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Picking back up where the Comicals left off, here is episode 17: Ourselves Alone.
Small preview below. See the full comical here.

If you need a refresher, here's the previous Comical or go straight to the Comicals index to catch up.




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Just a quick update on what's up with The Sarah Connor Comicals. I'll be picking back up where I left off, with Ourselves Alone, and continuing through to the Born to Run.
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I finally finished up the comical for eisode 16: Some Must Watch, While Some Must Sleep. You remember that one, right? The one where Cameron walks by in her undies? Yeah, I thought that might jog some memories.

Small preview below. See the full comical here.




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I tell ya, the sleep clinic episode consumed all my TSCC time for too long! Then by the time I let go of that one, we were into the next one and I had to be all thinky about that. Oh TSCC, you do so get into my head. Anyway, if you can remember waaaaaaaaay back 3 episodes, here is the comical for episode 15: Desert Cantos.

Small preview below. See the full comical here.




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Hey! The Sarah Connor Comicals are back! Someone asked me if "The Good Wound" was too sacred to comical. Too sacred?! Hahahaha. Not a chance, especially when I've got new action figures. Kyle, Catherine and Riley are making their debut. Here is episode 14: The Good Wound. Enjoy....

Small preview below. See the full comic here.




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So where the hell are these action figures and why has there been no Comical for The Good Wound?!

Even after I thought I was done with Kyle, Riley and Catherine, I ended up going back and making some adjustments — mostly to Catherine. She was too monochromatic for her own good and required a repaint. I also made new arms for her so she could be sleeveless. By the time I really was done yesterday, I knew didn't have enough time to prepare a Comical before tonight's episode. So instead, I took a few hours to make some fixes to the original action figures.

I'd already dealt with Cameron's hair, but there were touch-ups needed on almost every figure. And I'd also been wanting to soften Sarah's hair color a bit too (too stark black and shiny before). And speaking of Sarah, her knees have always been loose. I fixed that too. Now she can actually stand without the assistance of Funtack jammed into the backs of her knees - yay! So anyway, all the action figures are in tip-top shape now.

The Sarah Connor Society wants to do a little interview, so I'll wait to show the new figures then (Monday, I think). And I'm going to do Comicals for episodes 14 and 15 back-to-back, starting work on them this weekend.
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I've got a mini special edition of The Sarah Connor Comicals for you today. The theme is: the Thomas Dekker spoiler video. Don't worry if you haven't watched the videos, you will NOT be exposed to any spoilers by viewing this comical. It's only 2 panels, so no preview for this one or I'd be, er, spoiling it ;)

Take me toooooo the Comical!


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Well, my hiatus went on a longer than I'd planned, but I'm back. Picking up where we left off, I present the comical for episode 13: Earthlings Welcome Here. Enjoy....

Small preview below. See the full comic here.




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What happens when you have one Sarah action figure and you need three? Augh. Lots of PhotoShop work, that's what. Please back 9, no more Sarah hallucinations of herself. It was fun to watch, but not so fun in Comical world. Anyway, yes, I'm working on it. Finally. Aiming for Friday. Oddly, this comic seems to require my "happy joy" iTunes playlist.

In a related story, I was digging through old posts in the Sarah Connor thread at SCS and I came across a post of mine from last summer (June 27). It was what I hoped for season 2. Here's what I said:

With Charley back in the picture, Derek killing people, The Turk still missing, John lying to her, Cromartie on the hunt, Sarakissian attempting to kill them... The deck is sufficiently stacked and I'm expecting a much more intense Sarah in season 2.

I'd want to see her dealing with the cancer worry. I want more nightmares. I want more Charley angst. I want a Sarah and Ellison to finally meet. I want Sarah and Derek to face-off over their differences. And I also want some mother-son conflict. If John's going to start maturing, let's see some growing pains. He needs to struggle with that - be a little rebellious, make some mistakes. And I'd expect Sarah to have a tough time dealing with it.

