Zombie Outbrick: Episode 26
Zombie Outbrick: Episode 26

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2nd Sep 2011, 12:07 AM

Zombie Outbrick: Episode 26

blockcomics
2nd Sep 2011, 12:07 AM

The flashback begins.
The Policeman's motives will soon finally be explained...



As you can see, this flashback is going to spanning multiple episodes. (Perhaps 3-5) At least we'll get to see something other than the office hallways, for a change!

I apologize for re-using the close-up from episode 25, but as you can see, I already had to use a different set than the office for the shooting of this episode. Getting out my office set for 2 pictures which I basically already had seemed like it would take up too much time, especially since I made this episode shortly before it needed to be released! (And I personally really liked that close-up shot.)


What does everyone think of the transition into the flashback in the second panel, by the way?



This episode is the second to use the newer 5-panel layout. I chose it not only for dramatic effect, but also to show off my scratch-built police car.

If you look in the backgroud of the last panel, you may be able to see a rather large grey and black building/facade that I scrambled to build in under 10 minutes, specially for this episode. I was going to use a building I'd already built, but I realized I need those for later.



So what do you guys think of this episode? Do you like the effects in the last panel? (It's my first attempt at doing glowing lights like that.)

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Lee V.
2nd Sep 2011, 12:18 AM

That police car is awesome. I love the flashing lights! :D

And I really like the transition effect in the second panel. Makes me think of something that would be done in a movie.

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blockcomics
2nd Sep 2011, 12:36 AM

Thanks Lee! I'm rather proud of how the police car turned out.

And it's good to hear that you thought of something that would be in a movie, when you saw the transition in panel 2; deep down, I'm a film-maker at heart! :D (Sadly I don't quite have the time or people for making amateur movies at the moment, so comics will have to suffice!)

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smbhax
2nd Sep 2011, 1:10 AM

That is definitely a pretty sweet police car, love the side-view mirror.

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blockcomics
2nd Sep 2011, 1:16 AM

Thanks smbhax! I realized that those pieces would make great side-view mirrors a while ago, and have been waiting to implement them until now. (It would seem that most LEGO cars don't have them.)

I haven't seen you comment here before, smbhax. I hope to see more comments of yours on future episodes. ;)

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ComicFox30
2nd Sep 2011, 1:38 AM

10-13? 10-4? What does that mean?

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MadameLecter
2nd Sep 2011, 5:40 AM

10-13 is a code that dispatchers use to tell the officers whats going on and 10-4 lets the dispatcher know that someone is on the way :D

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blockcomics
2nd Sep 2011, 7:58 AM

You've pretty much got it right, MadameLecter! ;)

10-13 is the "officer assist" the Policeman was talking about (essentially calling for back-up,) and 10-4 just means "ok." I used to hear "10-4" all the time, and never knew what it meant. As it turns out, people using the radio to communicate (including police) usually use a set of 10-codes that mean different things.

I tried to write the script so those 10-codes wouldn't be too confusing if you just ignored them.

"Then dispatch called in an officer assist on the radio..."

"On my way."

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plymayer
2nd Sep 2011, 1:44 AM

!!! I had one of those lego police cars years ago !!!

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blockcomics
2nd Sep 2011, 7:48 AM

You did? Because I built this one from scratch. I'd like to see which old police car you mean!

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plymayer
2nd Sep 2011, 9:59 AM

Man! That was thirty something years ago... :) I didn't know they still made that kit - now, I know - they don't !! ;) You made your own.

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blockcomics
2nd Sep 2011, 12:11 PM

Hah, well I'll have to look into what cool police car set you're talking about! It sounds very interesting, although I don't ever recall seeing "vintage" police cars before. ;)

Wouldn't it be cool if LEGO started making some sets from the "good ol' days" again? (By "good ol' days," I mostly mean any time before now. I don't like many of LEGO's current offerings as much as things they used to make.)

Flamero Burns
2nd Sep 2011, 2:33 AM

The car still has a lego feel, but is not a box with wheels. I hate it when people make replicas, they'ren't in scale.

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blockcomics
2nd Sep 2011, 7:52 AM

Thanks Flamero, I'm glad you like it.

Yeah, it's difficult to build an exact replica of, say, a Dodge Charger or something in minifig scale. Still, while you can't convey every detail, you can certainly still convey some of them while keeping it in scale.

