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Comic #401

1 Head Death: {at his desk} Ah, Ground By A Mars Rover Rock Abrasion Tool and Sat On By A Giant Frog. Sit down.
1 Death of Being Ground By A Mars Rover Rock Abrasion Tool: Yes, sir.
1 Death of Insanely Overpowered Fireballs: Yes, sir.
2 Head Death: Ground, good work bringing that Martian in. You're promoted to Insanely Overpowered Fireballs.
3 Death of Being Ground By A Mars Rover Rock Abrasion Tool: Thank you, sir!
3 Death of Insanely Overpowered Fireballs: But...! But...! That's my job!
4 Head Death: I'm sorry, Entity Formerly Known As Sat On. Did I just hear you say you had a job?

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Recall that Sat On By A Giant Frog was previously Insanely Overpowered Fireballs, and got demoted in #206.

2013-02-08 Rerun commentary: The Infinite Featureless Plane of Death is now starting to look really infinite and featureless. Avoiding the horizon line helps in some ways.

To shoot strips like this, I rotate the desk and chairs around on the Plane, rather than moving the camera around a static scene (or rotating the entire Plane itself). This is because my lighting is quite strongly from one particular direction, so the range of angles I can shoot from is limited. I don't rotate the entire Plane because it's a square baseplate and the shooting space on my desk abuts a wall, so it would be difficult. And things would probably fall over as it was shifted.

Moving all the pieces of the set around between each shot is fiddly, but it has the advantage that the characters actually end up moving around a little relative to one another, as though shuffling in their chairs or changing posture slightly between frames, rather than being totally rigid and unmoving, with just the camera moving around them.

Although, they are skeletons, so maybe being totally rigid wouldn't be so unrealistic.

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