Update- (7/8/11) For all the Singapore, Malaysian and even Brunei people coming here looking for the oksu station ghost comic, the one you are looking for is <a href=”http://comic.naver.com/webtoon/detail.nhn?titleId=350217&no=5&weekday=tue”>here</a>.
If you don’t read hangeul and are interested in what it says, I’m told it’s basically, the boy says on his phone, check out the drunk girl. Takes a foto and sends it to his friend. The girl is swaying around but she’s not drunk! She’s being guided by a poltergeist, that throws her on the tracks.
<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunnybreaks/5962748757/” title=”Halftone eg by esquimauxpie, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6133/5962748757_38a961416d_m.jpg” width=”240″ height=”240″ alt=”Halftone eg”></a>
Been having mild amounts of fun with an iphone app called Halftone. It takes an existing foto and adds newsprint style ink dots, then you can add captions and whatnot. It has a lot of potential but the more I think about it, cartoons don’t really look like that. Maybe it’s not supposed to be a straight out comic strip thing.
Please excuse the lashings of Marvel-standard story device cliches.
<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunnybreaks/5967067720/” title=”IMG_0500 by esquimauxpie, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6029/5967067720_fd8c85e74f.jpg” width=”500″ height=”500″ alt=”IMG_0500″></a>
<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunnybreaks/5967073120/” title=”IMG_0503 by esquimauxpie, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6150/5967073120_ce9765d00c.jpg” width=”500″ height=”500″ alt=”IMG_0503″></a>
<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunnybreaks/5966514799/” title=”IMG_0502 by esquimauxpie, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6124/5966514799_33b9c34d5c.jpg” width=”500″ height=”500″ alt=”IMG_0502″></a>
I didn’t use all of the features in these. You can also put things like “Mint!” over the image.
The funny thing is, Jongers told me later that there is actually a korean comic about a ghost at oksu station. She says she hasn’t read it because it’s too freaky. Little things they could do to improve this thing are: being able to switch to bold within a sentence. You’re stuck with the one style of typeface within each text bubble. I would’ve liked the above to read, “…wreak havoc on *our* world!”
Also, I’m a bit fed up with how upload facilities are so proprietary and cliquey. What these foto-adjunct apps needs is a standard format of address string that the user can input to be their nominated place to upload to rather than favouring the one or two mega-big “social networking” sites. For eg, halftone gives me the choice of upping to facebook, twitter or emailing it — no flickr, so it’s a pain in the arse for me. Similarly, hipstamatic, with each new update, is making it more and more difficult for me to send my fotos to flickr.
I’ve never really understood how wrapped up some people can get in comics. I had a couple of The Phantom comics I got in a showbag once as a kid but that’s it. But after my lame-arse attempt above, I can appreciate the techniques involved in telling a story with both words and pictures and not having any redundancy take practice.