Monday, July 22, 2013

Is this the start of a romantic comedy?


This chapter concludes with an unexpected budding romance between Larry the Pegasus stallion and Fluttershy the Pegasus Mare.

Real Larry’s reaction to this comic page is “Cool! A romantic comedy?”

In the first two panels, Larry is steadying himself with his left hoof while sitting on the sofa.  The reason is that Larry is not accustomed to sitting down on his pony rump.  Also, the ragdoll was too big and cumbersome to fit into Larry’s high back chair.

One of the most talked about criticisms of web comics is that they have too many chatty explanations and there is not enough action.  I hope that my comic has the correct balance of talk and action.

So far, fictional Larry started this comic as a human shopkeeper and is now a Pegasus stallion and secret agent.  Just imagine the possibilities for adventures when Larry starts his flight training in Cloudsdale and his friendship with Fluttershy.

A few of my fans have asked me the reason why the title character, “Angry Cab” is a secondary character in his comic.  I need to rework the character and redefine Angry Cab’s relationship with Abigail Adams.  What I will not do is use overused, dumb and sexist clich├ęs, such as “break the cutie” or the “damsel in distress” plot devices.

Original Angry Cab Story Copyright © 2013, James Patrick Buchanan

My Little Pony:  Friendship is Magic, Copyright © Lauren Faust, DHX Media, and Hasbro Studios

Garry's Mod Copyright © Garry Newman and Facepunch Studios

Comipo! Copyright © ComiPo LLP

Thursday, July 18, 2013

“Larry traded his trademark brown polyester blazer for a brown fur coat.”


Larry commented, “I'm honored; and I look damn good in a flight suit!”

I didn't want comic book Larry to wallow in self-pity, as Larry is too sagacious and sensible to indulge in meaningless self-pity.

Also, I don’t want Larry to say things that would be apparent to my readers, such as, “I never thought I’d look this good with a pony tail.”

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

“Larry gets some shocking news!”


This conservation takes place in one of the WASS base hospital patient rooms.  The point of view is Larry looking at Twilight Sparkle and Nurse Redheart.  I find creating images from the point of view of one the characters to be a bit harder to do well than third person point of view images.

Will fictional Larry be using Mane and Tail shampoo and conditioner from now on?

Trixie is looking after the artifact, making sure that no other human becomes “ponified by accident”.

My text describes my ponies’ origin story and my reasons why pony society is so similar to human society on this fictional Earth.  For some reason, I like the idea of the magical ponies evolving from broadminded and magical humans.

It must be my journalism training that motivates me to find out how things come into being the way they did.  I would like to see the My Little Pony writers explore why pony society and the human society described in the movie “My Little Pony:  Equestria Girls” are so similar in future television episodes or comic books.

I've seen the movie “My Little Pony:  Equestria Girls” and loved it.  This movie was better than I expected it to be and recommend it for fans who want to see these established characters in a new world.  To my surprise, no one walked out of the theater when the credits were rolling, perhaps to see a neat cameo appearance by Derpy Hooves holding a muffin.

My Little Pony:  Friendship is Magic (favorite character Twilight Sparkle) is a rare series that I've invested my time, money, and energy into.  The last time I was this invested in a television series at this level of intensity was Sailor Moon (favorite character Sailor Jupiter).

I’m aware that this is a text heavy page; yet what law of comic book design decrees that every comic page MUST be filled with illustration frames?  There is no “one true way” to create a comic, as there is no one true way to create any other type of art.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Will Twilight and Trixie be able to save Larry?


The first panel shows Babs Seed and Twilight having a conversation.  It appears that Babs Seed is a gymnast to have made herself into a pony bridge between two turnstile structures.

The second panel shows that ponies can ride motorcycles.  Two (pony sized) helmets are inside the sidecar and unseen.

The third and fourth panels show the “Great and Powerful” Trixie relaxing beside a swimming lake in the ponies’ home world.  These panels also show that the ponies can move from their world to ours and back again with ease.

The fifth and sixth panels show James Buchanan and Hayate Anderson running in a hurry to the central command station.  I would imagine that it would be unfortunate if a strong enemy were to attack in the next few days, when their most experienced WASS agent is in the hospital.

What is that artifact, who built it, and why is it so powerful that reading an inscription can trigger it?  Keep reading my Angry Cab Comic and you will find out.

P.S.  If I ever have three daughters, it would be cute if their first names were inspired by My Little PonyFriendship is Magic characters.  My first daughter will be named Twilight, the second daughter will be named Luna, and the third
daughter will be named Trixie.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

My online comic - printed and then posted in the physical world.


On this Fourth of July, I will celebrate the many, hard won freedoms of past American generations by creating art and telling stories.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Larry’s ponies find a magical stone artifact


At this time, I’m learning on my own the skills to be a digital artist.  By trial and error, I’m finding out how different software assets appear on the page or screen.  I don’t have the money to attend comic book classes, but would like to do so in the near future.

I’m still learning how to use the available tools.  I still have no idea why my Garry's Mod props and ragdolls cast shadows in some shots and not cast shadows in other shots.

I’m making plans to upgrade my computer in a month or two, so I can start creating with Source Filmmaker (SFM).