The Whimper in the Dark

The Whimper in the Dark


Greetings, groovie people! Welcome to my channel! I’m the “self proclaimed”
Blue Dragon, bringing you this week’s time-lapse: The Whimper
in the Dark. I’ll be sketching and inking a few pages for
my long abandoned comic. It’s been over a year since I’ve touched it,
The Whimper in the Dark. Or WinD, as I like to call it. Because I’m
lazy! I mean, that’s not any worse than calling
Paul McCartney Mack! I mean…meh? My opinion, but it IS just an
opinion. Before I start the video, though, it’s apology
time! *I should come up with a theme song for that*
No I shouldn’t! Friday’s video…last week…the 4th! It was ready, it was done, it should have
posted. Not for wont of trying, though. I tried to
upload it like 10 times. Actually, more than 10 times at 30 minutes
a pop before it would abandon processing at 94% each time. I’m not sure what was going on…I tried it
on two separate computers, thinking maybe it was a space issue, but no, it did not work. So I’m going to work
on retooling it and trying to figure out what the heck wrong with it. I dunno if it’s my fault, or YouTube’s fault,
or what…but after so many tries, I finally had to say “F it,” because it wasn’t downloading the definition
of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result… …12 times! Okay, maybe not 12 times! So, yeah, even Saturday nothing changed, so
I’m trying to figure out the problem. I apologize for that. It is coming. I’m coming
up with a plan for fixing the Friday Night Videos, too. Suggestions are always welcome! If there’s
something you want to hear me talk about, or see, please let me know below! ‘Cause…I mean if I’m boring myself, I can’t
imagine who I’m boring out there. [laughing] Speaking of being bored, hey! Don’t forget
to “sub,” “like” and hit the notification bell for more videos to keep track of whether
or not that improves! Hey! That’s a really bad plug. What a bad time
to plug yourself. … That didn’t come out right. My videos aren’t
for kids! Mostly because I “Funke” most of my stuff.
TOBIAS it. Whatever. Anyway! Anyway, anyway, anyway anyway onto
the video! What is all this, then? What the heck am talking about? Why am I doing
this? This channel is about mostly my comics and
art stuff, obviously. And the comic I’m working on , WinD, it’s
my attempt at a combination cute, uuuuuum…maybe kinda comical, but not really, more macabre
comical. Comical in that weird British sense, but not
really British because I’m not British, and I probably don’t have that right… that right *snap* you know, comedy flair to
me. And also, Word of Wednesday, lurid horror
comic starring our dogs. My partner and my….is that how you say it?
My dogs…Jack and Julius. It actually kinda started as a little joke,
because my dog, Jules is-he’s the Boston Terrier. And he is just a silly goofball! He’s…oh
my god! The sounds, the faces, the NOISES this dog makes–hilarious! And then we’ve got on the other end of the
spectrum, almost like a Laurel and Hardy thing going on where Jack is the straight man! He’s so dead serious
and stoic, and like when he looks in you his eyes bore into your soul! And he’s so serious! [giggling] And he’s a
little bundle of nerves! So we were joking around about how, he’s probably
like that because in reality he’s an ageless guardian of humankind and is constantly at
psychic war with unknown Lovecraftian entities and horrors and we’re just the stupid humans who feed
and water him, and take him outside…and nobody–we don’t matter–he’s the one protecting
the universe! [laughing] And then we thought “Wow, that’s pretty epic,
wouldn’t it be fun to come up with some little scenarios?” Like we were sitting throwing ideas, like
telling little stories to each other about what all Jack was doing, and how Julius as constantly needing to be
saved because he’s such an air head! And uh…we were like “Hey! Why don’t we draw
some stories, draw some little pictures, you know?” I was just kinda scribbling, we were like
“this would be kind of a cute comic idea, wouldn’t it?” Sure would! [laughing] So we came up–or at least we thought it was–so
we came up with some stories, and some ideas, and I decided, you know, if I was gonna do
this little comic, it was gonna be just a side project, and I wanted it to be fun, but I wanted to
be experimental with the ink. I wanted it to be all ink, no screen-tones. I don’t want it to be an actual story like
Dark Horse, the comic that I normally work on. I just wanted it to be little fun, short scenarios…kinda
Goreyesque, you know? I’ve talked about Edward Gorey–I’m sure I’m
making up that word, I just add…add and ending on it! Add a suffix to it, and you’ve
got a new word! That’s all you’ve gotta do! “Lovecraftian” not a word? It is now! “Goreyesque”? Hey! Why not? But, I’m gonna link an I-Card up in the upper
right hand corner that goes more into Edward Gorey. I’ve always really liked his artwork, and
