Have you lost inspiration/motivation for Lackadaisy? Or are you busy? ( When can we expect a new page?~ or some sketchs and doodles?~ ovo ) Have you ever had to deal with lost inspiration/motivation?/How did you deal with it?
I haven’t lost inspiration or motivation. I’ve had a milestone deadline to contend with at work (just one in a series of them), so I have lost time and energy. This is pretty routine in a game development job. My existence has consisted of work-sleep-work-sleep-work-sleep for the past couple of weeks. I have to take a related business trip shortly that will continue keeping me away from comics. I’m exhausted and immensely frustrated - Lackadaisy is my first love, but it has to be my second priority.
I regret not having new things to share here. I’ll remedy that as soon as I’m able. (Apologies to anyone who’s sent me a note that hasn’t received a response lately too).
Regarding 'Lackadaisy Interloper': is Mitzi the only person in the world who'd be *relieved* upon realising that the creepy man waiting in her car was Mordecai? (Besides his close relatives.) Even setting aside the fact that he's a hitman in the pay of her main rival, he just... doesn't seem the sort whose armed-and-uninvited presence would normally inspire the kind of mildly irritated trust she shows. (Um, this isn't a criticism! Just a blatant attempt to tease out more snippets of canon.)
Just about the only person, yes. Exchanged words aside, the entire encounter at lunch and in the car is intended to reveal a lot about the nature of their relationship, and how they’re both hung up on the same thing in different ways.
Asa brought Mordecai along expecting to intimidate Mitzi into relenting. Not anticipating that their relationship would be quite so familiar and perhaps not having Mordecai as figured out as he thinks he does, what he got instead was the two of them sniping at each other like sore siblings. (Similarly, Mitzi brought Rocky and Freckle along to make a show of possessing some muscle, but that didn’t quite convey the message she intended either.)
Um, may I ask? What was with the pineapple background that your tumblr was sporting the other day? Was it a joke? It was rather amusing. :)
Well, in regard to the Heartbleed bug, tumblr was one of the vulnerable sites, but states that it doesn’t have any evidence that it was affected. Mysteriously, though, a multitude of users logged in the other day to find their blog themes changed, including me. It’s probably fair to conclude that tumblr was indeed affected.
Out of curiosity! You draw the lackadaisy squad as hoomans fairly often - moreso in relatively recent years - so I'm wondering, as you worked through the comic, were there any points (narratively speaking) where you felt it would've benefited from a humanised cast instead? Are there any thoughts you have on how it might've affected the mood of the strip, or even your artistic direction? Thank you :D
With human characters, I think the comic would come across with a much darker, grimmer aspect than has been my intent. At the least, the characters probably wouldn’t be able to get away with all the mugging they do without looking downright creepy. Heh. I am aware that the talking animal/anthro visuals are immediately off-putting to a lot of people too, though, and I suspect that has limited its reach to some extent. That’s regrettable, but I don’t know that a perfect solution to style and representation exists. I do know that the cat theme felt right to me at the outset and still does - I think it sustains a certain amount of levity and playfulness that I want the story to have. That I have the option to draw the characters as humans when I feel like it is added bonus for me. Swapping between that and the cartoonier comic style resolves some of the creative confinement that goes along with all-consuming, long term projects like this, and gives me opportunity to exercise different types of artistic muscles.
What textures did you use for the newest pages if any? [Ex; The clockwork on Contretemps, Mordecai's fur on Calinda, etc!] It looks really good.
Thank you. There’s a soft grainy overlay across the whole thing, made from a scan of a piece of paper. Otherwise, there aren’t any textures applied - it’s just pencil art digitally modified with various standard Photoshop brushes.
You probably get this asked a lot, but I was wondering - will there be a restock on the physical copies of Lackadaisy?
The publisher just made the last few remaining soft cover books available in the 4de store.
It’s time for another print run. Hopefully that will be taken care of within the next few months and they will reappear on Amazon (don’t mind the independent retailers listing the book at absurd prices).
temporalequinox asked you: Hi! I love your comic and I’ve been working on a vintage inspired story myself for the passed few years now, but I can never find a great source for clothing of the time period my story takes place in. Do you by any chance have an accurate source that you look to for reference?
nosunlightinthecity asked you: I’m wondering where you researched 20’s fashion and style (and language!). My own foray lead me to nothing but cheap flapper costumes, but I’m hoping to be more put-together for this themed museum event. I’d love any nudge in a good direction. Thank you in advance! ———————————————————————————————
Hi, guys! Here are some online places you can find authentic period clothing reference from the past 130 years or so:
Old clothing catalogs. There are a lot of them archived in book form for pretty reasonable prices on Amazon. Scans from these catalog collections are plentiful online too - easy to find with a Google Image search.
Old photographs. There’s no better reference than real actual people wearing real actual clothing. Shorpy is a goldmine. Also, it may or may not be common knowledge, but the US Library of Congress site has a huge online archive of historic photographs. (Obviously, that’s a pretty American-centric source, but I imagine many internet-friendly nations have a rough equivalent.)
Vintage clothing stores. There are quite a few of them with fairly extensive online catalogs - just be careful to look for actual vintage articles of clothing as opposed to vintage style clothing loosely based on history.