Apparently I got everything I wanted. I still wished the Sarah and John troubles had played better, but after reading that, how can I complain about anything (other than not enough Sarah, of course)?
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Oooo so close. Almost got this one done before the new episode. Anyway, if you can manage to not think about the mid-season finale for a few, here's the TSCC action figure comic strip, for last week's episode 12: Alpine FIelds.

Small preview below. See the full comic here.






For anyone who missed it and is interested, I also have a post about how I make the comicals.
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I've had a number of people ask me what's involved and how much time it takes to produce the Sarah Connor Comicals, so I thought I'd put a post together.

There are really two parts to the process: the thinking and the doing. I never know which half is going to torture me more from episode to episode, but one of them surely will, every time. Creative processes are just like that (for me anyway, but I'm guessing most of you know what I'm talking about). Sometimes I have a good deal of it planned out before I begin and sometimes I dive in with one or two ideas and hope it leads me.

So the time it takes varies — widely. I've whipped up a comical in a few hours before and others I've struggled with off and on for days. But whether it's totally fun and goes quickly or drags out and starts to feel like a chore never seems to be a factor in how good it ends up. That, I think, just depends on the way an episode hits me, how much I've got going on and probably what kind of mood I'm in when I work on it.

After I've beat my head against the wall for a while and made some notes, I set up the "studio" (2 clip-on lights on a work table, some poster board and a Canon PowerShot on a tripod). It actually takes quite a while to photograph scenes (way longer than you'd think). The action figures are often uncooperative and I have to Fun Tack them into submission. If the setup doesn't look right, I have to un-Fun Tack them, rearrange and re-Fun Tack them. It can be tedious. There's also this to contend with:



Depending on how many ideas I have when I start, I may go scene-by-scene or I may shoot a bunch of different scenes in succession. Then I take them into PhotoShop for the finishing work. That's where the raw photos become comic panels and also where I end up changing my mind about stuff a lot. That sometimes leads to reshoots, but I also change things around on the fly. I've erased an action figure from a scene before because I couldn't bear to set up the shot a second time and I've pieced-in figures that weren't originally there. I add in backgrounds, objects, I make graphics to use (like the Jesse calendar). And some stuff I create in Illustrator because PhotoShop's vector tools leave much to be desired.

The comical for episode 11 wasn't one of the more amusing ones, but I think I ended up putting more work into it graphically than any previous edition. Partly that may have been me making up for what I felt was kind of a dud, but it's also just that the longer I do these, the more desire I have to make them actually look good. What started as a quick and dirty hack job has turned into a full fledged hobby. And despite whatever frustrations it brings me during the process, I simply love doing it.

For those that have been curious about all this, I've assembled a step-by-step peek at the making of two of the more complex panels from the Self Made Man comical.
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At this point, I've given up on trying to catch up to the current week's ep. So this time I'm not going to make claims of trying to get episode 12 done before episode 13 airs. Anyway...

Here's the TSCC action figure comic strip, for last week's episode 11: Self Made Man.

Small preview below. See the full comic here.




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I'm straggling behind here — just now posting the TSCC action figure comic strip, for last week's episode 10: Strange Things Happen at the One-Two Point.

Small preview below. See the full comic here.




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In case you're scratching your head wondering where last week's Sarah Connor Comical is, it's uh, it's late. Thanksgiving and family visiting kind of sucked up my time. I'm not sure when I'll get it finished (it's only about half done right now), but I didn't want you guys to think I was blowing it off completely. I'm working on it.
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Here's the TSCC action figure comic strip, based on last week's episode 9: Complications.

Small preview below. See the full comic here.




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Here's the TSCC action figure comic strip, based on episode 8: Mr. Ferguson is Ill Today. Maybe next episode I'll actually get it done by Friday.

Small preview below. See the full comic here.




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Just getting it done before the new episode airs. Here's the TSCC action figure comic strip, based on episode 7: Brothers of Nablus.

Small preview below. See all 11 panels of this comic in full size here.




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TSCC action figure comic strip, based on episode 6: The Tower is Tall but the Fall is Short.

Small preview below. See all 11 panels of this comic in full size here.




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