I’ve always seen like a few snippets of his stories here and there, and they’re always
really macabre and creepy, and kinda dark! Yeah, I highly recommend him. If anyone’s
interested in that kind of macabre, Gothic theme. You know he was highly influenced by Dracula
and, like me, he really liked Lewis Carroll’s–the artwork within Alice in Wonderland. He seems like a very interesting person. He
very much embodies that whole–I don’t know if anyone out there has heard the term “old
weird America,” that’s what I think of! But then he seems
like such a normal guy! You know you listen to him in the interviews
and he’s just a normal guy talking about poetry, and you know books and stories and things
that influenced him! But I mean he’s really not like-he’s not even
British! I thought that he was British. But it turns out, no, he was born in Chicago!
[giggles] But he–I guess he moved all over the place,
so we can’t just claim him alone. You know, Illinois can’t. But I do love his very dry, creepy, kinda
ironic sense of humor. I don’t know if I’m using “ironic”right…we misuse that term
all the time in everyday life. But um…yeah! I just felt like he very appropriately
moved out East later on in life, which makes sense you know, considering where a lot of Lovecraft’s stories
take place, you know, out East on the coast. But yeah! He’s very interesting. Just an interesting
guy, so I definitely, highly suggest, you know, looking into him if you like that subject
matter. I figured I could learn a lot from him, so
I’ve been trying to, you know, look at his work to pick up some new techniques. I’ve been trying to look at other influences
as well, which aren’t quite so noticeable. I mean I enjoy the gorgeous woodcuts of Gustav
Dore. I grew up with my parents reading Coolidge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” and it was an illustrated copy that we had,
and those gorgeous wood-prints. And I’m not anywhere near either of those
artists’ levels, but these are the works that I’m pulling from, and that I’m interested
in for this series and I’m going to explore more later on. In
addition to like some of the woodcuts (prints) from Hokusai, Utegawa, Kunimasa’s another
one. Torii Kiyonaga, and Utamaro. Those are other
artists that I love the detail. I’ll never be as good as them! But those are
some of the things that have been influencing me, and that I plan on looking at. Also…I haven’t really read much of it, but
I keep flirting with the idea of actually sitting down and reading the New Yorker’s
Addams Family. Uh…Charles Addams was the artist. A lot
of you already know that! The Addams Family. But the comic strip, more so than, you know,
the other forms of media that they were translated into later. Especially his washes! I’ve been trying to
experiment a bit with the ink washes. I haven’t really gotten to a level that I
like yet, but these are things that I’m trying to pull from and are influencing me. And I figure it’s appropriate to talk about
since it’s October, and the end of the month we’ve got Halloween coming up, so if you like that kind of creepy macabre
stuff, but you also like a little bit of quirky joke going along with it, these are the things
that are kinda influencing WinD, or, you know, The Whimper in the Dark. And they are things that I highly suggest!
I think that they’re fun to read. Like I said, the more I get into The Addams Family, the
more I like it. I just kinda started skimming things over
not too long ago and was like “this is kinda funny, you know?” So um…yeah! Go check it out, you guys! And,
hopefully, if you’re interested, you’ll check out The Whimper in the Dark. It’s free. Yeah! So this comic has been on hiatus for
a year! It’s coming off of hiatus this Friday, October 11 of the year 2019. Some pages are very serious, others are kinda
goofy. Some of them are gonna be creepy, some of
them are gonna be silly, so it’s just kind of a mishmash of that. It’s going to update once a month. The second
Friday of the month. And each month will be one complete arc, or sub-arc. So that’s the plan right now! Do you have a favorite macabre or horror artist? AAAARtist? I can’t enunciate anything today! Or any artist that’s dealing with creepy things.
Um, you know Junji Ito, Edward Gorey, Charles Addams…to name a few. Gosh, I guess Bosch would even fit in there
a little bit. Except for he was a painter…I’m sure he did some inking. You know, it was way back in the day. Eh! Right? Let me know down in the comments! Support links are all down there, too. Ko-Fi,
all that stuff! Links to the comics, references, affiliate
links for the art supplies. Music! You know, all that stuff’s down there. If you like the video, “like” it, sub, do
the bell thing! And as always! Peace and love, fare-you-well, and keep on truckin’!

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