Man, do you know how hard it is to draw a shrug for a creature WITHOUT SHOULDERS??? It is well tricky….
So doing this strip made me come up with a stupid little system for staging Pokemon fights in a story based comic. I don’t know how well it will work, but It’s there in my noggin now. Suffice it to say, for it being their first fight in who know how long, both of them have been hurt pretty bad. Part of that is their inexperience. As they get stronger, they’ll be able to take more hits, and do more damage.
Will Bulbasuar and Squirtle ever fight again? I have no idea. That is far future stuff. Hopefully Rachael will have more options at such a fight, but that’s another thing I’m not sure of. I barely have chapter 1 stuff written! The next rival battle isn’t until Mount Moon, which would probably be Chapters 3 or 4!
But there will be combats, yes. Combats with actual winners. And fights that matter.
I’ve tried to do speech bubbles like that blend before, but without the gradient. Now I have found the perfect way of doing it. It is such an improvement, I may have to hunt down strips in previous projects where I did it the old, broken way and fix em.
I think it’s safe to say that while other adults/characters of the Pokemon universe I’m borrowing may indeed have their little quirks, only Professor Oak will be this crazy. I don’t really know who I’m basing him on, but Oak always seemed a little off to me and I tried to incorporate that the best I can.
Where has Professor Oak been all this time??
One of the minor incongruities of the video games is that you can battle with pokemon everywhere and it (almost) never effects anything outside of the battle space. In a real world situation, Oak should get pissed every time Gary and whoever have a battle in his lab.
There was one game that did that. Then your mom came upstatirs to your trashed room, said something like “boys will be boys. Go ahead and leave on your adventure, I’ll clean up this mess.”
Said no mom in RL, ever.
I hope this action comes across they way it does in my head. That’s always a cartoonist’s problem, that we have to take action and cut it down into still life to convey our thoughts. And I’m not sure if what I drew really gives the scene justice.
But- Go, Squirtle! Kick that plant’s root!
Is calling Bulbasaur just ‘a plant’ a slur of some kind? I know Rachael meant it as a slight, but how offensive is it, exactly? I have no idea and I’m not going to try and explore that. Instead, I’m more interested in exploring what combat in Pokemon could be if it was story driven, instead of rules driven. Like if it was a game of D&D. What can my players do that’s creative enough to beat someone with the upper hand?
Also of note, this is one of the strips I was working on when I took a survey of public opinion of Squirtle shells. It was not a rigorously precise survey, but It turned up useful information. So Squirtle’s belly’s will be fairly set from here on out. Which is cool enough I guess.
You may have noticed that I’m not really sticking to the standard method Pokemon combat from the games. Very astute.
Also: Pokemon Font. Frigging sweet. Really kicks it up a notch, with that immersion.
Bulbasaur looks pretty boss in Panel 1.