Museum collections. The Metropolitan Museum, for instance, has a very large collection of historic clothes and ensembles by historic designers (Vera Maxwell, Coco Chanel, etc) available for perusal on their site (pick Collections>Search collections). There are a number of tumblr blogs out there too, like OMGthatdress, featuring such pieces with search tags that might make it easier to find what you’re after.
I hope that helps. If anyone has other resource recommendations, feel free to share!
Working in red hues on an oldish Cintiq is kind of a nightmare. It always seems to require hours of value and saturation adjustment on a normal display after the fact. Does anyone else have this problem or is just it time put my device out to pasture?
i need to cast a female character for a video. The character has a Cajun accent, so please only try out if you think you can manage that particular accent decently. There is also another female role to try out for, but it’s very minor. This first character is the priority.
What's Mordecai's accent? I've always heard him with a quasi-posh one (given the way he dresses), but it seems equally plausible for him to have a really strong NY accent.
He does have a New York accent…tucked away and simmering precariously beneath the surface. I wouldn’t say he sounds posh exactly, but certainly like someone employing elocution to some extent, enunciating thoroughly and trying to rein in habitual rapidity. He forgets himself sometimes.
Hello :o) I'm sorry to bother you, but I have a nitpick or two about the lyrics in your last page (which is brilliant, by the way); the correct spellings/grammar would be, "c'est pas tout le monde qui peut danser", "toutes les vieilles valses des vieux temps" and "pendant que ta mère est pas là". Technically, "ta mère est pas là" should be "ta mère n'est pas là", but the "n'/ne" negation is often dropped colloquially in dialogue. Thank you for your amazing artwork and stories, keep going :o)
Hi there. Thanks for the kind words and feedback!
You are right in that those are the verses in the more popular recorded variations of the song from the 1940s onward, but it’s a folksong that’s at least a few decades older than that. As with most folksongs, there are as many versions as there are people who sing it. Even the recorded versions from the mid-20th century don’t all agree. They don’t all seem to be entirely grammatically correct either, but, then, Cajun French tends to have its own version of “correct” (which, with my already limited understanding of French grammar, admittedly makes it outlandishly difficult to research and write with any semblance of authenticity…ugh).
I cobbled Nico’s version of the song together from the oldest variations I could find. The older lyrics reference “two step” (deux temps) waltzes, but somewhere along the way, the popularized lyrics apparently morphed it into “old time” (vieux temps) waltzes. ”Two step” actually makes a bit more sense when considering the context of the song, though. Colinda’s suitor is suggesting she dance an immodest dance. In the late 19th/early 20th century when this offshoot of the Calinda/Colinda songs probably emerged, Two-Stepping it to ragtime while the elders scowled disapprovingly was all the rage. If the suitor were inviting Colinda to dance an old-fashioned dance, I’d think it’d be less likely to anger the old ladies, as the lyrics go.
I had fun playing DoA with you guys this afternoon(I didn't stay long because other things came up and I couldn't focus on the game enough to not suck) Man was it crowded though. It was really hard to single out a target because there were so many players! But I at least got a few kills in before I started to fail spectacularly(I'm LadySeraphi in-game)
Oh, yes, I saw you there! Glad you could join us, even if only for a little while. The dev team is quite experienced at the game at this point, so it can be a little daunting jumping in as a new player at first. There’s no reason to feel like you sucked, though. As with any game, you’ll tend to get the hang of it after a try or two, especially after you’ve got an understanding of how to use the different dragons for their strengths. (You might pick the Juggernaut if you’re going to zero in on a target and attack, or the Behemoth if you want to attack multiple targets, or the Lightning dragon if you want to tap the capture points for your team, for instance.)
Anyway, some of our alpha testers are as good or better than us already, which is a promising sign, I think.
We’re holding another Dragons play test tomorrow - Thursday at 10am CST - in case anyone wants to join the party. You can snag the free, open alpha version of the game here.
I was looking at the pictures of the Savoys on your website, and I can't help but getting a vibe from Serafine, reminding me of Lisa Bonet in the 80s movie Angel Heart. Do the Savoys have some African ancestry?
I only just stumbled on Angel Heart this past summer digging around for decent horror fare I hadn’t seen yet. It’s a very dark little gem of a nigh-forgotten film. Not for everyone, certainly, but I enjoyed it. Anyway, to answer your question, yes they have some African, possibly Haitian, ancestry. Because of the circumstances of their upbringing,they aren’t terribly certain of their lineage (though that hasn’t stopped Serafine indulging in a bit of grandiose speculation).
Wait, so, is "Contretemps" happening the night of or the night before Ivy wakes up to find Rocky's lipstick graffiti? (bestwebcomicgreatwritingkthx)
The night of. I’m not sure I did a particularly good job conveying the passage of time there. Perhaps the Contretemps page needs a ‘that evening’ tag or something to clarify. (alsothanksthat’smuchtookind)
Překlady Lackadaisy (originál zde) do češtiny, všichni čtenáři jsou vřele vítáni (◠‿◠✿)
-> For all who did not understand the first part, this is my new blog, dedicated to the czech translation of Lackadaisy-a wonderful comic created by the one and only-Tracy J. Butler and free to read in english here: x Check it out!
Czech translation of Lackadaisy, very kindly provided by elleannor.