|Posted by Norman Black on January 31, 2010 at 4:49 PM|
I know I said that I would try to get the comics out regularly a while back, and I'm still trying to do that. The only problem is that my computer doesn't always want to cooperate.
For instance, my hard drive completely died when I was supposed to get the new comic up. Fortunately it was my internal hard drive and not my external drive (where all the comics and important stuff are saved). However, I did have to order an new hard drive, wait for it to arrive, get it installed, install Win 7 on it, install all my programs before I could get to work on this comic. I would have had this one out last week, but I was having issues with the screenshots not saving, Gmod crashing, menus not working, and having to get acquainted with Win 7. That, and the release of Mass Effect 2, the Battlefield Bad Company 2 Beta delayed this comic. The bad part is that all my saved game data was on my hard drive that died, and it could be anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000 to recover my data, even if it's just a few save data files. So I've been playing Mass Effect like crazy trying to get a new save game that I can import to ME2. I'm probably going to go through the same thing when Borderlands 2 comes out, because I don't think I'll be playing the first for a while with the games that are coming out at the moment.
Anyway, on to the comic. This one was pretty difficult to get working because of the elevator and the doors are the separating are right on the edge of the loading areas. The first 2 panels were easy enough since they were done inside the elevator, but the rest of the panels need the elevator door/gate to be closed. However, gates automatically open when you load the next level and I couldn't find them in the spawn list because the menus weren't working. So I had to go to the level where they were closed, spawn the elevator, try to make it aligned and then pose the ragdolls.
But even then, there were 2 big black ropes hanging down through the elevator that I had to spend an hour photoshopping out with the clone tool. I think it turned out pretty well... if a bit late.