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Onecanofsprite
2nd Sep 2011, 4:02 AM

Elm.
Elm Street.
A nightmare on Elm Street.

Nice reference.

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blockcomics
2nd Sep 2011, 8:04 AM

Hah, the first time it was actually unintentional, this time it was just to be consistent! ;)

Silver Fox already pointed that out back on Episode 11 when there were "reports of riots on Elm Street" on Blox 5 News.

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MadameLecter
2nd Sep 2011, 5:39 AM

I am digging that police car! TEACH ME HOW TO MAKE IT! I want the Trio to go on a driving spree when they get back ;)

p.s. I dig the lights. You make me jealous...a lot. xD

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blockcomics
2nd Sep 2011, 8:15 AM

I'm glad you like the police car, MadameLecter! I might be able to whip up some instructions for it at some point... ;)

And a driving spree sounds good for the Trio, especially after being stuck in Ancient Welsh-people Land. But I think the Harry Potter car could still work for that, right?

p.s. Thanks! Photoshop is very useful for this sort of thing. I'm not sure how much extra cash is just lying around your home, but if you can, you might want to consider saving up $100 or so to get the latest version of Photoshop Elements! It helps a lot when you're trying to make a comic. You could think of it as an "investment"... ;)

Silver Fox
2nd Sep 2011, 12:38 PM

The transition is fairly good, I like it for a brick comic.

As to the police car, I am partial to the new designs of 2011 and have been collecting them up and then comparing them to my older vintage sets of the 80's & 90's.

I see elements of both old and new design in this car. So that's -very- good and cool.

Me, when I've built cars, if I don't use an existing LEGO model, I make my own and don't worry about it looking like any current model out there.

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blockcomics
2nd Sep 2011, 1:19 PM

Thanks, Silver Fox, I'm glad you like the transition!

And I actually considered all the police cars available from LEGO at the moment, and I decided I didn't particularly like any of them. I like black police cars better, anyway!

It'd be cool if we could get a picture of some of your "then and now" type comparisons.

And yeah, pieces like the wheel-wells (or whatever they are) and the hood are pretty new, but the windshields (especially the one in the back) have been around for a while, and the doors are just plain bricks with a tile on top. (I didn't have any doors available to me that I liked. I tried several hinges and different setups, but I didn't like any of those, either.)

I'm not terribly worried about it looking like an existing model either, but I got some inspiration for building from checking out some actual cars out there.

Silver Fox
3rd Sep 2011, 10:15 AM

My daughter's asked me if I'd get more pictures made of my LEGO sets, lately here I've been going on a spree with organizing my pieces... and since (the Collectible Minifigures are getting counted in by Brickset's inventory set up), I've got at last current count, close to 1,000 minifigures and close to 500 sets. So I've been rebuilding sets so I can bag them up as a means of organizing & filing. After that I intend to be left with just a parts bucket of loose pieces.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/aeterry/

that's what I started over on flicker. It shouldn't be hard to pull out my Police theme, get photos of them up. There is only one older set left to build, if I put that together after I'm done with the Caribbean Clipper, I'll start on it next.

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blockcomics
3rd Sep 2011, 10:36 AM

Sounds cool, I'll definitely have to check out your Flickr now! I'll keep an eye out for the Police-themed sets, too.

And you know, you can make that URL a link using BBcode, like this (minus the spaces in the tags):

[url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/aeterry/ ]link[/url ]

Just for future reference. (I don't have any sort of filter that keeps links from showing up until I approve them, or anything like that.)

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synwells
4th Sep 2011, 5:08 AM

This is great stuff, going to subscribe now

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blockcomics
4th Sep 2011, 9:39 AM

I'm glad you like it, thanks for subscribing!

zombiemutts
6th Sep 2011, 11:18 AM

Again I am a broken record but man...you are getting so much better at this each and every time.

A true sense of motion done right!

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blockcomics
6th Sep 2011, 7:25 PM

Thanks Mutts!(Don't worry, it's a record I like to hear. ;) )

If you mean the motion for the wheels, I almost used a "radial blur," that would blur the wheels in a circle.

But then I realized, "the wheels aren't just sitting there, spinning - they're moving forward!" And so I used a regular horizontal motion-blur instead.

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