit everything in. Otherwise you get too much reflection. Thankfully Dave advised me to build every wall to be easily removed so nothing connects at a 90 degree angle. That gives you space to move the camera around the set. That saved me a ton of time tear down and rebuild time but only solved half the framing problem. I built a ton of stuff on that right wall in the alley entrance that could never be shown since it won’t fit into the picture right. A huge backfire of not thinking ahead and lesson learned.
So this comic will be 8 episodes and then we’ll get back to the regular comic where Dave left off.
Discussion Question: This one comes from Brickvoid
If the end of the world were to happen within the next 24 hours, would you go out taking as many zeds with you as possible, or would you join their numbers? Let’s say this end of the world is fatal to zombies, too! Would that influence your choice?
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