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Jun 12, 2010 | 7:21 PM EDT
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***VIEWING IN FULLSCREEN STRONGLY RECOMMENDED***

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The Boy with Nails for Eyes is an independent motion comic, set in a grimy, grey little seaside town trapped by a brick-and-iron wall of factories. The story follows a young boy as he undertakes a quest that will draw him to the town's knotted heart, and into the domain of the shadowy hunger that stalks its streets.

The prologue tells of the days, unknown years ago, when a murder of crows swarmed upon the town. Haunted by their cries from daybreak to dark, the townsfolk experience strange visions...

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The story is best viewed in FULLSCREEN MODE, so that the text is clearly legibile without having to use the zoom function. Full instructions on viewing the story are given in the loading screen.

A lofi version of the comic, featuring the images and text only, is available on my website (www.basement-garden.co.u k), which is linked from my profile. Also available are wallpapers and music downloads, plus the next chapter of the story itself (I'll be posting a Newgrounds version of this fairly soon, but my focus at the moment is on a comic commission, and on getting the art for the third chapter finished!)

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Really pleased with the response so far - thanks to everyone for the encouragement and feedback. [In fact, I'm now quite overwhelmed by the level of response - thanks again to everyone who reviewed, whether you liked it or not. And cheers to Newgrounds for featuring this! I'll try to reply to everyone but I can't promise I will - if you really want to get an answer, the best idea is to email me through my website.]

I always intended the comic to be viewed fullscreen (I even considered making it obligatory, or automatically going to fullscreen when the comic starts, but I don't like that idea any more than, probably, anyone else does), but I do hear everyone on the text.

Later stages of the story will be a little heavier on the text (which is why I had to go for a small font size from the get-go) so in all honesty I think the text may well stay as it is, for the sake of consistency (and at the risk of pissing off a few people). Again, I *strongly* suggest *fullscreen viewing*, if the text is too small for you; unfortunately the highest file dimensions allowed by Newgrounds is even smaller than the original file dimensions(1060px/745px), so for this reason fullscreen is an even better idea from my point of view.

Cheers

S

Reviews


calvinjoshuaccalvinjoshuac

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars June 18, 2010

VERY NICE!

but.. could the text get bigger? i mean.. I love what you have done... but... im sorry i just couldnt read very small text... though, i liked the concept of putting a "click to forward" button so that other readers like me who also have a hard time reading could take our time reading...



BearserkerBearserker

Rated 5 / 5 stars June 18, 2010

epic!

the artwork, the style, the music! just damn awesome!



XesolorXesolor

Rated 5 / 5 stars June 18, 2010

Breathtaking

The most awe-inspiring, heart-trembling, brain-freezing flash I have EVER seen.

How long did it take you to complete all the artwork for the prologue? And is this for an assessment or just freelance work?



MoNkEyBoY1993MoNkEyBoY1993

Rated 5 / 5 stars June 18, 2010

The art is absolutely BEAUTIFUL

and it's quite the interactive novel...not much plot developmet yet, but i REALLY wanna see more!



471472471472

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars June 18, 2010

good job so far

I liked the concept, however there were a few things that made the animation really hard to enjoy.

The crow sound effect in the beginning was too repetitive and after a long while became annoying.

Some of the shots are too similar (the bird flying away shot with the brown in the back ground.) if you wanted to keep this in i would fade in quicker to get the next scene. the shots seem stretched out, remember people see all the good things within the first 1 to 3 seconds. if you force the view to stare at it any longer they start to see all the problems.

Other than those things i think you are off to a really good start. I hope to see the finished product soon. Hope my review was helpful to you. :P