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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

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offsdayoffsday

Rated 5 / 5 stars June 19, 2010

Artist

Rlly nice to watch something diferent and meaningfukll in newgorunds :D


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StupidLeprichaunStupidLeprichaun

Rated 5 / 5 stars June 19, 2010

Cruel World

Don't mind the motion so much.... But the presentation and design was AWESOME.
The only thing that got to me was the tiny font :(



FightingSeraphFightingSeraph

Rated 3 / 5 stars June 19, 2010

Nice drawings, good tone, but...

...why the motion comic format? Not to be rude, but I happen to be a strong disliker of motion comics (Broken Saints, Thamesis, The Street Fighter Motion Comic, etc.). I don't know why they became popular. Outside of that...

In terms of graphics, those are nice looking drawings, but I've seen flash on here that have actual animation with much smaller filesizes than this. Not just those made out of imported graphics (Ackbar and sprite movies come to mind), but cartoons drawn directly in flash. Then there's the sound, which you did a good job on which set a good tone. As for the text, nice use of poetry, but even in fullscreen mode it was still hard to see. However, I clicked on certain areas, which alleviated that problem. Plus, what's with the big filesize anyway? Something like this should be four megabytes at most instead of eight.

What I do like:
-Nice drawings
-Good tone
-Original
-Good plot so far

What I don't like:
-Next to no animation.
-Huge filesize
-Could use a bigger font.
-Needlessly big flash resolution

Overall: I see that you put effort into this, but I think it would be a whole lot better if you did this similar to JibJab's cartoons. Plus, I think you could learn how to optimize your flash better. Here's a six out of ten.



Crimson-GamerCrimson-Gamer

Rated 5 / 5 stars June 19, 2010

Outstanding!

Far exceeded my expectiations. I love the art that you used. And the dark somber tone to everything. The war machines were my favorites. I went to the website to read Chapter 1. Can't wait to see more!!!


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NaheeassesNaheeasses

Rated 5 / 5 stars June 19, 2010

simply amazing

Beautiful and dark. Well done Sir. It is very obvious that you put a lot of time and effort into this. I must say that it's flawless. The music matched perfectly.

*claps*


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