Marlowe the Monster
September 23, 2010 1:49 PM   Subscribe

Marlowe the Monster
My current pet project is Marlowe, a sculpted webcomic/picturebook. It follows the life of a well meaning, slightly misguided, slightly shy, rather blobby monster with six eyes and two tentacles. Topics covered include asexual reproduction, (monster) civil rights, depression and lesbian sex(all SFW). Updates Wednesdays.
posted by sawdustbear (15 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

These are really good. I especially love the facial expressions, which cannot be easy with so many eyes.
posted by FishBike at 4:59 PM on September 23, 2010

thanks, fishbike!

(i think it's easier with six eyes! heh.)
posted by sawdustbear at 5:58 PM on September 23, 2010

Major "Hells Yeah" from me.
posted by theichibun at 7:48 PM on September 23, 2010

Added to my webcomic bookmarks list, in the subcategory of "Updates Weekly on Wednesday" which, with The Abominable Charles Christopher, Alien Loves Predator, Herman the Manatee, True Swamp and World of Hurt, is a pretty prestigious group. But Marlowe fits in just fine.
posted by oneswellfoop at 9:05 PM on September 23, 2010

Larger format images please!
posted by beerbajay at 2:13 AM on September 24, 2010

You had me at the difficulties of asexual reproduction.

There's a minor narrative with Marlowe's love life -- do you plan to mostly do one off panels, or is there going to be a more elaborate story down the line? Additional characters? A complex mythology that can be debated at cons worldwide?
posted by Think_Long at 6:06 AM on September 24, 2010

theichibun - thanks!

oneswellfoop - i am honored to be in such company.

beerbajay - i didn't know that's what people might want. now I do!

think_long - a mix of both, but even the storylines will be done in a series of one shot panels. there are a couple additional characters that have been mentioned but not seen(his mother and sister, for one), and I dunno about complex mythology, but I'll answer anything. :)
posted by sawdustbear at 9:07 AM on September 24, 2010

Also: a non-single-page view. With a more complicated webcomic it makes sense, but since you're trying to build up characters one frame and sentence at a time, it's be nice to browse more with fewer clicks. You're using wordpress so I assume this is pretty easy to do.
posted by beerbajay at 3:34 PM on September 24, 2010 [1 favorite]

And also: I think you need a larger line-height in the text! It works stylistically to cram it together in the other graphics but for the caption it's a bit much. Sorry if this sounds like complaining; it's only because I care.
posted by beerbajay at 3:52 PM on September 24, 2010

I've barely customized the comicpress theme for wordpress that I'm using, and word is that a multiple comic view is one of the things it doesn't handle that well. The moment I get some extra time, I'll dive into it and see what I can manage. It's a good idea!

Point taken on line height too. I personally like the look, but I can see that it needs tweaking when the letters actually touch each other!

(much thanks - this sort of feedback is REALLY helpful!)
posted by sawdustbear at 4:15 PM on September 24, 2010

Oh man, contacts! Marlowe needs to get laser eye surgery.
posted by chairface at 4:48 PM on October 4, 2010

brilliant! I've seen this in Mefi Projects a couple days now, I am so glad I clicked the link. The photography is absolutely superb!
posted by aeroboros at 10:37 PM on October 5, 2010

chairface - I've thought of it, but since I myself do not qualify for LASIK, I'm punishing the figments of my imagination with the same.

aeroboros - Thank you! I'm really glad you like the photography because I don't actually know much about it and the validation is reassuring. I did finally get an entry level DSLR, and I hope to finally read that ridiculous manual at some point. The last three or so are shot with my new camera - before that is all my tiny Canon Powershot(rest in peace, little camera) and its pretty amazing digital macro function.

I took a picture of the behind-the-scenes workings of Marlowe, if anyone's interested! It's also a picture of my cat.
posted by sawdustbear at 11:34 PM on October 5, 2010

This is pretty awesome.
posted by limeonaire at 5:48 PM on October 11, 2010

So sorry to hear that you've been robbed, sawdustbear.
posted by scruss at 4:59 AM on March 2, 2011

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