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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


ladydarkoneladydarkone

Rated 5 / 5 stars June 19, 2010

Intellectual Art

Sir, I am impressed with your work. From the opening quotes of Shakespeare and Plato, along with your interesting presentation of a graphic novel piece by exquisite piece, I was hooked. The timing is especially piquant. Your line about the "delight" of crows particularly struck me, and I had to check to see if you had artistically "borrowed" it for your work. You didn't , at least, not that I could find. However, I knew you were writing in your own style - heavily influenced by Shakespeare and Poe (which is never a bad thing) - when the War poem appeared. My hat's off to you. Congratulations on an exciting work which has merit in both its visuals and its narration. I look forward to your next submissions.

Regards,

LDO



HedgieHedgie

Rated 5 / 5 stars June 19, 2010

Epic

The way you lead the story in. The dark, almost haunting poetry that accompanied the story to help lead it into its climax. The beautiful images that flowed into each other like cogs within a clock. It all rings to something truly worth reading and waiting for with exasperated anticipation. Perhaps Im wrong, but from the words you used to enhance, along with the images of the church bots, that perhaps the war you speak of is the war of human thought, will, and freedom against the uptight staging and falsehood that most religions dish out. As I said, I may bve wrong, but thats the sight I got from it. A peaceful town, which knows little to no stress, suddenly overtaken against their will by the one of the very things that can corrupt any man into thinking they are better then their fellow beings. Again, wonderful job, and Im waiting with held breath for the next chapter.


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DisarrayPhreakDisarrayPhreak

Rated 5 / 5 stars June 19, 2010

hehe

you should do some art for the art portal!


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dude15831dude15831

Rated 5 / 5 stars June 19, 2010

Absolutely Amazing!

Amazing artwork and very meaningful dialogue! It was truely grim, however, but I guess that was the point of it.

P.S. - How did you create your artwork? What did you use?


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NODnuke45NODnuke45

Rated 5 / 5 stars June 18, 2010

This is

Absolutely 100% awesomesauce XD


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